Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jewelry Organizer Revisited

Today we're taking a look back at a project I completed last year.  
This jewelry organizer started out as a key rack:
Anyone remember these?

The full story can be found HERE.  
This was an easy makeover and I'm pretty sure you'll be on the look-out for an old key rack now!

Have a wonderful week, my friends - be sure to share, pin, and comment...I LOVE comments!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Craft Cabinet


I'm in the process of moving my Craft Room from the basement to the spare bedroom.  In addition, I'm downsizing and purging the "stuff" I really don't need or use anymore.  It's quite a task!

In order to help with the process I bought an unfinished cabinet to store the "stuff" I want to keep.  Naturally I remembered to take a 'before' picture when I got to this part:


Yep, doors, drawers, & hardware, all removed!  What can I say?
So, I found a pic online:

I used that beautiful Peacock chalk paint that I talked about in The Ugly Duckling post.
Since this cabinet was bare wood, I read that it should be given a coat of shellac or primer.  Since there was no shellac in the house, I used primer, which raised the grain of the wood.  For a brief moment, I thought about sanding it with 220, but decided against it. This is chalk paint, after all!
Two coats of Peacock Chalk Paint and the color was gorgeous. There were still a few rough spots from the grain, so I gave it a light sanding - literally, 'swish-swish' and that was it.  The edges got a little distressing to add character.
I love how a little of the white primer shows through!

Next came a coat of clear wax and a coat of dark wax - both applied with a rag because I don't own a wax brush.  The knobs were spray-painted white and everything was reassembled.

The past week has been spent filling the cabinet with my craft supplies.  That little cabinet is also filled.  A show-n-tell is in order, but that's a post for another day...

That's all for today.  I love all of the sweet comments that you leave for me.  I hope you'll continue to follow, share, and pin!

Have a great week!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ugly Duckling-Swan Story


I'm back again with a little cabinet that was hiding in the corner of the basement.  It was painted a pink/beige color and was pretty dingy.  I loved the fact that it was solid wood, the rest of it?  Not so much!  The top was yellow with a nifty green edging.  Quite the choice for a pink cabinet, don't you think?

Guess what came off first.  I used a screwdriver and a hammer - gone in no time at all!
Next, the drawer knobs came off and the entire cabinet was scuffed with some 220 on my palm sander.  
The cabinet was painted with chalk paint in Peacock, distressed, and waxed. Once again,  this paint was purchased in my local discount store for under $5.  

Now I had to deal with the top.  I cut pallet wood to fit, sanded, dry-brushed some white paint, and stained it to give it a rustic look. I attached it with Liquid Nails and left it to dry overnight.

Then I had to addresss the unfinished edge.  After removing the edging, I was left with this:
So I bought some plain wood molding, cut pieces to fit, and gave it the same finish as the pallet wood.  Attached it with small nails, gave everything two coats of polycrylic and called it done!


I bought 4 new knobs for the drawers (wasn't crazy about the old ones), attached them, and brought the cabinet out of the basement.
It now sits in my (soon-to-be) new Craft Room, which is being purged and moved out of the basement.  You can see the Sahara Chair next to it and soon I'll share the whole room.  Right now, it's a work-in-progress.


So, there you have it.  An Ugly Duckling turned into a Swan, or, maybe, a Peacock!  
I hope you enjoyed this little makeover.  I hope you'll share, pin, and follow.  There's so much more to share.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting the Cottage!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Easiest Chair Makeover Ever!

Meet the Sahara Chair.  I bought it in 2011 when the Sahara Hotel & Casino closed in Las Vegas.  I really wanted a piece of The Sahara and this chair was it.  

I absolutely LOVE this chair - yes, as I told you in the previous post, I never met a chair I didn't like, but this one is special.  I love the shape and it's from The Sahara!  
Unfortunately, the seat was badly stained, and I never got around to cleaning it - until now.  The goal was to keep the chair original and not have to recover it.  So, the seat was removed ( 8 screws), many staples pulled, and the fabric was removed.  The cushion and webbing were in great shape, so the only challenge was getting the stains out of the fabric.

I filled a basin with warm, soapy water and let it soak.  Let me just say the water was disgusting!  Then I soaked it again with a little bleach added.  The fabric was allowed to drip dry and then went through a washing machine cycle.  
Here's the result:
Stains gone!


Happily,  The Sahara Chair stays all original and now it's clean!  

Don't you wish all makeovers were this easy?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Celery Rocking Chair

According to my husband, I never met a chair I didn't like.  That goes double for rocking chairs!  I found this one at a yard sale last summer.  It was solid and the price was right, so it came home with me.  The only problem was the finish.  It was old, checked, and worn.


I debated for quite a while about what to do and thought about stripping it down to bare wood and refinishing it, but with my shoulder the way it is, I decided against that option.  I decided chalk paint was the easiest and headed to the store.  The paint used can be found at your local discount store for under $5.  The color is Celery. Wink-wink!

There was absolutely no prep.  The chair got two coats of paint, some distressing, and two coats of satin polyurethane.  Done!


Apologies for the 'after' photos.  Naturally, the day it's finished and I need photos for this post, it's a rainy day!

This was a 'No Muss, No Fuss' transformation.  If you haven't tried chalk paint yet, you should, especially since it is no available at a very affordable price!

Have a wonderful week and be sure to stop by again soon!


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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Little Vacation & a Feature

Happy Monday, All.  The Apple Street Cottage is taking a little vacation this week.  No worries, though, I've featured a post on the right from last summer and I'll be back next week.

Have a fabulous week!
Ann


Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Find

Strawberry Pie


I'm calling it a 'find' because I found the recipe on Pinterest.  You can find it on my dessert board.

Super Easy - Super Tasty.  Make one.  You won't regret it!

Have a wonderful weekend...that includes pie!

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