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Showing posts with label furniture. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Craft Room Change

 After a year in our new home, I decided that I do not like doing projects in the basement.  Even though it is a big open space, I still find myself upstairs with the family and the sunlight.
At first I wanted this room to be like a breakfast nook/office.  I still want to use it as an office, but I am bringing all of my craft supplies upstairs.
This is were the sun shines so brightly, and the plants drink in the rays!
It is also the perfect place for photos.
Yes, I want to work here not downstairs.
I brought my other hutch out here and am in the process of figuring out what goes where and how to store things.  This room is right off of our family room where everyone gravitates; it too is a bright, welcoming room.
We still use this room like an office too. 
I wanted to take a moment and share about this little table.  When Miss Mustard Seed advertised that she was having a moving sale, I wanted to go see what she was going to get rid of.  She has some amazing things.  One of the pieces she was selling was this drop leaf table.  I believe it was her husband's childhood table.  Anyway, I was scared to ask the price. I finally broke down and asked.  She said $10!  I couldn't believe it.  When I learned it was a family piece, I asked "are you sure?".  She said it is just 'stuff''.  She was very generous and polite; a sweet lady.  Glad I got to meet with her before she moved across the country.
I'm not sure what I am going to do with it, that is if I do anything with it.  My daughter likes it just the way it is--all chipped and used looking. The light oak just really isn't what I like, but it does go well in this room.
I'm really enjoying the change and opportunity to be with the family and great lighting.

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Stepback Reveal

If you've been following me on Instagram and Facebook, you probably know of my recent purchase.
My mud room gets wonderful lighting, which stirred up the desire to use that room for working on projects. When we bought our house last year, I thought I would paint and work on projects in our big basement, however I kept finding myself working on things upstairs where there is more sunlight and people. Now I want to use my mud room for this purpose.  
I  love old cupboards, hutches and stepbacks. I like the idea of using them for storage. I was really excited when I found a reproduction of an old stepback for a great price
They are called stepbacks for the simple reason that the top is set back farther than the bottom piece. I loved the black crackled paint over the red, the old looking wood door latch, and the deep bottom cabinet. What I wasn't so crazy about was the berry red back.
I was less enthused when I set my little collection of yellowware on it.
Regretting the purchase of this cabinet, I told myself to just let it set and get inspired by Pinterest.  So I did. I thought of repainting the whole thing, in the yellow color that I used in my mud room, because there were some scuff marks all around the piece.
BUT I  truly loved the black chippyness.
Searching Pinterest was helpful, but what really helped me was just looking at my hutch I painted last year. The one thing I loved was the wood background.
That would be my first step, to sand off that berry red background. If I couldn't fix the scuff marks then I would repaint the entire piece. As I sanded, I knew I made the right decision.
I started feeling extremely thankful for the person who painted it red, because it left a great layered look to the piece that wouldn't have been there had they not painted it. 
 It looked beautiful just natural.
Next, I was thinking about staining it, but I really liked the way the School Master's Desk turned out that I decided to use dark wax instead.
With my wax brush and cheap dollar brush (to get into the corners), I applied the wax. I soon realized I  loved using the cheap brush over the wax brush. The wax went on so easily. 
Here is a pic so you can see the wood with and without the wax.
Testing the dark wax on the scuff marks, I learned that it hid them well and decided to cover the WHOLE piece with dark wax.
She buffed up nicely

I am super excited at how it turned out, and I love all the room to store our school things!
The other hutch looks great in the mud room and I look forward to organizing my craft supplies in that!

Monday, June 26, 2017

School Master's Desk

I think I may have mentioned my addiction  fondness of the Facebook Marketplace in my previous post.  I like it better than Craigslist for the simple fact that you can actually see the person you are meeting.
I found this lovely schoolmasters desk that needed a little TLC.  It truly was a joy meeting the owners. I was told it was from the 1800s and owned by his great grandfather who was a school teacher.  Whether or not he used it for that purpose, I do not know. 

It had some staining all around and rough wood at places.
I sanded it down inside and out.
I wanted it to look natural, so I used Annie Sloans Dark wax on it hoping that it would darken the filler that was all over it.  It did!
The last thing to do was buff it.
So beautiful!!



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Painted Piano

 We got a free piano via Facebook Market Place.  It sounds beautiful, but I was not liking the 1970's basket weave it had and the gold jewelry.  I decided to paint it using Annie Sloan's Charcoal.  I know I am not the first to this, so it was great getting on Pinterest and seeing all the great colors people chose.  I didn't want my piano to be a focal point in my home...so black it is.
 Here is a better pic of the basket weave.
I needed to replace it with some thin pieces of wood. 
 When cutting it chipped really easy!
I knew the paint would cover any blemishes I did to the wood.
 Painting it was easy.  I used two coats to cover the piano.
I knew using the Jacobean wax from Fiddes and Sons would give it the rich black look I was going for.  I did no want a shiny piano.  It just is not me.  If you want a shiny look, do NOT use chalk paint--it is not Glossy.
 Here it is painted and buffed.  You can see that it is not quite that glossy, shiny finish, but the buffing does shine it up some.  I love the new jewelry (knobs) I bought at a local prim gift shop.
I am enjoying the new look!
Now to find a real piano bench.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blanket Chest Redo with Wood Filler

I really like old blanket chests.
I have seen some that are actually selling for really great prices, but I have not bought one because I knew I first wanted to paint the chest that I already have.
Here are some inspiration pieces from Pinterest.
Source Pinterest Incollect Interiors + Collectables
Source Pinterest Antique Helper
Source Pinterest  AAAWT
Here is my blanket chest.  
I received it as a graduation gift from my mom 22years ago a couple years ago.  It is an Amish made chest and I truly love it.  It was a special gift from my mom.  The only thing I really don't care for now is the wheat design.  I am a shaker style gal. Very simple and plain and what some might think boring.  It truly is a struggle for me to have prints in my furniture.  I don't like busy.
So I decided to fill the holes in with wood putty.
I gave it a good sanding.
I then painted it in Benjamin Moore's Carters Gray.
I then stained the whole piece in Minwax's Dark Walnut.  
 I added different hinges to match my Hutch
 And here it is
 More Plain :)

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

My New Primitive Hutch! Project #1

Finally, we are moved into our new home!
We have been painting and fixing and painting some more.  The first thing I had to do was paint my kitchen cabinets.  I will need to post about them another time though.  Hubby was painting the living room and dining room while I worked on the cabinets.  I did not want to unpack anything unless the place that the item was going to be stored was painted and ready to accommodate them.  So in between cabinets and wall painting, I decided to work on my hutch. 
I bought this pine hutch at a consignment shop.  It is not old and was not primitive enough for me. The person that built it did not sand the edges.  Every edge was sharp and perfect.  I don't necessarily like perfect in my decor :)  The doors are also too country looking and not primitive.  I needed to change that too.
 The first thing I did was to take off the doors and tear off the "T" shape center piece.  In doing so, I gouged the top frame....oops...but wait, that will make it look more rustic and used.
 I had a white shelf top that I used as my new door frame.
Here it is sanded down and ready to take in some stain.
 I painted the hutch (right over the sanded red paint) in Benjamin Moore's Carter Gray.  I absolutely love that color!  You will see more of that color in my future projects.  I just added a layer of Walnut stain over that counter top, but other than that the stained part of the hutch stayed the same.  You can also see in the top right photo that I did not paint all the way to the edge of the center frame board.  This gives it that worn and aged look without sanding.
I finished it with Minwax's Dark Walnut (my favorite).
As you see, I made two new doors that go all the way to the bottom edge of the hutch frame.  To me this looks more primitive.  I also changed the hardware and painted and stained them too.
Here is a before and after.
What do you think?
It feels so good to be doing projects again!
Happy Sunday to you all!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Salvaging a Display Shelf

Every year I wonder how I am going to display my crafts for my open house.  If I have a cabinet, it usually ends up selling before my sale ends.  I was thrilled when hubby told me there was a shelving unit,out for trash, I might want .  When he brought it home, I was less thrilled.  The whole bottom was molded.  I instantly thought, "He took the time to go get this thing, you are going to salvage it!".  I asked hubby to cut the bottom completely off, and please help me build a bottom out of scrap and pallet wood.
Here it is.

I painted the whole thing in Annie Sloans' Old White to match my other display pieces for my Craft Sale.  If you notice, the shelves have a hole in them.  They get Plexiglas laid inside them. 
Well, the Plexiglas was all scratched up, so I wanted to cover them.  I decided to glue brown paper over them.  I am not thrilled with it, but it is just a display piece and will be covered.  I did not want to waste anymore paint on this thing so....
...here is the final product!
Nothing fancy, but will work perfect for me.
After all, it was FREE!