Sunday, September 21, 2014

Roadside Rescue-A Daybed's Story

I finally finished my niece's daybed.  If you read my FB page you may recall an earlier post about it. The bed was a free item on the side of the road. It was literally falling apart.  The previous owner had tied it together with strips of bed sheets just to keep it from crashing in on itself. This should have alerted me to the amount of work that I would have to do to this bed.  Part of the bed was still assembled.  I didn't have a screwdriver in the car.  How was I going to get a half-assembled daybed into my SUV?  I was literally out there a good 30 minutes in the blazing sun trying to figure out something. 

The homeowner came out twice.  She talked to me both times.  I think she felt bad for me.  I must have really needed this free bed. She never offered me a screwdriver.  It would have help this whole thing go so much faster if she did.  Her husband finally came over with one.  I think they just wanted me off of their property.  Maybe taking over a half hour to pick up "free" stuff is a bit creepy. 

I didn't think to take even one photo of it in its "free" state.  Here she is back at the house.

Did I say the bed was literally falling apart?  All of the spindles were loose and needed to be re-glued.  The original paint job was hardly wonderful but was going to have to do, given that my niece was currently sleeping on the floor.  I removed the metal parts and scrubbed them with fine steel wool.  I always intended to rush this project and take shortcuts.  I skipped a lot of steps.  I did sand off whatever was chipping and followed with a fine grit sanding block to smooth out the surface.  A layer of walnut stain followed and then a coat of wax to finish it off.  Nothing fancy. 





It's now hanging out in my niece's room. She shopped for new bedroom d├ęcor over the weekend to accommodate her new bed. 


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Window Shopping- Anthropologie

I don't get to visit Anthropologie often.  Hardly ever, really.  I don't live near one.  This past weekend however, I enjoyed a mini vacation with the family and there was one near our hotel.  There were amazing things inside!  I initially went in for knobs but was utterly overwhelmed by all the beautiful things.  They were selling these two pieces.  Awesome chippiness and distressed goodness going on but majorly huge price tags!!  Sheesh!






 


 So many beautiful knobs.

 
They were selling these two pieces.  Awesome chippiness and distressed goodness going on but majorly huge price tags!!  Sheesh!
 



 



 Yep, 19-Thousand-Dollars!

 
 Well, at least this one was a little less.
 
They were selling these two pieces.  Awesome chippiness and distressed goodness going on but majorly huge price tags!!  Sheesh!
I left with no purchases this day, which is surprising since I went in for the very knobs they clearly had plenty of.  I'll need knobs in the future I'm sure.  This will give me a reason to stop back by.








Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lovely Bed Missing Its Pediment


I'm not sure how to proceed with this next project.  I had the opportunity to buy this bed (and one other) in a lottery of sorts.  A thrift store that I frequent now uses a wait list for furniture that has had its tag removed but has gone unsold during the business day.  They begin calling people on the list early the next business day.  The day I saw these two beds, they were both missing tags.  Good thing, I was #1 on the wait list!  I slept with my phone under my pillow!  I got the call and hightailed it back to the store.  I purchased the beds out of sheer excitement.  Unfortunately, I didn't fully check them over.

I somehow assumed this was the headboard's shape.  It wasn't until I really looked at it some time later that I realized it was missing its decorative crown/pediment.  I've been searching for a replacement but can't seem to find one.  Frankly, I am not even sure I know what I'm looking for.
Help me out, guys.  Can I leave this as it is?  The shape isn't terrible without the pediment, but will it be tasteful and ultimately sale-able without it once all the work goes into refinishing it?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rock-A-By Baby Rocker

This little rocker once belonged to my niece.  She's a big girl now and in her teens. I'm sad about that, they grow up so fast...but nevermind me.  It was later given to my daughter.  She never used it much.  It has sat in random places throughout my house.  In the garage.  In the dining room/daughter' play room.  It has even been in my bedroom at one time. 

I didn't remember to take "during" photos but it simply went through a process of several coats of antique white and some heavy distressing!  I went over the whole thing with a dark walnut stain (which happens to be my favorite stain tint by-the-way).  I didn't seal it in hopes that it wears further and develops even more character in its future life.

Isn't this the cutest little rocker?  Roughed up and adorable!  It turned out pretty nice. 



It came with me to a recent flea market but didn't sell.  That's all the better for you, right, since it's now available in my ETSY shop.  Swing by and snatch her up for that special little one in your life!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Pair of Charcoal Nightstands

The nightstands I've recently worked on. Here's one of them but these are indeed a set of lovely nightstands that got a little love and attention.

 I chose a light gray color but once stained, waxed and buffed, the gray seemed to deepen and from some angles, appear more of a charcoal gray, metallic-like color.  I like it!  Very masculine and feminine at the same time, particularly with these gray flower-like knobs.  The insides of the drawers were in good shape so I chose not to line them.
Some of the drawers needing a little glue and clamps.  They cleaned up well and are good as new!

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These'll be up soon in my ETSY shop.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Taupe Armoire With Pink Flower Pulls

I just LOVED working on this little lady.  She gave me a tough time here and there but I think she turned out rather prissified!  I painted her in a soft taupe using OOPS paint, removed the inner shelf dividers to allow for the inside of the armoire to be a bit more versatile and changed out the knobs to translucent pink flowers.  A few of the drawers appear to have been used more than the others.  To give them a uniformed look, a touch of pink piggy paper did the trick!



She hung out with me at a vintage market I did this past weekend.  She didn't go home with anyone, so she's up for grabs in my etsy shop!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

A "Keepsake" Jewelry Box

I promised this a long time ago.  Like a month ago, long-time-ago.  Finally able to post about it.  I'm still not sure if I will list this in my Etsy store.  It has some quirks, that though can be worked out, I don't know if I feel like bothering with it.  I didn't take before pics.  I was in a rush to start.  I did get a pic of the drawers and a half-painted side though.
 
I replaced the floral glass door insert with a two-sided decoupaged panel of dictionary pages.  The front dictionary page is the letter "k".  Intentionally chosen for the word "keepsake".  You'll notice the word "keeper" there too.  A keeper of your keepsakes.  The inner side is a "J" page where you will find "jewelry" amongst the words. This ones self explanatory.

Yeah, that's about as clever as I get folks!
 
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