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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Metallic Side Table

My youngest sister moved away and started her freshman year of college a few weeks ago.  (Sniff, sniff…)  Now that the last of us 5 children has flown the coup, I’ve been helping my parents move into a smaller home that is (lucky for me) like 5 minutes away from us.  My mom wanted to set up a room in their new house to be just like my little sis’s room in their old house, so she can have a familiar feeling place to return to when she’s home from school.  They painted it the same color (a lovely pale green called “Wasabi”) and brought back in her black and white medallion bedding.  She’s had this little wood side table for quite a while, and for quite a while, it’s looked a little out of place in the room.  Well, I took the opportunity to steal the table away for a little makeover.


She is an extremely talented flautist, and picked up this lovely pewter music stand somewhere along the line.  It served as the inspiration for the finish on the new table. 


Since I did the metallic secretary not-long-ago, I still had all the materials on hand.  This time around, I did a spray primer instead of brushed primer, and I must say, I missed the interest the brush marks gave to the secretary once the glaze was added.  I guess it’s all about what effect you’re going for.  I felt this application gave much more of a zinc or pewter look, whereas the brush strokes made the secretary feel more like an antique silver leaf.  There was much less for the glaze to grab onto.  (I took these pics yesterday evening with waning light, so I must apologize for the poor picture quality.  I may go back sometime soon and try to get a better picture of the finish, ‘cause that’s how I roll.)  :) 



Notice the little monogram “H” I added to the original wooden knob?  Kristine over at The Painted Hive offered a simple tutorial on how to Mod Podge images on your simple wooden handles to customize them.  It worked like a champ!

Here’s the newly finished table in the context of her very cute room (We still need some kind of treatment for that long skinny high window.  Any suggestions?):


Well I hope we’ve feathered her little nest enough to keep her coming “home,” even though it’s not the home she knows.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Costume

This is a little off-topic for this furniture upcycler, but I got the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween Costume catalog last week, and it got me thinking about Halloween costumes for my kiddos for this year.  I love Halloween!!  And I love planning their costumes! 

Looking through the pages of the this year’s costume catalog made me think about the adorable lady bug costumes my sister-in-law and I made for our daughters last Halloween that were inspired by the Pottery Barn Lady Bug costume.


We made the no-sew tutus with spools of red tulle tied onto a fitted bit of elastic to go around their waists.  Then we sewed on a bunch of black pom poms for the spots.  They wore black turlenecks for TCP and black tights.  My niece had a cute antennae headband made with black pipe cleaners, but my Bugga Boo was going though a phase of not keeping anything in her hair EVER, so we passed on that element.  She, instead, wore the bright red patent leather mary janes.  We fashioned the frame for the wings out of coat hangers and hot glued the adorable lady bug fabric (found at Hobby Lobby) around the frame.  We added some red with black polka dot grosgrain ribbon at the center that could go over the shoulders, under the arms, and tie at the back to hold the wings on.  I think they turned out pretty adorable!  (It doesn’t hurt to have such adorable models, either.)  :)


I’m thinking I may try another tutu costume for her again this year.  Am I the only crazy one planning Halloween already?  I bet not.  ;)

This project is competing in the Pottery Barn Challenge over at The CSI Project!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Turquoise and yellow. Here, here!

I have to say, I've been hooked on this color combo recently.

You see?

I indulged myself in a quick stop at the Thrift store. We needed a computer chair, and I saw this sitting off to the side by itself, with a $3 tag. Nothing was real about the chair. But it was practical and pretty. And cheap. and workable. It would be my new Barbie, and I would dress her up in my favoritist colors and make her look pretty. I bought it.

I had my left-over pale turquoise, and a leftover swatch of pale yellow fabric, so I put two and two together, and the colors combined dreamily. The chair hasn't been photographed at my computer because I am dreaming of the rest of the combo for another day (year).

I thought it was darling, but then I found this other fabric, and well... it's fun dressing Barbie up.

I didn't want to pull it tightly because I liked the soft casual slip-cover look it had. Just thought I'd pop in and say a quick hello from my chair to yours.  -Cara

Friday, August 20, 2010

Armoire, with a twist!

I got a killer deal on this solid wood armoire off of Craigslist.  I actually had to write the lady back and make sure it wasn’t a typo.  “Just to be sure before I drive half an hour to and from picking up this sucker, it is $15?  Right?”  “Yes.  It’s missing the doors.”  “I’ll take it!”


I got some MDF cut to size for the doors.  I had picked up some doors from the Habitat Re-Store that were exactly the right height, but a smidge too wide for this application (on top of having some cheapo pressboard for their centers.)  I used the moulding, cutting down the widths with my miter box and saw and attached it to the MDF with nails and my all-time favorite, gorilla glue.



I painted it a not-quite-white, spray painted the pulls with some trusty ORB, and here she is:





Now, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I (almost) never play it completely straight and expected.  There’s always a little bit of a twist, something unexpected, and this project is certainly no different.  It’s a mild-mannered-but-never-the-less-lovely armoire, yes.  But this little lady has a wild side as well.  Wanna peek?


Oh, don’t be a tease…





I got a couple of sample pots of Behr Gem Turquoise when I attended the Arizona Bloggers Tour de Thrift a while ago.  I used almost one sample pot on this project.  It has phenomenal coverage, even for being such a vibrant color.

I used the same technique I did on the Apple Green Chalkboard Desk’s top to do the scallops on this piece.  I just cut some blue painter’s tape in half in a wavy line, used half on one side and half on the opposite side like so:


Phew!  Was that enough pictures for you?  ;)


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pediment Headboard Bench

I found a queen size broken pediment headboard and footboard set the other day at a local thrift store for $10.  (The DAV, or Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store is a great one in Prescott, AZ.  I ALWAYS find great deals there.)  I decided it would make an absolutely fantastic bench.  I already started choppin’ when I remembered to take this picture.  (By the way, the Metallic Secretary Desk you see in the background of this picture sold this week!!  Yay!  And the woman also bought the Funky Lamp I did a while back for her daughter, and has a couple of commissioned pieces she wants to have redone as well!  Double Yay!  Hi, Diane, if you’re reading!)


But onto the project at hand…  I cut the footboard to be the sides of the bench and attached them to the back post of the headboard with a scrap from the middle part of the footboard like so:


Make sense?  Then I put three planks of 1 x 6 lengthwise from side  to side  and added some fluted trim across the front like so:


I decided to try a new tool and a new technique on this project.  I stole borrowed my mom’s Dremel to add some hand-carving on the large open space on the back of the bench (headboard.)  First I composed a design on the computer and printed it out.  Then, with a pencil I heavily outlined the design, taped it face down where I wanted the design to be, then rubbed with (in my case) the end of a chopstick to transfer the pencil lines onto the piece.


You peel away the paper, and there you have your guide!


Then, I carved the design with the Dremel.  It gets really hot, so I could only do it in about 10 minute increments before letting the tool cool down again.


For this project, I decided to use a blogopshere favorite, Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint.  This was a large project, so it took three cans.  The coverage is great with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch.  The only drawback for me is that I can’t use my favorite little spray paint gun with their specially designed top, so it makes my fingers tired.  (I really can’t wait to get a paint sprayer…)

After it was painted, I did some distressing and a smokey antiquing glaze.  And here it is!

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Very stately, don’t you think?  I LOVE it!!


This project is competing in the Spray Paint Challenge at The CSI Project!

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