{Hannah} The Other Shoe

It’s probably only a matter of time before this blog gets renamed to “House Home Hannah and Heels”, because I spend an awful lot of time talking about shoes! So much so, that I finally gave in and created a “Shoes” category for posts.

Anyway, it was only a few wears after I fixed the right shoe, that the left heel started feeling loose. At least I knew what to do this time!

Sure enough, there was a broken screw in this heel, too! Now it has me wondering if the issue isn’t the shoes, but me…

I scraped away at the plastic like my brother had done, and tried to grip the exposed screw with needle nose pliers. I kept trying with the pliers sticking up, but then realized it was much easier to grip the screw with the pliers sideways.

Hard part over!

I bought a few new screws at my local hardware store. The two new screws are on the left, compared to the original on the right.

Then I spread lots of Shoe Goo onto the shoe…

…and held the heel firmly in place while I screwed in the three screws.

Ta da!

Not just one, but two fixed shoes!

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{Hannah} Happy Thanksgiving

I’m home for Thanksgiving, so there won’t be any new posts this week.  I wanted to take the time, though, to say thank you for reading my blog!  It means so much to me that you check in on my latest adventure, and you give great advice and encouragement when I need it most.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday as well, and I’ll see you all next week!

{Home} Clean Up Clean Up

Everybody, everywhere!

Or just me, and just in my apartment. Because I made a big mess while stripping and refinishing the dresser.

The bags were easily picked up and disposed of.  However, underneath the bags, there was some damage to the polyurethane coating on the floor.

It was kinda rough, so I scraped at it to remove the bubbled parts of the coating.

Lesson learned: I should’ve been more careful with the stripper.

There were also some places where it looked like some stripped paint had adhered to the floor.

Those were also scraped up.

Another lesson learned: I should’ve taken more care to protect the floors.

The floors are generally in decent condition–the wood itself is nice enough to keep, but it needed to be refinished anyway.  Since I have a small apartment, I decided when I moved in that I would refinish the floors when I move out.  Luckily there isn’t too much damage to the floors, and it’s only on the coating, so it should be ok until that day comes.

PS. You’re never too old to listen and sing Barney songs.

{Home} Transformation Almost-Tuesday

Shortly after I started refinishing my dresser, I was going through the pictures on my phone, and I couldn’t believe that my dresser used to be painted! Despite the fact that I had lived with it painted for almost three years, I was already so used to seeing it without the paint.

But now it’s all wood and shiny and beautiful!

The light-colored wood has this really great grain to it, which almost seems like a tiger eye.

I don’t think I would’ve bought this dresser a few years ago if it looked like this, but I’m so glad I did! It’s truly a one-of-a-kind piece, and I’m so proud of myself for taking the time and energy to restore it to its former glory.

Also, there were some letters engraved into the hardware.

A quick google searched turned up quite a few results! Turns out those letters (G343 KBC) is from Keeler Brass Co.  I found their catalog via the Smithsonian Museum archives which has this hardware on page 62.  I messaged the company to ask when they manufactured this style, to get a better idea of the age of the dresser, but they never responded.

Here are all the posts in the dresser refinishing saga if you wanted to relive the process step by step:
Stripping
Short, Dark, and Handsome
Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
Nice Legs! Show Me Your Drawers
All Oiled Up
Wax On Wax Off
All that Glitters is Gold

Onto the next project!

{Home} All that Glitters is Gold

Since the wood of the dresser is all cleaned up, it was time to move onto the hardware.

I grabbed a can of Bar Keepers Friend to scrub the tarnish off them.

It took a bit to get into a groove of cleaning them. I found that wetting the hardware first, then sprinkling some of the powder on it and letting it sit for a minute, before scrubbing with a toothbrush worked best.

They’re so shiny now!

I got a little tired of scrubbing endlessly, and I liked a little bit of the tarnish on them, since it reflects where they came from.  Now onto the dresser they go!