Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Projects Never End!

Nolan tells me I can't sit still, and I'm starting to believe him. Here's what I've been up to lately:

Scored a 1964 Magnavox Astro Sonic (even the name is awesome) record player on craigslist for $30. It may as well have been free! I originally bought it to flip, since these things sell in the $500 range, BUT ended up loving it so much that we kept it. Even Nolan was begging me not to sell it, and he usually doesn't get excited over my furniture finds, so I knew it was a keeper. Not only is it in perfect condition, it actually came with the original manual, warranty card, tags, etc. And through the wonders of technology Nolan managed to wire it to play music through our tablets/phones without damaging the piece at all. Hello Pandora!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect mid century dresser for Lola's bedroom, and about a month ago I landed on this-

Ew right? Who covers a perfectly good mid century dresser in awful black paint?
Enter Tracy.

After a lot paint stripping, and even more sanding I was finally able to get it down to bare naked wood, ready to stain.

I took a long break after finishing the frame... there's only so much sanding a girl can take! Last week I finally worked up the strength to finish the drawers, and whoola! Here's the finished project-

Ignore the terrible photo, it really doesnt do it justice. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!!

And finally, on a much smaller scale, some artwork.

I love canvas photos, but never want to fork out the money for them. Here's how I made three 11"x14" canvas photos for under $20:

I purchased three canvases at Joann's at a 50% off sale. I also used a Michaels Coupon for 20% off my entire purchase (did you all know you can use Michaels coupons at Joanns?), making all three about $4!
I had prints made at Office Depot using a coupon code, making all three about $10.

To mount the prints to the canvas I mod podged the backs of them, sticking them to the canvas. Then I mod podged over the top of them, let them dry, and painted the edges of the canvas (and a little onto the photos) black. There you have it! 
I have to say, this was my first time working with mod podge. I'm not a fan.

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