Friday, May 13, 2011

Featured and progress on the French dresser

I'm pretty sure I lost yesterday's post due to blogger issues and I don't remember exactly what I wrote, so instead here's a small recap!

My "Blue Boy" chair was featured on the DIY Show Off. Hooray! I had hoped one day to have my furniture grace the pages (or posts) of Roeshel's blog, and was so excited when she emailed me on Wednesday informing me that my chair would be featured. What a wonderful surprise! Please take a look if you get a chance!

The DIY Show Off

Thanks to all of the readers and followers out there! You inspire me to no end. And if you're visiting Lovely Beasts for the first time, I would love it if you became a follower! I want to be your follower too! I really want to have a 100th follower giveaway, so please give me an excuse to go out and buy cool things!

Some of you may know I've been working on the most most popular French dresser in blogdom. Everyone's redone this bad boy before! Here's what it looked like when I bought it.


And here's where I'm at right now. As you can tell, the colors are MMS inspired. Behr's Creamy White Interior Semi-gloss for the dresser and Sherwin Williams'  Uncertain Grey for the drawers. The grey is tinted with the tiniest bit of green, but it looks blue to me!
 

I'm working on distressing it ever so slightly and finishing up with some glaze and wax. It should be done by tomorrow, but the top of the dresser is going to take a bit more time. I need to buy "something" for it, but can't seem to find the perfect "thing." Sorry for all the mystery, but I just don't want to tell you what will be on top until it's completely done!

And just for fun, here's a picture I wanted to share of how I made sure to keep the drawer handles and screws in order. When I was unscrewing them, I happen to see an egg carton in the recycling bin next to me and found that it was the perfect way to separate the pieces. I don't know why, but I thought they looked cute in there so I had to take a picture to share with you all.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Quirky house means great finds!

I forgot to show you all of my weekend finds! I went to an estate sale in Houston at a house that reminded me of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. It was a crazy old Victorian-style mansion in the middle of a normal looking neighborhood. The guy running the sale told me the owner suffered from severe manic depression and just kept building and building. The back addition to the house was never finished, it was just bare bones wood. There was a really nice staircase made of iron and wood back there, but they really had nowhere to go! I wish I had thought to take pictures of the inside of the place, but you know how it is when you get excited about an estate sale. All common sense flies out the window (or front door in this case). I did however take screenshots of the house off of Google maps streetview. Look at this amazing quirky home.

Love the ivy, turrets, and all the little windows! And look at the roof deck smack in the middle. Crazy isn't it? In the house itself, they were selling wonderful antique furniture, beautiful English China, old medical and history books, just about everything you can imagine. The owner was definitely a collector! Unfortunately, there were no deals to be had at this sale. I guess they're going to hold several estate sales over the next few months so there were no discounts this weekend, but I shall be returning in June and I will DEFINITELY take pictures to share with you all. Now on to the items I bought!

A 60's anatomy lab workbook. Look at the cool, sort of creepy, anatomy pictures in side. With handwritten notes and all!

A beautiful wood headboard with a little copper detail on each end.

And for me, I bought these 70's beige and black patent shoes. They have ribbon instead of laces to tie them up. So cute!

I can't wait to wear them. They just might go perfectly with the vintage dress I bought a few weeks ago. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of equally great finds!

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