March 17, 2014 by Decorum DIYer
That’s right! I’ve got something up my ‘greensleeves‘…
The little beauties I have been working on are finally finished and
barely just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
So, please forgive me, as the post is peppered (green peppers, that is) with corny (or should that be ‘corned beef‘?) Irish sayings, green idioms/phrases, and other Gaelic goodies.
Allow me to show you what I found on Craigslist a few months back:
That’s right, not one, but two campaign-styled night stands!
(Albeit, in major need of some tender loving care.)
They have been in my basement for quite some time and I decided I needed to polish these diamonds in the rough with a bit o’paint. They were in horrible condition in that the laminated mdf was bubbled and swollen in places – not smooth at all!
Additionally, the previous owner spray-painted the night stands black and silver, spray painted all of the brass hardware silver, and attempted to faux paint the drawer fronts to look like burl wood. In theory, they could have been stunning, but in practice they were duds.
Instead of duds to diamonds, they turned out to be EMERALDS!
Remember when I announced that I had plans to use the below color in my “Erin Go ‘Brave’” post?
The color is ‘precious emerald‘ by Behr and it is perfect for my little, soon-to-be gems.
I was ‘campaigning‘ to use Pantone’s color of the year, emerald, and to practice my skills, since I am a bit green when it comes painting laminate and other non-wood surfaces.
So, like Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz”, I followed the yellow-brick road to the ‘Emerald City’. I was in fact ‘going green’!
I got the green light from my husband (as I would need to enlist his help as to the children) and I was shamrockin’!
I promise, these will make you ‘green with envy’.
‘It ain’t easy bein’ green‘, but it was so worth it. A full tutorial as to prepping, painting, and paint removal from hardware (click here), is forth-coming in another post, but I wanted to share ‘mi lucky charms’ today on St. Patrick’s Day. (Whew, it’s 10 o’clock p.m.. I just made it!)
If they are not your thing, well, you can kiss my Blarney Stone! 😉
(Seriously, though, you must admit, the transformation is amazing.
From trash to treasure for sure! You can see better photographs of the after here.)
Again, the before:
Next up, our Patty O’furniture.
(Just kidding, but I thought it was a good giggle; credit goes to my husband for that gem.)
I hope that everyone is enjoying St. Patrick’s Day, whether you hale from an Irish heritage, or not.
Me? Well, let’s just say I’ll be celebrating like ‘Lord and Lady Drumgoole‘ (for you Downton Abbey fans). That doesn’t mean I’ll be burnin’ down the
house castle. In case you didn’t realize, ‘Drumgoole‘ is my married name and ‘Gill‘ is my maiden name, so there’s a wee bit o’ Irish celebrating here in our little glen amongst our respective clans.
So, how did you spend your St. Patrick’s Day?
Thoughts on this transformation?
Do you have a green/St. Patrick’s Day/Irish pun you’d like to share?
Please comment with your thoughts!