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Work in Progress

5 Oct

So remember Mabel? Yeah, it’s the side table I’ve been promising an update on for like three weeks now. Well, I have made some progress! Babies and working and keeping a house under control sorta make things move in slow-motion ’round here sometimes.

Anyhoo, Mabel.

Here she is before I got to working on her makeover. At first, I thought I would just paint her completely white and I would just keep her as a side table. Because you never know when you’ll need another side table! Am I right? Then I got to looking around and thought that a stippling effect on the glass would look cool. At first, I was ok with it, but just not in love with the whole glass shebang.

Then one day, I was deep-cleaning the house sitting around and I thought, “what if I turn this little boring side table into a seat?”

And then it happened. I had to get fabric and scrap wood and make this little idea of mine a reality.First, I had Dave cut down two pieces of scrap wood. One to fit in the space where the glass went, and one to cover that awful wicker ‘shelf.’ To make the seat, I just laid cotton batting on top of the wood, wrapped my fabric around it and stapled the fabric to the back. Oh, make sure you iron your fabric first. This gives it a nice crisp look (maybe I’m just OCD.)

To make the corners, i just folded triangles in (sorta like wrapping a gift) and stapled the bunch down. My staples didn’t go all the way in, so I just used a hammer to push any sticker-outers (technical term) all the way in.

And voila! We have a seat cushion! Ok, theoretically we have a seat cushion. I’m still not so great at this whole getting pictures of every step deal. New Year’s Resolution?

So yeah, progress! I’ve actually done more…those changes will be coming Monday. Pinky promise!


Extreme Makeover – Table Edition

26 Sep

Sneak preview of Mabel’s extreme makeover!! Remember what she looked like before? If not, you can see that here.

Any guesses at what’s she’s undergoing?

Hideosity – I Just Made it a Word. Part 2

6 Sep

I think I’ve recovered from the stress that was brought upon yesterday by reliving my cigarette stench nightmare. I think.

So after priming and waiting for-ev-er for the primer to completely cure, it was time to paint this sucker. I was thinking about painting it white, but we wanted Maddy’s room to be a little whimsical, so we went with a cute lime-y/minty green color. Oh, I didn’t tell you? Yeah, our baby’s name is Maddy (well, Madison). Cutest darn thing ever.

Don’t you agree?

Anyway, I digress. Rustoleum Painter’s Touch is what we used and the color is Satin Green Apple.

I like the finish of satin paint, especially for a kid’s dresser. This guy can take a beating if he needs to. Hopefully Maddy won’t be beating up on the dresser for a while though, seeing as she’s only a hair over three months old. For now, his job will be to house cute outfits, blankets and cloth diapers. Yes, we’re those people that use cloth diapers. Yes, I shave my legs and armpits.

I almost always choose spray paint over regular cans of paint. Maybe it’s because I’m lazy. I like to think that spray-painting pieces gives them a smoother look, since you don’t have brush stroke nonsensery to deal with. It took two full coats to look perfect. I think two coats used up about four cans of spray paint. This is no tiny dresser!

Whoa…hold up! Not so perfect after all. See, I have this little problem called impatience. It’s actually quite common, so I’ve heard. Anyway, I didn’t wait the full amount of time for the paint to cure before trying to mess with it, so I got the tragedy that is that top right drawer. Nothing a little sanding and repainting didn’t fix, but it was touch and go there for a minute.

Another bow to my impatience were those center drawer pulls. They’re cute little hand-painted butterflies, and I wanted to see how they’d look attached, so there ya go. I did it. They did scuff up the paint a bit beneath, but you can’t see it unless you remove the pulls, so that gets filed into the category of ‘I honestly could care less.’ That category’s a full house.

After learning my lesson with the scuffed drawer debacle, I actually almost died waiting was able to hold myself back and wait the full curing time for the paint. I put on two layers of satin polyurethane, just for extra toughness (I’m really setting myself up for failure with this kid, aren’t I?!), then let that cure fully also before attaching the drawer hardware. I must say, she shined up nice. From a yucky, cigarette stench-y mess to this cute little beauty that hopefully Maddy will enjoy for at least a few years.

Another beauty about painting this dresser is that if she decides a few years down the road that ‘green apple’ just ain’t her thang, we can just sand it down a bit, slap a different color on there and call it a day. Easy peasy lemon-squeezy.

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