I know, it has been over two months since I have posted on For the Sake of Time, but honestly, I have not had the time. I guess we all know that it really isn't that but it is that we haven't taken the time to do it.

Well, with the apology over, I want to share on Susan's Metamorphosis Monday and Cindy's Made It With What I Had. Please visit them to view all the changes taking place this busy time of year.

First let me warn you, two of these are simple changes but the third and final could have been a "barn burner". So, let me begin with the saga of an old chest, handed down to me by my great aunt about 18 years ago. She really was not a very pretty thing. She was pressed wood on the sides and back and hardwood, of some kind, on the drawer fronts, top, and sides. Her greatest flaw was wheat decals. I kid you not! She was definately a 60's girl. Years ago, I removed the decals but she still showed the scars. All this time she sat quietly, in a hidden corner of our upstairs bath, visable only if you spent hours on the "potty".

Since we are preparing for our local Garden Club Christmas House Tour, I decided that she needed a true makeover. Down the stairs and out the door she went. First, I sanded her lightly avoiding too much abrasion. Using a foam roller, LOVE those, she received two coats of Benjamin Moore Chocolate Candy Brown. The pulls were really quite fine. They were so old that they looked like they had on ORB finish, so I decided, why fix perfection.

Here she is, back in her quite corner of the world, providing a great place to store extra linens.

Secondly, remember Lady Lavabo. After about a month with the "faux" ivy, I decided that she too needed a small change.

Off the Michael's I went with my 40% coupon in hand. I found "faux" weeds for her. Don't you think this is much better? I certainly am happier and I think she is too.

The third and final metamorphosis concerns the light fixture in the sitting area of our kitchen and dining room. When we built, this was where our dining room chandlier was hung. Sometime I will share some pictures of our house before we made a major renovation. But, back to my story. I had my ORB spray paint all ready to go. You see, this one was BOLD BRASS, and I do mean bold. Even after 15 years, she was a real "shiner".

After a few gentle reminders, HD took her down and look at what was hiding under there!

The wiring insulation had started to burn away and you could see scorched areas on the underside of the fixture. HD said it was an accident waiting to happen. I am so thankful that we found it before there was a real problem other than cosmetic issues. So, off to Wal-Mart I went and purchased the look I was going for with my paint.

Here she is! Hot flashes now on the back burner! Sorry, it is late and I am tired. I am so thankful that we found it before there was a real problem or than cosmetic issues.

She also matches my dining room chandlier and now the two live happily ever after. This one is getting ready for the open house and I can't wait to share more with you.

Thanks for visiting today. Have a wonderful Monday.



Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Good morning Charla.

So happy I checked in and found your post!!

I like how you have the wall and the dried flowers, in the lavabo. Beautiful!

Good thing you took the light fixture down. Scary to think about what might have happened.

We have our tickets!! Yippee! We bought them at the flower shop, before they were even advertised! J has decided he likes going on Christmas tours.:-)

I've been meaning to tell you, if you need to borrow anything, like accessories or whatever, for the tour, let me know.

Next door neighbor C. was one of my docents for our tour...just when I thought everything had been dusted and scrubbed, she walked by an upstairs bedroom and glanced in...the light was just right to show a thin layer of dust on the cheval mirror!! She ran downstairs and got the cleaner and fixed it right up, just in time!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Thanks for sharing your lovelies. I hope you will post to my Its So Very Cheri party as well. Great job.


Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Wow! You've been busy! It looks great. What a blessing that you tended to the light fixture!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Sometimes, I think that the universe sends us messages. You wanted to spiff up your light instead,maybe it saved your lives. The new fixture is beautiful.

Shelia said...

Hi Charla. Welcome back! Love your chest and what a difference your little loving care gave it! The flowers look like they were meant to be there and your light fixture - it looks so nice.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

So, it's a good thing that light fixture was on your list of things to do! The chest came out great ~ I love things like that with extra storage. How very exciting to be on a tour.

Cindy said...

Such great transformations! Feel free to post them on my 'made it with what i had' party today as they all meet the criteria :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, you have been a busy girl! Everything looks beautiful! I'm so glad you wanted to paint the light fixture. Oh, the new look for the lavabo is perfect. Love the plates with the frame around one of them too. Your decorated chandelier looks stunning. I can't wait to see picture of the open house. It's going to be wonderful! laurie

Anonymous said...

The vignette on the top of your refinished chest is so pretty. I'm glad you found the wiring problem,too!

Kim said...

@Cheap Chic Home. Oops, I'm the previous "anonymous" comment. I went too fast, I guess.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Great redos!! We have had several projects like your light fixture that we were certainly glad we tended to the matter after seeing how dangerous it really was!

The new light looks wonderful!


Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

The lavabo looks great, perfect for Fall!! I'm so glad that your electrical woes got fixed and that you got a new pretty fixture in the bargain.

Barb said...

Hi Charla,

It was a blessing in disguise when you wanted to change the light fixture.

Love that chest.


Tracey said...

Hi Charla! Everything is looking wonderful!! You've been busy :) All your "changes" look really nice!

:) T

Janean said...

at least you know where your time goes! chandelier looks lovely!

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Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Oh my goodness how scary that you could have had a fire waiting to happen! Glad you caught that in time. All of your transformations look great and I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations!

Shelia said...

Hi Charla! Glad you're back among us. Now that cabinet looks so nice!
Glad you changed out your light fixture before something hazardous happened.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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