Friday, July 25, 2014

The Frumpy One

I picked up this dresser a few weeks ago.  It was rather plain and frumpy but it was good and solid.  Kind of on the masculine side and the knobs were a complete mismatch.
Moonlight white dresser BEF
Tres girly!Moonlight white dresser BEF 2
So with a little paint, some wood appliques and glass knobs….it was looking more feminine and shabby.  Maybe not for everyone but much more to my taste.
Moonlight white dresser AFTER 2
It’s in the shop but I am somewhat tempted to bring it back home.  It would work great in the kitchen with the shallow top drawer for silverware and the two deeper ones for linens, etc.  Hmmmmm…..

Moonlight white dresser AFTER

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good Junk! An Oxymoron?


Unintentional junking is the very best kind!  It’s impossible to be disappointed!  So on Sunday I hopped in my car not sure of where I was going.  Do I turn left or do I turn right?  Left it was.


Chairs ‘n knobs ‘n mirrors.  Oh my!

Junking 2

First up was an estate sale.  I found the ladder and gold mirror there.  Then right around the corner was a roadside junk sale!  With loads of good junk!  Yippee!

Junking 4

Cast iron pulls, knobs and hooks!  An old cast iron “Letter” slot.  Weathered wood boxes.  My eyes didn’t know where to turn!

Junking 5

Junking 6

A colander and a very old (and delicate) mirror.

Junking 8

Junking 7

A gear of some kind (not sure what but I loved the patina!).  It’s marked “White Mountain Freezer” so I’m guessing it “grew up” in New Hampshire.

Junking Basket (2)

An old bakery basket. I’m not sure what this is made of.  I thought it was metal but it’s not.  It’s more like a rigid leather.  Not sure but it is cool!  There is very faint lettering on the side that says “Arnold” which I assume is the name of the bakery.

I’m so glad I turned “left”!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reloved Window

I’ve always had a thing for old windows.  Years ago I dragged my dad out with his pick-up truck when a local nursery had changed out their windows and there was a stack of the oldies outside.  He was always game for my nonsense and we loaded up his truck.  I hoped to one day make a greenhouse with them but dad is now gone so…. so is that dream. 

I’ve since dug into the stash and done some upcycling.  You can see some of those projects here

My latest project is similar to this one that I have over my bed….

0525 Window AFTER

I did this one for the shop……

Old window florals 1

I used waistband elastic to hold the pictures in place.  I glued two strands across each pane on the sides (you can see them below) so that the pics can be easily changed out.

Old window florals


Friday, May 2, 2014

A Door I Adore


I’ve been deep in the throes of home renovation for the past year.  We are doing it on a budget and I have been fortunate enough to have someone who has been in the renovation business for 30+ years who is willing to squeeze me in when there are lulls in his regular business for a much better rate.  Works for me and works for him.  It takes some planning and patience but that’s OK.


One of our our latest projects was replacing the old hollow core doors with solid wood.  I intended to replace them with vintage doors but that only happened with 2 of the doors – the rest were bought new.  That’s just how it worked out. 



This crappy old hollow core door to the attic went from this….


Old door


This is what it looked like mid-way through the process….


Broken glass, yucky paint, not pretty.


The original hardware did not align with the existing hardware so we had to make some adjustments.  We had to close up the old hardware cut-outs to make new ones that aligned.  We filled the space with a chunk of wood and then used auto body filler (one brand is Bondo).  This stuff dries quickly and is a dream to sand.


I decided to replace the glass with two panes of plexiglass with a piece of lace curtain in between.



Love it!



I was also blessed to receive 8 sets of 1940’s crystal door knobs from a friend as a Christmas gift.  They have a story behind them.  Her father was building a house in the 1940’s and midway during the construction the house burned down so they were never used.  She kept the knobs for all these years and when she knew what I had planned, she surprised me with this gift.  A very special gift from a very special friend.   Thank you Betsy!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beautiful Blue!



I have been experimenting with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I must say, I like it!


10 Flow blue dresser

I chose to strip only the top of this one and not the ‘body’.  I love the look.

09 Blue table

I did the same treatment on this. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

True Confessions of a Lamp Lover


I have a fetish.  For lamps!  Lighting is so key to setting the feel in a room because it creates so much ambiance.  I even have a routine for when certain lamps are turned on in my house.  


Like furniture, old lamps can be recycled too.  The old ones are usually quite nice and solid, and heavy !  Like this one.


08 Aqua Lamp BEFORE

This is a big one!  For reference, that the covered BBQ in the background!

08 Aqua Lamp BEFORE 2

Nice lines.   Ugly finish. Nothing a little spray paint can’t handle!


08 Aqua Lamp 1

Maybe a little sump’in else?

08 Aqua Lamp 2 

Silver Guilder’s Paste maybe?

08 Aqua Lamp 4

The old shade seemed a little off scale.


08 Aqua Lamp 45

How about a hand-tyed rag shade?


08 Aqua Lamp 5

Despite the shadow in the pic, I like it!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

From Yucky to Meh….Not too bad


When it comes to furniture I am all about curves.  I love ‘em!  I am not a fan of mid-century modern nor Eastlake.  That’s not to say that they aren’t nice but hard lines are not for me.


There is one ‘style’ (and I hesitate to use that word because it certainly is ‘stylish’) is 70’s chunky pine with a dark stain.  Like this…


08 70s table

Uh-uh-uh-ugly!  I would never have picked this up but it was dropped off in my driveway.  Free is good.  As I pondered how I would get rid of it, I thought that since it couldn’t look worse than it already did, I would play with it.  Out with the grey paint….

08 70s table 1

A little distressing.

08 70s table 2

A little better.

08 70s table 3

Add some appliques?

08 70s table 4

Hmmmmm……. I thought this one couldn’t be rescued but it’s not tooooo bad!