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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hand-me-down Dresser Ugly No More! on: November 11, 2009 09:17:36 PM
When my roommate moved across the country, she left her dresser for me to either get rid of or find some use for in my new apartment.  She had at some point painted it black, but it was originally a darker wood.  I know this because she didn't bother to paint the side of the dresser that was in the corner.  This was my first time trying anything like this, and to be honest I normally wouldn't, but something had to be done.

Here's what it looked like when I got it.  The picture is kind of distorted here, and the dresser is actually up on it's side, but I rotated the photo.

The paint on the drawers where the edge detail is was in pretty bad shape, so I tried to strip it before putting on the primer.  BAD IDEA!  Turns out that edging is actually plastic, and the stripper that I was using ATE AWAY some of the plastic on the first drawer I tried.  Oops!  After that debacle, I primed and painted the body of the dresser black and primed the drawers.  I wanted to try to tie in some orange paint into this piece, as I have a number of orange accents, but nothing really substantial to bring it all together.  I did a test drawer with the orange and left it looking like this for a few weeks, because I wasn't originally a fan of the orange.

My original intention was to paint the edge detail white with a small black border in the center part of the border, where it is most pronounced.  I taped off the inside areas of the drawers, but then decided that I actually liked the gray primer color better than white.  When I pulled up the tape though, some of the orange paint came with it on a few of the drawers!  You can see them in the foreground of this photo.

So, after re-painting the middle area of a few of the drawers and touching up the rest and spray paining the handles silver, here's the finished project.  At first I thought it was way too much orange, but it's grown on me.  I'm still considering doing some sort of small black border in the middle of the gray area, but laziness is winning out right now.  

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Caffeine Molecule Cozzy on: November 11, 2009 09:14:42 PM
This is great!  I always feel so wasteful using the cozzies the coffeeshop gives me, but I hate burning my hands.  This is the perfect solution.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Our science geeky wedding :) Lengthy Post on: November 11, 2009 09:11:43 PM
I love all the science-y details!  I'm especially a fan of the double helix border on the invites!  It shows how much you put your personalities into the wedding!  Congratulations!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE* on: November 11, 2009 09:06:07 PM
I'm pretty sure you just changed my life.  Seriously.  I had no idea I could make my own vanilla extract! 
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Weight Watchers Recipes on: November 11, 2009 08:59:38 PM
Similar to the muffins mentioned above, I often make "diet coke cake".  Basically, add (a little less than) one can of any diet soda to a boxed cake mix, mix and bake.  I follow the box directions for baking, but I've noticed that the time in the oven is reduced, so you'll need to watch it.  Sometimes I add an egg white or two to make it fluffier too.

I really like to play around with variations of this and you can really do anything you want.  My favorite is chocolate cake mix with diet coke, but I've also used sprite with white or yellow cake mix, and for a fun kick I've used orange soda with white cake mix.  The main thing to watch out for is that you use a light colored soda if you are using a light colored mix.  I once used diet coke in yellow cake mix, and it was sort of this gross light brown color. 

Honestly, the cake is REALLY good.  A friend of mine is extremely picky about baked goods, having grown up living above his family's bakery.  Even he likes this cake.  He actually didn't believe me when I told him it was made with diet coke.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stylish switchplate covers from scrapbooking paper on: November 11, 2009 08:36:08 PM
This is such a great idea!  I currently rent, so at first I was thinking I couldn't do anything this fun.  But then I realized I could just but new switchplate covers and make them fun and snazzy.  I can just keep the current ones hidden away somewhere and then swap them out right before I move out.  I'm so excited!  Looks like I'm headed to the store tomorrow!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: rescued dresser gets a funky fresh black patterned paint job! on: November 11, 2009 08:30:11 PM
I love the red handles!  I never would've thought to give it such a fun little kick!
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