I 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 sounded 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. While 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.
A few weeks ago, I found a little white lamp with a wobbly top. With my hopeful outlook, I figured fixing that little wobble would be a piece of cake. After fiddling around with it a bit on my own, I turned to the internet for some inspiration and possibly some direction. The repair sounded simple enough, but would require taking the lamp a bit more apart than it already was. Not wanted to make a decision on the fate of this poor little FREE lamp, I figured I’d sleep on it (for a month or so). Now, something I’ve yet to mention is that the very moment I acquired the lamp, my friend inquired, “Are you going to paint it?”. At that point, I had absolutely zero intention in making this an even bigger project that it already seemed. So, of course, my answer was, “no”. Fast forward to today, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that this lamp will be much more of a statement piece if it has some color to it. Currently, I’m thinking orange. I stopped by the local lighting store…which just happens to have a sign in a window advertising, “lamp repair”. During my errands this afternoon, I brought my lamp along, in anticipation for a stop at the lighting store. The person working at the counter was incredibly helpful and tried to tighten the loose part right then and there. To no avail, as the nut inside the lamp was just spinning and spinning. I inquired as to how much it would cost to complete this (seemingly simple) repair. $30.00 was quoted in response to my question. Well, for my lamp to go from FREE to $30.00 in one foul swoop was a bit too much for me to handle. Needless to say, I passed on that option. However, the stop at the lighting store was not a waste of time. I was able to gather information on what tool would be needed to tighten the nut AND that the felt (on the bottom) would ultimately need to be removed and replaced. Genius, I know. With this knowledge now occupying space in my mind, I set right to work removing the felt AND loosening the nut. That’s right, you read correctly, I (with assistance) loosened the nut…hence the reason why the whole top is flopping around. You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth?”. Well, the way I see it, it’ll be a whole lot easier for me to paint in disjointed pieces. At least, that’s what I’m thinking. That being said, things have a way of becoming more challenging before they become easier.
I suppose we’ll see.
Well, I figured before I post something about a possible upcoming project, I might as well give an update on what has been an ongoing project. After months and months of searching for the perfect piece and plenty of research on possibly building a custom piece… I am happy to announce that all of those records (previously stored in multiple locations around the house) are now stored in a great HON bookcase I scored off of Craigslist.
If you look at the actual design of the piece, it is very similar to one that I had located previously on Craigslist (in Seattle). The big difference is the lack of the individual dividers. However, with the 41 1/2″ of records I wanted to house together, the dividers don’t really seem to be quite as necessary as I first thought. The records seem to be doing a great job of supporting one another. In addition to being quite the work-horse, this piece has plenty of space for books and other decorative pieces, in addition to being up to the task of record storage.
So, there we have it, a complete record storage solution.
I know, I know…finally.
A while back, I realized that it has been months since I last posted or even mentioned projects that I’m working on. Alas, I suppose that is a reflection of my recent lack of motivation with re: to projects large and small. However, I am happy to report that progress is being made with re: to my search for a complete record storage solution. I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I was possibly having a piece of furniture built specifically to my specs which would ease my record storage needs. Unfortunately, that option didn’t quite work out…so, I’ve kept my eyes peeled (while maintaining an open mind). Lots of measuring and waiting, to say the least. With that being said, I’m happy to report that I believe I’ve finally found something (on Craigslist, of course) that will more than meet my needs, required little more than a good cleaning, and was quite reasonable cost-wise. I have a feeling it is going to provide the storage solution I’ve been searching for. From all angles, it sure looks to be quite the workhorse. I know, it may look a little plain and boring right now…just wait until it is loaded with record albums, books, a decorative piece or two, etc. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Who knows, I may just have to get another (black metal) HON 4-shelf bookcase. Stay tuned for further updates…
After nearly a year of just waiting, I figured it was probably time for me to give the vintage bookcase I scored off of Craigslist last summer some attention. Now, don’t get me wrong, last summer, I had stripped the paint off of it, primed it, and cut new shelves. So, it’s not like I hadn’t done any work on it. I think my biggest hold-up with re: to moving forward was actually choosing what colors I wanted to paint it. I really like the look of this particular piece, very unique lines, so I figured I’d probably want to keep it. Hence the reason why the color decision was such a struggle.
I am happy to report that I finally made up my mind a few days ago (after a trip to the local ACE Hardware store). I had been thinking about possibly branching away from my traditional green. In fact, I even bought a quart of a different gray, just in case I wanted to go in that direction. Needless to say, the green just kept calling me back. Now, as I believe I mentioned in a previous post, I really wanted to do the outside of the bookcase one color and the inside a different color. With my green as one of the colors, I was now on the hunt for a color that I’d like to have paired with it.
Quite some time ago, I got a quart of FREE paint from the local ACE Hardware store. The color I ended up with (mind you, I was able to choose my color) ended up being not quite was I was looking for. So, I’ve only used the paint for one project, my wooden tool box. While recently watching some episodes of Rehab Addict, Nicole mentioned taking some of her paint to get re-tinted. What a novel idea! I just wanted an orange that looked more orange…that’s all. So, I looked up re-tinting online and figured I’d give it a shot. So, I loaded up my paint, took a sample of the color I actually wanted, and headed to the local ACE Hardware store. The person in the paint department was incredibly helpful and after a good shaking, scanning my desired orange, adding a bit of orange, adding a bit of yellow, and plenty of shaking, I got my orange.
Believe it or not, I have a feeling that the finished product will look quite similar to the bookcase I started with! Guess that’s just the way it goes some times. And, as they say, progress is progress. Here’s to moving forward!
With the dry weather finally here, I’ve actually got some pretty great conditions for working on those projects I’ve had on hold for a while. However, until that forward progress happens, I figured I’d share a bit about some projects that I have recently re-homed. Here me out. Somehow, I find it fairly easy to acquire new pieces to work on, but the time to work on them doesn’t seem to come as easy. So, this past week, I let a couple of them go. One of them was a truly fabulous, vintage spindle/spool full/double bed frame I had gotten for FREE off of Craigslist nearly a year ago. It did need some structural work (mainly repairing some previously poorly-done repairs), so it just sat around waiting to receive some attention. Attention that I currently don’t have the skills to make happen. The second piece was a record holder/stand/cabinet I acquired at a recent garage sale…turned FREE sale. It had pretty good structure and seemed like it’d be fun to refinish. That being said, it was in pretty rough shape, but I figured it wasn’t in much worse condition than any of the other pieces of furniture I’ve worked on. The top was peeling off and well, it was taking up space. Hmm…I sure do seem to have a thing for “diamonds in the rough”. Guess I just like to see something transform from something that someone would literally give away into something truly remarkable.
With that being said, there are still two pieces awaiting my attention. I do hope to make some forward progress on the vintage bookcase I started working on last summer. I’m still unsure on what color scheme I want to use on that…which seem to be my current hold-up. In addition to the bookcase, I’ve also got a piano bench that I said I’d refinish for a friend. This piece is a pretty straight forward project…literally just sanding, staining, and clear coating. Simple, right? Seems to be some famous words I’ve
said, ‘eh…heard a few times.
With yet another project complete, it is time for me to get started on the next one. After all, summer only lasts so long…I’ve got to take advantage of this beautiful weather while I can. Alas, I digress.
A couple of weeks ago, I acquired (for FREE on Craigslist) an awesome, vintage bookcase. It was left to its own devises while I finished the patio table. I must say, it was pretty eye-catching as it was. But, knowing me, I’ll strive to make it even more of a statement piece. The jury is still out as to what direction I want to go with the painting. I’m thinking of using one color for the inside and a different color for the outside. So, something similar to the record cabinet I finished a while back. With that being said, I have been able to get quite a bit of prep work done. This past Thursday, I got the entire piece stripped (which is never
a glamorous part of prepping any piece of furniture) and wiped down with paint thinner. I ended up taking the veneer off of the whole front surface…which
literally, ‘eh, figuratively came off like butter, so that was probably a really good move.
Next steps will include sanding the whole piece AND creating two new shelves for the inside area. I hope to pay the local ReStore a visit at some point this week to find some wood for the shelves.