I Like My Version Better

I was exploring Kijiji earlier today as I do from time to time, when I saw something that caught my eye. I wish I could say that it caught my eye because it had fabulous lines and was just itching to be made over. I can’t. This piece caught my eye because the lines on it were quite familiar to me.

Remember the TV console I refinished last year?In all it's gloryClose up of the brass hardwareWell, someone is selling the exact same piece only they had a slightly different take on how to make it over.

Kijiji Hutch - front

sellers picture

Kijiji Hutch - handles

Sellers picture

Kijiji Hutch - tile

Sellers picture

I realise that everyone’s taste is different, but I like my version so much better. What do you think?

BTW –  Here’s the ad if you’d like to see more.

Scenes From My Weekend

I got up to a couple of adventures over the weekend so I thought I’d share.

On Saturday morning D and I got up a earlier than normal for a weekend and drove to north Oshawa to pick up this little number (this is the sellers picture). Vintage Hutch - sellers pictureI’m crazy I know, buying yet another project before finishing (ahem – starting) so many other projects, but it’s an almost perfect match to my living room console, so I couldn’t not get it. Right? Plus it was only $40 (if you don’t count the gas I needed to drive an hour each way to get it). It does need quite a bit of work, and while I’m normally a ‘wood should look like wood’ purist, this is a piece that may need to be painted given the many chips in the veneer, and the damaged foot. I also need to source some more chopsticks as this piece has got damaged trim – just like the console did. The hutch will go in my dining room so I’m trying to figure out if I do have to paint it what colour might work with the kitchen’s dark blue floor, and the piece’s brass hardware. Once it’s finished will help add some needed storage to my dining room (and will replace my old dresser which is the next item to go into my January Cure outbox).

On Sunday I went to the Junction flea with a friend.  It’s normally a little outdoor flea market in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, but yesterday it was indoors at a space on Queen street. It was probably scheduled indoors because well, it’s January in Toronto, and it’s normally it’s well below zero at this time of year. Yesterday it was almost 15 degrees above zero. #crazyJunction Flea

Anyways, the Junction flea was pretty neat with a wide variety of vendors and items for sale. I did bring home two things that I thought were pretty.New Kaiser Porcelain vase and Janaury flowersNew glass bowl and clementine oranges

I bought both the vase and the bowl from the same vendor (wish I had remembered to get her name) for $40. I think the glass bowl looks a bit like an overturned iceberg. The white porcelain vase says ‘Kaiser – Germany’ on the bottom, but I couldn’t find a similar vase online to see if I got a good deal or not. It doesn’t really matter though as I’m happy with my purchases.

This weekends task for the January cure was to organise my kitchen, make myself a new recipe and buy myself flowers. I did buy myself flowers as you can see from the picture of my new vase above, but I completely failed at the other tasks. On a positive note I did continue with the outbox task and sold two furniture items on Kijiji, and made myself $80 which covered the cost of the hutch and the pretty flea market purchases. Kijiji Sales

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Buy any furniture or something pretty? What do you think I should do with my new hutch – I need some ideas.

Some Favorites from 2012

After my last post where I whined about not accomplishing too many of the things on my to-do list for 2012, my mom emailed to say she didn’t like the post. Since we should all try to keep our moms happy I thought I’d do a quick recap of some of the things I DID accomplish last year.

My first big project of 2012 was my Craigslist dresser rehabilitation, and I’m still in love with it. I still sometimes (ahem – yesterday) look at it and can’t believe that I did it all myself. Refinished Dresser1For Valentine’s day I came up with some rather tasty looking heart-shaped cookies. It’s not so much my baking skills I’m proud of for this post, but it was my first attempt at food styling, and it’s not so bad. Raspberry Window CookieSt. Patrick’s Day had me sharing with you a recipe for Irish brown bread. This was my second attempt at food styling, and yes, I did buy the smoked salmon and cream cheese specifically to take pictures. Don’t worry – I made sure to eat all the props once the pictures were taken – no point in wasting it. Brown bread, cream cheese and smoked salmonIn April I shared the little Ikea table and chairs I customized for my boyfriend’s nephew. Table and Chairs4In June I made a little change in my kitchen by replacing the cabinet door handles. This is a favorite as I think it took a bit of mettle and moxie to attack my cabinet doors with a drill, and the new handles look SO much better.Spann kitchen handles on Abstrakt cabinetsMy refinished media console was my next big project, and I’m happy to report it does a wonderful job at storing all my crafting supplies and other random things I can’t seem to find a place for.In all it's gloryMy blog underwent a couple of makeovers in 2012 starting with this post, but I have to say I’m quite pleased with it’s current look which I revealed in November.

The old and new header images - the new one is simpler

The old and new header images – the new one is simpler

And last but not least was my Almond Cream puffs. This post is a favorite not just for it’s a gastronomic delight, but the pictures make me drool, so I think my photography skills are improving.Easy and Delicious Almond Cream PuffsSo there you have it – my favorite posts from 2012, and no, it hasn’t escaped me that almost half of them are relating to food. I wonder what I’ll say were my favorites from 2013?

Refinished Living Room Media Console

You may remember back in May I introduced you to the new-to-me console for my living room that I bought on Craigslist. After it’s introduction I worked on it pretty steadily, and it began its new life as my media console in July.

Here’s how it started:

My new Craigslist console

My new Craigslist console

Here is the little piece of missing trim around the front:

The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.

The damaged trim on the front – I have no idea how I’m going to fix this.

Here is the damaged piece of veneer on one side:

The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards

The damaged veneer – it’s about the size of a deck of cards

And here it is, in all its refinished glory:

My refinished Craigslist console

My refinished Craigslist console

The damaged trim – fixed. Repaired front trimAnd you’ll never guess what I used to repair it.

Chopsticks to repair trimYup, those are wood chopsticks. I had been planning on using wood dowels, but they were just a wee bit too thin. I always have wood chopsticks around because I use them to stir small cans of paint and varnish. The chopsticks were the perfect size – I just cut them down and attached them with wood glue. After staining they’re not a perfect match as they’re a different type of wood, but from a distance it’s not really noticeable.

Chopsticks cut down for the repair

The damaged veneer has been fixed as well. I replaced the entire section which was a little bit of an adventure. I definitely learned some things. Here too it’s not a perfect repair, but given it’s location on the piece I’m not at all concerned.

Repaired veneer prior to staining

Repaired veneer prior to staining

One other thing I did was build a shelf for the inside. I knew there was originally a shelf inside, but when I bought it there were only the supports remaining the shelf was removed at some point. I carefully measured the inside of the cabinet and then had Home Depot cut down a piece of plywood to fit.

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

The plywood shelf before staining and edge band

I then used the walnut edge banding left over from my dresser project to finish the visible edge of the shelf.

Applying the Edge banding
After being sanded, stained and protected I can now use the entire space again for storage.

Console with new interior shelf
And now a few more pictures as I’m pretty happy with the end results.

In all it's glory
Close up of the brass hardware
So there you have it – my second furniture refinishing project completed. What do you think – not bad for a $40 Craigslist find is it?

Ready for its new role

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