On a car ride through the city, I spotted what I believed to be a diamond in the rough… the very rough. At the sight of what looked like carved wood, sitting at the side of the road, next to garbage bags I was compelled to stop.
Inspecting away I went. It was a carved chest and although I had strong suspicions of it being made of wood, water stains made me think it could also be man made of some sort of composite material. I decided to bring it home and investigate further (I’d know of course, once I started to sand it). After a good check for bugs- which I was happy to discover were absent, I put it in the trunk.
It turned out that the chest had indeed been made out of carved wooden planks (water stains were only in the paint) and to my horror, I realized that someone’s beautiful handicraft had been turned into a dog house. I was determined to clean them up so the beautiful carvings could be honoured again once 🙂
I dismantled the chest outside and got rid of the unwanted pieces. I then got some cleaner, a bucket of water, rubber gloves and a semi rigid bristle brush to brush the panels clean, without wetting the wood too much (which could make it warp or of course rot, eventually, if it sat in water for a long time). I then scrubbed the panels with water and vinegar and rinsed them well, rubbing the water off.
I left the panels outside in the summer heat and sun for two weeks. Letting them sit for periods of time with baking powder sprinkled all over (to remove any smell). After all of this, I sanded them but as I planned to keep the panels white but not pristine (I wanted a worn look), my aim was to remove the bits that looked like they had absorbed moisture (the water stains).
I painted the panels and scuffed them up again a little with sand paper.
One of the smaller panels was given a cleaner look, not so rustic and worn and is now ready to be put up 🙂