DIY projects

Salvage Bead Board Coat Rack

bead board coat rackOne good thing about locking yourself out of your car… at home, is you can’t go anywhere. And you get to play in the garage all day. 🙂

I have several projects going at the moment. All to put in my booth. The first one I completed today was a coat rack made from salvage bead board.

I picked up two slats of bead board at an antique store last week. $2.00 each. They were a pretty distressed blue. All I had to do was wipe them down and they were good to go.

I cut the boards in 6 inch pieces, then put them together, tongue and groove.

bead board

On the back side I attached a piece of leftover wood with glue and screws for support. Across the top of the coat rack at stained a piece of wood and attached it to the top. Gives it a finished look.

The hooks and knobs are a combination of new and old hardware.

bead board coat rack

It will be in my booth soon. 🙂

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Old Sewing Machine Table turned Coat Rack

sewing maching front coat hookThis coat rack started out as a vintage sewing machine table. The sewing machine table was in my booth for a while and never sold. I never really liked that thing anyway, so I brought it home and took it apart because it had good legs. 😉

After removing the legs, I unscrewed the hinges that held the drop down drawer. Once the drawer was off, all that was left was the “pretty” front frame.

sewing maching front 4I used some scrap pallet board pieces to the front frame, attaching with wood glue and a nail gun. Then I added some trim pieces to frame to give it a finished look. After that, a couple of coats of white chalk paint and some distressing. Hooks and a knob and done.

 

Coat Rack from an old Sewing Machine

sewing maching front coat hook 2

It sold the first month I had it back in the booth. Now I’m working on a project using the sewing table legs. Stayed tuned…

 

DIY Projects & Decor

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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