Saturday, October 24, 2009

Freeeee, Creative Space and Uncommitted .

Freeeeeee

A few weeks ago it was pouring rain and I noticed a garage sale packing up…I didn’t see anything of interest but, I did notice a  FREE pile. This broken mirror was tossed in the pile – I removed the mirror and told the owner that I was really a big spender and would be taking the broken mirror. I knew could do something with it.

012 004Those familiar with appliqué – you may want to scroll down, as you will find this boring…First I took some freezer paper and on the waxed side I made the letter K – I just used a ruler to make one the size I wanted.

005 I cut out the letter and then ironed in on the right side of fabric. The waxed side will temporarily stick , so you can cut out the shape.

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After it is ironed, cut it out.

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Peel off the wax paper.

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014 Pin to the fabric. Use your sewing machine to stitch edges. I used a blanket stitch.

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New Creative Space

I posted about this find earlier..$50 bucks on Craigslist. Sorry I didn’t  take a before picture – here is the one from the ad.

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When working on the top part of the hutch , I noticed that the back wasn’t looking so good. I remember that I had purchased some bead board for another project.  O dear sweet hubby…would ya, could ya cut it to fit the back ?????

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I painted the gaudy gold hardware oil rubbed bronze . I just heart these legs….

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See how pretty it is now ? See how my sewing seat fits neatly underneath…. Pardon the mess – I have to re-configure the entire room at the moment. This will be in my creative (studio) room.

Make out with a shelf unit with no commitment

Do you have a shelf unit or hutch that your would like to maybe “date” but not get married to ?

I have such a shelf. Remember that linen fabric that looked like burlap I purchased at the gw for $2.99 for a whole bolt ?  Well, I used it on this project. I moved the unit from my studio to the dining room. I really needed something not very wide  (remember the small home I have) to display my seasonal stuff and plates. I really want a small china open hutch but, haven’t been so lucky and I think this shelf will do the trick.

I stapled the fabric to the top (think of all the fabric choice out there…) then I just placed the shelf's back in and smoothed it out. I was left with the top looking unfinished…….Can’t have that …so I thunk and thunk and thunk (it took me a few days) and they it hit me….

086 I was first thinking about using a ribbon for the top, to hide the staples….Then I remembered about cardboard shims (we have used them for the remodeling) I asked my hubby if we still had some – well we did and he said “they are expensive, so you will have to pay..” LOL ! I only used one. I hot glued it around the right size and then I hot glued it to the top. This can easily be removed , when I change my mind….which will happen…LOL.063

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See how the top looks much better ? I haven’t really put a whole bunch of thought into decorating it…this is just to give you an idea. I do want to  however showcase my new pumpkin tureen by Fritz and Floyd ( Yes, I know Lori E – will be jealous, hee hee ) I purchased it at Big Lots for $30 – which is a great deal .See how I copied the white ironstone on the top shelf as I have seen allot of other ladies do ? Love my pear plaque – got it at the thrift store. The little plate holder with the brown and white transfer ware , I found at the dollar store (it was gold and I painted it ORB). The pumpkin topiary on the top , I also got at the thrift store …

That is all for this week, whew !

Hugs ~ Kammy

I am linking to Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/  for other great changes , super bloggers have made !

59 comments:

Jen said...

That desk is amazing! I am super impressed.

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Marla said...

Wow, you are so talented. I love the way the K turned out.

Barb said...

very nice!!

love the hutch black.

great idea for fabric backing on shelf.

off and running, to bed!

blesgins

barbara jean

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Kammy,
Love it all girl, you did such a good job on the painted armoire! I love your K and the burlap idea really showcases your lovely china! Don't ya just love the free boxes at garage sales! Everything is awesome, your a very creative lady! hugs, Cindy

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow! You've been busy. That free frame is awesome and you did a great project with it. I also love how the desk/hutch turned out. You should post that to the Furniture Feature Friday link party this week on my blog! (Sorry for the plug, couldn't help myself.)

Jane said...

Kammy: You have been busy. Love all the projects but your desk was my favorite...love the beadboard backing.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love what you've done - you are awesome. I love the brown transferware!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Amazing redo!! I love what you did with the mirror and that hutch Oh my is amazing!! I am on the lookout for a hutch I can redo for my dining room! Yours turned out Awesome!!

Thanks for Stopping by to see me! I haven't been over in awhile, I am so behind on my favorite blogs and I hate it. Super busy this month! I am lovin the Cricut, so much you can do with it!! I too don't use my often enough!

Kathleen said...

Well, you know, Kammy, my namestarts with a K too! :)
Great idea..clever girl.
Everything looks good. Now if someone stole your spray paint you would be in trouble..Best be careful! :)
Great job s !

salmagundi said...

Do you ever slow down? You always have so many creative projects going. Always love to see what you're doing. Is that an acorn pin cushion I see in your applique project? How cute. Yes, we should have a Colorado bloggers get together some day. Maybe in the Spring? Have a great week. Sally

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow, Kammy - love your desk re-do! It is gorgeous! And the free mirror project - beautiful! About monogramming...I have a friend I pay $5 to do it (she's a dear!). She has a White machine that she got at JoAnne's. My daughter-in-law's mom has a Viking that does FABULOUS things - I think it cooks dinner, too! Once again - super fantastic, girl! Linda

Embellished Bayou said...

All of your projects turned out great! I espeically love that desk, I would love to find a piece like that for my office/craft room.

Shelia said...

Hi Kammy! You busy busy gal! I love that gorgeous hutch! I love the black and you did such a beautiful job painting it. The beadboard in the back looks like it has always been there. The burlap and K is just precious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandy said...

Great finds and wonderful makeover on everyone of them. The desk is my fav, I heart the legs tooo!!!!
Gotta love that black paint!
Sandey

Donna said...

I have a hutch and desk something like this I had as a young girl. Painting it black would be perfect!
Thanks for sharing.
Donna

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Wow, Kammy, you sure have been busy! I love all your DIY projects. I am especially inspired by the desk. Great job!

Jane

Atticmag said...

Kammy thanks so much for stopping by and how fun to learn you are from Hayward! My shop is in Berkeley :-)

I wish I had your white pitcher collection. Love that and all the B&A's. Happy to have found your blog.

Jane T.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It all looks great! I love your display.

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

good job, wow the desk is fab!

happy met monday

sarah

xinex said...

I am so glad to be seeing some of your work again, Kammy. You are really very talented, love all that you did. Did you see the close up of the flatware cloche?....Christine

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

mmmmmmWOW , all these projects turned out so well. I love the hutch project the best---I love the transformation the color gives it and the added beadboard!

Anna said...

love the mirror frame painted black, and great job on the desk!

Lori E said...

Aaaaahhhhhh can you hear me yelling all the way from my house to yours? Well I guess if I can't have this great stuff you should be the one to get it. Sniff. It's okay, sniff.
Can you tell I am pouting?

mishebe said...

I would of grabbed that mirror just for the frame alone. You did a realy creative job with it. mishelle

Jo said...

What a nice find from craigs list I really like the beadboard and it being black It always amazes me what a little bit of paint can do. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post. I'm having a jewelry giveaway, if you are interested please stop by and comment

http://jos2ndact.blogspot.com/2009/10/jewelry-giveaway.html

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the way that turned out, so beautiful and you can store so much in there and display so much, what a beautiful piece...

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You are so smart! You have really transformed some ordinary items into beautiful treasures! laurie

Shannon said...

Ok free is the best! Your little work area looks amazing painted and spruced up like that. Fabulous!

Julie said...

Hi Kammy, Great job... I had that same desk as a kid... It loks much better in black...Love it...
xoxo
Julie

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

My goodness...you've been busy and full of energy and projects...I need some of your motivation. Love the desk. It came out fabulous!

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great makeovers Kammy! I love how that little desk hutch turned out, especially. I'm going to keep my out for more pieces like my little dresser and your desk/hutch. They really are fun to redo!

Michelle said...

Love the black hutch and what a huge difference the black paint made.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

All of your makeovers are just wonderful. The K is fabulous and the desk is just wonderful. Great bookcases also. Hugs, Marty

REbekah said...

You rock, Girly!!! Love your remakes!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

All great redos. I especially like the desk. Thanks for sharing with us.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Wonderful redo on the desk. I'm a big user of the "oil rubbed bronze" paint, too. I love that fabric. You are using it well.

gina said...

Very nice ideas- all of them!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love the desk & hutch. It turned out fabulous!!!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

You do some amazing things, Kammy! I bet your house is filled with all the treasures you've found and redone with the passion you have for repurposing.
Brenda

Chany said...

Preciosa metamorfosis, tienes un blog genial ,saludos desde Argentina, si entras a mis blog, recibo las visitas de metamorfosis en "La casa de Chany" hasta pronto, chauuuu

Shayna Mills said...

It all looks so amazing, I'm in love with transforming furniture to black, great job!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I love your desk/hutch makeover. It is a amazing!

Rhonda in OK said...

really good looking!

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow I love your transformations - the desk is fantastic - thanks for sharing

Lori said...

The desk is great!

Very talented!

Maureen said...

Everything looks fabulous! Don't know what it is about bead board but I love it!

cindy@cottage instincts said...

The hutch looks amazing! And thanks for the tute on applique. Never tried it, and so now I will :o) Great post with lots of eye candy.
peace.

Kate Bagley said...

I love your free mirror! It's a great idea to turn it into a monogrammed piece! Thanks for visiting my blog!

santamaker said...

Goodness, you are full of creative ideas, I can just feel your excitement with every project. This turned out so cute. I love all of your recent make overs as well. That desk turned out fabulous!

tales from an oc cottage said...

What a busy bee!!!! Such cuteness!!

m ^..^

Tamara Jansen said...

THat black cabinet of yours turned out AMAZING!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kammy! WOW! A super duper redo of the black cabinet! AND I love what you did with the K and the backing for the other. Girl, you have been a busy bee!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marianne@Songbird said...

Wow, that are a lot of projects in one post! Love it! Your craftroom hutch looks wonderful. Love those legs too!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

I had no idea about the freezer paper trick! amazing!
That black piece is beautiful! OH my!
nice use of the fabric on the shelf also.
thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
gail
ps I'm envious of your location! ;)

{ L } said...

Wow, your Craigslist redo is stunning! And I especially love that monogram...the material print with the burlap go together perfectly.

jennifer said...

I am DROOLING over the desk. That turned out fabulous.

Sandra said...

What a beautiful job you did! I love the color and especially the oil rubbed bronze! Very pretty!
Blessings,
Sandra

podso said...

Wow you've been busy. It's all beautiful. I love the desk, and all the burlap!

vintage tickled pink said...

love love love your befores and afters i also can see from the junk to redone in my head without even getting out of the car. haha diane vintagetickledpink