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Re-purposed Antique Shelf

18 May

Design by Kathleen Heady

A piece a redesigned for a local Antique Shop.








Antique Picture Frames

13 May


Design by Kathleen Heady

Dollhouse Chandelier

3 Feb

Barbie Chandelier

Designed by Kathleen Heady

I’ve been wanting to make my daughter a chandelier for her dollhouse for awhile now. So I finally found the materials I have had in mind to do this project. I found these styrofoam cone shaped twine things at a craft store and I decided these would make perfect for the chandelier as I had been imagining something that was like a willow tree branch with lights. Then I found some colorful beautiful beads that I decided would be perfect to hot glue onto these cones for the dollhouse chandelier and here it is! Here is how I did it…..


With the styrofoam cone branches I intertwined them together. Then with a mixing bowl I poured the beads in there and got the hot glue gun ready and started the gluing and dipping process.


Then, I hot glued each cone. What I did was I set all the beads in a mixing bowl and had the hot glue gun ready then hot glued a little bit of the cone dipped it into the bead bowl and repeated until entire cone was covered in beads. It took about 5-10 minutes per cone to dip in the beads. Then once the glue had dried I carefully took the leftover hot glue strings hanging on the cones and slowly but carefully peeled them off each cone for a finished look.


Next, I re-arranged the cones once more to how I wanted them to look and finished up this project by wrapping twine around the green branches to hang in the dollhouse.



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Day 2: Bass Drum Project Finished!

29 Jan


I finally got the Bass Drum finished after lots of sanding and hard work and now its in my living room sitting pretty as my new end table! I turned this Bass Drum I got for Free into an end table. I worked on this for 3 days sanding it down for the most part. It had been spray painted gold by the previous owner whom I assume was in a band with it because it had a band name slogan on the bottom piece which ended being the hardest piece to sand. Whatever fabric paint was used to make the slogan on the wood was thick and not easily removeable. So I had to scrape what I could off with sharp metal pieces butter knife, nails ect that I found as I didn’t have a scraper available. Then I used about two sheets of 60 grit sandpaper to sand it all off. The best part was finally being able to stain this piece.

After three straight days of sanding wood and metal for about 10 hours total, it was nice to finally be able to paint and stain this piece. I had to add paint in between the stain because there were areas on the wood that did not take well evenly and were much lighter in color than the rest of the wood giving it an uneven look. I went ahead then and found a paint a brush and some leftover Mahogany Paint I had stored and started painting away. I painted it so that it would blend in with the stain only painting certain areas that were lighter and lightly doing a feathery type brushing effect with my paint brush while painting. Besides that the easiest part was attaching the legs and metal leg brackets.

This was interesting by the way because I had originally a week prior looked at wooden legs and metal brackets for another project I had going on over at Home Depot and found out quickly that those were not inexpensive by any means. They were nice but for a budget project it was not very budgety. Each wood leg costing about on the very low end $5.99 and on the average $8.98-$10.98. This was not including the necessary metal brackets for these legs which if Im correct were about $9.98 each. So I would have been looking at spending around $70-$90 just on legs and brackets.

So I hopped on Craigslist instead and searched through the furniture section to find something retro. And, there it was, a little girls pink ottoman with awesome retro metals legs that matched perfectly with my bass drum. It was posted for $15 however, i love a deal so I had to bargain and I got it for $10 instead. Which was awesome because I got my four legs for my bass drum and my daughter got a new ottoman for her room in bright pink.

There’s my bass drum story! Now here is what I did….. 🙂

Here I had to scrap the gunk that was stuck to the metal rim. I used a knife to strip it all off.


This is what it looked like after I had stripped all the gunk off. Afterward I used a copper scrub and that cleaned the metal to shining like new once more.


I sanded the bottom part of the drum and then spray painted it. I re-painted the speaker black and the outer portion white.



Once the Bass Drum was completely sanded I stained it using Ebony color stain.


Here it is stained. I also had to paint it with dark mahogany colored exterior paint as their were areas that did not take the stain so well nor around the metal pieces.


Then I made a white wash mixture using white paint and a clear gloss paint that I had and mixed it together.


I then white washed the Bass Drum using a baby onesie to apply the mixture.


Next I attached four legs to the bottom. With a drill I used drill bits to screw the holes and apply the screws to attach the legs. I found these legs on Craigslist. I pulled them off a kids furniture ottaman piece for $10 dollars. Much cheaper then if I would have purchased wood legs or metal brackets from a hardware store which would have run me easily between  $70-$80 dollars for four legs and four brackets to insert the legs.


Final Result


—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Done. Now I’m going to Bake! 🙂

Day 1: Bass Drum Project

24 Jan

Day 1 Before Photo

The Bass drum was spray painted gold and looks like it was in the process of being sanded down but, was not complete when I got it.


Step 1: Sanding the Bass Drum, I started by sanding the main parts of the Bass drum where the wood was accessible.


Then with the Sand Machine I sanded off as much of the spray paint off the metal pieces surrounding the bass drum then finished sanding each by hand.  Here are some photos of the pieces and some of the sanding process….

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So far looking good….

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Next Step: I have to find sand paper that can brush up the metal to give a nice polished look to the metal pieces and figure out if I’m going to stain or paint this piece and then look for some retro legs to install on the bottom of the bass drum to turn it into a end table. I’m thinking 1960’s or 1970’s desk chair legs about 6′ to 8′ inches in length. Something retro 🙂

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