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Friday, November 26, 2010

New Dresser

I found this dresser at a garage sale for $30. It was in pretty good condition. I was not too crazy about the curves on the bottom so I decided to replace the skirt.

Before I could get any further Kit came upstairs and let me know that he had done me a favor. He dropped the blender on the dresser and subsequently put a hole in the top. He said that it was a favor because its better to know now that it was flimsy than later. I let him know that he was right. Also that since he had completed one favor that he could do another by leaving $20 on the dresser so that I could replace the top.

Now that this piece was up to $50,I am all about reusing the hardware. I spray painted the drawer pulls a copper color. I am not married to them however. I may switch them out..... Not sure yet.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The same... but not.

I think this is the last part of my Blitz Furniture Repost:

This desk was on craigslist for $40. We needed the drawers, and I needed to not look at the PC tower all the time. It originally came with 4 legs. I thought it looked better with 8. It also came with a foe wood top. I felt it was incomplete with out a real wood one. So I replaced it.

I was out the total of $100 plus my sweat and time. It was worth it.

This was a 9 drawer dresser in it's previous life. That life was over when I purchaced it for $50 at the thrift shop. When I looked at it I saw a sideboard of sorts.
Don't you think of wine bottles, beer and wine glasses with party platters when you look at it. I do....

I like it better this way. Where else was I going to store platters that I have no room for in my kitchen. Besides it makes a great buffet table on occasion.

Door to Headboard

This is a $15 reclaimed solid wood door from H4H Restore.

This is that door being trimmed out and getting 2X4 legs and a French cleat added to the back.

This is that same door in its new life as a King-size headboard that didn’t cost me my arm and leg.

Friend’s need somewhere to sit too…..

Rose and her husband come from the land of the giants… No seriously they are both really tall. She was looking for a chair for her master bedroom. Well I should she sent me a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a good size chair. Another friend mentioned in conversation that she was about to get rid of some chairs so I asked if I could have a look.
This one was perfect! There was really nothing wrong with it other that the fact that it had gotten in a fight with the cat on its backside.

Rose picked her colors from my old reliable 7.99 per yard store. And off to work I went. I get better at this the more I do it and now that I have way to much time on my hands I have actually started to study the art upholstery. Here is the finished product.

Brinda grew up with this lovely sofa and her mother thought that she should have it as an adult. For some reason she did not want to keep the birds and hydrangeas.

I was pleased that she found a sold that she liked as this was a big project to take on. It would have been made bigger if it involved prints or stripes.

I tried to keep the details of the arms so that it wouldn’t look like a giant slip cover. She was pleased. These two projects are part of the repost blitz, they are not recent work.

The Kitchen

After I removed my previous posts I was asked to re-post some of the before and after that I have completed. So here goes. These are my kitchen chairs. I picked them up from the flea market for $70 for the 5 of them

I stripped them down and stained them in Ebony. I have added new cushions and covered them in a $7.99 micro-suede

I found a green and yellow kitchen table at the local good will. Oddly enough it was also $70. For 20 minutes I had to lean on the table while holding the leaf insert that goes in the middle. All the while fending off crazy old ladies that stopped by to rub the insert asking me if I was going to buy it. This particular Goodwill was cash only so off Kit went to the atm.

I stripped it down and stained it to match the chairs. I love this table. We don’t actually eat at it. The sofa is our dining room table. But this table holds the large fruit basket very well.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Beer... He's getting good at it

I'm bias. I thought that Kit was getting better at his home brew from the first time I tried it 6 years ago but lets face it. I am a little partical. Tonight we went to the 2010 Piedmont Brewers Cup and he won 3rd place for his Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. As always you can see how much he loves photos.

I thought that it was worth the mention so there it is. Im on my 3rd beer for the night so I think I will leave it at that. Short and sweet.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Another Chair

Found this lovely chair at The Durham H4H Restore. It was $15. I should have taken a photo from the front view but once I got home I started to tare it to pieces. Too late now.
I thought that it would be lovely in brown and white. I just found the new fabric today it is a chocolate linen. The Linen ran me $35 dollars for 5 yards. That was 2 yards more than was needed for the chair. I think it would make since to have the fabric repeated in the room in other places so the extra will come in handy. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

PS: Sorry about the Blog tare down. I had a lot going on and didn't handle it well. It will come out in the wash at some point.....it always does.