Outdated / updated art deco desk

I had mentioned to Michael that I saw ‘somewhere’ (maybe on HGTV???) that they took an old desk with drawers on BOTH sides and cut it apart to male two bedside tables.  Told him if he ever came across such a desk REALLY CHEAP, that I’d like to try that.  I SWEAR, all I have to do is mention something and he finds it!  Here is what he brought home per that request:

Very dated green paint!  But wonderful shape and art deco detail.  I just could not bear to cut away that pretty curved and routered center piece!  Decided this piece was worthy of just a face lift and not a full body makeover.

 

Because the paint on it was SHINY, I was going to have to sand or primer it.  Decided upon sanding ‘just in case’ there were some interesting layers of paint that might be revealed.

The edges easily sanded off, but bigger surface areas, not so much!  I decided that was good enough!

Sanding away the paint really enhanced the routered detail and I decided that those details were worth enhancing in the refinishing process.

I had decided upon painting it Sophie’s favorite Robin’s egg blue, and to try and reuse the original black ‘forged iron looking’ knobs.  So, I thought I would paint the routered details BLACK to match the knobs.

I got out my trusty flat black spray paint and gave the edged and detail areas a quick spray.

That was easy enough.  My thought was that it would be easier to paint AROUND the routered details that to try and use a small brush to paint them in after.  But first I had to paint the ‘chair cubby’ part of the desk.  And I HATE that part!  In fact, I usually avoid doing desks for that very reason!

Because half of my spine has been surgically fused, I don’t do the ‘bend and reach’ thing too well.  And crouching down to paint the inside of the cubby is impossible for me.  So that means I have to maneuver the desk to where I CAN get in there and paint.  So I have to set it on it’s end.

And in doing so, I can only paint half the chair cubby and one side of the desk at a time.  So it takes me a LOT longer to complete the painting.  I have to do one coat, let it dry, second coat, let that dry; before I can flip the desk and do the other side!  But this was such a unique desk, I thought it was worth the extra work!  Can you guess how many times I bumped my head reaching in to paint inside there?!?!?

So once both sides and the cubby were done I could turn it upright and paint the top and front.  The tricky part was to not get paint inside the painted black routered detail parts.  For that, I kept my brush as FLAT as possible, so the brushes would fling their way into the routered places.

As you can see, that technique was only SEMI successful!  So to clean up the blue paint boo-boos, I used black craft paint and q-tips.

That worked ‘pretty well’, but i was going to have to touch up some of the blue paint in a few spots on the edges.  Left it overnight before tackling that.

When I looked at it with fresh eyes the next morning, I didn’t like the black paint!  It actually DE-emphasized the routering and made it just look painted on.  sigh.  So I just went ahead and painted over it all with the blue! 

Of course, now the original black knobs would not work, so I bought home some of these pretty ceramic rose knobs from the store.

And the routered part shows up nicely with it all painted blue!

This beauty is still just sitting in the workshop at home for now.  Waiting to see where there will be room for it, either at the store or in our space at Stars Antique mall.

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Here’s what’s new in SOPHIE’S COTTAGE ~ August 20, 2008

Traditional and not-so-traditional fall colors are scattered throughout the front of the store.

Sneek peek at a few of the new items for the pink ‘Shop for the Cure’ display:

Yummy smelling little jar candles in pumpkin spice, sparkling cider, apple cinnamon, cranberry orange, sugar cookie, butter toffee and vanilla.

Cinnamon refresher oil for your potpourri or rosehips.

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Vintage Abernathy Furniture Co. chest

A lot of the vintage pieces we acquire, we end up re-working or repainting.  THIS one we pretty much left ‘as is’. 

Well, we fixed it up a little bit so it was ready to use by adding new knobs (since it didn’t have enough of them) and we added a new backing since that was missing.

But we didn’t touch the paint.  The patina was just too charming.  A few spots have a tiny bit of yellow and green paint showing through the white; and the top is fairly scratched up and has a few stains.

The drawers are in perfect shape and not even the slightest hint of that ‘old furniture smell’ that is so hard to get rid of!  And here she is all prettied up with her new knobs and ready for a new home!

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Old chess pieces

These are BIG soft plastic chess pieces that I got some time ago at the thrift store.  Used a few of the pawns as ‘bases’ for some make do’s.  Got tired of them sitting around so I decided to do something with the rest of them.

Spray painted them gold and then sanded and distressed them.  In the picture below you can see how they look before and after distressing.  I put these in our ‘shabby Paris Apartment’ booth at the antique mall .

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Thrift store accent table re-do

Found this sweet little accent table at the thrift store.

Well this picture sure  turned out terrible!  But there is a small boo-boo on the edge, you can kind of see it.  I sanded that out and sanded the top and edges.  Painted the whole thing black, then sanded to distress it a bit.  Decided to stamp on some fleur-de-lis to go with the Paris apartment theme I am creating at the antique mall.

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July 9, 2008 ~ Here’s what’s new at Sophie’s Cottage

Vintage hankies, plain or frilly.

More newly made birdhouses.

Pretty turquoise candle pedestals.

Little princess crown ‘baskets’

LOTS of great new scrapbook / cardmaking embellishments!

Colorful coasters and wine stops.

And it’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures of the WHOLE store; bigger pictures of the vignettes.  So I decided it was time to do that!

New displays in the front windows; now minus the big fence ‘shutters’.

And new signs!

 

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Here’s what’s new in Sophie’s Cottage – late June 2008

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Outdated/updated thrift store wire bird cage

A dated thrift store find, in perfect shape but just NOT my color!

A little bit of white spray paint and a little bit of sanding and it’s perfectly shabby/cottage!

The spots I sanded don’t show up very well in the picture.  You can see little bits of green showing through on the leaves better in person.

And here it is displayed in the store:

 

 

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A little bird told me . . . .

New at Sophie’s Cottage May 2008

How cute are these little resin birds?!?!?

And pretty ceramic doves for a more shabby chic style:

And a few of the ‘carved’ wood folk art style birds still left (but going FAST!)

 

New in the cottage ~ March 14, 2008

Just arrived in the store this week:

Cute vintage paper coasters and vintage ric rac.

Adorable mini teapot and sugar bowl.

Pretty coordinated scrapbook paper packets.

Paper punch kits.

Ceramic rose drawer or cabinet pulls in ivory, pink of white.  Perfect for ‘prettying up’ a simple dresser or bathroom cabinets!

Pink wall basket.

Medium sizes bird eggs.

Ceramic clip on doves in four different poses.

Three styles of little shelf size bird houses.  (bigger birdhouses coming soon!)

Machine embroidered retro style fabric picture frames.