Sunday, August 15, 2010

Barter system

My sister and I had a prisoner exchange tonight! She got what I'd been doing for her, and I got what she'd been making for me!

When my niece was tiny, she had a cute white chest of drawers with dalmations painted on the top, chunky multi-colored wooden handles, and doggie footprints running up the drawers. Well...she's 15 now, and she was all over dalmations.

I am REALLY sorry I forgot to take a "before picture" of that chest of drawers! But here is the "after." I got a batch of handles at a garage sale, and they were perfect for the "shabby chic" look she wanted.

Next she brought up a little desk she wanted painted to match. It isn't anything fancy, but it is solid wood and weighs a ton!

The desk got the same handles....

And I used chalkboard paint on the top. After my sister saw this desk, she asked for the same treatment!

Here is what I got in return! My sister is an excellent seamstress, and she has been making the most amazing bags lately!
I picked out the fabric last week. I looked at lots of fun combinations, but once I saw this bright red floral, I was a goner.
The inside is bright green, and it has pockets on each side.
Look at the flower appliques on the front! The biggest one has a yo-yo in the middle. My sister got a yo-yo maker; I've got to borrow it sometime soon to embellish some lampshades!

This bag is huge! It's far bigger than what I usually carry. But I can't wait to transfer all my stuff into it tomorrow!

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Absolutely Fabulous said...

I love your blog! I'm so impressed that you've only been on for a month and already have so many furniture redos featured. I would love to start a furniture refinishing and selling business. Would you share how you find your customers? (I live in Texas so wouldn't be a competitor) Thanks, Cindy

Rachel said...

I think you both won big time! I really am just in love with the way you've been topping those desks. Such a great idea!

The bag is aDORable!! Such talent in your family!

Clarissa Emily said...

Both of these projects are awesome and what a great idea to swap! Fun times! I'm visiting from Someday Crafts... Have a lov-a-lee day! :)
~Clarissa Emily @ A Little Stone House

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

That bag is sooooo STINKIN the fabric! I also like the chalkboard paint idea on the desk. Hop over and enter my giveaway...I think you will like it!


Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love the chalkboard top! And that bag? gorgeous! The dresser and desk look great! Thanks for linking up to another Topsy Turvy Tuesday!