Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Card catalog turned coffee table

I've been on the hunt for a card catalog for years! 
Seriously it's been years of looking. 
But I knew that some day one would fall on my lap and I knew I would be thrilled when that "someday" came along 

Well that someday finally came a few weeks ago! 

I rushed out to buy it. 
It was in decent shape. I mean it had to be redone but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. 
However I was slightly grossed out by the mouse nest I found.....can we say ewwwwwwwwwww

I carefully removed the card holder/pulls and left them in vinegar to clean up. 
Then got to work on converting the first two levels into a coffee table. 
Ordered wood for the top and created a new one. 

I finally finished this morning.

 I left the side straps pretty much alone. I did clean them up but didn't paint them. I love the original patina on them :)

 The back is as pretty as the front :) 
 I did paint the label/pulls after cleaning them. They are done in a flat black. 

Over all I'm THRILLED with how this turned out. 
I have a second one I'm going to be working on, but I'm waiting for new label/pulls to come in. They have been ordered. Ohh how I hate waiting.
Have a great Wed.

Sharing here : 
Savvy Southern Style
Coastal Charm
36th Avenue 
The Shabby Creek Cottage 
The Bramleberry Cottage 
Made in a Day 
Elizabeth & Co. 
Funky Junk Interiors 
Miss Mustard Seed 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Antique Vanity redo and a couple of lessons

A few weeks ago I picked up this amazing vanity (without mirror)
 Isn't she pretty? I mean even in it's raw state I'm very impressed.
 Solid wood, no veneer (always a bonus!)
 and just perfect in just about every way
Well except for that stain on top...go back and look at that first picture.
See that stain?
This is my attempt at "fixing" the problem. Unfortunately I couldn't get it all out. The stain was simply to deep :(
So being the kind of crafty person I am...I went with plan B!

 Isn't she sweet? I love the painted top, and I normally don't.
 And the details...all I have to say is YUM!

 Of course you all know by now that I'm a real sucker for amazing legs. This one is no exception.

 Then I found a chair that I thought would match very nicely. Yes the seat is missing, but you know something? I forgot my stapler. I brought everything else I needed to the cottage, but totally forgot the stapler. No worries, that will happen this coming weekend :)

So now I work on something totally different. Working on an antique card catalog. Can't wait to share. 
Ohhh preview? Of course
Here she is
Any idea on what I'm going to do with this? 
Keep guessing.