Finally Finished Demilune Commode


Pretty freakin’ awesome isn’t it?

Well… I love it! I’m sure I paid too much for it based on the condition it was in, but I don’t regret it! It is a vintage piece made by Berkey & Gay and is in great physical shape but with some serious cosmetic defects…

I basically “robbed Peter to pay Paul” on this piece… removing wood stiles completely from some areas and using them to make repairs on others… I removed all of the stiles that were still on the doors in order to repair the drawer fronts and top sides… worked pretty good if I do say so myself…


The white stuff you see is duct tape residue… lots of fun too remove! There was just no way I could keep any of this stained… too much veneer repair was necessary… a shame because the grain is so pretty!


I bought this piece in mid February and finished all but the sanding and waxing a couple of months ago… just got too busy to finish it (sort of embarrassed to admit this)! Anyway here it is in all is beautiful (finished) glory… so happy this is staying with “me”!


After making all of the veneer and stile repairs I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with the highlights in Old Ochre… Hubby thinks I should paint the handles but I like them like this… I think…


I distressed, waxed and buffed the piece and now it has a gorgeous smooth feel and shine! I’m looking for an old metal number to put in the oval area, but haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for yet… I also want to add some small knobs to the side doors so I don’t need to find a skeleton key for it…


I just love these columns…

DSC_0027 and the feet…


Oh… I forgot to mention at one point this used to have a mirror back (two chunks missing from the top rear) I had to repair the cutouts with scrap wood and wood filler… you have to look VERY close to see where the repair was made…


I’m using this in my Morning Room, off the kitchen, to hold some wine on the sides and our table clothes in the drawers. I’m now on the hunt for the perfect “whatever” to put above it… not sure if I want a mirror, shelves or art work yet…

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my “new” acquisition! I’m so glad this project is FINALLY complete!

Until next time…

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on September 2, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Absolutely gorgeous Susan!


  2. Susan,

    I love thid it came out fantastic as usual!!



  3. You did a wonderful job, this is a piece that makes you happy and that is such a joy to be able to keep….love it


  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    What a neat piece of furniture! Love those curves! And I like the pulls just the way they are!


  5. carol@HouseandHomeDefined

    Wow! I’ll bet it’s even more gorgeous in person. Just incredible.


  6. A Stunner! I would have paid too much for it too. I love the colors you chose and LOVE the columns and feet!!


  7. Janet L Santiago

    This is beautiful. I definitely saw the before and once again you gave new life to a piece. Can’t wait to see it in it’s place of honor.



  8. hello gorgeous. i love you.


  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Great job, that piece is amazing. Hugs, Marty


  10. this looks amazing! I love it!!


  11. Stunning! Lucky you… a very unique piece! Your hard work paid off! Great job!



  12. YOu did a great job and the color is gorgeous. I’m trying to repair and paint a similiar piece and I would be so happy if it turned out like yours.


  13. Wonderful! LOVE the color!


  14. What a great pece Susan! Thanx for linking up to THT!


  15. Oh Susan, this is an amazing piece. I love how it turned out and the color combination is great.


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