Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Warm Glow

The vintage cabinets in my kitchen are finished in amber shellac. Over the years I've been slowly stripping off the old, deteriorating shellac and replacing it with new. The birch wood underneath has developed a nice 80 yr old patina and when the new shellac goes on it has that familiar nice warm honey glow.

This brings us to the new cabinet that will also have an amber shellac finish. As will the new maple crown moulding that will be installed.

The new wood does not have the nice patina of the old wood....so, I have been working hard to devise a method to get the new cabinet to match the old.

I've been experimenting with scraps of birch (cabinet) and maple (crown moulding). I also use waxy, amber, liquid shellac (if you are a purist, waxy shellac is what you use to replicate the look of a vintage finish - even though it's oh-so-trendy to use dewaxed shellac flakes right now). I've been experimenting with different cuts of shellac (thickness) and number of layers. However, I had not been able to get a good match.

All of a sudden yesterday, I got to thining about a house tour I took a few years back. I hunted down the handout I received that day (I amazingly had it in a folder). The folks at one house replicated the look of vintage shellac pretty sucessfully using a stain & rubbed poly finish.

I thought to myself, I could use the stain to replicate the patina of old birch and then go ahead and finish with the amber shellac.

Ha, it worked. At the top of the first photo below you see a short piece of vintage baseboard & cap. The short board below it has been stained and has one coat of shellac. When I add the next coat of shellac, we should have a match. The photo below that shows how thwe wood scraps started out pre-stain & shellac.


Happy (early) birthday to me.

It matches my pink phone. I figured every girl should have one of each.

Of course there also is a pale yellow, but I've run out of outlets......

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pink & Puffy

I'm still working in my kitchen, but here's this from my garden in the meantime.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't Go Looking for Trouble

I have been working on my kitchen. Having fixed the stove vent hole, I needed to work on stripping the wood baseboard trim. The new cabinet will be installed in this corner.

Before I started working on the trim, I told myself that in no uncertain terms I was not to go looking for trouble. I was to strip the wood & call it a day.

Yea, well.

I was stripping the wood trim & got to thinking that it may be easier to install the new cabinet - not to mention get the old finish off - if the trim was removed from the wall. It took me the better part of an afternoon to slowly pry that never-before-removed baseboard away from the wall.

The trim was off & I stripped off the shellac using dentatured alcohol.

While I was working on the trim....I got to thinking. The lower part of the plaster wall was originally scored to make it look like tile. Some of the crispness of the scoring was lost over the years under layers of paint.
Wouldn't it really be the time to take off those layers of paint?

You see where this is going....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Disappearing Act.

The stove vent hole as it stands today. And how it looked originally. I'm rather proud of my handiwork.

Friday, June 05, 2009

In Spite of the Drought

I love flowers that make me look like a gardener.

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