The Tanker Desk Formerly (?) Known as Lola – Phase 1

I managed to work on the tanker desk this holiday week. (I don’t think the name, Lola will stick so she is once again, nameless.)

The first thing I did was remove the drawers.

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Instead of working on the entire thing at once, I decided to start with the pencil drawer. I cleaned and took a wire brush to some of the rust spots before priming it.

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Next I used a spray paint I found at one of the big box stores – Flat Soft Iron. I had wanted to go the auto paint route but it would have been way too pricey and time consuming for me. If this didn’t work though, I would have.

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This is the color after bringing it inside. (Floyd had to inspect the finished product in the first picture.) I did take a small brush and fixed the area around the lock.

The legs were next and they were a little rusty but still in good condition. The chromed legs were dirty but undamaged. I only worked on one so far and after cleaning, grinding, and priming, I got a coat of Brilliant Silver on (to see how it looked before I tackled the other).

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The hardest thing so far was removing the pedestals from the table top. The bolts had rusted out and I wasn’t sure I could remove a couple of them without drilling through. It was a no go so I went to see if I could buy replacements for them and luckily, I was able to find them. So I spent a couple hours drilling through the rusted bolts alternating with my little propane torch (the kind used for créme brûlée).

The end result?

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A view of the new color next to the old:

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I haven’t figured out how to remove the file drawer yet. I also haven’t decided what to do with the linoleum (formica?) top.

 

 

 

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Bathroom Shelves

After adding a towel bar, hand towel bar and stuff, I realized I needed some sort of shelf (or two) for small storage in the Guest Bath. The Moen Align series didn’t have a shelf that matched the design of the towel accessories. I looked at other bathroom shelves but nothing caught my eye.

I decided to look at using a floating shelf or two but steel ones were a bit pricey. That was when I decided to look at vintage and either spray paint it silver or go completely funky and do a brilliant green. Enter Etsy (one of my favorite sites now) and I looked at a few mid-century shelves that looked pretty cool, but didn’t say “buy me now!” for one reason or another.

Then I saw an ad for these industrial shelves. They were probably office type shelves but were relatively small (less than a foot across) but they were interesting with the curled edge. They completely captured my attention because they were industrial looking and were different. So I ordered 2. When I got them, there were a few rust spots and scratches. They were also in the blah government gray color.

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(Yes, the bathroom isn’t completely painted yet and probably won’t be until I figure out whether or not I just want to repaint the vanity and just replace the top or not. I’m currently leaning towards repainting the vanity cabinet and doing a new sink and faucet—but that probably won’t happen until next year.)

It was a quick project that I started and finished in a few hours. I first used a wire brush to get some of the more rustier areas clean before priming the pieces.

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Then I used Brilliant Silver paint on them (top and bottom—at one point I thought about flipping the shelves over so the lip would be on the top instead of the bottom but changed my mind on that). The first time I sprayed the tops, I got a splattered pattern so went over it again with some primer and then added another coat of the silvery paint.

When they finally were dry (which doesn’t take long in this Texas heat), I installed them. This probably took the longest because I couldn’t use my drill to screw them down because of the way they’re made. The cool thing was I had my small level set on the shelf so I made sure it was perfectly level.

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I debated whether or not to use a bright green, to complement the towels but they only had the big cans of spray paint and it would have been a waste of money. That was why I opted for the silver.

It’s not the same finish as the brushed nickel like the towel accessories (which was what I had originally wanted, but I think it works. The fancy soap is sitting on a piece of tile—a cool sample I got when I was looking at re-tiling the guest bath with actual stone tile (I think this piece is soapstone).

Chandelier Revamp

Since lightening up my office with the pale yellow. I was tempted to tweak the color of my chandelier a little. Plus, there were still some spots where the brass was showing.

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The colors were too dark but it wasn’t a priority. Fast forward to when I was spray painting my nightstand with the Brilliant Silver. To touch up, I sprayed paint onto a paper plate so I had a puddle to work with. On a whim, I dabbed a paper towel and rubbed on the paint onto the chandelier. It created a unique look because some of the dark steel could still be seen.

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The pink/fuchsia color was now too much so I looked at replacing the faux candlestick sleeves. Cool, patterned ones were $6 each online. (!!!)

I decided to be creative and make up for Saturday’s fiasco and worked on something tonight.

 

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I had the paper ribbon for the cat tree toys so I wrapped one sleeve with it – just to see how it would look.

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The end result

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I used scotch tape at first but you could see the tape so I ended up sealing the sleeves with good old school glue. It’s a quick fix and can easily be changed to other colors or if I decide to use a pattern.

I need to spray the bottoms of my bulbs silver now but voilà!

Memorial Day Weekend Project

This year for my extended weekend, I added flooring to my master bedroom. I had taken out the carpet about a month ago so it was just a cement slab.

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I began Thursday morning and bought flooring glue. I decided to not use the Roberts brand like I did in the living and dining room, but instead, used a product from Bostik (at Lowes – single app). It was a little more expensive that the stuff I bought before and needed about 2 cans of it.

When I got home, I tore up the old baseboards and much of the door casing that would be in the way of the new floors. On the first day, I managed to get one can worth of glue down. It was well worth the money – it spread easier (I don’t know if it had to do with the warmer temps or not) and I don’t think I had any hollow spots like before. The only complaint was I had to skim out a good amount off the first can.

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The next morning (after having slept in the spare room) I was ready to tackle the rest but also dreading the possibility of buying yet another can if I ran out. (I wish they made smaller containers so there’s less waste). It was a little tedious but I managed to get it all done without running out of glue!

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I was exhausted but felt very VERY accomplished. I calculated it and it was roughly 180 square feet. It felt really good that I managed to get it done in 2 days. I did cheat a little and set up my bed (just the boxspring and mattress) to avoid sleeping in the spare room that night. I figured by then, the floor was well on it’s way of curing.

I also unfurled the new area rug that night (as modeled by Puck).

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On Saturday, I added some baseboards—mostly for the area behind the bed because I really didn’t want to move that sucker once it was put back together. I caulked and touched up the paint on Sunday before moving the bed closer towards the wall. I also brought the nightstand from the spare bedroom into the master bedroom. (Yes, the bedroom door will eventually be replaced but that isn’t a top priority at the moment.)

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Today I decided to change up the nightstand a little since it was going to be hard to find something similar. I decided to glam it up a bit with some spray paint and a little elbow grease.

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It was a good (and easy) rainy day project that didn’t take a whole lot of blood, sweat or tears. I’ll have to replace the current crystal lamp with another one since my current one has several chips in it but for now, it will sit on that table (once it is fully dried).

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I’ll have to go over the decorative edging with some metallic paint — probably something a little darker than the Brilliant Silver paint.

I also found a table that will sit on the other side – a $30 thrift shop find. It will be painted the same color with the option of adding glass onto the doors in the future.

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Console/Credenza Update

Quick update on the console –

Slowly but surely, this is getting done.

This is a pic this evening

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The outside has been completely painted and will be ready for turquoise chalk paint in the inside. Currently, the inside is still dirty especially compared to the newly painted sides.

Before fitting the sides back, I dry fitted the top. Shaping the zinc sheet will be the timely piece.

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Revamped “sunburst” Mirror (edited)

I bought this Ikea mirror about the time I got my house. It was what started my love for Mid-Century Modern.

 

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What I really wanted was something with more spokes and of course, the idea would be a real MCM sunburst mirror. Instead, I ended up revamping my existing mirror last night. I was at Hobby Lobby and they had this candle holder (50% off) that had what I guess were supposed to be metal “branches” that formed a circle. I’ve seen somewhere on a blog where someone flattened it out and made their own mirror so I was going to go with that idea.

I couldn’t find a mirror for the middle and decided to see if I could combine it with my existing mirror.

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This was after using the Chrome spray paint I bought for my credenza. Some of the spokes broke off when I flattened it out so I had to hot glue them to the back.

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I’ll add some small mirrors eventually to make it look more symmetrical.

I had played around with the looking glass paint on the mirror before and that is why some of it looks a little tarnished. A lot of it came off when I taped it off for the chrome. There is still just a hint of it to give it a retro vibe.

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Added some bling to my coffee table

I added some flair to my coffee table.

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All this glass was $12 at a local thrift store. I sprayed Looking Glass paint to turn them into faux mercury glass and added them to my coffee table.

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The tall vase now holds my remote 🙂 while the others will hold candles and stuff.

I’ll probably make more once I get a mantle installed on my fireplace.

You can also see the different colors from the wood now that the sealant is drying.