Sunday, February 27, 2011

Garage sale dresser (Before/After project)

      At a garage sale I spotted an old buffet that had been brush painted dark brown, and used as a dresser.  We settled on a price and I took it home, $25.00  After removing the brown paint, and early American brass hardware, a new color appeared, bright, bright  red. UGH! Not only was the shocking red on the outside, but also inside each cupboard and drawer. Gentle sanding began! I wish I had a picture of the way it looked, but unfortunately, the "before" pic was deleted in error.
      After removing the brown paint and the layer of red, I applied a coat of oil base primer, so that those little wood knots wouldn't bleed through. Next I applied 2 layers of moss green. After that dried, I rag- washed in some hunter green and white color. Once that was done, an accent of brick red was applied to the edges. Then, I scraped tiny bits of color off to reveal under tones. In the final two steps, I applied a light sealer and replaced the knobs and pulls. 

The original hardware
      The dresser has transformed and it's life as a buffet has been restored. I must say, the work was worth it, not to mention addicting, looking forward to reviving another piece headed for the curb.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

     The day of love..the day to express yourself to others you love and appreciate. We like to have fun with Valentine's Day, from gifts given to making a special meal. Each year I make about 100 Chocolate Heart lollipops to spread a little appreciation to others. From the clerks in our favorite coffee shop, to coworkers, to our own kids and their college friends, everyone lights up over such a small gesture.
This year I have a special gift for my husband. instead of a "hunny-do" list I made him a jar full of reasons why he is so great. He sat reading each numbered item and was quietly smiling all the way! Try one.
Meantime,  from Scooby and me, Happy Valentines Day, put a little love in your heart!...
 and if cupid doesn't remember your door, pick up some flowers and make yourself happy!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scooby enjoying the weather

Scooby, loves to be outdoors.. on perimeter patrol, walking, snow lounging, and porch sitting. He is a great companion and protector.