Saturday, July 22, 2006

Color Oasis stoneware

Color Oasis dinnerware
Originally uploaded by lsaspacey.
This cool looking 32-piece stoneware set from Kmart is only $50. Yes, it includes four sets of every item pictured here. Now that's a deal!

It is only available online. However, it says the set is available in three bright color choices, but the other two are nowhere to be found on their site.

Come on, yellow is sweet, but if the other colors are a richer, brighter green or blue they might have a customer.

P.S. They just put it up on the site in periwinkle. Unfortunately, not the shade of blue that I would buy, but you do get to see exactly what a bargain this is. Look at all that you get for your money!


new stool
Originally uploaded by lsaspacey.

There it is.

Looking so spiffy in it's old place. I am so glad that I painted it that color, it still makes me smile whenever I look at it.

Now back to the rest of the furniture...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

It is NOT easy being green...

I just started painting the phonograph table. Argh.

After the Benjamin Moore sample pots, I went back to my old standby, the Rust-Oleum 8 oz. cans. In the past, I painted two pieces with their paint and was very happy with the results. Unfortunately, this time isn't going that great. The coverage is horrible; this is with two coats on top of the primer.

The color is Spring Green, which sounds great but is turning out a bit too somber for my taste. I didn't want to buy a whole spraycan (of a livelier color) for one little table so I took what was available in the half pint cans. The only other shade available in this size was Slate Blue. Again, blah.

I will finish the table and give it a few days to grow on me. But if I still don't like it, I will go back and check out what's available in the Benjamin Moore sample pots for the green family.

Monday, July 17, 2006

A few years down the road

Here are my sources of inspiration for future contenders to replace the loveseat. I have a huge crush on both the green and gold models.

Sofa Inspiration
Originally uploaded by lsaspacey

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Be very afraid.

Today, I am going to post pictures of my loveseat as it really is. No slipcover, no arty-from-a-distance shots. Full-on graphic pictures.

Before I do, I want you to be fully aware that I bought it years ago for $50 from a friend who was moving to California. Since then, it has been in my possession for at least four years. Before that, she had found it at a Goodwill store and owned it herself for at least two. So it is old. OLD.

When I had owned it two years, I decided to zip off the cushion covers and handwash them. Bad Idea. Since then they have increasingly degraded.

So be prepared. I warned you.

Here it is without the back cushions. I might get rid of those or double them up for the seat portion of the sofa, and create more loose pillow-like cushions for the back. As it is now, they slide down behind the seat cushions and shove them off the front of sofa.

Here is where I cut/ripped off the hated ruffled skirt. The legs will be sanded according to what I decide to do with the sofa reshaping and the final fabric color choice.

That wasn't so bad now was it?

In fact, it doesn't look as bad as I thought.

However, it will be quickly redraped with the too-dark purple slipcover from months ago, until a plan has been created.

As you know I don't have the money to buy a new sofa, definitely not like the ones that I want.

Therefore, this will be a BIG PROJECT for the Shelter home.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Blossom Lights
at Delia's for $26.

Yes, they light up!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Google search me again

As you can see, I found out what the problem was. Unfortunately, it took hours and hours and hours of frustration to do it.

But it is done and I'm gonna celebrate by doing the Snoopy dance!!!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Google search no more

I have Firefox on my computer at home, so I work on Shelter at home.

But yesterday I checked out those tweeks and changes at work, where we have Internet Explorer.

Well, if you have IE and checked out my blog in the last few days, you know what happened. For some reason, the two columns of my blog could not run next to each other and the Profile/Links on the right side were all the way down at the bottom of the screen.

It seems the Blogger search function was the culprit. I will bring the search function back if I can find out what the problem was.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ta Da!!!

Here it is with at least one coat on the whole stool. The cross pieces and the top have had two coats.

Ever since I painted my coffee table a few years ago, I have used foam brushes to paint my furniture. They are perfect because they leave no visible brush strokes.

They also soak up less paint than a regular brush. Before, when washing out my brushes, I found that so much paint would get trapped down near the base of the bristles. I would be rinsing them forever and watching all that paint go down the drain. With foam brushes (and the way you can manipulate them and squeeze the paint out on the surface) you can get almost all of the paint out before you have to wash them. Therefore, more of your paint ends up on the object and not wasted down the drain.

Next I will do a light sanding all over with fine sandpaper and then apply one more coat with the second Benjamin Moore sample bottle. I am amazed how much area these 2 oz pots can cover. I will still have one left over.
Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

Finally, after that last coat (and perhaps some more sanding?) I can apply one to two coats of a clear satin finish polyurethane. And then I will be done.

This artsy pic shows off the true color better.

BIG difference, right?
I so have to learn how to control the flash on my Kodak.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Cool Blue

Yes. I am only on the first 2 oz. sample pot and I still have two more pots of the Benjamin Moore Blue Spa paint left.

Since I am using tiny sample pots that might run out, I am doing the first thru final coats on the cross bars as I work down the stool. The section you just looked at is pretty much done. The legs will be worked on bit by bit as I go along.

The seat will need a light sanding and then a final FINAL coat of paint, which will be the last thing I do.

I think this photo is closer to the true color.

Happy July 4th!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Some changes:

I added a search function to Shelter. It is on the right side under the Flickr photo badge. So if there is something I mentioned in an earlier post that you want to look up, you now can.

I also added a counter to the blog so that I could see how many people come and check out Shelter. Because, if I had continued to use the comments as an indicator I would be very sad.

Now back to the furniture painting...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Three is not a crowd

More progress...

Since I had the brush wet already...

Stool has been sanded and is now ready for its paint.

The DVD rack and small phonograph table need to be sanded and then they will be ready to paint.*

*All pieces are from IKEA.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

First steps - Progress


The first important step is the priming of the piece.

Since the colored paint on this stool is going to be acrylic latex, so should my primer. I went out and bought a quart of Kilz 2 Latex sealer primer stainblocker only to find an almost full quart of True Value E-Z Kare acrylic latex primer/sealer in my "stash". Yes, craft supplies have not made it to the Cure stage yet.

Must. Get. On. That.

So, I spent half an hour putting on the first coat of primer.


My favorite thing is that five minutes after painting the last stroke, the brush and my hands were clean. Ahhh, the power of water-based latex!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Begin at the beginning...

Before the sandpaper:

Here is the IKEA stool and three Benjamin Moore Blue Spa sampler pots.

Check back later...