Finished For Good

A community of believers in: 1.) Saving old pieces of furniture from the landfill, 2.) breathing new life into them and 3.) donating refurbished pieces to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity so they can sell in their ReStore and continue to raise funds.

Operating as usual

Photos from Finished For Good's post 10/21/2021

Meet Castor and Pollux. Their owner tried to give these two end tables to a local thrift store but they weren’t accepted. I’m thrilled she found me so I could help. Thanks C for donating these two pieces!

Castor and Pollux had some damage which required a bit of filling and gluing. If you look very closely at the tables now, you can still see some evidence of that damage, but then again, you probably have better things to do than stare closely at end tables.

I had lots of blue latex paint left over from previous projects but I wanted these two to be a bit darker. I experimented and added some black paint to the blue to get a darker blue, not quite navy. After painting, I top-coated the pieces with a water-based polyurethane. The handles were cleaned and sprayed gold.

I’m really pleased with how these two turned out, especially as I was concerned that their damage might be beyond my skill level. They have such a unique style which I think is highlighted by the paint. Castor and Pollux are headed to ReStore tomorrow and then hopefully to a new home soon.

10/11/2021

Want some more stats? 21% of my pieces have come directly off the trash pile. Of the pieces given to me, 48% were not in shape to be donated as they were. And sadly, due to space in my garage, I’ve had to say no to about 4-5 pieces.

I will not name everyone who has helped me here as I’m terrified of leaving someone out. You know who you are – if you spotted something and texted me, donated a piece (or supplies), spread the word, offered to help or just listened to my wild ideas, and sometimes all of the above - THANK YOU!

I must thank my husband Chris who has provided a ton of help including picking up pieces, loading/unloading and moving all of the pieces listed above, multiple times. He is also Chief Researcher who digs into furniture history, Quality Assurance when I need that second opinion and has also transformed our garage into a workshop.

Finished for Good started as an experiment and after two years, I think it has proven to be successful. So what’s next?

I have lots of ideas to scale the concept, but not always the time or know-how to do so. I'm always open to ideas but for now, I will continue as I have been. Thanks everyone!

Want some more stats? 21% of my pieces have come directly off the trash pile. Of the pieces given to me, 48% were not in shape to be donated as they were. And sadly, due to space in my garage, I’ve had to say no to about 4-5 pieces.

I will not name everyone who has helped me here as I’m terrified of leaving someone out. You know who you are – if you spotted something and texted me, donated a piece (or supplies), spread the word, offered to help or just listened to my wild ideas, and sometimes all of the above - THANK YOU!

I must thank my husband Chris who has provided a ton of help including picking up pieces, loading/unloading and moving all of the pieces listed above, multiple times. He is also Chief Researcher who digs into furniture history, Quality Assurance when I need that second opinion and has also transformed our garage into a workshop.

Finished for Good started as an experiment and after two years, I think it has proven to be successful. So what’s next?

I have lots of ideas to scale the concept, but not always the time or know-how to do so. I'm always open to ideas but for now, I will continue as I have been. Thanks everyone!

Photos from Finished For Good's post 09/30/2021

Here’s Hagrid! Named for his size, this large coffee table was a donation along with three other pieces (2 done, one still waiting. Thank you H!). I’ve had him for some time as I needed to clear enough space to have room to work on and around him. Hagrid is structurally perfect – he just had a few scratches here and there.

After much deliberation, I primed, then painted the sides cream and stained the top a walnut color. I chose new k***s which had been given to me and stained them to match the top.
Sometimes with pieces, I really don’t know how best to transform them (while staying in budget) And it took me a while to figure Hagrid out. With this piece, the only thing I purchased was the walnut stain which I needed anyway. I have a ton of stain left and will use for other projects. Everything else I had in the garage which is a nice win!
I do love Hagrid’s new look and feel he is the perfect piece for board games or wine and cheese nights. Hagrid went to the Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg this afternoon.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 09/26/2021

Here’s transformation #45: Spencer - an adorable youth chair.
Spencer came to me from Lisa Rigoni of The Organizing Mentors . Lisa offers professional organizing services including assistance for those in the process of moving. This chair came to me from a move situation along with three other pieces needing a bit of TLC before they could be donated. Lisa is also a big supporter (and sponsor) of Habitat, plus a nice person to be around. : )

Spencer was structurally sound but had some flaking paint. I chose this deep blue for him ($2 oops paint that I used on a previous project) and absolutely love him. Spencer would be great for a kid’s room or even as a plant stand or accent piece. He will head to ReStore next week.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 09/14/2021

Franz is our 44th transformation! This handsome guy has been a pure pleasure to work on. He was spotted on a free FB listing (thanks A!) and the donor is now a FB friend (thanks C!). This is a Berkey and Gay dresser and from my research, I believe he is from the 1920s.

Franz had a ring on his top, a bit of missing veneer, one drawer front of loose veneer and a few marks here and there. He also has some indents where the gorgeous hardware dropped and made dings into the drawer fronts.

If I had an unlimited budget, I would have replaced the veneer and bought backplates to cover the dings. BUT as supply costs come out of my pocket, I filled and color matched the area to camouflage the missing veneer and simply stained the dings. Backplates would have been nice, but finding the right size and perfect complement to the piece proved to be tough. That is certainly something that the new owner can do based on their preference.

The process for refinishing Franz was very lengthy with the biggest (and messiest) challenge being removal of the old shellac. For this, I used denatured alcohol, abrasive pads and cotton swabs. (See photos)

After all shellac was removed, I applied two coats of Danish oil followed by two topcoats (three for the top of the dresser). The hardware was boiled on my stovetop with a combo of vinegar and water – see photos for a big change there.

This dresser is truly a quality-built piece. He is sturdy and should last for many years to come. He is big and beautiful (that wood grain!!!!!) but because of his age and the careful process required, he really took me ages to finish. But I hope his new owner loves him. Franz is headed to Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg today.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 09/12/2021

Transformation #43: It’s Gert! This adorable pine Davenport desk was a donation. (Thanks K!) I love the shelves in the back. Gert was in good shape structurally, her finish was just a bit dry and she had some homework on her. I wanted to retain her character so left the indents and such you would expect to find on a desk, just removed the pencil and crayon. I cleaned up her hardware (shiny, but not too shiny), added a restorative finish and wax conditioner. Note – I loved her original color and didn’t change it. These before and after photos were likely taken in different weather conditions. Gert is an adorable lady and I hope she enjoys her new home. She is headed to Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg next week.

09/06/2021

Finished For Good

Creating good out of trashed furniture.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 08/29/2021

Transformation #42: Here’s Gwen! My mom found Gwen beside a dumpster at their local trash dropoff. She grabbed her up, named her and kept her safe until I could get her. She named her GWen as she gave her to me during a GW (Girls’ Weekend). Thanks Mom!

Gwen had one broken support piece. My step-daughter connected me to her friend who would weld for beer! After she was welded, she graciously cleaned and primed her for me – all I had to do was spray paint! Thanks Stella!

I had a flower pot that came with a plant we bought. It fit perfectly and for now, Gwen is a planter. Perhaps I’m excited for fall, but I think she would look pretty with a pot of mums.

Gwen was originally a vanity stool, but I do not have the skills to put her back that way. If you look at the included photos, I found her twin being sold online for $60! So if you DO have the skills to make her a stool again, grab her from the ReStore and do a flip! She will be at @loudounrestore next week!

Photos from Finished For Good's post 08/26/2021

You often know you have an old piece when you see dovetail joints. But what about round joints?

This curb find has what are called Knapp joints and they specifically date the piece to between 1870 and 1900! (I can't pretend I knew this - I had to look it up.)

This piece looks nice but has a lot of structural damage inside as well as water damage to the back and feet. By the smell of it, it may have some rot.

It has spent a day in the sun to try and clear out the smell (which is strong!). But I am determined to try and save as much as I can, especially now that I know more about it. #furniturerescue #curbfind

Photos from Finished For Good's post 08/19/2021

A friend spotted a Facebook listing for a free dresser (thanks E!). When I went to pick it up, the kind man told me that if someone hadn’t taken it, Thor would have had at it. I looked up in confusion to see him holding his hammer, which he explained was called Thor. (See, I’m not the only one who names inanimate objects…)
So, it wasn’t hard to come up with a name for this piece. Meet Thor. He was in rough shape but structurally sound. I wanted to keep the wood, but the veneer was extremely thin and with the various scratches and bumps, it made the most sense to fill, prime and paint him.
Oops paint from Home Depot ($2) was used for Thor - I love his bright cheery color. I sprayed the k***s gold with paint I already had. Yes, he still has dings and bumps but that gives him character. He is good to go to the ReStore.

08/17/2021

We’re celebrating! 🎉 It’s National Thrift Shop Day! Support your favorite local thrift store and shop or donate today. We are giving out 15% off Total Purchase today! 12-4pm

#NationalThriftShopDay #ShopLocal #Donate #LoudounCountyVA #LeesburgVA

07/30/2021

A few people have asked me why I name my pieces. With 40 pieces done and 7 in my garage, it's hard to keep track of everything. Plus, if I refer to a piece as 'that broken, brown chair', it may not be brown and definitely won't be broken by the time I finish with it.

I record each piece I receive, where and when I got it as well as its size. Naming each piece makes it a lot easier.

Often, I ask my family to name finds - it's a way to get everyone involved. If someone is donating a piece, I usually ask them to name the piece and they often choose a name that reflects the loved one that had it many years ago.

A few people have asked me why I name my pieces. With 40 pieces done and 7 in my garage, it's hard to keep track of everything. Plus, if I refer to a piece as 'that broken, brown chair', it may not be brown and definitely won't be broken by the time I finish with it.

I record each piece I receive, where and when I got it as well as its size. Naming each piece makes it a lot easier.

Often, I ask my family to name finds - it's a way to get everyone involved. If someone is donating a piece, I usually ask them to name the piece and they often choose a name that reflects the loved one that had it many years ago.

07/24/2021

I’ve opened the alcohol and am stripping in the garage. Not as exciting as that may sound….

I’ve opened the alcohol and am stripping in the garage. Not as exciting as that may sound….

Photos from Finished For Good's post 07/20/2021

Meet transformation #40! This is Alice, named long-distance by my cousin in Indiana. (Thanks C!). Love her name.

I'm thrilled that my 40th piece was a rescue - and it was Earth Day to boot. On a walk with my dog, I spotted her on the curb but thought by the time I got home, the trash truck would had gotten to her. An alert from a friend (Thanks J!) told me she was still there.

The pink artwork came right off without a hitch but I soon learned Alice had a broken leg. My hubby quickly helped mend her.

The previous owners had put two nails in her top to help hold the wobbly leg. But even with those removed, in her condition, it seemed best to paint her. My photos are not the best, but she has a cream body and gray top. And she seemed a shabby chic kind of gal so I added a few distress marks.

Ya, ya I know. She was already distressed. I fixed her and distressed her again. Seems strange but then again, I do go through people’s trash.

Alice will make her way to the Loudoun ReStore later this week.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 07/08/2021

This is Vera. My teen told me she had spotted something that looked wooden on the side of the road, the night before trash pick-up. She had no idea what it was. Sorry, kid - this is an old sewing/knitting box. You wouldn’t know as your mother gets hives just thinking about sewing. Anyway, she found it, so she got naming rights.

Vera had been painted a pretty blue over a coat of white paint. I was determined to get all that paint off and see what type of wood was underneath. Vera had other ideas.
Vera’s handle snapped when trying to remove it. Some of the screws simply would not budge, so I could not disassemble and properly strip as I had hoped. Eventually, with chemical stripper, sandpaper, razor blades and even a nail file, I got 99.9% of Vera’s paint off.

I think Vera has some age to her. Maybe some attitude too. There were times when I had to put Vera aside, walk away from her. We were not speaking for some time. She is stubborn but did not have me beat.
When I got to the point that I worried about damaging the wood, I stopped. I restained her, fixed her handle and put a few layers of topcoat on her. To give her back some of that color she apparently really wanted, I painted the inside of the flaps a similar blue. And she is ready. Not perfect, but a bit rustic and reflective of her age. I like her this way. Even after our struggles, I’m happy she didn’t end up in a landfill.

[06/21/21]   I have been following this shop for a while and love how they use the proceeds from their furniture sales, described below. They have really lovely pieces too! #furnitureforcharity

06/02/2021

Nod was donated as part of a set which had been damaged by renters. Wynken and Blynken (end tables) were finished and donated last December. Poor Nod had to wait until I had space. In fact, I finished Nod a year to the day that I received him. I tried something different here and put his photos into a video to show my process.

Despite the fact that it took me a year to tackle him, the actual working time was over the long weekend. Nod will go to Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg later this week.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 05/28/2021

Meet Ananas – the word for pineapple in several different languages. This cabinet was donated (thanks B!) in good shape, with just a few scratches here and there. My after photos are not the best as rain surprised us.

After a lot of internal debate, I sanded off the painted pineapple scene and brought it all back to bare wood, leaving the inside as it was. The artwork was licensed and mass produced so I didn’t get rid of anything hand-painted.

I stained and topcoated the outside and replaced the k**b with something fun. (It’s a bee by the way, not a cicada!) I like the more rustic look.

Ananas will be taken to ReStore today, along with Squiggy the end table.

Photos from Finished For Good's post 05/24/2021

Meet transformation #36 - Squiggy! Squiggy was one of the three pieces I tried to do simultaneously. I did work on the three together, but they will all finish at different times. Turns out I can’t quite multitask in the garage like I had hoped.

This sturdy end table had quite a split on the top and I wasn’t sure I could stain it, but with a bit of sanding and filler, the damage is minimized. Still visible, really not bad. A can of $2 oops paint gives Squiggy a kind of retro vibe which I like. I had just enough stain left which I had used for the top to do the drawer fronts which is a very different look. If I had painted the drawer fronts green too, it might have been too much. I switched out the hardware to three k***s I already had.

Squiggy sat in the garage for a while as the damage to the top intimidated me and I really wasn’t sure how I would finish him. (I finished his brother Lenny in March.) But as things often turn out, I think he is one of my favorite transformations. Thanks H for the donation!

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