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Disclaimer.  This post is really my “to do” list.  It will help me to stay on track and will offer you a tiny glimpse into my teeny tiny mind.  I have  four five projects that are hanging out waiting to go to homes. The projects are really bugging me because at this time of year my energy just about all goes to opening the school year and my creative side gets neglected.

Here are the five pieces I have planned, lined up and started:

The Mid Century Dresser– I will finish this week. Drawers are stripped and sanded, ready for stain and poly. Dresser needs to be sanded, primed, painted, and poly-ed.

The dresser is going to join the night stand and headboard I already have finished. My friend has been very patient.

This is my inspiration piece for the bedroom set.

 

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Here is the night stand waiting for the dresser to join the party.

Beverage Station– we have the sewing machine out, the mechanism taken care of but we are struggling to find a sink that fits.

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This one has been tricky.  The machine has been removed, the hardware has been stabilized and we have a plan.  It is going to be Happy Camper Green with oil rubbed bronze spray paint on the metal parts.  This one needs lots of wood filler and outdoor poly to make it usable outside.

Sweet Little Girl Dresser– I got the hardware off, the dresser and drawers sanded. I am looking for two drawer pulls that match the original or we may have to re-think the pulls. It will be painted next weekend.
 

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It is going to be Behr Gray Area with a whitewash over it.
 

The Funky Dresser

Here is my inspiration dresser.  I have had this picture in the back of my mind every time I look for furniture.  I wanted a flat front smallish dresser to create something fun.

 

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The inspiration dresser will work great for the funky dresser.  I have rounded up a lot of random hardware for the dresser.  The dresser will be stripped and finished to look like Restoration Hardware weathered finish.  I am going to try being creative with one of the long drawers to make it appear to be two smaller drawers.

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Another bench- yes, I have another bench to make. It is going to be different from the others.  No photos of this one.

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The final piece will be a hutch for the top of our sofa table so that I have a place to display my milk glass.

Here is the inspiration piece.

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The hutch will sit on top of this buffet table and will look like one piece.

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It is now sanded, holes are filled, and ready for priming.  The twists will stay the wood color.  The back is going to be one by four slats stained to match the wood on top of the buffet.

I am anxious to get started on the last two projects!  They are going to be like dessert for me so I am motivated to finish the rest of the list.

I hope you have a wonderful week. I love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Karen

Headboard and Footboard into Bench

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This past winter we got busy turning several headboard/footboard units into benches.  They turned out great, but I think know I frustrated my husband with so many projects all at once…during prime fishing season.   This particular set was purchased three years ago and has hung out in the garage waiting for me to get busy.   We actually cut this one up at the same time we did the other benches but it was moved over to the “finish later” pile when I could tell I would need help moving this one around and Mr. Math was in no mood to drag it around.

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Fast forward to the end of summer.  I mean maybe it is not so fast, but forward progress none the less.  This weekend we decided to knock it out.  I call this bench our hurricane bench because it is so sturdy that the house would blow away before this beast goes anywhere.  Hubby even used a 2X12 for the front cross beam.

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The headboard and footboard are not old, in fact I would guess it is from the 90’s.  It was in rough shape when we bought it and hanging out in the Garagemahal for three years didn’t help it any.

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When I got busy on the bench the first thing I did was unscrew the wrought iron on top.  I immediately started second-guessing myself.  I wasn’t sure that the iron should go back on.  As always, I shared my angst with my Facebook friends.  They were united.  It should go back on.  More on that later.

I feel like I say this a lot, but we love our paint sprayer.  I mean LOVE it.  It makes getting paint on so fast and we have learned that we can even spray on primer.

Here are a few shots of the wood filler in the holes, the sprayer and the coming rain that kept me stressed out.

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The paint color is sea salt thanks to my Facebook friends, again.  I was torn between red, black or white.

The seat is deep.  The slats for the seats are 23 inches long and stained with Minwax Jacobean.

I knew I wanted the bench to be heavily distressed.  It turned out exactly the way I saw it in my head, in spite of the high humidity and rain showers that kept coming and going.

Here it is all finished up.

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You may notice that it does not have the iron on top.  In spite of my FB friends telling me to leave it on, it sold before I could finish it and the new owner didn’t want the iron on it.  She lives in an area that is close to the bay and since she wants it outside on her porch she was afraid it would rust.  I did take a picture of what it would have looked like with the iron in case you are wondering how it could have turned out.

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We have three more headboard sets in the Garagemahal, so I guess there are more benches in my future.

While we were spraying polyurethane, we  poly-ed a china cabinet that will be for sale soon.  It would be really cute in a nursery.china cabinet makeover china cabinet spray painting

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  I appreciate your comments and advice more than you will know.

 

Blessings,

 

Karen

Turning a Wall Cabinet Into a Side Table

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I am in the process of making my office a better reflection of who I am.  Lucky me.  I work where I have the opportunity to make where I work look like home.  I spend more waking hours of the day here than I do at home most days.

I need a table for my printer to sit on.  It needs to be narrow and have storage for printer supplies inside.  I happened to have had the exact piece I needed in the garage just waiting for inspiration.  It was designed to be a wall cabinet of a 1980’s Ethan Allen entertainment center.  I bought it as a part a set I bought for $70.00 a while back.  Two of the base sections are now my master bedroom side tables.

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The wall cabinet that was also part of the set is smaller and more narrow.  It was just too short to work for a table.

Fortunately I remembered some legs I bought at the ReStore garage sale last year.  I bought 8 brand new legs for $2.00.  They sort of had a mid-century look about them and I thought they would be perfect for the printer table.

Attaching them was easy with the brackets included.

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I used Rusteoleum Seaside to paint the side table.

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The table is going to go on a wood wall when all is said and done so I wanted to show you how pretty it looks up against my reclaimed wood door.

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The office is almost ready for me to show off.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to remaking items.

 

Have a great day!

 

Blessings,

 

Karen

 

Pulling from Pinterest to Personalize a Bathroom

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I am sure that you are tired of hearing about my bathroom, and probably wondering why in the world it is taking so long.  Well, my husband has been great about getting his part of the bathroom remodel done, but he has had to wait on me to get my parts done.  I really want my bathroom to be more of a reflection of my rustic, vintage, eclectic, style and not something that could come straight off a showroom floor.  Crazy, right?  Almost everything we are adding has been customized. What can I say?  I live in a beautiful suburban tract home.  There are at least 80 homes in this master planned neighborhood that are a version of our floor plan.   We were lucky that the original owners did spring for upgrades that some homes may not have, but they are all still options that other homes, some on my same street, may have.   I really needed one room to look like me and not “upgrade 34 in plan 27”. As usual, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and decided that I would:

  • Refinish an oak dresser for my sink vanity so that it resembled a Restoration Hardware finish.  ( It took over a month to find the dresser I wanted. Then several weeks to perfect the finish- which I absolutely love.) (Click here to see the Pinterest dresser inspiration)
    • So far:
      • The dresser is refinished.  It looks amazing.
      • The sinks have arrived and the holes are cut in the top of the dresser.  I love the square sinks we chose.
      • The wall has been painted, the board and batten has been installed, primed and painted.
      • The new vanity will have feet so Hubby has installed tile in the open spot where there was no tile installed before.
      • The outlets were moved to accommodate the board and batten.

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Here it is being fit into the space. It literally fits like custom furniture. Hubby had to sand the edges because it was too tight after the bead oar was added.

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  • Add a chandelier.  Believe it or not, I bought the chandelier on clearance in March and it hung out in my seldom used garden tub for a while waiting for inspiration.  I liked the shape and scale for the space but it had purple and green beads with a silver metal frame.  I actually found the EXACT chandelier on Pinterest redone to look like wood and was thrilled.  It took me several days to get it painted, stained and reassembled before could get the electrician to come and squeeze into our attic to run the wires.  It is soooo very worth it.   (You can see the Pinterest inspiration here.)

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  • Add board and batten walls to the bathroom.  Right now Hubby is 95% done with this project.  He is down to the finish work that will happen after the vanity is installed.    Thankfully the mirrors are done and waiting. (You can see the Pinterest inspiration here.)

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  • Add some sort of fun towel holders.  I settled on making this part of a door into a faux zinc hat rack that will hold towels for Hubby and for me.

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In my crazy mind, I thought that I could get more done this summer.  I did not figure in the toll that 10 hour work days takes on me or how much the heat and travel would slow everything down.  I get home from work and turn into mush.  It is frustrating to know you have projects waiting when you literally have no energy to get them done.

Still to do:

I want to add some sort of rustic art work in the bathroom or black and white photos. Still thinking on that one. ( Pinterest inspiration here.)

 

and possibly…maybe…if I can get the energy, I want to add reclaimed wood to the toilet closet in the form of an accent wall.  (Pinterest Inspiration here.)Mandy-Jean-Chic-pallet-wall-1-450x600

 

 

Getting the Restoration Hardware Bathroom Vanity Look with a Thrift Store Dresser

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Whew, was that the longest title for a blog post you have ever seen? I know it was the longest title I have ever written. I have “Hate my bathroom-itis”. It is without a doubt the most dysfunctional space in our home. I want a rustic, classic space that feels like it has been around for a while longer than the 5 years it has been here. You can see where I am going with the bathroom and plans I have for it here:

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Check out my plans here:

https://theweekendcountrygirl.com/2014/03/05/my-bathroom-pinnspiration/

 

I am moving my bedroom and master bedroom to a more muted, weathered, time worn look because I want our bedroom to be a restful space for us. We are going to incorporate board and batten walls, vintage furnishings, and unusual pieces of furniture into the space. I love the look of this bathroom vanity at Restoration hardware but it would have been over $3000.00

That is a little steep for my budget ( more than double what I want to spend on the whole bathroom makeover,) but wow that vanity is beautiful. It is from the Saint James Collection. If you have the money for this vanity, please buy it, then invite me over so I can stare at it. Okay?

I recently purchased a dresser that is the correct size for our space, it is solid wood, has drawers that will work for our space and I like the shape. I was thrilled to find it and am so happy to have it sitting in my garage now waiting for a makeover. I found a pair of mirrors that are going to work with the dresser too at a steal. $20.00 for the pair of mirrors!

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Here are my mirrors:

The detail at the top of the mirror is going to look great.

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Soon I will not have a 29″ high bathroom vanity with four six inch wide drawers. The height of the vanity is a pain for my almost 6 foot tall self and my well over 6 foot tall husband. The drawers are a joke. I brush in a drawer and my toothbrush and toothpaste in the other.  Look at the hardware.  I think it is going to look great in the bathroom.

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I write another blog just about our Suburban home we are trying to make into a unique home called My Burb Home. Here is the low down on my dysfunctional master bathroom.

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http://myburbhome.com/2014/02/25/the-master-bathroom-master-plan/

Note to self. Spend a little more time in the master bathroom next time we buy a home.

I have made it my mission to start researching what to do with the dresser in order to make it look more like the Restoration Harware finish above. I have watched videos, read at least 20 blog posts, and have been experimenting. Here is what I have narrowed the process down to:

I am going to either strip the entire thing then stain it using three different stains by Minwax like AKA Design did here although I want a darker base color before the pickling coat and will use the Weathered Oak on top. All in all it will take stripping, sanding, conditioning, staining, pickling, then staining again, then poly to get the look I am going for. No wonder they charge $3000.00 to do this. I may charge myself that much money to get it done, but I really like the look.

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http://akadesign.ca/white-wash-pickling-get-the-restoration-hardware-look-for-less/

Or, I could go with paint. I could use my homemade chalk paint recipe to make chalk paint and do something like this:

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http://www.mainecountryhome.com/2013/12/get-restoration-hardware-look-chalk-paint/

Or a paint and whitewashed look like this mirror:

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http://littlecottageonthepond.blogspot.com/2013/05/mirror-mirror.html

Or a paint mixed with glaze look:

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http://www.kfddesigns.com/2011/08/graywashing-table.html

 

Of all the options, I am leaning toward the first and the last. I think I am going to try this out on some wood at the house, then on one of the interior drawers before I strip the whole dresser down. I have my suspicion that nothing is going to make me as happy as the mulit-step stain process, because we don’t do easy at our house, but… I can hope that the glazed thinned paint process will make me happy. Right?

Here is my question for you guys; which of these finishes do you like best? Be honest with me because I can be swayed.

 

I thought I might get busy on this tonight, but I get to go chaperone an Interact party instead.  The joy of being a high school principal.

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

 

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning a Headboard Into A Bench

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I an so very happy with the way that the benches have turned out that we are picking up another one for a friend. It is raining benches here.

Bench #1 is a gift for a friend. She always is on the lookout for furniture for me and is super creative. I have shared her dining room and fireplace with you. I found her headboard/ footboard at a local thrift store garage sale. It was $10.00. The color is an oops paint I bought cheap.

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We tried to make all the benches about 18 inches deep and chair height.
We put a center support in this one because the plywood top had to be cut to fit in the space between the legs. All together it cost about 17 dollars to get this put together.

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The steps for all the benches are about the same.

Cut the footboard into two pieces. For double beds and larger a section has to come out of the center of the footboard.

Build a 2X4 frame for the seat to rest on.

Attach the 2X4 frame to the headboard then attach the footboard pieces to the sides. With wood glue and very long screws. It took 4 inch long countersunk screws and pre-drilling the holes to get this part done.

Fill all the holes, gaps, and cracks with wood filler. Yay for wood filler. It cures a multitude of sins.

Sand, prime and paint.
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Attach the bench seat with the air nailer. Fill the holes, touch up the paint.
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Bench #2 was made the same way except for the seat. Hubby cut 1X4’s to length for the bench on the chop saw. I was busy painting but ladies a chop saw (compound miter saw )is something that any woman of average strength can use. After the boards were cut and sanded, I stained them all dark walnut.
It started as this set:
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We added a frame once cut.
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Here is the progression of the wood slats.
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I learned to use the sprayer on this one, even though I am showing pictures of Hubby spraying. He was teaching. It is going to be a bench that a friend asked me to make. She specified red. One of my Facebook friends suggested Red, red wine by Behr. I really like the color. Red, but not bright. Not too orange and not too maroon.
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I liked it so much, I am painting bench number three the same color. Bench #2 was a little more expensive than I wished. looked for a specific headboard shape. That meant paying $40.00 for the bed when we actually for it. Too much in my opinion, but all together the bench was about $57.00, still cheaper than a new bench and a lot more unique. Here is the finished product.

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Selling My First Custom Piece of Furniture

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Well, I did it. It sort of felt like the first time I was on a diving board at about age five and was about to dive into the deep end of the pool.

I was contacted by someone to source (find and buy) a table and chairs to paint and refinish the set. Scary. I have sold a few pieces of furniture before, but they were more of a “I did this piece does anyone want it” type sale, or “I am moving away, would you like to buy the stuff I made for myself?” kind of sale. When you do work for someone else, you are putting yourself out there. What if they don’t like it? What if I totally misinterpreted what the person wanted? This particular set was for someone who does not live in the same city so all the work was shared by message and through pictures.

We started with this golden oak, scratched set I picked up in Beaumont while visiting my folks:

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And ended up with this:
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I had a friend tell me that I took a dated piece of furniture and made it look old, but in a good way.

I sanded the top down, stained it dark walnut, Hubby painted the chairs and the base of the table sea salt with his awesome paint sprayer then I got busy distressing them and glazing.  Once I was finished distressing and glazing Hubby took over again and used his sprayer to polyurethane everything.  The top of the table took four coats of poly, but it is beautiful.

I was so thrilled with the results of this set and as we drove over to deliver it, I hoped it was what the new owner wanted.  This was all really silly because she had purchased an end table from me before, but it was one I found, I picked out the colors, and then I posted it for sale.

When we arrived, she liked the set.   Woo Hoo.  She like it enough that she sent me home with another piece to work on and several more to come.  This time I feel more confident because she and I got to talk about the color and finish.  I will be starting with the night stand of the set then the headboard and dresser.

The pictures are not great because we stayed too long at the lake Sunday mowing and cleaning so that meant we had to rush to get them delivered.  The bench fest took more time than expected.   I decided to go ahead and write about this experience even with terrible photos because this is one time that the story is not about the furniture I did, it is about taking risks.  I still feel more comfortable doing my own thing then selling what I don’t keep for myself but I will admit it felt pretty good to have someone like what I do enough to seek me out.

 

Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – e. e. cummings

 

I promise to take better photos of the table and chairs when we drop off the night stand.

The bedroom furniture is going to be a sweet mid century modern set that has been in their family since it was brand new. It is getting refinished so that it can move on to the third generation when they move out on their own.  If you are one of my Weekend Country Girl Facebook friends, you got to see the dresser and even weighed in on the color scheme.

I now have my second project, a headboard into bench, that I sourced the furniture and am doing for someone else who is paying me.  She is a dear friend, but it is still a little scary.  The good news about this one is she sent me a picture a while back and said ” I want this.”  As soon as I found the headboard and foot board I could see it in my mind already.  It is going to be beautiful.

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When I grow up selling my re-purposed furniture may be something I want to do more of.  We shall see.  For now, I love being able to do what I love.

If you are a professional in the painted furniture field, I would love to hear from you about your first sold piece.  I hope you tell me you were scared too, so I don’t feel like such a sissy.

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