Friday, November 19, 2010

Dressing Table Makeover

Today l thought l'd share with you a recent DIY project that l did, (although" l" is a strong word, since l had a fair amount of help from hubby). The dressing table below was spotted in a Salvo's shop many months ago, and whenever l'd pop in l'd think why hasn't someone bought that and done something with it. 
We were in need of a TV cabinet since the existing one wouldn't fit the telly we intended to buy. The price of a new cabinet was quite exy, but the worst part was even if you wanted to buy one the assistant would say "no you can't buy that off the floor, we'll have to order one in and it may take 6 weeks." Six weeks......WHAT the!!!
After MUCH debate, around the corner at the Salvo's l assure hubby that l can make it look OK, but just looking at his face l see he isn't convinced, however at $75.00 dollars,(which l manage to haggle to $50 by leaving the mirror) and the prospect of a new telly before Christmas, l sway him to my way of thinking. least l'M excited.

Above is the dressing table without the mirror and supports, l've also started sanding and taking all the handles off. The curved bottom edge gets a new shape with the router (see final pic) as it sits too close to the floor for my liking, both sides are also reshaped.

Here the cabinet has been completely sanded and base coated in a grip lock primer. This  is the product used for basing tiles when you want to change the color. l've used this as the entire cabinet had a shiny, plasticy veneer which is resistant to usual paint. l've also started putting the colour on and l've used four in all, a base of creamy white, white and also black and ochre, l'm aiming for a beachy distressed finish. 

This is the cabinet finished with the marvellous telly in place, you can see how much better it looks with the heavy lower edge cut away and legs defined. Most of the drawer edges have been sanded off. The handle plates were brushed lightly with the off white, and the handles were left their original colour. We are really happy with the final result, hope you like it too.

Just for a change of pace........ l love bird statues and have found a number over the years, but have only bought them in certain colors, l've passed up many that have been shades of brown or just dull looking.....these are the ones that have come home with me.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


My name is Bron, and for about 12 months now l have been hooked on reading other peoples blogs and just thought it would be so much fun if l could do this myself, so I went to a blogging hour at my local computer learning centre a few days ago.
 Anyway it all looked so easy when the guy was showing me and clicking buttons madly, but l have to tell you, it took me forever to even get into the account when l got home, so here l am two days later trying to post my first blog and l'm not even sure that this is going to work, but l will persevere.
My hope with this blog is probably similar to everyone else who starts a blog, and that is to share to things in my life that are special to me, in the hope that other like minded people will enjoy it as well.
The emphasis of which at the moment will be vintage finds and art works, but like most of our journeys through life these things may be subject to change, evolving as they do over time. Having said that, l have always loved vintage finds, art and the beautiful, interesting things that capture my attention, so at least in part, this theme will probably remain.
Hope you enjoy my posts .
Sincerely Bron.

This frock was one l found many years ago and always wanted to wear but never had the confidence (or more truthfully the grace to pull it off), so instead of selling it on ebay, l decided to hang it on my bedroom wall.(much to my husbands delight.........not) but anyway its been part of the decor for a while now, maybe its time for a change. The bag you see is covered in pale pink diamentes and if it had been a sunny day when l took the photo this might have shown up, but hopefully you can still see them.

When l took this photo l really thought it wouldn't look nice because of the black poodles being a bit overpowering  for  all the pale pastel china however, when l put it on the computer l felt it really worked. Hope you agree. The poodles are Japanese and probably late 50's. Though they remind me of the French poodles that are often advertised.The coffee mugs hanging, are modern.

Well l have been trying to put a couple more photos on this blog but if there is a way l don't know what it is. (l suspect all the photos may have to be loaded at the same time). so hope you'll forgive me and hopefully l can iron out a few of these problems before my next post.

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