Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bookshelf Before and After

This little cutie came home with me from a garage sale:

I painted it white and then it sat in the garage for awhile. Until I mixed up a fun, beachy blue.

Now it looks like this!

Perfect for a child's room or cottage!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Little Boy, Big Dresser: Chest on Chest Reveal

When I bought this dresser on Craigslist for $50, it was more than I usually spend for something I'm going to fix up and sell. But when I inspected it at home, I fell head over heels for it. The drawers move like butter and it is the most sturdy and well made piece I've worked on!

This guy started school this week, so I was able to bust out this dresser after finally figuring out what to do with it.

His first week of preschool went well and he came home to this in his room!

I obsessed about the hardware on this one. The top drawers measure 3" center to center, but the bottom drawers measure 3 3/4" center to center. The dresser only came with about 75% of the hardware, so I couldn't use that. Buying all new would be pricey...which I didn't mind if we kept the dresser. But when I tried the rope, I just knew it was perfect for a little boy's room.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Just Add Legs: Empire Style Buffet

Oh how I loved this piece the minute I saw it. For $10, I couldn't pass it up even though it had some height challenges. Picture this without came up to my mid thigh.

It also came with one side missing trim on the bottom and try as I might, I couldn't find a similar piece. So my father-in-law went to a local lumber yard and found something that would work well. He cut the pieces so that I could attach them with brads and glue.

I added 9" legs from Home Depot. Strangely enough, this piece already had the leg plate attachments, so at one point, this had legs original legs.

I know I do two toned pieces a lot. Here's why: when there is actually something good left on these old pieces that have been mistreated, I want to preserve what is there. There are not many companies that make furniture like they use to.

So here's my latest two-tone piece:

Now it comes up to my waist...perfect buffet height!