Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Before & After , etc..

Hi all

In my last post I showed you a dresser I had purchased at a yard sale about a week and a half ago.. well I have now refinished it!  It took reams of sandpaper because I really wanted to eradicate the old finish (still not sure how they got it and no, doesn’t seem to be a veneer!).  I also used a bit of Circa 1850 stripper to get some of the finish off but I find it less effective on varnish than on paint.  So I had to use my electric palm sander and 5 headaches later.. here is the before (front view)…


…. and the after:


I took this picture last night so there is no natural light and the pics always come out yellowy :(  

Notice the legs?  The dresser came on wooden wheels but when I was stripping it I discovered that one of them had broken in half.  I really liked those wheels and have saved them in case I ever come across some identical ones. 

Side views:



Ok, on to something I meant to post about a while back.  Do you all remember this little girl made by Jenn over at Bittersweet Prims?  I purchased it a while ago and had it sent to Michigan so it took a while before I picked it up (which I actually did about a month ago).  Well she is just the cutest, crabbiest little Annie I’ve ever seen and she’s been put in a timeout on the chair that I bought at a yard sale (see last post as well) a week and a half ago!  Doesn’t she look adorable and rather annoyed?  LOL.. I love her and the chair is perfect.. I may still prim it up but it works for now.


Again, this pic was taken last night so it’s not the best lighting.  Does anyone recognize the Valor kerosene heater behind Annie?  This is the only thing I picked up this past Saturday at a yard sale I happened upon.  I had other things to do so wasn’t out yardsaling but I did find my car following a sign!  I actually have another Valor that I picked up last year but it is a different design and doesn’t have those delicate little legs and is in slightly rougher shape.. and I paid more!  I got an excellent deal on this one so the other one has been put into the shed for now.  I just love this piece!  I haven’t looked too closely into the history but I believe these originated in England.  I’m picturing this one with my fan-back wire chair and my pinky quilt on a covered porch… and me all curled up reading a book on a chilly afternoon with the heater going.. doesn’t that sound awesome!  lol.. dreaming again!

I’m off this weekend with some friends so to all my fellow Canucks, Happy Canada Day tomorrow.. and to my American friends, Happy Independence Day on Sunday!  For ALL of us, Let Freedom Ring!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yard sale finds.. you will LOVE!!

Hi all.. I went out Sat. morning and got a treasure trove of things, managing to squeeze everything into my car!!  Who needs a truck?  I’d just fill it up anyway! lol

First, this is a chair I purchased from Kijiji (think Craigslist) on Friday night, it’s metal and wire, kind of Victorian but I have a dream!  I paid $25 for it, more than I wanted to (because I’ve gotten kind of cheap :D ) but I actually think it’s  a good price.  I will probably end up painting it, not sure what colour, but I do  have to paint my porch and I have to work with that ugly brown brick so I’m not sure… any suggestions on colour?  The porch will probably be Benjamin Moore’s Nordic Grey. 003

My dream?  A deep covered porch with this chair, a wicker love seat or vintage glider, quilts, a ceiling fan, lamps and a good book.. does anyone else have this dream??  I just found this pic that incorporates some of my ideas and look..  a chair just like mine (in a different colour but I can't tell what it is)!!!!
It’s fun to dream isn’t it?  At least I have a few things to get me started!

Ok, on to Saturday’s finds!!!!

This is a great doll’s chair, I think it stands about a foot tall!  Paid $1!!  I’m going to sand it down a bit and probably paint it black with a red base.. well, maybe.  :D

Aren’t these wooden totes the best?  I know the heart cutout harkens back to the 90’s but it’s kind of difficult to change so I’ll work with it.  I will probably prim this piece up and offer it for sale.
I’m not sure if this basket was a good find or not.  The guy selling would not budge on price (in fact he had a bicycle that was exactly what I wanted to put in my garden and he wanted $65 for it!!  Really???)  Anyway, I’m still looking for a bicycle and this will fit nicely on it when I do find it.  As I said, he wouldn’t budge on price but agreed to $6 for the basket and the drawers in the following pic.
Closeup of the tag on the bottom.

One open drawer and a divided one..  not sure yet what I’ll do with these yet.

This was my major find!  I guess you could call it a trencher, it appears to be handmade and probably not that old, but I really love it!  It’s very solid and HUGE and she agreed to sell it to me for… drumrolllllllllllll….$3!!!! 


See how much of my patio table top it covers?  This will look amazing on my harvest table that I don’t have.. lol.  Another dream :D 
The next few things were all purchased from one lady.  I managed to get this small dresser into the trunk of my car but had to tie it down.. :) It looks like it might be tiger maple but I suspect it’s not.  The drawer fronts have a strange texture on them.  I’ll be sanding this piece down (the top is scratched up anyway) and painting.  I might sell the dresser that I have beside the front door and put this one in it’s place.  I really have no room for both and this one is smaller so I think it works better in the space.

Check this out!  Two quilts.. the pink one is either a double or queen and the blue is a throw.  I think these are perfect for my “dream porch”.  There is also 1 sham that matches the pink quilt.  These aren't handmade but they do seem to be well-made and they're heavy so I think they're a good find.

Closeup of the pink one..
Closeup of the blue one..
She also had a bag full of gadgets.  I don’t know what the wooden things are on the right at the back but I see them on a lot of prim blogs and Facebook pics .. potato mashers?  I love them and will be keeping those and the butter hands and the paddle.  The rest I may sell or I may attach to one of the drawers above.  I got the dresser, the quilts and these gadgets for $20.. totally blew my budget!  LOL.

I really have to slow down on the yard sales!  I’ve only gone out a couple of times this year (went nuts last year and have a ton of things that I haven’t done anything with yet!).  Once I get things done then I can think about going out again.  I think I’ve done pretty well so this should satisfy me for now!  LOL.. well.. maybe ;)

Till next time.. have a great week!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Before & After.. and a new trend :D

Ok, no actual “before” pic ... can you believe it??  I bought a small wooden bookshelf at a yard sale a few weeks ago for $2... I think it’s maple and very solid.. it’s one of those shelves you see a lot of with kids’ bedroom furniture.. 2 shelves and about 28” tall?  Ok, you get the (after) picture, well you will in a sec.. lol.  I thought I’d use it in the front hall closet for shoes but then measured and realized it would fit in my linen closet instead… to replace the metal 2-drawer filing cabinet I thought was a great idea a few months back.  Here’s a pic of the fake wood back piece that I removed... the shelf actually had 2 layers of paint and a layer of that wood conditioner that never comes off!


You can see that it was barn red at one time but the actual shelf looked more like an ugly brown.  After removing the backing and as much of the paint as I could possibly get off, I decided to paint it (did try to stain it but it was blotchy).  I have to confess that since it was going in my linen closet I wasn’t too worried about getting it perfect so I used my leftover kitchen wall paint.  I used pine beadboard pieces on the back and painted the whole thing with the green (which looks more grey-green on the shelf); this was just painted and left, I didn’t do any sanding or staining to this piece, and I actually like it as it is now.  Here it is with my new woven bins and all my shampoo, bodywash and other assorted crap… don’t look too closely…. lol.  You can see the beadboard at the back.. what do you think?  I love how it turned out, just wish I had taken a “before” pic. 


I then decided to start a new trend.. LOL.. I put decals on the front of the linen closet door.. I think they’re a bit crooked but who cares, right?  :)  I tried to re-position but the paint started to come off so they’re on there until I sell the house someday then the new owners can enjoy them! :D


So why don’t most of us decorate our interior doors??  I’ve often thought of doing something interesting but I always seem to end up with cheap hollow-core doors and there is only so much you can do with them.  I thought this was a good idea and decided to just go for it.

Enjoy the rest of your week!