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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Heirloom Veggies from Our Garden! on: September 10, 2008 01:59:18 PM
This is amazing, you don't know how jealous I am of your gardening skills. I applaud you for taking the time to raise these beautiful fruit.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glossy Mirrored Side Table on: September 09, 2008 06:09:12 PM
Thank you all for looking and your lovely comments!

To answer your questions,

drrubina - I'm by no means an expert in this renavation field, all I can tell you is what I did and what I used. Once I sanded the table, I decided against priming it, more for the fact that I didn't have any primer around, but also because I felt the raw wood would hold the paint just fine. But I guess if you want to do it right you'd want to prime the whole thing.

I've lately been using spray paints for my furniture. I love the finish that it gives, you just can't get that with a brush. The spray paint I've been using is the kind for painting plastic, the finish is very smooth. But of course the colors are few, so I think next time if I use anything besides white or black, I will just use a plain ordinary spray paint. The primer I used (in a previous project) was also a spray primer (just make sure to get the right primer for the paint you choose, ask an employee if they can help in that department because I'm no expert).

Then you just spray it down, but from what I've learned, spray the whole thing in one go. What I've noticed is if I come back a day later for another coat it will take the innitial shine off the paint, the overspray settles and then it's never the same. After it dries thoroughly (maybe a day), then you can go back and varnish the whole thing. For this table I used a couple of those little foam brushes and a Minwax Clear Glossy Water-Based Polyurothane, 2 coats, about 1.5 hours apart.

Thats about it, if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

bsonlytoots - I completely agree with you, it does need some more black, but every time I tired to add some, it just didn't feel right. This table really was a pain in my bum.

KidWithKemikals - You are totally right as well. My imagination definitely gets in the way of functionality quite often. I agree that it will cause problems on the surface of the table, not only functional but cleaning problems as well. I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to an art table and call it a day Wink
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glossy Mirrored Side Table on: September 09, 2008 12:23:17 PM
I found this side table near a dumpster and took it home. It was a bit broken and had many water rings on the surface. I sanded it down and pondered what to do with it. If the wood is good, I don't usually prefer to paint over it, and the wood was good, but it just didn't call out to be stained. Painting it white was the only thing that felt right.

So I painted, and painted, and varnished, and then glued the little buttons to the rim, then painted some more. After all that I bought car mirrors, and glued them to the table, I needed some texture. But I'm still not sure I like it.

Thanks for looking!

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WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WITHOUT DECORATION

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Black & White Nightstand on: September 01, 2008 08:51:21 AM
theantihipster, haha, I really hope it helps, I wish you luck!
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Black & White Nightstand on: August 28, 2008 09:32:07 AM
Thank you all so much!! Hugs to all of you, and kisses!

Olga
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Accidental Cloche Hat- Cute or Shapeless? on: August 22, 2008 09:14:36 PM
OMG!!! This is so hot! I want one so bad, but I don't know how to crochet, so sad. By the way, it looks super on you!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black & White Nightstand on: August 20, 2008 12:12:01 PM
I bought this little nightstand at a thrift shop for 5 bucks. The paint job was crappy and peeling off, but I liked the square shape.

I stripped all the old paint off, then sanded the remains. Spray painted the entire thing a clean white and then varnished. Bought some moulding from my favorite store, cut it, spray painted it with a pretty hammered black and then glued it all on. That's about it, hope you like!

Thanks for looking.

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18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Old 80's mirror? Use farbric not paint! on: August 19, 2008 08:21:43 PM
Very cute and fashionable mirror. Great idea and very well executed!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Forest coffee table on: August 19, 2008 08:18:32 PM
That is a very beautiful table, I can't believe you painted that, I was sure it was decoupage. Congrats!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Painted Bowl Beans on: July 28, 2008 10:08:07 AM
Thanks you guys!

So nice of you to look and comment! Love you all! Hopefully next time I'll post something a little more substantial Wink
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