So there was this dresser being given away on Craigslist, and I couldn't resist...even though it originally looked like this:
I would have walked away from it if it weren't for those fantastic glass knobs... yes, those are the real thing. Unfortunately, one was missing, so I am reserving them for a different project and I (obviously) bought new ones for the spruced up version.
This poor dresser was in horrible condition. I did my best to glue all the veneer back together (it was warped and peeling all over the place on the sides and front) and used a lot of wood filler to make up the difference (this piece definitely fit into the category of Better to Paint an Antique than Throw It Away).
This is how that same drawer looks now. Still far from perfect (a professional refinisher would probably snicker) but since I don't own any glue syringes to force the glue up into every bit of loose veneer, this was the best I could do.
Since the poor old thing was already so beat up, I sanded the edges of the wood to give it a time-worn, distressed look. This way my pseudo-effective patch up jobs don't leap out at the viewer so much.
I'm so relieved to have this one finished! It has taken many, many days in many bits and pieces of time to complete this dresser, but I'm happy to have given it a new life.
"This is the BESTEST day of my whole life!" exclaimed Hyrum today, as he revelled in the fun of the long-awaited Fun Fair carnival at his preschool.
There were so many fantastic things for the kids to do, he was just giddy with the thrill of it all. Here he is doing a spin-art creation...
...and here he is waiting in rapt attention while the paper spun and spun. I somehow missed getting a photo of him with the final result - I must have been chasing after Hazel at that point.
Hyrum takes his craft projects very seriously, and he exhibits amazing amounts of concentration while doing them (any other time he's bouncing off the walls).
Here he is making a beaded bracelet, and without anyone suggesting it, he made it perfectly symmetrical. He threaded half the beads on, then threaded a mirror image version of the same colors and repetition on the other half. OCD or artsy fartsy? Hmmmm...
A parent helper was holding the ball while the kids kicked it into the goalie net. Hyrum loved this one.
He even got his face painted like Batman!
Hazel's 2 favorite things were the Lollipop Tree (just look at that concentration! The tongue always comes out when she's really focused) and the Limbo Bar.
Every time I lost track of her I'd head on over to the Lollipop Tree, and there she would be, helping herself to another treat. The parent helper in charge of that activity thought it was quite cute.
Hazel loved playing with the Limbo Bar, and she would go round and round underneath it whenever it wasn't being used by somebody else.
She never let go of her popcorn bag for a second though - she wouldn't even taste the cotton candy or the snow cone, but she LOVED that popcorn.
Here's Daddy trying to snitch a piece, but Hazel wasn't about to share. She gave him a look like, "Go get your own, Daddy, and leave mine alone!"
With thumb in mouth and blankie in hand, Hazel was ready to hit the hay. Daddy took her home while I stayed to help with the facepainting booth, and Hyrum played in the bouncy house for ages.
It was a wonderful activity, one that I'm sure Hyrum will remember fondly for a long time.