Monday, October 31, 2011

sweet pieces for a nursery

Hi everyone!  What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Atlanta ~ I am feeling for all of you up in the northeast who got hit with that awful storm.  Praying you are staying warm!

Our across-the-street neighbors & dear friends found these pieces on craigslist & wanted them transformed for their baby girl, who is due to be born right around Christmas!  What an honor!

To give you an idea of the kind of people these friends are, my children will often go over to ask if Evan can come out to play… Evan is the soon-to-be daddy!  And most days, the answer is 'yes', Evan can come out to play :)

They weren't much to look at to begin with…

As a bonus, they gave us the headboard, which will soon be a bench!

They wanted single glass knobs, rather than the original pulls.  So we filled the holes, primed & got painting.  I painted with ASCP in Old White, but found quickly that I needed to prime to cover up that gorgeous yellow finish :)

The top of the side table was in the worst shape ~ you can see that here:

Almost there:

And the final pictures, in their space in the nursery, with some bonus shots for fun!

This blue piece is fabulous, isn't it?  It is from Nadeau in Buckhead.

Do you see the white splotches?  Soon-to-be-daddy & his helper (who may or may not be married to me) were not very careful moving this across the street.  They thought they could just cover up the marks with some fresh paint… forgetting that there is obviously a finish coat on this!  Sigh… I'll be touching that up myself :)

The nightstand was perfect, but they wanted it a little taller.  Easy solution:  add feet.  The chair is the same chair soon-to-be-mommy was rocked in as a baby ~ isn't that something?  They gave it a fresh coat of paint & are having a cushion custom made.

Now look at the lining of these drawers… How many of you know a man who would voluntarily offer to line drawers, without being asked??  He will make a good daddy, thats for sure!

Can't wait to meet sweet baby girl!!

thanks for stopping by

linking to these great parties:
Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays

Saturday, October 29, 2011

dresser with jewelry boxes

I cannot, for the life of me, find a 'before' picture of this dresser.  Sigh.

It is a really unique piece.  The drawers are not dovetailed ~ rather, they are attached in a wave pattern, with wooden pegs/nails.  I've never seen anything like it!

It was painted brown when I got it, and faux finished (badly) to look like wood grain.  Otherwise, I would have been tempted to strip this piece & refinish it.

See for yourself:

Isn't it something?  It's going to some dear friends of ours, which makes me even happier!

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french linen sideboard

This piece was quite a find from the North Fulton Community Center thrift store, one of my favorite haunts.  It was super clean, had great smoothly gliding dove-tailed drawers  and no dents or bruises, making it an obvious & easy purchase.


I painted it in one of Annie Sloan's new colors, French Linen.  Love it.  I kept the original drawer hardware, but replaced the knobs with some huge & chunky glass knobs that I found at Home Depot, of all places.  I'll be using those again ~ they are fun, fabulous & inexpensive.

And here she is!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

bench, take 10

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd take a break from Christmas stuff and share the most recent headboard bench we did.  We're going to start on another soon, as my grandmother passed away yesterday & left a gorgeous bed to us ~ that one will be a keepsake for the rest of time!  Her bed was a full size, which seems to be a dwindling item.  Whenever I see it I think of her, so I'm thankful to have something to do with it that we can use in our home that will also carry memories with it.

Don't forget about the huge Annie Sloan giveaway going on until the end of the month!  Take a moment & enter yourself, you'll be glad you did!

Now onto the bench...


Have we really done 10 headboard benches?  I think we have, and it might even be a few more than that.  I just love them ~ and the headboards are in such great supply at such a low cost, there just isn't any reason not to keep making them :)

This is the closest thing I have to a 'before' picture, so it'll have to do.

In progress:

Ready to paint:

And then things get dicey.  I primed it gray, thinking I was going to paint it gray…

But I didn't like it in gray :(


Nope, not brown either.

And so it sat… for ages (literally, months) in the garage.  It held tools, bags, soccer balls, bats & gloves, you name it, it sat there.

Until this past weekend, when I pulled it out & painted it black.  And it was happy!

I LOVE it :)

thanks for stopping by!  I have a little more Christmas to share later this week, so I'll be back soon :)