Friday, June 20, 2014

Little Dresser Makeover

I found this little vintage dresser on Craigslist.  I love its lines and the size  ( 24" high, 41 1/2" wide) makes it perfect for a bedside table, in the foyer, or even in the family room to put a flat screen TV on.

It was in good shape when I bought it.  Just some stains on the top, and some holes where some sort of attachment used to be.  It might have been a mirror, but since the dresser is so short it must have been a tall one. 

I filled in the holes, cleaned it, and gave it two coats of ASCP in Country Grey.  Then I lightly distressed it and waxed it.

I'm not going to lie, waxing is my least favorite job when it comes to painting furniture.  But this time I used my new wax brush, and what a difference!  I usually just use rags to wipe on the wax, but the brush made the whole process much faster and easier.  After letting the wax cure I buffed it with a cotton cloth and put back the original hardware. 

It's just a simple little dresser, but I think it's adorable. No time to bring it inside to style it for a photo --  it went straight off to Mr. P's Emporium!

Speaking of Mr. P, thank-you so much for the kind comments about his passing.  We miss him every day.  We did get the vet to acknowledge he shouldn't have been given the medication and waive their charges.  They also posted a notice to stop giving it to small dogs, so hopefully we saved another dog from experiencing what Pepper did.  It turns out the pharmaceutical company had changed its recommendations, but did not do anything to formally notify vets.  A complaint is being filed with the FDA.  According to the FDA, over 3,000 dogs have died from complications related to the medication. Again, a cautionary tale to make sure you read the information on any medication you're given for your pets.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Good Bye Mr. P

It has taken me awhile to write this post because I tear up every time.  Our beloved little dog Pepper, whose nickname was Mr. P, died last week.  He was prescribed medication that we later found out isn't supposed to be given to dogs under 12.5 pounds and he died from the complications.

Mr. P was the inspiration behind the name of my booth, Mr. P's Emporium.  A portion of the sales proceeds go to the rescue organization from which we adopted him.  A photo of him is on the back my price tags.

Pepper climbed into my heart the first time I saw him.  He was a cuddler, a killer of dog toys (which he would try to shake to death) and a joy to be around.  His antics and personality always brought a smile to my husband and me.  To say he will be missed is an massive understatement.

If you have furry child, hug them close.  And if you are given medication for them, always read the product insert or check online to make sure it is appropriate for your dog or cat.  Ask lots of questions. That's something that I wish every day we had done. The company that makes the medication was very specific on all of its materials that it wasn't to be given to small dogs, and that a blood screening should be done first. After doing some research online we found out we aren't the only ones who have gone through this with this medication. Vets don't always get it right.  We found this out the hard way.

Good bye Mr. P.  We love you.