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The Goldfinch Gave Me a New Hobby

I finally finished The Goldfinch. I got off to a slow start–skeptical that it could live up to the hype. I really did end up loving it, though. It sucked me into the Dickensian world of art crime and antiques. But it also reminded me how much I like rehabbing furniture.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Hobie, but I can repaint and and add new hardware like the best of them! As far as hobbies go this one is pretty useful. I get to be creative, and instead of having a bunch of bad pottery or ugly paintings sitting around my house, I can either use the furniture or sell it on Craigslist. 

Once I decided furniture  rehabbing was going to be my new hobby I went digging through my shed, where a couple of really hideous nightstands were collecting spider webs. “Ugly” does not begin to describe these things, but it was all explained by the Christmas Tree Shoppes tag on the back.

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It’s like the 1990s threw up…

I also had plenty of leftover paint samples in my cabinet from when I repainted the living room. I’d saved some of the better colors for exactly this reason. With all of these free materials lying around and an unseasonably warm week ahead of me, I decided it was a good time to get started.

I pulled out the Wickham Gray and Gerber Daisy, bought a few 98 cent knobs at Home Depot and got to work!

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Wickham Gray looking almost white….

These weren’t in great shape to begin with. The drawer on one is a little wonky, and so is the door on the other. I had to go get a new magnet to keep the door shut, but my skills aren’t quite up to snuff to get that drawer right. I’ll sell them on the cheap, and learn for the next process!

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A little surprise inside…

I learned a lot on this project that cost me practically nothing. Now I’m on the hunt for my next project!

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