Saturday, May 4, 2013

Running off to bed with a book and hopeful thoughts

I found this darling little infant crib/doll bed the other day that was perfect the way it was...sturdy, nicely finished, and just how I loved things....castor'd. It looked dated though, and had only one slat on the bottom and no mattress. Nothing like a little home improvement.

First, I mixed a color as close to Annie Sloan's Old White with my secret chalk recipe, and distressed it.

Next, I had a friend cut some plaster lath for slats, painted and clear coated them.

Sorry for the sideways photo-cut a 1/4" bottom board and notched out the corners for a tight fit. Cut a 2" foam mattress with an electric knife and stapled some grey naugahyde to it.  I took a look at JoAnn Fabrics first and couldn't justify spending $24. on white when I had perfectly usable grey at home-you know-the whole salvage thing.

I thought it needed the padding in case someone uses it for a little human.  I will make some crib sheets to fit it also.  I feel a little quilt coming too. Measurements are 24" tall, 31" long, 18" deep.


This simple, dusty pine bookcase (circa 1940?) deserved a better life. It is small, child-size, dimensions are 37" tall, 24" wide and 10" deep.

I liked the ridges across the top and down the sides, reminiscent of  a movie marquee. The shelves are movable.

The color is sort of a mustard seed, then distressed and with a red sienna glaze and several coats of poly acrylic.

I can picture this in a kids' reading nook.

Next to a couple of rocking chairs.....

A view of the interior, sort of rustic.

...sort of carmel, with butter brickel

On Craigslist.....


I picked this up this afternoon from my good friend Ken's house (along with many other treasures). It is a painted oak filing cabinet. The secret is the way the top "drawer" opens.  It has hinges and lifts up! Even the handles and name plates are made of wood.  I really hope to work on this tomorrow. 


Please pray for all the runners tomorrow at the Pittsburgh Marathon-the city of hills and bridges. Daughter, Alisa, and her friends, Bryan and Kathy are running it, and Bethy and Claire are their cheering section.

As ever,
La Verne

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