Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Big Reveal!

Remember that taxi cab yellow dresser that has been hurting everyone's eyes who viewed my blog?

You can't imagine what you can make with these things along with hours of work.

Here it is my version of Restoration Hardware's Zinc Chest

It is absolutely gorgeous. I am in the process of redoing my son's bedroom, so with limited funds I turned a "free" dresser into the perfect chest for a room with a French Industrial feel. The technique was a rather simple one that I saw on Miss Mustard Seed's Blog

I crinkled large sheets of aluminum foil and smoothed the wrinkles out a bit. Next I applied the foil to the dresser with mod podge, making sure the sheets were tightly adhered. A wooden craft stick was very helpful in firmly pressing down the foil. I should have probably primed the chest with gray primer because if the first layer of foil tore, the taxi cab yellow paint showed. So I applied another layer of foil to the entire dresser. I then applied two coats of mod podge over the foil. To give the dresser a feeling of zinc, I applied asphaltum glaze and blotted it off with paper toweling. The final step was the application of two coats of wipe-on poly.
This was the result.

The foil, mod podge, glaze and wipe-on poly cost was about $18.00.

I found the perfect knobs at Lowe's. They were a bit pricey at $48 for 12 knobs but then the Restoration Hardware chest was$1895.

Mary's Zinc Chest Priceless!

We're off tomorrow to visit my daughter in Winona, Minnesota. this is the first time we will see her since she left for college. I can't wait. I miss her so much. I'll accessorize the dresser next week. Stop back to see the great vintage finds that I found to go with the dresser.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Flashback to the Seventies

I have a surprise in store for you!

I have been working on a transformation you will not believe. My friend unearthed this dresser in her basement. If I looked beyond that taxi cab yellow paint I thought I could redo it for my son's bedroom. I always think big so this project has taken me several weeks.

But it is almost time for the big reveal. Stop back tomorrow. I know you will be truly amazed!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Getting Back in the Groove

I can't believe how unsettling it is to have one of your children out of the house. My daughter has spent her first week at college and has made a great adjustment. I am not certain her mother has made the same adjustment. What does a mother do who is missing her daughter? Plan a trip to Goodwill or visit an Estate Sale.

I snatched up this great little silver tray and vintage millinery flowers.

This is the most beautiful bottle opener ever! I love grape patterned silverplate.

I found this wonderful wooden tray which I am going to paint white and distress. It will become the foundation for a great shabby table display.

Lastly, I was creative with a few of my vintage finds. The cake stand and cloche are part of my collection. With a little inspiration from a photo from Jeanine's blog at Chippy Shabby, a few of my recent vintage finds and a little natural material, I created this awesome still life. The variety of whites and creams are just the right combination for the naturals and silver pieces.

I plan on being more creative and focused this week. Check back to see what I have done.