I bought this charming little Victorian bamboo plant stand at the Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta a few years ago. It had been lovingly used when I bought it, and I lovingly used it some more.
Two of the shelves were damaged from plants that had been on them. Even though I doubted if I could get a perfect finish, my goal was to make it at least look better.
I sanded off as much of the old finish and damage as I could.
I then applied a walnut stain. The bottom shelves here already have the stain, and you can see there is a definite contrast in the appearance. Also, you can see the damage that I could not sand out. I like the walnut because it matches the dark pigmentation on the bamboo. After the stain dried, I applied one coat of dark Briwax.
I then moved it to its new home in our sunroom, here and here. I “shopped the house” and found some items with fall colors to use as accessories.
For the top shelf, I used one of the plates from a set I have from my grandmother. I added a wooden stirrup that is usually a napkin holder in the kitchen and a votive candle in an amber container.
I placed two of my Hall teapots in deep green on the second shelf. You can see here how nice the newly stained shelves look.
I have some children’s books with garden themes that I bought used at the public library’s annual book sale. They are now on the third shelf. I bought these books specifically for our back porch at our last house, and now they work perfectly in our sunroom.
The bottom shelf is now home to a little vintage picnic basket that I have. I put it there simply because it fits. When I change the sunroom over to my north woods look for winter, I will have a new use for it.
This little shelf has been used in our powder room, in the guest room, and in the pantry. And now it works perfectly in our sunroom. And with its new facelift, I am sure it has many years of service left.