Pardon the pun—I couldn’t help myself!
I bought this fun basket because I loved it!
But I confess, I also bought it
because -it needed- a WAY better handle!
And I wanted to add it to my stashes for 2 pop-up flea markets later this year.
Cool wire basket. Stupid handle. My remedy!
I happily took a hammer to the stupid plastic smashing it to pieces!
To the alarm of m’ma, I borrowed another piece of her mother’s broken cradle.
I cut out the section I wanted to use on the chop saw, then ripped that part in half at the table saw.
*There was no way to disconnect the metal handle to make any other kind of change.
Now cut in half to wrap around the metal handle, it would also require a long channel, a groove–which I created at the router table.
Make sense now?
I glued and clamped the pieces back together and left it to dry overnight. Sanded, lime waxed—and called it finished!
I know, a lot of fuss for such a small detail, right? But doesn’t this look nicer?!
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I was in a pseudo Twilight Zone trying to buy this danged dresser.
the dresser has a whole new look-style-vibe and is already looking for a new home via the antq mall!
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!
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.
On to the 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.
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.
TEXTURE! This poster was a printing of a canvas painting! ♥♥♥
Plus, you can see my additional “age.”
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~
~here’s a bunch of views to really show the details of this project.
I really LUV it!
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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.
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 then–I was struck with this other idea. . .
~can’t wait to show you—here’s a little hint!
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This poor dresser.
Did I rescue it from a hostage situation?
It certainly –felt like- a high level ransom exchange.
Some people should be banned from selling/buying -ANYthing. E V E R.
Well~ it’s mine now to
shower with LUV!
Until I REsell it to a new good home, that is!
The smell was overwhelming on the drive back, so I off-loaded it to air out and sit in the sun all day. Honestly, it could sit there all week and I’m pretty sure I’m still going to have to take additional measures. Ugh.
Well–as predicted, I started out by stripping the top.
I ♥ WOOD TOPS.
The stain was miserable, there were areas of some very thickly applied -varnish? Over the dirt and bad condition. wth?
Stripping was a sticky, gooey, nasty mess. It was GROSS. But a VAST IMPROVEMENT already.
UNfortunately, something LARGE left a watermark, and someone wrote on something VERY HARSHLY that etched its way through too. B u m m e r.
Especially because I had visions of a waxed, RAW wood top.
Instead, I used a natural oak stain that would be slightly more than a clear-coat.
too bad I couldn’t get the underside very clean-
Stripped, sanded, then RAW.
Finally, in the last dresser top picture~ a light natural oak stain, and with a (just applied and very wet) PROTECTIVE-satin finish-SEAL COAT.
Now, moving on—it’s time to address
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*Sorry for the long story*
Saw this ad on one of the fb shopping pages.
A very cool dresser but ~almost an hour’s drive.
B U T~
the price—makes. it. w o r t h while?
You just know it’s gonna need work.
So I messaged her to ask about it.
And this is how it went.
How long would YOU have stuck with this?
All I did was click on the pic-icon from my phone to see a bigger picture of the dresser—and it changed her ad…???
Take notice of the silence~gaps in time just to arrange this whole thing…
(this was all while I was working on the 3rd looooong table)
When I STILL hadn’t heard anything around 6:30 I was reluctant to start out in her direction. What if I get to her small town and still haven’t heard from her?…. Is this a new “Craigslist killer” on the loose??
All of this “communication” was through fb message. Which I hate.
Now almost 8:30 (original appointment SET BY HER was for 6pm) Oh yeah! She gave me a phone number to text her on—so I called it.
Of course- got voicemail. I left a –frustrated– message.
DID YOU SEE THAT? 10:44 Can you come tomorrow?
Are you REALLY trying to sell something?
I stewed on it for a while. Looked at the picture a few more times—do I really want this? IS IT REALLY WORTH THIS MUCH TROUBLE? I toyed with setting another appointment and NEVER SHOWING UP to get even…
…and then -foolishly- text back I could come at 10am. . . F O O L.
She responded with it WOULD HAVE TO BE 9.
O. M. G.
I returned to ideas of NEVER SHOWING UP again.
…how generous. Did you notice how many times I had to ask for the address?
Just to finish~ when I got to the address at 9:45, there were 5 or 6 cars on the long driveway — but I had to keep knocking to get anyone to answer the door. Then, another 15 minutes to get her kids up to move cars just to get to the dresser in the garage.
Is this a joke?
Figuring I might be on my own to load it—I made her help me before I would pay. No ‘thank you‘s were exchanged—I sure wasn’t feeling very -kindly.
Here’s my before –treasure–.
Airing out ’cause -omg- it stinks. Can I report her to fb?
I’ve lost my mind~haven’t I?
-ugh, stay tuned
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Aside from my mother, a friend on my way TO the antq mall, and a couple antq mall employees–
plus what I shared with you guys—
who would ever know this table even existed?
It sold in the blink of an eye!
Truly not complaining or anything!
Before I left the mall I told them that I guess I need to make another asap!
Funny~ the first was 5ft in length, the second, 5’4″ and the current is 5’6″! They’re growing!
The pallet boards were long and these legs pitched out a bit for stability, so, why not?!
A n d here’s the newest—
I kind of like all those funny markings on the pallet boards and kept them.
I used the Farrow & Ball Rectory Red again that seemed to go over so big on #2—uh, well, by those who DID see it!
This one is probably as looong as I would push it—it’s end to end of the back of the sofa, literally.
Wouldn’t this be kind of amazing
parked under a very large flat screen tv instead of the same ol’ same ol’ ?
And a loooong bench under it!
Now~it’s off to the antq mall. Again!
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