27 January 2009

Fun makeovers and a blog party!!

I finally finished my dresser makeover and I love the results!! This is what it looked like just a few days ago....

... and this is what is looks like today!!

First, I painted it a cream color, then I picked a gorgeous American Folk and Fabric piece I've had for years and went to work! The plan was to back the fabric with a fusible web, to make it a little sturdier and less likely to fray, and then glue it to the front of the drawers... But then, as I read the fusible web instructions, I realized that I could actually fuse the fabric directly onto the wood! So, the fabric was fused to the front of the wood drawers!! I just love the way it turned out!!

I also finished covering the seat of an old wicker chair with a gorgeous vintage barkcloth.

Finally, I added some vintage paper to this radio frame I got at an auction... I really like how it turned out! This would be a great piece to use as a niche, for candles or other decorative pieces.

As I was doing the collage, I came across this old newspaper illustration... I knew there was something someone forgot to tell me years ago when I started having children!!

I have a really good recipe to share with you, this is a family favorite and I love it because it is super easy to make!! I hope you will try it!


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (I just place a handful of walnuts in a sandwich bag and whack it with a rolling pin!)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients until blended. Pour batter onto a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until inserted toothpick comes out dry. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Yummy!!

I also wanted to share some exciting news with the NW bloggers... Joy, Lisa, Martha and I are hosting a party at Joy's house on Saturday, Feb. 7th, between 11am and 4pm!! We are so anxious to meet and revisit with bloggers, all are invited (even if you don't have a blog!!), it will be great to put a face to the name!! There are a couple of classes where you can learn to make crowns or valentines, if you are interested (there is a small fee for supplies - go to Martha's blog for more info), or you can just come and hang out with us! We hope you can make it!

Finally, I wanted to thank Lisa at Antiques and More Blog for the award she bestowed on me!! This Lemonade Stand Award stands for attitude/gratitude... I sure am truly grateful to be surrounded by such awesome people who always brighten my days!! Thank you so much, Lisa!!


  1. Love, love the fabric on the dresser. Please explain to me how the fusing process works. The chair is adorable and the fabric is beautiful. I snapped up the recipe and plan to give it a try.


  2. My goodness! The dresser turned out beautiful and what a great idea!!!! Clever you! ~Maryjane

  3. Oh Isabel, I wish I could come to the party:(
    Your makeover is G.R.E.A.T- you have inspired me!!!!!!
    Outstanding result, the chair is fab too!
    Have a beautiful evening,
    Monica xo.

  4. Well you have certainly been a busy beaver, Isabel. All of your projects are fabulous! They all turned out amazing! Wow.

  5. Isabel, I just love how you turned that old dresser into such a lovely piece of furniture using the beautiful rose floral fabric. It turned out fabulous. Great job!!!

  6. I love the dresser! It's amazing what can be done to improve old furniture! I sure would love to come to the blog meeting, however, I live in Texas now. I will be in Oregon in March to visit our son (Dayton) and BIL (Prineville). We hope to move to Oregon next year when I retire. Please let us all know how the meeting goes.

  7. Love the dresser! it is just too cute! You may have just given me inspiration for my new soon to be grandaughter's nursery! Would love to know more about the fusing process also! Your party sounds lik fun too! A bunch of us Texas bloggers descended on a new antique store opening last sat and had a ball! (posted about it sat/mon) you will have to take plenty of pics to blog about afterwards! Have a great time!

  8. Your projects turned out great! That old bark cloth was the perfect design for a round cushion. You inspire me to get up and do something!! Sally

  9. Isabel! I love the dresser! Is it going to your booth at Monticello??? Saturday I picked up another treasure from there;- a toy chest you had painted cream & pale pink! So adorable & just the right size for my 2 little angels!
    Hopefully I can make it to Joy's house for the classes;- I want to make a crown :o))

  10. Whatever you are taking, hon, I want some!!! Wonderful work. I would not have believed that was the same chest...e--ver! I really love the radio cabinet. That is going to make a terrif diplay piece. MMMM! Hot bread sounds good right now. Have fun. Debbie

  11. That bread looks so good. I think we will try it tomorrow. It is still snowing and looks like another snow day so this will be a nice warm treat.

  12. Can't wait to see you at the blog party!

    J & J

  13. Ohhh Isabelle! I wish I could come visit you, joy, lisa and Martha again! I so enjoyed you girls at the BH!! I can't make it that weekend!!! Argh! Hope to see you again sometime, wish I could be there!
    xoxo, Tiffany

  14. Oh Isabel, that dresser turned out fabulous. Fusible web is awesome.....I always seem to run out when I really need I look forward to meeting you at the blog party.


    Chloe Rose
    Kindred Roses

  15. What a great look. I get so excited when I run across a sweet flowery print. Gotta have more and more of them!

  16. Oh wow! I have never seen fabric on a dresser...How difficult is this process? Your other projects are great too..I'm adding you to my fav blogs right now. :) Thanks for visiting mine today!


  17. GORGEOUS work, Isabel! Just beautiful!

  18. Gorgeous dresser!! Did the fusible webbing finish the edges so that it wouldn't fray? I've used wallpaper but never fabric on pieces.
    Great job!
    PS-Sure wish I could make the blog party-still too much snow on those darn mountains...

  19. The dresser and chair are gorgeous! Who would have thought that unfortunate green dresser could be so lovely??

  20. The dresser...the chair...the radio--gorgeous, gorgeous! Your projects always inspire me!

  21. I love the dresser you inspired me for the dresser that I have got from my fathers house when he passed away. The chair is also beautiful.
    have a creative weekend.

  22. Oh, I LOVE the dresser and the chair!!!!! Awesome make over! I love the fabric you's just beautiful!

  23. Super work on all these projects! I meed to get my derriere moving. I second the request for an explanation on how the fusing works. I mean- did you iron on the dresser drawer? It just turned out so fabulous!


  24. What cute things you re-did. Happy birthday to your son too! What a cutie!

  25. Wow what a great blog you have. I have some of the same postcards you listed on your blog. Thanks for the comment. Denise

  26. Love the dresser. Can't wait to hear how you did it!


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