Monday, January 31, 2011
Sorry bout that. I couldn't help myself considering my next project is a vanity. This isn't just any ole vanity though! It was my Granny's and there's a possibility that it could have also been my great-grandmother's too.....my mom wasn't too sure on this history of this bad boy.....or girl......yeah, it's definitely a girl.
My mom has been trying to pawn my Granny's furniture on all of us, but to be honest, it just it's our style. However this bad
boy girl, is different from all of that Early American furniture she has. It's a little too fru-fru for me but I'm going to try to modernize it a bit by painting it either black, white or metallic silver and adding shiny, fancy hardware. I'm not a big fan of the scroll work or curly q's and don't even get me started on the flower motifs on the 2 larger drawers. I am not a flower girl......well, I was a flower girl once in my cousin Lisa's wedding but that's neither here nor there. I talked to my dad about possibly filling in the flower part with wood filler but I think it would make it look like something was missing. We have plenty of time to figure it out since we're still in the stripping and sanding phases.
She's been sitting in a bedroom for years with it's 2 coats of paint and a couple layers of dust. When I was at my parents' house last weekend I decided to pull her out and stare at her for a bit and figure out what I was gonna do with her. When I rolled it out (thank God it's on casters), I was thinking, "Geez-oh-pete, you're heavy!" Then I opened the drawers and found 2 tin cans of change that my Granny had left in there. I'm sure I'm not the only one who had a grandparent that kept stashes of change all over the house. I loved seeing her scribbly-granny-handwriting. And how cute is it that she wrote down the total and marked it out 3 different times as she added more change? For those of you that don't know, my Granny passed away 6 years ago so it was a pleasant surprise finding these stashes-o-change.
I guess she didn't want to total all those pennies. LOL. It's ok, Granny. I wouldn't have wanted to count all those pennies either.
Let the stripping begin! You can see where we my dad was showing me a couple different stripping methods. Ok, hold up!....I'm not really liking how this is sounding. My dad is not a stripper-stripper. He only strips the paint off of furniture!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Now you should know me by now and know that I would have to spruce it up in some form or fashion. I had (just enough) furry zebra print ribbon left over from this project to trim the base of the lamp shade. I think it adds a nice touch!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
5-6:00: A show on E! highlighting the fashions from past award shows.
6-8:00: Live from the Red Carpet on E!
8-11:00: The actual awards show
11-midnight: The after party on E!
See, I told you! So in order for me to not obtain a permanent butt indentation on my couch, I decided to multi-task and work on some projects.
Project #1.....my wrapping paper storage. Oh, I really wish I would have taken before pics because it was a disaster......I promise, it was an unorganized mess and I couldn't find anything! I already had this bin, purposely for wrapping paper, that comes with a lid but some of the rolls are too long so the lid can't go on it. I would like to eventually get a tall vase to store the paper in so that it doesn't look so plastic-y and rubbermaid-ish.
It doesn't look like much, but I have rolls of wrapping paper, then boxes on one side, and gift bags on the other side. Very easy to see what I have and even easier to find things.
I'm sure you're saying, "But Shari, what do you do with the tissue paper, ribbon, tags, tape, etc?" I'm glad you asked! I got the idea from this blog. I don't have nearly as much stuff as she had but it worked. I organized all the tissue paper by color and put each color in their individual large zip lock baggie. Then I color coordinated them when I put them in the basket (of course). I also had an individual baggie for all the name tags and put them in the back of the basket. Don't you hate it when you're wrapping presents and you can't find a pen to write their name on it, or the tape, or scissors? Well, I took a small baggie and placed 2 pens and a roll of tape that will not leave that basket! I also put a pair of scissors in there that (you guessed it) will not leave that basket! I laid all the ribbon on the bottom and there ya have it! I hate wrapping presents but I'm actually looking forward to the next birthday/celebration. I can tell you there will be no more digging, digging, and more digging when I'm looking for white tissue paper!
On to project #2. I got this cover for my Kindle for Christmas but it lacked some personality. I knew I could spice it up with the help of some fabric, ribbon, spray adhesive, and a hot glue gun.
So I went shopping in my craft room and pulled some fabric and ribbon that I already had. I cut out the fabric, leaving a couple of inches around the perimeter.
Then I glued the fabric to the cover using the same adhesive I used on my headboard. A little side note: Since I was doing this project on my coffee table, I laid down a large clipboard so that I wouldn't have to scrape goo from the adhesive off of my coffee table for the next 6 months.
I folded and glued all the edges and lined it with ribbon. I'm actually not real pleased with the way the inside looks but there won't be too many people looking inside.
I am however LOVING the outside! If the fabric looks familiar, it's the same fabric I used on my headboard, except the pattern is turned the other way. How's THAT for some personality!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Everything is soooo black. The black, fur duvet is new so it's stayin'. I usually like color but if you recall, I have a little K9 that is also black and furry so I had to snatch it up! No sign of Tippy hair anywhere. Yes, I'm that person that buys duvets to match her dog. Sue me.
So, be honest....what do you think of the color? I'm going for color on the wall and everything else black, white, silver/gray, and SHINY!
So as I mentioned in my list, I have several other things to do to this room. Add lamps, buy new throw pillows (I have my eye on one on Etsy), turn the current snow leopard fur pillows into a throw, dress up the dresser (which I didn't show you here), hang window treatments, buy/make wall art. I think that was everything! Sorry but this process has been a whole heckuva lot longer than expected.
The Office Quote of the Day:
My goal is to make this office as peaceful a place for Stanley Hudson as I can. And I think sounds have a lot to do with that. Here are some downloaded peaceful sounds. That one makes me think of death. Its kind of nice.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
- Buy drapery hardware and hang window treatments
- Touch up dresser and add knobs
- Buy lamps
- Take apart snow leopard fur pillows and make it into a throw for the end of the bed
- Buy/make wall art
- Add cabinet hardware
- Buy/make wall art
- Add cabinet hardware
- NOTHING....at the moment
- Add decorative shelves above sofa and accessorize
- Find throw pillows
- Make headboard
- Accessorize nightstands
- Hang window treatments
- Raise bed (nightstands are a little tall but I love them....sacrifices, people, sacrifices)
- Find white piece of furniture (or something I can paint white) to put TV on.
- Make/buy wall art
- NOTHING! Check out the final look here.
- EVERYTHING! I can't even walk in there right now. It's an unorganized mess that makes my head hurt.
- Print pictures/art, frame and hang.
- Find buffet on Craigslist or have daddy build me one :)
Well, there you have it. Six months from now, I'll check back in with you so you can see which of these things have been crossed off the list. Let's hope for a productive 2011!
One thing I've done is put some night stands together that I got for Christmas. They are for my guest bedroom and I got them at Ikea if you like them as much I do.
I'm working on my furniture building skills and I've never put together anything with drawers so *fingers crossed* for me!
You like? I haven't placed them in their new home (or accessorized) because I still have some other work to do to that room. BUT once I get things where I want them, you'll be the first to see it!