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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Very Own Ana White $10 Ledges on: October 01, 2011 07:23:33 AM
I'm on a mission to decorate and furnish my new home on as little as possible (why spend big bucks when you can craft it yourself for much less?) and these photo ledges definitely fit the bill!

For those of you who have not heard of Ana White, she is a blogger with fabulous furniture (and accents) plans.  Probably the easiest of her projects is the $10 Ledge.  Essentially, it's just three boards screwed/nailed together and then finished.  Much cheaper than the ones you can buy from housewares or big box stores!

I modified mine to be only 48" long (instead of the full 8') and used a 2x1 instead of a 4x1 for the bottom board.  All together, my wood was about $4.50, and I used a can and a half of spraypaint for the finish.  It's directly screwed into studs in the wall, so these things are very solid.  Now I just need to figure out exactly what photos I want to display!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / From Smokey to Stunning - White Painted Hutch on: October 01, 2011 07:12:04 AM
My husband and I bought our first house this summer, and I have recently gotten a chance to work on some projects to fill in some furniture and decorating gaps we currently have.  We're trying to work with as little money as possible, so this $50 Craigslist hutch fit the bill!

My before photo accidentally got deleted off of my camera, but my hutch was identical to this one.  Except that it was worn and scratched, some of the veneer was chipped off, and the entire thing reeked of smoke.  However, the inside wood was still well preserved (even if it was smokey), so I decided to paint the outside white but leave the inside as is.

First, I spent some time looking up ways of removing the smoke smell from the hutch.  I spent several evenings wiping the hutch down with vinegar and water to try and get the smoke smell to dissipate.  I also left vinegar and baking soda sitting inside of the hutch to absorb the smell.  Those things helped quite a bit, but after about three weeks (I was on vacation for two of them) it still smelled.  Luckily, the smell was improved enough so that a coat of Zinnser Clear BIN Sealer took care of the smell on the inside and a coat of Zinnser BIN Primer took care of the outside (the key here is to make sure it is shellac based, that stops smells much better than poly).

Before priming, I used some wood filler to fill in the scratches, the missing veneer, and the old hardware holes (the original knobs were cute but very pitted).  I followed the primer with a few coats of off the shelf latex enamel and then drilled some new holes to add some new handles.  All in all, I'm quite happy with it - it's a nice little piece that adds some extra storage to the kitchen area!

Here's a photo of the entire hutch:

And another view (including some of my table; it's hard to get a straight on photo since it's right behind the table):

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 06/08/11 - Best Friends Day! on: June 08, 2011 08:26:16 PM
I love the inspiration I get.  Even if I don't always find an idea for something I want to make, I always find something cool or interesting.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sustainable, Zero-waste Fetish Wear (corset, spats, purse)! (work safe) on: June 03, 2011 06:25:48 PM
Wait....  you used all the original THREAD?  I thought it was pretty cool before, but that's amazing!  Great job!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: 16th c. Italian Working class ensemble - Renaissance on: April 04, 2011 07:25:35 PM
LOVE.  Seriously, that's all I can say.

My friends and I do ren fairs, but are a band of pirates and are not historically accurate by a long shot (we're not "skull and crossbones"/Johnny Depp type pirates, but definitely not authentic).  When my boyfriend (now husband) and I first started going I wanted to make one similar to this, but ended up getting dragged the pirate route instead.  Now I want to again!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer clay rat figure on: March 25, 2011 06:26:25 AM
That guy looks awesome!  He really does look great, and you should definitely try some more.  Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 02, 2011 07:50:24 AM
Yay, I finished my #37!  I took an old little journal I had and wrote down all the months/days for this year so that I can jot down a quick note on what happened that day.  Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: January 01, 2011 10:03:04 AM
I'm really going to try hard to do 50 projects over the next year!  I'm not quite sure if this is my final list yet; I've been in a bit of a crafting slump lately (lots of plans but little doing) so my goal is mostly just the total number of projects.  Here it is so far:

1. Finish knit sweater vest
2. Jayne hat (at husband's request, he loves Firefly)
3. "Manly" scarf for husband
4. Weekender type travel bag
5. Dress (Simplicity 2886)
6. Dress (Simplicity 3503)
7. Shirt (Simplicity 2690)
8. Shirt (Simplicity 2310)
9. Dress (Simplicity 2591)
10. Shirt (Simplicity 4076)
11. Cardigan (Simplicity 2474)
12. Pants (not sure yet on pattern)
13. Shirt (not sure yet on pattern)
14. Knit/crocheted wrap or shawl
15. Leather bodice (for ren faire costume)
16. Chemise (for ren faire costume)
17. Sewing machine dust cover
18. Paint a piece of furniture
19. A gift for my niece
20. Crochet ripple baby blanket (A gift for my upcoming niece!)
21. Domesticated skirt
22. Skirt (not sure yet on pattern)
23. Refashion a pair of shoes
24. Refashion a shirt/sweater
25. Belt/sash
26. Finish painting/redoing interior of jewelry box
27. Wood letter blocks
28. Throw pillow cover
29. Finish embroidered tea towel
30. Earrings
31. Rug for in front of fridge
32. "Swiffer" duster tops
33. Get rid of craft supplies I will never use
34. Paint candle holder/dishware
35. Organize craft supplies - A place for everything and everything in its place!
36. Learn how to sew an invisible zipper
37. Make a One-Line-A-Day journal
38. Crocheted bowl (this time for my mom)
39. (Another) crocheted beaded necklace
40. Wallet (the last one I made has seen better days)
41. Crocheted squares
42. Exercise shorts
43. Paint a room
44. Ten dollar ledges
45. Farmhouse bed
46. Frame bathroom mirror
47. Decorative name plaque
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Create your own Boye Needlemaster interchangeable cables! on: November 01, 2010 03:42:02 PM
AWESOME tute!  Grin  I actually made some homemade circular needles using wooden dowels and weed eater line in high school, so I really enjoyed seeing the weed eater line!  However, mine didn't turn out nearly as good as your's did.  Cheesy
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Octopus in a hurry! on: October 20, 2010 08:46:00 PM
That's adorable!  I love homemade Halloween costumes, and it looks like she really does love it.  Smiley
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