Steve and I went on our little ebay-item-pick-up-adventure today and it was lots of fun. I like buying other peoples junk and Steve likes driving to new places… it’s a win-win situation.
First we picked up the Cradle. The seller was a heavily pregnant asian lady named “Helen” who was really sweet. Her sister gave her the cradle in her first trimester… then her MIL bought her a flashy new bassinette for her baby shower last month. Lucky me!!! It’s in SUCH good condition and wont need much work at all to get how I want.
I also didn’t expect it to be as big. Sure there were measurements on the listing, I just didn’t realise. I’m so happy with it. “Eventual Bub” will get so many months out of it. Thankfully we have enough space in our bedroom 😛 I wont post pics untill the painting is completed. If the weather tomorrow is anything like it was today, it will be perfect for painting… I may even finish it.
Then we picked up the cot. We managed to arrive 15 min early which was pretty cool for a saturday. “Grandma Maragret” was really nice and chatty. At one point she had us in her house, showing off all the furniture she was restoring… a girl after my own heart. I think she was a bit lonely. She gave us the matteress and the bath support and we grabbed the cot and we were off. I couldn’t help smiling the whole way home.
The cot is devine. She has a good eye for bargains. Maragret bought it as a “do up” project but didn’t get around to it. I told her I’d give it a good home. I was afraid the rails would be too fragile, but they’re tough as nails. Should last for a couple of kids 😛 The turned wood is so beautiful. The photos I posted before don’t do it justice. I love that it’s so different.
When I got home I called “The Furniture Doctor”, a restorer by trade for some advice. This town is filled with old poeple with very cool skills and willing to talk to you about them for HOURS. Because of all the turned wood, the idea of completely stripping the paint with sandpaper… by hand, already made me feel tired. Thankfully he said all that effort would be unnesessary. Just a light sand to “key it up” (helps paint attach), wipe over with some mineral turps then paint away. Easy.
So Steve and I went to Bunnings and we got a small tin of Light Lime for the cradle, some turps, sandpaper, small foam paint rollers, a rolling tray and some foam brushes. By the time we got home it was 5pm and it was too late to start painting. Unfortunatley I don’t have an airated sunroom indoors so I can paint things 24/7. At this house I have to park my arse outside in the freezing cold with all the bugs and mozzies :S
For the cot we decided on a dark purple called “Jewel” by Dulux instead of the Dark Violet but its very similar. It has a bit more indego in it. We’ll have a very funky nursery. I just hope it doesn’t turn out like some of the horrid ones I’ve seen on RateMySpace… ::shudder::
So here’s to paint covered overals and ponytails 🙂