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Vintage Desk Makeover

Hello there! Today I have a desk makeover to share with you. I found this desk on a local buy and sell website for $80.oo. Normally that would be more than I’d want to spend, but the desk was so unique, I had to have it. ūüėČ

Vintage Desk Makeover

The desk only needed a minor repair. The side of the desk where the left drawer is had fallen off. A few Kreg holes and wood glue fixed it right up.

I had the desk in the garage so I could sand the top and the drawers. I sanded all the way to the bare wood so it would accept new stain. The rest of the desk got a good sanding with 220 grade sand paper to prep for paint. Once the desk was ready for its new look, I stained the top and drawers, then brought the desk inside for painting. (It took days to sand and stain because it’s been soooo hot here! I would only work on the desk early in the morning before it got too sweltering in the garage.)

Vintage Desk Makeover

Once inside the lovely, cool air of my kitchen, I gave the desk a couple of coats of paint. I used a Sherwin Williams color from Lowes in a flat finish.

Vintage Desk Makeover

I used the original hardware, but I gave them a matte black coat of spray paint. And it’s finished!

Vintage Desk Makeover

This was a fun makeover! I love it so much it’s staying in my house. Not the booth this time!

Vintage Desk Makeover

Vintage Desk Makeover

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Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

I have been keeping a look out for an old sewing machine base and I was lucky enough to happen upon one for $45! These babies usually go for over $100!

This one needed a good cleaning. After wiping it down though, it still looked dull and rusty. I found a product called Rust-oleum Rust Reformer. It covers metal with a black protective covering that stops rust and allows you to paint over it. I liked the way it looked straight out of the spray can. The mat finish was perfect.

I did cover the Singer logo and the sides with blue tape. They still had the original gold tone I wanted to maintain.

The top was made from wood I had stashed. I used Dark Walnut to stain it.

The handles on the sides were a 50% off buy from Hobby Lobby. They have the best knobs and handles!!!

This beauty is not going to make it to my booth. I’m keeping this one! ūüôā

But I will be keeping my eyes open for another sewing machine base! Or two!

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

Antique Booth, Thrifty Finds

Online Auction Find

I recently discovered, thanks to a friend of mine, the on-line auction site EBTH. It stands for Everything But The House.¬† “sells furniture, jewelry, art, coins, cars, collectibles and more, in 20 cities and counting.”

And it’s awesome! And a little bit addicting too. I only bid on auctions in my neck of the woods, but you can bid on any location and have your item(s) shipped to you. The auctions last six days, so you need a little patience.

Here’s a few pieces I won in the last auction I bid on. They are now in my booth.

Birdcage Windsor Chairs
Birdcage Windsor Chairs
Bentwood Cane Seat Chair
Bent Wood Caned Seat Chair

As much as I love “treasure hunting” for items for my booth, it’s kinda nice sometimes to find cool pieces from the comfort of your favorite chair with a computer on your lap. ‘Cuz that’s how I roll! ūüôā




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DIY Tin Panel Art

My antique booth partner, Crys, picked up this large metal panel at an antique fair a while back. After painting it and giving it an aged” wash, she gave it to me to frame.

framed metal picture 1

A few months back,¬†I had picked up trim pieces at Habitat Restore just because they were $2.50 each. Ten feet pieces of decorative trim. For $2.50! For the whole thing! Amazing I tell ya. ūüėČ

Anywho, back to the project… After measuring the tin panel, I used a miter saw and cut four pieces for trim. I attached the mitered corners together with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

framed metal picture 2

Then I used a bit of wood putty to fill in the gaps. Once the wood putty was dry, I gave the whole frame a light sanding.

framed metal picture 3

Then I used old brown paint (really old, I had to water it down!) to paint the wood frame. After a couple of coats, I was not happy with how it looked. I had black chalk paint out, (from another project I’m working on), so I decided to give that a try. I brushed a coat of the chalk paint on top of the brown paint, and it looks fabulous! Looks like stained wood, instead of painted. I love it.

frame metal picture 4

To attach frame and the tin together, I used mirror hangers. Then I used a staple gun to add more support where the tin bowed out.

DIY Tin Panel Art

This is how it looks now, on my mantel. If the tin was mine, I’d keep it! But it’s going in our booth very soon. Very easy project and a one of a kind piece of art!

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Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

We saw this old, sad-looking piece at Habitat Restore and thought it was a good candidate for a desk makeover. After bringing it home though, I admit I had buyer’s remorse. It was ugly. And I didn’t have a vision in my head of what I wanted to do with it. So I did what I do a lot – I winged it… using paint I already had.

Habitat Restore Desk Makeover

Refinishing a piece of furniture is not hard, it’s just time-consuming. Before the “fun” starts, the piece needs to be cleaned, sanded, and primed. Once that’s done, the magic of paint happens. That’s the fun part, people!

I had the desk, without the drawers, in the garage to sand, prime and paint. I used Behr Ultra in “Powdered Snow” from Home Depot as the main color.

old desk 4

After sanding, I brought the drawers inside to be primed and painted. I used “Aqua Smoke” by Olympic for the drawer fronts.

The hardware went outside for a coat of Krylon spray painted in an Oil Rubbed Bronzed color.


These are the paint products I used on the desk.

old desk 8

It wasn’t until all the painted pieces dried, the hardware put back on the drawers and the drawers put back in the desk did I lose my buyer’s remorse. But it was replaced¬†with “It’s so cute, can I keep it!? Can I, Can I??”

The moral of the story? Don’t get discourage when making over a piece. It’s amazing what happens when it’s finished and it all comes together. But, it’s just paint. If you truly don’t love it, take a deep breath, and paint it again. ūüôā old desk 9 I managed to let it go and it’s now in our booth at the Antique Mall. We sold the chairs, so we’re on the lookout for more diamonds in the rough!


Miss Mustard Seed

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Reupholstering A Chair

group 10I’m not a reupholstering expert AT ALL. ¬†When I picked up this $20.00 rocker at an antique show, I thought I would just add more fluff to the chair then recover it with new fabric. ¬†You know… reupholstering a chair the “I’ll wing it” way. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Thank goodness I didn’t do that! ¬†The fabric was so old, it was almost crunchy. ¬†As I took the fabric and the layer of cotton off the chair, I discovered it was stuffed with hay. ¬†Yes, HAY. ¬†Can we say fire hazard??

The chair needed to be stripped down to the bones. ¬†That meant I was going to have to build it back up. ¬†While I’m sure this chair is not put together the “expert” way, it worked, looks pretty good, and it’s very comfy to sit in. ¬†What more can you ask of a chair?

upholstery chair
Here is what it looked like before. The fabric shredded as I pulled it off.
reupholster chair
Hay! I had to put on a face mask during the deconstruction of this chair. The dust and goodness knows what else that came from the chair gave me an instant wicked headache. I would recommend wearing a mask anytime to take something apart! ¬†You just never know where it’s been.
reupholster chair
After the chair was fabric and hay free, I gave it a couple of coats of white spray paint.
reupholster chair
Wide webbing was nowhere to be found, so narrow webbing was used to wrap the chair. Only the back needed webbing, as the seat still had really good springs. The next step was adding batting to the entire chair.
Now fabric… After centering the medallion in the fabric on the chair, I used a staple gun to attach it to the back. The extra fabric was trimmed off.
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I used a piece of 1 inch foam for the back of the seat before I started to recover. The original chair had a piece of wood on the back, but after adding the webbing, wood was not necessary. Three inch foam was used to cover the seat.
reupholster chair
I added a separate piece of fabric, with the edges turned under, to the leg where to seat and the chair back meets. It was easier than trying to cut the fabric just right to cover that area. And the original covering was put together like that.
Using another piece of fabric on the back side, I turned under the edges here too, then stapled it, following the outline of the shape of the chair. To cover up the staples, I’m going to glue coordinated cording to it.
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I used a piece of cotton material that I had to cover the bottom of the chair. Again, I turned under the edges and stapled as I went.
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Here is the finished chair. I actually liked reupholstering! If I can do it, you can do it too. ūüėÄ


Linking to:

I Should be Mopping the Floor
DIY ShowOff
Finding Fabulous –¬†Frugalicious Friday
Not Just A Housewife – Show me what ya got
House on the Way – Twirl and Take a Bow
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Arm Chair Redo

Recovering an Arm Chair

Woohoo!¬†¬†Finally finished one of the projects on my ¬†“almost done” list!¬†

This is the arm chair I bought at the antique show a couple of weeks ago.  It was in good shape, but it needed a paint redo to freshen it up and it definitely new fabric.   

Chair before
New fabric

It took me five fabric stores before I found the perfect fabric.¬† It’s hard to shop for something you can only see in your head!¬† ha!

Cream chalk paint

I bought a quart of Annie Sloan chalk paint.¬†¬†I have been hearing and reading about it a lot lately.¬† It’s suppose to cover furniture without prep work.¬† That’s all I needed to hear!¬†¬†¬†

Distressed paint

After two coats of paint (and it dries really fast!)¬† I sanded the edges a bit for a distressed finish.¬† I’m a novice at this, so I’m just winging it here.¬† The paint calls for a wax finish.¬† I wanted to buy clear wax but after searching the world over (a little exaggeration), I settled for a light “natural” wax.¬† It worked, but I would have preferred clear.¬† I looked up instructions¬†for using Annie Sloan chalk paint and chuckled at the very easy and straight to the point directions…

The steps in brief
“Paint, paint, wax, wipe. Sand then wax then wipe (dark wax at this point with the clear wax). ¬†Finally polish the piece the next day for a mellow sheen.”¬† How’s that for simple???¬† Ha!

covering old fabrics

Before I started recovering the chair, I had to take off the double weld trim.¬† (Not shown, it’s in the garbage.)¬† It was done in the same¬†material as the rest of the chair.¬† I didn’t take the original fabric off the chair before recovering because it’s attached with a million staples.¬† After pulling off the trim, I¬†had enough of pliers!¬† I used the original fabric as a guide for doing the corners and rounded edges.¬†

Getting there!

I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the chair.  Some places I used a little hot glue when I ran out of hands to hold everything.

Double cording

Here is how the double weld cording¬†looks on the chair.¬† I looked at quite a few fabric stores for ready-made trim to use around the edges.¬† It never occurred¬†to me to put double weld cording¬†back on the chair.¬† I didn’t know how and it looked complicated.¬† NOT SO!¬† Oh my gosh!¬† It was so easy and soooo¬†cheap to do.¬† I had left over fabric and spend $10.00 on the cord.¬† Ready made trim would have cost me around $30.00.¬† I went to google for directions and this is the blog I used for directions… Centsational Girl.

Gluing trim

The back of the chair just had fabric on it.¬† It was pushed up into the frame of the chair.¬† I folded over the edge of the fabric and glued it on.¬† I used¬† a spatula to stuff it in the frame.¬† Spatulas aren’t just for cooking, ya know!


Ta¬†Da!¬† It’s finished.¬† Not too bad for a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl!

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Treasures and Antiques

This weekend, my friend¬†Crys¬†and I¬†went to the big Antique Show in our area.¬† Talk about excited!¬† Our schedules only allowed us to go for a couple of hours¬†on Saturday and Sunday.¬† Not nearly enough time!¬† We didn’t even finish seeing all there was to see because it was so big.¬† If I had oodles of money and time….¬† Ahhhh!

I did purchase a huge arm chair.¬† Saw it on Saturday, thought about it and then went home.¬† When I saw it again on Sunday, I just knew it needed to come home with me.¬† Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an arm chair so big!¬† It’s going to be recovered and put in my library/office.¬†

I also bought an old eyelet press from the late 1800’s to early 1900.¬† Don’t need one, just thought it was cool and the price was cheap.¬† When I got home, I did some research and found out they can be worth as much as $100.00.¬† Woohoo!¬† Treasure hunting is sooo cool!

My friend Crys, however, bought the most awesome piece of furniture there.¬† No kidding, everyone stopped to look at it.¬† It’s an old document drawer from the 1860’s.¬† It was in near perfect condition.¬† We were told it came from a courthouse in Ohio.¬† It was still there on Sunday, so she took that as a sign! : )¬† So I’m hoping, being her friend and all, that when she get’s tired of it, she’ll remember her treasuring hunting buddy and hand it down to me.¬† I have a feeling I will be waiting a very long time.

So that’s how I spent the last two days of Spring break.¬† Treasure hunting and antique shopping!!

Not an antique, but it’s old.¬†
Eyelet press
Came from a courthouse in Ohio. Circa 1860
A beautiful teak table! If only money grew on trees…
Shell wreath
Cool car! Took picture for dad!
Another cool car! It’s for sale too.
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Antique Shopping

Happy Friday y’all!¬† Today was antique shopping day.¬† The first weekend of every month we have a giant antique fair not too far from here.¬† There is always oodles of goodies to be found – both antiques and thrift items!¬†¬†My ride to the fair picked me up in her little convertible instead of the truck, so today we had to think small.

The fair had some beautiful furniture and accessories.  If I had an endless supply of cash and a big truck, this day would have turned out differently.  But since my money tree has yet to sprout, I held off on buying all the fabulous things I saw.  The pictures below are pieces I would like to duplicate or they have a specific memory from a long time ago.

This cart was on wheels. I loved the pipe handles on the ends. Very clever.
This piece was converted for wine storage. The other side had a cabinet for glasses and drawers for storage.
This picture is for my dad. The jukebox is from 1962. It was playing old 45’s!
Do you remember this? Those of you who are in the 40-50 year old range might recall this old kitchen set from the 1960’s. (1960’S…GULP!)¬† My sister and I had one just like it! It actually had running water.
And these are the only things that came home with me today. The candle holders were $5.00 apiece. I’m going to paint the brass on the top and bottom another color, maybe a dark metal color.

It was a slow week for me.¬† One of those weeks when you just don’t feel like doing a darn thing.¬† So I didn’t.¬† I’m hoping to have some more project going next week to share with you.¬† Hope you have a fabulous weekend!