Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gray and White Striped Dresser

Updated with better pics! :)
A few months ago I replied to a craigslist ad for a free painted dresser in need of a paint job. Perfect! I replied a couple hours after it was posted so really doubted I had a chance, but luck was on my side that day. I received a phone call and told the man I was so excited and looking forward to working on it and that I lvoed working with older furniture. He then told me about another antique dresser he'd like to give me, and when I arrived he gave me a corner shelf as well as a really ornate little table. It was amazing! Anyhow, this particular dresser he wasn't sure I would want as he thought it was pretty rough, but I loved its sweet shape. Didn't love its sad little paint job, but that was an easy fix!

I primed and painted it with a base of "Alabaster" white by Sherwin Williams, the taped off variegated stripes.

I then painted in the stripes with "Rare Gray" also by Sherwin Williams, and then dry brushed over that with the white. Once it was all dry, I distressed all the edges, added some paste wax for protection, and added these cute little aqua rose knobs for a splash of color. Oh, and the knobs were from Marshall's and I got them for $10 for all 6! Happy day! Here it is complete, and now for sale on my website!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

This is how I do Red, White, and Blue

I have never been one for the bold colors of red, white, and blue. I am all for America, and believe the stars and stripes are forever, but when it comes to decorating for the holiday, I just have a really hard time as I don't like putting little flags all over the place! So I made this worn and faded no-sew (yes!!!) white burlap runner for my dining table using scraps from feedsack pillows I have made, scraps if white burlap from another project, and "What is that holding the flowers together?" you ask. Why, metal scrapbooking brads of course! I had a strip of white burlap which was perfect runner size, and then I had an extra square of burlap. I cut circles in different sizes out of the burlap and feedsack scraps, and layered. Once I had enough layers, I used a brad to poke through the center and attach to the runner base. I placed 3 on each side, but the nice thing about brads is I can move them however I want and change out the look. So this is how I do red, white, and blue- raw, faded, time-worn. More of a muted tribute to America! Oh, and you can use the runner either way, though I prefer mine sideways so that it drapes over the edges a bit. And the pitcher is filled with Hosta leaves if you are wondering. I have tons of them and they add a bit of color, so why not?

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Monday, June 28, 2010

My Accidental Nightstand

I plan on painting my bedroom white in a couple of weeks, so I had decided that I was going to hunt for a new nightstand to paint a color- something gray or blue.
I also have had this little guy in my shop for-like-ever!

I think he's adorable with his plaid knobs and sweet shape and size, but I guess I am alone in that. So I decided I would take the mirror off and advertise it as a TV stand. When I removed the mirror, some paint came off the top, so I was going to have to repaint the top and I didn't have any more of that white, so I decided to repaint it entirely and use some of the new knobs I purchased at Marshall's. Then it dawned on me that it just might work as a nightstand for me! I thought it would look adorable in gray with the white rose knobs, so that was exactly what I did, distressing it lightly to show a bit of the white underneath. Here is my room before with the old washstand as a nightstand,

and here it is now with the gray one. What do you think! I love it and love how the knobs look with the bedding. Of course, I need to "stage" it a little bit more and I am considering sconces and a big leaning mirror. I also plan to use a basket underneath it for my magazines. What are your thoughts on what would make it look great?

Oh, and yes, that is "Eclipse" by Stephanie Meyer on my nightstand. I just finished Twilight and New Moon and am just starting the third in the series. I was reluctant to read the series but decided to go for it at the urging of a credible Editor-in-Chief of a magazine friend. And I am hooked. The books are not well-written, but the story is intriguing. Nice easy summer reading!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

I Chopped It!

I was going to get a trim today, but I just went for it and decided to chop it all! I had this hair cut a aocuple years ago and loved it- it's angled up the back and easy care!
Also, if you like my shirt in this picture, I got it from Hot Topic. It is a newer item in stores so I am sure there are plenty available out there, and for $26 not too bad! My husband works there as a DM, so I peruse their website sometimes and point out things I like. He came home with it this week and I love it! He brought a small home at first, but it was a little smaller than I liked and not as long as I wanted, so I am sporting the medium in this picture, which fits me much better!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Daisy Dresser

I picked up this little dresser the other day off craigslist. Actually, I had a friend visiting, but another pal called me and told me about this dresser that I would love. So I took her advice, looked it up, and immediately emailed about it! This is the before- I had already removed the knobs which were yellow.

It was in decent shape, but the drawer stoppers were wearing away the bottoms of the drawers. The bottoms would have been nearly impossible to replace as someone glued in the bottom in all seams. Note to all furniture refinishers- you should NEVER glue in a drawer bottom. The dovetailed joints can be glued, but if a bottom is glued in it is nearly impossible to remove and replace, which it will inevitably one day need. Since replacing drawer bottoms was not an option, I removed all the metal drawer stops and replaced them with 1/2" screws that I screwed almost all the way in, leaving just enough up to act as a stop and not scrape the bottoms of the drawers any more. Once that was done, I was able to get to work. I wanted to try out something whimsical and fun, so I decided to hand paint some funky flowers on it. I used DecoArt acrylic paint in Winter White.

I also added knobs that I found at Marshall's for $10 for a package of 6 (and very similar to the ones Anthropologie sells, but I couldn't even buy 2 there for $10!). Here it is after my facelift.... It really makes me want to redo my daughter's room in just white with pops of aqua- wouldn't that be fun?

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