Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ugly Duckling Refurbished

 Old, rusty, almost forgotten....
 Sanded, primed, and two coats of paint....
 Decided to use pulls we had on hand rather than purchase new pulls.
 I carefully protected the old decal surrounded by the original paint.
 The result is a beautiful "swan"!

Yet Another Transformation!

 These two unrelated pieces
 I added shelves (1/2 shelf in the sink unit)
 and secured a towel rack.
Found the faucet on a decorative wall urn some time ago
and cut a circle to fit a bowl we had on hand for the sink.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Crafted on Memorial Day

My wife calls it "Bottle Crazy"...
 I call it cleaning out the garage and shed!
We're both pleased with the results.
An old rusted candle stick, 3 white rods (maybe round curtain rods?), and another 
old & tired garden stake turned and twisted into useful decoration.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

After and Before

 During (but after repairing some veneer chips)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

All in an Afternoon's Work

This ^
 and after scraping off old contact paper and sanding and staining...
First coat of lacquer finish, semi-gloss, is now applied.
(I had this finish on hand.  It dries
quicker than polyurethane.  After a second coat,
I'll rub some wax on it and put the hardware back on.
Like this....
Finished Project

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Latest

 Newly acquired at a garage sale this morning....

 and this...
Total spent on these two?  $9.00!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Another Finished Product.

After priming the frame and seat,
I applied the final coat of paint.
(We decided to play it "safe" with white since
we already had some cushions that fit the swing nicely.)
I'm pleased with the outcome!
Maybe it will be warm enough to sit out and enjoy it tomorrow.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


 These two pieces caught our eye as we drove down the street.
 A curbside survey told me it was repairable
so we loaded it into the car.
 At home, I fashioned two boards to replace a broken and a missing piece.
The only expense was the purchase of 2 eye hooks.
We'll decided whether to stain or paint the piece next week.
I'm leaning toward paint...
It's a very comfortable seat for two.
We like it already.