Thursday, October 17, 2013

Must haves--ORC linking participant


If this is your first time here, this is a linking party courtesy of One Room Challenge genius, Linda.
See all of the participants HERE

Here we are at week 3! For me that means panicking about the things that are not done and not delivered yet. Panicking about not being able to do a post on fabrics because one stupid item has not been delivered.
I thought it would be helpful to show two products that were indispensable in reviving some of my vintage pieces so they look vintage as opposed to crappy.

I had my doubts about this Pledge revitalizing oil. I have used lemon oil on wood and it can absorb unevenly, looking really messy. My son's vintage dresser had seen some hard use and after cleaning it thouroughly with Murphy's oil soap I wiped it down with the revitalizing oil. It made a huge difference.
I ran around the rest of my house trying it on other antiques too and I really love it.


This antique mirror was in my basement still packed in the box from our move three years ago. I was really glad it was not broken but the gold frame was chipped and beyond acceptable.
I whipped out my Krylon gold leaf pen and began the touch-up.

This is perhaps the simplest DIY ever. I did use it on more than just the chipped areas. The gold leaf was noticeably brighter than the old gold finish so I made a continuous ring around the inner perimeter and highlighted the leaf pattern on the outer edge for a more uniform appearance.

Thanks for following along! 
Anyone else panicking?! My to do list says it all. This week was a bust but next week you'll get a two-fer with lighting and fabrics.
To do List:

1. Throw away box of Mike's Hard Lemonade empties in the closet and scrub everything including carpet.
2.Paint walls
3. Source vintage furniture and accessories
4. Move Queen bed in
5. Install new light fixture
6. Trick out the bed with cool pillows
7. Hang curtains
8. Hang art including 2 custom paintings
9. Final zhush
 
You can catch up on my previous posts HERE and HERE

25 comments:

Junell said...

Love these tips. Pledge... who knew??? THX!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Every little project is progress. I love the gold leaf touch-up. I am able to share progress on my daughter's room because some of it was done months ago.

Improvement List said...

I agree week 3 is panic time! I also had to redo what I was going to post about but it was mostly due to me being unable to make some decisions. That dresser looks so great. Thanks for the product tips.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Great tips on the pledge. I've always wondered how those work. And as far as panicking goes, I just can't keep my to-do list straight, I keep forgetting things.

Kim said...

Week 3 ... the hump day of the ORC! At least you shined things up!! I love that vintage dresser! xo

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Thanks for the tip on the revitalizing oil. The wood polish I use on my dining room table always gets so streaky no matter how much I rub it in so I've got to try that!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I'm in denial about how much time is left. What a great product. I never usually buy thos commercial ones because I have been disappointed so many times. I would definitely take your word on it.

Jessica said...

Glad it worked! I use the Howard's system, but I bet the Pledge is cheaper.

The Pink Pagoda said...

The dresser looks fabulous! Thanks for the tips : )

Tricia said...

Panic is definitely my theme for the week as I'm heading out of town with my kids for 4 days! Can't wait to see everything come together next week for you! :)

mrs. V | Chez V said...

great tip on the Pledge stuff. I too would have been leery. the dresser looks right spiffy.

Kimber McGallagher said...

I am definitely going to try the Pledge, thanks for the tip! I laugh every. single. week about the Mike's Hard Lemonade. :)

My Notting Hill said...

The dresser looks terrific! Thanks for the tip.

Patty Rumaker said...

Yes I am panicking...it is week three and we are suppose to be half way done, aren't we!! Your mirror touch up looks like it is going very well. Can't wait to see your completed space.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

ingrid@nowathomemom said...

I know what you mean about panicking! only 3 more weeks left, I need to hurry up :-)
you know, I use that same gold leaf pen for my projects and I find that it works well too! :-) I'm sure your mirror will look great
Ingrid

Stacey said...

Great tips! You did a fab job on the dresser. I've used magic eraser on my 4 year old's and that works beautifully too.

Alyson said...

I can't wait to try that Pledge product! I know what you mean about the lemon oil.

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

I've never seen that Pledge product before, I'll have to look for it! I've been using a beeswax product I found at Home Depot that I love but it's super greasy.

Vel Criste said...

I was curious about that Pledge too, glad it works great, will definitely give it a try, didn't know about the pen either!

willowinteriors said...

I've used rub n'buff before, but never a gold leaf pen...I'm intrigued!!!
Can't wait to see more of your space.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I've used that same gold pen more times than I can count. Love it!

Suburban Charm said...

Looks great!!! I am definitely going to try that Pledge oil on a few of my pieces...thanks for the tip. I am panicking too...I don't have THAT much left to do, but my time is SO limited that what I do have to finish is going to be a challenge!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I haven't tried this particular Pledge yet but I have old unpainted antiques that could surely benefit from it.

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

This is good to know about the Pledge. I had just been wondering what I was going to use to make my walnut cabinets shine.

Kristen Alcorta said...

Thanks for the product tips! Will definitely check out the Pledge!