Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘painting’ Category

found on a fb shopping page--

LAST Saturday

I was in a pseudo Twilight Zone trying to buy this danged dresser.

And TODAY-Saturday

the dresser has a whole new look-style-vibe and is already looking for a new home via the antq mall!

working on a classic REfinish

Well, like I said in the last post,

I had visions of  a simple, classic, and elegant REdo.

I jumped right into REfinishing the top and working on the many needed repairs.  I knew what colors I planned on using—I could SEE IT finished!

A N D   T H E N, when I couldn’t fall asleep one night, this OTHER IDEA came to me.  Contingent to finding the right floral~something.  With NO wallpaper that fits this new vision, I went in search of a large poster!

working on the drawers

I was feeling kind of badly that I already painted the drawers that pretty pale watery-blue-green.  Seemed like a waste.  But then–I made an adjustment to the poster as I cut it out, and left a ½” reveal all around.

FYI– Press n’ seal works great to cover & protect the steel wheels,  as you see below.

working on the Victorian dresser

On to the poster~

a great poster!

Taking one drawer at a time –from the bottom drawer up– I tacked the poster at the bottom drawer edge, then used a box cutter along the top edge to cut out each part of the poster.

cutting & applying the poster sections

cutting & applying the poster sections

Once things were “settled” and easier to see, I absolutely decided on cutting each section down for a ½” reveal of the blue-painted drawers.

You can see how “pristine” the poster looks, which some might like, but I wanted a very old look.  So I crumpled up each section, and even tore it a bit like “wear.”  THEN I used heavy-duty wallpaper paste to apply each section.

–Decoupaging with a poster is no easy feat, and very different to work with~thickness and finish of paper.  LOTS of patience is REQUIRED.

decoupaging a poster~

decoupaging a poster~

TEXTURE!  This poster was a printing of a canvas painting! ♥♥♥

Plus, you can see my additional “age.”

This poster was a printing of a canvas painting!

Once the postered sections were afixed and dry, I brushed on a top coat to seal it.  I’m tempted to run back down to the antq mall with a white paint pen and outline the edges for a little more “finish.”  Up close~I think it needs it, but in the general view it looks fine as is.   So, idk~

Catherine

~here’s a bunch of views to really show the details of this project.
I really LUV it!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

my Victorian dresser~NOW!

details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!details~my Victorian dresser~NOW!

the side panel of my Victorian dresser

Read Full Post »

Yes, they had problems.

The bottoms were sagging and falling out.  Nails were sticking out so much that the drawers were really difficult to open and close.  Veneer was chipped, cracked, gouged, and missing in a few areas.

But all conquerable problems.

repairing the many drawer problems

not original but worth keeping!

Although the hardware is NOT original, it looks pretty nice and only needs minor attention–so it’s a keeper!

I did use a hammer to PERSUADE them to follow the curves of drawers!  ; D

I HAD a vision for this dresser.  Simple, classic, and elegant.

But thenI was struck with this other idea. . .

Catherine

~can’t wait to show you—here’s a little hint!

just a little HINT!

working on the drawers

Read Full Post »

the Looooong tableNot that I forgot about the exaggeratedly long table I built last fall for Nellie’s Barn Sale,

5ft long × 9½ inches deep

but I just so happened to run into the couple that bought it over the weekend.

Huh~ I still have the other pair of legs. . . and I happened on some pallet boards at an unusual 5ft 8 inches in length!  It’s the same spot I found the 2″ thick pallet used for the industrial-barn chic coat rack (also built for Nellie’s Barn sale) last fall.  I’ve been stalking that place ever since!
Since I’m no “Tom Brady” fan, I decided to forgo the super bowl and head out to my studio to work create instead!

not JUST thinking outside the box!

Last fall,

someone was offering a dining table & chairs for FREE on Craigslist.  Uh, hello~I’m on my way!

I had no interest in the WHOLE—I saw PARTS!  *Although I did do a REglue & REvamp to sell the chairs immediately.
I knocked down the table into PARTS to make it easier to store.  But I used 2 of the 4 corner double legs right away.  Paired with some awesome free barn board, I made the first  looooong skinny table you see pictured above.

So, running into the folks who bought it got me thinking again.  Fast, easy, FUN project!

freebie dining table & chairs off Craiglslist~ PARTS!

~my overflow pile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s my little overflow wood pile!

So I grabbed one of those really long pallets and knocked it down to individual boards, ripped what I needed to width and cut them to length.  This time though, I rounded the ends to match the legs.  It spans a long  5’4” × 10″.

I drilled for pocket screws to secure the legs to the table top, then was able to figure the angles to add the aprons.  I shot nails in from the top to secure the aprons~with extra supports.  A N D, you see I painted.

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table

making the Loooooong table~ the routered detail

Here, you can see the few separate parts needed to bring it all together.

And you can see the bead detail I routered into the aprons trying to match the same apron/leg detail.

Yes~ I painted the table.

Farrow & Ball  Rectory Red #217

I have no passion for red, but I used this at Christmas and found I really liked it.  And I actually really like it for this table!

I’m just not happy with the top.  Yet.  But I’ll figure it out.

Behind a sofa, down a hallway, in a foyer, at the foot of a bed with a bench. . . just something for fun!

Catherine

And now it goes to the antique mall for sale~

~close up of the loooooong table

~used as a sofa table here

~used as a sofa table here

Read Full Post »

the breakfast chair makeoverA couple of weeks ago

I started working on the

new caned chair

found FOR the breakfast table.  A close match to what will be its mate!
I knocked it down,
primed it,
painted it,
and then it needed set up time so I detoured into painting the LL/lower level.  With THAT project wrapped up
(Hooray!)

I’ve returned to the chair!

I removed its wool and taped off/covered the muslin before priming and painting.

the breakfast chair makeover

I’m using another of my grain sacks,

but the stripes were much too “bright” for me so I washed it with bleach a couple of times.  Although not super faded, it looks cleaner and definitely~ BETTER.

I used the former chair cover as a pattern!

*I also washed it after and set it aside for a future project—I orange and it has such a great patina!

using the original chair cover as a pattern & one of my grain sacks

Below, the original wool felting and muslin~all in GOOD shape!  YaY!

Wonderful surprise~it’s a Baker chair!  Well made from solid wood, but a little bit wobbly so I added screws to firm it up.  C’est la vie.

the "new" caned chair getting a makeover!

Surprise! It's a Baker chair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REupholstering the caned chair with a grain sack

I was hoping for a chance to run off to beg Katie (my favorite professional Upholsterer) to run double welting for me.  I can run single welting but don’t have the right foot to run my own double.

Then I started thinking.  The soft wool welting cord that you sew the fabric around actually kind of “looks like” the grain sack.  Hmmmmm. . .

Why couldn’t I use it RAW and wrap it twice?  DOUBLE welting!

It’s not for sale~it’s for me, if it doesn’t wear well I can correct it later. Let’s do it!!!

using RAW wool welting cord

using RAW wool welting cordThis welting may be a test -but- I like it!

Mismatched pieces united by paint—and eventually ALL similar fabrics!
Yes~I still have work to do~

Catherine

*I need to clean the chalkboard wall from the kiddos at Christmas so mom can start drawing out the FAMILY TREE— the whole reason for the chalkboard wall!

the cane chair made over!mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

 

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

Just a small cozy breakfast space inside the kitchen.

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

Read Full Post »

REpainting the LL built-in

I am SO happy to say I have finally finished painting the Lower Level!

I’ve been washing and polishing everything to REstore the contents of the shelves—SO nice to see things sparkling clean!

It’s lighter and brighter and FRESH down here~YaY!  But~

I’m finished~bigger YaY!

~need to finish some details

Regarding the Banquette~

Just one detail is still UNdone—the upholstery trim finish of the banquette.  The default is to apply double welting, but I’m considering the COST & WORK of nail head trim——?
~idk

Until then, here is the banquette REloaded.

Additionally~ I really wanted to show you the lack of natural lighting and WHY I’ve been working on this project.

the Banquette REloaded!

the Banquette REloaded!

the REfreshed and brightened LL

the REfreshed and brightened LL in its natural light

It’s actually pretty good light for a small, North-facing, basement awning window, right?

There are two of these awning-styled windows for natural light.  The 2nd is exactly opposite (South-facing) in the kitchenette.  The surprise here is that this is the light from a gray day~we’re in a snow storm.

I would dearly LUV to change out the dining table but it came from our late beloved great aunties and m’ma can’t bear to let it go.  Which I do understand.  (one of my big brothers REfinished it for her) 

It’s from about 1920.  Because it’s a drop leaf style it “collapses” down to a very small footprint, BUT, has several leaves to stretch out to seating for 12!  ~I generally leave it set up for 8—perfect for all my sewing needs!

my pineapple chandelierDid I ever show you guys my pineapple chandelier?

I found it in a shabby chic-vintage store back home in Phoenix about 10 years ago ALL painted white.  A LOT of stripping and REpainting later~ I knew it would be perfect for my mother!

She loves pineapples~

Catherine

Read Full Post »

~need to brighten this North LL cornerYes~I’m still in the Lower Level,

still working on the built-ins,

and still thinking about how to BRIGHTEN this North corner.

I may WANT mirrors, but I guess I’m too

cheap, frugal, thrifty, penny pinching, economical, miserly

—you get the idea—
to pay the price for them.  What can I say.

Until I find “a way,”  I’ve decided to paint the back of the built-ins with a very high gloss white-WHITE, in hopes it will do the trick.  For now.

~trying to brighten this North LL corner

You can see that I’ve also  -FINALLY-  added the last of the picture frame molding detail—it looks SO much better and more “finished” now!

AND, while I’m sharing details~thought I’d also throw out this one.

Do you leave your outlet covers alone, or,

do you prefer to paint them into the wall color?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

to paint the outlet covers or not?

Generally speaking– I prefer to (dry-brush) paint them into the wall color, and just make them Go Away.  Likewise with any super visible vent covers~including painting the insides of the vents.  Do you do that too?

Catherine

Read Full Post »

Groundhog's Day movieIt’s almost feeling like

Groundhog’s Day 

around here.  Almost.  Although my 4 sectioned~4 day project is on day 5 of actual work—I started last Friday.  What the heck~??

I broke my work into 4 sections, and saved the “worst” for last. Partly because this North corner bothers me.

*To clear up any confusion—I prefer to call this the Lower Level or LL because it’s too nice down here to be called a basement anymore!

the North corner of the LL (basement)The North corner is, well~ darker.

When I added the builtin down here, I actually wanted to put mirrors in the back wall of the shelving to reflect light and brighten things up.  As much as could be.  COST crossed it off my list, but I’m REthinking that once again.

I called for prices this morning.  Uhhh~let’s just say I’m still thinking about it.  Each side is 40½” wide × 46½” tall.  They quoted $122 per side. AM I CHEAP?  THAT’s crAzy!

PLAN B.  I asked about plain old glass being cut for each side— ½” thick $90 each, ¼” thick $70. Times 2 remember.  UNbelievable.  My thought was that I would silver the glass myself making it affordable~haha.

Then I considered glass (I would silver) to cover ONLY above the top 2 shelves—design magazines completely cover the bottom shelves.  Even THAT was $70’ish something!  YES.  I guess I AM cheap.

I checked if there were any mirrors in their Ooops section that could be REcut—?? You DO know most glass/mirror stores have an Ooops section, right?  Unfortunately, everything was too small.

Ok a y ~plan C.

I could paint the back with a silver leafing/metallic paint…

or A REALLY high gloss paint for a lacquered effect…?

Maybe I should check out the price and sizes of mirror TILES…?

the last of the 4 sections~and adding MIRRORS?

So~ 1 last potential option.

*BTW~ here’s an example of the ltd natural light.

1 last potential option~

Looking online, I found a mirror that could be FRAMED IN like a picture.  $24.46 × 2  which is a lot more to my liking.

I taped it out, and put the shelves back to get a visual.

I don’t know. . .

So it looks like my project is still in “Groundhog’s Day” limbo. . .

Catherine

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »