Before I get on with today’s blog post I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the kind comments that were left on my blogiversary post. I think I need to do a similar post a couple of times a year just to remind myself that there are lots of you out there reading and enjoying my blog even if you aren’t commenting regularly. And that’s OK. If you want to follow along without leaving comments, no worries. I’ll just seek out a reminder that you are out there every now and then with a giveaway!
A quick little story about that post. I had finished up writing it at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning and I scheduled it to post at 9 a.m. Then I went about starting my day; drank some coffee, put up some Christmas decorations and then at about 10 a.m. I realized that I hadn’t gotten a single ping on my phone indicating a comment. I panicked for a moment. Had I forgotten to click ‘publish’? Or was it just that not one single person had felt like commenting? Perhaps no one cared! Or was it just that everyone was busy Christmas shopping instead of reading blogs? Yes, I’ll admit, these kinds of thoughts go through my head. I picked up my phone. Not a single email notifying me of a comment (I get these from WordPress). I checked my computer … ooohhhh … I had published the post and there were comments. Every once in a while my phone loses its connection with my email account and that’s what had happened. I just had to reboot my phone and all of the emails came flooding in. But how ironic that this should happen that morning!
It was so nice to get so many comments, and very nice to hear from some of you who have been reading for a while and had never introduced yourselves via a comment. Welcome to all of you, and again thank you for so many amazing comments. If you haven’t left a comment on that post yet, be sure to do so by Friday, Dec 2 at midnight to be eligible to win!
And now, on with today’s post …
It’s official, the furniture moratorium is over! I have a handful of small projects in the carriage house waiting their turn, but one whole side was practically empty. So after I came back from my trip I started scouring Craigslist for potential candidates for a makeover. I also had an idea brewing in the back of my mind for re-purposing an Eastlake style dresser mirror frame. When I found a nice Eastlake dresser with a mirror that was available in Hopkins, I remembered that I’d also seen another nice piece that was in Hopkins. I had passed up the first one because Hopkins is on the other side of the cities from me, but it was worth the trip for two pieces!
So on a recent Saturday afternoon Mr. Q and I headed out to Hopkins. The first dresser we picked up was this one …
The seller was moving out of her townhome and into a condo and thus was downsizing. She mentioned that the bed in the room was also for sale. It was lovely, but not a piece I would want to paint. However, I asked if the small side table was also for sale. At first she said no, but then she thought about it and said she would sell it to me after all. She wasn’t that attached to it and her new place is pretty small. So it came home with me too. You’ve already seen it in my photos with the Midnight Blue chairs.
We headed to our next stop to pick up the Eastlake style dresser.
I felt like the mirror overpowered the dresser on this piece, what do you think?
No worries though, I wanted to separate these two anyway. I first removed the swiveling mirror. Then I sent the frame off to Ken’s workshop along with a beadboard ceiling board that originally came from nnK’s house (she ripped out a gorgeous original beadboard ceiling in her breezeway in favor of a vaulted ceiling and she gave me all of the salvage). Ken cut the board down to make a small shelf and two brackets at the bottom of the frame. He also cut a piece of backer board to fit the mirror opening so that I could turn it into a chalkboard.
Once Ken was done with those tasks, I painted the frame and its new shelf with some Homestead House milk paint in Limestone. I mentioned a week or so ago that Homestead House sent me some samples of their milk paint to try out and this is another color that I received from them.
I painted the backer board using the green chalkboard paint recipe from Allison at The Golden Sycamore (click on that link to visit her blog and read about the recipe, it’s a combo of two Miss Mustard milk paint colors and I love how it turns out every time).
Finally, I copied a Farm Fresh Christmas Tree design that I also found on pinterest, and voila!
I used a brighter white acrylic craft paint to highlight the spoon carving at the top of the frame.
After using my painters tape trick to encourage some chipping I got just the right amount of chippy-ness out of the milk paint. That’s three coats of Limestone, by the way. I generally find that it takes about 3 coats when covering a dark-ish wood with white paint.
I’ve been finding lately that it works well for me to add just the most sparing amount of wax to my milk painted pieces. I don’t thoroughly wax it by any means. I take about a dime sized dab of wax and work it into my cloth really well. Then I just lightly wipe over the piece. I don’t think this method is going to provide much in the way of water protection. But since this is a frame that will just hang on the wall and get very little human contact, I think it will be fine.
I draped a cotton bole swag across the top of the frame after I hung it over my sofa. I picked the swag up at Home Goods last year, but I bet you can find these all over this year.
I never intended to keep this piece but once it was finished I realized I just wasn’t going to be able to part with it. I absolutely love how it turned out.
And it does fit perfectly above the sofa in my living room.
But not to worry. I also loved it so much that I decided to make another one. The frame I’ll use is a little bit different, but I think it will still be just as fab. It’s over in Ken’s workshop now. I’ll be sure to share that one with you when it’s finished too!