What an eventful weekend!
I’ve told you before about my love of craigslist, haven’t I? I’ve been able to buy and pick up a number of projects and then turn around and after applying my own brand of style and talents have been able to pass those along to others. Well, that and the happenstance of a city wide garage sale this past weekend, resulted in an abundance of project turnaround. And the influx of a little cash (never hurts!).
So let me share with you some of my projects:
I’m really getting good with the ombre style with dressers. And they seem to just to appeal to almost everyone, boys and girls. I’ve done blue and purple and pink and this weekend I’ve completed both another pink and blue. The pink was done, really, to take advantage of the pink paint that I stumbled upon at Lowe’s. What is called “oops paint”. A quart of very light pink paint, one I would call ‘blush’ that was marked for $2.50 (full price was almost $15.00!). Never one to pass up a bargain, and of course knowing that pink is a favorite of mine and would make a great color for many projects to come.
I have been looking for a vanity for my ongoing master bedroom planning and ran across a cute one for sale on craigslist. Listed for $15, I couldn’t pass it up. Here it is “before”:
There was nothing to help reference the size in the photograph, but it didn’t take long once we were there to pick it up to realize it was a child’s vanity. It’s pretty small. But it was cute as heck and was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. So it went home with us.
I darn near tore it down to nothing in trying to restore it, but it was for the best. It think that it had been held together with bubble gum and a strong wish! I thought if I replace the bridge with something a little wider and sturdier and maybe placed feet on it, I would be able to still use it, but it still proved to be too small for my needs.
So a wider, stronger bridge was added, with a nice gentle curve on the back. I added the flower motif on the front, just seems to add a feminine touch.
I had picked up a pretty beaten up mirror at an estate sale weeks ago that I knew would come in handy for just such a project. So it was added with a little brace to the top. And what vanity is complete without a mirror? After a couple of coats of the pale pink paint, I added a single strand of “pearls” to the inside… I thought it added just the perfect extra touch of femininity to the mirror. I am still considering a top coat of sparkles to the rosette edging, but I want to be careful about taking it too far.
Everything got several coats of the pale ‘blush pink’ following a coat of primer. I know that you should use a grey primer for red, so I figured it would be good under pink as well. And considering that I had the majority of a gallon leftover from the red wall in my bathroom, that helped keep costs down. The wood used for the bridge and for the back support was wood that came from play kitchen project and a leaf from one of the two tables that I recently acquired for another project.
The drawer interiors were painted a bold purple (because little girls who love pink usually love purple too!) and the wooded knobs were replaced with a single clear glass knob.
I painted both a small chair and a bench (both free via craigslist) as I wasn’t sure which one would be most suited. I found the most lovely and the ultra-soft fleece (called ‘bubble fleece’) in almost the same pale pink and upholstered both. I think I prefer the bench, but will offer the option of either (or both!).
Here is a close-up of the bench… the proportions turned out perfect!
Love the musical motif on the chair. I may still add some detailing here, something to add sparkle or attention to the unique styling of the seat.
And there it is! Isn’t it just perfect for some little princess? I can’t wait to see the look on some little girl’s face when she realizes that this will be in her room!
So, here is a wrap up of the costs:
Fabric $ 6.15
Paint $ 2.50
Beads $ 1.99
Grand Total $45.64
The primer, wood, bench, chair, glue and all the tools I already had and the Kid (my wonderful and strong and helpful son) makes all of it a real pleasure and joy to be able to create this kind of magic! I have it set up in my entryway and have taken photos of it there. I will be able to enjoy seeing it there for the next few days. I love when a plan comes together!
It has been a eventful weekend, I’ve picked up another couple of dressers which I’ve a grand plan in mind for the matching pair. My collecting and work has been spreading out all over the house, so I decided to confine it to the small section of the garage (or at least try!)…
Can you believe how organized this disorganization is? (And how do you like the awesome retro leather chair I picked up this weekend?)
Well, I hope you liked the work I did. And I hope I inspired you to create. Recycle. Upcycle. Whatever you do, love it!
Happy Crafting Y’All!