i finally finished them: two bedside tables/dressers for our master bedroom. each is an ikea rast— a pretty popular item for re-doing, as seen herehere, and here.

the price is great and the quality is pretty good (it is pine). i like the two-tone look that i saw others try, but i didn't want to stain the wood. i wanted the outside to be gray—almost the same as the walls, but just a touch darker. nothing too loud, because the headboard is pretty bold already.

after much deliberation, i went with a benjamin moore gray mixed at sherwin williams. the white is just left over from our trim.

with ikea, the toughest part is putting the piece together with the cheapie allen wrench tools.

then it was just sanding, tacking, priming, painting, and varnishing in various repeating stages whenever i could sneak down to the basement in half-hour increments. then, weeks later, i brought them up!

it is nice to have drawers for socks, hand lotion (my hands crack and bleed in the winter! eek!), glasses, and a few choice books. i would have loved to add some special knobs like these or these, but i needed 12, so anything more than a few bucks would get expensive pretty quickly. i ended up with some simple ones from home depot that i bought in a bulk pack. i'm happy, and ben's happy. grrrrreat!

wow, it looks really empty. i need to add some lamps and maybe some accessories to style up the dressers, like in rebecca's post. the interwebs is an endless source of ideas.

the next big project is to sand, stain, and varnish the kitchen table that bert made a new top for! i literally can't wait, but i think i'm going to have to. not much time between now and Christmas for house projects.

stay warm!

some new additions around the house

good morning! looks like we have some hot weather coming our way!

i did a little shopping on thursday. first up was odds and ends furniture gallery in st. louis park. they sent me a $50 gift card in the mail, with no minimum purchase. i thought it would be worth checking out! they had a lot of scratch and dent pieces, and they were really nice quality. a lot of things were more formal than what we need (very edina looking, ha!), but they had some fun upholstered pieces, too. should have brought my camera.

here's what i bought:

because of the coupon, it ended up being about $13. and ben likes the shade! score!

when i got up on thursday morning, i saw that i had missed a call at 6:30am from my mom. i was worried. i listened to the message—she wanted to tell me about a great table she saw at her neighbor's garage sale. :) i'm so glad it wasn't some serious bad news, but i was thankful for the insider tip!

anyways, i swung over and took a look. it needs a LOT of work, but it is a sturdy oak table with a great shape. and the price? eight dollars. i promptly loaded it into the explorer. it needs to be stripped and re-stained, but i think it's a winner. we'll just us a tablecloth for now. and eventually we'll get some real chairs that don't fold. :)

so those are my thursday deals. seriously, all the garage sale signs make my heart race. i love a good project. speaking of projects, i'm off to work on a super-secret birthday gift. it involves me operating a scroll saw in the garage. if it turns out well, i'll share pics here.

have a great weekend!

north oaks rummage sale

hi! yesterday was a fun day. i had heard about the north oaks rummage sale from ben, so i got up bright and early (after a late night of surprise partying for my mother-in-law) to head up to shoreview. the sale started at 7 - i got there a little after. it was pretty crazy. police directing traffic, people parking and practically running to the door...a little preview of holiday shopping.

but it was so worth it. first, on the drive up, the sun was making beautiful pink and orange patterns in the sky, and i was listening to a bruce ware sermon about the self-sufficiency of God. second, i left with some good stuff! i had intended to look for some living room chairs - perhaps ones that could be reupholstered or painted. i also wanted to look for dining chairs or a coffee table.

but i also got some clothes - pieces were $2 or $3! i found a white sweater that is super '80s, a beautiful pair of ann taylor dress pants, a fun a-line skirt, a crazy sequined top (i'm a sucker for sparkly), and two bright scarves.

but there were many other things to look at, too.

(housewares galore.)

(for the kitschy kitchen.)

(loved this chair - sold.)

(these chairs were amazing. the wood was beautiful. but they were only selling as a part of an $850 bedroom set. bummer.)

(sorry for the blurry picture - i was in line for my purchase and it was kind of a mob mentality. but this huge tufted blue ottoman was really lovely. in great shape, too.)

(many things to see!)

and finally...what i bought. when i first walked in, i went straight to the furniture. i was looking at this chair and a worker asked me if i wanted to put my name on it to hold it - then i could have 30 minutes to decide and pay for it. i said yes! i was kind of nervous because it is such a crazy green...but it is actually in really good shape. but who am i kidding? i love a good green. and those arms...beautiful! i'm not sure if i'll paint it, but i could. i'm keeping it in the back of my suv so i can get some bids on costs for reupholstering it. it is in really good shape and is comfortable to sit in.

(tufted back+beautiful arms=definite potential.)

when i was in line, a few people came up to me and said how much they liked the chair...i was glad for the affirmation because i was kind of waffling. we'll see where this project lands.

until the future!