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This vanity was given to me by a very generous friend. It so happened another friend was looking for a piece of furniture to use as a diaper changing station in the nursery of her soon to be born baby girl. This was one of those times when things just fall into place because she loved the idea of using it!
I got to work stripping and sanding and I painted it to match some furniture she already had. I used white as a base color and cement gray as the top color then sanded it again to let the white show through. After all that I added a shelf using molding attached to the inner sides and used wide base molding to make the shelf. I painted that to match and waxed the whole piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I then added the carved wood decorative squares to dress it up a little and then added the knobs. Can’t wait to see it in the nursery!
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This is a dresser I painted for a friend’s daughter who is getting  a room makeover!

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My sister Susie’s enclosed porch used to be the outside of the house before an addition was done in the 80’s.  She decided to spruce it up a bit (a lot) and pulled the awful industrial carpet up and there were beautiful hardwoods underneath!  There is a patch in front of the door because they had to fill in where the old steps were but I think it just adds to the charm of the history of the house.  The yellow siding was painted a beautiful blue/green and she painted the trim white and refinished the floors. When I say “she” I mean Susie and her significant other Travis, they are the do-over duo!

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Ugly office chair I found while Goodwill shopping , I saw potential, really?? My husband just gave me “the look” when he saw me take it out of my car but I’m used to that look by now so I smiled and added it to the pile.  Of course I couldn’t move on to anything else until I took the chair apart, spray painted all the metal parts with hammered black, ripped off the ugly vinyl fabric, and sewed up a new cover.  I happened to have some beautiful teal vinyl that I bought a couple of months ago on a trip to Mary Jo’s with my sister.  I knew I would find a use for it eventually!  I think I will use this at my crafting desk, it is adjustable so it will fit great under the tall desk.  And by the way, my husband was mildly impressed with the result, but I think he was just trying to suppress his shock and awe at how much better it looks because he was embarrassed at his lack of faith : )

UGLY!

 

Double UGLY

Ahhhhh, much better

 

 

 

 

Before and After

 

 


ImageThese are a few of my recent finds that I plan on refinishing and repainting. The bookshelf is completed after waxing it and adding beadboard to the back. It turned out great and I’m hoping I find another one that is similar to paint a different color!


Just registered my Twitter account for WalkTheCreativePath! Check it out and follow me for updates on things I’m working on. I plan to tweet during my junk outings to get your opinions on my finds, would love to hear from you…

My twitter name is @walkthecreative so go now and start following!


We recently had our windows replaced and now I have a stack of old windows cluttering up the side of my yard.  My Dad said he wants them to make a greenhouse and I started researching that grand idea.  I think these photos of old window greenhouses gives me motivation to make one myself, maybe using my new nail gun, eh?

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Craftsman 16 ga. Finish Nailer Kit with Magnesium Body – Tools – Air Compressors & Air Tools – Nailers & Nail Guns

I decided I need this 16 gauge finish nailer from Craftsman in order to make a few simple pieces of  furniture that I need and can’t seem to find anywhere.  After looking online and comparing models I decided on this one sold at Sears.com.  Actually I bought a kit that contained three pneumatic tools including the finish nailer, a pin nailer, and  a brad nailer.  It was only about $20 more to buy the whole kit, what a deal!


I found a cute little six sided table while out thrift store shopping and thought I could paint  it and give it a new life. I think they were actually getting ready to throw it onthe trash!  I picked up some Annie Sloan chalk paint from a store in Charlotte, NC called Great Walls Supply, Inc. on my latest trip and decided to try it out on this piece first.

Here is the before…

And here is the after…



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