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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Sideboard Rehab

When we moved into the new house, we needed more space for kitchen gadgets and dishes.  So I found a suitable sideboard on Craigslist, but it was this terribly dated boring piece (upper left corner of the picture), that desperately needed a new life.  Since I was missing Colorado, I saw the ‘bars’ on the doors and immediately thought ASPEN TREES!!!  So here is my sideboard/dresser with its fall aspen leaves!

This is a great example of my Good Enough philosophy.  Conventional wisdom says I must strip, sand, etc. first. But I didn’t.  Instead, I primed – using a top-quality primer, sprayed a stain-blocker to prevent any discoloration from the base bleeding through, and then painted, and sealed with several coats of a Minwax Poly sealer.  I then gave it owl, bird, and dragonfly handles in antiqued bronze.  I’m quite happy with this piece, but found that after all that, it doesn’t fit in with the house.  So it’s for sale, if anyone wants this lovely piece…

sideboard before and after



Happy Anniversary

Today is our anniversary, so I decided to whip up some delicious Nutella mini-cheesecakes (R LOVES Nutella!), using this recipe I found – No-bake Nutella Cheesecake

Now, the recipe calls for frozen whipped topping…yeah, SO not happening!!!  I made my own whipped cream, but have always had trouble with using a mixer in this bowl – it tends to spatter the whole kitchen no matter how careful and absolutely-upright I keep the mixer.  Kitchen hack was clearly called for!!  I’ve tried making a half-lid from Saran Wrap before (disastrous results – don’t ask!), but I thought the idea was still good.  So I ripped off a piece of aluminium foil and made a shield.  Worked perfectly.  Cream was whipped up in no time, I could move the mixer as necessary, and no spatter!!

And a lovely anniversary dinner was had…

My spatter-guard….                                    The finished product…

My foil spatter-guard        Nutella Cheesecake

My Piano Bench Redo….

So my latest FINISHED project (as opposed to the gazillion UFO projects still “in process”) is this piano bench redo I’m rather proud of.  We wanted a bench for our bedroom and I was deeply in love with this turquoise crocodile-embossed fabric.

I haunted Craigslist and Goodwill and other sources for AGES trying to find a bench, before remembering that I had this old piano bench I’d stuffed away in the basement – always intending to give it a makeover.

So I primed it with RustOleum’s Painter’s Touch 2x Primer and Paint, then gave it a coat or two of their Bright Finish in Chrome for a really nice silver.  To be honest, I was not thrilled with either paint, and will try something else next time.  I then mixed up some acrylic paint to match the turquoise fabric, and painted the grooves in the legs – painstaking, but totally worth it!!

I upholstered the top with 2″ HD foam, and sewed a piece of black cotton to the underside to create a really nice finished look (I hate visible staples or that crappy non-woven fabric you so often find on the underside of store-bought furniture).  I lined the inside bottom with a Renaissance-print Italian paper, then sealed it.  Since this was the first time I had ever upholstered anything (not counting the time when I was 5 and “helped” my dad make an upholstered ottoman from scratch), I am really proud of this and how it came out.  Having done it, I’m now ready to sell it and make something new…. Anyone want to buy it?  ;>

Click on the photo to enlarge it…

Piano bench remodel

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