Guess who got a new sewing machine for Christmas! I'm excited to get started on the new van upholstery, but first I need to brush up on my sewing skills. I've taken on a fun project that doesn't require perfection: doll clothes for my niece, sister, and cousins. My Grandma taught me how to sew doll clothes when I was a kid, so it seems like a great refresher project. I actually attempted to buy doll clothes for each of them for Christmas, but I was so blown away by just how inappropriate the available items are. Especially the clothes for Monster High. They look like tiny street walkers! Anyways, the project is coming along nicely. I just hope the girls enjoy clothes a little more on the conservative side. Barbie certainly looks sharp in her blazer and poodle skirt.
Part of my daily routine includes searching craigslist for interesting pieces of furniture. This lovely settee popped up for a bargain $75! It was pretty badly stained and the frame was weak, but I knew it could be restored. I can just see it recovered in a soft gray. It is going to be the perfect sofa for my future study room (henceforth called "the library").
The first step in restoring the settee was stripping it down to the frame. Furniture is surprisingly filthy under the exterior fabric, so I completed this step in the basement. Along with all of the dirt, I found an assortment of items including the ones in the picture. I was pleased to find that the springs and most of the stuffing are salvageable. That will save some money. The support slats were rotting and cracked, so they had to be removed. I don't have a saw in Chicago, so cutting new slats will have to wait. The obscene number of nails and nail holes tells me that this has been reupholstered before. I spent a few hours just pulling out nails. I'll have to fill them with wood filler so that the staples will have something to grab onto. I'm pretty excited to start sanding this puppy tomorrow!
I love visiting local flea markets and antique shops when we travel. While visiting my parents, on the border of Michigan, I found this gorgeous marble table for $25. Yes, $25! I have a soft spot for anything marble because it reminds me of Turkey. This particular table has a mid century modern feel. The table legs are a little unsteady, so Brad will replace them with hair pin legs. I also found that darling little tea cup and saucer for $8! I'm a sucker for a cuppa, especially when it comes in a cute cup!
Like me, my parents hoard furniture. My mom especially has a penchant for buying quirky antique pieces. Sometimes I walk through their attic and barn to see if there is anything I want to acquire. The small dresser has actually been in our family for over 80 years. My great-grandfather made it for my grandma when she was a little girl. It was used to hold her doll clothes until she grew up. She later used it as her sewing cabinet. It was left to my parents after she passed away. My mom used it as a sewing cabinet for awhile, but eventually put it in storage because of it's poor condition. I've had my eye on this dresser since I was a little girl. The third drawer down is where my grandma stashed candy! With a little coaxing, my mom agreed to let me take it home with me. The wood unfortunately could not be repaired well enough for it to be re-stained, so I've gone with a dusty lilac shade instead. Paired with these blue knobs I found at World Market, it is now stunning! I've carried on the family tradition by making this a crafts dresser. I think my grandma would have been pleased with the way it turned out and how I am using it.