Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dog beds, dog beds and more dogs beds

SO I also tripped across this gem at Goodwill, and had to scoop it up.

I'll work them into a twin bedroom set for doll or dog.  Aren't they just too cute?

So tomorrow is Thanksgiving at 'the home' with my father.  My family has always been a tad unusual, but even for us this is a new... twist.  When I get back I have these 4 dogs beds to dive into, and the China Cabinet to finish up.  Not to mention Christmas decorating and gift buying, and wrapping [I really hate wrapping, am I the only one who does?].

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  Thanks for the advice, suggestions and the support as I dove into the Upcycling venture.  It means so much and I am truly Thankful.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Small Disasters, and on to the next thing

So here are pics of how the first China Cabinet back came out.  Yeah, not so good.

Beadboard wallpaper, how I love you.  But you do not stick to cheap plywood, and so I must bid you adieu for this project.  


So back to Home Depot I went, kid with pink eye in tow, and I got actual beadboard plywood, custom cut by a charming and very helpful HD employee... with some trim pieces to cover where the beadboard 'seams' will be.  You see the back of the China Cabinet [CC] is 54" and bead board, if you want the pattern to run vertically, is only 48" and you just can not squint enough to make 6' of gap disappear, I don't care how myopic you are.

Aside: Why they make beadboard sections in 4' x 8' sections I can not tell you... who runs beadboard taller than 3' or 4' [other than the few who go floor to ceiling]?  If you must make it 4' x 8', wouldn't it make more sense for the pattern to run the other way at least?

So we're piecing 3 pieces together to cover the back of this CC... and covering the 'seams' where those pieces meet and hiding the mismatch of the pattern [cause it would have taken another whole $19 piece and more patience than I presently have to actually also match the pattern] with some trim.  Really, it's actually exactly the look I wanted in the beginning of this project.  Almost 'board and batten meets beadboard' which sounds like a bit much, but trust me, it's perfect.  Or will be.

And here's my most recent Goodwill find, soon to be doll/dog bed:

My sister had one of these, I even have a picture of her and my mom and dad on Christmas morning apparently the day she got it.  This one is pitted a bit, and has some very superficial rust so it will get sanded and painted and then a 'mattress' and bedding and become a doll or dog bed.  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

What to do with the decals, though?  Well obviously the one on the end of the bed is toast, I mean a headless lamb would keep even a baby doll awake nights.  However, the decal on the headboard is still in great shape.  So, is there a way for me to spray paint this without obliterating the headboard decal and actually accentuating it?

I must also say how proud I am of myself for finally, FINALLY, remembering to take a true before picture!!!  Really, all I did with this was take her out of the box it came in!!  

Oh and did I mention that the kid with pink eye who I dragged hither and yon was PERFECT today?  Ok, well 'perfect' is not exactly a realistic expectation to begin with, who am I kidding... but he was awesome!  Not one word was said about not wandering, not swinging, climbing, slithering under, etc., etc.!  And my blood pressure was quite normal the whole time... through my own haircut, his haircut, a trip to Staples where we copied every document associated with building this house [another short story only I can make looooong], and the meeting of the minds that was cutting that beadboard juuuuust so!!  So proud!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The best laid plans of upcyclers... let this be a warning to ya'

So, remember my great plan to wallpaper a new back for the China cabinet?  Easy peasy lemon squeezie, right?  Yeah, not so much.

Turns out the plywood stuff I bought and primed does not hold wallpaper.
No way, no how.
Not if you tape it.
Not if you wrap it like a Christmas gift.
Nope.  Not even if you whine.

I would upload pictures, but really, must you see the trainwreck?  Trust me, you do not want to see this.

So plan B, back to Home Despot, and I'll spend a little more to buy actual bead board plywood that is primed and get it cut to fit and be Done.  With.  It.

So much for me being a thrifty smarty pants who thinks beadboard wallpaper can fix everything.
I mean sure it's good, but it's no duct tape!

As for getting this China Cabinet done in a week?
Yeah, I was a little prematurely confident there.  *sigh*

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Slow and steady wins the race... right?

China Cabinet, day... oh, I have lost count.

On the other hand, I do think that it's turning out better and better for the time I am putting into it, than it would had I flipped it fast with a slap of paint like I intended.

Today, was another coat of paint in the interior, and wallpapering the back of the buffet portion.
I think it came out great:

And here's a pic of the exterior, as it is now.

I like the handles on the doors, but not their 'finish', and am having trouble finding what I want to replace on the drawers- cup pulls in 3.5"

Ideas?  Suggestions?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Things Black and White- Doing the 'Warm Weather' dance here

Update; So things are not going as planned on this 'I'll have this done in a week' project.
Did you know beadboard wallpaper, the love of my life, does not stick to plywood?
Let that be a lesson to you.

So we are back to square one trying to get a back on this China Cabinet.
The good news?  I sold my Armoire.  Christmas Shopping money!  Yeah

I'm heading off to Home Depot for the 15th time.  You?

All things being relative, of course.... but I need the temps to go up a bit so I can finish painting that China Cabinet!
I got a day of 50*+ yesterday and hit the interior of the China Cabinet after spending part of the day at the rescue helping clean and sort items in the new office/tack shed.

So here's my cream/black China Cabinet

In real life it's not as white as it looks here, more off white/cream

Detail pics of the doors

And here's the Inspiration,  black and white paint Persy, AKA Personified, a horse who was saved from the slaughter pipeline.  How we can allow this practice to continue in this day and age, I have no idea.
Call your legislators to get the bill banning slaughter here in the US and export for slaughter illegal.

Learn about the issue  here or here, and contact legislators
CAUTION Graphic pictures at some of the links above

He has just the kindest eye, and is a real sweetheart.
Alas he's still in need of a home.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
-Mahatma Ghandi 

Part of the reason I started to 'upcycle' furniture was to raise funds to help support my local horse rescue, who helped Persy and so many horses.  I donate 10% of all profits from my sales to Equine Rescue Resource.  If you are interested in helping, I'm sure there's a local rescue you could offer time or funds to.  If you have trouble locating one, give me a shout as I'm in touch with several rescues all across the country.

Finally another project inspired by another bloggers question about my craft space [still under development though I am eyeing the play room!] 
It was half price day at Salvation Army, and I actually found exactly what I wanted to 'finish' my crafty space in the Laundry room:

'finish' is in quotes cause is anything ever really finished?
It was marked $9.99, but only $4.99 on Half Price Day- WOOT!

Now, how do I redo this stool?  Painting over the almost rusty metal is a given, I'm thinking the yellow goes red and the shiny metal bits go black... but I also want to reupholster the seat and back.  Ideas?  I'm thinking slipcover?  Since the back of the seat back and the bottom of the seat are metal and resisted my attempts to pry them open slipcovering [ie with an elastic so it just pops on and off to be washed] came first to mind.  

I have no idea what one can use to stick fabric to metal- is there something out there that would do that?  Something that could later be undone, in case it gets ugly at some point?