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This story begins in 1941 when my mom’s family farm house burned down.

mom's old vanityNeeding furniture, Grandma bought this dresser/vanity 2nd hand for mom (then 7 or 8) from a neighbor for $5.

Now bear in mind that my mom loves antiques and vintage furniture~ but she has nEVer liked this piece.

HATES itto be more clear.  Couldn’t believe I would want it as we emptied Grandma’s house for sale (to a cousin).  *She thinks it’s haunting her and she can’t shake it loose.

I was going to put it in HER room at my house in Chandler until hearing her mANy complaints.  It went in the 3rd bedroom instead.  This was all in 2002.

The picture above was at the time of packing to leave Arizona—I can’t seem to find any pictures from before I painted it gold.  The caned bench is not original, it was another something Grandma found back in ’41.

In emptying  my  storage  unit  just recently,

I was thinking it would become another piece I’d let go of.

mom's old vanity--It was off-loaded from the truck and jammed in the garage with SO MANY other projects.  My plate was full and I couldn’t give it my absoLUTE focus, so I worked on it a little here~a little there.  As the project began to take shape, I noticed mom actually starting to give it some POSITIVE attention.  Huh-??

Mom's old vanity---finished!Little by little,

plugging away with each chance I found,

it is at last finished, and

SHE LIKES IT!

So do I.  And that made it harder to let it go.

We shifted some furniture around upstairs and installed it in the alcove.  It’s a keeper!

I used the same Wickham Gray and Alabaster White from My Great Aunties’ Dresser.

I let a little of the gold pop through and changed the hardware.

And oh, dear Lord~ did we have some fun getting it up the stairs.  Oy.

Here it is in the alcove….

mom's old vanity---re-finished!I’m not going to use the caned bench with it, but rather the chair I found at the Elkhorn flea market last season and recovered the seat to go with the new shelving-bench (in February).

details of mom's old vanity refinished

The old vanity refinished!

The old vanity refinished!

Yes, yes, I stiLL have work to do upstairs….

the weather finally got nice~

I was beckoned outside!  ; D

Catherine

I’m sharing this project with a few favorite linky parties!

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one of the Great Aunties' dressers--Tough decisions are ahead.

There’s just not room enough to hold on to everything.

Since I have many other things from my Great Aunties, I’ve decided to let this dresser go.  HOWEVER–I kept its fabulous beveled, oval mirror and offered up a free-standing mirrored, drawer ensemble as a replacement.

the orphaned auction mirror---I bought this mirror at a big furniture store auction, and intended to use it in the LL-bathroom during renovations of mom’s house—but that project went in a different direction and the piece became orphaned–again.

It actually married up to this dresser really well!

*Yes, yes–only -HALF-  dressed for the day and bed-head!  ~Just focus on the pretty mirror!
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I had to hustle on this project (space and the weather) and didn’t get a picture of the mirror before painting(sorry)it was just a medium brown-stained piece that had a “Shaker” look and I always intended to paint away that “style.”

As for the GOLD the dresser was finished in—it looked really beautiful in my former Mstr-bedroom (wish I could find where my pictures are packed to show you)I painted the room a shade of taupe-y brown that is best described as a cup of coffee with lots of cream in it!

Since my Master bedroom was at the back of the house, east-facing, and over-looking the small lake I lived on, the saturated color was very peaceful and the gold dresser looked very rich!  BUT–I didn’t think a new buyer would necessarily understand or appreciate the gold, soooooo. . .

OUT WITH THE gOLD and IN WITH THE NEW!

--talk about ReVitalized!

Here are some of the details—

I thought the dresser would look better with simple wooden knobs.

The paint is a very pale blue’ish GRAY and white–

-Ben Moore’s Wickam Gray and Alabaster White-

And now it’s off to the antique mall. . .

Catherine

a pale blue'ish GRAY with white accents!Great Aunties' dresser--revitalized!I’m sharing this with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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What's next. . . ?-

Well . . .

I’ve started working on those closet doors…

finally!

When I couldn’t find a pair of vintage screen doors, I decided to go new!

I was surprised you can still find new, plain wood screen doors—and cheap!

the new screen doors!-

–here you see them propped in place-

The whole guest room has a decidedly cottage-y, gazebo-like feel to it!

So the screen doors should make a perfect design choice!

But don’t think this is -it-

below shows you a glimmer of things to come!

Catherine

the new closet doors--!

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties—

But check out more of the finished project here and here!

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So you want to see more of that ceiling detail….

sleeping under a sunny sky…I wrote about it initially in this blog post!

Uhhhh, y e a h—I admit, I still haven’t finished it.

I liked my designs for the center scrolls and fleur de lis “finial” (not applied yet), but I just couldn’t get the outer scrolls right.  So I stepped away from it.

And I haven’t returned as yet.  Oooops.

C’est la vie!

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Why the sky–??

Well—this is the guest bedroom I’ve claimed for my own while at my mother’s.

And—I really missed my Arizona skies….the clearest and most incredibly brilliant, turquoise-y blue skies that are impossible to forget!

So I’m “taking comfort” in a painted version!  Sure, I gave it wAy more clouds than you’d ever see in Phoenix, but it needed some layering—including those sparrows and barn swallows!

sleeping under a Sunny Sky!I found the four corner corbels at TJMaxx long-long ago and ripped the lattice on the table saw.

I tied a loose loop in string around the chandelier, stretched it out 4ft, and tied another loose loop around a pencil.  And then drew out the 8ft diameter circle.

I bought a PLASTIC version of detailed cove (usually used for exteriors) so I could trim out the circular shape—and then I painted away!

—inside the lines!—

It’s a nice way to wake every morning!

Catherine…….

my “Panetière”Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”

You can see the posts on the making of this HERE 

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...out wit the TRUNK...Yes,

I’m pretty happy to be finished with this cabinet project!

But more,

I’m happy to be able to put my work clothes away.

Where I can get to them with ease.

And I don’t have to LOOK at them folded in the laundry basket any more.

Sadly, the trunk (that goes with an armoire upstairs) is going to the antique mall for sale.

There’s nowhere else to use it in the house.

Moving onYaY…

This morning I suddenly decided I wanted to dry-brush the interior cabinet walls with the same bedroom wall color–and then I waxed the whole piece.  Including the top, even though I had already seal-coated it.

Here’s my outcome—

Craig's list bedroom cabinet-001

the Craig's list bonus cabinetNothing fancy, nothing extraordinary– –just simple changes to improve the overall look and new use.

Remember, it use to be an old stereo cabinet.  The right side was gutted of all the old mechanics, and needed to be rebuilt.  The back leg was broken off, and, there was water damage and trace amounts of mold.

the finished Craig's list bonus cabinet!I painted it white to go with the other cottage-y furniture in this garden-styled bedroom.

I added ½” half round picture frame molding.

I changed the hardware.

And I refinished the wood top—which looks FABulous with all the other furniture!

I’ll find time to adjust and play with the pictures on the wall later, but for now

it’s loaded &

I luv it!

Catherine

All this for only $10

—and leftover materials from other projects!

the Craig's list bonus cabinet

the $10 bonus Craig's list cabinet!

I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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Craig's list bonus cabinet….I could just stay on ONE THING AT A TIME.

I hate this ricocheting around routine.  Does anything really get done that way?

I’ve got more things going on than I can keep track of lately.

All winter I was scraping by finding projects to work on  –nOw–

my cup runneth over!

 

I have some really cool and exciting things to work on for a while now!

Craig's list bonus cabinet

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Barring any interruptions,  I should be finishing THIS project tomorrow and I’ll be able to finally put those grungy work clothes away!  wooo hooo!

WoW I can’t wait to put it in place and fill it up!

Catherine

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They’re finished and ready to go to the antique mall–YaY!

the newest finished Craig's list projects!I made a pair of matching pillows to go with this ’60’s setI sure hope they sell together….and they’ll want some pillows to coordinate!

 the '60's styling of the '60's bench!

The picture above shows you how the new undulating toe kick turned out for the bench.

I bought this fabric for a “little nieces-project” that ended up going in a different direction.  I’m so happy to still have it for this project and LOVE IT!

I have some construction Craig's list #3stuff to share with you too….tomorrow!

Catherine

Remember where I started?

I’m sharing this project in a few of my favorite linky parties!

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