Showing posts from February 21, 2010

So you think you are in control?

Today I thought I would take advantage of the time I have been given and jot down some thoughts. No matter how much we think we are in control of our lives the universe or the divine lets us know the cold hard truth. The reason why I have the extra time is this morning I got up turned up my heat and nothing. I thought I could push what my oil I had left and not fill my tank till next year. Although I had 25 gallons in the tank life said nope you need to order oil. So I am waiting in a very cool house for my delivery. My furnace and heat pump are old and I think I might switch over to natural gas so I wanted to empty my tank. Ah this is life stepping in and saying not now with your furnace, maybe just the heat pump. Whenever I am in a quandary over something in my life I ask to be given some guidance or answers. You need to stay aware of the signs because they are usually subtle and gentle nudges although sometimes I need a swift kick in the pants. So today I am reminded again how l…

Recycling Found Furniture

This is a dresser that found its way to my shop. It was in such disrepair but I could still see the potential in this dresser. I started by sanding and removing the brown paint and discovered the top was in good condition but the body of the dresser would have to be painted. I removed the hardware and replaced the knobs with new stained shaker style knobs. The feet were structurally sound so I opted to paint them the same as the body and drawers of the dresser. The top was stained a honey brown color (my own mixture) and the rest painted blueberry blue with alkyd paint. The total of three times with a light sanding in between each time gave this dresser a durable base finish.
I was ready to add some decorative finishes. I used acrylic paints to create the garland design on each of the drawers and after the paint dried I add line work to detail my design. Once I am satisfied with the look I have achieved I then add two coats of varnish again lightly sanding between each time. When the …