Snow day in Lynchburg as seen from TOOLRY.
Since moving up north again, I've become obsessed with all things fluffy, cozy and warm. My goal is to make it through the winter spending the least amount of time possible being cold. And that's difficult considering my ideal temperature is right about 80.
So, I needed to increase my supply of fuzzy wearables. And of course I wanted to make them myself. I had a friend teach me the basics of crochet, and my other friend (YouTube) helped me when I got stuck. I started out with a scarf, then made a matching hat. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. And apparently Gerry was too, since he requested the next hat. All in all it was worth the time learning this new skill to increase my arsenal of fluffy things to help me survive winter.
One of my favorite things is to find something old and broken and to give it a new life. My first big project was this yellow dresser that I turned into a vintage-looking storage piece.
I picked it up for about $50 at Faith Farm in Fort Lauderdale. It was pretty ugly to begin with and once I got it home, I discovered some termite damage on one of the legs. Oh well. I patched it up with some wood filler and it was good as new.
Being my first project, I wanted to keep it simple. I first removed all the handles and then sanded all the surfaces just enough to give the paint something to stick to. And then I painted the whole thing dark brown. Once that dried, I applied the teal paint very roughly. I used a cheap brush because I was trying to get some of the brown to show through.
While the paint was drying, I took the handles outside and applied a paint stripper. It took a couple applications before the old paint all came off, but once it did they were good as new! Here's the finished piece!