Friday, March 4, 2011

A Lovely Little Batch of B&A's

I seem to have misplaced a rather ginormous pile of Before & After photos of projects that I've done. I kept meaning to post them but you know what they say about the best laid intentions? Well, I'm hoping you do so you can tell me - because the only thing I know is that I can't find those darn photos.

So while you're waiting for me to find my brain where it seems to be nestled next to a plate of no-no brownies (which it totally isn't since my diet doesn't even presently allow brownies), I thought at the very least I could slap up some pictures of what I have just hanging out on my laptop.

Don't get too excited, it's not that awesome.

I got this lovely sewing table from our neighbor's garage sale for $7.00. I had wanted one SO bad that I had been praying for weeks (and I mean literally PRAYING, like on bended knee stuff, people) for one to pretty much just fall in my lap. I had also been praying to find a cheap dog crate for my Lills and she threw that baby in for free. Voila! See, things like this are proof that Jesus likes me and wants me to be happy. That, or I'm just a spoiled brat.

Just look at that thing. It's in mint condition, it came with all of it's parts AND it stood up quite wonderfully to turquoise Painters Touch. Win.

So this poor damn table. It is among the many things that I just couldn't make up my mind about (more on that subject later). I can't find it's original photo at the moment, but trust me when I say it was ugly-as-shit-brown. Like, not even close to not being atrocious. I paid $10 for it at The Habitat For Humanity Restore...or was it $5.00? Either way, it didn't cost enough to make me feel guilty for repainting it more than once to appease myself.

annnd now (ignore the non-matchy pillow situ)

Oh, and lookie, I found the yuck factor
(see, told you it was ugly)

This is a bedside table that I bought to be this unmatched matched set.When I was in my (brief) aqua and yellow stage, I painted it. Since then it's been painted again (turquoise this time) and for it's final presentation it's going white. Stay tuned. Oh yeah, Habitat for Humanity, $5.00.

PS. Eventually I WILL learn that if I just paint everything white, or aqua to begin with, I can save myself a lot of freaking hassle, not to mention time and paint, if I stop painting stuff on a whimsy mood swing. I swear I'll never learn.

I got the other-side-of-the-bed's table at a garage I was looking at it and the home owner hollers over, "If you want it, take it, I just want it gone". I didn't bother telling her that I was only staring at it because my family (and I'm sure most of yours) had the same matching set to it when I was growing up. But what the hell, I'll just spray paint it. Easy peasy.


Do I ever loves me some glass knobs and pulls. And Milk Glass.

And hey, I'll throw in my "goofy lamp experiment" for good measure.

 It's for sale. But the shade is crap. Note to self: Mod Podging a lampshade doesn't work. Spray mount or bust. Man, I was SO into yellow that month, sheesh.

Alrighty peeps, I'm outta here. I have to go track down photos of things that I didn't paint yellow. I'll leave you with a photo of my pretty, pretty princess, Lilly. She matches, what, with her yellow and turquoise and all. it'd be a shame to leave her out.


SillySimple said...

Love, love, love looking through the before and afters here! Thanks for sharing.

I am dieing to know how you manage to get such a consistent smooth bright finish on the furniture? Do you sand it all the way down to bare wood?

I am Chrissa. said...

Thank you!

Honestly, I don't sand that much. If the initial surface is really smooth, I just do a light sanding so the paint will "stick" but if I don't need to do a lot of filling/restoration and fixing, I just clean, sand then paint.

I think I just get lucky.

kathleen said...

these are lovely! I have that sewing machine and cabinet... picked it up for 9 bucks at our local thrift store recently. Haven't painted it yet. I was wondering the same thing... so darn smooth.

Do you spray paint or brush?

I am Chrissa. said...

Hi Kathleen!

The round table was a brush, and I think it was so smooth because it was a flat finish? I only like to spray paint because I want it to be smooth. I'm super careful to be as smooth as possible.

I am excited to get my new Bosch sprayer so I can use Ooops paint in my jobs and not be regulated to just what Painter's Touch can give me.

Gloria R. said...

I always say, 'God has time for little things'.
God Bless.

Jenny P said...

Ha ha... We totally had a dresser like the free one in my house growing up. I should have thought of painting it!!! Love the cute knobs... Uh, that sounds wierd. Sorry. :)

I am Chrissa. said...

I don't think that sounds weird at all! Adorable, maybe, but not weird! xo