I just can’t help myself.

First a quick update.  I sold both the flip top bar and the Millennial Pink dresser this past weekend.

I had to laugh when chatting with the couple that purchased the pink dresser.  They knew all about Millennial Pink!  Apparently they are fans of John & Sherry over at Young House Love , and YHL is all about the pink.  Their beach house is painted in it.

And they even have a vintage Millennial Pink stove in their beach house kitchen.

So my Millennial Pink dresser was a big hit.  I’m sure you’ll see more pieces in this color from me this year.

But for today I’m going back to my other proven seller, Fusion’s Park Bench.  In case you are keeping track, the credenza that you are about to see is the fifth mid-century piece that I’ve painted in this color since January.  But seriously, I just can’t help myself.  These pieces are selling so well.  People are loving this gorgeous green on the mid-mod stuff.  I’m so sorry if I’m boring you with yet another one, but this is what I’m working on at the moment.  So it’s this or nothing.

I’m also going to share the non-chemical process for stripping paint off metal hardware in this post so be sure to keep reading if you’re interested in that.

Mr. Q picked up this mid-century credenza at the same time he picked up the Millennial Pink dresser.

I’m still working on training Mr. Q in the fine art of furniture purchasing.  The ad for this piece said it was in excellent condition except for the finish.  It neglected to mention that one of the drawers behind that center door was missing!  Although Mr. Q has really improved when it comes to noticing other details such as bad smells, loose joints and missing hardware, it never even occurred to him to look behind door number one to make sure all of the drawers were there.  Well, to be specific, he didn’t even realize there might be drawers behind that door.  He thought it would be shelves.

Keep this in mind if you are ever purchasing furniture on Craigslist.  Open all of the doors and drawers!

Well, no use crying over spilled milk.  I decided to ask my handyman/neighbor Ken to finish off the uppermost section as a shelf instead of a drawer.  There was already a hole cut at the back to feed electrical through, so I suspect the reason the drawer was removed in the first place was so that someone could put a DVD player in this spot so why not make it official?

Once Ken had the shelf in place, I sanded the piece thoroughly, cleaned it with TSP Substitute and then painted it with two coats of Fusion’s Park Bench.

Initially I’d planned to keep the hardware silver on this one, even though I used gold hardware on all four of my previous Park Bench pieces.  I threw the handles in some soapy water to clean them up first though and that ended up removing some paint.  Turns out they were originally an aged brass color and had been painted silver (I’m guessing with spray paint).  That nixed the idea of leaving them as is.

I’d never stripped paint off metal hardware before, but I’d heard that simmering it in a crock pot of water first will loosen up the paint leaving it easy to remove.  Well, I didn’t want to wreck my crock pot (adding ‘cheap spare crock pot’ to garage sale shopping list), so I grabbed an old crusty pot and tried simmering them on the stove.

And you know what?  This worked exceptionally well.  No dangerous chemicals required.

Here is the method that worked best for me.  First, simmer the hardware for about 30 minutes.  I never brought the water to a boil, just a low simmer.  Remove one handle at a time using tongs.  Run it under warm water until you can touch it without burning yourself (important precaution).  That only took a couple of seconds.  Finally, rub off the loosened paint using one of those green scrubby pads.

I show a paint scraper in my photo above, but using that lasted about two seconds.  The green scrubby did a much quicker, better job and didn’t scratch the finish.

Today’s q-tip:  Leave the remaining handles in the simmering water until you’re ready to work on them, just take one out at a time and scrub it.  If you pull them all out at once the paint hardens up again before you can get to all of them.  If the paint isn’t coming off easily, pop them back in the simmering water for 10 to 15 minutes and try again.

Once I had the paint off, I really didn’t like the aged brass look of the handles so I added my favorite metallic wax, Prima Marketing’s Metallique Wax in Vintage Gold.

I like to apply the wax with a q-tip, let it dry overnight and then buff it to a shine.

 So there you have it.  My latest Park Bench green mid-mod piece.

If you’re just not a fan of mid-century modern, don’t worry.  I’m moving on to some different styles next.  I have a few pieces underway in the workshop, plus I ordered some Sweet Pickins milk paint to play around with.  So be sure to stay tuned!

14 thoughts on “I just can’t help myself.

  1. Gorgeous, although the Jetsons kind of entered my mind as the final, finished photo popped up! You are really getting good at midmod. I knew the pink dresser would sell quickly, and the flip top bar. Thanks for sharing this today, I am going to start looking at furniture in a different way, for sure. And BTW, the ‘In a Pickle’ planting table sold in two days after bringing it to my booth, the two turquoise benches sold the first day.

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    1. Ha, the Jetsons! Well, that’s probably a good thing. That atomic age stuff was very popular in the 50’s and 60’s. And awesome about your ‘In a Pickle’ table, I just purchased more of that color for myself. Green is definitely making a comeback this year!

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    1. I brushed it. I’ve never been a fan of spraying mainly because a paint brush is way cheaper to buy and easier to clean than a sprayer. Plus I’m very bad about cleaning my equipment, so I know it would just be a short time before I would ruin the sprayer by not cleaning it in time.

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    1. So far I have a cast off blow dryer (great for crackling milk paint), and a cast off iron (great for heating up veneer to remove it) in my workshop. I’ll definitely add a cast off crock pot next 😉

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  2. I appreciate the simplicity of mid century furniture, even if it doesn’t work in my house. The green is beautiful, but my eyes were searching for a little natural wood. Possibly the legs and base? Just a squirrel thought! LOL I’m playing with Sweet Pickins, as well! She has the prettiest colors, and a new pink 😉 ! Looking forward to seeing what you’re working on. Take care!

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  3. Now you have me looking at these pieces and noticing what I might do with them! You are right. “Never say never!” The dresser turned out lovely. My favorite color.

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    1. As much as I prefer the vintage farmhouse style myself, I just can’t deny that the mid-mod pieces seems to be selling much better for me right now. You just might have to give it a try Monica!

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