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11  Leather & Studs Coffee Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by olga on: August 31, 2007 03:43:57 PM
I was driving one day and by the side of the road I noticed the huge frame of an old coffee table. There were indentations where the glass used to fit, but there was no glass. Just the frame and a sign that read "Free". I shoved it into my subaru in broad daylight and dragged the loot back to my crib.

A few months later I ended up making this leather-covered table out of it. It's very sturdy, it can be used as a table or "chair" (sturdy enough to sit on). I don't have before pix, but it was just the frame that you can see underneath all the leather and studs. And yes, it's huge for a coffee table.

Thanks for looking!

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12  Starburst Dresser in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by olga on: April 21, 2007 01:13:18 AM
My grandma had a stroke 5 years ago. She tried living on her own for the next year, but as her illness became progressively worse, we had to make the decision to move her into a place where she would receive the care she needed. (Don't worry, she's in a very good Jewish nursing home and my mother comes to visit her every other day Wink )

Anyway, when she left her apartment, I was the one who cleaned it out. It was a strange experience, and one I would not allow anyone else to attempt. She was a miraculous person, she has become my hero, my idol, and I was the only one who wouldn't throw everything she owned in the dumpster. I spent two weeks at her place, and then packed and took home everything. One of my favorite things she owned was an old white dresser, beat up, but the bones were good.

I took it home and to my room. It stayed old and beat up for years....and then I began my quest to find the dresser's inner life. To honor It and my grandma, this is what I created out of it.



I sanded off all the old white stuff. It almost killed me, it was covered with something much worse than paint. I then stained the wood twice with Ebony.  Then came three coats of oil based poly. Then staining and nailing all of the dowells. And finally staining, cutting, sharpening, and gluing the skewers. I'm tired. Hope you like.

Thank you so much to everyone who looked, and especially to everyone who left a comment. All of your wonderful words meant the world to me. Please don't be intimidated to try something similar yourselves, it only looks hard, but to tell you the truth, besides the time commitment, it was pretty easy, a piece of cake. Thanks again!!!
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13  Fix and Flip #2 in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by olga on: February 20, 2007 09:41:05 AM
My family and I did another fix and flip recently. Here is the link to the first if you're interested http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=115692.0 Number 2 is up for sale as we speak.

It was a struggle to say the least. All four of us worked non-stop for 3 months. We did most things ourselves. Refinished the kitchen cabinets, installed appliances, put up all moulding, installed all lighting, and painted everything. I'm so thankful it's over.

We had hardwood floors put in, and all the tile is slate. I know the picture is dark and it's hard to see, but the entire shower is made out of slate.



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14  The Vintage Of Sex in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by olga on: February 20, 2007 08:58:28 AM
A painting I did, thanks for lookin

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15  Fix & Flip in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by olga on: August 20, 2006 10:39:28 AM
A few months ago my mother realized her dream of buying an appartment to fix and then flip. The fixing part is done and it's just been put on the market. It was a lot of hard work, thank god it's done, now if it were only to sell...Check it out.



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16  Feather Wreath in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by olga on: May 04, 2006 10:25:47 AM
I saw a beautiful wreath made of feathers in a decorating magazine. Could no longer live without one, so I stayed up until 3 AM to finnish. Don't hate me for using feathers.

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17  Gotta-keep-the-ears-warm EARFLAP HAT! in Knitting: Completed Projects by olga on: April 07, 2006 05:06:56 PM
My brother is a nice guy. He's a bit forgetful, a bit self involved, but all in all cool kid. Sometimes he asks me to make him hats, somehow I can't refuse him. This hat took me one day to make, yet many months of thinking, starting, frogging, starting, frogging. I felt soo bad that I hadn't delivered on my promised hat, eventhough he forgot to give me a birthday present this year. But ahh well, what can you do.

My brother was adamant that the hat had to have ear flaps, in case that ice age comes sooner than we had thought. After lots of patterns I landed on this one from one of those cute little Vogue books. Most of the hat is made in seed stitch, except for the top (crown). Done on double points, number 10's I think. Yarn was mostly wool, he picked it out himself.


CLOSEUP OF CROWN The yellow wool was the thick and thin variety, that is why the spirals have that "unstraight" look.

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18  Studded Dresser! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by olga on: April 06, 2006 01:31:12 PM
When my brother came home from college, he brought home a dirty, cheeply made dresser. I don't know where he found it, he doesn't remember either. It was covered with stickers and some sort of gross goop (don't ask). The varnish, or whatever it was that was covering this MDF, was very badly water damaged on top. There were litterally bubbles rising from the wood. I sanded it, A LOT, primed it, painted it, A LOT, and hammered upholstery studs/nails into it. Thanks for looking.


AFTER - The dark color is actually a dark dark brown, not a black.

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19  New life for yuck dresser! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by olga on: March 22, 2006 09:25:01 AM
Here is a dresser that has been with us for god knows how long. The paint was peeling, it was rough, the color was awful. But I always had a desire to repaint it and make it all nice and shiny. So here is what I did with it. The colors are slightly off in the pics. It looks much better in person, looks kind of mod.



The lighter section is just sunlight falling on the red/orange paint

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20  Outer Space!! in CHALLENGE 6 ENTRIES by olga on: October 08, 2005 12:51:30 AM
I've always wanted to try collage, it looked so fun and shiny. So here is my take on this cheapo collage challenge. Everything used was found in or around the house. All the pictures were found in my fathers very boring computer magazines ( I can't dare cut up my Vogues). The branches,  that are now painted gold and black and used as a border, were cut from our Aspens long ago. The piece of wood that holds everything together was scavenged from some construction dumpster. So voila, this is my creation. A girl looking over the fence at the chaos that is the universe. I like the tan lines, muy sexy.

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