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June 2012 archive

Before and After Inspirations

I have been recently fascinated and in love with furniture makeovers. I initially loathe anything old, rusty, dusty, dirty and I absolutely have zero appreciation for vintage stuff especially furniture.

I actually didn’t understand why my uncle wanted my late grandaunt’s antique furniture when I was younger. He was even willing to pay thousands for those  dark, lonely-looking, bulky chairs, bed and dressers. Now that I want them since I got inspired to do makeovers myself, I realize that those antiques really have great value. I am checking sulit.com.ph everyday, praying for someone ignorant like me to post a vintage item for less than P2,000 for the sake of  just desperately wanting to get rid of the old stuff. Well, unlucky me, everyone seem to know their value. A single victorian chair costs P9,000 already! How come those American bloggers find vintage dressers and tables in garage sales for $30? They can even fish something out of a dumpster! Don’t the throwers know that hard wood’s value appreciates?

Anyway, these pictures are real inspirations. These are commonly found in local households so I hope you can get ideas here before you decide to throw out your old things. But if you still want them out, ehem, ehem, I’m here! :)

A worn headboard and footboard has other use aside for the bed.

BEFORE

Learn how to turn it into a charming love seat here

AFTER

If your grandparents’ house still holds a depressing solihiya chair like this, grab one (or two) quickly, paint it with a bright, fun color and top it with a cheery, printed cushion.

 

See what Kelly from The Ridiculous Redhead had done with her old dresser. I just love the stenciled detail. So simple yet stunning!

I think I have something like this, same old yellowish white color dresser when I was a kid. i really wish we have kept our old furnitures…

Solihiya chairs are really a thing of the past. I don’t know about you, but this is one thing I can never appreciate. I don’t know why others even bother to restore them unless they want to create a nostalgic atmosphere in their homes. So here’s another great idea for such chairs without being stuck in your great/grandparents’ era.

Too bad, the link where this was originally posted isn’t working anymore. But great job though, Stephanie from The Handy Life.

When you hate varnished wood furniture like I do, all you have to do is simply grab a can of glossy white spray paint! (Varnished furniture just don’t suit my personality. It screams classic, outdated elegance for me. I guess I’m not really a vintage fan at all. But what I love about vintage is the intricate details that seem to say “made by a craftsman”, unlike today’s furniture that say “mass-produced by underpaid workers in China.” With a fresh coat of paint, there’s a compromise!)

Take it from Zandi of Radical Possibility. The nightstand was from a hotel surplus and I think we have the same taste. Heehee! If I ever found something like this, I would do the same except I’d paint the “dip” with a different color.

I hope this inspired you to salvage old furniture. Those old pieces that you so ignore have withstood time. They are not made of MDF (the compressed cork looking wood commonly used today that’s why you can buy a cabinet for P3000. They are always laminated with formica board to give a faux-wood look. And when another Ondoy hits the city, you can say goodbye to your piece) but rather hard wood that will definitely be there no matter how many floods came along. I wish, I have one though…


Free Carrot Cake Recipe Poster

If you love a certain recipe, why not frame it and make it into a kitchen artwork? If you’re like me who can’t memorize a recipe, this would be a great help. This can also be a simple yet thoughtful gift to someone who loves baking as well.

By the way, I got this from AllRecipes.com and tried this several times already. I swear, this is the best carrot cake ever, even better than store bought ones. Feel free to add your own version of cream cheese frosting or you can get it here.

Artwork Size: 11″x14″ (can be framed using 16″x20″ with matting)

Download Poster Here

*Oh,  and since many of you downloaded my recipe art, I’m working on some more. Email me your tried and tested favorite recipes so I can make an artwork out of them. More for you to download! Yey! If you got the recipe online or from a book, please include the reference details too. We need to give proper credits to people :)


How to Accessorize Your Basic Flats

I posted before that I bought 2 plain flats for only P399.75 and you saw what I have done with the black one here. Now, I still have another one, the yellow one, that needs some oomph! By now, I think you’re starting to realize that I love shoes. But as much as I wanna have a closet-full of shoes, I’m not willing to spend my hard-earned money on shoes which I’m going to wear just once a month.

So here’s an idea for all the shoe-holics out there.

I won’t do any detailed tutorial post anymore since this is pretty straight forward. First, I attached the rough side of the velcro to my shoes. I used Bostik’s Sew No More but it wouldn’t adhere well to the back of the velcro so I ended up doing a few stitches to secure the velcro to the shoes. I doubt if hot glue would work either. The best bet is really to sew it. If you are using non-fabric shoes like faux leather or suede, I think Sew No More would work or even rugby. Just feel free to experiment and shoot me a tip if you find something that works. I’d be very much grateful. :)

The next step is really up to you and your creative brain. Using the other half of the velcro, sew/glue whatever design you wish. For mine I bought some shell-looking buttons and white felt from Carolina’s. The black ribbon is left over from the black shoes I did. Tip: Make sure your design goes beyond your velcro. You don’t want people to know your “secret.”

Here it is again…

Don’t worry about not making it too perfect. Trust me, noone would notice… I think I should do this with black shoes too.


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