Saturday, May 28, 2011

I didn't miss that day, so I got me a deal!

A few months ago I lucked into a deal at the Winchester Habitat For Humanity ReStore.  The store's motto is "Miss a day, miss a deal" ... well I didn't miss that day, so I got a deal ... two glass door cabinets for $10!

My intention was to turn them into free standing cabinets/hutches for the kids' bathrooms.  They both needed a place to put extra towels & supplies, so I figured for $5 each I couldn't go wrong.

 So I removed all of the pointless & recklessly positioned hardware and the flaking paint:

Filled in the holes and slapped on two coats of primer ... and yes, that is the correct term when it comes to painting repurposed furniture ... you slap that primer on there!  
The primer does it's job of hiding the wood filler and all that jazz but more importantly ... it covers up the 'previous owner-ness' leaving you with a happy fresh start ;)

Like every other project that I work on, I got partway through this one and then stalled for a few months while I went to finish other stalled projects.
Once I finally got back to working on them, the kids told me that they didn't really want the cabinets in their bathrooms.  OK, change of plans ... and new storage cabinet for me! 

Coming to a decision on how to paint it was another fairly lengthy delay.  I wanted to do something whimsical and fun, but what I consider to be whimsical my daughter considers to be tacky and I let her talk me right out of my first paint scheme. But, when the paint is only $1-$2/qt at ReStore, then I can change my color scheme a bunch of times and it won't cost much!
 It wasn't until after I had the first coat of color on that I realized that the seam between the two cabinets did indeed bother me so I went ahead and filled that in. 

I couldn't bring myself to keep it just the plain boring solid paint, so I played a little and free handed the harlequin pattern.  The mess ups and the uneven pattern gives it a more personal touch.

See the crack in the glass in the bottom left door?  Yeahhhhh, that's my handy work. These things stayed down in my basement for 6 months with the glass sitting off to the side, protected and unharmed.  I get impatient and want to see how the project is going to look once done so I put the glass in one door to get a visual and I end up breaking it because I tightened the clips too tightly on uneven wood!  
The whole time I had that little voice in my head telling me to wait for it, don't put the glass in yet .... OY!
I was going to paint a design on the glass to camouflage the crack but decided to leave it as is ... a reminder to listen to that little voice, it knows what it's talking about!

I reckon I should paint the glass clips to match ... I'll get to that in a little bit.

I left it rough, with the knots & knicks showing through because I wanted it to have that weathered and worn look.  I think it came out looking pretty nice and I'm happy with it. 

Weeee, I'm linking up!
Primitive & Proper
Miss Mustard Seed

Check out the chalkpaint giveaway on Molly Susan Strong's blog!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Built-in Bookcases Pt. 5

I am almost finished with the bookcases.
Here's a quick little rundown of what I've done since putting on the desktop:
I decided on a whim that the desk needed drawers underneath but I knew that Shelby wanted lots of leg room so the drawers couldn't take up a lot of room ...  I built them to be 5"x6":

Once the drawers were built and installed, then it was time to put on the trim. 
You can see the trim in the background of this pic of the Anthro knockoff lamp (of course I can't work on just one project at a time, that would make sense!)

Next were the drawer fronts, I used the scrap wood and same stain that was used for the desktop.  I put the drawers in place and then glued them on with gorilla glue.  This picture shows the last one being done, I couldn't clamp it so I had to tape it on and hope that it would work ... it did.

Finally came the drawer handles.  I had originally purchased a bag of lions head drawer pulls from ReStore for only $7 but Shelby thinks they are too much and wants something more simple.  That's fine, I can use them somewhere else.

I took the drawer pulls off and put a cord with a bead at the end as a temporary handle until she decides what 'simple' handle she wants.  

 At this point, this whole project needs only 3 more things until it is completed.  
- Curtains ... I'm waiting for Shelby to pick out fabric
- Handles
- The bases/kickplates put up to cover up the 2x4 'legs'

Oh and check it out ... you see that chair that she's using for her desk?  About 12 years ago we purchased a pair of those, plus one other wooden chair while at an estate auction in Front Royal for $3 each.  We didn't need them, but I really like how they look.
They still have the manufacturing tag on them so I looked them up online and they were made by the W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company in Wayland NY.  The number 1950 is stamped on the bottom, I'm not sure if that is the year it was assembled or an inventory number ... but the chairs do have some age on them.
The Gunlocke website has these images below on their history page and it makes me smile to see these types of chairs in their pictures ;)