Monday, January 31, 2011

My first trio

A couple of weeks ago I listed a table I refinished on Craigslist.  Here is a before and after:
 I had a lady contact me and ask me if I could make a matching headboard to go with it and refinish a dresser that she currently had to make a matching set for her little girl.  I began scouring CL for twin headboards and it must've been my lucky day because I found the PERFECT one.

Guess where?  The FREE section!!  OMG I couldn't believe it.  I immediately contacted them and arranged a pick up for the next day.  I thought it was awesome already, but I had to make it match.  So I sanded, primed and painted it to match the nightstand.  Here it is after:

                                             and here it is as a matching set:
When she came to pick them up she dropped off her darling 3 drawer dresser for me to paint to match.  It was so cute that I wanted to keep it for myself ;)
                                      And here are a couple of after shots:

I just love it and she seemed to love it too which made my day.

Linking to these parties :
UndertheTableandDreamingMakingThe DIY Show OffPhotobucketHOG Speaking

HookingupwithHoHA Little Knick KnackChic on a Shoestring Decorating

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My best friends table

My best friend had a plain little table that she wanted to spruce up a little. She asked me if I could paint it so I was like "sure, can I do whatever I want to it?" And she said yes! Yipee. I wasn't sure what I was going to do- just like always when I start a project. I sanded it, primed it and painted it blue. Then I decided it needed something else so I put a white border around the edges. Still not enough. I had been wanting to try a harlequin pattern so I figured now was a good time to try it out since I didn't have to worry about trying to sell it. I didn't have a pattern so I cut out a little diamond shape and then traced them- one by one- onto the table. Very time consuming. I'm sure there is a much easier way, but I tend to make things difficult. Needless to say, the pattern isn't perfect, but I'm satisfied with it for being my first attempt. Afterwards I distressed and antiqued it with a stain rubdown. Here is a before:
Yeah, I'm a little photo challenged. I actually have a really nice camera that I'm sure can do some really amazing things, but I have no attention span and I can't get past the first page of an instruction manual. I tried to use Picasa too, but it just ended up annoying me, so now I'm just using the plain ol' straight from the camera shots. I wish I could have some awesome photographer come take the pics for me. I'm terrible at staging too, but here are some after shots:

Unfortunately it's totally not her style, but I like it. She isn't into the whole distressed french country cottage shabby chic look at all. Not sure how it is going to fit into her modern look, but I had fun and I'm glad that she gave me free rein. Thanks for looking!!
Linking to:

HOG SpeakingThe DIY Show Off

HookingupwithHoHgiveawaysChic on a Shoestring Decorating
PhotobucketA Little Knick Knack