Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas

As Christmas rapidly approaches,
there are always a few last minute painting projects that pop up, and I'm happy to do them
  because usually they are gifts for someone special. 
 I feel like one of Santa's helpers.

Today, I had the pleasure of personalizing
 a small toy chest that a thoughtful Grandpa
put together for his new grand daughter. 
As I began to work, the family cat joined me. 
Don't you think he fits into the pink and white decor

Before the baby arrived,
the nursery was painted in a soft palette
of taupe, pink and cream. 
The new mother wanted a room
that her daughter could grow with,
so we decided against using a theme. 
Instead, a delicate damask design was painted
at eye level forming a border around the room. 
Then for some "glam", Swarovski crystals
were glued onto the design. 
 The crystals twinkle in the sunlight,
but unfortunately, they don't photograph very well.

 Merry Christmas baby Francesca. 
 At just a few weeks of age,
you're too young to appreciate your pretty room,
but someday you'll be old enough to enjoy what your mother planned especially for you.

....and Merry Christmas to each of you, too!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Second Time Around

Here's how a cast-off twin bed 
 purchased from a resale shop for a thrifty $25
transformed into a wonderful bench. 
Thanks to my very resourceful friend, Sherry,
I've discovered the fun of re-sale. 
This bench will be part of a joint project we are working on. 
When the project is complete, I promise more photos.


The headboard became the back of the bench,
 and the footboard was cut in half to make the sides. 
Trimming another 6" from each piece
 made the sides fit perfectly.

Reinforcement was needed to make the seat sturdy. 
 A little measuring, sawing, gluing and clamping
was needed to make everything fit just right.

Once the seat was in place,
it was time for me to fill the nail holes, sand prime and paint. 
My favorite part! 
Now I need make a cushion.
  Voila! - a very wonderful, recycled bench. 


And where will this go? 
 Stay tuned. 
But I will give a hint. 
 It will share the spotlight with this little cabinet,
another recycled piece of furniture. 
 Both will soon have a new home.


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