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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt (and a tshirt quilt!) on: April 11, 2010 04:48:26 PM
Hey there ladies!  I am new to quilting, saw a tshirt quilt tutorial or two around here and thought "hey I should do that!"  That was four years ago, when I cut up a bunch of shirts and didn't know what I was doing.  Two house moves later, I finally found everything and finished the darn thing!  It was a labor of love.  When I cut up my shirts, I wasn't thinking (or reading) and didn't put any interfacing on them.  My squares came out wonky and I got frustrated and stopped for a year.  

Took a trip to the fabric store with the gentleman, and he picked out this flannel skully tie-dyed fabric that works wonderfully!  Had some suggestions from some of my crafty friends on batting and finishing, and now I'm done!  I did the mitered corners for the binding an while it is wonky in some places, I love it.  Some of the squares might be crooked/different sizes, but I think I did pretty good for quilting for the first time EVER.  

It's queen sized and very comfy.  18x18 squares with 2" borders all around. Each corner of the square on the front has been tied with blue embroidery thread.  I was going to do the entire back the same way, but I decided to save a bunch of shirts for another project I'll hopefully work on soon.  

Hope you ladies like it!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Computer Desktop Organizer on: April 30, 2006 08:59:34 PM
So I have a very basic computer desk that's just a 5' kitchen counter with removable legs (brackets and legs from Lowes).  Everything was scattered about the desk and it had no organization.  Plus, the wall behind it was just bare and empty.  So I built myself a desk hutch. 

My messy desk before: 


I basically used 10" wide pine wood that you get at Lowes/Home Depot and cut them to the sizes i wanted and put them together.  48" long, 18" tall.  Painted it with this pretty blue that matches a few other pieces of furniture in my room.  Some of the wood was recycled from my basement, so the shelves are curved and slightly crooked, but it gets the job done.  Only took me a day to build and paint.  There are also some mug hooks on the side to hold my headphones, keys, and a few other things.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Starry Nightstand on: August 03, 2005 02:02:27 PM
So this is my first project post on craftster.  Love this site!  Heh.  My mother bought a nightstand at a garage sale and it sat in the garage forever not being used because it was ugly and stinky.  So finally I decided to fix it up.

 As you can see by the drawers, there was a lot of weird paint on it. i first guessed that there were three layers of paint (yellow on the wood, ugly teal blue, and the final dark brown "wood" colored paint")  but when I began to strip it using paint stripper, there was a layer of green between the yellow and teal.  I found that the chemical stripper was very very very VERY useful.  The wood was pretty tough to begin with, so I wasn't worried about damaging it.  Also thought that since it's only a small storage nightstand, it wouldn't be doing anything heavy duty anyways.  

More of it being stripped...

A few minor chemical burns later, I finally have an unfinished nightstand!!  This photo was taken with a flash, so it might be a little bit too washed out. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/Starrynight_stripped.jpg

I primed it up and noticed the stink was gone (another plus) and began to paint. The main dresser I began to paint as white, thinking i'd do inverted stencils (have the star shapes over the white and paint the rest blue), but it didn't work according to plan.  The blue is from the Disney line at Home Depot under the name "Galactic Sky".  Really really pretty.  I also added a little bit of black colorwash over the blue to give it more definition.  Then I stenclied the stars over the blue/black.  


For a while I was thinking of a design for the stars, but I ended up just making it as I went along.  I like it, though.  I replaced the drawer handles because of all the paint layers on the old ones.  

detail of the top

I normally wouldn't paint the inside of the nightstand, but I think that the smoothness of the semigloss paint helps out for storing and opening/closing drawers.  

The only drawback is that after it was finished and I brought it inside, the stink came back.  I got some helpful suggestionshttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46041.0 and so hopefully it can go back into my room.  Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Stinky Nightstand on: August 01, 2005 09:44:57 AM
Okay I've been lurking forever here, now I'm out of the woodwork to ask around for some advice.

My mom recently bought an old nightstand at a garage sale that I decided to stip and repaint.  To begin with, yes this dresser did stink.  Kindof that mildewy-basement smell.  But when i primed it with Killz and repainted it, I didn't smell it anymore.  But the moment I brought it into my room, the smell was there again.  It's a four drawer nightstand and it looks awesome (I'll post pics later), but the smell is so horrid that I can't stand to have it in my room.  Do you guys have any suggestions as to how I can get rid of the smell?  Or at least dilute it?

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