Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The To-Do list is growing!!

So with the completion of the wing back chair and the side table, I also completed a coffee table finished in a french white, distressed and glazed with a charcoal grey.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Unfortunately, you'll have to take my word for it because I never took pictures of it.  I was so excited to complete it and get it to my local consignment store, Home Again Decor, that when I went there three days later to get some good shots of it set up in the shop, it had already sold!!  WooHoo!!!  but lesson to me.... take MORE pictures from beginning to end... geez lady!!

So anyhooo, I have since been a little crazy with CL shopping and two weekends of Garage Sale Finds!!! My to-do list is growing and my little tiny craft room is bursting at the seems.  I have some items I know what I'm going to do with but I need help with a couple.  I'm hoping you can look at them and give me some ideas... What would you do with these? 
These are two beautiful chest-like end tables.  I just love the rustic wood and the old hardware!  Should I just leave them as is?  Would it be aweful to paint them?  They are raw wood and pretty easy to damage, stain, etc.  So I'd like to finish them some way.

I had been watching this chair on CL for about three weeks.  Originally put on for about $300 and while I knew it was worth it, WAY over my budget (ha... budget...!  I don't have a budget for this stuff but feel guilty paying more than $20 for something..)  The price had been dropped about three times with the final at $200.  I sent the post'er an email saying how beautiful it was and how I had been admiring it.  I explained that I'd love to buy it but could only afford $100.  If they got to a position where they needed to get rid of it and would take $100, call me...  Which she did, about 30 minutes later!!  I picked it up that evening thinking I should have offered her $50!!  darnit!  Anyhow, this is absolutely Gorgeous!!  Much bigger and prettier in person than the pictures.  I want to paint her an antique white, distress her, glaze her and reupholster her.  Thoughts??  I really would like to do it all in an antique white.  Even the upholstery but wondering if you have other thoughts on how this would look better?  The skys the limit with this piece really.  I'm sure it would look good with any type of cloth and paint job...

I also picked up four antique glass door knobs.  MAN, i just swooned when I saw them!  I want to do something beautiful, lovely, and appropriate for these.  Not sure if I want to put them all on one piece or split them up individually.  Of course there's the coat rack option... which is what I first thought of but there are so many crafty people out there who may have better ideas... Do you have any ideas on what I should do with them??

Another CL find was this beautiful mirror! 

Do you have any items you just don't know what to do with??  Share them... who knows if you'll get a great idea!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A friend for the WingBack Chair!

So I'm on this kick to eliminate the wood in my house.  No more orange-ish oak for me!!  I broke the news to my husband that I wanted to paint, distress, and glaze our kitchen cabinets.  He took it better than I thought and had a great recommendation.  He asked that before we take on that huge project, I do some smaller projects to 'master' the process.  GREAT IDEA!  So I started with a side table.  A very pretty little table I picked up off Craigslist.  She was beautiful before. (stupid me didn't take before pics) but she really was flawless.  Very sturdy construction, solid oak.  I know there are Oak people who shriek in horror over the thought of painting such a piece, but I have to say she's a vision.

My previous post was introducing you to my Upholstery Creation... A vision in black and white!!
Well she really needed a friend.  A little side chair to accent her design... her curves...  her style.

Isn't she pretty!  I painted her a winter-white.  A color as close to the color of the cloth used on the chair as I could find.  Then I used the same stencil on the drawer front as on the back of the chair.  She is glazed with a charcoal to give her an antiqued look.  I absolutely love how the glaze shows the grain of the wood on the top.  LOVE LOVE this!  I'm doing my Kitchen Table this exact way but I'm going to distress it.  I wanted to distress this side table but I have to admit I'm a little anxious about distressing things.  I really like the look but am worried I will ruin the piece by over distressing it or make it look cheap.  I'm going to do this on a piece I'm keeping vs selling first.  :-)  My next project to complete the chair/table ensemble is to do a lamp to set on the table!   super fun!!