Monday, November 18, 2013

My Dream Settee Reveal

I found this settee at Goodwill and I have been dreaming about a settee like this for years. Seriously I wanted one in my bedroom because they are small enough but beautiful. So here is a picture of how I found her:

Close up the wood had a lot of dings in it and the weaved sides of the chairs were scratched up so I wouldn't have been able to restain it. So I made up my mind and came out with this:

My first real upholstery project and I think I love it! 

Tutorial to come later.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Olive and Myers Before and after shot

 Here it is before:
And after:

Tutorial Here

Olive and Myers Dresser Redo

My husband and I aquired this dresser. It wasn't much to look at when we started so I wanted to make it pretty again. First here is the maker:

Such a cute sticker. I was also happy to see it was dove tailed and on the back it says its Satin Wood
I started with this:

Yes the hardware was dangling off the drawers

I had to think about what to do with this dresser because of all the cosmetic damage. 
So I decided I needed to paint the drawer fronts and the sides of the dresser  
and that I would stain the other parts.
Do you see how deep the circles are from the hardware. Crazy. So I filled it all with wood filler:

Then I sanded the whole thing down. the finish was so old it came off pretty easily,
 I didn't have to use the electric sander, just did it by hand.

There it is all sanded.

Then I taped off the parts that I didn't want painted and zinsser primed it with my wooser oil based paint brush. I took a 320 grit sand paper and sanded off any paint lines, drips and inconsistencies. 

Then I sanded the wood filler off to make it as smooth and flat as possible (I used 320 grit here also) and Zinsser primed them. I chose a flat beige paint for my color. I used a flat paint because I like to put a finish on top of the paint for better durability. I used Minwax polycrylic water based polyurethane on top of it with a foam brush.

Then I stained it with dark walnut minwax, just one coat.

 Then it was time to decide what to do about the hardware.
 I thought about just replacing it but this size was a little hard to find.
 If they were in better shape I would have left them in their original state
 because I think they were originally beautiful:

However they were scratched up and crazy looking. 
 So I went with an aluminum colored spray paint. 
I did this so the dresser can be used anywhere for anyone.

Here they are close up and attached

And here is the final product:

 Some close ups of the little details in the wood

 The top
and the bottom

I like how it turned out!


Sometimes you change your mind

This happens to me all the time.
 I made a bench a few years ago.
 This one.

 And as soon as I put the fabric on I wasn't a big fan. 
So I waited until my kids dirtied it so much that it needed a change and then ran out and bought new fabric. Here is it now: 
I also hated the fabric on my ottoman. 
Here is a picture of it after I recovered it: 

Here is the blog post
I waited until my kids made it super gross and then recovered it with a more hide the kids crazy fabric 
(it is outdoor easy to clean fabric of course)

Now I love it again.
 I am starting to see a pattern with the whole change things again and again. 
But thats ok because I love it again.