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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. 😉

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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Headboard Bench Makeover

bench before and after

The tutorial for this headboard bench was my first blog post in 2011. Three and a half years ago. It was definitely time for a makeover!

This bench has been all around my house, never really finding a good resting place. It’s last stop was the front porch.

But after a good cleaning and sanding, I brought the bench inside the house to paint new life into it.

Headboard Bench Makeover

I used Americana Decor Chalky Paint in “Primitive” from Home Depot. Never tried this brand of chalk paint before, but it was less expensive than some, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I like it!

bench 2

After the bench was painted, I decided to painted on words. (There’s never a plan with me!) I did it the easy way… I printed out the words using my ink jet printer.

bench 3

Then, on the flip side of the printed words, I scribbled over the letters with a pencil.

bench 4

Next, I taped the print down on the bench with green tape, then traced over the letters with a pen.

bench 5

This left pencil markings on the bench to fill in with color. I did this using a small paintbrush and black paint.

Headboard Bench Makeover

Once the paint on the letters dried, I sanded over the words to give it a weathered, faded look. That’s it!

Headboard Bench MakeoverAm I ever REALLY done though? Nope. The bench needed a little something more, so I made a couple of envelope, reversible pillows in fabric that coordinated with the bench color. (Pillow Tutorial soon.) Now I may be done. 🙂

Okay now… do I keep it or sell it at the antique booth? My mind was set to repaint and sell, but now I don’t know!

bench before and after

 

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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. 🙂 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!

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Opening an Antique Mall Booth

yankeebelle boothMy antiquing, thrift store shopping/repurposing furniture and treasure hunting friend (Crys) and I have rented an antique mall booth!

Not quite sure how it came about, we just kind of did it. We’ve been wishful thinking about doing something like this for years.

It’s a newly opened antique mall, still accepting vendors. It’s in a huge old building with really cool architecture. There’s even a filming crew there from the show Banshee. They use part of the building for their show. More importantly, we got a great deal on the booth, are able to rent month to month, so if we end up not liking it, or we don’t do well, or it’s just not fun, we’re not locked in to a big commitment.

It’s exciting!

Now we just have to fill up our space with items, and price them. We both love to DIY and have things ready to sell. That’s the easy part. Pricing is the hard part.

This will be our challenge. I’m sure after a while, we will have more confidence pricing the things we sell. But when you put your heart and soul in making a piece of furniture beautiful, or unique, what is that worth? I don’t know.

Soooo, if anyone would like to share some words of wisdom on renting an antique mall booth and/or how to price items, I’m all ears!

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A Desk Makeover – from Dreary to Cheery!

desk before and after 2This old desk has been in my house for years.  I never wanted to get rid of it because it’s been in the family for a long time.  But it’s just not pretty, so it’s been hiding in closets or in my sewing/work room for a long time, waiting patiently for a desk makeover.

I brought it downstairs to the “library” to perhaps entice me to sit at a desk to work, instead of slouching in a chair with the computer on my lap.

Well, my slouching continued cuz the desk was just as unattractive downstairs as it was upstairs.  Go figure.

So, after calling my Mom to make sure she didn’t mind if I painted the old desk (it came from her family), I pondered for a while what to do with it.  All I knew was I was going to cover the top of the desk with a new top.  I didn’t like the way the top of the desk was smaller than the length of the desk.  It not only looked odd, it was a dust collector.  Then I just went for it. 😉

desk before
The desk before. Old and not very pretty. It needed a little update.
desk drawers outside
After removing the old handles, I used wood putty to fill in the holes. Then outside they went for a good sanding.
desk drawers sanded
After he drawers were sanded, I brought them back inside for primer and paint.  (Too hot to work outside!)
desk drawers primer
Once the drawers were primed, I painted the fronts a light blueish-gray.
desk drawers painted
I did three coats of paint, sanding with a fine grade sandpaper in between coats.
desk primed
The desk was sanded and primed, then painted white, in a satin finish. It took several coats to cover, and I sanded in between coats as well.  It’s amazing what a difference sanding between coats makes to the finish product.
desk primed and painted
The desk is sitting upside down because I did not refinish the top. Instead, I purchased stain-able birch plywood and had Lowes cut it to the size I wanted. I finished off the birch plywood edges with decorative trim. Then the whole top was stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.
(The original desk top is set in, making it smaller than the length and width of the desk. I wanted the top to be bigger than the length of the desk to have a larger surface to work on.)
desk drawer pulls
I picked up drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Gotta love that!!’
desk knobs close up
The edges of the drawers were sanded for an aged look.
desk complete
The finished desk!

desk before and after

 

 

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Recovering an Armchair

 Recovering an Armchair (reblog)

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

This is the armchair 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
Spatula

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!

blue chair before and after

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

 

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Habitat Restore Headboard Find

Habitat Restore is a fabulous place to find treasures. I’m usually there a couple of times a week – More if I’m looking for something in particular.

For the first time ever, I came across a headboard for a king size bed. Not a common find at my Habitat store!  The color is “non-traditional”, but perfect for my room.

Habitat Restore carries a lot of the materials you would need for a DIY makeover… paintbrushes, caulk, paint trays, tools, hardware, and wood. The prices are C.H.E.A.P.!

Check out your local Habitat. Even if you don’t think you need something, it’s almost guaranteed you will walk away with something “you just have to have”. 😉

headboard close up2
$45.00 bargain from the local Habitat Restore. Perfect color for my newly repainted bedroom.
headboard on
The color of the headboard is a blue-ish gray. It was meant to be mine. 🙂

Here’s some other “finds” from the Habitat Restore.

habitat finds
Sanding, paint, and new hardware gave this old desk a new life.
habitat finds2
I have two of these chairs. $15.00 each. I have seen almost identical chairs in the Ballard Designs catalog for hundreds of dollars.
habitat finds3
This chair was $10.00. Just needed a little glue. I added a cushion and DONE. 😀

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Painted Architectural Pediment

I have been looking for an old architectural pediment to hang over the bookcases in my “dining room turned office“.  I found this piece at an antique store. I have no idea what it was in its previous life.  But that’s okay… it was only $10.00 and just what I was looking for. 😀

I didn’t paint it right away.  I don’t know if you know this about me, but I tend to change my mind a lot once in a while.  It sat for some time before I decided to go ahead and paint it.  You just never know when another bright idea will pop in your head.  I had to be sure.

architectural pediment
The BEFORE
Before painting, I gave the piece a light sanding, then wiped it down.
I used two coats of Annie Sloan “Old White” chalk paint.
After the paint dried, I sanded the entire piece again, concentrating more on the edges for a distressed, aged look.
architectural pediment
I love how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to sand!  That’s it.  It literally took only a couple of hours to complete.  I’m not a patient painter, so there are no hours or days between paint coats for this girl.  If it feels dry and it needs another coat, then it gets another coat. If the second coat feels dry, and it needs to be sanded, then it gets sanded.  Yes I am a DIY Rebel. 😉
Now it’s hanging above the bookcases in my “Dining Room turned Library“.

Finding a “one of a kind” makes antiquing and thrifting so much fun!
This Loon has been in the family for almost 100 years. My daughter admired it at my in-laws house in New Hampshire. Somehow, it managed the long trek to my house where it now resides for all to see. Obviously I need to teach my daughter to admire a 100-year-old piece of furniture, not a century old bird! I will work on that! 😉

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Entryway Ideas

Because I’m me, I am always changing something in my house.  (It’s a sickness, I think.)  My current obsession is doing something with my front door entryway.  It has had two different benches, two different tables and now it’s currently empty.  Why you ask?  Because the first bench I bought quickly lost my interest.  The second bench I made, but I have since put it outside on my front porch.  The first table I had, I traded it for a friend’s table, which I then refinished.  It looked lovely in the entryway, but it was still not quite the look I wanted.   Now that table is living in the nook of the den’s window.  It’s happy there, I think.

I can hardly keep up with myself, so I apologize if your head is spinning.  My Hubby can’t keep up with me either.  His only hope is that the couch is still where he left it in the morning so he knows where to sit down when he comes home in the evening.  So far, he hasn’t landed on the floor. 😉

Anyhoo, now the entryway is completely devoid of anything except two screws in the wall.  Not very inviting.   Check it out…

My Sad, Sad Entryway!

I did what any obsessed girl would do… I scoured Pinterest and the internet for some ideas and inspirations.  Check out what I have found.  See anything that may look fabulous in your house??

After seeing the picture of my desolate entryway and viewing the pictures below, feel free to offer your suggestions!  Please?  Pretty Please?  😀

Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (marthastewart.com)
I like this one because it’s simple. I have oodles of “builders” bathroom mirror I took down and stored away. Awful looking things they are! But I could get some chunky wood, beat the heck out of it, stain it and make a custom framed mirror that looks similar to this one. 🙂
This one is lovely. Makes me want to stain my railings! I like the wainscoting/board and batting on the wall.
I never thought to hang curtains on the front door! I like it. Maybe just some simple white ones. It makes the entryway look cozy.
Pinned Image
Board and Batting. I love it! I have a two-story entryway though. Not sure how high I should go with it.
Pinned Image
More curtains! It just looks sweet! And those dark railings again. Is it a sign? My next project I wonder? 😉  I adore the horizontal wood planked walls too.
Now this I love!! Look at the cool wood on the wall! Not quite the style of my house, but I might have to find a wall somewhere and do this. LOVE!
narrow hallway mirror
Fancier than my house, but again, just a simple mirror may just do the trick.
Pinned Image
This looks inviting with the long narrow table and the collage of framed pictures on the wall. Beautiful.

Well, that’s it folks.  Opinions are welcome!  What is your favorite?

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DIY Painted and Stained Dresser Makeover

Happy Friday!

I just finished up a dresser makeover I’ve been working on all week.  I’d been wanting to find a dresser to redo and put in the “library” room and what do you know?  I had one in my son’s closet for about 6 years now!  It’s a hand-me-down, and while it served it’s purpose of storing clothes, it was in the closet because it’s ugly!

That’s okay… I love a free project!  (Unfortunately, my son’s clothes now  resides in a clothes basket.  I’ll have to work on that.) 😉

Products used:

– Behr Ultra in Satin, Powdered Snow
– Minwax Wood Finish, Expresso
– Rust-oleum Satin, Shell White
–  Dual Paint + Primer Metallic, Oil Rubbed Bronzed
– Elbow grease and a little bit of patience!

Dress before. A little scratched and stained a honey/maple color.
Yucky hardware. But I have a plan…
Drawers are out and the wood that’s not being stained is primed.
I think Expresso is my new favor wood stain!! Love it!
Brought the drawers inside to dry. Too much humidity in garage and I’m not a patient girl! 😉
I used a palm sander to take of the old finish. It’s a lot of work! Made me happy I had already decided to paint most of it! But it was worth it!
I stained the top before priming the sides. Next time I think I will do it the other way around.
Old ugly hardware.
Spray painted with Rustoleum Shell White.
Ahhh, much better! 😀
One inch painter’s tape cut in half, then spray painted with the oil rubbed bronze.
The finished hardware. I also used the oil rubbed bronze on the top drawer knobs.
Doesn’t deserve the closet anymore!

dresser1

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