Monday, November 10, 2014

Chest, Chair and Change

There's a little shop nearby that I love.  It's called, "Cottage Charm".  They sell antiques and vintage things.  Their prices are usually really good and they're constantly bringing in new things.  So, I try to go often to see if they have any thing I might "need".  I've found quite a few great things there over the past few years.  I stopped in a few weeks ago but didn't find anything.  A week later, on Halloween, I stopped in again to see if there was anything new.  As soon as I walked in the door, I saw a black chest of drawers and it was love at first sight! came home with me!

Here it is in my entry when I first brought it home.  It's painted black, distressed, and's all done and ready to be loved and used.  I thought it would be perfect to hold my fabric stash.

I love the wood knobs.  It's solid wood with dove tailed drawers.  And, the drawers are nice and clean and don't seem to have a weird smell like old chests often do.

I thought it would work well in the upstairs hall area.  It's just outside of my craft studio for easy access to the fabric inside.  It's a little hard to get a good photo in there though.  I have some decorating to do to the top of the chest.  And, I need to decide what to do with the art that was already in there and is now hanging above it.

It's a wonderful, very detailed cross stitch that my mom did years ago.  My dad made the frame for it.  All together, it's very special because it's been made by both of my parents.  Plus, the cross stitch is pretty spectacular.  The hall is a bit dark and will keep it from being faded.  I'm not in love with the color of the frame and mat though.  I've thought about changing it but feel that would take away from the creativity my parents put into it.  Maybe I can find some things for the top of the chest to tie it in and make it look better.  My mom made a little boy to match and gave it to my brother.

Here's a close up...

I've been on a cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of spree lately.  This chest of drawers took that to a higher level.  Even though I'd already gone through fabric bins, gotten rid of some stuff, and consolidated it to just four bins....buying the chest inspired me to go through again and this time I was ruthless!  I got rid of every piece of fabric that I wasn't in love with.  I only kept what I loved and had enough fabric to do something with.  That brought the amount of fabric down from four bins to one drawer and half of a second.  Wow!  That feels so good!

While I was going through the fabric, I ran across this scrap of fabric...again.  But, this time, I was about to get rid of it because I've had it for years, hadn't used it, and didn't know what to use it for.  I love it though.  It's beautiful!  And, I have a lot of red in my home. hit me...all of a sudden...something I'd never thought of before...

I could use it to recover this chair...

I had just enough and it looks so much better!
I think Salsa even likes it!

It sits in our kitchen at the built in desk.  The fabric looks great with the flowers in the tin tray and with the curtains on the other side of the room.  Yay!  I'm so happy to have found a great use for it!  I have one more piece that I'm planning to use to re-cover a sewing bench cushion.

Going through the fabric was such a success and I was feeling so great from it that I decided to go through my yarn stash again.  And, I was ruthless with that too!  I got rid of almost all the leftovers from finished projects and I have a bunch of full skeins that I don't love and hope to find homes for or donate.  I'm using some of the drawer space for my cotton yarn.

While I was going through the yarn, I decided to try using a ball winder my mom had gotten at her church rummage sale a few years back and given to me.  I'd never tried it because I have another one that she'd given to me that had also been found at one of the church rummage sales.  It has a bigger spool to wind more yarn.  But, I thought it was time I gave this one a whirl.

It's heavy duty and made out of wood and metal.  Pretty cool!  I didn't realize until I went to use it that it sets up and works a lot different than most.  It worked great though and made a little ball from leftover yarn.  That's as big as it can make though.

I won't use it much because of the small amount it can wind but I'll definitely keep it.  I like how it's metal, has a bolt shaped like a heart, and how often do you find anything that says, "made in Liechtenstein"?!  Very cool and very unique!

It's interesting how buying that chest has made my cleaning out and ridding of things so much more successful.  And, I'm not done yet!  I still have more things I want to go through or go through again!


Sel and Poivre said...

What about just painting the frame to match your new dresser - it would set off the cross stitch, would preserve your dad's frame and tie the whole thing together!

mamasmercantile said...

Its a job that I really need to do but I am worried about getting started because I know I will just tidy up and put it all back. The chest is stunning and the artwork from your parents is beautiful.

Delighted Hands said...

What an engaging post! The dresser is so pretty and such a good incentive to clean out! Good call on recovering the chair! The cross stitch and ball wonder are vintage beautiful!

Amy at love made my home said...

The drawers are lovely aren't they. You must have been very disciplined with your various stashes, I am not good at getting rid of things that I love, but other things I'm not so bad about, but it is still hard isn't it. Your chair looks totally different - in a good way! - doesn't it. I love that your wool winder was made in Liechtenstein, there can't be many people that have one of those!! xx

Mereknits said...

I think you need to crochet a little jar cover in the colors of the mat, frame and picture and put it on the table with a candle in it or all your knitting needles. Love the chest and good for you getting rid of the things you don't need and passing them on.

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Hey there, thanks for visiting my blog :) Your chair up cycle is fab, that fabric is perfect:) I live that your doggy is called Salsa - brilliant!
Gorgeous cross-stitch, I have one that I did that m Dad framed for me, you've made me realize that I should dig it out and display it - thankyou :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That cross stitch is gorgeous and will mean so much to you! I need to purge some more too. I started but then I got 'burned out'! I'm ready to go again! Hugs!

Judy said...

I love the chest of drawers!! In fact, I love Cottage Charm too! I took their painting class a while ago, and painted a knife block to match my kitchen. It was a lot of fun and came out great.