1933 Dresser

So my favorite time period is the 20’s and 30’s. I love the clothes, cars, colors, patterns, food, music, and furniture. Because of this love of these eras I collect vintage accessories for my home and gravitate towards jadeite green color, cabbage roses, kitchen equipment with that vibe to it. So it is no wonder when I spotted this dresser and night stand. You can see the night stand here on the left sitting on the table. Missing it’s side and seen better days. It was purchased for the sum of $2 at a yard sale. Kept in my work pile for a long while.

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The dresser was in better shape. I picked up in a cute local shop. This is the photo I shot while it was in the shop. I’m terrible about before shots.

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Finally the plan and work time came together to get these painted. I knew I wanted to use milk paint and hoped I would get a little chippiness in the process. The tops were sanded down on both and they were cleaned and repaired as needed. Then I mixed up my milk paint from Sweet Pickins in creamy. I started with one coat and needed up with three coats total. I started getting some of that chippy going on after the second coat and even more with the third coat. Swoon….so perfect. From here I used Sweet Pickins in “Flour Sack” which is a gorgeous true warm white.

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Oh look at that chipping and colors. I preserved the original Birdseye stenciled piece for the center as a tribute to it origins.

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I used some great floral napkins for the application on the drawer sides. At first I used Mod Podge, but it was think and the napkins didn’t want to move and tore. I then used Top Coat. It’s Sweet Pickins to the rescue again. This product went on smooth and worked perfect. I also used Top Coat for applying in the the drawer front on the night stand.

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Oh those cute wooden wheels! The dresser was missing hers but I happened to have a spare set and worked perfectly.

Both piece were waxed with clear Bees wax and the dusted with aging dust. The top was stained with Minwax Jacobean and sealed with 4 coats of polyacrylic. I guess you have figured they are moved in with me instead of being sent along to a new home.

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Now to find a vanity piece to go along with these.

Until next time,

Kathy

I was not endorsed or compensated for any of these supplies. I purchased, used and liked the products on these pieces and would honestly recommend them to anyone.

New Headboard Upholstery

Well, it started out as redoing the guest room. It became a dumping ground for all the mismatched furniture and belongings. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. Some people choose to redo the guest room before the master bedroom. It wasn’t the case here. It ended up with any and everything that was replaced from other rooms.

So goes the headboard…….

It was a “lovely” red velvet castoff from the 60’s? It came with the second husband. I always teased him about his Bordello headboard, as that is what I imagined when a bachelor has a Red Velvet tufted headboard! He tried to hide it with some animal hide, but it was lurking under there just the same!

I didn’t get a good before photo (when I decided to reupholster I got it done!) it had also had a temporary makeover after we got married. In a striped fabric, then again when it was cast off into the guest room of our current house when I built our current headboard 10 years ago.

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So first I ripped the layers I added off.

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Be forwarned that when you decide to reupholster something it takes the longest to strip the old off and all those staples!

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So here she is all naked. I added longer legs so she shows when she is behind the bed. For some reason, I think maybe newer mattresses and box springs are thicker that they were back then? It seems that older headboards are short and don’t show up much.

So I had to add more to the back and extra foam the same thickness as the original. I wanted to make her taller. It was in great shape so I was able to use it over again.  As a side note the addition will be behind the mattress so really won’t show so no need to tuft or worry about the look of the new foam here.

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The foam already had the holes cut for the tufting. These are the size of a quarter, so they will have very deep tufting.

I chose a drop cloth and washed it several times with bleach and fabric softener drying it on High. This made it a nice soft piece of large cheap fabric in a neutral tone. This made the perfect backdrop for the guest room makeover. I spread it out and placed the funky Red Velvet piece I removed on top and cut it out with a little extra around the edges for good measure. You will use extra fabric when tufting and it is better to trim later than discover you are short on one side after you have worked so hard placing the buttons and arranging the fabric.

The buttons for the tufting were in great shape to reuse. I simply cut small circles from the new fabric.

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Then using the hot glue gun, attacked the new fabric to the buttons.

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Apply a little hot glue to the button top and around the back then scrunch the fabric around.

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Once the buttons where all done, I spread the cut fabric onto the top of the headboard foam. Working from the center top I worked the points on the buttons through the fabric and back.

It is important to start in the center and work down then from side to side. These are deep tufts and the fabric needed to be “folded” into the holes to create the deep tufts. Take your time here, you want this to look good.

Once all the button tufts were in place it is time to staple around the edges. Here you will have to fold again that extra fabric from the tufts around to the back. Staple as you go.

You can staple some backing material to the back or leave it open if you wish. If you want to save some money use and old sheet. Cut and fold under then staple around the back.

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Here it is. This awful photo is the only one I could find right after I finished stapling the back. You can see the new foam line but this is hidden behind the new mattress.

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It is a far cry from the “Bordello” headboard I started with. Now we have started with  the guest room overhaul.

Hugs,

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The Quilted Chair


Sorry I’ve gone missing in action. With spring here the increased amount of work took over my life. I hope to have more fun stuff to share soon!

So I bought this stinky, ugly, dirty chair at Goodwill. I think the clerk thought I was crazy. I asked her to hold it for me while I shopped around some more.

the look on her face was interesting to say the least.

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Can you see the dirt? It was nasty. It was also solid, and had gone bones.

So, she came home with me.

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Needless to say she lived in the garage until I had time to devote to her!

Then one day while on hold for a phone call for 1 hour 18 minutes, I started to rip her apart. I started with the trim, then disassembled her in the order she was put together.

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So off came the dust cover. Everything looks solid in the spring department. I also sanded the wood. It is that red Mohogany that is awful to paint strip and cover.

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Trying to to get it apart with ripping it up to bad.

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The structure is in good shape. The batting is pretty nasty, so it will need replaced.

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Here it is with the new cotton. I reused the horsehair and woven seat insert. I sanded, painted with a primer to block the red, then painted with a mix of milk paint layered in colors.

I got her all stripped, cleaned, and painted. The all new batting, and padding. I had several things in my upholstery stash. There was one piece that really seemed to work for this chair. It was an older quilt the had a huge hole in it. Perfect. A “cutter” quilt.

So I got started cutting out and matching up the pattern in the quilt, all the time working around a couple of holes.

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This shows just how dirty and nasty this chair was!

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So after cutting then a covered the chair in it’s new clothes.

She turned out pretty cute!

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Her backside is awesome too!

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She is for sale. And I will post where she will be located soon.

Thanks for checking in,

Hugs,

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A Farm House Sink

So I need to pick out some of the things for the new kitchen. These had to be done so we can build cabinets and get started. I searched and researched. I wanted this kitchen to have that Nostalgic look to it. Kind of like grandmas house but with modern conveniences .

You will remember we started the island already here. It will look like an old general store counter.

It only seemed natural that the sink would be a nice white farmhouse one. I drooled over several photos of kitchens with those sinks. I looked a big box stores, and home improvement stores. I fond the one I wanted. A Kohler 36″ white case enamel sink. It is made right here in the USA. It was so nice I could see piles of veggies, and lots of room to wash cookie sheets and large stock pots.

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So here it is! A Kohler Whitehaven apron front 36″ self rimming sink. I ordered it. I think it will be perfect! Look at all that space. I used my bonus from work as this was the “big” splurge for the kitchen. I justified it as something that gets used everyday, more than an appliance really, so why not get what you want.

It arrived by air freight to a major airport more than 4 hours from our house. The shipping was FREE! But would have normally cost more than $150. It arrived by freight company. I was at work, in a meeting and could not meet the driver. He texted me he was at my house with my package. I told him I could not get away and to please put it inside my breezeway, as it would be safe there. He said ok and that was it. I could hardly contain myself until I could get home from work and see it in person!

Boy was I in for a shock! It was in a cardboard box strapped to a pallet! How the delivery guy got it into the breezeway I will never know! Had I known how big and heavy it was I would have told him where the panel to open the garage door was! I feel sorry for him as the thing weighs a ton, well just 143 pounds!

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Here she is! I couldn’t believe it, it was huge! I almost could have taken a bath in it!
My cabinet maker came to measure it and look at it. He couldn’t believe how big it was either. I have a vision on how I wanted it to look.
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I like how the legs make it look like an old piece of furniture was used for the sink. I discussed this with my cabinet maker and he said I needed to find some posts about 23″ long. We also had to do some reworking as they could not stick out at all into the kitchen since we were so short on room.
The right side of the sink cabinet will go into a corner cabinet, so to have anything protrude will not allow the corner door to work correctly. I need to find some old posts, or buy new ones so he can start on this cabinet as it is the first cabinet to be built and the starting point for all the others.

After our meeting that day I ran a few errands. I decided to stop at a local thrift store to look around and see if they had any posts that might work. As I am walking through I see a bed frame pushed up in the back. I pull a different bed frame away and call my cabinet maker, then shoot these photos and email them to him. I take measurements and he comes right down.

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We look the frame over and it is solid maple with four posts. It is a full size, which doesn’t matter to us, but today it’s half price! So for the total of $12.50 I got the whole frame and 4 posts, the headboard and footboard and side rails in Maple.
He immediately goes to work separating the posts from the other pieces then filling the holes. We decide to use the footboard pieces as their finish work is perfect and the feet just finish the bottom up. The main post piece was trimmed down so it sets back.
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The top “ball” part was cut off. He sent me these photos from his shop.

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Here you can see the leg was trim down to snug up against the cupboard, but the foot part wasn’t so it looks like it is the support on the floor.

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This angle shows the sink sitting in the cabinet. It looks like the posts are supporting the sink, but that isn’t the case. It just appears that way. There are supports built inside to support that 143 pound sink plus any weight that might be included when it is full.
I’m exciting to see it is coming along. I have more things to pick out! Still have to choose lights, counters, hardware, faucet, and paint color!
Hugs,
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Finding the Perfect Kitchen Island

Well, when we tore out the old island I knew exactly what I wanted to replace it with. Some decisions I waver a bit and can’t make up my mind, but not this time. I knew I wanted to find an old store counter and convert it.

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Yup! That is what I wanted. I looked around several antique stores where we live and some in the bigger towns close by. Nothing, nada, zip, there wasn’t even anything close.

Well a trip to my sons was coming up. He lives in a metro area, and near a large antique district, surely I would find it there…..

A wonderful weekend! Lots of shopping, Antiquing, and eating

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Here is the line outside VooDoo doughnuts. Yes we had one, and the line was short when we were got ours! It doesn’t show in this photo but the line wraps almost around the block!

I did find some great things at IKEA for the kitchen, but we never found an old store counter. Great food and time was had on my visit.

So on to plan B- build one. I looked for some inspiration, measured my area, and found out that the “ready made” cabinet we had leftover from the unused bathroom vanity would be perfect to start with. We had Bead Board leftover in the garage from a remodel project. I needed to make it wider, so my friend Frank stopped and picked up some ready made, unfinished cabinets for me to “alter” on both ends.
Work began in the garage on incorporating the pieces and the look. I looked to Sausha and her Island remake over at Sweet Pickins. (No I don’t stalk Sausha, she just has wonderful ideas, and I have followed her for several years and she now sells milk paint! Check her out)

She had a great idea of the black, (which I loved, she has now changed hers) and it included bead board (which I knew my cabinets would be) plus I had a few ideas up my sleeve to make my own “old general store counter”.

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It started with being modified, and base coated. I sure wish I knew about milk paint then. I know I would have gotten the perfect look I was after without all the fuss. I guess I didn’t take a lot of photos of this part, but it is pretty boring.

Good things are coming…..

Hugs,

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The Ugly Chair

The ugly chair girl strikes again!

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I found her at an Estate Sale.

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She was in the back bedroom. In her pinkish melted ice cream colored upholstery.

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The front edge was worn down to the wood, and she had a little odor to her.

Not the kind that has you plugging your nose, but it was there. Perhaps she belonged to a lady who smoked.

She sat at the dressing table where she put on her makeup.

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She had a dark mahogany wood and was sturdy so for the cheap price of $10 I figured I would give her a whirl.

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First off came her clothes, so I could figure out how much fabric and materials I would need to get. Out came her buttons and staples! What is it with a million staples?
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Sorry about the lighting and mess in this one, it was at night and I was excited to get a little paint on her.

She he got her jute web tightened, and all sanded down ready for her makeup. I then mixed up some milk paint. This was “Sweet Pickins” Light Cream, and was the first time I have used milk paint since the 90’s? It mixed up easy and I began painting. It dries pretty fast and I did touch it up a little with a second coat. I needed to spray a sealer on the bare wood to block the pink of the mahogany from bleeding through. I followed the next day with a little antique color by using a little Minwax stain, and followed with wax. She is looking good.

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The fabric is from Jo-Ann’s it was suiting that was Linen. The paint color was tricky to match.

Now for some new clothes.
Before she had tufting on her seat and back. I just really have never liked tufted seats. They seem like a catch all for all lint, dust, and crumbs. So I beefed up her seat padding to 2″ and kept her back at 1″. This was trimmed with an electric knife I picked up at a different Estate Sale. These gadgets work perfect with cutting foam! I then cut out dime sized holes (in the foam) where the button would go into the fabric and connect to the back. Then starting in the center, and working my way up, down, and side to side until they were all in place.

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Then it was pulled around back stapled. Then the padding added.

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From this point on I forgot to take any photos? Not sure what happened. (I think I got excited on how she would turn out) But the foam padding was added, stapled and trimmed to fit. Then the poly batting was stretched over the seat and secured with a few staples to hold it in place. the fabric was stretched and stapled, while rotating the chair. The legs were the trickiest part as the fabric is trimmed very close to the staples on the front legs. From here the trim was glued around the back piece, and the curve of the front leg.

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A few uphostery tacks were added to her backside like decorations to your Jeans pockets. Just a little extra flash.

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She turned out pretty cute, to start out rather ugly. She is small, and the perfect little chair to fit in anywhere.

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This photo makes the back and seat look like they are different colors. They are not in real life, she is a very pretty tone of linen. Now I have 3 different ugly chairs waiting for me. I can’t decide if this one goes or stays?

Hugs

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Milk Painted Buffet

So it all started with this little buffet.

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Sorry about this terrible photo, I can’t find the better “before” one I know I took! Isn’t that how it always goes? I have drug this thing around with me for years. It belongs to my mom. It wasn’t that special to her. She purchased it long after I moved out and had my children. It was refinished and really nothing special. It was however small and the perfect size to put just about anywhere. I even tried to sell it a couple of times over the years I’ve had it, but it never sold and I kept it.

She had her issues many I didn’t realize until I finally decided to give her an update. I wanted to try Milk Paint on her.

So with the help from Sausha at “Sweet Pickins” http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com

 I ordered Light Cream and some Bonding agent. I got distracted, and finally found time to start her.

First I sanded her lightly, nothing dramatic. I filled in a couple of spots that were lacking veneer. As I began working on her I noticed this wasn’t her first face lift. She has had a rough go around before. Her sides have been replaced. Her top has been peeled of old veneer and salvaged what was left. Her bottom lifted, and her door cut off and rehung. She is missing parts of her legs, and I found some interesting holes in her.

I had a plan, she was going to get a nice smooth coat of paint with some slight distressing on the edges. She would keep her salvaged top for now, and some new hardware.

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Well I think she wasn’t happy about another facelift. Mixing the paint, bonding and getting it on her was the first part. Then sand and another coat, then another…..she did do a little crack and peel. Some area required more coats than others. It was not the paint, it was HER. She had so many different parts, with what I now know where different finishes. She distressed on her legs more than anywhere else. And her doors showed their remodel as a light color. She was sort of “Frankenstein”.

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All in all, she chose what she wanted. When I do my “ugly chairs” I let them tell me what they want. So I finally started to listen to this little girl. Her doors would have some kind of graphics on them. And since she wanted to be chippy, and rough we would let her age show proudly. I searched through “The Graphics Fairy” but couldn’t find anything I really thought was her. I did find some words I liked, so decided to would free hand some words on her doors. Went with the Tea and Coffee theme. Painted it by hand so it is old and primitive, then sanded it and aged it with a mix of 2 colors of stain and wax.

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(Here I’ve applied the stain wax mixture to the drawer and the left hand door). Then I sanded her real good before adding, more coats of the wax. I let the wax settle into her crack and holes. Like maybe she was a coffee server at one time and is stained from the years of grounds and drips.

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I found some old clear glass knobs in my box of hardware I keep, so those went on her. She now looks like she is ready for service as a Coffee Bar. She has plenty of storage for everything you might need.

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She isn’t perfect. And this one lives with me.

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Hugs

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