New Favorite Color – Vanilla Custard

Had a break in the weather – actually had a couple of days with temperatures in the seventies. And then, of course, it dipped back down today to make it too cold to paint in the garage again. So frustrating. If temps don’t go back up soon, I will be bringing in the latest aquisition of a vanity to work.

I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the pieces as they are drying their third coat of paint, using my new favorite color and sheen. I am using  high gloss paint in a shade called Vanilla Custard. It is a warmer than an ordinary white, bordering on a very light yellow. I had originally planned to use it in conjunction with some touches of Blush Pink, but now am giving that color scheme a second thought, I like the Vanilla Custard all by itself.

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The bottom large drawers have a beautiful motif on their fronts. This may (or may not) be highlighted in a coordinating pink.

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The primary body of the vanity in the Vanilla Custard. Three coats of paint in high gloss finish make this piece just shine. Love the front legs on this piece. Even though you can’t see it in this photo, the smaller drawers have some extraordinary motifs as well.

photo 9The mirror frame also has some nice carved detailing. This piece required the most work, as all of the joints had come loose or apart. Just need to reinstall the glass and re-attach to the vanity.

photo 10Small piano bench I picked up that had a warped bench top. Removed it and will be replacing with a padded cushion in the softest fabric in the same shade of white. Like the leg detailing… not too much and not too little.

Both pieces were found objects, absolutely free! The big investment besides elbow grease and some screws and glue was the paint at a hefty $17. I am tempted to keep this one, but it really is completely different than my current bedroom style.

Well, that’s it for tonight. Come back soon for the unveiling!

julie

For Sale: Handcrafted Doll House and Accessories

Need that perfect gift for your little doll mommy? Built for all 18″ dolls including American Girl, Today Girl, Journey Girl, Madame Alexander, My Twinn, Our Generation, KidKraft Sadie, Gotz and Disney Princess and more. After many months of planning, shopping, designing, building and furnishing, I am offering this one of a kind dollhouse for $3000.00.

DSCN1929Designed, built, handcrafted and lovingly assembled for your princess just in time for Christmas. Give your little girl a place to play and store all of her American Girl treasures!!

Two pieces, designed for delivery, assembled stands 80″ tall. But that doesn’t include the rooftop garden! Overall dimensions: 80″h x 25″d x 48″w. This was hand built by my son and I in our home and has many extras you won’t find in any other house.

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Three levels boasts a bedroom with adjoining bathroom, living room with fireplace and a state of the art kitchen with built in cabinets and turquoise appliances. Everything pictured is included with the exception of the doll. The doll is not included.

The pink bedroom with handcrafted bed and handmade linens sewn in awesome shades of pink. Includes a pillow with pillow case. Matching dresser in shades of pink (also called ombré style of painting) with four functional drawers. To round out the bedroom, we have a deep red wood stained armoire with a bar for hanging and three small drawers.

DSCN1912Enter the bathroom through the door in the bedroom to find a clawfoot bathtub, toilet and sink. Pink towel set – bath towel, hand towel and washcloth and a small basket with shampoo, conditioner and bath soap. The room is complete with actual white square tiles and baseboards.

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DSCN1911The kitchen is like no other you will ever see! Taking up the entire second floor, it boasts built in glass door cupboards above and below. Stainless steel sink with extendable sink sprayer sits on top of a glass tile countertop in beautiful shades of turquoise. The cupboard next to the store has a solid wood surface perfect for chopping vegetables, and houses a mixer and baking pans. Microwave above the over (sorry, door doesn’t open) but the range has an opening door with two wire shelves and plastic door to see when those pastries are browned. Refrigerator comes stocked with vegetables and food for hosting that perfect holiday party. Pantry next to the ‘fridge also boasts soup and assorted canned vegetables.

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DSCN1924The kitchen floor is a beautiful hardwood floor, three coats of varnish and three coats of polyurethane. This will look beautiful for years of play.  Same floor on the third floor, and has a hand hooked rug in between upholstered sofas. Put your feet up and relax in front of the fireplace (extra firewood in the wood box). A small table with a sewing box is near for mending socks on a late night. Plenty of room to include a Christmas tree for your dolls!

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On top, we have one more relaxing space… three piece wicker set with heart motif is surrounded by pots of colorful flowers. A wonderful place to enjoy the sunshine with a glass of tea!

DSCN1927Please keep in mind that I am simply someone who likes to tinker and collect, I am not a master carpenter so this is unique albeit not perfect.  The small imperfections make it a one of a kind but built and furnished with love and laughter!

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DSCN1902Keep in mind that although lots of little extras have been provided, there is still plenty of room to add your own special touches. Pictures, posters, doll clothes, food, dishes, jewelry… all those things that will make this dollhouse your daughter’s own.

Dollhouse will be available for local pick up in Kansas City MO once payment is received. Feel free to email me with ANY questions.

With regards to shipping: I want to work with you to make this your little girl’s perfect Christmas. I can deliver locally in and around Kansas City area for $50. That includes delivery and set up in your home. I will work with you on getting it to you, inquire about delivery outside the area, please send me an email.  Of course you are always welcome to swing through town and pick it up!

Please remember: The doll is not included. Everything else is.

I would love to hear your comments, questions, your own experiences. See previous posts for more in depth instructions and photos. I’ve truly enjoyed this process, but am ready to move on to something new and challenging.

Thanks for stopping by!

julie

Gaining Ground on the Dollhouse Project

Today is one heckuva warm day – been this warm for several days. Makes me not want to do anything in the garage or outdoors. I send the Kid out with birdseed and water for the birdbath and regularly send him out to water the strawberries and his peppers. Just too dang hot to be out there long.

So, I opted to move the dollhouse inside. As you may recall, I had started work on a second dollhouse after delivering the first one to my grandniece. If you’ve not seen it, you can see it here.

I’ve mentioned the second doll house occasionally, my first thought was to duplicate much of the work and design from the first one, but as I’ve gotten started, it has quickly become a monster! Here is the second one in early steps:

dscn1423The top shelf was to be a kitchen and the bottom was supposed to have a bedroom and a bathroom. My plans for the kitchen soon outgrew the space and it also bothered me that the part that a little girl would play with was so high off the ground.

My son and I put together the basic construction for my second attempt at this house. Looks like this:

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Yes, this would give me the added space that I wanted. So, this morning I listed the first piece on Craigslist and moved the box into its space in the entry way.

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The cabinets that I had been assembling was pretty haphazard, working with two different pieces that I found at Hobby Lobby, I just sort of ‘put that here, place that there’ approach. I’ve had to do some trimming and adding to get everything to fit together properly and its just sort of taken on a life of its own!

These are the pieces I found and am using from Hobby Lobby:

649442_1I’ve turn the drawer unit on its side and removed some drawer supports to make the lower cabinets (where the sink is going). The window units became the upper cabinets. Its all just random and I need to reign it in before it becomes too much! They will, in the end, become white and have a actual tile counter. The cabinet between the stove and ‘fridge will have a wood top for chopping. And with mention of the stove and ‘fridge, you can see them in the photo, they are the most perfect shade of turquoise!

Here’s a little better shot:

DSCN1784I had hoped for room for a dining room table, maybe booth style, but now am thinking there really isn’t room. Maybe I’ll do a pub table with stools against the wall? Guess I will see what I find that will work. But the cabinets and ‘fridge will be stocked with polymer food and scaled down boxes and bottles. Attention to detail will be evident.

The bottom portion will be a bedroom and bath. I have most of the required furniture and pieces and it is just a matter of painting walls and installing flooring. There is yet to be an upper room/attic, in this style:

ea7ef63cdedd363d4bbf7a32079fc709I cannot locate the original link for this piece, so if you know it, please send it along (I like to give credit where credit is due.) I like the simplicity of the outside and I am actually thinking that my cabinet exterior will simply be stained, since I used a high grade plywood. Will make it more of a piece of furniture.

In case you were wondering, this piece will be for sale in the near future. I just like the planning and execution of an idea. If you’re interested, let me know. I hate to say it, but the price tag for this piece – which will include all the furniture and accessories – will be high. It isn’t often that you will find something like this for sale.

Okay, enough for now. Need to get the first coat of paint onto the cabinets as I’ve gotten it all primed. One day, I will actually get my kitchen and entry way back!

Thanks for dropping by!

julie

Almost Forgot, Making Money Before I Even Got Started!

This occurred to me on my way to work this morning. I had totally forgotten to put in my last post about how I made $50 before I even got started!

Yes, those “ugly” handles really were worth the price of both the vanity and chest of drawers (or dressers… but that’s another whole discussion). Yes, picking up those two pieces only cost me $50 and the cost of driving about 60 miles. I took all those handles and pulls off and immediately put them on eBay. I held out for $50 and I got it easily. There is something about those period designs and the bakelite portions that make some people get goose bumps! Not me, so much.

But like I said, that made the “cost” of the dresser and vanity a great big ZERO! And now that they are ready to sell, everything is pure profit. Had the paint and the rollers and blue tape, so whatever comes out of this is pure profit. Of course, I am one of “those people” who will turn around and invest it in another project. :-)

Here is a shot of the hardware:

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I can imagine at one time that these gleamed and were quite beautiful. Just not my taste.

Thanks for dropping by!

julie

Quick Update on the Special Project

The third coat of blue went on the cabinet and drawers of the special project dresser and finally the color is really coming out! I think that this does it for the blue. Now onto completing the painting of the flower on the front and I should be approaching the finish line. Then it can cure for a bit until Danielle is ready for it. I can’t wait to show it off! I really love the contrast of the blue and the pink, I think, because they are not the standard blue and pink that seems to be used most often.

I went this morning early to pick up an antique armoire that was advertised on Craigslist. Unfortunately, it was too large to fit into the back of my little Tribute, so I will have to return later with our pickup truck. While I was there, though, he had another piece, a very sweet little dressing table with a mirror that was going to need some serious repair and love. I bargained him down to $20! This did fit nicely into the back of ‘Joe’ (the name of my Mazda Tribute). And while we were looking for all of the pieces of the mirror frame, I uncovered in the “trash” pile an awesome little pedestal table base, not for a dining table, but perhaps a side table. I asked if I could take that and he produced the table top and handed them to me! It really is true, one man’s trash in another’s treasure!

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Everything I picked up today (along with this grand armoire) is solid wood and solid construction. It was simply years of neglect that has caused seams to come loose and the finish to degrade. I am anxious to get started on this as well.

It seems that I have plenty to keep me busy for a while. If only the weather were to cooperate for more than a day or two so I could work in the garage. Yesterday the high was around 17 degrees, yet tomorrow it supposed to be in the 60’s! But imagine that a day or two later that it will return to cold and maybe snow, as I heard a large cold storm front is supposed to hit the midwest. Sigh.

I was able to get the first set of doll hangers completed and listed for sale. We’re doing a little experiment to see what works best, as I have them listed on Craigslist, eBay and Dollabee.com. Hopefully, this will be successful for us, as this is really the Kid’s project – he keeps the profits! Check them out here!

So, this will be a quick post, as I have so much to get done today! Thanks for stopping by!

And as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

More Pink Ombré – Two Dressers and a Vanity

Okay, I told you about all of the projects going on in the garage and with the exception of hardware on one of the dressers, I am done. Now to find someone who loves them as much as I do.

Today’s post is on the three pieces I did in pink ombré… a nice little vanity and a very large dresser and a tall chest of drawers.DSCN0970I didn’t realize that I hadn’t yet put the hardware on when I took theses pictures. By the time I ran to get screws to attach them, it was too dark to retake pictures.

You wouldn’t believe the before state of this vanity! I met a gentlemen who works for a moving company and I think we’ve created a little alliance. He told me that sometimes when they are moving people, the truck gets full and people opt to leave some things behind. Usually the stuff is not in good shape or isn’t quality furniture or it is just excess from the house. This time it was stuff left in a basement and at first glance, it didn’t look like much. But you have to be able to see it and I could see it. Good bones.

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There wasn’t a photo of the chest of drawers. He sold me the vanity and threw in the matching chest of drawers and mirror for free. It just fit into my truck. I knew these pieces had good bones.

It was the usual stripping, sanding, patching, priming and repairing. Then the magic with the paint happens. Here is the chest of drawers:

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And here is the vanity:

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There was a mirror with the pair, but it appears to have gone with the chest and not the vanity. I had a vanity mirror/frame that I picked up somewhere that with a little finesse it fits onto the vanity. Not my favorite, but it works. I wish that I could get a better fit for the mirror.

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Here is the mirror that delivered with the pieces, the mirror itself is pretty old and a bit damaged. I only taped the mirror on in case the person who buys it wants to replace the mirror.

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The tall dresser was an all wood dresser that had been painted the worst green and almost all the handles were gone. A few minor repairs and the usual painting brought this back to fantastic!

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I can imagine this in a little girl’s room for Christmas. I love the way it turned out. I still love the ombré style, but its becoming routine. Means I need to find another popular style. I recently ran across some beautiful styles on Pinterest that I might try. For now, this has been successful, so, you go with what works.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

Playing ‘Catch up’!

It seems that the big projects always get the attention here. So, while we’re still in the midst of the big project of redecorating the Kid’s room, I thought I’d throw up a few of the smaller projects that have been skipped in the past month or so.

First up is this gorgeous rocker. I had originally picked this up thinking it would be great for my mom, so on nice days she could sit on her patio and enjoy the sunshine. Unfortunately, she didn’t love it as much as I did. :-(

I picked it up from the local Goodwill store and I couldn’t believe what awesome condition it was in. The seat and arms were a bit worn – this was obviously a piece that had been loved and used in the past – so structurally I didn’t have to do anything to it, but a bit of sanding and painting. I chose to do this with spray paint to get a nice, smooth finish and I used this dark blue/navy color. It was a pretty straight forward project although the dark paint required several/many coats of paint to get a nice even coverage.

Up next, is a small night stand. If you recall, I did a gray ombré dresser and sold it to a young man who after a couple of tries at getting furniture that he loved, finally settled on the piece I restored.

When we delivered it, he mentioned that he would be interested in a night stand if I had one. I told him I would keep an eye out for a piece. Well, I did find one and here it is completed (again, I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo):

I am constantly amazed by what a good paint job can do to a piece of “trash”. I live and die by the statement that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

On to another quick project, repainted a round mirror. It could be used to accentuate either of the gray ombré dressers or would work on its own.

One more to share with you. This one was pretty challenging with the spindles and curves of the chairs. Here is the before picture:

There is just something about this black paint that we’ve chosen for the Kid’s room. “Deep Space” black, Behr paints from Home Depot. I really wanted to try something unique on the table, by routing out the center of the table just deep enough to accommodate some glass tile. I was hoping to do something in shades of grey or perhaps white and blue and then paint the table top and chairs to match. Here are some tiles that I am considering:

But before I started working on the really nice table I purchased for this special treatment, I wanted to see how the paint would turn out. So, on with about six coats of my favorite black paint. It is really a pain to have to alternate positions of the chairs to be able to get every nook and cranny painted, especially when using a roller! I will probably work hard to avoid using roll on paint again and opt for spray paint for this type of application in the future.

Here is the final result:

I actually had one matching chair and one more that was very close to the same style. You really have to look close to noticed the difference.

And for your convenience, here is a ‘Before & After’ photo:

Today is Thanksgiving Day and I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and weekend. As one who wasn’t overly obsessed with holidays, the Kid and I are simply using the day to kick back and do some of our favorite things. And our dinner selection is our three cheese lasagna. It is made with ground turkey, so it sorta works out. :-)

So wishing everyone their version of a perfect Thanksgiving! And happy crafting y’all!

Do you know a princess? Are you a princess?

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:

Vanity                 $15.00
Mirror                $10.00
Fabric                   $ 6.15
Paint                     $ 2.50
Beads                  $   1.99
Knobs                  $10.00

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!

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