Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In Between

This project is neither a before, nor after. It's an in between. You may remember this post. Yesterday I spent a few hours up close and personal with an orbital hand sander and the chair. Chuck has kindly left his sander over here so that I may use it at my convenience. What a blessing. Anyone that dabbles in furniture refinishing needs an electric sander. So far I've used it on this table and, of course, the chair.

I'm debating in which direction to go now that the chair is just about ready for a finish. Safe would be a shade of white. Probably a Rust-o-leum oil. I think they have a satin white enamel. Or I could use the Safety Yellow Rust-o-leum gloss enamel that I already have. Or maybe I need to investigate my other options. Blue perhaps?  I know I don't want to stain it. Opinions?



The mirror was a quick project. Perfect for an instant gratification buzz. I took pictures of it in two locations. Right now I'm leaning toward the drawer unit.

I couldn't make my bed as it's a protected sanctuary for cute dogs (and their toys).

Friday, May 14, 2010

Weekend Project

Last week brought me some good luck in the thrift department. Not only did I find the sofa, but I also scored a fun mirror. I live within close distance to several thrift stores, and, on average, make a thrift round every other week or so. Sometimes I get lucky. Most of the time I leave empty handed. The mirror was spotted several weeks ago at Goodwill. Thankfully it was snubbed during the last 50% off sale, for which I missed. I vowed it would be mine next time. As it happens, I was rounding late last week when, as I was nearing the exit at Goodwill (empty handed), I thought I overheard the cashier telling a customer that there would be a 50% off sale over the weekend. Taking a chance that I heard the clerk correctly, I returned the next day (Friday) and was welcomed at the store's entrance by a sign verifying the half-off sale. The mirror was $12.50 plus tax when all was said and done.

What you see in the picture is a WIP. I managed to not take before pictures once again. I really need to quit doing that. Anyway, the mirror has been separated from its frame so that I can paint it. The paint is Rust-o-leum oil enamel in Aluminum. The mirror is going in my bedroom, probably next to the huge Ikea wardrobe. As I'm writing this, the first coat is curing. I'm hoping for a swift completion. After pictures to follow. Soon!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Found at Habitat's Home Store, a Lee Industries sofa in flax upholstery. Eighty cabbages and seemingly from a non-smoking and pet free home. The furniture was flying at my house today. My sister is taking the futon off my hands. I feel better knowing it's going to a good home. Happy, happy day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Spring Color

Living Room Part 2

More pictures. I realize some of them are nearly identical to yesterday's post, but I'm not in the mood for editing. My living room is by no means finished. The red futon cover is old and rarely used, but it's time to replenish my supply of covers, preferably with ones in a natural color. I would love to have a slipcovered sofa, but it's not in the budget at this time. At least the futon frame is a very good one. I've had it for years.

The picture over the entryway table needs to be replaced. Originally I bought the picture on clearance from Tuesday Morning so I could cannibalize the frame for another poster. That was several years ago. I really need to make it my next project.

There are lots of things that could be improved upon, but time and budget are always limiting factors. I'm just trying to make it an inviting and comfortable space, and I believe it's getting there.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Living Room

First off, pictures of the canvas before I started the actual decoupaging of the collage. That is the last before picture I'll show. From here on you'll see it hanging. It's still not complete because I have to coat it some more, but it's done enough.