Monday, June 3, 2013

Where the Heck I've Been

I know, I've been gone for almost 2 weeks! Horrible blogger. Things have been hectic around here. Blogging and project making have taken a backseat. 

First thing that happened was the huge tornado in Moore, OK. Thankfully we live 2 hours away from Moore and the devastation that took place there. But that didn't stop the amazing people in our town (who have friends and family in Moore) to find away to help out. I along with lots of others spent most of that week gathering supplies and donations to send to our fellow Oklahomans (Okies? I'm not sure.) 

Then came Memorial Day weekend where we went down to Dallas to spend some much needed family time together. 

Next was the end of school and we have been summering it up. Spending lots of time outside and at the pool.

So... we're getting into a summer routine but even though I'm posting this today doesn't mean I'll get myself back in gear. The weather has been surprisingly mild so far this summer (unlike last year when it was 110 degrees everyday- not an exaggeration) and the outdoors are too tempting. :)

Ok, enough talking let me show you some projects that are hopefully upcoming!

First up is this dresser that I bought for our bedroom. I desperately needed a new dresser as my old one was way to small and falling apart. I found this "new" one and a long low dresser that matches it (that I neglected to take a picture of) in our AF Base classifieds for a steal! 

Both pieces are in good shape besides some of the wear and tear you'd expect from vintage pieces. Both dressers have some missing knobs and the veneer tops are worn. But they have dovetail joinery, are solid, and the wood looks good.

My original bedroom scheme included a white dresser and I thought I'd go for it and paint this one. But I'm having second thoughts. I may try to fix the veneer best I can and leave it as is. Anyone have a vote?

Second find is this awesome vintage headlight. I loved the chipped paint and overall look of it. The shop owner said it still works and for $4 I thought it was worth it.

My grand scheme is to make a bad @ss light for Con-Man's room. But of course I've run into issues. Auto headlights run on 9v (I think) and our homes run on 110v. I have to convert the light to be compatible with the wiring in the house. I'm not 100% clear on how to do this and of course I can't figure out how to get the darn thing open to take it apart in the first place. It's quite the conundrum. 

And last but not least is this set of enamel pendant lights. I bought them a few weeks ago, have no clue what to do with them, and they have been sitting in my closet since. 

Again I thought they were cool looking and for the price I didn't want to pass them up. Maybe I'll turn one of them into a light, but I feel like I could make something else with them too. Who knows?? 

Thats part of the fun I guess. Waiting for inspiration to come along. Or figuring out how to figure out how to go about doing something you've never done before as in the case of the headlight.


Katy said...

i like the furniture, they don't make stuff like that anymore (dovetails!) - it's got a mod look, maybe you don't need to paint it.

LOVE the headlight and the other lamp thingies. :) I think you need a transformer to convert the 9V to the 110V. I say this because when I was wiring up the LED strip lighting, that stuff runs on very low voltage and in order to be able to plug it in I had to wire it to a transformer first.
Sorry I need to research that more...I'm not an electrical person !

Courtney said...

I also like the timber dresser as is! From the pic, you've got light walls and bed cover so the timber gives a nice natural element.
Love the enamel lights!! They'd look gorgeous in a cluster :-)
Glad you guys are safe...would have been a scary time over there.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Glad you all are safe and enjoying your summer so far!

Love those dressers you found! I think they look great natural, but they'd probably look good painted too!

Carey said...

Hello Rachelle - just wanted to let you know that you WON the cart makeover contest over at my blog! Please claim your prize within 48 hours (remember, you get to choose which craft store your gift card is from!) Please email me at with your choice and address so I can get your prize sent :)

Also...I would have to say that, although I'm all for a painted dresser, the natural look goes so well with the white and blue color scheme you have going on! So much character in that piece :)

Thanks for participating in the contest, and beautiful blog!