Lazy Susan

Just finished painting and decoupaging a Lazy Susan / Dumbwaiter, both rather unflattering names, especially if your name is Susan 🙂 Anyway it was plain pinewood and sits on my kitchen island, so I decided to jazz it up a bit.

Painted it with white chalk paint and decoupaged the fishies and quotes. I bought the tissue paper from the local craft shop. On top, I applied a liquid glass epoxy coating, which can take a certain amount of heat and is impermeable to stains, etc. on the side I sanded down the small amounts of liquid glass that had spilled over and coated it with a high gloss varnish

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And there you have it, a very pretty lazy Susan 😉

Storage Stool

A few years ago I bought a Storage stool, because it was inexpensive, not because I liked it, which of course is not very clever, because the minute I placed it in my craft room, it´s been an eyesore. I wanted to cover it with fabric but wasn’t quite sure about how to do it, I also didn’t want to make a sewn cover, since I knew it would be a nightmare to fit well. So the only option left to me was using the staple gun, which I might add I have never used before, so this was the ideal project to try it on.

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The fabric I chose was an African wax batik of which I have quite a few meters. I measured the lid from one inside part to the other, cut the fabric and stapled it to the inside of the lid, the corners I folded and tucked in much like binding a quilt. I actually couldn´t believe how good it looked.

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For the box, I measured all around added 6cm and cut, then I wrapped the box in the fabric, folded over on the top and stapled to the inside. The edge of the fabric was folded over and made sure it was nicely stretched.

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And there you have it, I was blown away by how quick and simple it was.

Needless to say, I now have a new best friend…the staple gun 😉

Refurbished desk

I´ve been quite busy lately, finishing up a few projects, one of them was refinishing an old desk we have. It´s really a very plain ugly little thing, but because we don´t use it that much, I didn´t want to spend money on buying a new desk. Most of the time we take the PC to the sofa or dining room table and use it there, I don´t know why, maybe we just want to be near everyone else and not alone in what we call the office/music/ironing room, or maybe every-one is scared they´ll be asked to do the ironing  😉

Well, the so-called office/music/ironing room also has the piano in it, which is blackish, so I chose a granite chalk paint from Rust-Oleum for the desk. It took 3 coats on top, a light sanding, waxed the whole thing for durability, bought a new knob for the drawer, and there it was, all done!

Here is a photo of the desk upside down, I forgot to take a foto of it before I began 🙂

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Here it is finished, the bin basket I spray painted with some leftover grey spray paint I had, it was blue before.

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Ok, I admit, I didn´t sand the desk before I began, so now the grain is visible in some places, and it kind of looks like it was painted white before the granite color, and then distressed, But I sure don´t mind the effect, I got the distressed look without having to put in the extra work 😉

Here is a view of the room, it´s still a work in progress, it has the bookcase in wood veneer, but I´ve decided I won´t paint that, I´ll gift it and get a bookcase I saw at IKEA, which I really like.

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I´m, also finishing up a quilted wall hanging, which will hang above the piano, and a small wooden magazine rack to store my music sheets, so stay tuned……

Hope Chest

When I turned 8 years old, my mom gave me a hope chest as a present, and thereafter I was gifted with crochet doilies, bed sheets, bath towels, etc to fill my hope chest. My mother loved my hope chest, I absolutely hated it!, I hated it when I received it at the age of 8 when I was hoping to get a far more interesting gift, and I have hated it ever since, and somehow, this unwanted hope chest has followed me all my life, my mother makes sure of that 🙂

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The last few years it´s been in my sewing room, where I glare at it all the time. So the other day my daughter Andi said to me…. Why don´t you sand and paint it….My first reaction was, no way, there is nothing that can salvage that monstrosity, with it´s horrible lacquered finish, and the very thought of stripping the varnish from the whole thing was just too daunting. However she finally convinced me, and so we decided to strip the top and paint the rest with chalk paint.

I used my husband´s electric sander to strip the top, and even then it wasn´t easy, in the end, he did me the huge favor of doing most of the sanding.

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Then I painted the rest with white chalk paint, I had to apply 3 coats of paint. The hardware, I spray painted in silver and then I applied clear wax to the painted area.

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I applied a coat of mineral oil from Ikea to the sanded top, it´s called Skydd, the minute I applied the oil the top turned a dark brown, which surprised me because I apply this oil to wooden kitchen top counters all the time, and they don´t darken, but anyway I don´t mind this darkish brown, it´s quite nice.

And here is the finished product, so finally, 44 years after receiving it, I can finally say that I actually like my hope chest!

 

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