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Armoires almost done!

Its been awhile. I know. What can I say.  Its really hard to work full time, go to graduate school, work on house projects and plan a major renovation. But I have news! My armoires are almost done! HOORAH!!! So last we left off, I was having second thoughts about the brass hardware.  I attempted to Rub n Buff it but the finish wasn’t working out so great.  I was hoping to try some different methods to get the finish I was after.  I was going to attempt find something called Blue Magic, but Bryan recommended that we give the…

I’m addicted to Craigslist.

Its true.  And its a serious problem.  I have Craigslist open in a tab, sometimes, multiple tabs (gotta monitor craigslist.org/fuo in as many as 6 local subsites [Central Jersey, North Jersey, NYC, Philadelphia and sometimes Jersey Shore and South Jersey]).  I know I don’t have room for any more furniture right now. I know that I don’t. Buuuutttttt……. I.cannot.help.myself! Case in point: This beaut just showed up.  Its a fantastic mahogany china cabinet that needs a lot of work but it is crazy cheap at only $150.  I instantly envisioned it looking like a multi-thousand dollar Restoration Hardware piece like…

Change of Hardware: From drop pulls to disco balls

A couple weeks ago, we swung by Anthro after work to check out the hardware options.  At this point, I was pretty set on getting drop pulls, however, I had some reservations about the drawer handles.  The option I picked out earlier were nice, but I was afraid they were a little too old lady-ish (don’t get me wrong, I love me some Granny chic, but too much of it and you really lose the chic part and just get dated and meh). The other main concern was that the separation between the bolts on the current hardware was 5.5″…

Another Drawer Update

I know this is getting boring at this point.  But working full time (+ some) and going to graduate school doesn’t leave much time for projects at night. Maybe one day my day job will be to stay at home and do projects all day…. until then, the snails’ pace wins. The paper from Smock arrived on Saturday while I was in New York City for the day with friends who were in town from LA. I dragged the huge box inside in the wee hours of Sunday morning when we finally arrive back home.  Sunday morning proper, I opened…

Lining the Drawers – Updates!

Our weekend didn’t go totally according to plan.  Saturday, my wonderful father came over to help Pete clean out the gutters around the whole house in an attempt to resolve a water disaster (more on this later, I’m sure).  I spent much of the day making sure Mira, our dog, didn’t run away. I did, however, look up the hours of Joy Cards studio in Princeton, to see how late I could swing by the shop to pick up the paper for my project. Unfortunately, I discovered, that they really aren’t a store, in the traditional sense.  You have to…

Lined Drawers – how fancy!

I’ll still undecided about hardware for the armoires – although, we may be leaning away from the ones discussed here towards and option with a little more bling. Too difficult a decision….. moving on. I really want to line the inside of the drawers with some really beautiful paper in a great pattern.  I did some googling and it looks like there is a specialty paper store in Princeton, called Joy Cards.  I’m going to hit them up tomorrow to see if they have something magical to help wrap this project up. In the meantime, I surfed Pinterest for some…

Hardware Possibilities?

Right now I wish I was one of those super popular blogs with lots of readers so I could throw this out to all of my readers and get their amazing insight to help me make a decision.  Unfortunately, Bryan is the only one reading right now. I’ll pretend I have lots of readers. Dear Readers, Please help me pick out some fantastic hardware for my armoires that I’m in the process of making over (here, here and here – so far).  I’m leaning toward these choices from Anthropologie: I’ve used the Ripe Mellon drop pulls before on a small…

Craigslist Armoire Makeover: Part 3 – Staining!

This idea is weird. So just go with it for now.  After the paint was dry on our armoires and looked something like this… …we did something that felt kind of crazy.  We stained them. Remember – the inspiration for these pieces was this: Although – this may be a little too country for my taste, a little heavy on the distressed look if you ask me. So I knew I wanted the finish to feel something like that but not that weathered. With this in mind, I took to the internet to find suggestions on how to achieve my…

Craigslist Armoire: Part 2 – Sanding and Painting

Admittedly, I have little patience for prep work. I want to get through all the sanding and cleaning and jump right to the step where the paint goes on and the transformation begins. Luckily, Bryan forces me to take the time to do all this less fun stuff because it always makes the difference between a just okay project and a really great one. For this project, we got 150 grit sandpaper for Bryan’s sander.  The piece was in pretty good shape with a smooth finish.  We didn’t have to do much repair work so we just wanted to take…

The beautiful French marble cafe table that was almost mine

Yesterday was a sad day.  I almost got a fantastic large round white marble cafe table with a beautiful ornate metal base. For $25.00 (on craigslist of course).  It was in bad shape – the top definitely needed to be sanded and polished and the base needed a lot of work getting the finish off, smoothing it out and repainting it an amazing glossy black. When I was done with it, it would look something like this: I wish I had saved the photo from the listing, but when I realized it was gone, I was so mad I just…