DIY PROJECT: FROM WHITE TO BROWN CABINET STAND

The white laminated stand belonged to Charlie and followed him into our first place together. I think he wanted to throw it out during the first move, but I knew it could be used at the new place. For about five years, the stand held the bath towels and Riley when he needed somewhere to nap. After discovering Riley could open the front doors and slept among the clean towels, a baby proof lock was looped into the handles.

The white cabinet stand followed us to Iowa, where it was kept in the second bedroom next to the bathroom and held the office supplies. Because the second bedroom served as a workroom with wires, pins, needles, and other dangerous stuff for cats, the door was always closed and the stand didn’t need to match the living room decor. With a house and with more space, the cabinet stand will be visible in any room.

With my painting mode in full swing (three items and counting), I decided to tackle the cabinet stand, with the drawer serving as my test dummy. With the surface shiny and smooth, was a primer needed? The answer is yes. Did I use one? No. I headed directly straight to the brown paint and discovered it could be easily chipped off once dry. A little research on the interweb advised priming and sanding was needed with laminate furniture.

Along with some old paints and stains, the previous homeowners had left behind a can of primer. Yay! A primer for ALL SURFACES! After scrapping and sanding off the brown paint, I slathered the surface of the drawer with one coat of primer because I didn’t know if it needed more than one coat. Once the primer had dried, the drawer was hit again with brown paint until I was happy with the results.

I worked on the drawer when I wasn’t painting the old stereo stand, and so when the stereo stand was finished with clear top coat spray paint the drawer was sprayed with it too. To be honest, I don’t think I like the clear top coat spray paint because it feels sticky even after a few days of drying in the sun. Charlie suggested the humid weather may have been a factor and maybe the pieces should have dried in the garage. Lesson learned. I guess.

*sigh* Sometimes I make life more difficult because of these three words, “I wonder if … ” I used the small can of primer on the drawer, but then I thought, “I wonder if the leftover paint plus primer would work on the cabinet stand?” Another great question: “I wonder if the paint plus primer is the same as primer?” The answer is not really. Because after painting a small part with the paint plus primer, I tested the area with brown paint and dragged my fingernail over it when the area was completely dry. The brown paint could still be chipped or peeled off!

Riley usually likes to keep an eye on me when I paint outside on the backyard patio. When the test patch of paint plus primer didn’t work out, I covered the cabinet stand with primer from a spray can, which I don’t recommend using even on a slightly windy day. I would make a terrible graffiti artist, not being able to fully control the dumb spray can (the wind probably was a factor too).

If I had only ignored all the “I wonder if” questions, the cabinet stand might have been finished by now. Seriously. Ugh. I painted whenever I had a chance or at least the ambition. Even after all this effort to make the cabinet stand match the rest of the decor, I think this house is its final resting place. Even with a top coat of sealant, I don’t think the paint will hold up for another move.

Almost done! Woot! After spending hours painting, the cabinet stand needed hours to fully dry before repainting and touch ups. When I wasn’t outside on the back patio, a couple of pesky little chipmunks found refuge underneath my project, cracking open sunflower seeds. After several coats of paints and more touch ups than I could ever possibly imagine, the top coat was finally sprayed on several times over two to three days.

And sorry for the less than stellar “after” picture, but the cabinet stand has already been put to good use. My paint projects have been dwindling (yay! or yay?), but the responsibilities of being a homeowner has been keeping me busy (mowing the big front and back yards — booooooooo — and finding home for all our stuff). My big project or distraction of the moment is scanning old photos and saving them to my computer. Knocking on wood that my computer doesn’t crash.  🙂

 

 

REFASHION: QUILLBY APRIL 15

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For $7, I scored a tiny little purse with beautiful black wooden handles, a beautiful white shirt with a black embroidery pattern, and a small gray T-shirt at an area consignment shop. A few hours later, I snipped apart the shirt with intention of turning it into an amazing skirt!

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I snipped off the long sleeves and the collar from the shirt and shaped the body of the shirt into a boxy-ish rectangle. I cut the long sleeves apart into long strips to create a tube for the waistband. This has been my go-to method and so-far favorite method when creating skirts.

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After attaching the tube to the skirt, a piece of elastic was inserted and sewn together. Now, I have a beautiful white patterned skirt! Because of the color, I hope the skirt will look good all year long with either strappy sandals or knee high boots.

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The elastic waistband bothered me — it was really bunchy and not very pretty. So, I took off the waistband and added a new one refashioned from a pair of black stretchy pants from a thrift store. One of the legs was turned into a tube to accommodate a 3-inch piece of elastic.

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I really love using wide elastic for waistbands, and this is the first time I’ve used 3-inch elastic (I usually work with 2-inch elastic). In my opinion, the black waistband definitely makes more of a statement and I just love the wider width.

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SKIRT REFASHION: PRETTY EMBROIDERY

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THE SIMPLE BLUE SKIRT: What originally was supposed to be a simple blue skirt refashioned from one of Charlie’s old polo shirts turned into a complex process. I couldn’t have just another plain simple skirt in my wardrobe so I decided to create a placket for the skirt. *sigh* This project is a work in progress … stay tuned.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: I picked up this cute little dress for a few dollars, and I knew I would never wear it as a dress. I just fell in the love with the embroidery pattern and knew I would turn the dress into a cute poufy-ish skirt.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: Isn’t the embroidery beautiful? Am I spelling embroidery correct? I thought the refashion would be quick and easy. I was so so so so so wrong. WRONG! The dress even had a nice liner that I planned to keep.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: I snipped off the top of the dress and kept the bottom portion and the liner together. My plan was to create a casing and simply insert elastic. Sounds easy, right? Working with the skirt AND the liner was tough and frustrating.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: Have I mentioned my lack of patience? After having the skirt and liner foil me one too many times, I finally threw out the liner in frustration and cleaned up the skirt portion. I sat on the unfinished skirt for a few days until Plan B formulated in my mind.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: Luckily, I gained a nice stash of white chevron fabric from my dad and thought it matched perfectly. I had enough fabric to create a nice elastic waistband AND a new liner. The rest of the steps just fell in place nicely, which made me SOOOOO happy.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: Have I mentioned how much I love my pinking shears? They are a godsend, and I love them so much. Anyway, I created a new waist area for the skirt and used the rest of the fabric for the liner.

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THE BLUE EMBROIDERY REFASHION: Isn’t my skirt pretty? I LOVE IT! Despite a few minor issues and my patience tested way more than I wanted, I think the skirt turned out really well and I can finally show off the pretty embroidery pattern. I’m so so so happy!

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