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Month: October, 2013

Hand Painted French Provincial Desk

This one of a kind four drawer French Provincial desk has a hand painted floral top. The grey and subtle green have been antiqued for an overall warmth that would be sure to compliment any home.  The desk's original brass hardware has been painted to match.

For Sale! This one of a kind four drawer French Provincial desk has a hand painted floral top. The grey and subtle green have been antiqued for an overall warmth that would be sure to compliment any home. The desk’s original brass hardware has been painted to match.

I don’t think I have painted a picture since grade nine art class so this project was a little daunting for me. My inspiration came from a picture of a pretty black and white fabric that I found online. Painting the flowers was time consuming. Overall I am pleased with the results, but found that some of my lines came out thick and I sanded the entire top down when I was through for a smoother surface. It resulted in a slightly distressed appearance which goes so well with the antiquing, I should have planned it that way.

I think that being able to do a one of a kind decorative piece is a wonderful idea, but I would be more keen on doing another one soon if I had an easier way. Those die cutting machines like the Cricut are tempting but so pricey! And then there would be the cost of purchasing vinyl for my templates. Not sure if this is something I want to invest in just yet.

Well, we’ve had two solid weeks of rain (and some snow) here and finally have a break in the weather. I think I will have to put the sunshine to good use and get the sander out. I have a small, heavily painted table with a wooden top I’m dying to uncover.

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Driftwood Mirror

I’ve taken a break from my furniture projects this past week as other things have been keeping me busy. I did pick up a very large and ornate, beautiful old buffet last weekend though that I am excited about doing. The weather, however, has been getting colder and we’ve seen snow more than once in the past few days. And we’ve had rain, and rain, and more rain.  And this is problematic for me. Until now, I’ve been sanding furniture outdoors. The DeWalt orbital sander we have has a dust attachment but doesn’t collect nearly enough of the dust for me to want to sand indoors. I’m not sure what I’ll do as the weather gets colder and winter sets in.

One idea I have had is to focus on smaller projects, décor items and save the big stuff for warm weather. I have a pile of driftwood I collected from the beach this summer and think I will do something with that. I originally collected it to make a mirror for the living room.

Pieces like these (which I found on Pinterest) were my inspiration:

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For my own mirror I used a scrap piece of wood, cut into a circle, a cheap dollar store mirror, lots of hot glue (I had the burns to show for it), the driftwood and some small pebbles. All in all, it was a relatively easy project but more time consuming than I had imagined. The hot glue has held up well over the past few months. I only had a couple of loose pebbles I needed to re-glue initially from trying to hang it on the wall. The mirror is 3 feet by 3 feet and has so many thin driftwood branches sticking out it was difficult to see the back. Instead of nails or screws we used 3M Command Strips to hang it. They worked great! I will definitely be using more of them in the future. They don’t damage your wall and are re-useable. Plus, you can adjust your positioning if you didn’t have it right the first time.

And here is the final product:
My Driftwood Mirror

So, getting back to all that driftwood I have sitting around. I’ve been thinking about driftwood Christmas trees. That might be something fun to do with the kids. Good grief, am I thinking about Christmas already??

Aged Pedestal Table

This beautifully rustic pedestal table, done in a warm coffee and cream combination has subtle hints of red and bluish grey peeking through it's worn, crackled finish.  This is a solid, heavy table but the base detaches from the top for easy moving.

This beautifully rustic pedestal table, done in a warm coffee and cream combination has subtle hints of red and bluish grey peeking through it’s worn, crackled finish. This is a solid, heavy table but the base detaches from the top for easy moving.

Vintage Industrial Desk

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroeler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges.  The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish.  The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

This clean lined, mid-century desk made by Kroehler has four drawers and centred legs. It has been finished in rusts and oranges. The top and two small front inset panels have a uniquely textured industrial finish. The drawers have recessed hand grips and have been painted inside to match.

We can’t pass on a good deal so when my husband and I came across this desk a couple of weeks ago with a ‘FREE’ sign on it, we grabbed it. We were a little stumped with what to do with it at first – it’s not exactly the kind of style to shabby chic or distress, but we both agreed on the colour orange for it. This desk makes us think of the sixties and the colours that were in style then. So we decided to try something different, something a little edgier, a little more masculine.

I first painted the top with two coats of red paint (left over from the Darth Maul dresser). The orange paint I picked for the rest and overtop of the red was a CIL brand from Wal-Mart. And after using it I will probably never use CIL paint again. It took 5 coats of paint (I used an entire quart sized can) and it still did not completely cover. In the end I decided to use the dark streaks underneath to my benefit and aged the bottom with a bit of diluted stain which I think added to the industrial feel.

This desk is a well made one with great details like the recessed hand grips and the centred legs. It would be a great desk for a student, or as a small workstation, or to hold your laptop.

Damask Dresser (Best Laid Plans part 2)

FOR SALE!  This stylish waterfall style dresser has been dressed up with glossy black paint and a beautiful black and pale taupe damask pattern.  The side panels are also detailed with a row of black beads.  Brand new matching hardware has been added and the interior four drawers are painted black inside and out.

FOR SALE! This stylish waterfall style dresser has been dressed up with glossy black paint and a beautiful black and pale taupe damask pattern. The side panels are also detailed with a row of black beads. Brand new matching hardware has been added and the interior four drawers are painted black inside and out.

I have finally finished it! For anyone who hasn’t read my previous post about this dresser, it has really been a thorn in my side. I ran into so many problems along the way I nearly gave up out of frustration. Seeing how it finally turned out in the end, and being close to what I originally envisioned, I’m happy I didn’t give up on this piece.

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