Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New projects!

This is my second bench construction for this week. The other one I built this week is exactly like the first bench I built. Do you think I should upholster this one with a thick piece of foam? The seat of the bench will be pretty low, since this was a VERY old bed. I was actually thinking about not painting this one. What do you think?

 I got to use my new pocket hole jig to construct this one! Yes, a tool just for me!!! This pocket hole system makes for a very sturdy piece of furniture.

 I bought two of these chairs at a garage sale. They are sturdy, well made, and just begging for a couple coats of paint and some classy fabric.

 I found these two vintage folding chairs to go with the checkerboard table.  I was hoping to find a pair of old patio chairs, but they all seem to be too short.  I like the lines and shape of these two little chairs.

 I bought 6 of these OLD shutters at a barn sale!!! I think I'm going to use four of them to build a cabinet.  Stay tuned....

 This beautiful door has the original glass and door knobs.  I'm not yet certain of what I'll do with this one.  Any ideas/requests???

Here is a whole stack of cabinet doors, frames and misc. wood pieces, just waiting for a new purpose. I might do some chalk boards, and perhaps a custom painting on the four matching cherry doors. Oh yes, I am an artist too, or at least I pretend to be one on tv ;)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Break is over!

For those of you that don't know, I am an unemployed teacher, college student, mother, wife, and many other roles.  I have spent the last couple of weeks working on my masters project for my masters in reading. I managed to sneak in a couple of days of picking and garage sales, but have not worked on any furniture for awhile.  During my bargain hunting, I snagged a ton of items, only spending a total of $13!!! Here's what I've found: A stack of 4' tall old wooden shutters (I think there are 6 or 7 of them), an antique door with horizontal glass panes and the original black ceramic knobs, 6 cabinet doors (some oak, some cherry), misc. oak/maple shelving and wood pieces, two vintage folding chairs (to go with that blue checkerboard table), and two armchairs.  Can you believe it? Only $13 for all that stuff! I will post pics later today.

Anybody have any ideas for my big shutters? I was thinking about making a tall, square cabinet with them, or maybe a headboard.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Antique Chair

This beauty was rescued from a local garage and was in rough shape.  The wood had been stripped, the original straw filler and cotton were falling out everywhere and one of its arms was hanging on by a broken dowel.  This gorgeous piece has been carefully restored in a glamorous tapestry with a gold, brown and rust colored pattern.  I hate to see this one get away!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

She's a Beauty!

I bought this chair today at a local sale and couldn't wait to give her some new life.  She's got to be over 100 years old! I just loved the old crackle glaze, spindle legs on the front, and the stamped seat! I painted her ivory, gave her a walnut glaze, and brought back some of her character with a gentle sanding.  This beauty is sturdy, despite a missing spindle, and would make a great plant stand, accent piece, or even a fabulous prop for a photo shoot!

Busy Day!

I managed to finish some projects that were hanging around and scored some great deals at some garage sales today.  I finished those too!  Check out the progress.  I am planning to have a tag sale once I finish enough to justify one.  Otherwise, there is a new flea market in Grand Rapids every Thursday evening that I am looking into.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bubble Bath and Wine Anyone?

This bathroom shelf was converted to a wine cabinet to add that special something to your space.  With wine cork accents, this adorable shelf holds six small wine glasses and one bottle of your favorite wine.