Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reading by Lamp Light

I named this post "Reading by Lamp Light", I should have added "sort of".  Our power goes out a lot here in the styx of Idaho so we have quite a few Colman lanterns for back up lighting, plus a few here and there just for looks.  After going to the Farm Chicks this year I had an idea of what I wanted to do with one, but didn't want to sacrifice one we already had in case it didn't work out.  Garage sale to the rescue!  I found this one (sorry, no before pics) for 75 cents, so no problem tearing it apart.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Leave Well Enough Alone

Another lifetime ago I worked in the quality department of a large corporation.  One of their mantras was "continuous improvement".  They felt that everything could & should be improved upon.  Sometimes corporate ideology is just wrong !  Take this old mantle/wall shelf that I picked up last year for $2.  Sorry, this is obviously a during (stripping) shot, I lost the last two years of pictures that weren't saved on my Picasa Web Album, but it pretty much looked just like this minus the peeling paint.  I've had a lot of different ideas for this baby, first I was going to paint it aqua, then I figured it would be great in chalkboard paint which really needs a smooth base, so I went ahead and stripped it.

Here is what it looked like after one coat of heavy duty stripper.  People spends hours trying to achieve this look, so why should I try to improve on that?  The only thing I did was spray three coats of polyurethane on it to try to seal in the paint (I think it might be lead).

Next, and probably the hardest thing to figure out was what to use for hooks.  At first I was just going to use these simple screw in hooks, but they were too plain and too small.  Then I thought spoon hooks would look good, but when my hubby tried to flatten the bowl the spoon broke all apart.  Seems like the great (hah) set of silver he bought me awhile back is silver plated pot metal.  Then my husband suggested railroad ties but we didn't have enough, and they were too long.

 So a few days ago I was saying how I wished I had picked up some glass insulators at a sale for $1 a piece (I know...woulda, coulda, shoulda), when a light bulb went off in my husbands head. He goes over to the shop and comes back with these:

Do you know what they are?  They are ceramic insulators for electric fencing.  We have a bunch that we used to use to keep the deer out of the garden.  So a little polishing up, and some 14 cent screws and...

Dang, isn't my husband great.  A year ago he would have thought this was nuts, but now he is starting to see what revamping is all about.

So here is the shelf that I pretty much left well enough alone.  What do you think, good chippy or not?

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekend Finds

I know this won't be one of my hotter posts.   I rarely view other postings about garage sale finds, but I wanted to show a few people some of the great things I found this weekend, including a birthday present for my youngest granddaughter.
My shed is so full of future furniture projects that I am trying to limit myself to only buying smalls right now.  Do you know how hard that is?  Luckily most of the furniture I found this weekend was out of my price range, so I stuck to my guns and only brought home small pieces.