Monday, 24 October 2011

Little blue shelves

This little shelves was actually made by my husband :)
He built it at WCB in part of physio/rehabilitation program, when he broke his left hand fingers on the job 15years ago.



Since then, it had just sat quietly next to a computer desk,
holding a fax machine unnoticed for...well,15years!!
It had a water mark or something on top, some sticky spots from stickers that kids had put on....
no one cared...sob...
One day, I was sitting at the computer desk and just looked at it.
Suddenly I felt like fixing it making pretty.
It's  small, sure I can handle it.



I sanded the entire surface lightly then put primer on, and dry-brushed blue over it.
So the white from primer still can show.
I also distressed it using 80-grit sand paper.



Then I grabbed a rug which I used to stain the top of my daughter's study desk
and rubbed the surface to make it look a little aged.
I know it's a weird way (but certainly cheap way!) to do it.
I didn't have dark wax at that moment and I just couldn't wait to finish this, so I went ahead...
I know I'm weird & impatient,but I'd like to call myself *flexible*. lol



I glued some decorative papers on the shelves using Mod Podge.
It was my first time to use it and I loved it!
It's easy to use, non-toxic, dries clear pretty quickly.




I also sealed the paper top with Mod podge.
I love Mod Podge!




Now it looks like this, much better don't you think??





Thank you so much for stopping by :)
Have a wonderful week!

sayuri



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Monday, 17 October 2011

Two-tier side table


One day I made a quick stop at a thirft store.
Becuase I don't drive ( I'm taking driving lessons at the moment.),
I ALWAYS need  my husband to drive me to...well, anywhere.
He said " OK, you've got 10 minutes to shop." oh my sweet hubby, lol
So I ran to the store and spotted this sad but lovely side table....
See the top is broken.....it was completely off.



When you see something that is meant to be yours, you know it right away, right?
So I just grabbed it, lifted it up and marched to the cashier,not minding people looking at me like " Why doesn't she ask any help to carry that table???"
Well, I was just so happy to getting it I seriouly didn't mind it at all.



I didn't take pictures but first, I glued the top together, took it all apart, cleaned it, stripped the old brown paint, sanded, then put back together....phew!
Then comes the primer. I use CIL Natural Living.
It's Low VOC and has not much smell, my kinda primer!




From not so nice thrift store floor to sun-bathing outside...I think she's happy!


I painted it yellow and distressed a little.
But it didn't look like nicely aged....
It just looked injured with lots of scrapes....ouch.
Oh the art of distressing.
So I repainted some parts and.....



Done!
Minimal distressing, I think it's better this way :)







I think she's happy holding books and stuff, instead of collecting dust,don't you think??



sayuri