Simply Put, There’s a Whole Lot of Pretty in Keeping it Simple

You know the old saying “keep it simple stupid”.  Well I kind of agree with that suggestion and with that in mind I tried to celebrate the basics of this pretty old dresser.  It had so much paint on it, that I was not able to get it back to the original natural finish.   However I didn’t want to make it so much about the new paint either.  So I opted for a basic black and just a slight hint of color in those “mellow/yellow” pretty drawer pulls.  I think it came out simply gorgeous!!!!

 

 

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The Beauty of Imperfection, Reflected In Refinished Old Vanity

imageIn my opinion, imperfection far outshines perfection.  Case in point, is the  vintage vanity I just finished for my daughter-in-law Lindsay. I do not have the before pic but it was solid and yellow with some slight wear on top and bottom. The drawers were all lined in contact paper.  Most importantly the mirrors were and are wonderfully way aged.

Lindsay and I discussed colors and I was going to go for a foo-foo look.  But after applying black glaze and wax over the milky white paint, I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw.  I realized those mirrors needed to “reflect” the beauty of this cool old vanity’s imperfection.

So I broke back out the sander and applied stain from top to bottom.  Needless to say applying stain over wax makes for a messy bit of work.  None the less it was not the first sticky situation I have come across and in the end it all worked out.

I still wanted a pop of color and some girly stuff, so I painted inside and sides of drawers. Last but not least are those beautiful, flashy, and maybe even a little gaudy drawer pulls.  Hobby Lobby marks down their drawer pulls every couple weeks and they have a huge selection. Not alot of money, but to me money well spent. Those shiney knobs contrasted so “perfectly” the beautiful imperfection this vanity reflects so well.

The Bigger The Baubles, All The Better

I found this old dresser in the shop of a home my boys had purchased as a rental.  To say my heart skipped a beat is an understatement.  Sometimes when coming across worn out pieces from yesteryear, I have to remind myself to “breathe, remember to breathe.”

The last two days I have tackled the rustic relic and have had so much fun doing so.  Yesterday I drank wine and blasted my Dean Martin tunes all while cleaning, scraping, and painting.  Believe me I got the paint in and on parts of me that not even my sweetie sees too often.

Today was even better because Liam, my 6yr old grandson helped me run the sander and I made sure the drawer he did is right on top.  He even attached those beautiful knobs to couple drawers.

When I start a piece I only spend money on either fabric or knobs.  To me the bigger the baubles or flashier the fabric, the better.  I usually use sample paints I pick up for couple bucks at hardware store.  I make my own chalkpaint with plaster of paris.  Because this dresser has a cedar chest in bottom drawer, I stained all sides of drawers and also used a honey paste to polish.

My goal was to restore a little “quirky” grandeurimage to such a pretty piece of the past, have fun doing so and spend quality time with my cherished little friend.  I got it all in and am so grateful for that.

Memories, “Rhymes & Reasons”

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While out on yard sale patrol, a good friend and I came upon these long lost, but not so forgotten memory makers from days gone by.
I better stipulate right here, that I am one nostalgic old hippie. I love life today, look forward to all the future has to offer and I do so because I celebrate the past.
One thing I have learned throughout the years is that in addition to the visual, the melodic sound of yesteryear provides a much needed music to the soul.
So, needless to say when I see an old radio/record player or better yet 8track on somebodies curbside, I have an overwhelming need to hear the sound of music once again.
On the larger of the two console’s I enjoyed listening to the owner’s own Xanadu of memories on vinyl.
The smaller stereo encased within an 8track, which for me brings back many a memory indeed, not only of the era but of those lost but never forgotten.
After a wonderful day of restoration, I sit basking in the glory of a well worn much much beloved Carole King record, helping me to remember that is in memory we are able to find “Rhymes & Reasons”.

Repurposed Lead Glass Lamp (Planted in Light)

You just have to love spring. The world comes into full bloom under the warmth of light. Here in the Northwest it really is beautiful year round. But for me it’s spring, summer and YARD-SALES that brighten my day. This … Continue reading

Dropped the Drawers and Got My Mod Podge On

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This old dresser may have been a sight for sore eyes to some. But not for me. In fact when I got a glimpse of this relic I envisioned all the possibilities that come with, sanding painting and a little imagination.
This piece was going to allow me the opportunity to peak past just paint and see what could be done with Mod Podge. I had not ever tried it up to this point. I could hardly wait to drop a little Mod Podge and Dollar Store gift wrap (because I’m all about saving a buck) on those drawers. The process was a little time consuming and for me messy. In general though I loved learning a new technique and was quite happy when my vision became reality.

“I See The Light” Repurposed Bookcase Doors

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It’s against my “yardsale junkie” flea bitten, flea-market madness code to ever, ever throw anything old by the wayside. So needless to say I had to try and salvage the best I could these doors off an antique bookcase that had long ago fell into disrepair.
With clear glass beads I got my mosiac on and came up with a way to show light from different angles and now “I see the light” in a whole new way throughout the day.