Wardrobe Redesign

Months ago, I ran across a beautiful old wardrobe that had been handed down to someone who apparently didn’t appreciate what they had. It was relegated to a corner of a garage and because of this, the front doors and bottom frame sustained some pretty extensive damage. Sad face.

But, that also meant that I picked it up for a song. The interiors are immaculate and the back and top are in really great shape too. But that left open the question of what to do to “fix” the damage. It sat unattended for some time while I finished other projects and even when I went back to work (funny how a full time job with a lengthy commute can eat into my spare time), I tried to re-sell it to someone else who might want to take it on as a restoration project. No luck.

But this might work out to my advantage. Now on evenings and weekends I am going to set to bringing my own special touch to this piece. I searched high and low for walnut veneer, without much luck, as I didn’t have to want to travel too far or pay too much. So, again it sat in my garage, although in much better surroundings.

And I have stumbled onto the design I want to take it. And there is a nice little tutorial on how to approach it. If you’re interested in how to do it, just visit the website.

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I am going to rebuild the base with the help of my son and then I am going to strip the veneer off the doors and sand it down to a nice solid finish. Then it is going to get painted in a beautiful high gloss black and then the doors are going to get a colorful abstract painting in bold beautiful colors. The interiors are simply going to get a cleaning and a sealer to protect the still beautiful finish.

So, here is the before:

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And I will provide updates as I progress. There is no hurry to getting this project done and I want to take my time with it. In the meantime, I am also working on the other American Girl dollhouse project. This one will be sold when done, and I expect it to command a pretty penny. And it will be a fun project as I work on it.

Here is the work so far:

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Basically it is a big box. :-) It measures 48″ wide by 48″ high and is 24″ deep and the shelf rests at 24″ and is built out of beautiful cabinet grade plywood (I’m thinking hardwood floors throughout). Yes, this is the beginnings of the most amazing dollhouse for 18″ sized dolls, ie. American Girl dolls. Although there are a wide variety of popular dolls that size, including Our Generation, Madame Alexander, Favorite Friends and so many more, that would feel just as home in this doll house. Intentions include a base which should be a small lawn and an attic. The kitchen will be to-die-for… boasting turquoise appliances and a plethora of cabinets and I am hoping for an adjoining dining room. It is also to have a bathroom (you should see the toilet!) and a bedroom. I have so much collected already, I am excited to see this come together.

Thanks for dropping by and taking a peek. And apologies for being so absent lately. Come back soon!

julie

A Little More Catch-Up

Seems these days I am busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest. Ha! (Something my Dad used to say!)

You’ve been seeing the larger projects as they are completed, but there always seems to be little projects that slip under the radar. So while paint is drying and ink is curing and things are generally still for a few minutes, I thought I would get a few more things written.

The black/gray ombré continues to be a very hot commodity. I have loved it from the start, but a person needs a break, even from something you love! I picked up five shades of yellow this afternoon… can’t wait to get started with that!

In the meantime, I met a very nice woman who had inadvertently turned her living room into a furniture storeroom. She only had very nice, small pieces – chairs, tables, side tables, shelves – and pretty old, but in pristine condition. I answered a Craigslist ad for a chest and without really realizing it, it wasn’t the normal dresser size pieces I was used to. But since she sold it to me at a very good price, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Of course, I forgot to take a before picture and somehow didn’t even keep the Craigslist photo. I thought I had been getting better about this! :-( But here is the ‘after’ picture:

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It’s a nice little piece, perfect for a home office… which is where it went in its new owner’s home. Nice little compact size seemed to be very popular, I had no less than 5 offers for it! When all was said and done, it was the first person to show up with cash!

A couple of days later, I ran across an ad for a similar cabinet, and repeated the process. Finished today and about ready to list it. I think it turned out nice as well, and again is a perfect little size for a printer to sit on and would hold paper and office supplies. Add a little pizzazz to a space.

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This piece took a whole lot more work than I am normally accustomed to doing. On the surface it looked okay and I knew I would be in for a bit of sanding, but it turned out that nearly all five drawers almost had to be glued and repaired, plus the bottoms all required replacing. And it was missing the little kick plate on the front. But in the end, I think it turned out gloriously. I just love the slim, modern handles.

There was another small cabinet, more standard dresser size. A fairly standard remake, this one only required a bit of gluing and a new back (how does the back of a dresser get damaged?) but sanding, priming and a couple of coats of my favorite black and grays and viola! it, too was done.

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Each time I finish one of these pieces with the black/gray ombré, I vow to take a break from it for a while. But it seems to be a favorite and at the end of the day, the primary purpose is to finish furniture that appeals to people and then sell it to them. And this combination seems to sell well.

I picked up the final paints for the special project that I am working on for Danielle. And now that the final primer coats have taken care of the blue outlines on the drawers and a flower shape has been roughly designed, I am ready to tackle the primary coats of paint. I am excited about how this is going to turn out… here is the photo of the inspiration dresser:

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Danielle is using the colors from Sherman Williams, called Teen ‘Glam’ and I have come to really like them:

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I have a little creative license to chose which colors I use, but I know that whatever color combination, it will be making a real statement when it is done. Here it is primed:

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This also shows that I filled in half of the holes for knobs, as I’ve chosen this beautiful knobs to replace the outdated ones that were on it:

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Just waiting on their arrival via eBay. I love eBay and Craigslist both for different reasons, but without them, I think I would be lost. :-)

Okay, that about gets me caught up, with the exception of the doll projects that me and the Kid have in the works… which includes hangers and the first of the bed series. And of course, I always have multiple dressers in the works and also my sewing room is the location of quite a few doll outfits as well. A million things in progress, always so hectic. But that wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t. :-)

Okay, gotta run get materials to create miniature mattresses. Glad you could stop by!

And as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

julie

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