Monday, June 25, 2012

Crazy stuff!

I know it's been awhile again, but there is good reason! I have decided to turn my crafting craziness into a business. (GAH!!! I'm crazy, I know!) The last few months have been crazy with me building up an inventory of 'needing-to-be-refinished' furniture, putting together a new blog for the business and all the other stuff needed to get serious with it. It's still not all ready how I want it, but it's time to roll it if you feel so inclined, I'd love to have you go check out the new blog, like it, maybe check out the FB page, and let me know what you think. I'd especially like feedback on the logo, the style of the blog, the prices...everything! I'm pretty new to this, but have had some very positive encouragement, which I really appreciate, and feel like this is the right direction to head. Thanks to everyone still reading and supporting me!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A desk called Sunshine

I have loved the vintage look of waterfall dressers for a long time, and searched high and low for one to make beautiful again. I finally found one and had so much fun dressing her up! Here she is!

 She is currently for sale! See the ad here.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nightmare turned dreamy

So many things have changed since I lasted posted. I won't bore you with details, but we moved, so that's taken a lot of my time and energy. After finally getting settled in, I jumped head first into what I thought would be a normal refinishing job, and ended up being the first piece of furniture to literally bring me to tears. Oh, and it took 5 weeks to finish. Here are the gory details: 

Here she is before I started. No knobs, but sturdy, and she was so full of potential! I was so excited to start! 

Prepping - I painted a little corner to see if my inspiration was going to work...IT DID! 

The first layer of stripping....

revealed not one, not two or even three, but FOUR different colors, and probably 2 layers of each color. That is 8 layers of paint, people!! 

I started out trying the smelled nice, and turned everything this lovely tangerine color, but in the end, it was not strong enough to strip this beauty.  

See how ugly?! All those pretty cutouts that I was so excited about turned out to be the bain of my existence. More on that later. 

Serious gunk under all this! 

These drawers were rough, but under all 8 layers of paint - 

Tada! So nice and almost clean! 

After weeks and weeks of stripping, literally, (well, I was only working at night, and maybe 3 nights a week, but it took weeks!) I was still stuck at this stage. See all that black and orange gunk? It was awful. 

Now, go back up to the top and look closely at those beautiful spindle legs. I don't know why, but I never took pictures of them during the nightmare stage. They are the very reason that I almost gave up the whole things. I.COULD.NOT.GET.THEM.CLEANED. 8 layers of paint on those babies! EIGHT! I cried, I bled (thanks to the steel wool and bristly brushes I used once without remembering my gloves) and I may have even swore. Once. Maybe twice. Who's counting, right? ;) Finally, I got so desperate that I was about to junk it, and desperate times call for desperate measures. I emailed a fabulous lady who has mad refinishing skills - Amy at The Salvage Collection - and begged for her wisdom. She gave me some great advise, which I followed, and some courage, which I needed, and got back to work. Four days later I finished. (THANKS SO MUCH, AMY!)

Here she is in all her glory - 

Well, a sneak peek. I had one last decision to make after the color. The top had been damaged and looked a bit sad, but after distressing and glazing, I liked it! I felt like it represented all the struggles that we'd been through (even though she came with the damage) - But I didn't know if she would sell well like this. So....

I debated. And fabric lined the drawers. 

Then, I decided to throw caution to the wind and I got out my trusty Mod Podge and decoupaged the fabric on the top as well! :D 

And fell in love. *sigh* All that hard work and crying and swearing  stuff paid off! 
I posted it on Facebook to show my friends and SOLD it in less than an hour. :) Yes, I did a Happy Dance.  

So there is my story of how a seemingly harmless looking desk turned into a nightmare, but ended up dreamy. I was a little sad to see it go, after all that we'd been through. But in the end, I think it's in a great place being loved by someone else. 

The End. 

P.S. The paint is Rustoleum Aqua, and the fabric came from Hobby Lobby. Just, ya know, in case someone was wondering. :) 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Kaylie's Barbie Castle

Our little girl, Kaylie, is four, and like any four year old, in love with the Disney Princesses. When a certain giant retailer started selling the Princess barbie castle, it immediately went to the top of her wish list. However, it was not in the budget this year, so I got the brilliant idea to build a dollhouse/castle myself. It is by no means professional, but it hardly cost us anything. I took an old bookshelf and made it into this:

We measured to make sure that all of the Princesses would be able to stand up tall and not hit the ceilings. :) The bottom level is for the hot pink Ford Mustang that the Princesses will be getting shortly. Luckies. :D

The upstairs is the bedroom - no the bed is not quite big enough, but it was too cute and only $1 at the D.I. She hasn't said anything, so I assume it's okay for her, too.  :D The wallpaper is fancy textured scrapbook paper. 

Downstairs is the living area - bookshelf, comfy couch and a crackling fire. And of course, a flat panel tv to watch all the "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" a girl can handle! :D 

It's a little cheesy, but I printed out these patterns for the garage floor and the rooftop - just to add some visual interest. I think they're awesome! :D 

And finally, my artist of a husband painted the sides to look like a castle. Overall, I am pleased. I'm sure she would've been giddy over the plastic castle, but this one is sturdy and made with love, so I like it better. Oh, and did I mention cheap? The entire thing was under $25. :) And that makes me really happy! 
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Beautiful hutch

Okay, so until I finished the armoire, this was my favorite project ever. :D We live in a townhome, and there is not enough storage. I'd been scouring the want ads for a solid wood hutch for my kitchen, and finally found one for $50! Here it is in all it's golden oak glory:

Lovelly, huh? Really, it's not bad. But wait! It gets better!
I took off all the hardwear, as well as the glass inserts, and spray painted them with Oil-rubbed bronze paint. Already an improvement!

Then I sanded and stained the top of the bottom half with Minwax Jacobean. It turned out better than I'd imagined! After that, everything else got a coat of white paint.

Once it was put together, I thought that something was still missing.
So, I used my beadboard wallpaper to add some character. I put it on the inside of the hutch, as well as on the front of the doors. PERFECT! I'm so happy with this piece, and even more happy that I get to keep it!
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My favorite redo EVER!

A while ago, I sold our little entertainment armoire. I loved it, and I shed a tear when I sold it. But it wasn't very big, low to the ground, and our toddler loved to sit up right next to our new LCD tv, and touch it, and move it. And I have visions of him knocking it over, him getting pinned under it, and other scary things. So, I sold it. But I didn't have anything to replace it with. From the last post, you'll see that it was temporarily on the dresser. But what I wanted was a sold wood armoire, with doors that slid into the sides. Not too much to ask, right? Wrong. It took 5 weeks to find such a thing. It started out at $75, so I waited. Two weeks later, they dropped it to $50. When I went to pick it up, he told me that if I'd take this awful brass headboard, too, he'd give both to me for $40. :D Yeah, I took it. So, here it is!

Not bad looking, but the moulding was broken off is several places, shattered, really. And it was really disgustingly dirty. Gross. I was going to stain it, but found out that it was just a veneer Knotty Alder. Changed my plans pretty quickly. :( So, I decided on a white glazed look. I'd never used a glaze before this. I've always loved the results with stain. But, my neighbor kept insisting that I try it, so I did. LOVE! Oh, I still love to use stain, but glaze...Wow. Love it. There aren't a lot of tutorials out there on how to use a glaze, and the folks at Home Depot have NO. IDEA. what you're talking about when you say you want to glaze furniture. I swear I'd grown a third eye. Don't go to them. Listen to me.

I used the Behr glaze, just the pint size. They won't tint it for you. Don't ask. This is where they looked at me like I'd gone crazy. Silly people. :D So I just bought the $2 sample size paint in a lite brown. In a mixing cup, I mixed 4 TBsp. glaze with 1 TBsp. paint. Mixed it really well. Then, I painted my white armoire. It about gave me heart failure. I was sure I was about to destroy my hard work.

Here's what it looked like. Then, I took a rag, sat a big bowl of water next to me, and wiped it down with a lightly damp cloth. I rinsed it frequently.

This was my result. (Oh, I'd distressed and sanded it prior to glazing - that's how the glaze makes it POP!)\

I tore off all the old yucky moulding, and then replaced it with some really fun, viney stuff. I think it really pulls it all together.
Final product:
Yep. It's my new favorite piece. We still have to put a large piece of moulding on the bottom, but the one we bought was 1/8" too tall, not allowing the doors to open. :( So, we'll either buy some bun feet to heighten it, or just cut it. We just haven't done anything yet. But I am in love with it, and so excited for all the things I'm going to do with glaze! 

A new favorite dresser

One day in August, the day after I promised my husband not to start any new projects for a month or so, to be exact...I found this dresser. I fell in love with the trim, and the size. It was in such good condition. It was only $25. I couldn't help it. I bought it. I didn't get in trouble - in fact, he was so excited about this find, too! But I did stub my toe something awful getting it into my van. Took my toenail off, actually. was worth it!

Before - Sorry, it's the only pictures I got.

And after! The pictures don't show the color very well, but it started out Granny Smith green, but I tamed it by using a stain over it. I replaced all the knobs with some I already had - cute little crystal things.

Seriously, look at the's so sweet! It's now in our daughter's room, and even more lovely as an accent to all the bright pink she has going on in there! :D LOVE IT!
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