Sunday, January 16, 2011


In this case, it isn't me getting the make-over, but my hairdressing corner.  I can't call it a salon, because I only get a corner of the office space.  But for now, it's enough. 

The dresser I have been using as a hairdressing station is a rather old dresser and the top is stained, the surface is rippled, and it doesn't look all that nice.  The number one reason I am doing a make-over on it though, is because there is no overlapping edge.  I had a stand that could clip on an overlapping edge for hot irons.  But I have no overlapping edge.  I have inserts for hot irons and a blowdryer, that you drill a hole for, then insert into the top surface, but right underneath, there is a drawer, and I'd never be able to get the drawer open again with these inserts sticking downward.

Old dresser with worn out top surface
I have been reflecting on this situation awhile now, and until last week, thought the best way would be to cut the drawer, make it smaller and put the inserts into the newly drawerless side.  But that would take a good amount of work and probably wouldn't end up all that nice.  Then it hit me.  Instead of cutting stuff up, why not just add a new top surface?!  This would give me an overlapping edge wide enough to put the inserts into, without getting in the way of a drawer, and I'd also be able to clip on the clip-on stand!  As an added bonus... the old ugly surface gets replaced by a much nicer one.
When I say a much nicer one, I have to admit (while patting myself on the back) that I am very proud of the way that my new surface has turned out.

The inspiration for the new surface came from a ceramic wall plate I have hanging on the wall in the office.  I bought it in Areguá, Paraguay in 1993. 

Ceramic plate from Areguá, Paraguay
Aregua is the capital of ceramic in Paraguay.  It is also right on the shores of Lake Ypacarai, so I am assuming that this image was inspired by that lake.  I decided to paint the edges in the same theme as on the ceramic plate, using different images of Paraguay.

Areguá - Inspired by ceramic plate
Areguá is on the shores of Lake Ypacarai, (in the greater Asunción area) so I imagine that the original image on the ceramic plate was inspired by the lake.  That image is what inspired this new one.

Inspired by countryside on the way to Ciudad del Este
This view is inspired from what I remember of the view of the countryside, on the way to Ciudad del Este from Asunción, not too far from Minga Guasu.

Greater Asunción area
The larger mountain in the foreground to the left and the two behind and to the left of it, are actual mountains within about 70 kms or so of Asunción. I don't remember the exact place, but I have a number of photos of that particular mountain

Reductions and Encarnación
The view of the right hand side of the river is an actual view of an actual sunset on the Paraná river outside of Encarnación, Paraguay. The Ruins on the extreme left are of actual ruins at the San Ignacio Mini Reductions (Jesuit mission), near Posadas, Argentina.  This is the only image here that isn't from Paraguay, but it is just on the other side of the Paraná river from Paraguay. I visited those reductions and others like them on the Paraguayan side in 1993.

I have painted and waterproofed the surface and all that is left to do is to drill the holes needed to insert the curling irons and blowdryer, and my hairdressing station will be much more efficient (not to mention safer - hot irons equal burnt hands if one is not careful!) and to boot it will have way more style and will take me away to another world everytime I go down there to do hair.  (Pats self on back again)