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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My list is L O N G,
and these are just a few of the items waiting to get checked off of it.
1—I need to put the doors back on my REstyled Frenchy table and get it back to the antique mall. Should be easy enough, but I’ve been gone and/or running in 5 directions.
2—I began working on my teen-aged nephews’ bedroom a couple of weeks ago while I was “baby-sitting.” They SHARE a LARGE “V” shaped room which I’m dividing in 2 for each to have “their own rooms!”
I started with the 15yr old’s side— eggplant ceiling, beige walls with a punch of stripes around the bed. But there will be more to come!
The 13yr old brother wants a sky on his ceiling -and I’m not sure what yet for the walls.
The boys (and parents) like my partition wall!
In the mindset of USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT—I used a pair of bi-fold closet doors (that were removed in an upstairs project) and the boys’ bookshelves. I used some industrial-type hangers to suspend the doors from the ceiling, and “L” brackets to secure the bookshelves to the doors.
*The hook you see me holding went into the ceiling, the eye went into the closet door, the center hanger had adjustable threading so the doors would just “kiss” the carpet. *2 hangers per door, the last hanger is missing in the picture below.
3—I’ve been working my way through all the spring yard work, next will be to wash all the windows and switch out the winter rugs for the summer ones.
Also on my list is a new project involving this awful wing-back chair. It’s a real stinker, but what do you expect for $5! ; D
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. . . so this is what I did in the end.
The dresser looked sO pretty and refreshed painted in the Revere Pewter and Alabaster White.
Yeah—WAS looking good up to The Accent Color Debacle. Ooooh well.
I’d decided to only accent a few of its subtle details, like the fluting in the full front stiles-legs, the flourishes, and the recessed upper drawer section. And THEN I REvisited the recessed drawers. With découpage. Yes~more découpage.
I grabbed my vintage French vocabulary book and started leafing through for cool pages to use! And I finally tore out the cover pages—which you can see on the 2nd drawer.
I also added the petit fleur de lis to each drawer.
I stained them dark to match what stain I kept.
After découpaging, I lime waxed each drawer to create a sun-faded appearance -which also toned down each fleur de lis.
Lastly, I seal-coated all the remaining parts.
Tuesday morning I got everything REset at the antique mall and jumped on the highway to head out of town for the rest of the week! More on that later -but- I’ve already found a new project to bring back—it’s REALLY UGLY, just wait till you see what I’m doin’ with it!
Here’s the dresser, now at the mall for sale!
This is one very heavy, solid wood, well-made dresser. Even Bird’s Eye Maple drawer boxes. Nothing cheap here!
…wish you could feel just how smOOth and silky the top feels—3 layers of liming wax, paste wax, paste wax all buffed out with my random orbital buffer!
I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!
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