. . . and frequent tearful moments over the loss of my sweet old (17 years old!) kitty Lewis last week, I have managed to get a few things painted. The silliest little things get me teary eyed! Had a carton of yogurt for breakfast and the empty carton made me cry because Lewis loved to lick my yogurt cartons. This cat was practically born in my lap 17 years ago. His mama was a tad nervous about her first (and only) litter and insisted upon being IN MY LAP while she was in labor. Afraid that she really WAS going to have them in my lap, I conceded to sitting on the floor beside her box, rubbing her belly until the kittens were born. Mama kitty and sister kitten (she only had 2, so we kept them both) are long gone, but Lewis has been through thick and thin with me. And I better change the subject now before I start crying again!!
This is the foam stamp I used for the design on the drawer fronts.
Here you can see the difference between the stamped design before (top) and after I sanded the drawer fronts the second time..
I painted and reused the same knobs. Spray painted them white first. Then sponge painted on the same tan as the design on the drawers.
Went for having knobs that ‘blend in’ this time. As opposed to the big STAR knobs on the last chest I did.
A few ink stains in the drawers needed to be covered up. I just used some kraft brown wrapping paper I had and LIGHTLY glued it down just along the edges.
Didn’t have enough of either paper to do all five drawers; so I alternated with the light and dark print. (need to put wrapping paper on my shopping list!!) ***another tip if the drawer bottoms are ‘really bad’, and you don’t want to paint them or replace them. Get some white posterboard (2/$1.00 at Dollar Tree!) and cut them to use as drawer inserts!
The sides and top and just plain white; no design.
Little oval stools like this always sell well!
This is the tapered edge coffee table I got on our daycation. Painted and sanded.
Three rows of the stamped design added. I didn’t start out planning to only do three rows, but when I got to this point and paused to look at it, adding more seemed like it would have been too much. Sometimes it’s good to pause and re-evaluate your design plan.
And now sanded to lighten up the design and make it look likes it’s been there for ages!
These items are currently going into storage until the fall show.