stripping my FURNITURE, that is, let me show you what I've been up to today.
I started the day trying to build this gorgeous chair, plans courtesy of Ana White. The back legs proved to be more difficult to cut than we could manage (our circular saw doesn't turn and the jigsaw blade wasn't long enough to get through the wood -- I think I need the bandsaw I used in 7th grade wood shop). After wasting a good hour sanding the legs to try to get them into the right shape, I gave up and threw the chair in the trash. Instead of building, I cleaned the inches of sawdust from the garage floor and then ran to the Goodwill store where I found these little gems:
When it's clear you can't build a chair, buy one. For $11.99, it doesn't matter if it isn't what you were imagining or if it's a bit too big. Just strip it, paint it, re-upholster the seat, and forget about the first chair. The paint/stain stripper is working its magic as I type.
At Goodwill I also found lavender linens for about $3 each. These will come in handy as I sew cushions, pillows, and window treatments. Pre-shrunk and soft.
A big corkboard. That's a good thing to have in an adolescent's room, yes? Thinking about ways to dress it up.
And these...as you'll see in a minute, I kind of have a problem with jars. I couldn't resist these old mason jars. Even though I have no idea what I'll do with them. Ideas are welcome. :) They're so old, they even have a few bubbles in the glass.
And, a cool frame. I don't know what I'm going to put in it, or what I'm going to do with it (paint it? leave it? something else?), but at $3, I couldn't resist.
And here's some building I've been doing.
First, a small book rack to hang on the wall above Brynn's reading nook.
And this fun shelf to hang near the desk. These re-purposed jars will store pencils, markers, crayons, erasers...but they're not even close to as cool as those old mason jars.
While I was at Goodwill I also scored two Crate & Barrel serving bowls and a matching serving tray. For $4 each. Love that.
As I've been typing, the paint stripper has been working. Here is that chair now: