Nov 29, 2011

A Redo of a Redo!

This chair has been another one of those works in progress.  It seems with the onset of the cooler weather, I have lost some of my motivation as it's just so much more of a process to work on things indoors. 

Anyways, I finally got this chair done last week:
This is a before picture.  I think someone was planning on redoing it, but never got around to it, because the seat was off and the old fabric already removed.

My husband and I debated back and forth a bit over what to do with the seat.  He built me a new seat out of pallet boards, wanting to give it a rustic look. I then stained it dark walnut.

Neither of us was sure whether we liked it after it was stained, so, I recovered the original seat with a piece of drop cloth and added some stripes to give a faux grain sack effect.

My husband calls them racing stripes... he doesn't quite get it ;-)

 All in all, I think it's lovely, and it's now ready for a new home!

Nov 22, 2011

Coffee Table Completed!

Well, I got busy last week, and worked on that duncan phyfe style coffee table that I posted a sneak peak of.  Oh to have nice weather again!  I love the look of snow and can't imagine Christmas without it, but I can certainly do without the cold temperatures that come with it! I managed to paint all but the last coat outside, but had to retreat indoors for the final one.  I have a huge piece of cardboard from when we bought our freezer that I lay on the kitchen floor to protect it.

Here is a before pic:
I already had the top mostly sanded down before I remembered to take a picture. This table actually has a piece of glass that goes with it to protect the top, but the finish on the top was horrible! Not sure how that happened?  I guess they didn't like to use the glass... either that or they got the glass after they realized what a mess they were making of the top!

This was an auction find.  That seems to be where I find a lot of my pieces to redo.  Not sure if I should admit this, or not, but a common question people ask me is "So, been to any good auction sales lately?" 

I had recently bought the table shown below and when I saw this coffee table I realized how nicely they would go together.

I have been researching wood grains online, and I think it is mahogany, but I wish my dad lived close, so he could help me figure it out!

Now, hopefully someone loves it as much as I do!  I have another chair competed that I will be posting about soon, too!

Nov 18, 2011

Turquoise Chalkboard

Lately I've been feeling the need for a chalkboard to jot things down on in my sewing room. 
So, I looked though my stash of frames and such for something appropriate and settled on this picture.  I paid a whole one dollar for it at an auction back in the spring.  It's not that I hated the picture, or anything, it just didn't really suit my decor.  Each different flower actually represented each province of Canada.

So, I slapped a few coat of my favorite turquoise paint onto the frame, all the while feeling a little bit guilty and hoping I wasn't destroying a valuable print. 

I didn't even bother taping it off... he he.  I just scraped the excess off the glass with a razor blade when I was through. 
And... after a few coats of chalkboard paint..... Ta DA! A brand new chalkboard for me to play with :-)
I painted right over the glass... so far it's holding up good.  I was hesitant to paint right over the actual print... didn't want to destroy the masterpiece.... plus, the real reason was I couldn't really figure out how to get the frame apart and take the glass out ...  Oh... and the darling little mercury glass candle-holder... I got it on clearance for 1.99 and it makes the perfect chalk holder!

The to-do list you see.... it was real... and I have everything done except the tree! Hopefully that will be done this weekend though :)

Nov 15, 2011

Updated Half-Moon Table and a few Sneak peaks

I usually tend to stay away from half-moon tables, but this one was a little nicer and better built than the typical ones you see all the time. 
Here it is in it's before state:
Lucky for me, the top was already mostly sanded down, so the decision to stain the top was an easy one. 
 The pedestal is my favorite part!

I did not distress this piece, I decided I liked it crisp and clean.  

The sheet music Christmas tree was inspired by Miss Mustard Seed.  She has a great tutorial on HGTV.

A few weeks after I bought this table, I found a similar coffee table, which I am slowly working on.  The top is almost sanded down, but it has a bit more detailing on it, so it's taking longer than planned.   Plus, the warm days for working outside are few and far between now!

And.... I just bought this china cabinet on Saturday, and I am quite excited to get working on it.  Any ideas?  I don't think the glass comes out to let me take the fancy scrolly part out. (sorry for the glare from the flash)

Today looks like a nice day, so I'd better get to work on that coffee table!

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Thank Yous

Last week, Kathy at Petticoat Junktion honored me with the Liebster Award.

The Liebster Blog Award is presented to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 
Liebster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Kathy writes a great blog, full of wonderful furniture makeovers...
This dresser is one of them... isn't it amazing?

The rules for this award are as follows:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!
Now, I bet you are wondering who my picks are, now aren't you?  Well, here they are in no particular order...
1. Shabby To Chic Queen Creek
2.  My 1929 Charmer
3.  Emily's Upcycled furniture
4 Queen of Chairs
5.  Life We Live 4
 I also want to say thank you to My Repurposed Life
and Making Lemonade

for featuring my latest chair makeover: