Friday, April 30, 2010

My Lil Blue Chair

So, I am not a HUGE fan of garage sales, maybe junk sales are what I don't like. When it looks as though they have taken their trash and dumped it in their driveway, yeah, that's it, I don't like that kind.

But I was cruising through this FAB neighborhood where the houses are bigger then the white one in Washington and POOF, there was an "Estate Sale." And there from the road I saw the cutest and loneliest chair.

Mr. Blue.

Or, Ms. Whatever you prefer.

Now, I do love the blue, however I wanted to place this chair near the entrance of my home and there was no way it was going to go there this color.

Or anywhere else in my home for that matter.

So I started stripping.

Ok, I just re-read that sentence and realized I need to clarify.

Started using the paint stripper.

Here it is going to work.

After scraping and sanding and scraping and sanding and about a weeks worth of days, I finally got to put on the primer.

Only after one coat, too. It sure is showing potential. I can't wait to see the finished look.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Update on the Stool Brothers

My Craiglist purchase, that were suppose to go in my remodeled kitchen with my new remodeled breakfast bar, that just did not happen.

Now they are available to join your home.

Here they are before:

Same brown color that every other person has in the house at their bar.

Here they are after:

I really liked how they turned out. I know I say that about almost everything, but if I did not like them I would start all over.

I painted them Slate Gray and then sealed them with a clear gloss for longtime use!


Another great trend in the blog world, tassel making!

Think about, everytime you look at a cute tassel that is hanging on a lamp, or door knob, even a ceiling fan. How do you make those?

How much does it cost?

Do they come in the colors I WANT?

All these questions are reasons as to why I do my own.

And well because I can!

Here are my very first two. I like how they turned out. I was going for bold and a little trendy.

If you like them so much visit my estsy shop, The Vintage Bench.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Tale of 2 Stools

Another Craigslist purchase.

I may have spent too much on getting these, but they are in great shape, except for a loose bar, which I am fixing with the bungey chords.

They are the perfect height and design for what we want to use them for.

Except for the fact that our kitchen is now under construction and we will no longer be needing them.

But I will continue on with the project and re-list them.



Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cabinet from China?

No, not quite.

I purchased this cabinet off of Craigslist. And, boy, did I get a great deal.

I completely stripped it down, removed all the hardware.

Sanded it.

Primed it.

Placed two coats of London Fog all over.

I wanted black but not too black.

Then I covered the backing with fabric. To lighten it up without going crazy.

I love how it turned out. I just can't seem to find any hardware that I think will work well.

Once I have this baby is going back on Craigslist. Hopefully to a new home, that will love it and fill it full of dishes!

Nightstand Upgrade

If you are in the Houston area, you have probably heard of The Dump.

It is more of a discontinued, surplus store. The hubby and I went and bought all of our furniture there before we moved into our new home as newlyweds.

We saved a bundle and got some great deals are some good quality furniture. Though, I do love the things that we accumulated from there, they bore me.

Here is our natural oak night stand, that has a twin and a tall boy 5 drawer dresser that comes with it.

So I suggested that I maybe, jazz up the ole bedroom.

So I went to Lowes, and picked out my favorite red sample and came home with red velvet.

Though after three coats it's still looked like a dark pink to me.

So I slapped a little walnut stain on it, let it bake for 10 minutes or so.

Wiped it away and this is what I got.

I also just could not find hardware that I liked, so I spray painted the original hardware a brassy  brown color.

I am not sure if I LUV it, but I do like it.