Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Daughters Dresser

 I am so excited to have this dresser done, not only to share it with you but for my sanity as well, you will see why below........



As you may know when Baby Brother was born we moved our girls into the same room.  I decided when I was 6 months pregnant I would build them bunkbeds (post here) and so far we have loved the bunkbeds.  They are very sturdy and considering my children think they are a jungle gym they are holding up amazingly well.  Our rooms upstairs are small so I added shelves to the closet and some totes (post here) and crossed my fingers that between the closet and their 3 drawer dresser we would have enough storage.  Well I think this picture speaks for itself....I had to come up with another plan.


This dresser was just hanging out in my garage when my husband said, "why don't you refinish it for the girls room."  Yes, he does have a lot of good ideas!  I was a little worried it wouldn't fit, you can't tell from this picture but there is a closet right where the picture cuts off so......we will call it a perfect fit!!

And if you look at the bed, I finished the first of 2 quilts.  Oh, I love them.  They are so bright and cheery....now to finish the other one!


I love the lines of this dresser, it is just stunning.



This pink is a custom color.  I know I say that way to often, but often times I will find a color I think I like and once I start to paint with it the tones are off just a bit so I add some gray or brown or lighten it a bit with white.  The ivory color is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.  I used and oil based brown glaze to antique this and then I sealed it all with a Spar Urathane!



 This dresser has helped incredibly to keep their room clean!!

TTFN

Brooke

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Story Behind My Chandelier

As I have surfed blogs and flipped through magazines chandeliers always have caught my attention.  Maybe because in the back of my mind I knew the chandelier I really wanted would be hard to find and if I found it I probably couldn't afford it.  Because of course it had to be vintage and have real crystals.  

So you can imagine how happy and excited I was when my neighbor walked across the street with a vintage, brass, crystal chandelier and asked if I wanted it.  Yes, she just gave it to me and wouldn't accept any sort of payment.  WOW, I am still speechless.  She found it in her Mother's storage shed and they had no use for it anymore. 


Once we got it hung I used a little brasso and hot water to shine her right up, now she just sparkles!






The details on this chandelier are so beautiful and fit the style of my house perfectly.  I still can get over the fact that it was free, these are the kind of things I dream about! 


TTFN

Brooke

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oak TV Stand

Geez, I don't know what it is about January, but every year I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things.  I am sure the cold weather doesn't help and my kids all seem to be passing around colds and coughs.  It felt good to get out in the garage and finish up this Oak TV Stand.  I am sure many of you remember these, and would agree they are a bit dated.  But with a little paint, chicken wire and wood we can fix that..........


And here she is all dolled up!




I really want to change this piece up.  You may have heard me talk about Dave from Liberty Remodeling before,  he showed me how to use a router to get the inside panel of the doors out.  It worked pretty slick.  Once the panels were out I nailed chicken wire to the inside of the doors.  



To fill in the hole were the VCR would have gone and to add storage I made a crate box to slide in and out.  To add a little color and personality to this piece I Mod Podged napkins on to the front of the crate.  


This piece was so fun to refinish.  I love taking an old warn out piece and bringing it back to life!


I do not have a paint color of this piece :(

TTFN

Brooke



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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Tables Debut....

I am so excited to show off this table.  After all it has been 2 years in the making.  Once I got this table home and assessed it I realized it was in pretty bad shape, worse than I thought.  The trim on the table top was falling off, there were very deep scratches on the top.  

But I just loved the caster wheels and the oval shape it apparently blinded me to any other detail.

The original plan was to give it a good sanding and paint the whole thing until....I realized the table top was Tiger Oak.  I was lucky enough to sand most of the scratches out without going through the veneer, there are a few scratches left...but they are worth it.  

Are you ready to see there after??


Here she is all dolled up!  I am in Love with this table, she was well worth the wait.  


Once I decided to keep this table the hunt for chairs began.  I was hoping to have 6 chairs, as this table is 6 1/2 feet long, but I couldn't pass these chairs up, I loved the french style. 

These chairs originally had upholstered seats filled with horse hair....EEK!!  Since upholstery and children don't always mix too well, we made a wood top for them (tutorial to come)


And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may notice my new, free chandelier is hung!  (more to come on this beauty as well)





See that beautiful grain?  Isn't it just wonderful, oh I LOVE it!



The top of the table is stained with Miniwaxes Dark Walnut and sealed with a Spar Urathane.  I like to use spar urethanes when I can as they are a little more durable, however they do yellow so use caution.

The bottom of the table is painted in a custom color latex and I used a brown oil based glaze to add some depth.




I am so glad these caster wheels sold me on this table!


TTFN

Brooke

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My First Attempt at Upholstery...

I have been wanting to tackle an upholstery project for quite some time now.  I have a couch in my garage needing to be reupholster, however it is going to be a really big project so I decided to start with something a little smaller....like a slipcover.  I have been sewing clothes and quilts for years now but upholstery was a whole new experience. 

 I didn't work from a pattern for this chair, I pieced it together on the chair.  That being said I made my fair share of mistakes, I unpicked A LOT, but I wanted the slipcover to fit this chair tight.

Completing this slipcover took sometime, I would work on it for a bit, get frustrated, and leave it until I could figure out a better way to do it.  I am happy to say Finally it is DONE!!  There are a few mistakes and tucks, but for my first go we will call it a success!
  


I used an drop cloth for the fabric, which I pre washed in hopes to avoid any shrinking when washed. With 3 kiddos I am sure It will have to be washed at some point!






I need to make another slipcover for an identical chair, I hope it goes a bit smoother now that I have an idea of what I am doing.  I will try to take some more pictures along the way! 

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

TTFN

Brooke

Monday, December 29, 2014

Upgrading Those Builder Grade Closets

As you may know this summer we welcomed baby #3, creating quite the room shuffle. We only have 3 bedrooms upstairs and I wasn't too keen on the idea of sending my 6 year old to the basement so that meant room sharing....boo!!  

Our rooms upstairs are not large, in order to get 2 girls in the same room I built them bunkbeds (post here).  I have never really loved bunkbeds maybe because I had one all growing but my girls think they are the coolest things ever, which makes their mom (me) totally awesome for building them beds....RIGHT!!??  

With the bed problem solved now I needed to fix the storage problem.  Their room is only big enough for one dresser and so I decided to maximize the space in their closet.  My first thought was to rip everything out and start over new.  I think I just like to demolition things, my husband on the other hand did not like that idea, so we worked with what we already had, which I think was best!  It is a good thing I have him to keep me in check!

Here is the Before


Here is the new organized closet.  
I moved both of the rods to the same side allowing me to add 3 shelves.  
The wood for the shelving only cost me $20 and I found the shoe organized at Home Depot for $30.  I also added a few hooks for them to hang their purses and jackets on.



With 2 girls in the same room I knew it would be hard to keep things organized on open shelves, and with only 1 dresser I needed a few more spots to stash clothes.

The galvanized buckets I found at Ace Hardware and the canvas bags were purchased from Kohls.  They have worked great for organizing clothes and toys!



Now don't worry their closet doesn't always look like this, I actually cleaned it for these pictures.  However I have been very proud of them, I checked it today and it is still clean, I think this is a record!


 TTFN

Brooke



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Another Vanity....They Never Get Old!



A client of mine brought this chest to me to be refinished for his wife for Christmas.  I always get excited to refinish these old chests/vanities and with it being a surprise it was even better.
We decided to go with a classic look and leave as much original as possible. 
We left the original silver backed mirror.  Over the years the silver has oxidized leaving some spots here and there, as you can see in the picture.  The character of the mirror added perfectly to this piece.  



A few of the original glass knobs were still intact but they were all beat up.  I just so happen to have some old vintage knobs that matched perfectly to the original ones for the bottom 2 drawers.  I used a smaller glass knob for the top drawers.    


This chest was made with oak, I was so glad when they wanted to leave the top stained, stained oak is just beautiful. I used Dark Walnut stain by Minimax.  




For the reveal my client brought his wife to my house.  I always love to see peoples reactions and I am happy to say she LOVED it!!

TTFN

Brooke


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