Thursday, September 25, 2008

Project updates

Winnie's window treatments -- this was taken when I had two different tie backs up. I went with the black.

FYI -- Cheap to do a window box. They will cut the wood for you at Home Depot. You bring it home, nail it together, cover with cheap batting and fabric from the clearance section at Jo-Ann Fabrics, staple fabric in place, get some corner brackets, screw them into the box and wall and poof -- looks sharp, cost little.

The black bling on the ends is from a cheap (seven bucks on a clearance shelf) chandelier that I took apart, then attached to the corners.


****Blogger is not playing nice with me and won't let me put the type by the pictures, but I'm sure you can match the story with the correct project.

The picture of the mess was the only picture I could find of Winnie's desk before I painted it black and green and stuck pretty knobs on it. Lizzie's dresser was a road-kill find (as was Winnie's desk).

The dresser was hunter green and coated in some diamond gauge varnishing product that I am unfamiliar with. The varnish product held the paint in place, but once I sanded through -- it was clear the previous painter had not prepped the previous previous surface and the paint started peeling off like an old sunburn. Not a desired effect -- I don't strip furniture. Half of my creativity is born out of finding ways to avoid stripping old paint off of furniture I want to re-paint.

Because I was doing a crackle finish anyway, the surface didn't need to be pristine, but I did have to peel a lot of paint before it was all over.

When Lizzie's dresser was at the crackle stage, with no hardware nor detail paint, she was disappointed.
She's a tough client -- she wants it all, 'a little of this over here, a little of that over there and add in six of these and a dash of sparkle and it will be just what I want'. Lizzie wanted roses. After searching a couple of stores for decals, or wallpaper -- anything with a rose that I could affix to the dresser. No luck. My love for gaining info via the internet, however, was renewed yet again -- this time thanks to you tube and Donna Dewberry.
Go ahead, you will be painting roses and leaves on everything you own by the end of the day -- not necessarily because you like them, but because you can.

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Blogger kim said...

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7:28 PM  
Blogger kim said...

ttq -- I'm thinking there is a hutch idea in here somewhere.

7:29 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Me thinks you are right. Me also thinks you guys had me laughing out loud reading the comments on the gymnastics..

Bench first, then I'll tackle the hutch. Partly because I don't have to tear apart a room to do it, partly because I have the creative juices flowing in my head about the bench.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Melek said...

awesome stuff!! you are so damn creative!

12:25 PM  
Blogger kay said...

i like the black tie back the best.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the mirrors!!!

so cute. wish i had a great room like that when i was a little girl. sigh. or now that i'm a big girl!!

1:35 PM  
Blogger LeighAnn said...

I can't believe you did all that yourself. I AM SO BAD AT CRAFTS!!

5:33 PM  
Blogger KATE said...

Holy Crap, you are my hero! I love your projects, you're the BEST!

3:13 AM  
Blogger Cecily R said...

Gracie is NEVER allowed to see your blog. If she saw it, she would think this is what moms do...and this mom would fail MISERABLY at this stuff.

And she would whine.

A lot.

Because YOU ROCK.

3:31 AM  
Blogger kim said...

You guys rock!

Thanks for the compliments -- those feel nice :o),

10:14 PM  
Blogger wordtryst said...

You are so arty! The girls must love it, I'm sure.

2:04 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I am in complete awe.

Now get your buns over to MY house and get painting.

5:22 AM  

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