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Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Been Awhile!

It's been ages since I posted a before and after picture! I worked on this chair this weekend for my aunt.


The new fabric I actually picked up last summer at the local thrift store. It is a portion of a drapery panel. I love finding (and finally using) an interesting, repurposed fabric!


This last week I also completed this lovely leather topped coffee table. A friend passed it along to me and I immediately saw it dressed in a classy black. She turned out beautifully and has already gone to her forever home!

This DIY 2x4 table was at the thrift store hiding under a horrible mauve faux painting technique. Eesh! Black classes it up a bit. The addition of pallet wood on the bottom keeps bottles corralled safely and glasses holders under the top make drink time easier than ever! I think it's still available at Thrifty Pickin's.

Then this weekend we had guests at the house, so I finished up this wind chime while chatting. I love it so much I've already picked up supplies for a few more. This one is pretty much sold.

Tonight I cleaned and glued furniture in preparation for the week. Let the madness begin again!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

I've been busy in my workshop encouraging Spring's arrival with a splash of color here and there. Actually, as I packed my car last night full of items to haul to Thrifty Pickin's, I noticed everything was the same color.
I tend to do that when I mix up chalk paint because with the plaster of paris in the paint, it will harden and won't keep very long. On a bright note, everything is.... well... bright!
I did sneak in a lime green chair with a little teal flower detail. These two beauties intended for the garden have already been delivered and snatched up. Hopefully I'll find more chairs to gardenize as the weather continues to blossom.
This cute little magazine rack just had to be teal. If you've got a retro piece like this I just feel like that is the way to go! She's heading down to Thrifty Pickin's next week after the store gets moved over to the main drag!

But the biggest recent accomplishment in the workshop was completing my retro ironing board. You can tell by the before picture that I purchased it long, long ago when the grass was greener. 

I thoroughly enjoy the label, so I had to preserve it... with a photograph. It didn't survive the repurposing treatment. I stripped it off along with the white paint. I spray painted the legs black gloss to revitalize them. Then I got to work staining the top. I had this idea that it should be stained wood.  

Well, one thing led to another and I was not happy with it. The ironing board was folded up and stuffed into the back of the garage until the snow started to fly. Then it was hauled down to the basement to wait for spring when I could strip it and start over. Ugh!

Well, upon reflection (and a suggestion), I decided that painting furniture was my thing. Who knew?! I happened to have this funky fun teal color on hand and an ironing board waiting for a transformation. And the rest, my friends, is history. All it took was a little sanding to bring out that beautiful stained wood color beneath the paint, a couple coats of poly and she's done. Just like that.
Some day I will regret selling this one. Some day when I have a home with a beautiful patio and I have a few guests over for a casual gathering and I'm wishing I had a place to set the bottle of wine as I open it. And what's that? Glasses hanging at the ready for a long pour and a towel to mop up those inevitable spills. Not that they'll damage the surface with that protective poly... okay.. I need to stop dreaming!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Word of the Week: Repurpose

I've been working on several little repurposing projects this week. I have a whole pile of things that are still in progress and an enamel tub (you can see part of it in the back right) filled with other goodies waiting for their next assignment on this earth.

Last week I put together a candlestick and little wooden stool to make a lamp. I had to drill through the candlestick, which I kept assuming wasn't going to work... but it did! (PS I need a new set of drill bits in case you're thinking early birthday present.) I drilled a hole in the stool for the cord to feed through and then I glued the pieces together. I also took the base of the candlestick, turned it upside down, and glued it to the top to form a cap on the top. 

This week it got the white chalk paint and distressing treatment along with a little wooden caddy, a candlestick (purpose still TBD), and a couple of picture frames that are intended for my spring art on burlap. I'll definitely post a picture when those are complete!  I feel like the lamp will need more work as I may need to do some spray painting and I still have to wire it and find the perfect lampshade. Stay tuned!

I've been super addicted to creating pedestal dishes lately and this has to be one of my favorites.
 I found the little bendable man at the thrift store and immediately saw him as a pedestal. I started with a coat of bright and cheery orange paint and painted a companion wooden plate to attach him to. When dried, I glued his hands to the plate and worked backwards gluing his top half joints together so he could hold the upper pan steady. He's pretty darn strong! He's standing in a loaf pan and holding a slightly smaller loaf pan. This will definitely be heading to Thrifty Pickin's this week!

Another favorite for me this week was updating my suitcase clock.

I had previously sent it to the store, but we decided it needed something more, so I took it home to ponder. I'm not much for sayings and such. (I can't even commit to bumper stickers or phrases on t-shirts for crying out loud!) So I decided it needed numbers, but I wanted them to be unique.

On a recent trip to Wisconsin Dells I ran across small antique license plates and knew they would be perfect. I picked up two and was completely disappointed to not find them in my bag when I got home! I would have tackled this project that very night, but I had to wait for the store to ship them off to me. Luckily I didn't have to wait long!

I borrowed a 9 from my old Illinois plate. Lincoln's face is on there and I think that's pretty cool.  I snipped numbers off the other plates and glued them in place.  Let me tell you.... I'll be looking for more opportunities to repurpose the rest of the numbers in the future. What would you do with them?

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