Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dont know what to call this thing....

Recently my step mom and I were walking through Goodwill trying to find a piece if furniture that she could use in her "new" craft room. We stumbled upon this piece.

She said, "Oh this would be perfect if only it was a little bit higher." I looked it over and was immediately taken by all of the drawers this thing had in it. What in the world was this thing? It was too short to be a was too long to be a night stand. It certainly wasn't a coffee table...."Hmmm, oh well" I said and walked away.

Later that night I was laying in bed and couldn't stop thinking about that piece of furniture. "What is it? That's it...I'm going in the morning and buying it. I don't care what it is, I want it." And that is exactly what I did. I had the guys load it up in my Suburban and off I went...home with my "unknown" treasure.

This thing sat in my garage for months and months. And finally this last weekend I decided it was time to tackle it.

After several coats of paint and sealer, It is finished. I swear I was going to be painting drawers forever. This thing has 13 different drawers and of course I didn't label them as I was taking them out, so it took me forever to get them all back in their proper spot. Or what I thought was their correct spot. It wasn't until drawer 12 that I discovered that someone else had labeled the bottom of each drawer. (Enter a HUGE sighhh here!!)So, I had to take them all out again and put them into their "real" correct spot. Aahh...they fit so well now!

Anyway, I fell in love with this piece the minute I finished it. I decided to paint it a "Barn Red" color...I have several accents of red in my family room, and this is just where I moved this "thing"

I would love to figure out what this thing is, so if anyone knows, please tell me. Thanks for stopping by,


P.s. Yes, Krista I know you wanted this...and I may be able to part with it after I have loved on it a few more weeks. I'll let you know. :-)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Racing to Goodwill

I have been working like a crazy woman trying to get some of my projects finished. I desperately need to make more space for new treasures just waiting out there for me to discover them.

One of the projects that I just finished is a "french" inspired dresser. I have seen tons of these type of dressers all over the place lately. Magazines, blog land, TV, I had to HAVE one (and two others) when I found them at Goodwill's 1/2 day.

I am terribly embarrassed to admit that I actually raced to Goodwill to get in line before 9:00am. You'd be surprised how CRAZY that place gets on 1/2 off day. I even took my son with me so that he could run into the store and lay claim to the dressers before anyone else could (literally..lay on them if needed)

I know, I know it's sad...but a girls got to do, what a girls got to do!! But I was glad to see some friends of mine doing the same thing. Luckily we were not going for the same thing or else there could have been blood shed. She had her husband with her to do the "dirty work" for her....

We both got what we went there for and left with all of our hair and nails intact!

OK, back to the dressers...I bought three of them that day. But, so far I have only finished one. I started out by wiping down and sanding it. Then I looked through my stash of "Oops" paint. If you are not familiar with "Oops" paint, it is paint that has either been mixed wrong or returned and they mark it down. I ALWAYS check the Oops paint section of any store, before I pick out "real" paint. It is super duper cheap. $5.00 for a gallon and usually $10 for a 5 gallon bucket. I have painted almost my entire house with Oops paint. Maybe that is a good idea for a future post. Hmmm...I'll have to remember that one. Anyway, I picked out this great blue color and got to work on painting....

After the paint was dry, I glazed it. I love this technique! Then got out the sander...well you know the rest.

Here it is all finished. It is missing one drawer hardware and I need to go to the salvage yard and pick one up, I'll add that to my To-Do list...I have moved it into the house for right now, and it may stay or it may go onto Craig's List or maybe I'll sell it at my Garage/Boutique Sale who knows, but for right now I am enjoying seeing it in my entry way!

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When trash really is just TRASH

In this current economy, too often we are seeing families having to leave their homes. This recently happened to a family who lived around the corner from me. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, they had to move out almost as quickly as they moved in.

I had noticed that they had left a ton of stuff on the driveway. I asked my other neighbor if she knew why they had left so much stuff and she said that they pretty much left in the middle of the night and that what was left was pretty much up for the taking.....WHAT??

Of course I was trying not to show my excitement. I knew that this was a really sad thing for that family, but for me...someone who loves other people's trash, this was awesome...

I waited for Scott to get home from work and once we had eaten dinner and gotten the kids off to bed, we drove around the corner and "scoped" out the place. I suddenly felt like I should be dressed in all black and have a ski mask on. Anyway, once we looked at what we could see from the truck, we decided that it would be easier to go back home and walk back with the dolly.

Oh my, I was like a kid in a candy, clothes, furniture, car seats, strollers, exercise equipment, dishes, etc...all just left in the driveway. It took us several trips, but we finally got it all home. Lots and lots of least that's what I thought.

In the picture you can see a train table, Treadmill, a couple of benches, a white rocker and several other small little items. OK, so what's the problem your asking?

Let me just tell you first that Scott and I hauled that Treadmill all the way around the corner and it was NOT light. We plugged it in....yep, you guessed it...IT DIDN'T WORK! OK, strike one...

The cute train table I cleaned and hauled into Jackson's room....yep, strike two. It was missing several pieces of track and was way to big for his room! Bummer

The white rocker, well it is still in my backyard on the patio, but when I sat down on it, I immediately got my rear end pinched! There is a huge crack all the way down the seat. Nothing that a cushion cant fix but....this would have been useful info when I was carrying it all over the neighborhood.

Come on...I am starting to realize WHY all this stuff was left on the driveway. It wasn't all in vein though! I did score on a few of the pieces. Remember the benches?

I brought two benches home. One is this smaller one and the other is a bit larger. I had big plans for these beauties. Today, I'm showing the smaller of the two.

First, I washed it (it was pretty nasty) then I sanded it down and used wood filler to fill in some of the gaps and holes. Then I sprayed all the cracks and detail pieces with black semi-gloss spray paint. Then I went over the whole thing again with a gloss paint (I used a paint brush and roller) Once that had dried, I distressed the edges and sealed it with a water based clear sealer. I think it made that nasty, faded, yucky bench look really nice and very "upscale"

So you see....not all trash is going to make a good treasure, some of it actually is TRASH, but if your willing to haul it around your neighborhood. You may find some treasures even among the trash. Thanks for stopping by,


Goodwill Airplane

I've said it numerous times before and guess what? I'm going to say it again...I LOVE Goodwill. Although, I will also say that I sometimes have a love, hate relationship with it. I love when I go and find GREAT bargains.....but I hate when I have to pay more than a $1.00 for them. But really...who am I kidding, listen to me....

Take this wooden airplane

(sorry for the sideways view...stupid computer)

This was purchased for $7.99 (Gasp!) I know it wasn't a $1.00, but look out stinking cute it is...I know once I fix this up, it will look GREEAATT in Jackson's "Airplane" nursery!!

And I was right...I painted it a Navy blue and distressed the edges just a bit and within a few minutes, this airplane was ready for take off.

His room is still a work in progress, but for right now, I think this airplane is perfect!
I have been so busy working on projects, I cant wait to show you...Make sure you keep checking for new posts. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Sheet music side table

Oh I've missed you! I can finally say, "I made it" I survived the summer and now my kids (all but one) are back in school and I can actually complete a thought, a sentence and even some projects.

I bought this table several weeks ago at DI (Deseret Industries) for $15. I absolutely love the fact that it is "two-tiered" and when I picked it up...boy it was solid alright.

Of course I can NEVER just leave things the way I find them. So, I got out my trusty ole' sander and gave it a quick sanding. I do this, so that the paint will adhere better.

Then I painted it a base coat of "cottage white" I made sure to do the base and legs really well, I did two coats on these. But because I knew I was going to cover the tops with the sheet music I just did a light coat on those.

Then it was time for the sheet music. We have loads and loads of old sheet music from Scott's mom. So I looked through our stash and picked ones that we had duplicates for and went to work arranging them "just right". Actually there is no real "process" to this, you just see what looks best.

After I had picked out my music, it dawned on am I going to get all of those sheets cut to fit onto the top of the table??? I decided to take a large piece of butcher paper and place it over the top of the table and trace around the top with a crayon. This left an outline of the top and then I was able to cut around the outline and use the circle as a template. (I'm sure there was probably a easier way, but...)

I used "Mod Podge" to stick the sheet music to the top of the table. Once the sheet music was dry, I started my "glazing". I showed how to do this in my last post "Craig's List" After I glazed it, I sanded around the edges and in places that would naturally show signs of wear. Then I sealed it with a water based sealer.

So, what do you think? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Scott says the top is a little "busy" and he may be right (don't tell him I said that) I should have maybe had all the sheet music going in the same direction. Next time!

Thanks for stopping by,