Posted in Antiques, bedroom furniture, building green, Craig's list, re-purposed furniture, tall cabinets, thrifting!, tagged a gifted dresser, my dish hutch, the library table on October 7, 2014 |
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Talk about getting blind-sided.
I was SO busy plugging away on multiple things. . .I have NO idea where that flu bug came from. But, as soon as I’m totally well ~I’m getting a flu shot~ so I don’t go through that again! Thanks for all the well-wishes!
Unfortunately, something seems to have piggy-backed onto that flu bug -fABulous- and I’m still seriously dragging around.
Yesterday I decided enough was enough and headed outside. Barely 60° and a BIG ole mess of fallen leaves and debris from the squirrels & walnuts because of no daily tidying, and the grass was sO overgrown–you see where this is going.
~Felt like I was moving in s l o w motion and took WaY longer than normal, but I pressed on—and think the physical workout and fresh air was good for me. And, things look nice again—even with things dying, (the reason I’m not into Fall).
I was so happy to look back in on my projects and am pretty anxious to get back to work!
This is where I left things,
*before my nieces and Oktoberfest and the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the flu–
I need to stand back, take another look, AND APPROACH.
I’m not diggin’ it -yet- but it will come together.
And–here’s the base of the library table stripped, plus an old dresser that was just gifted me–and needs some “beautification.”
. . . -I’ll just pace myself-
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Posted in Antiques, bedroom furniture, painting, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, tagged Alabaster White, Benjamin Moore paints, elkhorn flea market, mom's old vanity, the alcove, vintage hardware, Wickham Gray on June 11, 2014 |
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This story begins in 1941 when my mom’s family farm house burned down.
Needing 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 it—to 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.
I was thinking it would become another piece I’d let go of.
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-??
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….
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).
Yes, yes, I stiLL have work to do upstairs….
the weather finally got nice~
I was beckoned outside! ; D
I’m sharing this project with a few favorite linky parties!
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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.
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!
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!
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. . .
I’m sharing this with a few of my favorite linky parties!
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Well . . .
I’ve started working on those closet doors…
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!
–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!
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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Posted in bedroom furniture, construction and finishing TIPS, painting, salvage, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, thrifting!, tagged corbels, painted ceilings, painted skies, Panetières on April 19, 2014 |
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So you want to see more of that ceiling detail….
…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!
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!
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!
Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”
You can see the posts on the making of this HERE
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I’m pretty happy to be finished with this cabinet project!
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.
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—
Nothing 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.
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!
All this for only $10
—and leftover materials from other projects!
I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!
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