Pink, pink and more pink!

It seems that everyone who sees the ombré painted dressers just love them. Especially popular are the pink versions. I think that my love of pink stems from only having a son and the lack of being able to sew or paint or play with “girly” things. I, myself, was never much of a “girly girl” no matter how hard my Mom might have tried. Growing up with five brothers just made me want to compete with them and do everything they did. For the most part, I love it. I am a computer geek, love woodworking and fast cars… those things you consider “manly”. But occasionally, I relinquish control and give into pink.

I recently bought a dresser from a struggling young man that was able to move up and better himself. The cabinet itself wasn’t in bad shape, but the drawers all needed work. In fact, the top one was just gone and I built it new from scratch. I am so proud of myself. Of course – sigh – I forgot to take a before picture, but here is the after:

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I scored this amazing deal on these charming ceramic knobs at Michael’s craft stores… these were a close-out and 50% off that price and I got 20 of them for a dollar a piece! I went in search of them at a couple of stores and cleaned the stores out… I now have about 50 more for future projects. I just love the elegance and charm that they provide.

This dresser was snapped up quickly from Craigslist and it was delivered this past Sunday. But I had another buyer who was close on the first’s heels, so I told her that I would paint another for her. I had another decent dresser that only required a little work that lent itself nicely to this color scheme. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you looked at it) I wasn’t paying attention to the order of the dresser drawers when I was painting and ended up painting them in reverse order. Without realizing it, the bottom two drawers were actually just slightly deeper than the other three and so they wouldn’t fit into the top two spots that I had anticipated. What do you think, does the “upside-down” order add or detract from the painting scheme? I have come to really like the reverse order… but if the young Mom (who is the intended customer) isn’t as in love with it as I am, I will repaint the drawers for her.

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You can get an idea of the beating my wood floors have been taking with the weather forcing me to work inside. I figure once the weather warms up and I get to move back into the garage, I will give it some real love and attention. They are solid oak wood floors, so they will take a sanding easily and I can apply another stain and sealer. Its funny that you don’t often notice that your floors are fading or being scratched or little paths are being worn as we walk in the same places year over year; one day you are looking at them and pow! it hits you, they’ve “aged”. Ha!

Have a ton more work to do, as it always seems that when I drop off one dresser, I pick up two more! I have a little project in mind for one of the two pieces I just picked up, so I will be sure to share with you the results.

Thanks for dropping by! And keep making beautiful things!

julie

One For Me, One For You

Sometimes, you just have to reward yourself. Often when I am working on a project or have one for sale, there is a little part of me that would really love to keep it. Before I really found Craigslist and knew that I could sell pieces quickly and profitably, I did keep many of my pieces. And my house is packed as a result. Not hoarders packed, but really, there isn’t room to add more. And sometimes I really think that I am pushing the edge on how much I have as a result of how much I keep.

My guest room, for example is just such a room. Functional yes, beautiful yes, but sometimes I think it could stand a little less. But it is where I store a lot of things that I just simply can’t seem to part with. It was designed first and foremost as a guest room and currently it holds a queen sized bed as well as a day bed with a trundle. It allows for a family to sleep there. It is just off the upstairs bath, so it makes it convenient for guests. I have a large armoire (bought and used for the Kid as a baby) that now holds the few quilts that I can’t quite part with. Or just haven’t yet.

There is also a small collection, of sorts, of sewing machines. The first is my Mom’s sewing machine and the one I used as a teenager to sew with. A light blue Singer in a cabinet, I couldn’t bear to see it sold when Mom went into assisted living. And in the days when the Kid and I used to do the estate sale circuit, I picked up a couple more, even older, Singers that I just couldn’t let go to the junk yard or sold for scrap. One is an antique treadle machine, although it would definitely require some work before there would be hope of it working, it is just a beautiful contrast to the three computerized machines I use now.

I had an older white dresser in the room to hold miscellaneous fabrics that I bought before I knew what I was doing in buying fabric for quilts or remanents of pajama making or costumes. Things that might come in handy some day (doesn’t that sound like the justifications of a hoarder?) and that I just can’t seem to part with. When I first started painting the ombré style dressers, I actually sold a dresser to two different couples accidentally, so to rectify the issue, I used the dresser and painted it for the second couple. Ever since, I have been keeping on the lookout for a replacement.

My experience, at least in the Kansas City market, is that people usually desire the taller and more narrow dressers than the long, low ones. So, when the opportunity to pick up a dresser with a great little fifties retro-vibe for free came along, I snatched it up knowing that if it didn’t sell, it could take the place of the long since sold dresser.

So, I finally finished it this week. I keep putting those projects that are for myself behind in the queue, but I finally opted to finish this one. Make some room in the garage. So, with I just set it up next to another project and really did the two projects side-by-side. I think it turned out wonderfully and yesterday, it was carried up to the guest room and settled it into its place. No repairs were needed for this piece (can you believe I got this for free?) and a coat of primer followed by several coats of ultra-bright white and some new feet just brought this piece to life. I love it!

What do you think?

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I also completed another pink ombré styled dresser, no big fan fare for this one. The one thing I did do a little differently is that instead of painting the cabinet the lightest shade of pink (that wonderful blush pink), I opted to go with the most bold pink! I have six shades of pink paint and often, this bold pink doesn’t get used if the dresser doesn’t have five drawers, so I had a lot of the pink. I didn’t think that using it would require so many layers, but having that much color required a solid four coats. Each time I would move it, it seemed I would discover another area with some white primer bleed through or a small area that I missed.

I picked up the dresser from a wonderful young couple that was making a transition from a small cramped apartment to their first house and they wanted to start fresh. I bought this and another dresser for $30. This dresser had seen better days, that’s for sure. I even had to completely build the top drawer from scratch (my first one!) and I am very happy how to came out. Looks just as good as the originals. This is a very solid but very lightweight dresser and had found a sticker indicating that it had been built in 1944. I tell you, they just don’t build furniture like that any more. I am betting this will be around another 50 years at least!

DSCN1251Found a great deal on those knobs at Michael’s, in the dollar aisle. I grabbed all that I could find. I am planning on hitting all the Michael’s and Pier One’s in my area for the clearance knobs. Can’t beat a ceramic knob for a buck!

Me and the Kid have been picking up furniture all over town. He is into finding and buying a seriously awesome video game library, and has just about every game system there is. So, he doesn’t mind going with me to thrift and second hand stores. Yesterday, we scored on this awesome 60″ round glass table! You cannot image what that three quarters inch chunk of glass weighs. We seriously wrestled with that thing! Not sure what I am going to do with it, but it was just too good to pass up. Yep, free!

Okay, three more projects in varying states of completeness is calling to me, so I will say goodnight! Thanks for dropping by!

julie

More bracelets… using unique charms.

Been a few days since I last posted, but have been working on getting organized and figuring out what I wanted to do next. I also had a visit from one of my favorite little people, my grandniece “S” (I probably shouldn’t use her name here). I think she has become one of my biggest fans of the crafting and she loves the bracelets I have been making. So, I decided to make one for her.

And since I was making one for her, I have to make one for her little sister. But since she is younger, I decided to make it large pink buttons to make it simple and sturdier.

While I was at it, I finished up my bracelet with the mini-Scrabble tiles. This one was for me and has my son’s name. I like it’s simplicity.

And last but not least, this is a bracelet recycled from Macintosh keyboards. I actually bought non-working keyboards and took them apart. The strap was made from three USB cables braided together and the charms are made from keys from the keyboard, actually two glued back to back.

I need to find a better way to seal the ends of the braid and I wished I’d used sliver jump rings and clasp instead of the copper. I have lots of keys left, so I may try another one.

So that’s it for now, hope your new year is full of special arts and crafts, but mostly special people.

Happy Crafting, y’all!

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