Thursday, July 16, 2015

an antique find and some hand crafting...

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For awhile, I have been looking for a piece to use as a vanity in the powder room of our soon-{I hope}-to-be-built new home...the basement of which has yet again been postponed due to excessive rains :(
Finally, on Craigslist, I found a walnut piece with the perfect measurements to fit the antique marble sink top.  It was about an hour and a half away, so we took a nice country drive to the antique shop, found it in good shape, and brought it home...

What I really like about it, is that what look like lower drawers, is actually a cabinet door.  The undermount sink will consume the top drawer, but the cabinet below will offer plenty of storage.

Oldest child asked recently if I would mind coming up with some baby things to go along with a shower gift.  I was happy to oblige, and since I had some white cotton chenille on hand and plenty of leftover fabrics, I made some burp cloths...

I used this tutorial.

I was also happy to have an excuse to knit some booties that look like little moccasins.

I'm close to being finished with the first one--the design details will be added after, using duplicate stitch.  The tutorial is from Purl Bee.

Having finally removed all of the old, Harvest Gold, nubby upholstery fabric from the Eastlake chair, I started with the reupholstering.  I'm using a moderately heavy linen and decided to keep it simple with upholstery nails and no gimp.  I don't think I have ever redone this style of armchair, so am referring to this book on my shelf, How to Repair, Reupholster, and Refinish Furniture, for guidance.

One tip in the book I found helpful, was to use a strip of cardboard placed in the fold of the fabric to get a nice straight edge.  The curves were just free-handed and a bit more of a challenge...

Hoping today to get the top front done...



  1. You are doing a beautiful job on the Eastlake chair! Can't wait to see it completed!

  2. What a beautiful cabinet! look forward to seeing it once it is complete. Your chair is coming along beautifully, a tricky re-upholstery job you are tackling there!


  3. I think you always have a really neat variety of projects. Thank you for the inspiration and keep up the good work! Have a great day, Deb!

  4. Looks gorgeous Deb. Can't wait to see it finished!

  5. Deb you have the most wonderful eye for furniture and other decor. My aesthetic is different but I really enjoy following your keen eye for your aesthetic, unfailing I admire the pieces you choose and remake as your own.

    With wool and patterns and other domestic matters I enjoy the collision of our tastes.

  6. All these lovely projects.... It would be hard to choose my favorite. Thanks for all of the good ideas.

  7. Gorgeous cabinet1

  8. Wow Deb, amazing chair recover, you are busy, enjoying the booties for the baby too

  9. That vanity is going to be just perfect!

    I can hardly wait to see the chair recover.

    God bless.

  10. Amazing things you are doing. Those burp cloths will be an exquisite gift!

  11. Amazing things you are doing. Those burp cloths will be an exquisite gift!


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