Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ginormous Dresser Goes Beachy!

This was a Craigslist find. The price was right, solid mahogany and in great shape w/ the exception of a few expected dings and sticking drawers.
There was an issue with one drawer. It just wasn't sitting right. Lucky me though, the previous owner had intended to fix it because inside the drawer was a long strip of wood which was exactly what was needed to fix it. So, yay me. I pulled out this saw, the only one I own and trimmed it to fit. Then I used wood glue to hold it in place.
Hard to see the difference but the one in the back is missing this strip of wood.
The saw and happy find strip of wood! I mention this for the sake of keeping it real and to understand why cursing is sometimes inevitable :)
I primed it w/ oil based primer painted it a creamy white and taped it off, getting ready for some beachy stripes.
I don't have a pic but I taped and painted the stripes on the drawer fronts while they were in place. When I went to remove them they were stuck :( and without the pulls on, it was impossible to remove them...ugh !If you ever run into this little problem try using an allen wrench. I simply put the bent end in the hole and pulled. Worked like a charm, ok there was a bit of cursing going on...who am I kidding?
 Looking like an ugly, striped shirt. And here is where I start to second guess myself. So I sanded off the rim stripes while cursing a bit more.

I distressed and glazed it w/ a mix of dark gray and BM glaze. 1 part paint to 3 parts glaze. And here it is just waiting to move in to my beach house, if I had a beach house that is. So I am going to Craigslist it and hopefully it will find a home in someone's beach house or maybe a little boys room.
The pulls are really beautiful but seem to get lost in the pic. I sprayed them ORB.
I want a beach house :) Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Hope you all enjoy the time with your family and friends!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010


 I decided this "Plain Jane" needed just a little make up. By that I mean some very cool stylized painting. I wish I could say I simply stenciled this. So please feel my pain when I tell you I hand painted it. It was actually kinda relaxing though watching tv, something I never do, and painting away.  Took quite a while though (2 hours but who's counting?) and gave the same result of stenciling....ugh! Here it is before...

                                                              The color is truer in the first pic. 
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    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Harlequin Table/Perfect Lap Top Desk

    No before pics simply because I found this BBD (before blogging days). Nice excuse, but it is the truth. Anyway, a long time ago I sprayed this garage sale find Krylon's Cornflower Blue. It sat because I jump around the creative/crafting map more times than I get stuck driving my kids to school because they can't get it together in the morning.

    Here it is minus the top. I distressed this like a crazy woman!

    I drew out the design on the top. BIG PAIN! You have to look really close. Pull out those readers if necessary.
    Taped it off, more pain, so a glass of wine was in order. My advice...map it out before hitting the bottle.
    Mixed charcoal craft paint with glaze because I wanted a more sheer, subtle look plus the glaze acts like glue and won't run under the tape like straight paint would.
    Looking good!!!! More wine please!
    And the "cheap mom" always reuses her tape.
                                                                 And here it is all finished...                        

    This would make a great lap top desk. I'm going to paint a chair to match, stay tuned!
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    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Cottage Style TV Table

    Found this at the flea market and thought it had great lines and would be perfect in a small room to hold the tv. I so wanted to paint it with color but decided to go with a creamy white.
    Here it is primed. Forgot the before pic...oops! 

    Here it as after I painted and distressed it.

    I used graphite paper to trace this design.
    Painted the design blue and added some extra comma strokes to the original design. Should not have distressed so heavily in the design area but the damage was already done :(

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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Damask Bread Box

    I find these all the time at the flea market so when I stumbled on this post I knew eventually I would be a copy cat. I know it doesn't say much for my imagination but imitation is the best form of flattery. So, yay you Classic Campbell and shame on me for not being more creative.

    One boring bread box primed but probably not necessary.
    All papered up, sprayed semi gloss black and trying out the new knob pre spray paint. Used spray adhesive instead of mod podge. I am loving this stuff!!

    But then there are issues. The paper wasn't wide enough so I had to cut a piece and match it up like wallpapering. Easy right? WRONG, the seam was so obvious! Then I brainstormed ways to hide it and came up with this. In the end, it turned out to be a happy accident. Well maybe not an accident but you know what I mean.

    Notice that perfect ribbon on top waiting to hide the obvious seam. Had to take a Michael's run for this but it was so worth it.
    I used the spray adhesive to add the ribbon too. First went with the glue gun but it was all lumpy.

    It looks like a perfectly wrapped present just waiting to be opened unfortunately the gift inside is nothing more than a loaf of bread. I'm going to put this on my web site www.uniquelychicmosaics.com
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