Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thrift store 'etagere' is Painted Love!

Okay, so remember when I mentioned that I wanted this darling Bungalow 5 Polo Etagere?  

But it was super dooper expensive.

Then on a little foray to the thrift shop, I found this:

Got it home and examined it.

And patched this funky burn mark with wood filler.

Sanded it:

Primed and painted it with glossy oil paint.
But then I didn't like the way the cracks looked on the interior ....

 So I smushed a bunch of spackle in all the cracks and painted it again.

Then realized that the screws that came with these pull handles weren't long enough.

So off I went to the hardware store to fix that little problem.

Then I bribed one of my sons to help me load the bookcase on to our dolly that has a flat tire and is missing the handle.....

And we dragged it through the house to plop it here:

And here it is!

I was gonna have glass shelves made, but I was too lazy to drive to the glass shop.  Ha!

I love the little pull handles!

And how about my nude surfer girl sculpture?  Cute ya?

Here's the cost analysis:

Bungalow 5 Polo Etagere:  $1843.50


Leslie's Thrift Shop Etagere hack:
Bookcase:  $34
Paint: $20
Pull Handles: $9.50
Total:  $63.50

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Faux Ostrich Leather Love

Ever since I saw this gorgeous little reupholstery job that Janell Beals from House of Fifty did, I've been smitten with faux ostrich.

A while back I got this faboo little chair (from the Alameda Antiques Faire) that's been on my to do list for reupholstery.  

I think the faux ostrich 'pleather' from Calico Corners that Janell chose for her bench would be perfect on this little desk chair.

As I've mentioned before, there are always little treasure-y things that you find out about furniture once you've stripped off its exterior.

I found out that this sweet piece is made by Hickory Chair and it dates back to the 1960's!
(There were markings and tags underneath the chair that I will post about after the re-do!)

So cool!  
Very Mad Men-esque!

Anywho, I think it will look great when it is 'feminine-ized' with ivory faux ostrich and I hope to get to this project this summer!

Woo hoo!