Friday, October 22, 2010

Buffet Pants

So I know I promised you all a headboard...
 but I'm having issues finishing it.
Deal with it. 

Instead, I have for you my latest pride and joy. 
Unfortunately I seem to have lost my mind and I forgot to take a good before photo. Here is a little glimpse at it from a picture taken during a ladies clothing exchange.

Sidenote: the awesome people at No Waste Wednesdays have a blog entry about clothing exchanges and how to run your own written by my very own just-got-her-first-grown-up-job sister! Can you tell I'm a little bit proud? 
Thriftiness runs in the family. That's a story for another day.
 I hope I influenced her. 
You can read all about it here
Then you can go here and find some crocheted goods made by dearest Jenni-foo-foo, and yes, only I am allowed to call her that. 

Bringing it back in...
So this little beauty was found again on my friend Craig's list. It was a steal of a deal at $100, however was located in Richmond and I could not convince The Husband to drop everything and drive. 
Luckily, my dear friend's Mommy was kind enough to pick it up for me and store it at her house until I could convince him to leave the safety of our home. 
It was a lovely shade of...wood, but the top had some major damage to it so out came the paint! 
I primed with this:
waterbased primer = easy clean-up!

using this:
foam roller = no ugly brushstrokes left behind

and then painted 2 coats of this in Benny Moore Woodlawn Blue:
Ok, ok so this is an old label. The can looked different
Lifemaster = environmentally friendly. Even preggos can paint with it!

To add a little pizazz (that's an odd word to spell), I painted the trim in some leftovers I had from painting my cupboards. I believe the colour was Deerfeather by GP and it was in Dulux Diamond Semi-Gloss (p.s. best paint you can get).

Then I coated it all in this to protect:

and drumroll please.... This

is what it turned out to be!

I kept the handles and pulls from the old guy to make it especially vintage. 

Average price of a similar style buffet/sideboard from Pottery Barn: $1100
Craig's List buffet/sideboard: $100 + gas to pick it up

Total monies saved: $1000

I am quite proud.

p.s. My artsiness does not translate to one area and that is photography. Please pardon the shoddiness of my pictures. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thank You, Thank You!

Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to Lindsey from Better After for featuring my lamps in her blog. I feel very special.
And...Hello to all my new friends who clicked on over to my humble blog because of her! You are very much noticed as well. I feel loved!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This and That

I have not posted in awhile which means I haven't been crafting in a while which means.... I am stressed out!
School is clearly the culprit. 
To satisfy you in the meantime and until I complete a project (I have too many 1/2 done), here are some little tidbits from my home that I have collected in my search to be frugal. 

Remember my crafty room? Here's what I've collected.

 Here's a little wall montage made from some $1.80 frames from IKEA and some vintage hankies courtesy of Aunt Sophie and Etsy.

I created some postage stamp style paintings one day. 

Here's a fun fact. I have a phobia of birds. But I love them featured in decorating. Strange.
 And this little beauty was found on the side of the road. There's a story here. It involves my heartless husband. Be prepared. 

Scene: Deanne, half asleep, takes the long way driving to work and is cursing herself the entire way.
A forlorn dresser, cast aside like the leftovers from the turkey dinner, sits on the side of the road. 

Deanne spies the little gem and illegally telephones her husband. 

The Husband grabs a sidekick in the form of a sister-in-law and heads out with his truck to nab the piece. 

A woman waits for her mother to arrive home with a vehicle for transport. 

The Husband, sister-in-law and woman meet in a showdown in front of said dresser. The Husband roars up seconds before Woman. 

"Oh, are you? I mean, do you need?" fumbles Woman as The Husband begins to load the furniture into his truck nonchalantly.  

"Yep," says The Husband cold-heartedly. 

"I was just waiting for my Mom to get home," woman almost whispers as tears begin to well up in her eyes. 

The Husband looks at her, looks at the dresser, looks at the sister in law, looks at his watch and.... leaves.

Thus is the tale of my husband swiping my free dresser out from under another woman's nose, feeling no remorse about it whatsover. 

Hope you enjoyed!

Coming Soon (and I promise)... 
How to make an upholstered headboard

Stay tuned!