Aug 30, 2011

Classic Dresser Makeover

Remember this dresser that I shared a picture of earlier?
Well no, you probably don't because it looked more like this...  I shared this picture in this post. 


It is a very sturdy dresser, and thankfully, there was not much wrong with it.  The middle drawer was missing the stops, but that was about it!  I bought it a yard sale and the lady selling it said she had originally bought it with the intentions of painting it, but had never gotten around to it.

I refinished the top, since it was a little rough.  There were a couple of  gouges in it, that I couldn't quite get out, but I think they add to it's character.
Such pretty legs and detailing...
This is definitely one of those pieces that I wish I could keep.   Oh to have a place to put it!



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Aug 28, 2011

Vintage Looking Sign

This sign was pretty easy to make, and for a first attempt, I think it turned out pretty decent.

I started with a chunk of wood.  There is the possibility that it once belonged to a pallet... it was just in a pile of scrap wood.  The important thing was that it was already a good size, which meant I didn't have to cut it. And also as it was an experiment, I didn't want to ruin something nice!

I put a rough coat of turquoise on it, and then dry brushed some cream paint over top.  It was still a little too vibrant for me, so I sanded it up, then wiped some dark stain over top, and then wiped it off.
To apply the image, I printed off an old ad off the Graphics Fairy blog.  And then I followed this tutorial  from a blog called Crafty, Scrappy Happy.  And this is how it turned out:



It now sits proudly over my stove, inspiring me to try my hand at making a few more of these!

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Aug 27, 2011

I had a good day!

My husband was away today.... so I took the opportunity and attended an auction :-)

This chair is a gorgeous shade of turquoise... a little dirty, but that's nothing a little soap and water won't take care of.  The paint is worn perfectly on this piece :)

Little waterfall nightstand and a kitchen scale.  The scale is going to end up in my etsy shop eventually.

An end table... oops didn't notice until now that the handle was turned up.

Not sure why someone would put oilcloth on the top of this table?

This colour is starting to grow on me... do you think I should leave it alone?


A Duncan Phyfe style half moon table.  You can't see the feet because my husband needs to mow the lawn....

And this.... I was told it was a hired man's bed?  Does anyone have any ideas for this?  The caning is intact, surprisingly.  And the best part was that it only cost me a dollar!

Boy... do I have my work cut out for me! 

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Aug 25, 2011

New Additions!

I have recently added some great new fall decor to my Etsy shop!

I am totally in love with this wooden crate... I really want to keep it.... but I am sure someone else will treasure it just as much as I would have...

Aren't these mini pumpkins super cute?

How about this medium sized version?

And last but last not least... there is  this pretty little fall banner...

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Aug 23, 2011

Another Desk and Chair!

This is the fourth desk I have worked on this year, and it is one of my favorites!  I love this colour!
It started out a little sad.
The top was really scratched and there was veneer chipping and peeling along the sides.  You can't see it because of the grass, but there was a section of the inside corner missing, too. I glued the loose veneer and filled in the chips.  The top of the desk received a thorough sanding. I used a product called PC Lumber to build up the missing section.  It's a moldable, sandable epoxy putty.  It worked pretty good.  I went to Home Hardware looking for the JB Weld brand that I had heard about, but this was the only brand they carried.  And since I had already started working on the desk, this the brand that I bought!
The chair was a yard sale special purchased down the street from our house.

As you can see, the finish was really rough.  But it says Vilas on the bottom, so I knew it was a good chair!  And it was sturdy... I don't like gluing chairs!
I painted the original hardware with OilRubbed Bronze spray paint by Rustoleum.. I love that stuff!
The chair was distressed, but I left the desk clean.  I like the bit of a contrast.

Here are some more pictures of the finished product:
The doorknob is a recent find.  I do have the other end of it and am debating about  replacing one of my doorknobs, or whether I should just use it as a display object.  The wooden prune crate was my husband's from before we were married.  It's great that he shares my love for old things. 









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