Dresser Update…the Saga Begins


DSCN0008I was approached by a friend about doing some work on a dresser.  Years ago, I was able to re-do a dresser for this friend to use as an entertainment center, so I suppose my work spoke for itself then.  Anywho, I figured I’d see what sort of dressers were out there that would meet the needs of this friend.  I found a few great potential dressers on Craigslist while perusing a while back.  However, right around that time, I happened by a pretty epic yard sale…and found a ragged dresser with the perfect bones.  The seller was asking $10 for it, which soundedDSCN0030 pretty good.  I called up my friend, who scurried on over, and we acquired the dresser right then and there.  At an initial glance, the dresser needed work, but wasn’t too bad.  Silly me, won’t I ever learn?  After spending some time at another friend’s house, I finally had a chance to take a closer look at the dresser.  It was rough…a bit more than I thought, but still seemed work-able.  So, I set to work at getting it to a point where I could move forward.  I asked a neighbor (who just happens to be a retired wood shop teacher) for some advice and suggestions.  Task number one: prying off the top of the dresser.  With the aid of a Wonder Bar and an extra pair of hands, it came right off.  Turns out that it was actually a very cheap replacement top.  Needless to say, I was not sad to see it go.  While I was in demo-mode, I figured I’d bust out the bottom of two drawers that were very unhappy.  DSCN0036While I’m working on replacing the bottom of a drawer on the nightstand, I figured two more wouldn’t be too much extra work.  Once again, silly me.  Alas, I went to work sanding the dresser inside and out.  With the help of my electric sander, it wasn’t too tough…and allowed me to see the dresser up close and personal.  Since I was going to be priming the dresser inside and out, I bought some spray cans of primer (Bulls Eye 1-2-3)…thinking it might make that particular task a bit easier.  I must say that the spraying went quite well.  Three cans into the project, I realized that this wood was mighty thirsty.  So, I switched the my can of primer and a paint brush.  Even using that method, the entire priming process did take some time.  I am happy to report that I was able to get the “entire beast” primed.  The following day, with a few moments of daylight remaining, I figured I might as well start filling in some of the imperfections I had seen on the dresser frame and drawers.  Who knows, if I play my cards right, I can sand the piece again tomorrow…and apply the first coat of color.  Looks like we’re going with a lovely gray on this piece.


Nightstand Moving Forward


With moderate temperatures and dry weather, I figured I’d NightStand Collagebetter keep moving forward on some projects while I’ve got time and a good window weather-wise.  Thought it took me a while to make it to the local Re-Store, I am happy to report that I have made some good progress on the nightstand refresh I started the other week.

I figured it was about time to share some “before” pictures of the bottom of the drawer and the back of the piece, both of which were in less-than-ideal condition.  With the sanding taken care of the other day, I was able to get right to work priming the nightstand.

After a visit to an out-of-town ReStore, I was able to find some replacement pieces for the DSCN0017back of the nightstand and the bottom of the drawer…all for just $3.00.  I’m hoping to have a neighbor help with the cutting and actual attachment part.  I honestly don’t think it’ll be too tough, just want the help of someone who really knows what they are doing.  Of course, keeping in mind to measure twice (or a million times) and cut once.  Especially when dealing with salvaged pieces, it is important to get it right the first time.  Here’s hoping that I’ll be able to get some help with this next step.

Things certainly are moving right along, so I am thankful for that.

Don’t you just love the top of the nightstand?!  Definitely my favorite feature.

Nightstand Refesh


While sorting through stuff earlier this summer, I came across a really cute nightstand/side table I originally painted way back in the 1990’s. It had been in storage for probably 10 years (or more) before making its way back into my life. In fact, I believe this nightstand was the second piece of furniture that I painted (this dresser was the first). Anywho, I’ve been wanting to give it a little refresh. Upon further observation, a simple paint job wasn’t going to get this nightstand up to my standards. I noticed that the bottom of the drawer was super wavy. Of course, no one but me would notice (or care), but I might has well make it as good as I can. Then, I noticed that the back piece (which I hadn’t painted) was starting to pull away from the bulk of the piece. If I was going to take the time to replace the bottom of the drawer, I might as well replace the entire back. Oh my goodness, the removal of these two pieces was definitely a task easier said than done. However, with a little help from my chisel, hammer, putty knife, and pliers, I was finally able to get it all to a point where I could sand it all down. I’m delighted to report that sanding went well.  This nightstand is all ready for replacement parts and primer.  I do believe a trip to the local Re-Store is in order.  The summer seems to be flying by, so we’ll see how far I get on this particular project.

I’ve got the momentum going, so that’s a good start.

One Eye Hook at a Time…


In a previous post, I was deliberating whether I was going to drill a hole in the top for an screw eye hook OR drill a hole through the wood slice, I finally found some eye hooks that would for my ornament project, so I decided to go that direction. After consulting about whether a pilot hole was needed for such a small screw eye hook, turns out that a 1/16 drill bit was just the perfect size. I had every intention of using a vise and the drill press for this project. However, the 1/16 drill bit is super tiny, so I figured I’d stick with an electric hand-held drill. After designating the drill site with an ordinary push pin, I got the wood cookie all cozy in the vise. The screw-in part of the eye hook is relatively short, so I didn’t need to drill a super-deep hole. As I had suspected, Bradford Pear is a pretty hard wood. After getting the hole as deep as I needed it to be, I set forth screwing the eye hook into the wood cookie. For some reason, I can’t find my needle-nose pliers, so I had to use regular pliers, which worked just fine.

I’m delighted that this stage of this project turned out to be relatively simple. Always nice when something goes well.

Bathroom Update


While on vacation this winter, I was able to help with a master bathroom update. I figured it would be simple…a little spackle, some sanding, apply the paint, and ta-da! Oh my goodness, you’d think I’d have learned by now that projects (no matter how big or small) always end up being more than a simple anything. Of course, there was a good amount of spackling to be done. Nearly all of the trim (crown molding, baseboards, and door & window frames) required attention with re: to caulking, which just happens to be one of my favorite painting prep tasks. We took down the little storage cupboard and the mirrored medicine cabinet (which had a crazy fuchsia color behind it). The cupboard was in good condition, so it just got to sit aside during this whole process. The medicine cabinet was updated with the same white paint as the vanity base. Which reminds me, the vanity base was a project all in its own right. That being said, I am more than happy with how the vanity turned out.  With the caulking done on the trim, I was able to get it painted. And then, it was time for the actual wall color. Since it was covering such a deep color (dark purple), the wall paint (a bluish grey) took two coats. After a tiny bit of touch-up on the trim, my job here was done. Once I left, the new pulls were put on the vanity, the medicine cabinet was put back up, the fixtures in the shower were updated, and the shower itself got a new curtain rod. Of course, the post makes this update seem like a walk in the park. Though every step wasn’t terribly enjoyable, you just can’t beat the incredible before-and-after pictures.

Bathroom update, done and done.

Where to Drill or Not to Drill?


Since I’ve been on quite a roll with these little wood cookie ornaments, I figured I might as well keep the momentum moving forward. That being said, I’ve reached yet another roadblock. After making good use of the pre-fabricated wood cookies I had on hand, I figured I’d see if any of the more “rough” wood cookies I’ve got on hand would work for this particular project. Just my luck, I discovered a pretty good stash of little, ornament-size wood cookies we cut back in 2015. These particular ones are thicker than the other finished products, but have the same diameter. I’ve been busy sanding ’em all. And, let me tell you, Bradford Pear is a pretty tough wood, but it sure does look neat on the inside.

Anywho, now I’m faced with the question of drilling a little hole at the top and inserting a screw eye hook OR drilling a more traditional hole through the wood cookie.                           What to do?  Go figure, yet another holding pattern.

OR-nament Project


A while back, I scored some neat wood cookie ornaments during the after-Christmas sales. Unless I’m mistaken, I got each pack for 49 cents each…and each pack contained 6 ornaments. I had some grand plans of sanding the deer stamp off and using them for some crafty purpose. Alas, even with a power sander, I just couldn’t get rid of the stamp on the one side. So, as it is with (far too) many projects…the wood cookies sat. Every now and then, I would glance their way…and wonder what I could do with ’em.

Flash forward to just a few days ago. While I was working on putting together some lovely daffodil bouquets for Valentine’s day, I thought the vases could use a little something more. But what? After recently mowing the lawn, I had recently passed by the long-forgotten ornaments awaiting my attention out in the garage. And, conveniently I had gotten a magazine in the mail that had a bunch of “perfect” hearts on one page. Putting two-and-two together, I figured I’d take my hand at a little painting. I cut out the heart that worked best with the space, traced it, painted it, and outlined it. Holy smokes, it actually looked good. The first one provided the perfect accent to the bouquet.

Building upon that success, I figured I’d try some different heart colors. And, since I could paint (well, fill in an outline of) a heart…why not try something more challenging? I’ve seen a particular image of state-pride on window clings, stickers, t-shirts, etc. and figured I’d put my own spin on it. So, I printed out some outlines of Oregon and did the same sort of process as I used with the simple hearts. Yes, there are quite a few steps involved, ’cause we’re talking layer after layer of creativity. But, I must say, I am more than pleased with the end result.  And, I finally put those dog-gone wood cookies to use as OR-naments.  Go figure, just a day shy of Valentine’s day and Oregon’s 159th birthday.  Thematic?  Perhaps.