I bought this secretary (and another) off of Craigslist the beginning of July, but with all the craziness going on—
I’m just getting to work on it.
It’s in good condition, but for the drop-down part, and that should be a fairly simple repair!
Now to figure out a color scheme.
First, I knew I wanted a pop of color for the interior. But it was NOT going to be easy to paint. Spraying it would help—but I don’t have a sprayer so I used two cans of spray paint.
I taped off for over-spray using Paper Tape. I bought a generic brand to save some money~and make a comparison from the one I usually buy. Not bad, but not quite as sticky a hold in the humidity. All in all, I’d probably buy this generic again (save some money). Plus- painters tape gets really expensive and this works well for many projects…TRY IT!
I liked the chartreuse green color—good for a girl or boy, & a young, fresh feeling!
Once I removed the divided insert, I kind of preferred the clean open interior. It leaves more room for today’s uses (computers and all). So I left it out—less work to do too!
Now the outside—how about just a soft white…?
But with some dimension. I painted 2 coats of a very pale blue-gray, THEN I painted a top coat of white. I did a little distress sanding to reveal the base color and some wood—then I burnished it with a razor blade to a fine hand and a slight sheen. The finish feels almost like a waxed piece. Oh, and, you can create some interesting distressing!
Instead of the usual painted manufacturer’s stamping it had a metal plate. I love those little extras!
We’re having another weird-weather day & the light is s t r a n g e! But you can see some of the sheen on the secretary’s lid.
Again, that’s from burnishing the finished paint with a razor blade.
◊ I still need to burnish both sides,
◊ have already restored the drawer hardware,
◊ just have to put back the drop-down hardware—IT HAS PROBLEMS.
Then it’s off to the antique mall,
and hopefully a new owner sOOn!
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My mini-me came to spend the night! We did an assortment of goofy auntie-niece activities, including watching the old movie Clueless!
(the one-liners are fabulous!)
Day 2, after we finally got up and moving, we blew up the inflatable kiddie pool (with the air compressor) and filled it with the garden hose (and many pitchers of hot water). We laughed that if we had to do it all manually, it might be finished—next week!
Aleigha was such a help—we weeded! All day! Thank God she loves me.
Well, actually—we rotated weeding some, then wading in the pool. After lunch we also threw in a painting project she wanted to play with. It was a fUn day!
Break time! Again!
All the “pool time” seemed to be exactly what my ankle needed and is SO much better today! Who knew!
Boy did I do some searching to find the origin of these photos—they’re all over pintrest with NO credit to the person who did it (sad).
1st—we/she placed tape on her jars to see about how big she wanted to make her hearts…
…but I had her peel them off to cut out the shape with a scissors, I thought it would be safer for her than using a knife.
I suggested she place the jars upside down to paint…so paint over-spray wouldn’t go inside the jars, and I thought it would be easier than trying to both hold and turn the jars.
She sprayed 3 coats—and we went back to our “weeding & wading” in between each!
After both jars had ample time to dry, we “primed” the chalkboard paint and THEN we took off the tape.
Her mom came to pick her up before we could finish and decorate, so we’ll play with that next week!
The finished jars at left are from Alexandra at LOVE.HEART.ALWAYS. and this was my niece’s inspiration!
Catherine & Aleigha
btw—this is how I finished the day! ; D
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I bought this dresser off Craigslist on Saturday before the show. Thought it would be perfect for my mom’s smaller guest bedroom, but—no. Disappointing.
So I made the decision to go forward with it as an addition to what went to the show. Yikes.
Sadly, the legs had been lopped off, but otherwise it was in fabulous condition! Isn’t it beautiful anyway?!?
Thinking in REsale terms now, it needed to be “current” but neutral. I chose to paint it Ben Moore’s Alabaster White and Wickham Gray.
But first, it required a lot of priming.
A few other things also happened—
First, I re-contoured the lopped off legs with the belt sander.
2nd, I replaced the missing drawer stops. . .
and 3rd, I added 1½” reproduction wood wheels to bring back some extra height.
After several coats of primer, I went back to choose what would be where for this two-tone paint job.
Luv’d it’s original hardware—sure can’t improve on perfection!
I decided to add a little daily mantra- Carpe Diem
to the small banner in the peak of the mirror’s frame.
I love how the dresser finished out, and was sad to think of not keeping it, but was so sure it would sell at the Main St Market. What a shock and disappointment to bring it back with me.
I completely REset my antique mall space with all the projects that returned with me, and guess what?
My dresser sold immediately! Imagine that—
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There is SO much still to do~finish before packing and leaving for the Main Street Market show—so I have to just “limp along”. . .
. . . really.
Last Friday, while I was working on the twin beds that will be going, a VERY strong gust of wind came out of no where and knocked one of the headboards down my leg. H a r d.
It knocked the wind out of me, and almost knocked me to the ground for the pain. And I could barely hobble into the house for an ice pack and ibuprofen. It swelled and turned all kinds of colors—instantly.
This is how it looks 4 days later. (getting better) Going to be interesting come Friday (loading) & all day Saturday (the show).
So—the offending bed. (the culprit is on the left)
Here are both -BEFORE.
◊ Mine (with the ovals) was found at the Elkhorn Flea Market, bf’s was bought from an estate sale.
I pressure washed both of them—they were that bad.
Then I made a few repairs, Kilz’d them, painted them, and upholstered the ovals of the Left one (that little culprit). Oh yeah~ someone sprayed the “oval” one with some of that awful textured spray paint that I had to sand down too.
Somehow the fabric puckered hot-gluing the braided gimp around it—??? arrrrrgh Now what—any suggestions? It has to be ready to go Friday!
More on the other bed tomorrow~
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With the “holes” in my antique mall space needing to be filled,
and no room in my studio to work,
(and especially because all that remained was to restore the doors…)
The Long and Short of it is this…
I bought the table later year 2010 as a project for my auntie—she was interested in creating a small island in her kitchen.
THIS was our inspirational piece—perfect, but very expensive.
The project was abandoned when she happened to find something else.
Finally, I pulled the table from storage and stuck it in my antique mall space. But no one seemed to be interested in it so I pulled it for a new project of my own.
So~ what to do to it. . . what to do. . .
My first instinct was to just paint it. So I grabbed a sander to give it a tooth so the paint would stick. But that common French Provincial paint finish was coming off INCREDIBLY EASY! And the wood was a nice maple!
Sanding still lead to a bit of Gel Stripper cleanup.
The leather top had issues too, somebody coated it with “something” that I couldn’t figure out or work around—so, with nothing to lose, I stripped it too. It actually left an interesting patina in the border-area!
I decided to just wax the wood.
But I did ultimately paint too!
I also “oxidized” some areas with the same paint.
Here’s the REfinished project—
and it’s back in the antique mall for sale (if you’re interested).
ps—the center spins!
I’m sharing my Frenchy Table with a couple of my favorite linky parties!
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I’ve been tearing into my boxes in storage. They’ve been there [so long] I’ve forgotten about a lot of what I’ve been unpacking. Like these horse head hooks –that I’m keeping– sorry Kathy!
It feels like Christmas rediscovering some of my treasures!
There ARE some things I’m cutting loose—some things will be upgrades for mom, some things will go to family, and there’ve been some boxes for donation. But, YES—some things ARE going up for sale. Primarily for the upcoming Main Street Market sale the bf and I are participating in June 13th.
Unfortunately, I will only be able to take what I can
fit IN & ON TOP
of the Santa Fe,
but I’m a pretty good packer & I’ve got a PLAN!
I’ve been working on some things, REworking others and I’ll share soon—but for now, here’s a LITTLE something you might like!
I’d forgotten completely about this little perfume tray. I can’t remember what the former decorative piece was from the underside, but I remember it was damaged and tossed it looooong ago.
But NOW I’m thinking -MIRROR-.
I taped it off, and sprayed it with Looking Glass paint. BUT—to capture the appearance of an old mirror, I left the glass dirty for natural patina! ; D
FYI—the link is to Walmart, who seems to sell it at the lowest daily price, however, I usually buy from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and do better!
I taped the underside—and slit the tape to get around the curved form.
Again—look at that “OLD“ patina!
I’m pretty sure this will be something I’m letting go of . . .
I’m sharing with this linky party—
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…how ’bout this
Blast From the Past Project!
See this little cutie-petutie?
She’s my #4 of 8 GREAT nieces!
Where has all that time gone—?
When she was 2or3’ish -and soon after her parents bought their 1st house- my niece/Goddaughter relinquished the task of making a little Princess room for her!
Since I can’t find any pictures of the room to share, you’ll have to imagine this—
Mind you, it was the smallest BR in the house so you can only do so much. . .
The room was painted Pink, of course!
We wrapped the room in a picket fence and hot glued some silk wild flowers around and behind some of the boards. Among other details, a vintage light was hung, and I re-worked a few pieces of vintage furniture. THIS furniture.
I found the sweetest potential of a bed in a thrift store during a half price sale,
$10 $5! Sorry, no pictures from when I bought it (’02 or ’03), but you can see what I did to it below. A simple shabby chic paint job, and an upholstery job with over-sized welting! The same cabbage rose fabric and some lace also made a matching duvet, pillow sham, bed skirt, and drapes!
This was the French Empire dresser I shabby chic’d for her
—that later made it’s way back to me for THIS other project!
This was one of my earlier postings,
and, it~I was lucky enough to be featured on many prominent blogs for it! Which put me in front of many of you! My people who GET me! ; D
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