Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buffet Media Stand

















My daughter and I were driving when these lovely legs sticking up by the trash caught my eye. I mean these were some nice gams! I couldn't look away.
We quickly pulled over and saw this beautiful buffet just laying on the ground. Now...no drawers, no doors and a chippy veneer, but solid as a rock, so .... we wrestled her into my daughter's little Murrano, the door wouldn't even close but we drove home with the prize hanging out the back end!


gorgeous just the way she was!
And what a prize!!







We first tackled the veneer, 
I am thankful my husband has more upper arm strength than I will ever have because as a two man team we worked about an hour scraping off the warped veneer. I held the heat gun as he scraped and pulled. He worked up quite a sweat!




I decided since this piece was for me, to leave the top as is, I lightly sanded but did not fill in worm holes or imperfections, I just used Minwax stain over the top and a couple coats of polycrylic on the top and painted with some white laytex on the bottom. We did use 1/4 " board to even out the drawer areas, cut to size and stapled in. After some distressing it was the perfect piece,  Really, in the trash?





The next day we thought, let's drive by that trash again, just to see if they threw out the drawers and no, they didn't but they did add these. Can you say head first into the dump, both my husband and I were like kids in a candy store! 






The piece in my living room.





Excuse the dog butt, but see that coffee table?

Tossed because of broken glass, which I for one am not a fan of anyway, 1/4" slat boards turned it into another fabulous curbside save!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ideas for Wine Racks Hometalk Inspiration Board






I love finding a new use for an old piece. My tastes go toward vintage but there are lots of great ideas for upcycling and repurposing every day items into funtastic ways to store and display wine bottles


A new board at Hometalk has been created to inspire you to design your own unique piece for your home or office.  From old trunks to new changing tables, you can find just the right style as well as how to's so you can begin transforming the drab to fab!



Rustic ReDiscovered

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I have clipped several ideas to this board from the simple to the elaborate. Follow me on HOMETALK and if you're not a member sign up! It's a great format to share your ideas, get your questions answered and be inspired. You don't need a blog or web page because you can simply upload your projects and questions to your page and interact with others from there.




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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vintage Radio Dry Bar





We found a couple beautiful 1930's radio cabinets, in non working order and decided to give them new life as dry bars or book shelves.



Even the befores were lovely, but they showed their years and needed some freshening up. After gutting and cleaning out years of dust, and an addition of shelves, we addressed the cosmetic. One needed a bit of putty to repair chipped laminate, the other did not. I wish there had been no need for the putty, because I love the radio that was able to stay as original as possible a bit more than the one painted.



The best condition model was able to be cleaned and then hi-lighted with some Modern Masters metallic brass paint. This paint is beautiful!
Some hints for using it, the opaque covers quickly and the semi opaques can take a few coats. In fact while drying it can look awful but will smooth out as it dries.
Next, they sell an extender, which I highly recommend, especially for the semis, it will keep the paint from drying too quickly, pulling when going over the same area, and it will create a more workable product. In fact, it will make your life much easier and eliminate paint stress
 so just get some and use it!



Note- you can see I picked this up at a Restore, Habitat for Humanity. It is NOT this cheap, in fact I got all of this for about the price of one jar!! Pricey but  elegant 





After the brass paint a few details were added with Annie Sloan chalk paint, the same paint we used on the other model. Painted in Cocoa and highlights in Cocoa mixed with Old White, I then did some dry brush to help tie the interior to the front. Both were sealed with poly acrylic to extend surface wear and give them a healthy shine. 









Both charming pieces found a new home very quickly!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Painted Furniture Projects




This year has been busy and I find myself spending my days in paint stained clothes, with green elbows, white fingertips and pink hair. Always unintended. I am one of those less than neat painters, to say the least. But I have managed to gather together some before and after shots to show you what I have been up to. And to announce I closed the SouthernBelle NorthernRoots facebook page and am running all paint/decor and blog posts through the page JUNKFLIRT.



Last weekend we found two of our best finds, a buffet in need of a new paint job, you can see a hint of it in the background of the above photo, and a lovely 1930's radio. These just happen to be two pieces on my list of projects I wanted to do, so I was super excited to find them at great prices.




We decided to keep the radio and convert it to a wine rack. I love the classic look and height of the piece. We gutted the non working parts and placed a standard expandable wine holder in the back. Because the unit faces an indirect sun source, I added a pull down burlap backing.


It is painted in Annie Sloan Old Ochre and sealed with a mix of light and dark wax. I am loving the way she looks.




I also came across a great bones vanity. Scuffed and time worn, yet sturdy. The debate was to keep as a vanity or to separate. It became quickly obvious by facebook friends and the design of the piece that it was a great candidate for separation. Missing a mirror and back board but having complete tops made it easy.........



Until the center was removed. Furniture was simply made well back in the early years of the 20th century, so everything was deeply grooved, glued and nailed together. Large gaps had to be filled and puttied and a few pieces of replacement wood added. That is where my husband is able to be such a help, far out of my league and WAY out of my "want to" area, he steps in and does all the heavy repairs.

We ended up with two stunning side tables in French Linen and Duck Egg. So stunning that they sold via Facebook, with several inquiries, and a wait list in case it fell through.  Within 4 hours of posting, they were out of my house and onto their new home.




 Back in the 80's, maybe 70's, my dad made this adorable secretary. I was lucky enough to get it on our trip to Mississippi this Summer.



A little updo, and it is now a fixture piece in our bedroom.




Our last sale of the year is in two weeks, so things will slow down and maybe I will have some time to do......something that doesn't involve paint? Probably not, as I have pushed several needed personal projects to the background. But I do hope to get back to blogging a bit more and reopen my Etsy shop.


This little bench will be at the sale, painted in blue oops latex dry brushed with graphite and yellow. Hand painted graphics via The Graphics Fairy.  With many doos and dads, lots of vintage bricolage, garage and flea finds  loaded up , I am hoping snow won't fall  and we have a great end of the year sale.  If you are in Fargo ND November 1-2 Be sure to stop in to The Festive Flea and say Hi!







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