I enjoy blogging but usually need a little push to sit down and write a blog post…so when @sophgermain (Anne Schwartz) blogged about blogging for 30 days, I figured I could do that. I WANTED to do a 180 blog, but that’s crazy…I couldn’t keep up, so I figure this has to be doable…right?
I have a secret passion that has grown immensely in the last 4 years when I bought a house and needed furniture and things for it. My parents are antique dealers and I grew up going to estate sales, auctions, garage sales, toy shows, etc. I enjoyed it then, but as a child couldn’t do much about it. I like clean line well made furniture, stained glass, unique architectural items and unique art pieces. I have a collection of Bill Olendorf prints of Chicago and some unique perspective state map prints of Wisconsin that are quite funny. Recently I have enjoyed picking up poor sad pieces of furniture from the thrift store and painting them and/or turning them into something else. I currently have 3 small projects in my garage and just this weekend picked up another one. I can’t wait for the weather to get nicer so I can work on them in the garage!
My newest project is an old oak vanity missing the back piece and the mirror, which was fine with me. I am going to cut the middle part out to separate the ends and create two bedside tables. They are the perfect height, the drawers all work and I love the clean lines! There are only three original handles, so I’m either going to use 3 different pairs of handles (each drawer pair will have a different handle) or I am going to use all glass knobs (which I love the look of). My bedroom doesn’t have this dark wood…so it’s possible that I will be painting the oak white (Gasp!) or this will give me a reason to start changing up my bedroom colors. I found this at a barn sale, bargained down the price to $45 and as you can see, was pretty determined to get it home. Years of moving furniture with my dad, I know how to protect a car and tie down a trunk with my eyes closed. I didn’t have to go far and only on back country roads, so I was okay with this method of transportation. Side note: I may need to think about getting a bigger car to help fuel this passion of mine.
A few previous projects:
This is a bookcase that now sits in my master bath and hold towels and baskets.
This is my FAVORITE recent project. My dad helped immensely with this one, but I’m a quick learner and had a lot of fun. I found it at a local estate sale in the barn being used as a tool bench and a mouse haven. The top even had laminate glued down with a metal edge…ick!
My second favorite project. I found the door at a barn sale for $4, asked the lady to keep it for a week until I could get my parent’s van to pick it up (no way my car could get that home). I knew I wanted it for a headboard and it was perfect because it had symmetrical panels (that’s the math teacher in me). It was also an old swinging door, so it didn’t have a door handle hole that needed to be filled or that would be visible. The sides are from an old newel post that my parents had just laying around…we cut it in half to make the sides and added some oak around the bottom to bring it to the floor. We left the wood as we found it, no sanding or painting of this. Dad anchored it to the wall, should there be a tornado and the house gets leveled…I swear this would still be standing. (Notice the stained glass in the window…)
So that’s a little bit about me and my passion outside of school, my classroom and my students. Again, my goal is to blog everyday…something about the day, something new about me, whatever comes to mind.