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Game for Flame! - Furniture Revival by Way of FIRE

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At the beginning of the year, I made a decision to stop refinishing antiques to move in another direction. After giving away most of my materials, selling the inventory and declining requests to revive pieces, I was contacted by a leading, national newspaper to take on a refinishing project like no other. BURNING furniture! Yes - scorching/torching/charring with Fire! I'm that gal who favours a chain saw over a shopping cart, a motorcycle over a mini van, so the answer was a no-brainer. ABSOLUTELY!
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The adrenaline junkie in me sprang from the sofa to buy a propane blow torch and bring the ol' phono player up and out from the basement. I assembled the torch ad stared at it with a thrilling and nervous feeling before firing it up.
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Let me tell you - the smell of the smell of burning hair is bad. Seriously nasty. Yep, the façade of the piece went up in flames! Not to self: (and you) do NOT torch veneered furniture! Plan B: search out a piece that was SOLID WOOD. And it wasn't easy ! I went to 5 places before finding a table to take home for incineration. It was only $24 but the look o the cashiers face when I told her what I had planned for it? Priceless!
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
I like to think of myself as a divergent thinker so concluded that the piece wouldn't be consistently burned. Instead, I opted to give the illusion that the fire had come from the left. Different valve pressures of the flame held at various angles and distances worked to get the effect.
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
The original brass pull were passable but didn't quite cut it so I dug around in the hardware box and came up with brass & oak knobs to burn. (This girl is on Fire!) and backed them with patina' diamond shaped plates.
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
Viola! She was transformed to resemble a charred remnant from Tara in Gone With The Wind! And can I tell you - the smell? Crazy wonderful. Think campfires, wood burning stoves and fireplaces. For the most part, the feel of the finish is smooth but there are areas seared more than others for texture and authenticity.
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
There's a beauteous ominous presence to the piece I just love.
The experience was scary and empowering. With the 1/2 can of propane left, I'm looking around the room for another piece to be kissed by the flame. (Good thing my kitchen cupboards are solid wood!) ....are yours? Muuuuaaaahhhhh
  • game for flame furniture revival by way of fire, home decor, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling

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  • Diane
    Diane Albuquerque, NM

    I'm thinking my modge podge and glueing fabric to wood might be dwindling down, time to set fire to it...lol. beautiful job i hope you do more.

    • Tana, Little Red Bag Productions

      I'm itching to do more but it's so difficult to find solid wood furniture! Go for it Diane!

  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR

    Wow! Who knew fire could look so good! This piece is just gorgeous! Awesome job!

  • Katherine
    Katherine Charlotte, NC

    You are definitely brave! I think some kind of sealant might be a good idea since burned wood is porous. Years down the line it could start to feel and look dusty. Very creative!

  • Linda Koskinen

    Wouldn't a dark gel stain give you this look too? Does the burn smell go away?

  • Tova Pearl
    Tova Pearl Plainview, NY

    incredible!!

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