finished project: antique dresser

Awhile ago I purchased an old antique dresser from Craigslist. You can find it in my perfect little finds section here, or just look at the before and after pictures below. I liked the color it was but since it was going in a green room I decided to repaint it. I started off by priming it and based off of multiple recommendations, I used an oil based paint in a soft cream color. I’m not so sure how I feel about oil based paints. It’s a little tough to work with and stays with you for a while if you get it on your hands (This I know from experience). Any recommendations of other paints you can used to re-finish furniture?

Besides the fact I’m not the biggest fan of working with oil paints, I’m not so sure I like the finished product either. It leaves a shiny quality that I’m just not to fond of. Suggestions? Advice? Opinions? All are welcome!

Before

After

Overall, I really like the color, especially with the green wall. I think what it needs are different knobs to add some more contrast. Maybe one of these?

UPDATE on Project Pillow Case:

So I sat down the other morning to give myself a little tour of Sally Singer Sewing Machine mentioned in an earlier post. Since I can’t find my owner’s manual, must have gotten lost in the move(s), I decided to look up a tutorial on how to thread a sewing machine on YouTube. It actually help greatly and I was able to get it all set up and ready to go. Or so I thought. I decided to test it out on a little piece of fabric I had lying around but when I did, the top thread got all tangled in the bobbin and I had a big mess on my hands. Needless to say, I had to pull apart the bobbin compartment and now I can’t seem to figure out how to put it back together again. Have no fear though! Momma to the rescue! Since my parents are coming down in a couple of weeks for a visit I decided to hold off on project pillow case and have her help me fix my machine and possibly show me a thing or two.

Stay tuned!

What’s In My Mason Jar

I have a little obsession with old Mason Jars. Well, not only Mason Jars, any old jar or bottle really. I am not sure why but I think it has something to do with the fact most of them, if old, have history. Maybe they were used for homemade jam preserves in the 1950′s or maybe they held things such as extra buttons, loose change, or even used as a vase for some wild flowers. Each one was bought and used for something particular and in many cases, multiple times at some point or another.

Some of the jars I purchased at one of the small antique shops

More of the jars we got antiquing

All of the jars and the white cabinet

David and I were out antiquing the other day and I bought a couple new beautiful new jars (pictured above). I have big plans for these jars and I promised myself they would not collect dust on the shelves like other jars. These jars have a purpose.

One of our stops was at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, a beautiful old barn full of every old item you could imagine. Everything from doors and old wood beams to the most detailed old dresser nobs and stain glass windows. I didn’t get my jars from here but I did get an old white cabinet door featured in one of the above pictures.

Mike, the owner of Aurora Mills, took some time to show us around the previous dog food factory and originally a Hops Factory. This place looks big in the picture yet it still doesn’t even do it justice. It was as if we were lost in a maze, tunnels twisting and turning, uncovering more and more antique jewels. We spent some good time here lost in our amazement of how much history was sitting in this building. If you ever get to Aurora, Oregon I highly recommend coming in and taking a look at all the little treats hidden in this historical building. Remember to say hi to Mike. If you have something in particular you are looking for he is the man to talk to.

Aurora Mills

Antique shopping, like garage sales, takes patience, which I ran out of at about noon. But if you are patient, eventually, that shiny jewel you are looking for, and at the right price, will pop out at you. And in many cases, you will end up bringing home more than what you intended to. Like my jars. I love my jars.