Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Going for the Gold

It's no surprise Gold is coming back in.  I have done a few pieces in gold for myself.  These nightstands I am about to show you were done in gold for someone else. I know I'm not alone.  First lets start with a scary before photo and I will tell you the story behind these nightstands.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Simple desk makeover

I love a good freebie!  I mean, who doesn't?  Furniture freebies are by far my favorite though.  It's fun to let the creative juices flow and try different things every time.  This desk had a wobbly leg...easily fixable by tightening the bolt.  It's surprising how few people think to look underneath a piece of furniture when something goes wrong like a loose leg.

Besides tightening the leg, this desk makeover took 3 easy steps.

Step 1. Sand down the top of the desk, and all the black parts.
Step 2. Stain sanded parts with steel wood vinegar.
If you haven't heard of this great stain, just pour some vinegar in a small container and add steel wool.  Let sit overnight and use as a stain!
Step 3. Seal with your choice of sealer.  I used clear wax.

Looks like I forgot to take a photo of the table after I sanded and before I stained.  This vinegar stain turns that wood a nice aged brown.

I painted the inside of the cubbies a grey color.  (Oops, I guess that means 4 steps)  Could have gone white, but I was out of white paint.  Could have chosen a pop of color, but wanted to make it neutral since I have no idea who will buy this desk.

You can see I did not sand all of the white paint away since I wanted this aged look.  I love how it turned out.  I could have done the whole desk, but I really wasn't feeling like sanding those legs...if you know what I mean.

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wicker furniture gets a different life

I challenged myself a little with this one.  These chairs, believe it or not, used to be wicker.  There were just traces of wicker left when I go my hands on them.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Staining tiger maple

This old beat up drop leaf table was calling my name last week.  The beautiful wood needed to be rescued.  Tiger maple is so pretty.  All those stripes really catch your eye.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Taller is better!

OK, relax.  I'm not referring to someones height.  Believe me, I'm short or shall I say vertically challenged.  Instead I am talking about this cabinet.  It is so much better taller!  Follow along and find out why...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chair makeover with French Script fabric

This chair makeover is a fairly simple one.  I thought this French script fabric would be nice to use on this chair so I went with it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

7 furniture makeovers

I have been painting lots for other people lately.  I don't always see a point of writing about everything I do, but here is a great collection of some of my latest paint projects.  Enjoy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sometimes you have to sand

I found 5 of these beautiful chairs at a recent sale.  I knew right away they would be my new kitchen chairs.    I planned to do a shabby white with chalk paint.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Vintage suitcase table

Have you ever wanted to do something just for the sake of doing it?  I have...OK I know, I have lots of things.  Crafting and re purposing is like that.  You don't just make stuff for yourself, you make stuff because you love it.
This suitcase table is one of those,  "I just have to make that" items.
I started with this vintage suitcase I found at an estate sale.  It was a last minute grab and the guy said "Just take it"  No way!  I have been wanting to do many of the cool things I've seen with these vintage suitcases, but lots of times they are too pricey.
I went through my stash of legs, spindles and brackets.
 I cut some wood to fit on the inside of the suitcase, flipped it over and attached the brackets.  The legs I used were the ones that fit into the brackets I already had.
I found some scrap fabric to cover the wood.
Check that one off my list.  It was a fun project.

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