Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A little humor in the nightstand

This is a little nightstand I redid a few weeks ago. I am sorry I did forget to take a before picture. It was kind of southwesterny (this is my word!), pine like and rather unfinished. I drug out a can of Glidden Creamy Buttermilk that my sister gave me and gave her two coats. (All my furniture pieces are "her")

Don't you love her new handles! The old ones where a pull rusty like handle and I just didn't like them on her. Now her door says "pull".
And her drawer says "open"....just in case someone needed direction!

Here she is in all her glory! After painting I just took alittle sand paper and gave her character. She did get a final rub of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax. I love that stuff!

Oh and much to the Hubs dismay....I put our Christmas tree up yesterday. I just can't wait people! Its my favorite holiday! I finally got a white tree this year and decorated it with red and aqua....be still my heart....its the prettiest tree I have ever seen! I have a bit more crap, I mean stuff, to drag out then I will be taking pics!

I also finished a busy weekend of a 2 day Holiday Craft Show. Sold a ton and now I have 2 weeks before the next one and need to find some more furniture to refurb. Oh busy me!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tale of the ugly 5 drawer dresser....Before/After

Here she is in all her glory. U.G.L.Y. But she had great bones! (A friend actually gave her to me for free!) Shortly after she came to me I knew what color she needed to be....blue of course! I had to sand and sand and sand some more to get the layer of "poo" (my technical term) off of her. Then I broke out the trusty stash of oops paint from Behr. With a few coats on she looked to formal so again I broke out the sander and wore her down some.

I love her. Wanted to keep her. Hubs said "NO, we have no room for this in our house." So off to Market Days at Osborn farms she went. I priced her high...so she wouldn't sell....so I could take her back home....she sold!

Loved the distressed paint job I gave her. Like she had been blue all her life!

I thought the handles were sweet so I painted them...Rustolium Heirloom White of course!

Sneak peak at my next project.
Not the greatest before picture (Note to self...wait until sun is up over garage BEFORE taking pictures!). This at one time was a dresser but now it will become a buffet, for me!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cottage Mentality

'Cottage Mentality'....Living simply, loving imperfections and making do or without.

Simply put and simply said.

And because every post should have a picture...

Pot holders, sewn by me, hanging on a white Christmas tree for a craft show. The towels underneath are the gifts!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Osborn Farm Market Days Oct 2010

Each year Osborn Farm hosts Market Days in late Sept. or early Oct. For the last four years I have attended it selling mums for the greenhouse. Each year I tell myself that I should get a booth and sell my things. Well, this year I made the leap! It was a beautiful two day event and I am really glad I did it. The setting was surreal with a big red barn (which I could live in!), a pond and all surrounded by huge trees. Enough talk...onto the pictures!

Sorry its sideways...still learning! This was a dresser that I painted. More on that later. A friend just gave it to me! You can also see some of my chalk boards.

This is one "half" of my space. The creamy white desk is topped with chalk board paint. The large dry erase board matches the chair. Look....more chalk boards!

This is the other "half" of my booth space. Sorry for the sun glare! You can see the chalk boards that I have painted. Hubs cuts them out and I do the rest. I sold both of the dressers, the chair, several chalk boards and several dry erase boards that day.

It was a great weekend and I look forward to doing it again next year!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Starting this little blog...

Well I did it! I made my own blog...we will see how well this goes! I will be posting pictures of furniture that I have re-purposed for my business, Cottage Nest Designs, and so many other crafty projects that I have picked up in blogland. Wish me luck!