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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Bowl Beans on: July 26, 2008 10:31:22 PM
Don't ask about the title of this post. These things just reminded me of beans, and I guess they're bowls, and I painted them, so that's that.

I just sanded them and painted and varnished. I don't know, they aren't anything miraculous, but I kinda liked the shape and wanted to make something out of nothing.

Hope you like



22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hollowed-out book with treat inside on: June 22, 2008 09:16:28 PM
I freaking love this! You did a wonderful job! I'm soo soo soo going to have to make one of these, hopefully as pretty as yours.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: 60s Starburst on: June 14, 2008 10:14:03 AM
That is pure fabulosity! Super retro and super cool!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Junk into slightly more attractive junk! on: June 14, 2008 10:07:58 AM
Beautifuly done work.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glossy Armoire on: April 21, 2008 07:10:29 PM
Hi Ya'll,

Thank you all so much for the slew of comments, I really appreciate it.

As for the details...the door panel inserts are fabric I bought at Walmart maybe a year ago. I liked it so much but don't know how to sew, so I only bought a yard in hopes of finding something to do with it.

I took the doors off the hinges and worked on them flat on the ground. First I primed the entire thing, then painted it with a few layers of black paint. I cut the insert walmart fabric to fit. Then I diluted some Elmers Glue in water inside a big bowl and soaked all 4 panel pieces in the glue solution for a minute. When all the fabric had absorbed as much water and glue as it could, I squeezed it out and stretched it over each door panel. I smoothed it out with my finders and made sure there weren't any air bubbles. Then I just let them dry overnight. The next day the fabric was stuck to the doors and there was no need to varnish. (I did try to varnish a little piece and it turned a dark yellow, which I did not prefer).

After that came all the moulding. That's when the cost rises. I think all of the moulding (from Home Depot), and there is a lot of moulding, cost me about $60. I painted most of the moulding a dark gray, only slightly lighter than the base black color, then I took sanding paper and scratched some of the paint off, to give it a more interesting look. The insert moulding I painted a light beige/yellow. All the moulding was screwed on with small screws.

The legs are the same ones I used here, on the Studded Ottomans
          https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196927.0. They are just fence post toppers (whatever those are called), also from Home Depot. I sanded them, stained them with an Ebony stain, and then varnished them 3 times with oil based varnish.

Attaching the legs was a bit of a pain. We had to flip the armoire upside down. The thing about these fence post toppers is that they come with a huge screw stuck in the middle of the thing, underneath. I think we ripped those out with pliers and used a nail gun with some very long nails. So far it's holding.

Then I varnished the whole thing (except for the fabric), and that's the end. I hope I've answered all your questions, but if not, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks again.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glossy Armoire on: April 21, 2008 09:18:39 AM
My mother has always been a fan of storage and organization, in her mind. In reality, our house never had anything to put other things into. I badly wanted a large armoire, but they were too expensive, and never my style.

A long long time ago my parents bought these large MDF garage cabinets. They are very simple, just a box with doors and shelves. I stole one and made the armoire I needed.  I've never had enough storage and hopefully this will allow for more organization. The armoire is extremely heavy and very large, it's almost to the ceiling. (It does have handles, they are just black and hard to see)



27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Raglan coolness on: February 21, 2008 12:50:22 PM
Fabulous looking sweater, and wonderful fit.

I thought there was something wrong with me because I hate hate hate to knit from patterns. I fawn all over them, will buy the magazine, but as soon as I start reading the pattern I just want to kill myself. I think there is always a fear that it looks so great on pictures, but will look awful on me, after spending months knitting it. Or maybe I just hate the structured process. I definately don't like being told what needle to use, circs or dps etc. Glad to know there is someone else who likes doing it without a guide. No rules rulez!
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: kid's practice guitar decoupaged into cool decoration on: February 19, 2008 08:46:18 PM
Nice job, very pretty.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bentwood Ice Cream Chairs on: February 19, 2008 08:45:00 PM
Actually, they will be used in our fix/flip projects as staging. They won't really be in any serious use, good thing, because they are not very comfortable.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bentwood Ice Cream Chairs on: February 12, 2008 08:02:49 PM
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! To answer your question DanielSmith, the paint I used was just plain old Behr from Home Depot. The paint finish on most colors was satin, but it really doesn't matter to me whether it's satin or flat, because I cover everything in a satin oil-based poly at the end.
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