Friday, August 26, 2011

Curbside Cabinet Finished

Remember this?

This is a cabinet that my girlfriend picked up for me off the curb.  You can read about it here.

I cleaned it with my favorite stuff, TSP.  Then I gave the outside two coats of  Ultra-White Semi-Gloss paint from Lowe's. 

My husband added these details to the bottom.

I painted the inside a very light green to match the nightstand in my daughter's room.

We found out that this cabinet used to be a built-in.  This is the left side of the built-in.

You can see the edge, above, where it attached to the wall.  In the picture below you can see a square area where another column sat on the top right of the cabinet.

I decided to leave the top stained dark to give it more of a furniture feel.

My daughter loves this in her room.

I do too.

Have a great weekend.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Curbside Find.......

You know you MIGHT have a problem when your friends start garbage picking for you.  My girlfriend called me up the other day and said she found the cutest cabinet for me......curbside that is. 

She had a friend with her at the time and he was adamant about NOT picking something out of the garbage......after some persuading, they loaded this gem up and drove home.

How fabulous is this find?

The best part is that it doesn't require any repairs.  Everything is cosmetic. 

Nothing that a couple coats of white paint can't fix. 

It was an off white, almost a yellow color.  Probably mostly from age.  Check out this character people.

Cute as pie is how my girlfriend described it.  I happen to agree.

After I clean her up and give her a couple coats of paint, I'm going to put it in my daughter's room and use it for her books.

Anything off the curb follow you home lately??


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

From Curbside to Bedside

Well, they're done.  I finished waxing them lastnight and I would've posted them first thing this morning but it was rainy and over-cast which doesn't make for good pictures.

Here's a before picture and you can read about it here:

The sun came out so I brought them outside for a photo shoot.

I love them.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the design and to Korrie from the Red Hen for the inspiration and the encouragement.

Here's how I did it:

Start with two F R E E tables via curbside. 

I'm not into sanding/stripping so I used this stuff called TSP that I bought at Lowe's.  It's a pre-paint surface preparer that de-glosses, degreases, and cleans.  I followed the directions on the bottle.

I then gave it two coats of white gloss Valspar paint.

I printed the picture from The Graphics Fairy and took it to Kinko's and had it blown up.  I tell them the surface size and they do the figuring for me.  All I do is pay for the copy.

Then I scribbled on the back in pencil, cut it down a bit, then I taped it to the top of my table. 

Then I traced the picture using a pencil.  This method is great because when you take the paper off it leaves the image on the table.

Then I used a black Elmer's Paint Pen to go over the outline and color it in.  Sharpie also makes paint pens but their's are oil based whereas Elmer's are acrylic.

After that dried, I used 120 grit sandpaper and shabbied them up.

Then I took Antiquing glaze by Valspar, which I bought at Lowe's, and wiped it on/off using a little water to achieve the look I wanted.

I am pretty excited about how they turned out.  I asked my 6 year old what she thought of my tables and she told me they look old.  That tells me I achieved the look I was going for.

After the glaze dried I applied Min Wax's clear Finishing Paste to protect them.

I am going to use these for night stands in our bedroom.

What are you working on?


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