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.

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 Chicken Coop

So I do have a New Year word it is “Change” and you can read about it in this post.

I am also in the process of making a list of those changes. I do know one of them is to complete this chicken coop! It has been under construction for the better part of 3 years! I’m placing it on the list again in hopes it will finally make it to the completed list this year.

I grew up with Chickens. I had Chickens when my kids grew up. I think I even have photo of the kids with chicks watching TV, in pet parades, and helping with the gardening.

When we bought this house and started to remodel it, and retake the over grown landscape I knew I wanted to have Chickens again. It started with the oldest son giving me some sides to a rather large crate that a piece of equipment had arrived at his work in. I managed to get one side pried apart and the boards off of the timber parts. It was a stubborn job. So I decided I would just use the pieces as the floor of the coop, and porch of the coop.

From here I framed the coop. I think it went through one winter with a floor and framed sides!

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The next year it got it roof framed and galvanized metal roof on the coop and the porch. It also had its great old window installed and salvaged door.

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Then when I was away one long weekend I came home to it having plywood On its sides. It also had a welcome chicken sign on the door!

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This of course is still far from being finished. It isn’t varmint proofed, and doesn’t have its Chicken door put in yet, pen built or the interior done. Β One day my “helper” had the idea of using some hand split cedar shakes to cover the front Β  and side. So one day Β I came home to this.

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My little “Cottage” Chicken Coop looks a bit more like a “Miners” Coop now, but that’s ok it is cute too! This is pretty much where it has stopped. Other projects have moved up the list, and once again the Coop, with the chickens has been bumped down.

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I did get it cleaned up since this shot. And now it gets put once again on the todo/finish list 2014!

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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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A quick Goodwill stop pays off

So I ran an errand today, and got my haircut. It had been a while, I try to keep it shorter now. Not as long as it was in the past. Today it doesn’t touch my shoulders.

On my way I had time to stop at our local Goodwill. Today it was 1/2 price Blue day. I’m not sure where you live if Goodwill changes their colors on what days. I haven’t tracked the color changes to know what the rotation is. Maybe I like the surprise of it when I go in!

It seems I always find a treasure, a brand new muffin tin, a mini whip for milk paint, a piece of something I can use, collect, or pass on to someone. Once in a while I find a piece of furniture to remake. When that happens I am happy. I become even happier when said piece is very reasonable! (Cheap)

Today that happened. My treasure had an Orange tag, not discounted. But it was ok I was happy with what I got. And left with 3 treasures.
I have a new obsession, it is with chairs. More on my chair addiction in another post, anyway here is my haul from today.

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This lovely thing with its odor came home with me for a makeover. The price was right! You will see the after shots when it is finished. I can’t decide what to upholsterer it in any ideas? The crushed blue velvet has to go.

These came home too.

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Sorry about the hand, but wanted someone to see how many corks were in this bag Β it is full, I have a couple of projects lined up to use them with. Plus I will gift some these.

My last purchase was this old liquor bottle. It made me laugh that it said
“Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle”

Said bottle was 1/2 price.

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Who get into trouble for selling it?

So I have a new, or I guess a few more projects to work on, guess it keeps me out of trouble.

Hugs

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