Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Metal Cart Makeover

It must have been a long winter.  I know I didn't have this metal cabinet last summer so I must have picked it up right at the end of the Michigan fall but I have no recollection of this thing or where I got it.  Garage sale?  Goodwill?  A friend?  The Fairy Godmother? At any rate, the sun has been shining in these parts finally which forced me out to the barn and I spotted this and instant inspiration smacked me upside the head.


There are some things to really love about this ugly thing.  It rolls.  Anything on wheels is good.  It has a sweet wood top that folds down.  It has long wooden handles.  It has a shelf inside.  The doors are magnetic so they stay closed.  It doesn't smell like poo.

So all you have to do is slide out these little arms to hold up the "leaves".  Can I call them leaves on a metal cabinet like this?  Not sure.  But I love how easy they are! I dissolved Webpatch 90 in some hot water and stirred in a combo of two mistint paints I had on hand.  They were both a shade of black but one had some brown undertones and the other had some blue undertones and mixed together they were the PERFECT slate black.  I used a foam roller to get a smooth look. 


After cleaning up the wood top, I used a rag to rub Restor-A-Finish over the whole top and let it dry.  Wowzers do I love the anonymous person who sent that to me in the mail one fine day!


I have a little pint of gold paint that's been with me for at least eighteen years.  Seriously, guys.  It's like the widow's cruise of oil in the old testament that didn't run out.  I knew these handles needed to be gold so I used old throw-away brushes to paint the gold on them.  It separates something fierce since it's oil based and it dried with a bit of a funky finish.  But I kinda like it.  I'm a little funky myself after all.  You can kinda see what I mean if you look closely at the next picture.


Didn't it turn out rather classy looking?  I still haven't sealed the black paint in though.  Since it's my hardcore homemade chalk paint, it has a rather rough finish.  I'm not sure if I should lightly sand it for a smoother finish or just leave it....


My friend gave me this pair of oil and vinegar bottles as a hostess gift last month.
People really don't need to do that - I'm good with a verbal thank you - but oh how I love these things!  And it's always fun to get a gift - who doesn't love opening up a package??  Having these dispensers on my kitchen counter make me feel much classier than I actually am... 😜


Come to thing of it, the marble/wood cutting board was also a hostess gift - from another Iowan friend! :)



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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Family Room Tour 2019


Looking back through old photos, I've realized how much my family room has morphed since I last shared anything about it.  This is not an exciting before/after or DIY post, just a little photo tour of our family room.  And probably the next time my mom visits, it will change again.  The only thing I really want to do, but probably won't get around to it until who-knows-when, is paint that big black mirror over the fireplace white.  What do you think?


Pardon the grainy photos - I was lazy and used my phone camera. Definitely not the greatest idea!



Probably some day soon those big brown leather chairs will need to replaced - they've been great for Goodwill finds.  In fact, I'd say thrift store bargain of the decade at $5 each! 


If you look close in the above picture, you'll see the corner behind the couch where the lamp is.  It's actually a little "media" nook for the kids where their records, CDs and tapes are - have I ever mentioned we're kinda old school 'round here?







And then there's.... that...that...that wardrobe....holding that evil.... thing.... that we open every now and then to watch a family movie or the male species in this house can watch a sporting event.  Laughingly, I don't even have a clue how to turn it on.  Haha.  I'm not a TV person for many reasons which I don't feel like going in to today! 😜  But I was the one that decided to put it there because I was tired of hubby and the boys deserting me to hang out in the attic to watch the Michigan game.  


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rusty Metal, Little Girls, and Free Storage!

I got some super good "junk" out of a friend's garage a couple months ago.  
I think I surprised them when I took this rusted metal cabinet - they kinda gave me the "whatever, Kammy" look. 


After cleaning it up, the first order of business was to add some casters.
But as I try to tell all you people, I'm no expert on this stuff.  Now this probably would have worked just fine if we had just went to the store and bought what we needed.  But I was pretty sure I had what we needed in my "stashes".  Nope.   Wrong type.  They wobbled and fell out and Hubby only has so much patience with my projects before he walks away... so I decided they weren't that important after all....😒


Tori claimed this piece as her own after she saw that most of her slime-making ingredients would fit nicely in the drawers, and that she could paint over the metal with her favorite color - aqua blue.
And of course, she insisted doing it herSELF. :) She's eight now, so this works out much better than when she was two.  I added some Webpatch powder to the paint so that it would be extra durable and not scratch.  It did the trick!


We picked out some coordinating scrapbook paper from my paper hoard and lined the rusty drawers.


I can't believe I convinced her to keep the front of the drawers rustic.  I fully expected a full out battle over it. 😜   WD-40 made the rusty stubborn handles move again and this thing is now chuck full with bottles of Elmer's Glue, shaving cream, glitter, corn starch, lotion, and whatever else she puts in that slime of hers.  So much better than piled in empty tissue boxes under her dresser.  😂


I totally get that this a completely different style than the beautiful Duncan Phyfe dresser next to it, but we go for function and eclectic (and free!). 


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Friday, January 25, 2019

Tori's Duncan Phyfe Dresser

There's this little po-dunky place that is one of my favorite places ever to treasure hunt.
I feel like I'm giving away a secret, but since I don't live in Iowa, I don't feel the need to hide this source for good junk.  What, you can't tell me you aren't the same!  Like if you share a good spot someone is going to get the good stuff before you so you just keep it to yourself and sneak over like a little sneaky snake....  I'm even guilty of not hitting "like" on a garage sale ad I see on Facebook for fear it will bring attention to the sale and all the good stuff will be gone before I get there.  I know!!!  I tell my kids "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU" and then I think like THAT!  Oy.  I have some work to do on my selfishness.  


So what is this place?  Black Sheep Antiques in Parkersburg, Iowa.
When I'm in Iowa, I call Robert up to make sure the store is open before driving out there because you never know if he's at an auction or something.  And as soon as I ask if the store is open, he knows it's "that girl from Michigan" just by my voice.  Apparently I have a distinct (weird?) voice.  So I saw this Duncan Phyfe dresser out there for a good deal - but it was a little rough.  Rough doesn't scare me as long as all the drawers work good - and they did.  I didn't have room to bring it home, so my parents brought it out with them on a visit and then it sat in Tori's room for almost a year all dark and scary in the corner.  Until this week, actually, when I said, enough is enough.  Let's paint that dark bad boy in the corner.  


(Sorry wood lovers, the wood really was in pooey shape. You just can't tell in the pic.  I promise, cross my heart.)  Oh oh, I forgot I took a pic!  Here's some proof:



My daughter has about 5,083 pieces of clothing and her little bitty dresser just wasn't cutting it anymore.  I moved this into her room even though it didn't match but dude, she was desperate for some more space. Mind you, she only wears six of those 5,083 articles of clothing, but she MIGHT some day so ya know... we must hang on to ALL OF THEM.  Hmmm.... wonder where she gets that.  Not to mention all the empty tissue boxes that were stashed under this dresser before I took the picture because ya know... they might make good trinket boxes!  (I've created... a hoarding monster!)

So I know the walls look gray in this picture, but they really are a shade of light aqua blue.
I used light aqua blue for the drawers too (not the same as the walls, who knows where that is by now!) and white on the rest of the dresser.
I love the hint of contrast.  It's not an in-your-face contrast, just slight.
Slight and light and bright.  Wanna fight?  I don't know why my kids think I'm so weird...


I used a sheet of sand paper to go over all the edges, nooks, and crannies for a distressed shabby chic look.  Cuz I like shabby chic and cuz if it happens to get scratched, well it won't be so noticeable. :)


Now, let's see if she can keep underneath the dresser cleared out, and the corner not piled with empty kleenex boxes.  Oh, and you know what else was under that dresser?  Sixteen containers of slime.  I added that to the 23 other containers I found.  She now has a special cabinet JUST for her slime.  There are almost 40 containers.  No wonder why I can't find anything to put hubby's sandwich in.
This slime craze has got.to.stop.



Aren't those prints just the best?  I got four of them at an estate sale down the road from my house a few years ago.  They were still in the folder and are over 100 years old.  Hot dog!


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p.s. if you see Tori... please don't let on that you know some of her secrets...
Mom will be in big trouble.


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