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Record Storage Progress


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…

Vintage Bookcase…Moving Forward


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.DSCN6566

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 DSCN6569her 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!

Projects with Potential


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.  DSCN6237One 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 DSCN6255a 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.

Vintage Bookcase


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.DSCN4579

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 DSCN4586make 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) DSCN4588and 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.

Tabled…For a Bit


DSCN4250A few weekends ago, I happened upon a FREE post on Craigslist (surprise, surprise) for some garage sale leftovers.  Luckily for me, the post had a picture of the items available curbside.  I looked up the address, added it to my route, and stopped by.  DSCN4254Lo and behold, all of the items I was interested in were still up-for-grabs when I arrived.  In addition to some odds ‘n ends, I scored a fun mid-century-esque drop leaf table.  It appears as if the previous owners made an attempt at painting it at some point.  However, the paint job was not done well or very thorough, which makes it a perfect candidate for what I have in mind.  The table seems sturdy enough with the leaves up as it does with the leaves down.  However, due to the poor paint job, I’ll probably have to paint all sides of this project (gotta’ love all those extra steps).  Then again, it wouldn’t be my style of project if it didn’t require plenty of work.

So, now I’ve got two tables that I hope to work on (and complete) this summer.  However, before I move forward with any furniture projects, I’ve got plenty of picture frames in various stages of done-ness.  I’ve got to get them completed before I will allow myself to even dream, ‘eh, think about refinishing any pieces of furniture.

Pair of Vintage Nightstands


Well, as I’m sure you’ll recall from an earlier post…I recently (time is relative in the world of my projects) garnered a vintage wood nightstand for FREE on Craigslist and as per usual found out it was a bigger project than I had originally anticipated.  DSCN3185With the nightstand lower on the priority scale…it has sat for months.  As luck would have it, I found a matching nightstand at GoodWill.  It was fairly reasonable in price AND would make this a set (and thus up the resale price).  So, of course I bought it.  I believe I did some sanding months ago, but didn’t get much farther than that.

Fast forward to today.  The weather has been so HOT here recently, it doesn’t really invite one to work on projects outside.  Alas, since summer is one of my seasons of available projecting time, I’m attempting to use this dry weather to my advantage.  While I was taking care of a few other steps on some other projects (more to come), I thought I might as well get to work scraping/sanding/cleaning both of the nightstands.  Figured I’d get a before shot of them together.  Now, I’ve just got to patch ’em (very minor), sand, and clean ’em again.  Then, I can get to priming.

AHHH, the joys of working with your hands!

Vintage Nightstand



I came across this little number while perusing Craigslist the other day. Luckily, the lady was more than happy to hold onto it until I could pick it up. This nightstand seems to break with the norm in that it has a drawer on the bottom AND is a bit shorter than your average nightstand.  Leave it to me to find a diamond in the rough.  Not quite sure what direction I want to head with this one. But, from first glance, it seems to be a fairly straightforward project. I’m thinking a new knob (go figure) and a splash of color (yet undecided). I will certainly update as this project progresses.