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End Table – The Next Generation

Hello again!

Thanks for all the comments on my new saw.  She needs a name though.  Maxie?  Athena (she’s kind of god-like).  Thoughts?

I’m so looking forward to not cutting my fingers off!!!!

Anyway, remember this little table makeover?  That went from this:Deco End Table Makeover BeforeTo this:Deco End Table by Cheltenham RoadWell,  as is often the case with me, after I finished it and declared myself happy I immediately thought of something else I could do with it.

I’d come across a bunch of little decorative frames in the dollar bins at Michaels so with a bit of Mod Podge, paper and paint I blinged it up a bit.Mod Podge End Table Makeover Tutorial

The latest step in its evolution is also my latest tutorial over at Mod Podge Rocks. 

It is, as you can imagine, super simple.  If i you’re interested in the details, head on over to Amy blog (or just click on the picture below).Cheltenham Road and Mod Podge Rocks End Table Makeover

Happy (almost) Presidents Day Weekend!

$10 Table 1 Hour Makeover

$10 Table 1 Hour Makeover

As I think I mentioned I’m cleaning out the garage (again!).Garage disaster

My workshop is a post -Christmas disaster and I need to be honest about what my business is now and how I should use my space.  I have grand plans!  Let’s see if I can do it.

My vow was to truly get rid of things.  I was going to be brutal!

It had actually been a bit of a struggle.  I have joked about “horders” before but, honestly, I feel like I kind of understand it the syndrome.

Each scrap of wood or random bit of ephemera I’ve gathered could be used for something……someday.  And I can never escape the fear that  pretty much the minute I pitch or donate it “someday” will come and I will wish I had it.

But I had to do it.  I’ve given away furniture that I’m just never going to work on to my friend Nicki who I know will do some amazing transformations.  I weeded out scrap wood and bits of other stuff.

My rule was that if I don’t know exactly what I want it for/want to do with it then it has to go.

I did keep a few, small, pieces of furniture because even though I really don’t have an outlet for selling it I love working on furniture (it’s how this whole journey began) and I just can’t give it up.

This little end table was a perfect example.Deco End Table Makeover Before

I picked it up for $10 at a garage sale.  The finish was toast but he lines and details were really nice.

I had a simple vision for it – just a nice, clean makeover to give it a second life.

But time is tight (those coasters aren’t going to make themselves!) so I gave myself a time limit.

One hour.

I didn’t know if that was going to be really possible but it was worth a shot.

My orbital sander made quick work of the majorly decayed finish.  And a sanding sponge worked great for getting into the nooks of those fluted edges.Use a Sanding Sponge for Detail SandingSo, 15 minutes later I had a nicely sanded piece ready for priming.Deco Side Table Sanded and ready for PaintSpray paint was the way to go on this.  It’s fast to dry and perfect for small pieces (I use Rustoleum’s American Accents mostly).

After years of missing spots when I paint I’ve gotten into the habit of flipping the furniture upside down for the initial coat of paint that way I know I’ve hit everywhere.Primed for paintingAfter the primer had dried for about 20 minutes I gave a very (VERY) light sanding.  And then top-coated with Heirloom White.  Two quick coats applied in close succession did the job nicely.

After another 20 minutes of drying I attached a black knob and I was done!DIY Deco End Table MakeoverTruth in Advertising:  While the sanding, priming, painting took an hour I still had to let the paint cure overnight before I put things down on it for these final photos.Deco End Table by Cheltenham Road

And I didn’t apply a top coat of polycrylic or wax as I’ve found the spray paint is plenty durable on it’s own.Thrift Store End Table Makeover by Cheltenham RoadBut, of course, now that it’s done and photographed I have had a brainstorm about something else I want to do with that knob area.

I think it will take a lot less than an hour……….

 

 

Things As Lovely As My Sisters

While I’ve been busy making things to hold flowers my sisters have been doing their part trolling the web looking for the coolest, smartest, cleverest ideas. And they have come up with some great ones!

This first one almost makes me mad.  It’s so clever and so, well, obvious, that the fact that it had never, ever crossed my mind is embarrassing.

Heidi from Happiness is Homemade simply took an old, discarded drawer, added some shelves and created the perfect hanging case.Recycled+Drawer+Paint+Storage+Shelf

Genius!  Recycley!

Now,  I am not a parent but I have experienced both the glory and the horror of Legos.  Amazing things are built!  Amazing numbers of annoying little pieces are scattered all over the house! Well, over at Fussy Monkey Business she took a beat up old end table (the kind I see all the time but can never figure out what do with)Lego Table Before and created this perfect Lego storage and display device.Repurposed Lego Table

Genius!  Recycly!

Betty doesn’t have a blog but she did a guest-post  on My Repurposed Life showing how she took a collection of chairs and turned them into a charming corner bench.  This would be great finished-bench-003_thumb1indoors or out I think

As I mentioned she doesn’t have a blog but Betty does have a facebook page you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/Redosrepurpose

 And finally, I had no idea there was such a thing as liquid iron (I mean a kind that isn’t scalding hot) but Tara Dennis did.  She made this cool, faux metal sign out of pegboard.  The mind reels at the possibilities contained within this idea.punched_metal_wall_art_MI_600

Thanks Sisters!  And one of my sisters has a new house so I’m hoping we can get a lot of before and afters from her genius mind as she goes along.

And thanks to all of you who said such nice things about my random blogging nature.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it. (although we should note this is my second post of the week!  And I went to the gym too!  It’s a whole new me……for about 15 more minutes and then I’m going to have a brownie and nap.)

24 Hour Furniture Makeover

24 Hour Furniture Makeover

I couldn’t resist it.

I had sworn off picking up any new “street” furniture until I found homes for my previous captures. Read the rest of this entry

I Sold My First Piece of Furniture!

I Sold My First Piece of Furniture!

I sold my first piece of furniture!

But it’s not what you might be thinking. Read the rest of this entry

Ipad Mini Giveaway via Mod Podge Rocks!

Ipad Mini Giveaway via Mod Podge Rocks!

The amazing and generous Amy of Mod Podge Rocks is giving away an ipad mini! If you haven’t been there already head on over and check it out! Read the rest of this entry

Things As Lovely As My Sisters 2

My stalwart sisters have been at it again.  Cruising around the web finding the coolest of the cool ideas to share. Read the rest of this entry

Things as Beautiful as My Sisters (FKA – Get Inspired)

Things as Beautiful as My Sisters (FKA – Get Inspired)

It’s time for another installment of the series formerly known as Get Inspired and now known as Things As Beautiful As My Sisters. Read the rest of this entry

Honey I Shrunk the Dresser

My mom, among her other amazing hobbies and skills is waaay into miniatures.

She has a large, very cool, and elaborate dollhouse complete with electrical wiring, tiny wallpaper, real wood floors etc.

Unfortunately, a few years ago the doll family experienced nature’s wrath when a pipe leaked and flooded it (an actual pipe not a dollhouse pipe…the dollhouse isn’t plumbed although I’m sure that’s on the to-do list).  Since then she and my dad have been putting it all back together.

When I was at home recently my sister Phebe spotted a miniature dresser and had the terrific idea that I could do one of my furniture make-overs on it and give it to my mom for Christmas.

Genius, right?!

So I bought it and immediately…..didn’t do it.

But now I’ve done it!  Merry Christmas mom!

Here is how it started out.Miniature Dresser BeforeI decided to do a mini-version of my postcard dresser.  So here is the grown up versionVintage Postcard Dresser Makeover And here is the shrunken take:Miniature DresserDresser with QuarterI think she’ll like it!

As soon as I mail it!

And for those of you who are worried – she doesn’t read the blog unless my dad shows it to her (mom is not a computer gal) so AS LONG AS DAD DOESN’T SHOW THIS POST TO HER I’m fine.

Speaking of Christmas gifts…….

My sister Paula is a sweet, kind, patient and very funny person.  She is not particularly snarky however.

Each year she gives calendars with a carefully thought out theme – tailored to the gift receiver.

Previously, I’ve gotten funny ones, furniture repair related ones, acting/theatre related ones.

This year she gave me this:Worst Case Scenario

It took me a minute to get it but then I did. …..

She’s being snarky isn’t she? This is a snarky gift, correct?

OK….

Sad.  My older sister is becoming snarky in her dotage.

Happy Holidays!todays creativecraft o maniac

Diamond in the Stuff

OK, lets not do that again

I’ve been itching to work on some furniture for months now but lacked:

  • A-the furniture
  • B- a venue in which to sell it.

Both of my problems were solved when

  • A  my very good friend Aimee brought me this
  • B – Thanks to my friend Nicki I was accepted into the Little French Market where I can sell both furniture and my coasters but I don’t have to rent a truck to get it there.

Aimee’s table was in good shape structurally but the finish was pretty well shot.

And I had a vision!

Text!

OK, I agree – as unique visions go me using text is not up there with sliced bread, the wheel and fire on the new idea front.…..but I like it!

So first up – a good cleaning, sanding and priming.

For the text I wanted to use my Cameo rather than the blender pen of the past (see!  Radically new!).  So I painted the apron of the table black and then distressed it a bit and taped off a straight line to keep my text even.

And then the trouble began.

Me and the Cameo just don’t get along.  For some reason it won’t actually connect with my computer so I have to do all these work-arounds.  And –when I do get it going it never quite does what I thought I’d told it to do.

I realize you could blame me for that but I prefer to blame the inanimate, non-sentient piece of equipment.   Thanks for your input though.

So, after numerous tries, fails and tries agains I got it to print out my quote:

Except that font wasn’t a great choice.  All those tiny, thin connecting lines don’t quite connect and I had to….. Pick. Out. Each.   Delicate.  Letter.  One.  At. A. Time.

But, once they were on I gave the whole thing a quick top coat of Antique White, peeled away the vinyl letters, did a little distressing and waxing and BOOM!

Another texty table from Cheltenham Road

Aaand I just noticed two things.

I forgot to put the little metal feet back on it – easy fix.

And I missed the period at the end of the quote so now, rather than looking like a quote from Emerson it looks like I’m informing someone named Emerson of the news about friends and houses.

Sigh…..

I see a sharpie in my future.

If any of you are local please come visit me and my chatty furniture at the Little French Market

Saturday & Sunday November 17th and 18th
19130 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA
8AM -3PM
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