Short and Sweet Makeover

Found this on Monday, hubby sanded and I brought it in on Tuesday to do a little makeover on.  I love those makeovers that take only a little time – mostly spent waiting for paint to dry!  I always paint two coats on a piece and this is a current favorite color.

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Before – sanded and washed

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After two coats but before distressing to add some character:

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And finished – perfect for a bedside table!

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Sharing with Vintage Charm #17

Old Stereo Cabinet Conversion – New Media Center

The husband has worked off and on for months to complete this conversion!  Finally finished, we brought it into the shop today.  Before pictures below.

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I really am surprised he thought to try this conversion!

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This was a piece that was extremely heavy due to the phonograph, radio and huge speaker originally found inside the mahogany cabinet.  The doors on top opened from top to bottom to allow access to the phonograph and radio.  Both sides needed shelves installed to cover the holes left from pulling the equipment out.  One of the bottom doors was fixed in place because of the speaker behind it and both were covered in filthy fabric.  Shelves were installed here too, I believe, and he added a back where there had not been one.

 

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All four doors open now

All four doors open now-the bottom two are open for access by remote

This turned out beautifully and can be very useful now – we think of it as a media cabinet, of course.  It can be used for other things too.

End of story:  He says he will never do another one regardless of how inexpensive the cabinet is (I didn’t not bring it home to him).  He did learn how to convert fixed doors, change their configuration, remove old stereo stuff and that his wife complains (loudly!) when things are too heavy (in her opinion) to easily move around.

Sharing with the ladies at Vintage Charm #16 and Talk of the Town #5

A DIY Hall Tree – finally!

I admit to “directing” my husband.  I KNOW he can do things for me and I just have to make him aware of that fact (he is more confident now I will admit).  This is the latest project.

It’s back to being rainy here in Oregon – sorry for the pictures.

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I have a thing for collecting bits and pieces of things I love –  old coat hooks, chippy doors, thick old mirrors – so I have some on hand at all times.  We brainstormed lots of ideas  for the bench part and nothing made me happy.  Until I found this box someone else had upcycled from what I think is not one, but two old sewing machine cabinets!

Some white paint, some nuts and bolts, four old hooks, a wonderful old mirror and feet for the box and voila!

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Thanks, honey – you take direction well!

Sharing With:  Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday #177 and

                        Adirondack Girl @ Heart Vintage Charm #15

MMS’s Boxwood Chair

Using up the last little bit of the first envelope of Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood milk paint, I mixed a scant 4 tablespoons in water in such a not-so-fancy container!

Stir, stir, stir to get it mixed!

Stir, stir, stir to get it mixed!

The chair is cleaned and not very pretty in this shot::

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The paint is on and this is definitely the not-so-pretty stage!

IMG_2651-001Ta-da!  Distressed, chippy-ness and hemp oil to finish!

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I LOVE MMS’s Milk Paint!

Joining Charm Bracelet Diva{At Home} and Vintage Charm Link Party #14

Such a lovely marriage….

Miss Sophia’s latest dining room set is a “marriage” and it is so lovely!  The table is  almost an antique, has a lovely pedestal base and is a pretty dark brown.

Enter the chairs:  Found at a totally different sale, they needed updating with gorgeous blue paint that totally compliments the new fabric on the seats and looks beautiful with the dark stain – especially since she glazed them in an umber color!

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closeup of the upcycled chair

closeup of the upcycled chair

Happy New Year!

We never know what the New Year might bring but I have always thought it an opportunity to get beyond whatever was dragging on me last year, start over and surge ahead!

I really never have made resolutions per se, but I have resolved to make changes in the future when contemplating a new calendar.  Making resolutions seems to be setting yourself up for failure in my opinion.  I do resolve to do better but I leave the plan open.

Thank being said I do resolve to post more often on this neglected blog!

First new pieces of furniture into the shop are:

Miss Sophia's darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Sophia’s darling bookcase with the barn-board backing

Miss Ssdie's 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Ssdie’s 4 drawer dresser in classic black

Miss Sophia's Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

Miss Sophia’s Mid Century hutch done in charcoal with areas of original finish for contrast.

The weather has turned cold after such a long, hot summer so we are painting in the house again at home.  New vanity and a gorgeous headboard are among the new projects being worked on at my house…stay tuned!

A brand New Year

with clean pages waiting to be written on, new projects to be completed, new friends to be made.    Put aside last year and look forward to this next year is my focus   Count my blessings, learn from my mistakes and trust that Higher Power to be in control!

Wishing you all a peaceful, prosperous and pleasurable New Year!

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