Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanks a Million

Around this time most everyone gives a little thought to gratitude.  If we all started making lists we could probably think of a million things for which we are grateful.  Too many to put in one post, so I'm picking just a few.

I am grateful that some of the things I loved, I no longer have to have to love.
I'm grateful that style is more about what makes me comfortable than what's in.
And that no matter how outlandish my choices, there is always someone else who takes it a step further.
(Aleksandra Savalic)
I'm thankful I still remember the fun days of my childhood even if children now days would never understand.
(Imma Steal dat.)
I am grateful for my slightly beat up '98 Dodge Caravan that hauls all my yard sale and alley finds.
Even though these were pretty cool, I'm grateful I no longer have to wake up to the ringing of an alarm.
 I am thankful every day that I get to choose what to do that day.
(Kimberly Arrington)
I am very grateful for the many things the internet provides, and I am just as grateful for the support I get to make it work.
 (Suzanne Broughton)
And, of course, I am thankful for my readers of this blog.....and especially grateful for the comments they leave.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope your blessings are many.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wall Plates

Remember this wall in the foyer?

I mentioned earlier it would just have to wait for the right thing to pop up, and until then it would remain blank.

And it did....

 until I found these two plates marked 40% off at Little Shop Around the Corner.  I didn't think of this wall when I spotted them. 

I did, however, think of this drape and knew I would figure out a way to use them.

My brother, John, had given me four metal kitchen chairs that were riding that ridge called "Too Far Gone."  They were rusty.  The caps on the legs needed to be replaced. And the seats needed to be totally refurbished.  The sanding alone was enough to give me pause, but sitting on one convinced me they did not deserve the work it would take to restore them.  They sat low to the ground and for someone who is 5'2" that is a rare comment. 

However, I did salvage the backs minus the frame that surrounded these curlicues. I sawed off the little pegs that held them to the frame and with a sigh of relief, discarded the rest of the chair.
Now just might be the time to pull one of these into use.

I sprayed it black and attached the eight inch plate to it with wire.

I decided I wanted to place the 13" plate in a square frame.  I picked one up at an auction but the opening was larger than I needed it to be.  My brother, Dan, cut it down for me.

Then it got the black spray treatment.

Since the plates hang directly opposite the drape, I can't show them together.  However, when you are in the room it pulls the color across the room and complements the lines in the drapes.

Because of the bookcases this room is very vertical, and with all the "stuff" on the shelves, it is a little tricky keeping this wall in proportion especially with the very low chairs.  With all the shapes, colors, and proportions in this room I found it challenging to accessorize.  But I also wanted to stick to the quirkiness of my style.  Not for everyone, I know, but it works for me.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Follow up on the Dresser

Now that I had found the dresser for my bedroom, I was eager to get it painted.

It will be in the same room as this piece.

However, two pieces in this color would be over the top, even for me.

I washed it down while I thought about color.

I removed the hardware while I thought about color.

I primed it while I thought about color.

Once I ran out of excuses, I bought three colors of green and dove into the painting.  I started with Sherwin Williams Hearts of Palm #6415.

Then I added SW Sassy Green #6416 to the details.

 The frame around the drawers got a coat of Chopped Dill, Benjamin Moore 496.

I painted the sides the Sassy Green, and for the top I used Chopped Dill.

At this point I was uncertain about what to do next.

Should I add a glaze?  I did try a glaze in the darkest green color but quickly wiped it off.

I thought about adding turquoise which was a color that I really wanted to pull out of the pillows.

I finally decided to get it into the bedroom before I did anything else to it.  An idea was forming to color block the room by making each piece of furniture a different color.  Why not?  I was already halfway there.

I had the hardware soaking in vinegar for a few hours.  That loosened up built up crud.

I brushed it a bit with a toothbrush and it was ready for primer.

  I thought about the metallic colors but finally decided to use something I had on hand.

Of all the unlikely names, this color is called "malaria."

It was by sheer accident that I had a spray green that would work so nicely with the colors on this piece.

I am still trying to decide if I am finished with this piece or not. 

I did think about adding onto the existing bun feet with...

these huge feet.
My brother, Dan, has four of these and I think they would have been a nice tie in to the huge feet on the pinky/purple piece. However, if I centered them on the existing feet, it have would pushed the piece away from the wall by about 4inces.  Potential foiled again!

Finally it was ready for the second floor bedroom.  Not something I could handle.
 I twisted my son's arm a little and got him to show up just as my son-in-law arrived.  Together they carried the dresser to the second floor for me.  It is a very solid (heavy) piece.  I'm sure they will confirm that!

Now I will have to accessorize the wall above the dresser.  I think a mirror needs to be part of whatever happens on this wall but I am open for whatever pops up.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dresser is a Close Fit

I have been on the lookout for a dresser for the bedroom.  This week I lifted that wish to a higher priority.  I saw one at Vincent de Paul but decided it had more character than one piece can handle.  Then today I saw this at the Clubhouse Shop.

I certainly liked it.  I especially like the serpentine front.  It was well constructed and even had a large unattached mirror that went with it.  But I held back and with good reason.  Remember, the dresser will be in the same room with this piece.
Yes, really! I don't expect to find a match for this piece but I hoped to find something that looks like a distant cousin.  I revisited a charitable resale shop that had a piece that might work.  Today it was marked down $40.  I had dismissed it a couple weeks ago but this was enough to get me to reconsider.  The staff confirmed what I already knew:  THEY DO NOT HELP LOAD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  That meant I would have to come back with help when I could find help.  The angels were with me because this happened to be the day they restock the floor and one of the guys overhead my discussion with the staff member.  He said to me, "If you buy it we'll help you load it."  That pretty much cinched the deal.
The piece measures 66 inches long and my van is a scant 66 inches from door to door behind the front seats.  When they saw how I wanted it loaded (upright behind the front seats) they were not thrilled and told me it would not fit.  I held my ground against the comments from the rest of the staff.  I think they could see I wasn't going to budge and the guys had already committed, so they loaded it.
Once it was in the van one of the movers walked away leaving the kid to shut the doors.  He could not make that happen because the handle was hitting the lip of the dresser.  I politely told him I would manage, and I did.  I pushed the dresser a little this way and a little that way until I was able to close the door.
When I got home I had a little more serious problem.  I couldn't get the doors open.  But with a little more wiggling I did it.  Now for the next hurdle.  I couldn't really leave my car sitting in the driveway with the doors open until I could round up help, so I needed to unload this by myself.
First I took the drawers out.  That was not as simple as it sounds because there was not enough room for me to get inside the van and barely enough room for me to pull the drawers out with bumping against all those protrusions that vehicles have on the inside.

Persistence paid off and I got them all out.
Next step...not so easy either.
This is where I could have used some help.  I do have a luggage dolly and decided that was worth a try.  I slipped it under the end on the ground and was able to roll it backwards while I lifted the other end down.
You can see the little cart on the right end.  Luckily I was able to then lift the other end and push the cart right into the garage. 
I think it holds it's weight against the amoire.  But now the big question.  What will the paint finish be?  I'll follow up on that in another post but if there are suggestions, I am open to fresh ideas.