Little night stand with the ‘wonky’ drawer: outdated / UPdated.

I’ll admit that I completely did not notice that the lower edge of the drawer was chipped when I put this night stand into my cart at the thrift store.  I looked INSIDE the drawer, to be sure it had clean innards!  But I totally overlooked the flaw right in front of my face.  sigh.

P1080340It’s a little hard to see, now that I’ve sanded it down a bit, and the bottom lip is a bit shaded; but there was a big chunk chipped off the lower left corner of the drawer.

P1080341The top had a cigarette burn (which you can still see a bit of) on the front ledge, and was pretty scratched up.  But those flaws are easily ‘sanded out’.  Unsure of HOW noticeable that chip would be once repainted, I proceeded with caution.

P1080411The top finished up perfectly.

P1080412The sides look great too.  But what about that darn drawer?!?!

P1080409This is the BEST picture I could get of the ‘flaw’; and I really don’t think it’s very noticeable at all!

P1080408  Your eye tends to follow that nice straight distressed line and completely overlook the crooked lower edge!  (Well, at least MY eye does!)

P1080410NOW I was debating whether or not to ‘add’ a decorative element to it.  A pretty drawer pull (even though it didn’t NEED one) or maybe one of those carved wood appliques?  I just wasn’t sure it NEEDED something more.  So I asked Michael.  While he and I have VERY differing tastes in styles, I value his input and opinion.  Sometimes I really need an outside perspective when I start to ‘over think’ things.

P1080426“What can’t you ever just leave things ‘plain and simple’?” he asked me.  MORE is always better in MY book, but he had a good point.  Maybe ‘plainer’ items that will ‘go with any decor’ would be a better idea.  So, I left it plain!  Then if it doesn’t sell, I can always bring it home and ‘dress it up’ a bit.  

P1080427I guess we’ll see what happens.  Of course with less time and add-ons, the price is lower.  This piece is priced at $29.00 in my booth at Stars in Portland.

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Shabby kitchen chair

P1080134I found this little lovely at Stars a few weeks ago.  Forgot the before photo, but it looked much the same.  A bit more grime and cracked paint; which I sanded away.

P1080135Some pretty blue paint came through as I sanded through the layers with my orbital sander.

P1080136A little blue on the head rest and back rungs too.

P1080136 P1080138Legs are always the hardest for me to sand.  Hand sanding would allow you to get ‘into’ the turnings a bit more.  But with my bad back, I am relegated to doing the best I can with the power sander.

P1080137It’s in storage for now, until there is room in one of my booths.

GIANT vintage metal fork and spoon

P1070993So all of a sudden these things are popular again?!?!  Go figure.  Found this pair on our recent anniversary trip to WA.  Nice simple style and METAL.  (I can usually only find the carved ‘totem pole’ style handled ones.)

P1070992THIS set had a very unique addition; taper candle holders on the handles!  You can see them on the spoon, in this and the previous picture.  (the original pics of these were in with the ones my computer ‘ate’ and I was too lazy to put the candle holder back on BOTH pieces.  They easily screw on/off with a nut on the back)

P1070995Here you can seer the hole where the candle holders screw in.  Easy enough to touch up the paint if I decide to leave the holders off.    But I can’t decide if I should do that or not???  When I first saw them, the FIRST thing I did was look to see if the candle holders were removable.  And If they had NOT been, I probably would not have bought them.  But that’s just me!  Maybe the candle holders are what will make others WANT to buy them?!?  I just don’t know???

P1070994Would love your input on the candle holder of NO candle holder conundrum!

Right now I ma just holding on the them.  What I REALLY want to use them for is HANDLES on a big pantry that Michael could build sometime in the future.  

Little rummage sale wall cabinet

7.13.13 Both + finds 202Cute little green cabinet I snagged at a rummage sale earlier this year.

7.13.13 Both + finds 203Completely finished INSIDES too!  Bonus!!

P1080055This was really ‘one of those things’ that I really could have easily used ‘as is’.  And after I almost didn’t re- paint it after I sanded off the sheen.  But I’ve never have been very good at leaving well enough alone!  So it got painted aqua (inside and out!) and sanded again.

P1080056LOVE how nicely it distressed along the Wainscot grooves!

P1080058Distressed the back side of the door, but not the shelves.  (orbital sander won’t fit inside the shelves!)

P1080059It would make a perfect little wall cabinet for a bathroom.  It already has two heavy duty wall hooks on the back for hanging.

P1080071It is available in my booth at Stars for $35.00.

Updated two tier round table

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 059LOVE this kind of table!!  Really want to keep one for myself, but they are so hard to find and always sell so well; I always end up selling them!  Oh well.  One of these days I’ll claim one for my very own.

P1080043Sanded off the existing finish with my orbital sander.  Applied two coats of paint.  Sanded to distress, then varnished the top.

P1080041I really thought LONG and hard about adding some kind of stenciled on design to the top tier.

P1080039Thought this French bee design might work, but the arch was too wide.

10.15.11 etsy signs finds 093This laurel leaf wreath and fleur de lis fit the space okay, but then I started second guessing myself?!?!?  Whomever purchases it will probably PUT stuff on the top so it won’t really even be visible!  So I refrained.

P1080044Didn’t want to make it TOO ‘Paris chic’ looking because I think it would be really cute in a beach cottage setting too.

P1080108It has gone to my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton.  $49.00

P1080106It’s displayed atop an upcycled aqua and white round table.  $37.00

P1080111I just added several new dessert pedestals and stands with dome lids to curiosities too.

P1080109Curiosities in open Tuesdays – Sundays; 10am – 6pm.

Sulking a bit

Along with the ‘anniversary weekend’ photos, the computer ate a bunch of my project pictures too; so I’ve been sulking over that instead of posting lately.  The past couple of nights it’s been getting quite chilly overnight and the cooler air is beginning to smell like FALL; making me realize that my ‘painting marathon days’ will soon be dwindling!  Time to get busy and get more of those bigger projects DONE, and soon!

7.13.13 Both + finds 205I got this wrought iron etagere  painted turquoise and cleaned up the glass shelves.  Spray paint is your bet option for painting stuff like this.

P1070860It has gone to my booth in Curiosities, displaying a selection of my upcycled cake and cupcake stands.  It IS for sale too though; $119.00.

P1070823And whilst I was spray painting I went ahead and painted this little vintage wire newspaper rack.  Thought it would be cute filled with pillows.  It’s still in storage for now though.

7.13.13 Both + finds 197Got this little night stand all spruced up too.  Took the handle off and sanded the whole thing with my trusty orbital sander.

P1070812Gave it two coats of my ‘beachy blue’ paint then a bit more sanding to distress.  For varnishing, I usually only do the TOP of chests, shelves and tables.

P1070815Sanding mostly along the edges and raised areas where it would ‘naturally wear down’; then on the flat surfaces for good measure.  P1070816You want your sanding to be very ‘haphazard’ so it looks more like it happened naturally, over time.  I don’t quite know how to describe it; but sometimes I see distressed pieces and the just look too PLANNED; too perfect!

P1070814Simple designs like this with just one (or two) drawers are perfect candidates for a big ‘statement knob’.  I just a thrifted porcelain rose knob on this one.

P1070813Isn’t she sweet?!?!  This cutie will be going to Stars sometime in the near future; hopefully along with the 2 drawer one I am working on today!

Shabby beach-ified wicker picnic basket

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 069The middle basket in this stack had been in my booth at Stars for some time.  It was time to bring it home for a make over.  Since the sea grass trunk on the bottom had sold so quickly, I decided to ‘beach-ify’ this one too.

P1070654Since i had put a white fingerling starfish on this one that was still in my booth at Stars, I decided to do something different on this next one.

P1070809So I did a sugar starfish on this one, AFTER I dry brush painted it s slightly darker shade of turquoise.

P1070808The hardest part was finding a starfish FLAT enough to adhere to the wicker.  I used e600, and weighted it down with a heavy box while the adhesive cured.

P1070827Ready to go to Stars.

P1070838It stacks nicely with the other two baskets.

P1070846Priced at $35.00.

 

Child size desk chair

Found this cute child size desk chair on my recent thrifting rounds.

P1070539And while I LOVE finding ‘child size’ items; I HATE that they almost always come laden with stickers!!!  ACK!!!  Only a few to deal with on this particular piece.  Plus, it had a fairly shiny finish, so I was going to need to sand it before repainting it anyhow.  And the stickers sand right off with the finish.

P1070647About ten minutes with the orbital sander and it was prepped for painting.

P1070646If you don’t have an orbital sander, and you want to fix up and repaint old furniture; you really NEED this tool.  It would have taken a good HOUR to hand sand this little chair.  With the orbital it took about 5 minutes.  Time IS money!

P1070696Most of the chair I was able to paint using a mini sponge roller.  Just needed a brush for the corners.  Using a paint roller is a real time saver too.  Plus the paint goes on much smoother and more evenly.

P1070698After two quick coats of paint and almost NO drying time in the summer heat, I was ready to distress; again using the orbital sander.

P1070700Fast and easy!

P1070701I debated whether or not to paint some kind of design on the seat or back rest.  Went withOUT for now.  If it doesn’t sell right away I’ll bring it home for some additional detailing.

P1070708It is available to purchase for $25.00 in my booth at Stars in Portland.

Upcycled black tray

P1070241Inexpensive and scratched up black tray from thrift store.  FLAT black paint is a nice bonus!!  Easier to paint over.

P1070243I added some little wood ‘feet’ to raise it up a bit.  (glued on with e6000)

P1070242Let the e6000 cure overnight before painting.

P1070252Two coats of paint, then some quality time with the orbital sander.

P1070251Selected a stencil that fit the inside area of the tray.

P1070250Done!

P1070312Available for purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

Reusing old display pieces

Remember when I brainstormed this idea for display pieces in my booth at Stars?  I had Michael cut three tables in half for me; a dining table, a coffee table and an end table.  Painted them all a neutral grey and mounted them and stacked them into some permanent displays.

I LOVED it ‘at the time’, but after about a year I began to feel a tad stifled due to the lack of flexibility with so much of the space not rearrangeable.  (I’m sure that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean!)

Soooooooooooooooooooooo . . .  when the time came for my recent move to a slightly larger space; the FIRST thing I told Michael was that ‘those tables have got to GO!’.  (as in NOT to the new space, that is!)  But of course I couldn’t just throw them away.  And due to lack of time to try to sell them ‘as is’, they were taken to storage to await my next brainstorm.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 052 Since the table were cut in half, the each only had 2 legs; and we had stabilized them with brackets mounted to the wall.  Now I needed four legs again to make use of them.  Michael cut and attached some simple 2×2’s for the back legs.

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And while the front and back legs do not match each other; it is not uncommon in vintage furniture to have ornate front legs and very plain back legs.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 054And once painted I thought they looked perfectly fine.  This particular side of the end table had a drawer pull on it, which I left in place.  I had just removed it to repaint it.

7.5.13 curiosities only 026And this is what I did with them!  I had Michael build me a couple of tall skinny shelves out of reclaimed wood, painted them to match the table halves and put them on top of the tables!  To make it easier to haul and move them, we decided it was best to NOT attach the shelf to the base.

7.5.13 curiosities only 029Originally they were supposed to ‘match’.  Our ‘system’ for making shelves like this is that Michael cuts all the pieces and I paint them BEFORE he assembles the shelves.  It’s MUCH easier and faster that way!  Painting those pesky ‘inside corners’ on shelves takes SO much time.  Left unassembled I can use a paint roller and painting is a breeze!

7.5.13 curiosities only 024Anyhow, Michael put ‘one too many’ shelves in the first one he put together, which left the second shelf missing TWO shelves.  I didn’t really want the shelf spaces THAT short, but I wasn’t going to make him take a shelf apart either.  So we left the one with four openings and made the other with three, as originally planned.

7.5.13 curiosities only 030I left these two totally ‘plain’, and they are not for sale right now.  I have ideas for making more pieces ‘along these lines’ that will be for sale.  For now these are flanking the entrance to my booth at curiosities.

7.5.13 curiosities only 027And displaying lots of pretty white cottage style wares.

NOW I just have to figure out how to re-use the two dining table and coffee table pieces?!?!?