Sunday, August 28, 2011

Drawers for Sewing table

Years ago my husband brought home a dry sink (free) that we made into a cabinet for our bathroom sink. It worked out beautiful. He had to cut off some cute little drawers to be able to put the sink in.  I loved the little drawers and so did my husband. He has used them in his workshop for years.

Knobs were missing and he was real inventive with being able to open and close the drawers.

I had always hoped that I could use it in some way. The other day he told me if I wanted it I could have it because he was going to throw it away. 

I told him that I thought I could probably use it in some way. I got busy and sanded it and took off the screw handles and primed it. 

I started to think this is just about the same width as my sewing table. I measured and they were the exact same width. I use a little pink desk that has two little trinket boxes attached to the top. The tag was from a sale that I went to, it did not sell and I was really glad. I love this little desk and it is perfect for my sewing machine.

I decided that since this is in my guest room I needed to dress up the drawers a bit. My guest room is rather romantic and that is where I do my sewing.

I got some flowers that I had and glued them on the drawers. The two outside drawers being the same and the two middle drawers being the same.

I glued all of them on and then went hunting for some knobs. I want something kind of klunky and funky.

I found these in my bag of knobs ugly right? I primed them and drilled the holes through the drawers.

Then I primed the drawers with the flowers all glued on. They look so much better already.

Sorry for the yellow light it is night time now and very hard to take pictures.

It is still just primed but I took it in to see how it would fit. I fits pretty good and it is high enough that when I am sewing I can reach the drawers they are kind of up above the back of the machine.

I think they turned out really cute. I even like the knobs, now I need to find the paint color for the desk, or maybe I should just repaint both of them.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

""Wow the ground is Ssshakkking"

Well as many of you know we had an earthquake yesterday. Our poor little city suffered severe damage. Most of our little City is very old and very historical, pre-civil war. Numerous buildings were condemned. I feel bad for the owners and shop keepers. We did have some damage to our home and it is not what we needed right now. I guess the Allstate man will let us know what has to be done. I am praying for those who suffered a loss, this was not catastrophic to this area, but any damage is a concern to those who own it. 

Remember the Thrift Find Butterflies?

Remember these butterflies, I always find a way to use my thrift stuff.  

I decided to make a gift for a friend, I wanted something simple and unique.

I took one of my plastic frames, you know the ones that you always pass up at yard sales. I love the detail and they are so cute.

I primed it and then spray painted it a creme color. They always look so pretty when they are done.

Then I took the slats that I have a ton of and I sanded them really good. Then I coated them with several coats of Poly.

Next I measured the back of my frame, then I realized that I had the backing and it would come in very handy. Notice the channel on each side of the frame, more about that later.

I cut my slats to fit the opening and actually cut some smaller for a kind of pieced together look

This is the cardboard backing and it even had a hanger.  I glued the slats that I cut straight to the cardboard backing, then I stuck it in the frame so the glue could dry in place and it would fit perfectly.

I did have to add glue around the cardboard backing to hold it in place and you cannot even tell the glue is there. These plastic frames always have kind of a channel that the picture sits down into. The hot glue just fell into that channel, so when I put the cardboard backing with the slats back in, it just held it really nice.
This is how it looked after the glue dried.

I painted the butterflies the same color as my kitchen table top and then sanded them slightly so the detail would come out nicely.
I hot glued the butterfly to the slats and it was done.

I like how it turned out and it was fun making it. Great gift for a very minimal cost. 


Monday, August 22, 2011

Cute New Doggie Den For Diesel

I wanted something for the family room that Diesel would love and be comfortable in, at the same time I wanted something functional.

The dog crate was just not doing it for me. I don't know why, the plastic is a lovely color of grey and we all know that grey is the new white.  It is such a lovely shape and it really is functional for dumping stuff on top. I have to agree that it is great where there is a transportation function, but that is where my agreement stops.

My husband was upset when I brought the little night stand home. "I thought we were getting rid of things"!  I explained that I had been looking for the perfect night stand to make into a dog bed for Diesel and he looked at me like I was crazy, I think most of you know the look.

Look, I spent 2.00 on this, it was sitting in front of the thrift shop when I drove by I saw it, (true story).

I primed it and took that back off of it. I am going to take apart a baby gate and use the screen part of it for the back. I want Diesel to be able to breath :0)  I think he is going to love this when I am done.

It was missing a knob not a problem and the missing piece of veneer on the side was actually in the drawer so I could glue that back on. 

I glued and nailed down the inside piece and the side veneer needed a little glue as well. 
I painted the inside with primer. The bottom of the piece was very bumpy and had been exposed to water at some time. I painted it to make it smooth and then I added glider feet. It raised the piece up off the floor so that it would not scratch anything. 

I painted it a turquoise color because I want to dry roller this piece and I want the under color to match a color in my family room rug. 

I dry rolled over it with white. I think I will have to do a second coat. It still seems too green to me. 

I like this second coat much better. I also found two small knobs that I added to the doors. 

Here is my baby gate piece on the back, I pre-drilled holes in the gate and attached it to the back of the night stand. It fit perfect with breathing space on either side.

His little bed that he lays on in the family room fits on here perfect.

I decided the bottom of the piece was ugly so I am adding a small trim to finish it out.
    After the glue dried I primed and painted the cabinet one more time with the dry roller and white.

I really like how the grooves are a pale green. The color goes good with my couch and rug.

Here is Diesel checking out his new dog cave. I am glad that I added the trim around the bottom of the piece, it really added a nice edge.

I really think this looks so much nicer than the dog crate.