Sunday, January 24, 2016

From gnarly old desk to hip craft room workstation

I will have to admit that when I first acquired this beat up desk I had grander intentions.  However Necessity stepped in and I changed gears and I am glad that I did.  We were rearranging Crash's room and my metal work desk ended  up in his room...Great Fit for him however it left my craft room with no center work space.  
I had this mess sitting in the shop is was part of a barter for painting.  Great bones, two generous drawers and a lot of work....




I had envisioned something graceful!  Something simple ..something not so SAD.


I cut the Sides out with a Jig saw...and managed to keep all ten fingers in the process....





Next was to smooth out the  edges that were cut away....with heavy grit sandpaper...followed by medium...I had cut the panels  very close so it was a lot easier to sand.

I choose Annie Sloan graphite to cover the white..and to dry brush the flat black that was already on it.  I also made sure that  I painted all of the raw wood.  The drawer runners...and the bracing that was now exposed.  

For the large drawers I had some oriental wrapping paper and clear square knobs, both found and Good will for less than 3 bucks total...I decoupaged the papers and added the knobs......


And yes that bottom front rail is crooked...It has been addressed ....The whole desk including the drawer fronts have been waxed with MinWax Clear wax and buffed,  


 

After some cleaning and tweaking I am pleased with my work space.  I am thinking of installing bed risers a few inches higher would be easier on the back.



The bottom rails now hold Cola crates for storage......


A simulated wood wall pocket on the side for a quick access to scissors.  



And power plug run to it...and yes that is duct tape holding the cord in the crack on the floor....Hey it works ...and I love the on off switch on it...also a brass  screw to hold a fabric ruler.  


This side had a recycled board added.  I mounted a wire paper basket to hold more rulers and a screw to hang a cutting board. I use it with my glue gun or a sturdy surface to set grommets.  



The drawers I lined with a few scraps of nonskid  Rug padding( I am glad I decided to keep) .


 I am sure there will be more changes in this room and on the desk but for now I like it....and it does match the "Did I say Thank you "(just click to read that post)) storage drawers and storage cart....
I hope you have been motivated to revamp a work area or even see a piece of furniture in a new light...Stay warm and Safe!
Sheryl




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Little aqua table....

There is some satisfaction in a quick project!  I mean all of them do not have to take days to complete.  This is why I love to find small tables for the right price.
Here is a great table with a few blemishes however a lot of potential.  

This table posses all those great attributes I look for when considering a upcycle...


Beautiful details on the legs.....


A lover shelf with great lines is always a plus...


Apron with wonderful details as well as the edge....


Although this was a quick project it still packs a lot of pizzazz.  The perfect little shabby table....
Happy hunting !
Sheryl

Monday, January 18, 2016

Occupational Bi Focal !!!!

Oh How I loved to hear those words from the optometrist lips!!!
One day I woke up, I was fat , well past forty and Blind at 10 inches from my face however could see a bird blink  at 500 yards,,,....Sigh...However I am still Fabulous! (in my own mind)
This yearly visit to the eye doctor was one of frustration and deliverance....I have had a growing need for "readers" for a few years now and if you need them you well understand my pain in trying to see up into a piece of furniture or on the top shelf at any store.  I stressed my frustration to the doctor and he suggested Occupational Bi-focals.  I had a pair of vintage glasses that I wore in High school (yep I said vintage not antique)  they were tortoise shell large framed glasses.....They had larger lenses and were perfect for the "new" eye ware.....

 Folks what a wonderful thing these are!!!!  Yes you have to get used to them,  I think the fact that I was wearing a cheap pair of readers helped.  I was looking over a frame, so looking over the lines were minor.  I do have to remind myself that all I have to do is lower my head and look up and ,,,I can see !  The first day I used them I was cleaning out the woman cave and putting up shelves....I did not take them off once and to mark and pre-drill  the holes was a breeze...





SIGH...aren't they pretty?
So here is my advice..Dig out those older larger frames..(or pick up that pair you sniggered at in the thrift store).  It cost 152.00 to have these lenses made and mounted in the frame....a small cost for being able to see at any angle ...without feeling like you are going to wrench you head off backwards.  Oh yea although those readers help you to see the paper they may be doing more harm than good. If you can afford it get a yearly or at least bi-yearly eye exam..Your sight is a terrible thing to loose...especially if early detection could have saved you years of sight.  

Good Luck and take care of yourself!
Sheryl


Monday, December 28, 2015

from Shabby to Shabby Chic!

I was approached by a local shop owner, with a love of all things shabby, with a request to make a pitiful piece of furniture displayable again.   A quaint little dresser with a lot of potential and appeal.  
The draw back....the drawers were not together ...the mirror was barely in the broken frame .  I gave the shop owner a conservative quote because I was not sure if I could make it look better....


Terrible photo alert!!!!  
Missing hardware and holes worn in the two side drawers....and  peeling veneer.. 

Broken mirror frame....and loose mirror....



large drawers were in pieces with missing hardware also.


Pretty much beat up.
I will have to confess I had to consult Mr. RTI, a awesome carpenter and builder, for some ideas on repairing the frame....He suggested wood glue...using tie downs to snug up the broken joint and drying overnight..


And wooden "straps" one the back for more support and to hold the mirror tighter...


He also helped me glue one drawer up that had the bottom with it.  
Once all the repairs were done it was down to addressing the holes in the top drawers and finding hardware that would work.....Luckily I had some larger pulls that hid the holes beautifully.  I did a mix of Old White, a glob of Paris grey and few drops of SH daisy yellow...for a custom color...



A lot of elbow grease went into this little gem...and if you love Shabby chic then you will like the outcome....





You know sometimes you need to just go with it...grab it and growl ...And not underestimate your self....with out doubt you can achieve astounding things and dare to embark on wonderful journeys!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Table top ashtray stand marriage....

Some times I am just drawn to items not so much because they are perfect but because they are really cool.  In this case I purchased a broken pie crust table and found a wrought iron ashtray stand with no ashtray.




The table did have some chipped edges..but other wise in good shape....the base was broken and not salvageable.  The Stand got a light coat of Rubbed Oil Bronze and since I had ASCP Old white already loaded on my brush Old white it was for the table top....

I did have to drill a hole in the table center to retro fit it for the stand.
Used the same screw that held the top on the stand just put a little ....

Liquid nail on the threads to make sure that it did not back back out.....and a tip to avoid damaging the screw head when you torque it down...Use the right size screw driver....

This was a large... I guess bolt sized screw so I used a wide headed flat screw driver to make sure that I did not mar it.

Distressed the table top and waxed it....


The end result a funky table with a spot for your coasters or candy dish....




So the next time you come across something that is just cool....Get it..your never know when that cool counter part will show up!

Sheryl

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Shabby little Hot mess...

This is a perfect size little chest of drawers..perfect for extra storage....in a corner of the craft room or garage...It was pitiful...and I think it was a larger chest made into a smaller one...a lot of the wood in it looked recycled.  So this makes this ever more Earth friendly.


The paint was not that great and a little dingy .....
I decided not to strip it..just to scrape the loose off and give it a light sanding.... and remove the drawer pulls..

I mixed some Annie Sloan Old white with some southern honey June bug and got this hospital green.  It took 3 coats of paint for good coverage.  


I had two glass specialty knobs that were salvaged and similar brass round ones that I painted white.  The glass knobs had a extra long screw on it to accommodate multiple thicknesses of drawer or door fronts.  These knobs are notorious for loosening up.  Here are a few steps to clean the inside up and stop it from loosening up.  
I always put a little Liquid nail on the screw part of the knob and install as usual and have a q tip handy


After you install the knob liquid nail will be under the knob on the front.  Use your Q tip to clean it up.  Mental note do not tighten too snug it may break the glass knob.  


Next stop to clean up the back or inside of the drawer or door.  If you do not have wire cutters that can snap off the extra thread on the knob then use a dremel cutter.  A specific  disk for metal and after you cut it off use a heavy grit like 60 sanding wheel to smooth it out.  Do not want to reach in a catch a barb and get cut or scratched.  These are a few extra steps but well worth it in the end.


The last issue that I needed to address was the cardboard backing...it was water damaged.


I tore away the loose pcs...tacked it back to the side frame and Decoupage to the rescue....

A tattered Richard Scary book to the rescue. Now no this is not front window or show room ready but it is craft room, laundry room or wreck room ready.  

The last mental note...I purchased a few cheap dollies from Harbor Freight attached scrap board to them and place furniture on them that I am working on.  For larger pieces it may take two.  This way your can turn the furniture easily.  Makes it easier  especially if you are in a tight space.

So glad you stopped in on my little part of the world. 

Sheryl