To prep, I just clean my pieces with Lysol wipes, or generic brand of the same thing. Christy, I love the end results!! I would like to paint it but hesitate because the tops seem to have an additional coat of veneer. Any suggestions? Will the chalk paint adhere? Thanks, Susan! Chalk paint will adhere to just about any surface. Aw, all the pieces turned out amazing!
I bet your Mom was so thrilled!! And what great finds… You sure know how to thrift! My Mom cried, she was so happy with the surprise! I knew I would have to paint this for her eventually, so it was easiest to knock it our while she was away. Love the makeover with the bedroom suite — dresser, chest, nightstands!
I also love the French-inspired coffee table and coordinating stand. As a matter of fact, I could take all these projects and put them i n my house! What a wonderful collection of inspiring makeovers! Painting over wood is a big step sometimes. In this case, my parents had purchased this set decades ago and were just not crazy about it anymore.
Painting it gave them a whole new set! I seriously keep going back and re-reading for weeks now! If you deconstructed them did you also paint the screw part, or just the tip only? Hi Julie! My Mom still loves her set as well. To paint the night table knobs, I taped off the glass portion, so the rod inside was not painted.
The dresser hardware originally started out an antique brass color and I spray painted those. I hope this gives you the push to go for it with your set! Good luck! Thank you! The dresser hardware was purchased? I really did! Thanks so much for the links!! One ok a few… more questions — the knob and plate on the dresser cabinets — were those hobby lobby also or original? And when you paint hardware do you prime first? How many coats of the rustoleum heirloom white do you do for hardware?
Do you seal it as well with wax or poly or shellac or is that not necessary? Sorry for all the questions! Hi Julie…we skipped town for a couple of days so sorry for the delayed reply! You can prime the hardware with a spray primer if you like. It might be a good idea if you have shiny brass, because you might not want that to show through. I do not seal. I believe spray paint is oil based and is very durable. Hope I answered your questions. Love the difference adding feet makes!
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Full size is X Link to full-size image pixels. Source: confessionsofaserialdiyer. The nightstands before… both looked just like this: Nice. Um no… Now they are very nice! These got new feet as well. The Cassette sofa offers a masterclass in contemporary design from two of the world's most prominent designers.
Thoughtfully constructed from contrasting materials, this range of two-seater and three-seater sofas melds practicality with comfort in a timeless fashion. The river Ob is at this point to be spanned by a bridge of over feet ; but as the wooden scaffolding was burned down, the construction of it has fallen much behind that of bridges farther on, and as yet only one girder unites two of the five stone piers.
A goodly number of log cabins may be seen in the vicinity, but these do not form the village, which is 4 versts off across the river. It follows that the original Krivoschekovo will decline in importance, and its place be taken by this upstart village : thus does the railway make and unmake places. To drive to the river, the only available conveyance is a country tarafUassik, The first impression is that of a large basket supported on four wheels. On this arrange- ment, only placed well forward, is perched the wicker basket, across which is set a board held in its place by ropes, and on this two men may sit with fear and trembling.
Straw lines the bottom. A smaller board, most wonderfully balanced on the front edge of the basket, and also held in place by ropes, accommodates the driver. Behind the coble there remain about 3 feet of the horizontal framework, on which heavy baggage may be settled: it is an embryonic tararUass without the hood.
The wheels have a run of 6 inches on the axle, which is so long as to prevent all chance of a capsize ; along this they perpetually wobble. The shafts are two young birch- trees, with the unlopped stumps of the branches still much in evidence. Between them is a small unshod Siberian pony, of a dun shade, in size and appearance not unlike a Shet- lander ; the traces are two half-inch ropes.
We start, how? The driver simply whistles to his pair, and ofif they bound. It is early morning, but here many of the people are already astir. The baker's shanty is thronged by simple hungry peasants. Now we are off, but how the dust flies! The little trace- horse holds his head out to the left and runs for dear life. The track is cruelly rough : every few minutes we shoot into a hole, and are as quickly jerked out.
Soon we reach the brown turgid Ob. On its farther bank the red rvbashkas of the men and the brightly coloured dresses of the women stand out against the dull yellow huts that crowd the bank, and against the dark pine-trees behind. We arrive at the ferry-boat and board it. But notice its primitive sim- plicity. Two barge-like boats are joined by a large platform deck that is common to them both. At one end of this platform a wooden cogged wheel works on a stout beam to which the tiller is attached.
More complicated is the contrivance by which this paddle-boat is made to move by a literal three -horse power. On the outside of either boat is a paddle-wheel with wooden blades; these are con- nected also with a large cogged wheel which lies in the horizontal. Outside this wheel is a trotting-ground, where the three ponies perform perpetual circles, being attached by horizontal poles to one large vertical axle leading through the centre wheel. The upper end of this axle turns in another thick beam that stretches across over all, being supported on either side outside the pony-track by a wooden pillar.
Two of the ponies had attendant boys, who con- tinually walked behind them and kept them moving. The third driver was a tall fine-looking peasant with a mop of curly yellow hair and a bushy unkempt beard. The clayey road creeps irregularly up the bank through the straggling huts that comprise the village. A tributary of the Ob has cut deeply into the bank, and the wooden bridge with its loose planks shakes and rattles ominously as we fly across, to bury ourselves in the sweet pine- woods.
The dusty road winds and twists through verst after verst of placid pine and trembling aspen: its roughness causes us to make acquaintance with every corner of the oscil- lating basket. The back seat is no longer tenanted ; it simply serves as something to which to cling. We pass two telyegas filled with various household stuffs: behind them are walking three barefooted peasant women with bright merry faces, a little girl with a handful of wild- flowers, and four or five men.
My companion salutes them: they are from Periyaslav in South Bussia, and are proceeding to their new home, some forty miles away. Still we go on; and then another turn of the road brings us face to face with a second slow procession. In the first wicker cart sit two young men clad in grey, with bare heads and ckan-shaven faces : on their knees is the coffin of a little child, dressed out in pink and wild- flowers.
In the second cart rides the father, with haggard downcast look, wearing the unbleached cotton coat that proclaims him to be something more than a peasant ; and by his side is a young boy. The third cart contains two women. At last we come to the station in the wood ; it is called Ob. A cluster of buildings is growing up; it looks as if some day it will be a place of importance.
But now the country changes: up to the Ob, plain had predominated. What seems rather like an unending park, planted with silver birch, the beauty of the Siberian forest, now supervenes. The orange - tinted TroUius osiatictLS, so expressively called in Bussian what we might render as " little fire," colours the open ground in part, growing more plentifully, however, in the shade of individual trees.
The wild rose also abounds, and brackens usurp what remains. Along the railway-line, which winds in long-drawn sigmoid curves, navvies are now in greater evidence.
The Direction takes on practically all who offer, as the supply is not in excess of the demand. On the western half of the line the men are mainly Bussians, Siberians, and in a few instances Italians ; farther east you find con- victs, Chinese, and Koreans. During the summer they lie out at night or rear a simple dwelling by means of sleepers, much as a child makes a house of bricks. The question of criminal labour on the railway presents some interesting features that may be briefly narrated here.
Once it was resolved to employ convict labour, the problem that presented itself to the Ministry of the Interior was how, out of the criminal prisoners from European Bussia, the lazy local population of the Siberian prisons, and the political exiles, to form a disciplined army of railway work- men. Convict labour was at first directed to the con- struction of the Usauri Eailway, where, on the contrary, it far from verified expectations, and the convict party was soon sent back to the island of Sakhalin.
On a larger scale the experiment was repeated in the construction of the Mid -Siberian Bailway. In order to make the work attractive, and so include convicts of all categories, a regu- lation was made for those who came under the Governor- General of Irkutsk, that eight months' railway work should count as one year of imprisonment or hard labour, according to circumstances. For the exiles the term required to enable them to be registered as peasants was to be reduced, in return for labour on the railway, in the proportion of one year for two.
For those who more than two years before had been transported for life, the period during which they should have to wait before permission would be granted to choose a dwelling-place was reduced by one- half; and for those compelled to live in far Siberia, the term of deportation was to be shortened by counting one year as two. The success attending convict labour on the Mid-Siberian Bailway gave rise to the idea of again extending these regu- lations to the other farther eastern section of the railway.
With this object the same privileges were granted to prisoners and exiles coming under the surveillance of the Governor-General of the Amur as to those under the Gov- ernor-General of Irkutsk.
For the supervision of the exiles the Minister of the Interior appointed special officers, and for the supervision of the common criminal labourers, inspectors and orderlies. The former enjoy a position of district country control, with the added right of calling out a military escort.
The inspectors and orderlies have the privileges of the lower police ranks, and are disposed at every 50 versts of road-construction. Again we have exchanged our wooded park for the open plain, along which we ride now somewhat timidly, and at last reach the banks of the river Tom, where the unfin- ished bridge once more renders the ferry-boat indispensable.
Later we saw the testing of the bridge previous to opening. On each span a train consisting of four locomotives and four laden waggons had to remain for two hours ; thereafter the train traversed the bridge several times, increasing the rate of speed at each passage. Tomsk, the third largest town in all Siberia, is not situated on the main line ; a branch line of 90 versts from a point called Taiga runs thither. True to all traditions, the Tomsk terminus is 3 versts from the town. When we passed east- wards in June, Taiga was represented by a few piles of logs, and the branch-line was in process of construction.
Three months later, not only was the usual large stone water- reservoir standing sentinel, pagoda-like, over a neat array of log-houses, varying in colour and appearance, but the buffet was capable of supplying a champagne lunch in honour of an event of local interest.
The new train on the far side of the river Tom is entirely composed of trucks filled with iron rails and tools, except for two or three carriages reserved for the inspector and director of that division of the line : one of these we share.
There is, however, one fourth-class waggon full of labourers. At Mariinsk we pass a military train — part of the general move- ment of Russian troops towards her eastern frontiers. At the station they descend, form up, and then march off, singing awhile some of their strange folk-lays.
In about an hour the sound of a meas- ured tramp of feet accompanying a lively chorus betokens their return, and each man may be seen swinging along with a large brown loaf of rye-bread under his arm. Now we enter a distinctly hilly and wooded country. The floral wealth is very great — purple cypripedia, aconite, blue potentillas, wild geranium, equisetum, and a hundred other varieties.
Two lovely lilies now demand attention owing to their quantity, — the graceful yellow ffemerocallis, set like so many golden stars in a firmament of emerald, smiles back to the drooping purple LUium martagan. On occasions the train comes to a standstill, and the workmen who accompany us rush out and pull up the wild rhubarb. Scotch fir, spruce, Siberian poplar, alder, and birch predominate. Approaching Atchinsk, however, we again come on the open plain.
As our waggon creeps nearer the town on a side-line, we observe that we are gradually work- ing into the midst of a large band of settlers. Suddenly there is a violent jerk, then the train stops, and we find that we have left the rails : thus we are conveniently situated for study right in the middle of the settler colony. It was already evening, and the cool night wind had begun to blow. Beviewing the temporary camp pitched upon either side of us, we could perceive that it contained perhaps souls.
It was only natural to find that they had mostly come from Southern Kussia, but had been waiting where we found them six long weeks, in hope of further transport to the neigh- bourhood of Yeniseisk.
Cholera, typhus, and other loathsome enemies of mankind had walked — were walking — at their ease amongst them ; 30 per cent had died. Most had ensconced themselves in the lee of the embankment, which at this point began to rise to meet a bridge that spans the small river on which At- chinsk stands. Beside them were the railway trenches water-filled ; clouds of mosquitoes filled the air. These the colonists attempted to drive away by smoking, or by sitting closely round the fires that formed the centre of each family circle ; or again, some plucked short half-charred sticks out of the fire, and blew on them, so that they served by the engendered heat to protect their faces ; while others, again,, sought refuge in shawls and handkerchiefs, so wrapping up their heads that only an eye remained visible.
Not far removed, in little heaps, lay their worldly possessions, — a square box or two wrapped in sacking forming the ground- work, on and around which were bags and bundles tied with rope, untied, split, bursting, empty.
A few branches bent boopwise, with either end stuck in the ground, and inter- woven with yet other leafy branches, formed their rude dwellings. Some, more fortunate, had improvised a tent of dirty cloth, into which they could just crawl. Others had adopted the device of the surfacemen, and appropriated sleepers for hut -building purposes. See them squatting there, in weariness of soul, killing time as best they may around a samovar, perhaps a family heirloom that once saw better days.
Thus, then, they sat by the low fires in dark- brown homespun kaftans, fleecy shvhas, or padded jackets. We sat by the car -window and watched them in the stillness of the night : now and again they would start up when there was borne from some remoter group keeping late vigil one of those soft, weird, minor melodies that are the priceless possession of the Bussian folk.
And when the dying strains of the song soared to a high-pitched note held by the female voices, while the men prolonged it an octave lower, it seemed like some sad musical interrogation. Why had they left Poltava to die on the Siberian steppe? Next morning we left our helpless waggon, crossed the river by the ferry-boat, and started ofiF on the last possible railway-stretch in a fourth-class car. One night the coupling- irons gave way on a somewhat steep incline, and the detached portion of the train began to roll backwards.
Fortunately the man in charge of the only brake awoke at this moment, and in a few seconds the retreat was stopped. He confessed, however, that it was more owing to the rough state of the line than to the efficiency of the brake that the runaway portion was so quickly controlled. But this was not all, for first the engine deserted the track, and later on another waggon followed its example, so that in all we spent exactly four days in covering what was performed in thirty-six hours on.
As we carried workmen with us, however, it was only a case of waiting till the necessary repairs were accomplished, except in the case of the coupling- irons.
The Taiga has been cut down for about 40 yards on either side of the embankment, making a broad clearing of yards or so at parts. One fine morning at 3 a,m. The bridge over the Yenisei will be one of the masterpieces of the line.
Built, like them all, in the lattice-girder style, it will have a length of over feet, and will not be open before the autumn of The bridge over the Tom, with three spans, is only about half as long as this will be, and it cost half a million rubles.
After crossing the Yenisei, the line skirts the heights that overlook the town of Krasnoyarsk ; thereafter, ascending practically all the time, it traverses the valleys of the Bere- zovka and Sitik till a point is reached nearly feet above the level of the Yenisei bridge, and comes out finally at Kansk. Although when coming back we joined a special waggon at a point versts east of Krasnoyarsk, yet from this town we had to begin driving on the way out.
We con- stantly passed little patches of embankment, either finished or in process of construction, or again as yet merely repre- sented by three sticks standing in the tree-cleared vista, of which the outer two indicated the extreme limit of the breadth of the embankment, while the third marked its height at the middle point.
In the distance the over- A ircal in Iht embankmeal in Traas-Baikalia. It ia difficult to estimate the enormous amount of labour that has been expended on this railway, Consider how, to begin with, all the sleepers have been sawn tediously by hand. The log rests at a considerable elevation upon two props ; one man stands upon it, working the saw downwards to another man below.
Over this runs a rope, to one end of which is attached a heavy stone, with level base, while the other end is led on to a wheel at the side, by means of which the weight is raised. This arrangement is fixed over each pile in turn, so that the descending stone may strike it : thus after a generation the pile is driven home to the required depth. Again, one was impressed with the extremely finished nature of the wprk : thus the side of the large brown embankment was often covered with an infinite number of small squares of turf, each of which was held in position by two little pegs of wood.
One other point may be briefly touched upon. With one or two exceptions, Siberia is not in the possession of good roads — at least, not of such as could be utilised for the transport of rails, fixed or rolling stock.
The natural course was therefore to employ her splendid waterways, and one of the first acts of the Committee of the Trans-Siberian Kailway was to authorise the expenditure of over a million rubles on the improvement of water-communication on the rivers of Western Siberia, and on the exploration of the Amur.
How much required to be done in the way of deep- ening channels, cutting down trees which threatened to fall into the water, retaining rivers in their beds, and marking dangerous places, can only be understood by those who have seen it for themselves. How much has been done is only in keeping with the really remarkable speed at which this whole enterprise is being carried through. From this port a ateamer of tons will transport the train bodily across the lake. It was intended that it should make its own way across the ice- bound lake ; but instead of working on the American prin- ciple of, as it were, climbing up on the ice and so breaking it down by sheer weight, in accordance with the idea of a Bussian engineer Lhe model represented the vessel as pro- vided with a screw in the bow, which, by its action near the surface of the water, might be supposed to weaken the ice.
This scheme was latterly condemned, for liowever well it might succeed with a foot of ice, it seemed to be a very ' At an - rata in aummer. There was a twin screw-propeller at the stern ; and the bow was modelled to have the same appearance above water as the stern. Four funnels, disposed in corners of an imaginary square, served to give the steamer, on the whole, a very im- posing appearance.
Like 1 Save. Randy Roper Interiors 4 years ago. Post some photos of the inside so we can give you some for informed advise. Related Discussions Update golden oak fireplace and window trim Q. Thank you for all of the suggestions, everyone. We have decided the oak over mantle can be removed and will help update the room.
I'm not sure yet if we will rework the mantle and oak surround or leave it and just replace the tile. If I leave the oak, I will definitely try the weathered, gray finish. I appreciate your taking the time to comment. You could do just one, or a series of cabinet. I also think a pretty stove vent can help break up lots of cabinetry and add character - a stainless T for a more contemporary look or a wooden one for a more traditional or cottage look.
You could also turn an upper cabinet - especially a wide one, into an area of open shelving buy removing the doors, painting the interior and possible adding some trim around the opening - or the cabinet can be removed all together and shelves put in its place. Consider this when picking countertops and backsplash and flooring. Some of these element can have movement - but not all.
I have an oak floor and cabinets - so my counter top and backsplash are more simple. These pictures are white cabinets and in different styles, but they show options that can bee used for wood cabinets too. Open cabinets Glass door, shelving. It seems noone is ever happy with it. If you can add to the flow of the room or enlarge it in someway, add real estate like a walk in pantry, they will only say it is a gut job anyway.
Plus whatever you do the style will probably have changed. Hope it is helpful, truly not meant to be negative. Your kitchen is very nice. Ok thank you. I think the reason I am struggling is I just don't like the oak and am hesitant to add more of it. Any other ideas on how I might be able to update the oak panel? The first thing to know about oak is that there's a lot of it—and much of it is grown, harvested, milled, and turned into trim-work and furniture right here in the U.
Oak is the single most abundant hardwood species found in the United States. Whether your pieces are made at home or abroad, there are only two basic varieties of oak used in woodworking: red and white. The grain is similar in both the red and white wood types, but white oak has longer rays.
White oak is also the more durable of the two and offers a lighter color than is achievable with red oak. White oak is also the more expensive of the two types. In the past, both red and white oak found frequent employment outside of the home decorating sphere, as both had important and valuable industrial functions. Due to its natural waterproofing, white oak was used to build ships.Jul 6, - Explore Linda Sibley's board "70's furniture" on Pinterest. See more ideas about 70s furniture, Furniture, Redo furniture pins.