Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Pie Safe...

Top of the mornin' to you dear readers! After 4 days of exhausting work....here's my Pie Safe:




It's not perfect, it's not dry (it has been like monsoon season here in Indiana) but it's getting there. The stripping happened Friday (all day - I started early) and Saturday (after work). Sunday it was sanding and staining. Yesterday it was sanding to give primitive antique look, Tung Oiling and drying. After being outside, and it still being REALLY tacky...we decided to bring it inside, that outside was too humid. It's still a bit tacky, so I can't decorate it, place it in final position (right up next to the wall), fill it or anything yet. But this is how it looks. All the blue paint basically came off, but I think when the previous owner painted it blue - the wood was so dry that it just sucked it up. But it sort of gives it a rustic primitive look that I like. One thing is - it looks a darn sight better than it did. Honestly, it does.

Thanks for visiting me today - more to come later in the week - I've been busy stitching, framing and sewing! If my blasted allergies would calm down, I'd be darn near in perfect condition, however after 38 years of living in the pollen capital - apparently my years of being allergen free has caught up with me. I'm a mess!

Until next time..... love and best wishes, as you count your blessings and stitches, from our house to yours! XXxxxx

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!"

49 comments:

  1. What a cool piece! Not surprised that you would find allergies you didn't know you had while doing that re-finishing.

    I'd like to place my order for an apple pie. Thanks. ;-)

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  2. Vonna - Your pie safe is GORGEOUS! I love it! Congrats on all your hard work. Guess your going to have to find another summer project!!! My MIL has one that I'm hoping she gives to me when she downsizes her house later this summer! Can't wait to see all your stitching, framing, etc! Have a great week!

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  3. Oh my, what a difference four days make! Your pie safe is beautiful. You'd never guess it was blue before your hard work.

    Are the kiddoes out of school?

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  4. Absolutely marvellous! What a treasure. Certainly worth all the allergies and hard work. It's going to be such a pleasure to look at and use every day.

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  5. Awesome job you did on the Pie Safe!! I can just imagine how much time went into it but you did it girl. Well done.
    Alice

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  6. Love it Vonna!! I also love visiting your Blog and all your wonderful stitching!!
    Take care...have a great week!
    Marion

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  7. Wow! I can't believe how that turned out. It is terribly humid here, also, you don't even need to water your outside plants there is so much moisture in the air.
    Tammy

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  8. Your pie safe looks awesome. I love pie safes.

    The pollen this year is crazy. I only developed allergies the last couple of years too. My eyes have been red and yucky this year - a first.

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  9. I can't believe that is the same cabinet. It looks awesome!

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  10. It's beautiful. You did a great job on the refinishing.

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  11. Vonna,

    You've been a busy bee! The pie safe looks great.. enjoy decorating it and I can't wait to see what you do!

    Hope your allergies get better..

    Michelle

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  12. Fantastic job on your pie safe - looks great!

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  13. I love that worn primitive look! My allergies have had me a mess! Are you taking anything? Everyone keeps recommending Claritin to me, but I'm nursing so I can't take anything...but maybe you could?

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  14. I just knew that you would turn it into a beautiful piece of furnture. All that work paid off, it is gorgeous!

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  15. Wow what a transformation! It looks fantastic Vonna.

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  16. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! You must be so thrilled with it! I checked in real quick and saw where you'd scored the pie safe & couldn't wait to see it stripped of the blue and in its original (or close to it!) glory. It looks amazing. I can't wait to see how you decorate with it!

    Love the PS angel ornament, too.

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  17. It looks perfect to me Vonna! I love the look. Refinishing is hard work. I've done a little in the past, and I need to do our dressers. I'm not looking forward to it. You did a great job!

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  18. That's beautiful!!! I love that pie safe! Sorry to hear about your allergies. Mine actually kick up pretty bad around late march/early April. It's miserable for sure!

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  19. Dearest Vonna - you never cease to amaze me and now we can add expert furniture refinisher to your list of talents.
    I don't know how you ever recognized that hunk of blue paint as a pie safe. It is beautiful. You have done a wonderful job of restoring it to it's former beauty. How lucky that piece of furniture is to have found a place in your home. I look forward to seeing it filled with your treasures.

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  20. Vonna! I bet you're sore! The finished piece looks great though and I'm sure it will look even better after you've decorated it with your goodies. Congrats on having gotten it done so quickly and not letting it sit aside for a year as I would have done!
    Great PS ornament for Amy too. I love those ornaments on black fabric.

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  21. Ack! I am so green with envy. Your treasure looks great. I love that you didn't waste a minute to refurbish it. It would have sat in my garage for awhile.
    I can't wait to see how you dress it up.

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  22. Your pie save looks beautiful and well worth all that work.. although I'm glad you did it instead of me LOL.

    Jan R

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  23. Oh my gosh MUCH better than the blue!

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  24. Woohoo, Vonna!! Looking great!! :D

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  25. Woot! Your pie safe looks wonderful, a world's better than the blue. :)

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  26. Great job! It is very lovely.
    Thankfully we haven't had so much rain up here in the last few days. The farmers are working insane hours to get their crops in.

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  27. Wow, Vonna! That looks completely different and gorgeous!! I bet it was exhausting. It looks really, really good though. :)

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  28. Your pie safe is fantastic. I can't imagine the amount of work that you had to do to get the blue paint off of it! Can't wait to see it dry, decorated and put into it's permanent place. I think you got quite a find with that piece.

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  29. Wow I am so impressed, it looks so different from what you started with. I just love it. What will you use it for? CJ ok;-)

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  30. Fabulous work...as usual! I know you said you've never done something like this, but you coulda fooled me! Looks awesome and you did a superb job. Love the spot in the house you picked for it...looks like it was meant to go there :) I love it when furniture works like that. Miss ya' friend and it was great seeing ya' working on this handiwork last Friday. Hugs!!

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  31. You've been working hard and your pie safe looks wonderful! I once did that with an old upright desk (it had shelves in the top with doors)my mom had-it took forever and I know messed with my tummy. It was some kind of unusual wood and she used it for years. To make a long story short, when my brother got a dumpster to help clean out my mom's house, he tossed the desk! It had something spilled 'inside' of it. I was mortified. I bet someone dug that out of the trash!
    Also...this has been one of the worst springs for my allergies and I'm 11 years older than you. I take Sudafed for stuffiness or Claritin just to calm stuff down. My throat has been the worst. Take care!

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  32. It's gorgeous, Vonna! I love the punch work. I'd love to have a rustic kitchen with punch work in the cabinet doors. :)

    I'm mailing Donna's RR out to you tomorrow. So keep a look out!

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  33. Wow, you did a great job on the pie safe!!! It looks gorgeous Vonna!

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  34. That is some BIG difference with your new (old) Pie Safe, I love it !! The wall you have it against on these pictures is a space so good it could have been made to measure, perfect !! I look forward to seeing your pictures of it with treasures inside and decorated. BTW I had never seen or heard of a Pie Safe before but I sure love them now ;-))

    Take care

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  35. Nice job Vonna. Lots of elbow grease. The pleasure of visiting is all mine.

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  36. Love it ! Great job, Vonna !

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  37. What an Amazing piece of furniture that is. You have made it look original. You sure are a talented lady.
    p/s I love Randy Travis. Thanks for sharing him with us!

    Sorry I've been without a server again for almost a week.
    I'm getting caught up now!

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  38. I love your pie safe. You did a wonderful job refinishing it.

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  39. Oh Vonna, it really is beautiful. I love the punchwork. Gorgeous!!

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  40. look really gorgeous, i love the natural color of the wood.

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  41. Wow, what a difference and it looks so great! I like this look much better than the painted one. You did a wonderful job!

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  42. It's beautiful Vonna! What a labor of love! It looks so much better than it did painted! Nice job!

    Julie

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  43. It looks gorgeous Vonna, great job

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  44. WOW!!! Your pie safe looks AMAZING! Now I want one :)

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  45. It looks fantastic! I love it!

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  46. What an incredible piece. I am so jealous! You could store fabric in that too, you know. ;-)

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  47. Fantastic (& fast!) job with the finishing! I bet your neighbor is going to be jealous when she sees what a great job you did with her discard!

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  48. You were doing a great job on this Pie Safe. I love these "antique" pieces of furniture and what you can make of them. A fantastic piece.

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  49. You've done a wonderful job of restoring this pie safe. Now I look forward to seeing how you decorate it with all your beautiful things.

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