Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chair overhaul

I traded this chair for some furniture I had already re purposed.  I had plans for it, though I did not do a tutorial on it.

Here is the chair before.  Some interesting details and good bones.


Here is the after.  Shabby chic and my new desk chair.

It was painted cream and covered in leftover drop cloth.
Gotta love ruffles!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chair fronts

We see a lot of ideas on what you can do with a chair back- build benches, use as towel racks, turn into a shelf...but what about the other half of the chair?  What about the front?

I built 2 benches for a friend-

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A new use for a mantle clock

I picked up this mantle clock for free at a garage sale probably 2 seasons back.  I really did want to try to fix it (have my hubby fix it).  After looking at it recently, I figured out it had a missing piece or two so I decided to do something with it.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Milk paint + mid century = Awesome!

I picked up this mid century modern buffet/sideboard just a week ago.  At first I really wanted to preserve the wood and try to make it beautiful again, but it wasn't to be.  There were too many issues with the top and the weather not nice enough to strip and re stain.  Instead, this piece got a milk paint makeover and I just love how it turned out.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Fireplace screen DIY

Some of you may have seen my post about things you can make with plain cabinet doors.  Today I am going to share a new project with more of those cabinet doors.  If you have ideas, I'd love to hear them.  I still have more!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

You found a sewing cabinet...now what?

These sewing machine cabinets are all over the place.  Recently while visiting a barn sale, the guy practically offered to give me one.  Even if you don't want to use it as a sewing machine cabinet, you can find other ways to use them and some are as easy as painting it.  Others, though not as easy, can be amazing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sharpie Disaster to Black Beauty

This dresser has seen better days.  I was joking with my husband that people should be fined for treating good furniture like this...

 Right?  Who does this to a solid wood dresser?
It took 2 scrub downs to get it clean.  The sharpie wasn't coming off and I didn't worry about that.


The bones are solid.  There were a couple of repairs, like tightening tracts and sanding down drawers.
I painted it in graphite.  This will hide the sharpie and bring out the nice lines in the curved drawers and legs.

I used a shimmer cream to create a damask pattern.  It just so happens that it looks gold so I added some antique gold and black pulls.

 After sanding the drawers, I used wax paper and rubbed it on all the spots that touch the inside of the dresser.  This helps them to slide smoothly.

Much better, I'd say!
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