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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So I recovered my $20 garage sale sectional. on: January 09, 2011 06:55:50 AM
that is fabulous!  wonderful work!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fixed a scratchy sweater by... adding another sweater! on: January 08, 2011 04:56:14 PM
It looks wonderful.  great idea!  I am stealing your idea for some of my own scratchy sweaters. Thanks!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Swiffer cover from two old dish towels (lots of pictures) on: January 22, 2010 06:49:06 PM
This is brilliant.  Those refill pads are terribly expensive and wasteful. 
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Big cats, gothiness, and Blue stripes? on: January 21, 2010 05:18:08 PM
thanks for all the wonderful compliments. My son collected a lot of these items through the years. 
We also painted the furniture to fit in with the theme.  Most of the furniture is a mish mash of serveral pieces with the common theme being black paint.  the shelves and computer desk were purchased as black from Walmart.  A friend of mine gave me the dresser.  I sanded and painted it and my husband drilled holes for the handles as the piece actually has finger hole type drawer pulls.  I found the top without the mirror and handles unpainted at the Goodwill  (also my source for much of the animal printed linens.)   Sadly,right now all I can see of the original glory (as in cleanliness) are these pictures.  I know there was a floor. 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Big cats, gothiness, and Blue stripes? on: January 19, 2010 02:34:34 AM
Thanks!   Spunky7098, sadly so far it is a fail on the clean  Sad.  Retro_Rose,  it does feel like a live illustration, thanks!
 I forgot to add that the  "border" on the walls is really just garden fence border, black plastic.  We used construction adhesive to put it up there. 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Big cats, gothiness, and Blue stripes? on: January 18, 2010 03:21:35 PM
Thanks!  What I didn't say was how horrific it was...picture tan paneling and industrial carpeting.  It was so bad, that kid never complained a bit.  He is a great kid.  I covered the paneling with wallpaper paste and ripped up paperbags to create a sturdy, smoothish surface without ripping down the paneling. I used a stencil for the stripes.  The gold sheen is from damp sponging gold glaze all over it.  It was a longer process than just painting it, but the results are one of a kind. 
I just wish it would stay as neat and clean as in the photo's.  That boy is a P-I-G.  LOL.  I just love that line.  He is just a really, really messy teenager!

Thanks for the feedback!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Big cats, gothiness, and Blue stripes? on: January 18, 2010 02:25:37 PM
This is my sons bedroom makeover.  He was so patient.  I have lost the before pics as my computer did the old crasharoo.   Anyway, he picked 2 bright blues for paint and I had to work around it.  He likes big cats, goth stuff, japenese things, and blue.  So this is what it turned out like.

I have to add a shot with my girl dog. 

Prinscess Sophie
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8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: no more plain old thermostat... on: December 28, 2009 02:45:18 PM
This is one of the most unique ideas ever!  I love it.  It looks awesome. 
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Re-purposed: dresser to entertainment console on: October 05, 2009 03:04:20 AM
Thanks to both of you. 

Papajustify: It made me laugh while I was writing it, which I know is a terrible faux paus.  But, I laugh at my own stuff all the time, I am goofy that way.  I am glad someone else thought it was funny!  I see a lot of things and I want them painted black.  To me, things look better black.  I was doing everything white like the shabby chic stuff, but I have 2 giant black labs that shed at all times and in all places.  It does not work, trust me.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-purposed: dresser to entertainment console on: October 04, 2009 05:33:50 AM
Hi everyone!
This has probably been done before me.  I had an old dresser.  It has been used in every bedroom and eventually it was relegated to the garage as tastes changed and bedrooms were redecorated.  The dresser is very sturdy, solid wood, heavy and huge.  I very rarely throw furniture out, I like to wait and see if I can be inspired to re-do it in some way. And I am cheap.   
I hated our old entertainment center.  It was very tall, style-less, manufacturey looking.  The pits!  My living room is old world like with Fleur-de-lis details, crosses and religious themed accents.
So, in looking at the console styles out there for entertainment systems, I thought about my old dresser friend.  The dresser has 3 huge drawers and behind 2 sliding doors 6 smaller drawers.  The best thing was each of those drawers live in their own individual compartments (sorry, don't know furniture lingo).  I thought it would be perfect as a entertainment console. 
It started out very plain.

here it is after sanding and primer.
this is the original wood color.

in action.

the drawers in use.  perfect for DVDs, games, Cd's, and I am old enough to still own a boatload of videos.  Roll Eyes
After sanding and primer, I painted it black ( just like the Stones song!)  Grin
I had 4 diamond shaped plastic pictures with relief details that I spray painted black.  I attached them to the ovalish designs on the sliding doors with construction adhesive.  After that dried I used caulk to seal the edges.  More paint went on the caulk.  After my husband used a big fat drill bit to put holes in the back for cord access I used gold paint to paint to highlight the relief details, drawer handle, legs, and whatever else took my fancy.  I used stencils to add Fleur-de-lis details to drawer fronts and TA DA; entertainment console!  The compartments are great for DVD player, game consoles, Cable box, etc..the best thing is the doors slide to hide all that techy looking stuff. .  I just wish I could hide the TV.  I will eventually get a smaller flat screen,  so that it blends in a bit better.  I am thinking of designing a screen to hide that.  It is down the road though, this works for now. 

this is a little bit closer pic of the details.  I am beginning to see that black does not work translate details very well in photos.  Sorry!
Thanks so much for looking!
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