Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Furniture Stripper and Steel Wool

Hello Everyone! 

   The weather here has been absolutely beautiful except the pollen has been terrible.   I’m really trying to accomplish some of my indoor projects but it is hard as my attention is drawn outdoors.   My “To Do List” for outdoors is steadily growing but until the pollen stops falling, I’ll just keep right on going with my little projects inside.  Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to get outside. 

This indoor project was a quick and easy one.  About fifteen years ago or maybe longer, I purchased this calendar holder at a craft show.    


It didn’t look like this when I purchased it though.  It was originally stained.006 I’m showing you the backside because I forgot to take before pictures of it in 2009 when I painted it white. 


In 2010, I made changes to the calendar holder again.  

009 - Copy

I added the wooden appliqué to the top and removed the wooden pegs and replaced them with black hooks. 

Well, here we are in 2012, and I made changes to this poor old calendar holder again! 


This time around, I removed the wooden appliqué and applied a paint and varnish stripper to the entire piece. Then I used steel wool to remove some of the paint. 


Using the steel wool gave it a grayish undertone which I really like. 



As the old saying goes, three strikes and you’re out!  I wonder if this will be the case with this poor dear thing!  It has been through three make-over's already.   For now, I have it back in the kitchen.


I only hope that this next project…….. 


…….is as easy as the calendar holder was. 


As always, thanks for visiting and hope you all have a wonderful day.


Linking this post to:

Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesday

Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday

DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday


  1. I like all 3 make overs of the calendar holder. But I think I like the last one best.

  2. Oh my gosh! I have one about that old that has the out-of-style oak stain...but I still like to use it. This is a great update for it! Thank you!

  3. Gail I love how the third one turned out. I used to have one of those holders and mine was blue. I think it went to goodwill. Never thought of painting it. Oh well someone is enjoying it.
    Now I'm inquisitive on what you are now working on.....

  4. The steel wool made it weathered and chippy, a wonderful look.

  5. Just joinned your blog, I love the make over, just wonderful. Never thought of using steel wool, thanks for the tip, I am waiting for a piece to dry, I will try that on mine. Hugs, Lynn

  6. So many great looks! The current is da bomb...I love it with the aged look using the steel wool. Nice job Gail!

  7. Well, you definitely got your monies worth out of that calendar holder, Gail! Great piece and I love the way it looks on your wall with your other pieces. Seeing "furniture stripper" in your post has reminded me that I need to get some for my own side table project {guest bedroom}. I'd like to get started on that soon, but I'd like to get the stripping done and the pieces prepped ahead of time.

  8. so many makeovers! I am not that creative to keep re-inventing it! Looks great.

  9. Love the finish on your current transformation, Gail.

  10. I have never seen a calendar holder before! I love the newest texture and finish that you put on it! Wonderful transformation!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Love it....all three of the transformations looked great :O)

  12. I absolutely LOVE it!! I love the way it looks all distressed and old now!!I'm wondering if I could do that to an old dresser that I painted white years ago that didn't turn out good... I was always thinking I would have to completely remove all the paint and varnish underneath and start over (so it sits here as is for now, even though I don't like the way it looks...

  13. I would love to have a calendar holder! I need to come up with one of these. I hate how my calendar DROOPS!

    Right now I have it folded in half with a piece of jute run through the fold; but you can't see the pictures! Wah!
    Hmmm...now I'm thinking.

    I like the last makeover. I think it looks great next to the stringer, banner, that says "bless this kitchen"!
    All wonderful Goodness.

  14. Gail, it looks great! I hope it's not out after 3 makeovers! It looks like you're building a table, can't wait to see!

  15. Hi Gail,
    I really like your most recent change to your calendar holder. It has a wonderful aged white patina this go round!
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

  16. Every time I visit your blog I look around at my stuff and wonder what I can do to change it up. So now I'm curious what those boards and legs are going to become?


  17. I love it! I don't think it'll ever be out! Each time you've revived it it looks different and great!

    Pollen is horrible here for my Sweetie too!

    Have a great rest of the week!



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