Weekend Recap: The good and the ugly

Thursday I was running errands over lunch when a series of Estate Sale signs guided me into a strip mall near my office. It was the strangest mix of things, from what looked like an old french pine armoire priced at $1800 to tupperware pitchers. My friend Jenny just bought a pair of lovely old twin beds with inlaid wood head/foot boards, and I've been searching for a small chest we could paint to go between them. I didn't find a chest, but I did find the Henredon buffet you see above. Of course at our house we like to say Henry Don because we're weird like that.

I thought the lines were good, but they had $235 on it which seemed like a bit much. I mentioned it to Brett, and also emailed another friend who likes to refurbish the occasional piece of furniture. Saturday we ran to the coffee shop near that strip mall for breakfast when Brett asked if I wanted to show him. I balked at first, I was feeling tired and lazy, and if by chance it was there I wasn't really in the mood to heave anything heavy into the car. Well, not only was it (surprisingly) still there, but it was half price. And its on wheels, so it rolled right outside to our vehicle.

Hello Gorgeous recently unveiled some magic she worked on a set of Henry Link Bali Hai bedroom furniture. In that reveal post she also noted some information she received on using Fine Paints of Europe's Brilliant sign enamel for an approximation of a lacquer finish. I'm going to have to order it online as there are no dealers in KC, and from what I can tell its about $100 a gallon for both paint and primer, but I'm going to give it a shot. The ten buck fee for a custom match is cheaper than ordering a $50 paint deck, so the search for a color is on. My first thought was a soft, pale gray, although Brett and I are both intrigued with the idea of burnt orange if we can find the right one. It also desperately needs new hardware, so if you know of a a really good ring pull give me a shout.

So that was the good. Also good was the fact that we completed the cement board on the bathroom floor, and late in the afternoon I got our leaf-filled front yard mowed.

But midday today came the ugly. Brett was scoring the last little piece of board when his utility knife slipped off the straightedge. The urgent care folks were great and about an hour later I was driving Frankenfinger and his six stitches home. It was horribly painful for him I know (and unbelievably bloody!) but he's alright, and has spent the evening medicating with a bottle of chilean sauvignon blanc.


Mrs. Blandings said...

SIX stitches is a lot - though I've found sauvignon blanc can take the edge off of a lot that ails you. Can't wait to see this transformation.

Living the life in The Little City said...

We had a cut finger related home improvement trip to the emergency room this summer. Surprising how easy it is to get hurt.

I love the buffet. Lots of storage potential in that piece.

shannon said...

thank goddess for the sauvignon blanc! :) that is a known cure for most ailments.

glad to hear he's okay and that you all scored the beautiful buffet!!


hello gorgeous said...

Thanks for the shout. Hope your man's okay.

Raina Cox said...

Bless Brett's heart (and finger)!

I'm glad to hear he's on the mend.

Cannot wait to see the magic you work on this new piece.

Toad said...

I've always preferred a merlot when recovering from owies. Can't wait to see how you transform this.

Hugs to Brett

home before dark said...

Six stitches and only one bottle of wine? Criminal, I'd say. As for Mr. Henry Don, I'd go black and look at Vandyckes on line for pulls.Whatever you do, I think this going to be handsome gentleman will be a lovely addition to the MM collection.