Bulbasaur table {finished furniture update!}

Remember a few weeks ago I posted a few WIP shots of a small table I was re-painting?  Well, I admit that it did take me a little longer to finish than I originally anticipated/ hoped/ wanted.  But that is usually how things go.  Technically, I shouldn’t say that it is finished, but for the time being, it is (I still plan on giving it a nice new knob, instead of the poopy old one, but in the interest of me wanting the table done and not being able to find the perfect knob right now, I decided to at least spray paint the old one a bright red).

So here it is:

Oh, and just a quick reminder what this puppy looked like before:

Before!!

I like how the colours turned out, and I’m happy that they matched together as nicely as I had planned.  I like how the “spots” on the side turned out.  I covered the front of the drawer with hand-dyed fabric.  My biggest complaint with the Martha Stewart paint is that it is very “soft”.  No matter how long I let it dry, you could easily scratch the paint off with a finger nail.  I ended up using a clear acrylic spray gloss to protect it, which also gave it a nicer finish (previously the paint was called a velvet?).  It’s not very glossy, but I like it.  Did I mention that, with supplies, this table only cost me $10.44 (tax included!) AND I still have more than half of my purchased supplies left?  Fuck yeah DIY.

I think I will need to take better photos of this table though.  I plan on doing some internet overhauls soon.  My website’s domain expires very soon, and I need to decide whether or not I will keep my website up.  Decisions!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work.

xoxo

Doll Restoration {one from the patch of cabbages}

This story starts a long time (and by long time ago I mean, about 21 years).  I was only three years old, and it was a few days after Christmas.  Now this is where the story is a little muddy:  I was upset because I was not allowed to go play in the snow with my older siblings, and so, naturally I needed revenge.  I sneaked into my sister’s shared room, and with various markers and stamps, completely ruined all of their brand new Cabbage Patch dolls.  My one sister was particularly upset by this, she was the youngest out of them (at the time she was nine years old), in fact, she had never forgotten about that doll and used this terrible deed against me (albeit in a *somewhat* joking manner).

Fast forward to last year, with the help of my parents, I decided to replaced her Cabbage Patch doll as a surprise at Christmas.  My parents found this doll at a thrift store, and she was quite dirty, and her hair was tangled.  I have been learning a lot about doll making and restoration over the past six months, and so was very excited to have this doll to practice on.  I think she turned out lovely, and my sister was pretty surprised when she opened up this doll.

The always wonderful before picture.

(I am always terrible at taking before photos, I get too excited and forget to take a lot of good befores)

But, as you can see, her body had a lot of dirt and stains, and her vinyl head had a few black spots (possibly marker?), and a mess of hair.

The exciting after photo!

Much better now!

How did I do it?
This doll took three days to clean, and about 5 hours of actual work. I was lucky with this doll, she did not have any rips, frayed seams, and her painted face was in perfect condition.

First, I spot cleaned the body: I used a spray bottle mixed with water and a little tiny tiny bit of Shout stain remover. I gently massaged the bad stains and let it sit.
I used a soft sponge and I washed her face and neck. I used an old toothbrush to get into the tiny crevices of her mouth, ears and neck seam. I only used water. After, I used a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser to get some of the tougher marks off of the vinyl. Then, rinsed her face and neck again (to get rid of any Magical residue).
After than I started her hair. I carefully took out her hair elastics (some of them were already broken but tangled in her hair). I was unable to brush her hair at this time. I then prepped a big serving bowl with warm water and baby hair conditioner, and propped the doll’s head into the bowl (so that as much of her hair was submerged as possible without getting her fabric body wet).
She was left over night to soak.

The next day, I used my fingers to gently untangle her hair. I put some conditioner on my hands with water to make it easier (plus it added conditioner more evenly to her hair than the soak did).
I used a spray bottle with only water, and misted her entire body. I gently rubbed out any remaining stains on the fabric.
Then back into the hair soak for another night.

The next day I took her out of the soak and this time completely (and very gently as always) brushed her hair out. I rinsed her hair twice (for good measure), and left her to dry completely.

Once her hair was dry I styled it back into her original hair-do. I also rubbed her body with baby powder to make her smell nice.

The clothing was sourced from my parent’s basement.

Thanks for reading,

xoxo

{DIY: Film Light}

So in my never-ending quest to avoid business work, and re-decorate my entire house without spending more than $20, I bring you the “new” addition to my bedroom: the 35mm Film Side-Table Light!

I made it by ripping apart an old side table light I had purchased with an ex, so I was more than happy to make it into something way cooler (and of course, rip it apart).  It was originally this rather tacky oriental-inspired, flimsy lantern thing, with textured paper (it’s not that it was entirely that ugly, but it was brown, black and white, and I wanted colour!).

It was all really easy to do.  All I did was take the wooden sides apart, and rip the bamboo and paper out (that was surprisingly easy, it looked like it was hot glued in there with only about 6 dots of glue).  I spray painted the wooden frame yellow, and glued three bands of 35mm film into the back.  But my favourite part of this light is at night time, when it projects colour all over the room.  ^_^

I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It took me about 4 days from start to finish (that includes drying times and what not), but I probably spent about four hours working on it.  Since I used materials that I already had, this project effectively cost me nothing!  Hurrah!  Let me know what you think.

xoxo

Redecorating.

So, although I did not exactly “plan” on having new years resolutions, I guess I kind of did this year. I am dedicating myself to organizing and re-decorating most of the house, as well as cleaning out the art room in order to make room for my home office/ crafting and art room (this second one I’ll have to get to later though). I tend to procrastinate, a lot, and have a hard time making final decisions. I bought my house more than three years ago, and yet I hadn’t painted a wall, and I’ve barely hung anything on the walls. But this is going to change!
I had an array of paint swatches taped to my fire-place bricks, and wall for about half a year. Luckily, this past Christmas my parents bought me paint in my chosen colours, as well as painting supplies so I had no excuse to wait any longer.
(I am the worst for remembering to take before pictures, so I had already started taping the fireplace when I took these)
Before::

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