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DIY chandelier

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i have a chandelier in nearly every room of my house.  i just  l-o-v-e  chandies.   truth be known, i would prefer nineteenth century fo-real crystal and gold leaf, but since the $ gravy train seems to have ended for hubby and i back in the eighties….i shall be content with making my own.  DIY blog land has turned my little  life upside- down.  i can take a basic lighting fixture and create something anthropology-ish.  really, the sky is the limit. trouble is,   i have now run out of ceiling space.

this fixture began as the standard dining room lighting fixture in our home 15 years ago.  10 years ago,   i moved it to the living room, painted it bronze, slapped some miniature shades on , and it was passable.  but now…. it fits more with the vibe of our home.  a little bit vintage.  a little bit  funky,  a little bit more suggestive of a wannabe artist (that would be me).

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Red Dresser

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Granny B. , my 101 year old  Grandmother gave me this dresser almost 30 years ago.  It was the first piece of furniture I ever attempted to restore.  Scott and I had it in each apartment when we lived in  Williamsburg, Virginia, Raleigh and Wake Forest, N.C, then clear out to Chicago, Illinois where we lived a short 14 months.  As I recall, it was one of t w o pieces of “bedroom” furniture we owned. Fast forward to Greensboro, N.C. (with a brief one year stay in Elkin, N.C.), Lane Scott came home for Thanksgiving break to find this dresser, which she claimed about 10 years ago,  bright red.

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” Something old, something new….”

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One night, a dear  friend visited my home to see a few  pieces of furniture I had finished   .   When she spotted the dark wood  buffet I have had for years, she asked me  if I would also paint that.  I never thought about painting a piece I adored in it’s original “form”.  I am not sure what my reply to Dorothy was that night, but within 45 minutes of her leaving, I pulled out  the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and  finished painting the buffet/sideboard in less than 2 hours. The following week I tweaked the hardware (from gold to silver to antique gold to black to….old white), and played around with clear and dark wax until I found it’s best look . The new paint transformed this sideboard from average to chic.

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What-to-do-when-you-despise-your-current-typical-suburbia-cherry-finish-queen-anne-style-dining-table…..

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Paint  it!  I saw a cover of “House Beautiful” a couple months ago with a dining table very similar to mine, painted charcoal grey.  I saved the picture and decided to try and replicate the color and finish on my table.  After several different shades of grey, I finally manipulated blending a couple of different grey colors and then blending with clear  and dark wax.  I hand sanded between every single layer.  I do not recommend doing this inside of your house (like i did)….especially if you have light cabinets, carpet, walls and trim (like I do.) I accrued quite a bit of dark grey dust which turns black when trying to clean up (like i have).

I sold off the-matching-typical-suburbia-cherry-finish-queen-anne-style-dining-chairs at my yard sale a few weeks back.  Last year,  I found two club chairs on Craigslist, purchased two dark brown wicker chairs from Pier One, and also found two Hollywood-glam type chairs I had reupholstered (red chair project).

S   l  o  w  l  y  . The dining room is coming together. What I liked yesterday, I probably won’t care for tomorrow….eventually, it will evolve into a space I love.    For years, I played by decorating rules.  I was too insecure as I was finding “MY” particular style.  But now, I go with my gut.  if I like something, I will make it work….somewhere.

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Henrietta Table

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i love this table.  i have no place in my home for another piece of furniture but that has not kept me from cramming it into my very small foyer.  i thrifted this table for a pittance.  the owner said he thought the table had been in a fire (it did smell a little bit like cookout drive thru).  the unattractive linoleum glued to the top almost made me change my mind.  but after a few hours of power sanding, a few coats of paint and wax, it is one of my favorite pieces.

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A Labor of Love

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a friend of mine , holly, asked if i could take this buffet from white (still looking for the “before” picture) to an antique look black finish.  holly has a beautiful home, exquisitely good taste in all-things-fashion-and-anything-for-that-matter, so i wanted to morph a fairly new piece into a buffet with old southern  charm. i painted several coats of antique black, clear waxing between each coat, hand-distressing,  antique black rubbing with brown undertones, dark waxed, then clear coated and poly’ed for  a worn feel. i changed out the hardware finishing it with a gold leaf, then distressed and clear waxed …again.

Polly Pocket Gone Wild

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An old lamp. Some fabric to recover the shade. A bag full of Polly Pockets. And a glue gun.
Funky or scary…your call.