The Good The Bad And The Ugly

24 Aug PicMonkey Collagedresser

PicMonkey CollagedresserSometimes I just see a piece of furniture and no matter how bad it looks it’s just calling out to me to be restored!
let me start from the beginning, months ago we decided we would move and since I am an over thinker but I promise I come by it honestly just like my hoarding (thanks Grandma C!) Anyway As an over thinker I began to think of all the things we would need that I could find cheap and make to match what I have already stored away. Well a wide dresser was on my list but none had jumped out at me so I had given up my search to go about other  things for a while. Well several weeks ago I was cruising our local free and for sale items and came across an ad for a cheap dresser, As you can see below the picture was quite dark and it didn’t look to bad especially not for $30.

IMG_2967Little did I know at the time this dresser would become a pain in my back side the second I agreed to buy it and pick it up. The dreser was wet and falling apart, things that were never mentioned, I still wanted to take it home because I knew under all that paint (6 layers) was something beautiful I could love for years to come.

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After much hard work and lot’s of scraping I realized that beyond the paint was this discusting layer of old varnish that was not budging (pictured above). Though the heat gun removed all layers of paint it just couldn’t tackle the varnish.

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Though this isn’t half bad of a mid point with such a mess top have started with. As you can can see it was once a nice dark color before being white, red, cream, blue, black and silver.IMG_2990Anyway next step was to apply a very generous amount of citrus peel AKA orange slime to the dresser and drawers. Many coats were applied before I got any  results but soon I had a nearly bare dresser ready to be sanded.

I used both the belt and palm sander on the whole thing to give a nice smooth surface and also to clean up some water damaged spots that were rough I also decided to puty up all but one lock hole since the locks were in such bad shape. Sadly I didn’t remember to take a picture of it sanded but once we got it sanded we realized it was made of oak!

IMG_3000IMG_3005Next was paint and stain, I went with a cream gloss for the body and my favorite stand by Red Mahogany 225 for the top.

And at this point it was done! Let me just say this thing was so heavy and wide moving it into my bedroom was a nightmare, it almost didn’t fit in my bedroom door!

Last was buying knobs, this was a task I knew would eat of the budget for this project.

PicMonkey Collage7I first was going to go with this blue one as I thought it went well with the stain and paint but Jessie wasn’t a fan.

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So after searching through what they had  we ended up buying two of these to see if we liked them  and they were perfect! But since the store quoted me $50 on those ones we had to wait for them last and  luckily about the time it was done they went on sale and I was able to get the rest of them for only $25!

2014-08-14 14.30.46After the knobs were on it was all finished and ready to be used, I love how it looks with some of my mom’s old things and some of my thrifted goodies on it.

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Here is my cost break down for this project.

Dresser: $30.00.

Plastic to cover work area: had on hand.

Head Gun: had on hand.

2 jugs of Citrus strip $23.50.

Sanders: had on hand.

Can of wood putty: had on hand.

Sand paper: $5.00.

6 Cans of Valspar Premium spray paint in Gloss Lovely Bluff: $30.00.

Can of Wood Stain in Red Mahogony 225: Had on hand.

Can of poly spray in gloss: had on hand.

Knobs: $35.00

 

Total cost of this project: Roughly $123.50.

Thanks for reading!

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F is for fitness!

22 Mar
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Hello cow’s, sorry teddy barked at you! :)

I’m going to get back to walking 2 miles every day again, today is like the second or third walk I’ve taken so far. Today was the first time I walked a full mile again and my feet are so sore! I need a good pair of  running shoes since all I have right now are Vans or flats to wear and those are just not gonna cut it!

I usually take my walk in the circle of the neighborhood above the one I live in, it is always different with each season and since the last time I went was about September it went from changing leaves to the flowers blooming. I didn’t walk any during winter because it was cold and now I’m regretting it because it is torture on my hips and legs.  My goal is to get back down to 115 pounds again right now I’m weighing in at 143 pounds so I have some work to do and I’ll be using my fitness pal for android and also distance calculator which saves an image of my walk every time I use it, I’ll try and post those once a week when possible.

If you haven’t tried My fitness Pal you really should, it is a calorie tracker and helped me so much last summer, actually last summer I lost a total of 15 pounds just from walking and watching what I ate.

I hope you will join me in my fitness journey this year and would love to hear what you are doing to stay fit!

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Thrifted Thursday

20 Mar

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Happy first day of spring! I thought I would kick off today with a round-up of recent Thrift store, yard sale and flea market find’s since hopefully warm weather means more great finds.

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The scarfs after being turned into yarn balls

First up was several scarfs I found for $1 each, I kept  the cute gray one in the picture and took the rest apart to use for making things for my shop so $4 for one adorable scarf and 3 huge yarn balls, not to shabby.

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I love having wreaths for every season or holiday and was so happy to find this one at a local thrift shop for only $1! They actually had two different ones but I decided to get this one because it had two bunnies and I was thinking I could take it to shows or keep it up in my craft room once we move.

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I was so excited to find a cast iron skillet at a local flea market and even more so when I saw a $5 tag on it! it was quite dirty but after a good cleaning it was ready for use in my kitchen. I used it the other day to make breakfast for me and Jessie and used a little coconut oil to season it before and after use.

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While I was wondering around the flea market with my sister I also came across this cordless cheese grater for $5, I didn’t notice the battery wasn’t included until I got it home but it is brand new and still in plastic, once I find the battery pack this poor little thing will get worn out at my house since we love cheese.

Here’s hoping for warm weather so I can snag some more goodies and also so I can have a yard sale of my own to rid my house of un-needed junk! :)

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21 Feb

IMG_2550Being a pack rat pays off when you need boxes! :D

Sometimes Quilts Make Me Cry

18 Feb

Hello again,  so If you are have not yet heard, and word seems to travel fast in my neck of the woods I will be moving very soon, possibly in a few months but I will tell more about that later.

Yesterday I decided to take all my boxes out of the closet and check everything out, you know check for broken things, things I will never actually use that have been given to me and have no real sentimental value, things I should donate. If you don’t know I have had a closet full of boxes and furniture for the last 6 or 7 years!  Anyway yesterday as I was picking up and packing up a few things in my sewing room, I came across the quilt I was sewing before I lost my mom, When I started looking at all the pretty squares in the box I remembered how she had helped me pick through scraps and how some where old clothes, Each square planned out with  her advising me on my first quilt for myself. Even now after over two years it is still so hard to think about not having her here to help me finish it, but after a long crying session I felt like she would want me to get it finished for my new home, something special I will cherish every day when I see it. I’ll post pictures along the way and may even add a few more special squares :).

So if you don’t get an update for a while you will know where to find me busily sewing and maybe a little emotional.

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Hello Darlings!

20 Jan

Hello! I’ve taken a break from working on the pram to get back to work on goodies for my shop.

What new goodies you ask? Let me show you!

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lots of adorable baby bonnets happening over here! hope you enjoyed the cuteness of this quick post!

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The Vintage Pram Chronicles- Part 2

12 Dec

Hey guys! I am now at the point of no return! all fabric has been removed and set aside to use as a pattern. the main pram has been washed and is ready for some paint!

Here it is, taken apart and washed up

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I went today to pick up some fabric and of course was ready to start cutting and sewing as soon as I walked in my house, though I did not I’ll save that for next week.

So this is what I bought I got about a yard and a half of the  quilted fabric but had the linen already on hand.

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I love that nice cocoa brown linen and fluffy white pre-quilted cotton! So perfect and gender friendly which is definitely a bonus!

So far the cost of this project has been:

Vintage Pram – $80

Brown Linen – Free from a neighbor!

White Pre-Quilted fabric – $6.50 with a 50% off coupon at Joann!

Two spools of thread – $1.96

Next week I’ll be picking paint and painting the main body of the pram! soo excited to show off the finished project!

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