5.18.2009

:: project done ::

I finished the boys desk last week and was all geared up to post it, but I couldn't. The blog thought it was more in charge than me and said no. As I was finishing the desk and waiting in between each coat of stain, I thought I'd tackle a few more projects.

{ the desk }

before.


after.

I've been trying to decide which knobs to put on and just seeing them in the picture, we're going black. It also looks really shiny on the top, but it's not. The picture, I found at a discount store for $7.00!! The regular price tag said $99.99. Now I just need to hang it.

Remember this? I found it on the side of the road in someones garbage. It was an old radio and record player. I took it all out. It was gross. It had years of dead bugs in it.



I knew I wanted this in my foyer just as you walked in. The only light that you get in the foyer is from the light above you. So I wanted a lamp for it which I found at a thrift store for $4.00. I liked the shape, just not the finish, so I spray painted it with an oil rubbed bronze paint. I think I let out a little wahoo! in the aisle of home depot when I saw that.


after.


I just have to put the knobs on and decide if I'm keeping the lamp shade. I also made the frame and got some vinyl lettering that says 'please remove your shoes'. I have a picture of the kids bare feet to put in there.

Those finger prints on the doors are killing me. But, right now, fingerprints are my life. I also want to make a trip to good ol' Hobby Lobby to get things to put in, on and around this.

I also started painting Riley's room. We are doing a fun little thing for her walls that I'll put on here as soon as we are done.




18 comments:

sarah said...

way cool steph- you are one talented gal. where do you find time to do this?

angela said...

amen to what sarah said! you definitely have a knack for seeing the good in something not. i have a question for you-- with the desk, did you just sand it and stain it with a dark stain? and how did you do the other piece... the glass front, putting in the bottom, etc.? when you redo a wooden piece of furniture, do you use paint and a brush, or do you use spray paint? you can e-mail me at theredgel{at}yahoo{dot}com. i'm very curious. i've got several projects in the garage that i need to get on, but i have to decide what i want to do first, and how to go about it...

Amber said...

Adorable!

The Driggs said...

You are amazing. I actually was looking at your blog a couple of days ago because I linking your caramel bars recipe to my friend. I had seen the "before" picture of your desk from last month and just LOVE what you did with it. (And I would have chosen the black knobs as well). And I love what you did with that old radio. How do you come up with these things? Do you see a piece of furniture and then envision something in your head? I just love everything you do!

sara said...

Can you decorate my house?

Robin Pedersen said...

Steph, you are a ROCK STAR. My daughter-in-law is a Rock Star. WAHOO!

Sydney said...

Woah.....incredible job. You ooze with talent!

Megan Young said...

Please stop you are killing me.... do you lock your kids in the closet?.....do you sleep?....what is the secret? Can i hire you to come visit me for a month and finish up all the furniture that I have half sanded?

Steph these pieces are awesome. but hey SO ARE YOU!
(that must be the secret)

Morrill Family said...

Looks great! You did a super job putting that all together and I really love the sign. Yay for upcycling!

KarenB said...

All your projects turned out fabulous! NICE JOB!

Marianne said...

Wow Steph...you do it all. So fun!

amylouwho said...

Hi! I'm a friend of Megan's and she sent me over to see the awesome stuff you are doing! WOW! I love this piece.

I've been doing some painting of furniture myself - but I haven't found any really cool pieces yet. Just some old dressers and stuff. I love the glass doors on this.

(I think Megan's stuff is half-sanded because I still have her sander!)

The Larsons said...

You really have a knack! LOVE the picture for the boys' wall! I can't wait to finally "settle down" and be able to get rid of all our crappy furniture. You are good at being patient, and refinishing everything!!! You are AWESOME!

GarrGroup said...

You seriously are amazing! I have zero vision when it comes to decorating. When are you making a trip to Utah to my house to help me!

The Smith Family said...

TOTALLY impressed! I love this. You GO GIRL! What a cute piece!
I wanted to drop by and say thank you for the sweet comment and looking around my Wonderfully Wordy blog! I just love new visitors!
And I have to say that I see an new sign, inspired by your latest quote... "Fingerprints are my Life" LOL. No joke.. you may see it in print! :)
Thanks again!
Shelley Smith
wonderfullywordy.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Awesome Steph! They both came out AWESOME! Robin has it right~ You're a Rock Star! :) Good job!!!

Stephanie said...

Steph, Thanks for the comment over at the paint party. To answer your question, Yes, it is a Ryan home. I have enjoyed reading your posts and looking at photos of your home. It can be such a challenge to start with that builder blank slate, that it is nice to see what others are doing. Looks like we both live in Ohio. Hey! We have the same flooring! cool! Good luck with your projects.
Stephanie

Morgan Greaves said...

So cute! I love the desk and i can't believe you got that picture so cheap! You are so talented!!!