some potential work happening here on the home front, I figured it might be a good idea to have all of the record albums stored together…in a more display worthy sort of fashion. At my last count, I’ve got records stored in four different locations throughout the house. If I could have my way, the records would all be together in a more decorative sort of fashion. In addition to storing a plethora of records, it’d be neat if the shelves could also store some books, pictures, decor., etc.
Yes, I know, it seems a tall order. Plus, there are things to consider like: the type of wood, construction style, coloring/finish (to coordinate with existing pieces or not to coordinate, that is the question), number of shelves, what sort of base…I could go on and on. I believe I’ve at least narrowed down where I’d like the piece to fit. With that being said, it’ll have to be greater in height than width. And, I’m really looking for a piece that can actually handle the weight that’ll be placed upon it, so sturdiness will be paramount.
Craigslist (local and not-so-local), Pinterest, and the internet in general have provided me with a variety of ideas. Any piece that I’ve been remotely interested in would need some sort of alteration, whether painting, reinforcement, design change, etc. So, if all goes well, I think I may be investing in a custom-made record shelf. Yah, yah, I know…that should make this whole thing a piece of cake. However, let me mention how overwhelming all of the existing choices have been. Within reason, I can create whatever sort of piece I want. Goodness knows, now all I need to do is make up my mind. Needless to say, easier said than done. Go figure.
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.
With autumn fast approaching and rain on the way, I was finally able to finish the pair of vintage nightstands I’d been working on. I gave the tops and the drawer fronts a third coat of clear…just for extra protection. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did end-up painting them just the opposite of the way I painted the record cabinet/shelf. So, they’re green on the outside with gray/grey in the interior. Pretty sharp-looking, if I do say so myself. I do believe these nightstands are ready to make a statement, as they’ve definitely have a new lease on life. Hard to believe they started out…not-so-wonderful. As per my fashion, I’ve lined the drawers with shelf paper. I went with a fairly neutral set of stripes. I purchased the knobs in a lot I scored at Goodwill a while back. After cleaning, sanding, and priming them, I figured I’d go with black spray paint. The knobs are old and previously used, so they show some wear. I figured it was fitting, as they were going on a set of
old vintage nightstands. Now, all I’ve got to do is get this set posted for sale.
At long last. After months and months of off-and-on work on the twin spindle bed frame, I am happy to report upon the completion of the headboard and foot board. I know, finally. I checked the calendar, and we’re talking exactly a year from when I purchased the frame to when I finished repairs/refinishing/etc. I’m going to wait just a bit longer before re-attaching the metal pieces to the rails. Hence, the absence of the rails during this photo shoot.
I ended up putting four coats of black paint on everything…complete with a nice sanding between each coat. And trust me, those spindles require quite a bit of detail work. The flat black paint I used was looking great even before I started on the clear coats. In the end, I ended up putting on two coats of clear. I just love the shine (a satin finish) it brings to the whole piece.
Now, I just need to acquire some wood bed slats. I’ve been perusing Craigslist and hope to find some at a very reasonable price. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to set the bed up before too long.
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Upon looking back at all of the posts I’ve made over the last year or so, I noticed that I hadn’t written much about the 100 year-old dresser I got for FREE off of Craigslist. Last summer, I did get some work done on the drawers of the dresser. So, they’ve actually been done…and just waiting for the actual dresser to be painted. However, in order for that to happen, it needed a little work. And by ‘a little work‘, I mean A LOT OF WORK. It has taken more than a year to get to the point where the actual dresser can be moving forward. The dresser has been sanded, caulked, patched, strengthened, and the top has been stripped. All of this just to get it to the point of being ready to prime. And then I noticed something was missing…
In the initial picture of the old dresser, you can’t tell that there was a missing piece of trim on the left-hand side at the bottom. Once I noticed this, I set out to find a replacement. However, something that old just can’t be found lying around. Luckily I have an incredible neighbor who is involved in a local wood shop. I presented him with the dilemma. He was more than happy to help make this new piece, so I made a template for him. After a couple of prototypes, we ended up with a ‘new’ piece totally made from scrap. The trim piece has such a complex shape it did take a bit of work to recreate that.
With the assistance of some wood glue and clamps, the trim piece is now a part of the whole dresser. I am glad to announce that the new trim piece looks just perfect! I got everything caulked and patched. With that piece finally in place, it was finally time to get this dresser primed. Just think of all the space I’ll gain once I finish this particular project! If that isn’t enough to keep a person motivated, I just don’t know what would provide comparable motivation.
Up next, I’ve got a good deal of sanding, cleaning, and many coats of color yet to go. In the meantime, I’ll be busy putting one foot in front of the next.
And so the
saga adventure continues… With a great deal of assistance, I set to work to get the spindle bed frame rails moving forward. The other day, I carved out the rest of the circles where the brackets sit. I drilled the holes for those today. With brackets in place, it was time to move toward attaching the pieces that the slats (and eventually the mattress) will sit on. Those pieces aren’t pictured in the photos, but they are now glued and nailed into place. I’ll give this bed one thing, it’ll be nine million times stronger than it was when I first got it. Anywho, progress is progress…and I’ll take it.
Now, I’ve just got a long haul of sanding, patching, and priming before it becomes what I’ve got pictured in my mind. Stay tuned as the saga unfolds.