And The Final Touches Have Been Added!

So the hardware went onto the special project dresser and I am calling this complete and a success! I will let the pictures do the talking:

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And let me just say that I think that it has turned out pretty awesome. :-) I hope that Danielle is as pleased, but more importantly, I hope that Danielle’s daughter is pleased not only with the dresser, but the whole theme of the room. I’d say that this is one lucky little girl! Perhaps when the room is completed, I can convince Danielle to share a few photos of the whole room with us.

I also managed to finish another little project, one in my all time favorite color:

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Of course, you all know my fondness for red! This little black and red number just pops! I love the transformation of a tired little piece to something that will take center stage in whatever room it ends up.

I have a number of pieces that I’ve been working on over the past week in my tried and true black & gray ombré theme. I’ve actually had people on Craigslist contact me and request pieces. As long as it continues to sell, I will continue to paint it! The Kid helped me tonight redrill holes for handles, seems that between mid-century and now, the handle distance has widened, from two and a half inches to three and a half. So much of the new hardware I order requires new hole configurations. Just one more step to fill old ones and drill new ones. Once I have those installed, I will throw a quick photo up here on a post.

I also managed to snag a beautiful all-wood dresser in a Goodwill! I think it was just chance or good luck. I was told that they had just put the dresser on the floor minutes before I walked in (and I wasn’t even looking for a dresser there) and that they never last long. This one had ‘good bones’ but Lord it was beat up and rode hard. Someone had wrapped clear tape around it which looked like it had been there for years and it required nearly sanding it to the raw wood to remove the residue. It also got beautiful ‘new’ old hardware and will show it off tomorrow as well.

Been a long, cold day and I am tired, so I will say goodnight early. Something about really cold weather and snow that just wears me out!

Thanks for dropping by! As always… Happy Crafting Y’all!

julie

Another Dresser Re-do, This Time in Baseball Style

My garage is full again! I had just sold everything to allow the car to actually be parked in there in anticipation of winter and the first snow. But of course, I hit a milestone of being able to actually pay my mortgage payment using the funds collected from selling all my projects! Wow… that was big for me!

I had actually ended up selling the dresser done to look like a stack of suitcase (you can read about it here), so I did actually want to either create another one or simply find a wonderful piece to replace the piece I sold. There is a small mountain of stuff that came out of the dresser sitting on the floor and in boxes that require a replacement piece. (Honestly, I should sort through all of it and get rid of what I don’t need. Another day for that…). So back to Craigslist. I am sure that I have an addiction to that site, is there a 12-step program for it?

Well, I found a gorgeous piece and from the picture looked like it wouldn’t require too much work, save for a coat of new paint and maybe a good sanding. But it is just beautiful in its details. I had to drive about 40 miles to pick up this gem. Since I was driving this far, I wanted to make the trip worthwhile and so it was back to Craigslist again. Did I find another piece? Oh yeah, I found two! So, this trip was going to definitely be worth it.

Since it looked like I was going to be back in business, I laid claim to a beautiful old vanity, and the guy I picked up from threw in the dresser for nothing. He didn’t see what I could as he told me he was going to use it for building a fire! Argh! Luckily I rescued it from him free of charge!

So, for the past three days I have been keeping very busy in the garage. Again.

I neglected to tell you about another project that I had completed. I think this was just to prove that I could do it. A while back, I picked up this little three drawer dresser that had just about been “improved to death”. I kid, but it’s not far from the truth. In an attempt to give the dresser some panache, they had routed an area around the drawer pulls. The person’s skill was lacking as that had to be one of the wonkiest routings I had ever seen.

And I am so sorry to say that I forgot to take pictures of it before I began. Again. ::kicking myself::

But, I thought that this was a time to try something fun and if it didn’t work, I’d only be out a ten spot, paint and some time. I had done a fair amount of furniture recycling/restoring aimed at the feminine culture, so I thought doing something for a boy might be kind of fun.

Back a ways, I had bought some baseballs off eBay to make bracelets. Of course when I needed one baseball I bought twelve… so I had baseballs stacked in a pile near by craft cabinet. Always figured I’d find something to do with them. So, in a inspiration, I thought I could use them as drawer pulls! Now, something to go with them. So off to cruise the internet.

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One prevailing graphic kept catching my eye.

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So I did a little more searching, found a image of what I thought the dresser might look like once restored and pasted the graphic on top. I had my design:

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Then it was just a matter of transferring the design to the dresser and hand painting the colors.

DSCN0869Then adding the baseballs. It was a simple as screwing into baseballs through the drawer front. Is that cute or what?

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Well, there you have it. Quick and easy and fun to boot! And it was sold to the mother of the most adorable eight year old who loves baseball!

Thanks for dropping by. And keep on 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!

And the Ombré continues, this time in Black!

I totally had forgotten to write about this piece, and I knew I had to because I am going to do this several more times before I run out of paint.

I think this turned out stunning! I’m telling you, the photos just don’t do this piece justice. In person, it is simply gorgeous!

I just sold this to a young man who was intently disappointed in not one, not two but three tries at getting something into his bedroom that he was happy with. This became it. I only wish that I could have built him a whole suite. He saw this piece and fell in love with it. As did I!

This is what the piece started out looking like. A very quality, all-wood piece that I was actually given by a gentlemen that was downsizing and didn’t have room for this. When I saw this, I could tell that this had been an absolutely beautiful piece when it was new. Someone put some real love and craftsmanship into this. While me and the Kid were there, he asked if I wanted the matching nightstand. It took a little effort to wrangle it into the back of my truck, but I did it. I was determined to take it with me!

My original intent was to make it a end table for the living room, that is the one draw back to my configuration in my living room, there is no place to set a soda or glass. But once completed, there really wasn’t room for it to sit on either end of the couch, it would just be in the way. :-(

It was painted to match the first craft cabinet (which you can see here)… in my favorite “Kitchenaide Red” paint. It, too, is a wonderful, solid piece, made out of the most gorgeous wood and the wood grain was amazing, it was like they took one slice of wood and the flipped it, like an image. I wished that I could have saved it (and I wished I had taken a photo, sigh), but it was long ignored and damaged.

Here is a close up of the cabinet. Right now, it’s just going to store more (larger) supplies and equipment. I love my red. :-)

Okay, I have about five more projects in various states of completion, I guess I should go get something done! It is stacking up to be a beautiful day.

Thanks for dropping by! And Happy Crafting Y’All!

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