All by way of saying basically . . . the Beatles got it right: just "let it be!"
I was going to refurbish both by painting and then decoupaging the backs with old sheet music. Then I'd decide which one I liked better and probably sell the other one or give it away.
I finished the first one, and I completely love it. See it here.
So it was time finally to start on the second one. It was white to start, but it was yellowed and all beat up.
I gave it a fresh coat of spray primer and white spray paint.
The cardboard back had been destroyed. So I cut a new back out of masonite, much like I did for the first one. But when I put the old yellowed sheet music up against the new bright white, it made the whole thing look yucky.
So the sheet music idea was not going to work. And that realization confirmed that I was keeping the one I had already made and I would find a good home for the second one. So much for being tied to plans and outcomes. It was time to switch gears and come up with some other treatment for the back of the shelf unit, something that would appeal to a broader audience, perhaps not as niche-specific as old worn sheet music.
I needed something to jazz up the back of the shelf unit and put my "stamp" on it, but still make it something that someone else would want in their home.
I used Mod Podge to glue it down to the Masonite, then used spray polyurethane over top of it to seal it instead of Mod Podge.
I bought a new handle for the drawer, a rustic hanging wrought iron number in keeping with the French country flair of the toile wallpaper.
Don't you think this will work nicely in someone's bathroom, craft room or home office?
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