I started out with a very plain but precisely-the-right-size three drawer chest that I picked up at the local Habitat Re-Store for $10. It began it's life looking like this:
I added to the mix a huge and hideous Fireworks painting that I got from FreeCycle, a chaffing dish ($2 from the Re-Store), an old faucet ($2 from the Re-Store), 4 old CDs that I had lying around, a pretty filigree handle ($2 from the Re-Store), 2 wooden frames ($2 from DollarTree), some scraps of wood ($1 at Home Depot), white paint (on hand), green paint for accents (on hand), and granite spray paint for the "counters" (also on hand.) My Frankenstein-esque creation was beginning to take shape:
Add to the mix a lot of elbow grease at nap times, and you get one fantastic play kitchen, and a very, very happy Bugga Boo! (Her 5 year old brother, truth be told, probably enjoys the fruits of this labor of love a little more than his little sis at this point, but, shhhhhhhhh, don't tell...)
I'll leave my fine readers with a little sneak peek of the fantastic chairs that I mentioned picking up from the GW last weekend. I've been working on them here and there this week and they're looking pretty spiffy, I must say. I've already painted them satin black and distressed a touch to bring out all those cool details and covered the seats with a black and white damask print. I have plans to cover the caned backs with some black denim, add some of my new favorite frayed rosettes and ruffle trim (similar treatment to the lady's sitting chair.) I know I've been saying this a lot, but I REALLY can't wait to show you the final product! Here's a glimpse of how they started out:
And here's the dining set Cara and I have been working on over at her house:
Are you giddy with anticipation?!?!? I am...