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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Project (to make someone else's home sing)

Today I am joining in the party over at a picture is worth a 1000 words!!! Thanks for hosting this great party Dianne!! This party is about celebrating the second chance we give to old items that would otherwise be wasted...(or in my case ugly) lol
A one day project fell into my lap.
I had been helping a friend move some furniture, and she had this little cedar chest sitting by her door. I felt a pang of pity for the poor thing...she (not my friend) was just dressed so awful! WHO MADE THAT FABRIC????? When my friend saw that I had that "look" in my eyes...she smiled and said "go for it...fix it up"
And that is what I did.

I sanded the shiny (what was left of it) off, and primed it. Then gave it two coats of cream paint. It only took a minute to see that dry..it was HOT outside that day. I grabbed a can of gel stain and rubbed it right over the paint to give it that aged look.Now, that chest has a pillow top on it. And not a pretty one-if I do say so myself-so I had some leather look fabric in the house....here is a preview of that fabric. I love it!
Some new foam, a little batting, and some staples and she is ready to head back to my friend's house. Looking much better if you ask me! I so wish I had better photos!
My friend loves the new look of her cedar chest. I painted the hardware to give it a bit of a lift, and it looks like a whole new piece!
Do you like it?
If you like this one, wait....just WAIT till you see the china cabinet that I have sitting in my garage waiting for me to place in my house, and dress for her photo shoot!
It has been hot hot hot the last few days , and we have been out on the boat working on our sunburns. Fresh air is tiring and that is why I have not been around a bunch. Today is dreary and cold and raining...I might get that cabinet into the house today! (fingers crossed)!
now...go back up, and click the photo or the name of the host of this meme...to see more wonderful projects!

24 comments:

"Blossom" said...

Awe, Tootsie that is so nice of you and everyone should know that this is just the kind of person Tootsie is. I love the redo of the chest and I know how happy your friend must be. Good for you Tootsie, making a difference for a friend.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

You did a great job! I love the finish and the fabric you picked out for it. Can wait to see what you do with the china cabinet. -Jackie

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh, Tootsie you created a beautiful piece for her. The seat material matches it and makes it zing.Wonderful job!

Darla said...

Okay, okay, okay!!! It looks like a brand new/old chest!!! Do I like it, no, I LOVE it!!! I am painting in the master bathroom today.....

artis1111 said...

Girl, you are just like me. I always have to have something going on. It looks wonderful !!!LOL Kathy

Dirt Princess said...

Looks good! The crown arrived...well at the post office. They wouldnt' deliver it to my house since it wouldn't fit in the mailbox. I will have to run to the post office oneday this week to pick it up. I can't wait!

SmilingSally said...

How clever. So you do more than blooms? Thanks for sharing. Happy 2nd Time Around Day.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Tootsie,
I love the chest...it looks fabulous!

Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Jeanne said...

Tootsie, you worked a miracle on that chest. You are a GOOD friend to do such a nice thing. Now the other piece. Get busy girl. I am looking forward to seeing your next treasure.

Hugs...Jeanne

PS, your garden photo is gorgeous.

sue said...

Tootsie you did a masterful job on the cedarchest! I love giving old furniture a facelift instead of throwing to the dump! I'm planning on using the same process with the gel stain on my cream painted beadboard thats in my kitchen. I love that look! Can't wait to see the hutch! xo

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Tootsie, If you are feeling sorry for folks you can stop by my place I have a couple of pieces that I would sure love for you to use your magical touch on. Can you do air mail? Oh honey that is just gorgeous, just gorgeous. You outdid yourself on that. Isn't is amazing what a little sanding, some paint and stain will do to a piece of wood. It never stops amazing me. Thanks for sharing honey. Country Hugs and Love, Sherry

Kathy said...

That turned out cute as ever... What a great friend you are!!!, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

The Japanese Redneck said...

Really, I wished you lived closer. And also wished you were my friend. You could come over and get that glint in your eye anytime.

Ramona

lilsista said...

Finally...the chest pictures are out!!!! I don't think I'd want to return it to her...it looks great! That old fabric was almost an insult to it! Hurry up with the cabinet already!....I'm doin laundry today...I missed it yesterday. I have about 4 large loads of JUST towels...too much water fun this week! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Sorry... just had to get that out! Bye!

Anonymous said...

Hi Auntie Glenda I really miss you:0).I also really like your blog.How is Bumblebee?does he still have a infection in his lungs.I heard that you spent $150.00 buying stuff for him:0).Hope your having a good day.I feel very happy about giving that kitten Bumblebee to you guys it made me happy even though I was sad that we did'nt get too keep him although I think he is very lucky to have such a great family and to be loved alot from you guys.I think that Bumblebee really likes you and is brayden really liking him??Auntie Glenda you are my most favourite auntie ever in the world

love faith and family.
P.S.say hi to BRAYDEN JORDYN AND OF COURSE ASHLYN

LOVE YOU GUYS

Lynette said...

That chest turned out so nice - your friend is gonna love it!!

What I love is your yard - the flowers are simply breathtaking - they just seem to glow right off the page!!

Happy Tuesday to you friend!

Anonymous said...

Hi:0} Aintie Glenda I really miss you:0) I want to go over to your house and play with brayden and gorden and ashlayen.I cant wate to see bumblebee and sheba.I realy miss bumbulbee. he is so cute I want to keep him so that buddy can have a cat friend.ever tho he has a gang.mabe some day bumblebee will have a gang to some day like buddy when he gets older.:0)

squawmama said...

WOW Tootsie you are a woman of many hidden talents... I think I have Tootsie envy... LOL The chest came out just beautifully and I can hardly wait to see the china cabinet that you are redoing... Have a fun filled day my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Jacki said...

It looks great! Congrats on a job well done (as usual!).

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Love the makeover on the chest! You did a fab job on it. Your friend must be thrilled. Nice tease on the china cabinet, I would love to see it!

Tina

Lori said...

Tootsie,
I'm back, and I love what you did to the chest... She looked prety bad before, but you gave her a grander look. Can't wait to see your other project.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That turned out great! I bet your friends love having you help them with projects.

CiNdEe said...

The chest turned out just lovely! I bet your friend loves it!!!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Wonderful re-do on the cedar chest! I loved the way it turned out! ☺ diane