Archive for March, 2012

Refinished Vintage-Style Bookcase
March 27, 2012

I bought this bookcase last summer at a garage sale for $8. I don’t know exactly how old it is, but it is at least modeled in the style of mid century furniture, with the short, angled feet and the cutout on the top shelf. And it was certainly beat up enough to show it had been kicked around for 50+ years. I asked my brother for some help, as he is a professional house painter, and lately has been moonlighting as a “furniture flipper” on the side. It was pretty dinged up, so rather than try to sand out all the imperfections and refinish it, he suggested a bright coat of paint. He said he’d help paint it, and that we should use spray paint to get a smooth finish and avoid the lines that brushes leave in paint. At first I was skeptical, because I’ve seen many a shoddy spray paint job on larger pieces of furniture, completely uneven and graffiti’d looking. But he assured me that spray paint can actually create quality results, and he has a pretty steady hand. I washed the bookcase and sanded down the dings as much as I could, and we went to pick out a color. I went back and forth on bright cherry red, mint green, or a medium shade of blue. Eventually I settled on Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor satin paint in Oxford Blue.

I left it for him to work on when he had time, and about a week later he sent me a text message picture, showing his masterpiece work ! I thought it was really cute how he “staged” it in my parents house, with the doily and plant.

Here it is in my apartment – with a few touches of my boyfriend’s own decorating accents 🙂 It fits dvd’s perfectly! The spray paint really went on beautifully, and it has a nice sheen to it.

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Perler Bead Headphones Embellishment
March 27, 2012

Here’s a cute, fun and easy project you may have seen floating around on Pinterest lately.

Simply slice through the length of each perler bead with a razor or craft knife. Make sure it is sharp, because you don’t want to cause indentation marks when you cut! I found that this utility Exacto worked really well for this project, because I was able to use the ‘tape split’ bit to hold my beads open, which allowed them to pop right onto the cord. As long as you don’t stretch them too much when you put them on the cord, they will mold back to their original shape and you can hardly see the sliced marks.

I did not follow a color pattern with mine, just put them on in random order. I also didn’t fill up the entire length of the cord, I left space so the beads can slide around. It kind of reminds me of a Fisher Price toy. This entire project took me less than 15 minutes to do – it’s so simple it almost seems stupid, but it reminds me of the kinds of toys and crafts I used to play with when I was a kid. And now my headphones match my colorful ipod case!