Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All That Glitters Is Not Gold...

You might recall that I showed you today's featured flip a few months back.  It was the subject of one of our "What Would You Do?" features on the Furniture Flippin' Facebook page.  

Our friend April of Copper Loop Creations and Designs had purchased it and once she got a really good look at it she realized, well...let me let April explain.  She has a very witty way with words so I'm letting her take over.

April, "I learned the hard way, that you can't just grab that pretty shiny thing and not look at it thoroughly.  The Blonde bed we picked up what seems like an eternity ago is finally done (maybe!). This is my first true flipped piece and boy oh boy did I pick a doozy!  What I thought was going to be a simple task to accomplish, turned into quite a job!  I lovingly called her Annette (after my sweet southern, gentile grandmother) only to find that she had an alter ego that I soon called "Hagatha".

As I started preparing the bed for a new coat of paint, pieces literally started falling off into my hands and the floor and everywhere else!  I called in my trusty, skillful ex-cabinet and furniture maker of a husband (my hero) for some professional advice. (I honestly was ready to set her out next to the road at this point).  Hubby took a look, scratched his chin and said "You need a bit of car bog" (which is Australian for Bondo).  He was off his rocker, I said to myself but I trusted him and off to Walmart we did go!  We purchased the Bondo aka car bog and he went to work.  It was a long process mixing, shaping, forming and drying but his magic worked!  Just try to find where he BONDO'd!   And I thought only vehicles got BONDO!!!  

Once Hagatha dried sufficiently I began painting her.  I used a homemade chalkpaint formula that someone suggested and a marked down can of Valspar white paint.  I will definitely continue to try different formulas as this one was okay but I think I could have done better.  

After I did her base coat I mixed up a batch of black glaze (another mistake) and I went to town. There is a reason why you are told to work in small areas with glaze.  It dries awful fast in the summer heat!  I rubbed and washed her all down and replaced her rusty old wheels for new muffin feet. 

Finding new clothes for her has been a challenge and the hunt still continues!  She is now in her new room that is awaiting more accessories and room mates as they become available."**

(**This post was updated on September 17, 2014.  April has been hard at work on the room and it's looking fabulous!)

Thanks April!  For taking over for the day AND for sharing your very first furniture flip!  It turned out great.  

Now, our friend April is a busy woman.  She works hard, recently moved to a new house and is busy setting that up, plus she has a lot of other activities that keep her out of mischief or into it, depending on how you look at it.  She has her Facebook page in the works, you can check her out at Copper Loop Creations and Designs.  It's a very new page, so let's show her our support and encourage her as she builds it up.  After all, she was great enough to share her very first furniture flip with all of us, it's the least we can do to thank her.  Head over there and give her a "like".  We can get those numbers up for her.  To quote Frank Burns of M*A*S*H*, "It's nice to be nice to the nice."  While you are at Copper Loop Creations and Designs let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'. 

There you have it!  Another lovely makeover.  If you have a furniture flip you'd like to share, please feel free to email me all the details plus before & after pictures.  The more details the better.  Send them to me at furnitureflippin@yahoo.com .  
~ Stephanie


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  2. The bed looks more substantial, painted like this. It owns a sense of grandeur. Great job!

  3. Love the fact that you kept the pieces as a bed and didn't turn it into a bench. I turned a twin headboard into a bench but it was too uncomfortable to really use to sit on so it became just a decorative piece. This bed is beautiful and fulfills its' purpose beautifully. Congrats on a wonderful project.

  4. Thanks for the feature, Stephanie! I was truly a bit nervous submitting my flip! I enjoy your blog and your facebook page! I have learned much from everyone there! Keep up the great work! B-)

  5. I think it turned out so much better, beautiful! I love the details on the bed posts, great job!!


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