Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shut-In



Thanks to days of do-not-drive winter weather that kept me trapped indoors much like a pajama-clad shut-in, my 2012 furniture-painting efforts are off to a robust start.

This flakey Before is now an After.

There are two of these little nightstands and while not exactly heirloom pieces, I liked their curved legs and distressed hardware.

I did not like the gold plastic (plastic!) scrolly accents so I studied up on home dentistry and extracted them with a pair of pliers.
The nightstands go onto the stack of things I’ll be selling at my first vintage event of the year, happening in a week or so.
If I can get out of my driveway by then.
Just before the snow and ice storm arrived last week, I decided I’d better hit my super-secret thrift store circuit before the weather put me on lockdown and I’m glad I did.

Please disregard the following in this photo: vintage Christmas tablecloths not put away yet, vertical blinds (ew), dangling electronic doodads, nightstand on sideboard (?!), shadeless & bulbless lamps, bath towel on floor ... I could go on...

Furniture is now lined up and awaiting makeovers.
This is why dinner is sometimes eaten at the coffee table.

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Who am I kidding? Dinner is always eaten at the coffee table.
Unless there are guests.
It’s not total anarchy, yet.

28 comments:

  1. Oh my God, Amy. I have a pair of those exact nightstands in the shed, waiting to be painted! Great minds think alike. Yours look fabu!

    Really love that huge picture window! Great place to fawn over that beautiful snow.....Sigh...

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  2. LOL! I am glad you have power and are able to put your internment to good use. Our news tonight had a segment on your plight and I thought of you. Love the dentistry - much better for sure! I am a sucker for cabrio legs.

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  3. I actually gasped out loud when I saw the After shot. That BLUE! Well done, my little shut-in, well done!
    xo

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  4. Lovely job... his has given me the inspiration to finish up a few painting projects of my own!

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  5. Love the transformation - that splash of blue is the perfect choice!

    xo
    Claudia

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  6. Wow, the pale blue is the perfect color. Your dining room looks like my creative space, ha ha. I agree that my family can eat wherever they find space. Smiles, Paula

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  7. Love your nightstand, turned out so cute!!!! I agree with the removal of the plastic scrolls!
    You sound like me...I always check out the weather for the week, that tells me what days I will hit my thrift haunts and auctions, work at my antique booth....the bad days are spent here at home repainting, refurbishing, cleaning....or as my husband says...playing!

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  8. Shut the front door...my fear is you will find your paint brush more fun than your needle! This one turned out great. Gotta love a can of paint and a beat up piece of furniture for turn around.

    Smiles...Renee

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  9. So glad to hear you're going to be getting your funk on, Amy! And how fun to get a glimpse of your furniture store...I mean dining room.
    My sister is going to try to make her way through the gorge today, so I'll have her honk when she passes through The Hood!

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  10. I can't believe that those nightstands could be transformed so well-- apparently, you're a paint whisperer too! That shade of blue is so pretty~
    Hugs,
    Jill

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  11. Don't feel bad... I still haven't put away all my Christmas...

    I'm ready to paint a ton of pieces, but my upcoming vacation is creating a fog in my brain, and it's all I can focus on... and it's still over 2 weeks away. Sigh.

    Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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  12. Maybe you should be shut in more often!! You did a great job on the side table. Hope all is well,now, in your neck of the woods.
    Annette

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  13. Let's just hope that gold plastic doodads don't come back in style (were they ever in style?). Great blue color!

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  14. I am glad that the snow/ice days turned out productive for you..always good to have a dining room FULL of projects...perhaps you need another batch of that gorge weather with that big pile...JUST KIDDING!!!!! xo

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  15. Well, you certainly go a lot done on lockdown! Just can't keep a good gal down!! LOVE the redo on the nightstand. Super cute and so glad that boning up on performing exractions helped you out. I worked for two oral surgeons for years and can tell you all about extractions and osteotomies. LOL!!!

    Stay dry - heard about your weather. Can we just say BRRRRR!!!?

    I won't tell you that it was sunny and rather warm here in California. Sorry......

    xxo
    Becky

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  16. Wow what a work load you have there! I wish my dining room looked like that, all those fun projects!

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  17. Looks like your putting your time indoors to good use. They night stand turned out beautiful. I love the legs too. Nothing like curvy legs to get a heart pump'n.

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  18. Ooooo, that's a fantastic makeover! I'm SO itching to spraypaint some stuff, but it's 37 outside, which makes it 47 in the garage, which is too darn cold for paint to dry, if you do it the stupid, proper way. Can't wait for Spring!!!

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  19. The colors on that dresser is wonderful! It looks heirloom to me! I need to make my secret thrift store run too!

    Carol

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  20. I also love the curvy legs and the colors you chose are so pretty. I enjoyed seeing that I'm not the only one with piles of stuff on my tables!

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  21. Just happened upon your blog and strange, strange. I have the little brooch at the top right of your page, only my stones are all white, not red. And today I bought 5 of the little drawer pulls shown on your piece - already distressed white. I got both items at the same antique market, although a year apart - here in downtown Toronto, Canada.
    Just sayin' - coincidences, or what? Love your site btw.

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  22. Amy-
    You look like you are starting to take on more bigger projects! Why be stuck inside reading a book, when you could be beautifying the world, one nightstand at a time. (I noticed some cool tables in there too!) See ya soon!
    Michelle

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  23. It is really lovely. The blue is perfect.

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  24. Love the pretty night stand, what yummy colors your chose. Good thing you got out to the thrift store while everyone else stayed home in their pj's.
    I'm sure you'll do great at your show this weekend...so many people anxious to get out and buy, buy, buy!!

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  25. How did I miss this post? Anyway, love the blue on the nightstands. Great job! Sooo much better with the plastic scrolly things! Enjoy your first vintage show!!!

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  26. So glad to see that someone else has a dining room table loaded with goods either coming or going! Feels just like home.

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