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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refinished bookcase - a long way from eight dollars! on: September 03, 2012 03:20:10 PM
I got this bookcase at the Salvation Army store for $8, and finally got around to crack-filling, sanding, scraping, priming, and painting it!  It now holds my television as well as some books and DVDs. 

The shelf was one of those plywood cabinets that you used to be able to buy to hold sets of Childcraft encyclopedia (there was a Childcraft logo burned into the kickboard).  It looked like it had been in a classroom for a long time.  It was covered in crayon and marker, and for some reason, a TON of tape... the kind that is so yellowed and brittle and no longer sticky, just good and STUCK. It took a lot of scraping and sanding to get the residue off.

I never think to take a before picture before my project is already underway, but here are a few I scraped together so you get the gist:

Sooooo much tape goo and crayons: 

For anyone interested in refinishing crappy old furniture like this, I recommend three things:

1) sanding well before and between every coat
2) priming with a high-quality primer and WAITING THE FULL SEVEN DAYS TO PAINT.  That is the worst part, but you will regret it if you don't, because your paint will be tacky until the end of time instead of nicely hardened.
3) using a gently FLECKED foam roller (usually at specialty paint stores).  A foam roller alone will give you air bubbles, but the feltiness of the flecked roller will give you a nice smooth finish.

Thanks for looking in!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wall Hanging ( Quilt ) on: August 06, 2012 08:01:56 AM
It's beautiful!  Wow... so much work.  Great job.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: FIRST EVER REUPHOLSTER PROJECT! on: August 06, 2012 07:55:15 AM
This is gorgeous!  You did a great job.  I like the original couch, too, but the new one far outshines it!

When you say a turkey carver, do you mean an electric knife?  I have a disgusting old chair I want to upholster (I have been saying it for five years, but it's coming, really), and I also threw out the cushion, but because it was totally disintegrated and stinky.
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I Got Stripes. on: June 25, 2012 07:31:31 AM
Thanks so much, everyone!
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I Got Stripes. on: June 23, 2012 12:17:08 PM
I'm fixing it Smiley For Flickr, you have to click on the picture, click on "share" and choose the bb code. Whenever you post image code it needs to have a .jpg at the end before you add the image tags, but if you just pick the code it's all there.

Thank you!  I kind of figured it out, but not the way you had it... I'll remember the BB code for next time. Smiley
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I Got Stripes. on: June 23, 2012 12:09:16 PM
This is a quilt I called "I Got Stripes" for my new baby niece:

The back:

The little embroidered tag:

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: One Groovy Quilt on: June 04, 2012 05:55:48 AM
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Pioneer Braid quilt on: June 04, 2012 05:55:02 AM
So pretty!  You did a great job.
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A whole bunch of Marionettes! on: June 04, 2012 05:48:05 AM
These are so beautiful.  Wow... what wonderful work.
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Innocent Crush Canasta Quilt on: February 12, 2012 06:34:05 AM
That is so beautiful!  You did a wonderful job.
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