Saturday, September 1, 2012

I've been a little distracted . . .

Yes, it's been a while since I posted anything or thought about painting furniture or thought about anything besides this little girl . . .

Photo by her mommy

This is Sadie, our first grandchild, and we are totally in love.  

So I will get back to painting furniture again eventually, but for now . . .

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Striped Aqua Dresser

Braving the 98 degree temperature, Ben cheerfully helped me move this dresser down to Liberty House today.  I did remember to take "before" shots, but forgot the "afters" this time!  Here's the one picture I got with my little flip phone.  I couldn't get a head-on shot, because my little room is too tiny!

I bought this dresser at a shed sale on a farm near Cordova a couple of months ago (I hauled home a Jeep-ful that day).  It was sound structurally, but definitely needed help in the pretty department.  Here are a couple of "before's"--bad paint job, mismatched cheap hardware, and in need of a good scrubbing.

I'm currently working on a tall dresser that I bought at a neighbor's garage sale last weekend (and very happy with how it's going), though by afternoon I just want to watch TV and drink iced tea.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Whitewashed Bench

As simple as it is, it took me a few months to decide what to do with this little bench.  I finally sanded off all the finish (varnish and stain), dry brushed on Old White, and then went with the striped red fabric for the seat.  I think it has a nice "beachy" look now.

I filled in for Joanie down at Liberty House on Friday (which was fun!).  It gave me time to get my little room clean and restocked.  I am happy to learn that the yellow and white striped RCA cabinet sold Saturday--and even got to see pictures of it in its new home! ( Thanks, Angel!)

I've been working on a dresser this weekend--using some Annie Sloan paint in Provence (a turquoise).  I kept trying out different finishes on it (wax, glaze, etc.)--not quite satisfied yet--so that means a lot of re-painting and layers building up.  Ben says that's why my pieces get so heavy . .  .

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cheery Striped RCA Cabinet

As I headed out to church last Sunday (in white pants), my mom called to say there was some furniture  with free signs down the street from me.  Unable to resist, I hopped in the Jeep and found this old RCA Victor Victrola cabinet (model 3-HS-6)!  I loaded it myself (some how keeping white pants clean) and still made it to church before announcements were done!

Ben helped with repairs and clean up.  I sanded the vaneer off the top and refinished the very pretty wood underneath.  Then I primed and painted the base off white.  I originally was going to add black stripes, but when I got the yellow painter's tape on, I liked the white/yellow combination so went with yellow paint.  The inside got white paint and we (Ben) put a new piece on the back.  The original hardware just needed a little polishing.

Here it is at Liberty House:

Here's what I hauled home:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New items at Liberty House

Sounds like the 4th was a busy time down at Liberty House (in spite of the heat)!  I managed to bash my little toe on a piece of furniture (me?? extra furniture around here??), so didn't do much walking about town--but here's how things were looking in my little room at Liberty House.

I found this old waterfall desk beside a dumpster a few weeks ago.  It was covered with contact paper and the drawers were full of little plywood dividers.  I didn't even take a before shot because it didn't seem to hold a lot of promise, but I just love how it turned out.  I used stripper and sanded like crazy on the top and drawers and the wood was amazing!  The rest of the base I painted with Annie Sloan Old White.  The hardware is the original, but I sanded it down to the silver--much better.

I did this little desk at the same time and pretty much the same way.  The cute little lamp is from Rachel (thanks!).

Some other things . . .

Stay cool!      

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Little Nightstand

Lots of projects going lately, including this sweet little nightstand.

Here's the "before" shot:

I gave this one a really "clean" look, no distressing.  The graduated color on the drawer fronts was fun to do.  I changed out most of the things in my room at Liberty House today, so hope to post photos of some of those things in the next few days.  I don't have room there right now for this little nightstand, so  if you are interested, let me know!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Radio Cabinet Redo & Annie Sloan Paint

Just took this old radio cabinet down to Liberty House.  I think it would be really pretty in a bathroom to hold towels or as a little wardrobe for children's clothes or a cool bar or to stack books in . . .

It was my first big project with the Annie Sloan paint and I am a convert!  It is so much fun and easier to use than regular paint, dries quickly, and distresses beautifully.  I used Old White and Duck Egg Blue on this.  It's pricey, but seems to go a long ways--plus you don't have to sand or prime.  I just wish we had a dealer nearby--thanks to Hobbin for hauling it back from Colorado for me!

The paint really highlights the pretty details . . .

I put the original on/off switch back on (just for fun):

I did remember to take a "Before" picture--here it is after I took out the front panel and some other odds and ends.  That front panel is going to be something interesting someday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Grain Sacks

I was the winning bid on a box of really dirty old grain sacks recently.  It took about a week to work my way through the stack--shaking out plenty of dirt and grainy bits, soaking, washing, and drying them.  I had to really want 'em which I do.  So here's my lovely pile . . .

And some projects that I've used them on . . .

Monday, June 4, 2012

New Cottonwood Sign

Just finished this sign and kind of love it.  I use manila tags on most of the things I sell, so seemed like a good idea for a sign.  The guys at the lumberyard have a good "scrap" pile and are good enough to cut pieces to size.  When I got home from there, I decided to use my algebra skills to make the proportions the same as the actual tag (I was very proud).  Ben cut it down further (after I did the math) along with the corners and the hole.  We found a manila file folder (that had our wedding pictures in it!) and used it for the "reinforcement" part.  I made a stencil for the letters, added some clothesline rope, and done!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

There is nothing like a patient husband . . .

I've been very busy with a lot of new projects--it helps to have auctions and garage sales providing furniture now that summer is here.  Ben continues to have the patience of Job.  He not only hauls the stuff home for me, but does repairs as needed.   And he never complains about my messes in the dining room or extra furniture sitting around the house.  Here's what the table looked like the other day . . . I was on a painting frenzy (or some kind of frenzy).

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Vanity at Liberty House

Pat sold my old oak cupboard on Friday (at Liberty House), though we were a little sad to see it go.  We'd had it for a long time and it had even traveled to NYC and back with Julie.  But it was time!  So I have been busy moving a few recently finished projects into my little room, including this vanity/desk.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Super Moon

Ran outside at bedtime last night and got this photo of the "Super Moon".  Amazing!

Friday, April 13, 2012

London Tube Chair

Just finished this little project!  I am kicking myself for not taking a "before" shot--it was painted with some really ugly designs, but I loved all the curves and detail and knew it had potential.  The seat was the time-consuming part.  I enlarged the names of some London Tube stops with the little projector, traced over them, traced them onto clear plastic which I then cut out to make a stencil (yes, time-consuming).  Then I stenciled them onto black cotton duck fabric.

Unless I decide to keep it, this will be headed down to Liberty House.  I'll be posting photos of some other recently finished projects soon (though I'm still have troubling uploading photos!).

Thanks to Hobbin for sending this chair my way!

Friday, March 23, 2012


Some pretty sights around here.

                                                            Bradford pear blossoms . . .

Current chair project . . .

Best:  Growing belly, just finished booties . . .

Friday, March 16, 2012

My Own Little Shop!

Well, I've been crazy busy since the "flea market" at Liberty House two weeks ago!  It went well and the best thing was that Pat offered me my own little room in her shop!  It's tiny, but just perfect for what I want.  She emptied it out (no small job), I painted it, and Ben installed a new light fixture.  I finished a lot of projects, and have been moving things in and pricing today.  Tomorrow Pat celebrates having Liberty House for 10 years, so hope to have a lot of folks stop in.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Liberty House this Saturday!

I'm excited to join Rachel from  Two Dog Pond and several other ladies at Liberty House this Saturday!  Should be a great time and fun to see everybody's wares.  Thanks for inviting us, Pat!

I'm pretty much packed up to go, though still doing a little painting and sewing as I get inspired.  Here's what I just (or just about) finished:

Newest little dresser--all spruced up and looking ready for a party:

Julie won't be there, but I'll have some of her cards:

Hope to see you Saturday!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Distressed Chair with Scalloped Seat

Just finished a chair . . .

I'm not always a fan of "distressed", but after a few tries, I really like how this finish came out.  The seat is covered with linen and then topped with this scalloped linen slipcover.  It seemed just the thing for this chair with its curvy legs and back.

This will be for sale at Liberty House on Saturday, March 3, though I'm kind of getting attached . . .  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Ottoman Project

Just finished a little ottoman!  Though a very ugly "before", it was solid and well-constructed piece and turned out to be so much fun to work on.

This was the first time I'd used upholstery tacks.  It took me a while to get the hang of pounding them in (with a trip to the lumberyard for a new little hammer), but I like the way they look.  The transfer on the top is a replica of a French grain sack.  The date on it is 1960 which I think fits the piece.

I'll have this for sale at Liberty House on March 3 if anybody is interested!

Scary "before" shot--I don't know what was worse, the fabric or the green paint finish:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Library Cabinet

An upcoming sale at Liberty House on March 3 has motivated me to get going on some new pieces.  It feels really good to have hammer and paint brush in hand again!  Things are going smoothly (I learned a lot from last summer's projects) and I hope to have a couple of dressers, an ottoman, a few chairs, and other miscellany ready by then.  I'll post photos as I finish (and as the computer will allow--still having issues getting pictures to load.)

This is an old oak library or office file box.  I painted each side a different color and Ben changed out the plastic hardware for these from Anthropologie.  It was great fun to do!

Playing around with some pictures and signs, too.

The painting part of the ottoman is done.  I'm going to try upholstery tacks on it instead of piping, and will post a picture as soon as it's done.  Meanwhile, I'm heading out to shovel some snow (not as much fun as painting).