Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Seventy-five cents

If all works out as planned, we'll be moving soon. Soon being within the next two months. With that in mind, I've really tried to avoid going to yard sales or buying "stuff" to bring home that will just be put into storage for the time that we're overseas. BUT, who can resist a "bargain"? Plus, around here in this little historic town, there are often some neat treasures to be found.

A few weeks ago, the boys woke one Saturday morning and asked to go yard sale-ing. They are always on the lookout for cool old toys or just cool junk. LOL I swore to myself I wasn't buying anything unless it cost next to nothing or I really could have a purpose for it at some point in time.

We stopped at this sale which basically had nothing. We normally see clothes out front and keep on going. But, I saw a small chest of drawers/stand out there that I thought might have potential. I stopped just to see how much they were asking for it. When I saw a 75cent sticker on it, I had to ask the lady if that was right. She said, "Yes." I said, "I'll take it!" I brought the ugly duckling home because it reminded me so much of a chest I have had in DS#1's room forever storing his underwear and socks. I got it from mil years ago. She's always said that it was handmade by a relative of DH's grandmother's. The two pieces are the same height and built in the exact same manner.

Here are photos to compare them. The only difference is the 75cent piece (left photo - snapped after I'd begun to sand it) has three drawers while our own heritage piece (right photo) has four.

When I got the piece from mil, I was into my wood and no paint phase. So, I stripped numerous coats of hunter green paint off of it and stained it. Then added the regular white porcelian drawer pulls to it. That was probably ten years ago. It's been a great little piece for the bedside in DS#1's room for the purpose mentioned earlier.

You can imagine what I did next to the ugly duckling based on the last few blog entries I've posted. Yep, Krylon's black satin spray paint with some distressing. :)

I chose not to do anything to the drawer pulls for now because it's just going to go into storage in the next month or so. I'll decide at some point in the future what kind of drawer pulls I want. For now, I've got this.
Not too shabby for seventy-five cents and the cost of spray paint. ;)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I should step away from the spray paint

The fumes are doing something to me. Or maybe it's just that "doing" something is good for me. I've been having too much fun with black spray paint and sand paper as of late. I'll blame it all on Blogland. It's always good to blame someone else, right? Right. ;)

A few weeks ago, I was in Goodwill and spotted this.
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Now, did I particularly NEED a blue magazine rack? No, not really. But Blogland had me in Goodwill looking at things in a different light. And when you know that Target has magazine racks for no less than twenty bucks, this little beaut was tempting.
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So, I snagged it along with a headboard. Yeah, I said a headboard... not sure about that one, but that's another story for another time I suppose. (That other time may be two or three years from now when I pull it out of storage after our quest overseas. LOL)

A little elbow grease combined with sandpaper, then a couple of sprays with black spray paint, followed by more sandpaper for distressing the edges and this is what I've got.

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The price? $2.49 for the rack + $2.97 for the spray paint = just under $6 with taxes added. No bad and just as good at the Target racks. ;) And, it turns out I did need a rack after all. I had these stacked between my nightstand and bed. They looked like a mess, but now not so much. ;)

Just for good measure, I thought I'd show you the headboard. It was $6.49! Why couldn't I have found a deal like that last month when I actually NEEDED a headboard for the boys' room? Instead, I found headboards for between $25 and $100! Sigh... I went with the cheapie $25 one for their room while we're in transition. But seriously, I wished I'd found this last month instead.
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Transformation on it coming ----- someday. I have sanded it down to bare wood and puttyed (is that a word?) a few spots on it. It's ready for something!

Friday, September 18, 2009

"I'm bored..."


I've heard that quite a bit lately for whatever reason. Funny how I'm never bored! Just this afternoon, I was working on sewing together R's blanket. Both of them kept coming into the basement asking me what they could do. Neither of them wanted to play with the other. Neither could agree on what to do. And I'd said no electronics so find something else to do!

So, tonight, when I was blog surfing, I ran across an "I'm Bored Jar". I may not make this right now, but I do see it being an advantage in a few months when we will be apartment living and there will be no backyard to go play in.

I'm posting it here on my blog because by the time I get around to needing it or making it, I'll have forgotten where I saw it! LOL I found it on Kristine Mckay Designs She even has a pdf down-loadable sheet with project ideas and instructions! It's meant to be for summer, but when we get through with schoolwork early, we need something to do besides sit in front of the tv or computer!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where have I been?

I have been right here all along. I didn't mean to ignore my blog, but I just did it anyway. I was still one of those people who popped in once every few days and looked at my blog, but I just haven't been in the mood to blog. I've been reading other people's blogs and I've noticed a few of my best blog buddies have been doing the same thing I've been doing. Oh well, that's all good, right?

I have been busy - trying to sell houses and keep the boys on target with schoolwork. In the meantime, we hit a few yard sales over the weekend and a thrift shop this evening. My best deal was a small seventy-five cent chest that will work as a night stand by a bed. I'm currently in the process of painting it (decided to go with black again). I'll share the before and afters of that when I'm actually finished with it.

Tonight, I want to show you this metal candle holder I found at the thrift shop. With my red Kitchen Aid mixer, I have decided that I'll accent my kitchen with red. Now, I realize all too well that we'll be moving sometime in the future and I won't have a real kitchen/my dream kitchen for at least three years. BUT, it'll hopefully be my forever kitchen at that point in time. And with spending money to build a house, I won't want to be spending money to decorate it. So, I'm trying to think ahead and plan for some of that stuff now. Plus, when we get back stateside and open all those boxes that have been in storage, it'll be just like Christmas morning! :D

So, back to my candle holder. It's iron and heavy and RED! (and pretty too!) For $1.99, I couldn't pass it up though I wasn't sure IN the store what I'd do with it. Once I brought it home and cleaned it up, I had the perfect solution. I'll use it to hold my large spoons and other fiddle things next to the stove. Most of those are in boxes with dh right now, but I still have a few that I've been using to get by.
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What do you think? I like it. Of course, it's RED and I like all things RED, so go figure.

Friday, September 4, 2009

No Summer is complete without

watermelon! Yum!
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Or making silly Bubba teeth with the watermelon rind.
Isn't that a crazy photo? He's a crazy boy. I can't say too much about him because he reads my blog from time to time. LOL

I've been playing around with a new blog look and trying my hand at larger photos. I wonder if they are too large? I like large photos, but I also like not having to scroll too much. LOL What do you think?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Furniture Redo

So, with all the blog reading and thinking about painting furniture, I actually DID something this weekend. As I said in my previous post, the other piece seems like too much work for me at this point in time, so I am putting that on the back burner. I'll decide what to do with it another time (probably a few years from now when we take it out of storage. LOL)

In the meantime, I decided I had to redo something to get my fix. So, this past weekend I went into the basement and pulled out the tv stand. Dh got this thing at a yard sale across the street. *Sorry, no before photos.* I think the people may have even given it to him just to get it out of the house. I hated it when he brought it in because it wasn't in the best condition. It needed re-staining or revamping or something. But, I kept putting it off. I almost painted it white at some point last year after reading Cindy's My Romantic Home blog, but never got motivated. I have a problem with motivation. I'm motivationally challenged. I like that term so much better than the label lazy.

It's not a bad table/tv stand. It's solid wood and has a swivel top so you can rotate the tv in any direction. When I'd gripe at DH about his ugly tv stand, he'd just say, "Use it while we're here and toss it when we move." So, that kept me from doing anything to it. Until this weekend... I stayed up too late Friday night reading blogs about spray paint projects. On one of the blogs, the author made a comment about solid wood. I started thinking about how our garage sale tv stand is just that - SOLID WOOD. You don't find solid wood stuff very easily. If we tossed it and then tried to replace it in a few years, we'd end up paying too much money for a crappy piece of particle board furniture.

Saturday afternoon, I took the screws out of it and took it apart, then got to work sanding it. I was just going to sand off the glossy finish, but the boys decided to help me and R sanded one spot until it looked like brand new wood! The rest, we did a pretty good job getting down to a fresh clean slate.

I picked up some Krylon Satin Black spray paint at Walmart on Sunday, then came home and got to work. I gave everything two good coats of black paint. I sanded the edges and roughed up a couple of other spots. Is it crazy to sand, paint and then sand again to expose some of the wood color?
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I was going for the distressed look. I wanted it to have a little character and not be just solid black. Then, I took a stain and covered the areas where the wood was showing through, then wiped all the pieces down with Tung Oil. (I used Tung Oil because I had it on hand and didn't want to go spend money on a poly. I wasn't sure if I should use it over paint, but it did give it a nice smooth lustre and didn't interfere too much with the satin finish of the paint.) I left them in the shop to dry overnight. Today, I put the table back together and let it sit out for the day "curing". I hate to bring something freshly painted into the house too soon or the house will smell like paint and you can't get that smell out easily. So, cure it will for a day or so.
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That isn't the place it will go, it'll go back to the basement. I just snapped those photos upstairs when I brought it in for good light.

I told DH last night that I'd forgotten how much I like doing stuff like that. I guess it's just something about accomplishing a task. I suppose I've changed a bit over the years though. I used to think everything needed to be a wood finish with stain. When we got a table from mil eleven or so years ago, we silently cursed the three layers of paint that we had to sand and scrap to reveal the beautiful wood underneath. Some things are just better painted - like my newly painted black tv stand.

Refinishing furniture

I've been reading too many blogs recently about spray painting furniture. Southern Hospitality is one of them. Now, any kind of project like that is the last thing I should be doing right now, but I felt inspired.

We have this pie safe/cupboard piece that Hubs (I'm claiming GA's word since someone recently asked me why I called my husband dh) got from his aunt. He originally thought it was an older piece. He called me from her house and asked if I wanted an old pie safe. My first question was, "Is it in good shape?" When he said yes, I said yes! When I first saw it, I was a little disappointed. I realized right away that it's not old, it's just made in an older style. I decided it was made in the eighties because the inside of it is that lovely shade of country blue. The outside has been painted to thankfully cover that country blue. It isn't really a bad shade of brown, but the paint job is rather sloppy.
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See the sloppy paint job, especially around the hinges which are partially still blue? It doesn't really fit my style (whatever that may be...) But, it doesn't bother me that much because it has worked for us. In our old house, I didn't even use it. It was tucked away in the storage shed outside. Since living here, I've used the piece in my laundry room which is actually a walk through room from the backdoor to the rest of the house. I store my canned goods in it since there's not a lot of cabinet space in this house. Being in the laundry room, I also store my detergents and bleach in the bottom. The part I don't like about the piece is the inset of the doors because they scream 1980-something at me with the hearts, swirls and flowers. I hate that!
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I've threatened for that piece to be my next furniture redo. But, I must not hate hearts and flowers painted on the insets too much because I always tell myself it would be too much work. And then, I chicken out and go blog surfing again. lol

What would you do to this piece? My latest thought was to paint the insets with chalkboard paint and leave the rest as is for now. Or is there some type of paper that I could get to cover the insets? Maybe even fabric? The burlap? Anything?