Ok, confess right now. How many of you scrolled down to look at all the pictures before you thought of reading this?
I've just resigned from my much-loved job in the kindergarten. You can read about that here. (There was a change of management and the new management...well... brought too much......
So I'm taking a break at home. And that has its benefits....cos today I got to know a stripper!
Some months ago, this is what the
My Mum wanted to get rid of it cos one of the glass doors had broken. So it had been sitting around her house for the longest time. My husband insisted we bring it home. I didn't want to, cos I knew who'd have to work on restoring it, y'know?
We huffed and we puffed and brought it home, where it has been for several months.
Since I became unemployed (this week), the other day I huffed and I puffed and shoved it into our Iswara (!), legs sticking out and all, and took it to the carpenter's to have new glass doors fixed. For the shoddy job he did, I could've done it myself (I grumbled about the cost - 120 ringgit for the two doors. I didn't want him to do just one, in case it didn't match the other)
Then I tried sandpapering it. But the ancient paint was so thick I knew it would take me forever
to get it off.
Painting a new coat over several layers of old paint would give it a horrid finish. So back to the DIY blogs I went.
Aaah....a stripper! That's what I needed. Come to me, babay!
Paint a thin coat of stripper on. And look what happens within minutes! WHOA! The paint starts to 'bubble' up and comes off dry, easily! (yes, that's me with mask and gloves on)
My stripper in all her glory at work! Don't you love what she does? (and she only cost 10 ringgit, wink wink) This was my first time ever! I loved watching her do her thing.
Then, you use a scraper and scrape the whole paint thingy off. This has gotta be the most fun part.
Ok, it isn't as easy as I make it sound. Cos under that layer of thick, white paint, there was a thin layer of greyish-blue paint (geez, fifty years ago, they had such a nice paint colour?).
I tried brushing on a wee bit of the stripper but it didn't bubble up. It just got a little gooey. And I was afraid to brush on more lest the wood got eaten into.
But this blue layer was thin, so I decided to just leave it and sandpaper as much of the white paint off, as I could.
And then I saw them! So that's what my husband must have fallen for! It was those gorgeous, curvy legs!
I'd seen them before but now I was looking at them in a different way. In an after-4hours-of-stripping-and-sandpapering way. Sheesh.
And now I'm putting-my-left-hand-over-my-heart-with-my-right-hand-raised-up-in-a-Scout's-honour, to say that I did NOT deliberately put this piece of news there! I just noticed it as I was uploading these photos! (read the newspaper...)
Morals of this story:
1. don't judge a book/blog post by its title
2. there's still potential in old things (and people)
3. if Tiger Woods hadn't hung around so many curvy legs....perhaps he might not have gotten
into so much trouble...
4. if you're going through a period of sandpapering, with people rubbing you up the wrong way, at school, at work, at home.. perhaps it's to show you the stuff that you're really made up of.
Stay tuned for the reveal of this sandpapered vintage beauty....
(ummm....I'm talking about the cupboard!)
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