Thursday, April 7, 2011

An Argyle Changing Table for Baby Gabe


I've been up to a lot over the past year but I haven't found time to blog about any of it! I'm regrouping though and ready to share some of my projects!! Here's the first (of hopefully many) blogs!

My sisters JUST had a baby boy. It took a long time to come up with the perfect baby gift but somehow without me really giving it much thought I came with what I feel is the perfect gift for my new nephew! I found a dresser for CHEAP that I thought would make a great changing table - nice height, nice size and nice details! My sister lives 400+ miles South West of me and I wasn't going to back for a visit til the baby was born so I decided I should just paint it for her. That's where the fun began!

Before paint - you needed quite a bit of imagination to see the potential. My husband definitely didn't see potential, except if I was planning on using it for fire wood!



But after a LOT of paint - taaaa daaaa!



Now I'm not going to pretend that this process was quick and easy. I had never painted argyle on anything. I'm not even sure where or when I decided that I should paint argyle.... but somehow the idea came to me and I had to do it. It took a lot of prep work just to be able to start painting. For instance the front of the drawers resembled a wave pool at Big Splash(White Water, etc!)!



Eeeek! Talk about a veneer mess! The craigslist photo didn't really show all the problems with this dresser.









So after patching veneer, using a ton of wood fill, re-gluing all the wavy veneer and giving the entire thing a light sand I had something that wasn't a whole lot prettier! But I was still focused on the potential, not my husbands head shaking!







Once I felt I could do nothing more to help the state of the veneer I primed, put a base coat of red on the drawer fronts and started trying to figure out how exactly to paint argyle.... there was a lot of sketching before I finally started cutting up my church bulletins into diamond shapes and using them as the pattern. Why use new paper when you can up-cycle your church bulletin?!?



I finally liked the size and location of my diamonds so I started painting.... I added 2 colors of diamonds that matched my sisters nursery fabrics. Side note: I taped the drawers together on the side after my 2 small children ran thru the kitchen and everything was bumped out of place resulting in some paint touch up!



Then it was time to try to decide what kind of accent line/dash to put on top of all those diamonds. I ran out of bulletins and yarn seemed more practical for imitating lines anyway. I would like to say I measured exactly where the lines should be painted.... but I didn't. I eyeballed it and put a couple of marks under my yarn line. Then used a ruler to draw the line I needed to paint.



After the chocolate brown line was dry I decided the drawers needed one more thing.... tiny orange diamonds at the intersections. Because I HAD to have an odd number of colors for my sanity's sake.



I had already decided that the top drawer should not have argyle, and I knew I wanted to put a monogram on it somehow but it took me cutting out the paper "G" to decide that the chocolate lines should carry over to the top drawer even thought the argyle didn't. And since my sister waited til the last SECOND to decide on a middle name the dresser only got one letter of his monogram!



You might have noticed that I was painting all these drawers in the middle of my kitchen. Not really a planned thing but it was about 17 in my garage even though it was February and I could not stand the cold! We were getting new floors anyway so I wasn't tooo concerned about floor protection! BUT I couldn't get the rest of the dresser in by myself so I had to wait a week for it to warm up so I could finish!! But I did test out how the drawers would look..... AFTER I finished building a backsplash for the dresser top.



Once the top was primed & painted I distressed the entire thing added some pulls (2 different styles of course) and then shellac'd and shellac'd and shellac'd. I've used poly in the past on furniture I've painted and never really liked the finish durability or the amount of dry time. Whole different story with shellac!! LOVE that stuff!! 4+ stars for shellac!!

And the end result was this:







After a 400 mile journey to T-town, baby Gabe's new changing table was delivered safely to his new nursery to await his arrival!!



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94 comments:

  1. Wow! This was a lot of work and it came out beautiful.

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  2. This is amazing. For real, one of my fave makeovers so far!

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  3. Wow this has to be the best furniture make over i have ever seen!!! Wow what an amazing transformation!!!

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  4. Wow! What an amazing job.... I love, love, love it - you are very talented!

    That's a statement piece for sure!

    AB

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  5. That is insanely cool! So unique and adorable!

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  6. MEG!
    This is AWESOME sistah! It is obvious you spent a ton of time, but it was worth it. The dresser is beautiful and looks so perfect in the nursery. I am familiar with the husband head shaking syndrome...I get a lot of that myself! Hee Hee They just don't have the vision we do!


    Kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhnads.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow, that is really gorgeous! Awesome job!

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  8. You are amazing...that looks great!

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  9. That is so cool! You have so much patience and talent! Questions ... was the photo showing you ironing on wood veneer ?? How do you do that ??? Also, does shellac smell horrible ? Do all your brush strokes show ?
    ~ Christie

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  10. Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback! I had a great time painting this dresser and am anxious to start painting something new!!

    Christie - I did iron on wood veneer! That was the only type of veneer available at my Lowe's. I was very unsure about it being stable and stuck on well but it worked and it was really easy to do! I followed instructions on the package it only took minutes to do! And my iron survived without damage.

    The shellac didn't smell any worse than poly. And the bonus is you can clean up your brushes with water and ammonia vs. paint thinner. You lightly sand between layers (just like when applying poly) and no you really don't have brush strokes. Sidenote I chose NOT to sand between coats because I wanted a little texture to the finish to hopefully hide any future scratching caused by life in a child's room! :) Thanks for your questions!

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  11. what a transformation! this piece turned out super!
    Thanks for linking up to Catch as Catch Can
    I'll be "catching" you next week (thursday)

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  12. That is SOOOO amazing!! Love it :)

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  13. WOW! I bet she loved it. It looks amazing!

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  14. Oh, I absolutely LOVE this! What an incredible transformation :)

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  15. wow!!! That's an incredible makeover!! I can't imagine all the work you put into it. But it turned out so, so amazing! My friend loves would love to see pictures of this...she's an argyle lover! :)

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  16. Oh, I just love it! SO charming! I love the argyle pattern!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  17. You did a wonderful job, the dresser looks amazing!

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  18. Oh wow!!! That is amazing!! I can only imagine the amount of work you must have put into this! Thanks fo dropping by my blog. My email is currently down but I am hoping it will be back up and running tomorrow and I will send you the bunny template! Have a great week! I need to check out the rest of your blog! :)

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  19. Okay, that is seriously the most beautiful furniture redo ever! Makes me want to tackle our current baby furniture, but I think the hubby would have a heart attack.

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  20. That really looks great. What, no baby pic?! :)

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  21. How fantastic! This was such a labor of love for your sis and I bet she just adores it!

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  22. That looks fantastic, Meg! Especially when you consider what it looked like when you got it. I'll bet your sister is thrilled with it.

    visiting from tutoritals and tips linky.

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  23. Wow! What a great transformation. Love the colors and pattern! So cool. Great job!

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  24. WOW what a great job you've done! Looks amazing!

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  25. stopping by from a-z. this is wonderful! so colorful and sooo much better than the before. great job!

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  26. that is adorable!!! and you really worked hard on it- it shows. beautiful! thanks for sharing!

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  27. This is so cool. What a lot of work, but definitely worth it.

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  28. Someone needs to nominate you for sister-of-the-year award. So darn CUUUUTE! -do the CL pictures EVER show how bad off a piece actually is? :)

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  29. You did a beautiful job. I love the argyle!

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  30. I cant believe how much I love this!! Argyle? I didnt know Id ever love argyle...what an amazing job!! Love every single thing about it! The "G" monogram? What is that made from? Is it hardware in the form of a G?

    http://ramblingophelia.blogspot.com/

    Im your newest follower!~

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  31. this is sooo cute! WHAT a transformation. i love how it turned out :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-2-and-features.html

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  32. thanks again for all the supportive comments!

    christie - the "g" i actually picked up at hobby lobby. i knew i wanted initials but didn't even consider that finding the right font & size could be a problem. luckily they had one loption that worked AND i liked the font! shew! i should have been worrying about that but i was too busy worrying about the veneer popping off!

    the "g" has a lot of depth to it from how the stain settled in and around the surface - probably makes it look less like wood!

    thanks for following!

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  33. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ** fantastic ** . Wow wow wow, whizzidi wow, what a transformation !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So, yes, please COME LINK IT UP at our linky party here: http://www.finecraftguild.com/spring-diy-home-decor-craft/
    ..
    or better still, come guest-post about it
    with a step=by-step tutorial on our blog.
    We would LOVE to feature you.

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  34. this is gorgeous! i would love it if you shared it at my party. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-12.html

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  35. thanks so much for sharing this,it's just perfect.

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  36. Oh my goodness!! The changing table is FANTASTIC!!! I love it..and I know that couldn't have been easy because my son Gabriel's toy box remodel about killed me!! lol

    Thanks for visiting FFL

    Lina

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  37. That turned out absolutely fantastic!! You didn't need my help at all!! ;) I had a dresser that had veneer as bad as yours, and we painted a vintage WW1 aviation poster on it. The cool design kind of takes away from the fact that what's underneath isn't perfectly flat. Same effect on yours. The argyle is AWESOME!! I'm going to have to paint argyle on something now! Totally inspired! :)

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  38. Wow! This is amazing! Wonderful! You go girl!

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  39. Great job! The "g" just ties it all together and makes it look fantastic!

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  40. That is absolutely amazing!!! It looks like something you spent hundreds...possibly a few thousand...dollard on. The antiquing made such a beautiful difference.

    I'm starting a weekly link party over at my Addicted 2 Decorating blog this Sunday. I hope you'll join us and link up this amazing project!!

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  41. Very unique. I love the argyle. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. And kudos to you for all the work on that veneer. I know that must have taken forever!

    Brittany

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  42. There's a surprise waiting for you on my blog today. Have a happy weekend! :)

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  43. We are featuring your changing table this weekend at Sister Sunday! Thanks again for linking up. LOVE THE ARGYLE!!
    Amy
    www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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  44. Erm... you did that? Just like that?? I can't believe it, this is amazing!!

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  45. Wow! What a stunning & inspiring makeover! Kudos to you!!!

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  46. You did SUCH an amazing job on this! I'm a new follower, looking forward to everything else you've been up to the past year. ;) Meagan (at) fairlyfabulousblog.com

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  47. Hi, friend! You've got a lot of informative & creative posts so why
    not show them off at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? My co-host
    this week is Amber from Lucky Lees To Be.

    This is a combination of linky party (where we can show off our
    creations) and of blog hop (where we can follow as many excellent
    bloggers as we like), hence the name Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.
    It's a great way to meet awesome creative bloggers like you and
    increase your followers in the process.

    All you have to do is 1) link up whatever creative post you'd like to
    share - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes,
    poem, thrift finds, tips, or that informative syndicated post that can
    make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! 2) Then
    follow as many blogs as your heart desires, preferably starting first
    with the one before you and after you, and leave a comment to them
    that you're doing so.

    You’re not required to include the party button – you read that right
    – not required to include the party button but if you’re so inclined
    to display it in your blog or your post, you’re very much welcome to
    do so :)

    See you at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-041711.html

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  48. I'm speechless! All I can say is "OH MY! IT'S GORGEOUS!" That's it! I'm speechless!

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  49. So cute!!! Thank you for sharing it with me. I love, love, love it!

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  50. You did such an amazing job on this! You should be very proud of that!!

    amber @ barbwired

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  51. How fun! I'm featuring this at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

    :) Jill

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  52. I absolutely love this! Love it! I pinned it at Pinterest and am sharing on FB and twitter. Here from A2Z's feature. Great job!

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  53. just lovely.. you have done a great job with painting it and given it s anew life.. too good looking

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  54. Your argyle changing table is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  55. You executed that so well! It looks fabulous! Way to redo an old piece! Love it.

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  56. You are the most amazing sister ever!!! I'd love for you to link up!!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/wow-me-wednesday-6.html

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  57. That's one hot after!

    Thanks for sharing this at Creative Juice! Hope to see you back at the party tonight!

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  58. This piece is fantastic. I love it. I would not have the patience to do the argyle pattern. Thanks for sharing this at WUW. I need a link or button to the party added please.

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  59. wow, you worked really hard on this piece and it shows!! Love it! (be sure to grab my button)

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  60. How do I love this? Let me count the ways--I can't, there are too many. Thanks for linking up!

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  61. Beautifully done! Do you have a feedburner so I can subscribe to your posts via email? Did you do a light glaze on top after, it seems like there is some brown in the nooks and crannies, I love it!

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  62. Hi I am a new follower. I am happy that I found your blog.
    You can visit me any time.
    http://thisnthatboutiqueblog.blogspot.com/
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThisanThatBoutique

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  63. This is so great, love it! Well done Happy Friday,Happy Good Friday, Happy Earth Day, Happy Jelly Bean Day ( yes it's actually jelly bean day)Hugs from Katherine. P.S have you entered my giveaway?

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  64. That is the cutest dresser/changing table EVER! Very cute. I love the distressing too. Makes it look very vintage and chic at the same time. I want one!

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  65. This is so beautiful. I love argyle and how it adds a bit of sophistication to any project. I'm sure your sister is thrilled!

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow link party. Remember to put the link somewhere. :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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  66. Love this dresser so much!! The argyle is just amazing. ;) I featured you in my Crush of the Week post today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/04/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-3/

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  67. Wow, you did such an awesome job!

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  68. Wow, What a project but the results are fabulous! Love it. Thanks for joining my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  69. Absolutely the best make over! I am speechless! I am glad you went with your gut and did what you wanted to this,I am just still so amazed!. New follower here.
    Connie
    http://thecrafterbug.blogspot.com/

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  70. I love this and I'd love it if you linked it up to my weekly link party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/04/running-with-glitter-6-link-party.html

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  71. Thanks for linking up ~ you'll be featured on Wednesday! xoxo

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  72. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Just wanted to let you know I linked this post on my blog, because I loved it and I hope others will hop on over to see how you did it!!

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  73. I featured you on Toast of Tuesday!! Come grab a button!!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/toast-of-tuesday_26.html

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  74. This is AMAZING! I want! So awesome and beautiful!

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  75. Amazing! I just got a dresser from my MIL and I wish I were as crafty as you because yours turned out gorgeous! Thank you for linking this up to my Weekend Warrior party. It has taken me awhile to get around to visiting everyone but I am so thrilled to have people join in the fun and I hope to see you again next week! :)

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  76. Your argyle changing table is gorgeous! What a lucky baby (and Mom!).
    Found you on Under $100 Linky Party.
    http://altered-artworks.blogpost.com

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  77. Ho.Ly.Cow. I LOVE this! :) I will be featuring you in a post today!
    -Andrea
    tablescapex3.blogspot.com

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  78. Here is the link!
    http://tablescapex3.blogspot.com/2011/04/great-blog-finds-4_9129.html

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  79. You have been featured at SSB! Check it out at the link below:

    http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/2011/05/mad-skills-monday-54.html

    Feel free to snag the I Was Featured button for your blog! Hope you'll visit again soon!
    xoxo
    Ginger
    SSB

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  80. What an adorable changing table! I know your sister LOVED it! You did an amazing job! Wow! My daughter just sent this link to me and her comment was, "See you can do all kinds of stuff with crappy veneer furniture!" You took that terrible-looking dresser and turned it into something AMAZING! :)

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  81. Gorgeous! I linked this to my dressers project post too, well done!

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  82. This is, by far, the best furniture makeover that I have seen to date. Absolutely fantastic job! The monogram is the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for sharing this! It makes me happy just looking at it. :)

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  83. Love it! I'm thinking of making something similar for my cousin's upcoming baby shower. How did you do the backsplash?

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  84. This is just fantastic! What a very fun changing table, and an amazing makeover. Visiting from MMS.

    Ps I host a linky party every Friday - Sunday, this party is best of 2011, I would love if you came by to link up this fantastic project. Happy New Year!

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  85. This piece can really be used more places than the obvious original use. If I had it, I'd use it as a buffet on the screened in porch in the summer months. Love it! I found you from a photo of it on Pinterest! Now, I know what furniture to look for. Thanks for sharing...you gave me a new idea!
    Helen

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  86. Forgot to say, that I'm your newest follower. Hope you visit my blog soon.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Faye! This will always be one of my favorites!!

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