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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Mosaic Table-- from WHY?!?! to WOW!! on: January 04, 2010 10:06:42 PM
A truly gorgeous table. The colors are stunning, the design is extremely creative. I would love to see close-ups of the mosaic. A very inspired piece.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stripped Ottoman! on: January 06, 2009 11:45:27 AM
Hi y'all,

This is my latest reconstruction project.

From ottoman to coffee table.

For more pictures and small tute please visit my blog at

http://gingerandgold.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/01/diy-stripped-ottoman.html


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3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crystal Candlesticks on: September 18, 2008 10:40:27 PM
Thank you for your kind comments onebutrfli
And I'm so glad there are people out there like yourself, who are knowledgeable enough to rescue what you can from anonymity, and save it for posterity.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crystal Candlesticks on: September 18, 2008 08:36:56 PM
Blushingbluegrass - you're right, the link wasn't working, I changed it.

onebutrfli - No offense taken. I absolutely know nothing of vintage glass, so it's definitely possible that some of this is vintage, but I have no way to know that. I'm not a glass collector, so just have to go by what I see and I just didn't feel like any of these vases and cups were anything to write home about, so didn't feel too bad using them in such a way. But to ease your heart a little, most of them had stickers on the bottoms, Made In China.

You know, this topic has come up many times on many different blogs, should we as crafty people use old/vintage/antique things for our current needs? In many cases I can agree that it would almost be a sin, but in other smaller cases I feel like we're giving a life to things that would otherwise have gone to the trash heap. I didn't take these glasses from my grandma's age-old collection of treasures, I just bought them from the thrift store where they were rotting away. I don't have the time to meticulously study antiques (although I would like to), but I guess I don't want to be afraid of using something just because I don't know 100% of it's history. In my mind, these objects, if not found by an avid collector (which is probably rare), would end up useless, sitting on some shelf until it's finaly thrown on the trash heap.



5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crystal Candlesticks on: September 18, 2008 06:34:51 PM
Thanks guys,

To answer your question Inm130 - I used this glue http://www.amazinggoop.com/amazinggoop/index.html but I think I used the Marine veriety. They sell it at Home Depot. It's held well so far and it's been about half a year since I made these.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crystal Candlesticks on: September 18, 2008 04:08:15 PM
After seeing the yard totems http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120848.0 here on craftster, I wanted to make something similar. I bought lots of crystal plates and vases from the thrift shop and made candle holders.

Thanks for looking!







7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glossy Buffet on: September 17, 2008 03:52:31 PM
Thank you all again, and let me answer some of the questions I've recieved here...

DanielSmith -Thank you so much, you always leave me such nice comments, I truly appreciate them.

himtnc1 -The most labor intensive thing on this was everything. In these kind of projects you never get a break. The sanding was hard and long, especially on the rounded bits, the priming and painting were not hard, but did take a long time, especially all the taping and all the layers of paint. Then the legs, and the varnish which were pretty time consuming as well. Wink I don't mean to depress you, it's totally doable, but like anything else life, is not easy.

As for a recommendation, I would recommend anyone wanting to redo furniture to start with a piece that is almost worthless. Don't start off on an antique or anything vintage, just find yourself some $5 dresser made from MDF. That way if it doesn't turn out well, you haven't lost much. Also, with MDF or other such materials, you are forced to be more creative since the firniture is very plain and boring. With a vintage or antique piece there is already (most of the time) so much interest that it doesn't call for all types of add-ons, just a new stain and varnish.

And there is definitely a learning period, which I'm still in, there are so many different materials and methods that it can become overwhelming. I still constantly make mistakes, but hopeful before I die I'll actually figure out this whole process.

thriftjunkie & sactownsue- The painting maker is me Wink Thank you for the lovely comments.

Take care everyone, and once again huge hugs to all of you for looking and commenting, love you all!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sid and Nancy dresser on: September 14, 2008 06:59:17 PM
Very nice job. Looks incredibly professional and very chic.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glossy Buffet on: September 12, 2008 05:38:28 PM
Thank you guys!!!

I did have to sand it down, and I think I put 1 coat of primer and maybe 3-4 coats of the white, and 2 coats of black. It all depends on the kind of paint you use.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glossy Buffet on: September 12, 2008 05:04:54 PM
My mom bought this complete piece of crap for 15 bucks from some lady. We had to drag it out of the lady's basement and drag it home, it's large and bulky, and heavy. It's made from very cheap materials, and is pretty much good for nothing. A million times my mom regreted lugging this thing to our already cluttered house.

I wanted to do something to help this buffet, and at the same time I needed to get more practice with different or new materials. For a long time I went back and forth on what to do with this monster, and finaly, after months of staring at it's uglyness I was inspired by an ad in Architectural Digest (I'll post it up if I ever find it).

The work on this thing took a long time, it was of course interupted by life, but slowly, little by little (with lots of help from my dad) I finished. Basically it's all just paint, and then I added the legs, which were in a previous life table legs, which we chopped and attached.

Hope you like!

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