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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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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! 🙂

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

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

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Vintage Display Curio Updated

curio update beforeI picked up an old display curio at an antique show not too long ago. It has potential, so I put it in my booth as I found it. But after a couple of weeks there, it just didn’t look like it fit in to my “style”, so it came home for an update.

The curio originally had a mirror in the door.  I unscrewed the hinges to remove the door, and replaced the mirror with chicken wire.

After a light sanding of the entire curio, I painted the piece with left over paint from my “library” room. It’s called “Silver Mist” by Sherwin Williams.

curio update after

The back of the curio was cover with seagrass look wallpaper I already had. (Picked up for $2.00 at Habitat Restore.)

curio update 3

curio update 2

I added a new door knob I had in my stash of hardware.

curio update before and after

I think it looks more “sellable” now. It could be used in a kitchen, or bathroom, or a craft room for supplies. 🙂 Back to the booth it goes!

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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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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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DIY Rope Towel Holder

DIY Rope Towel HolderMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the DIY makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.) 😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…

DIY Rope Towel Holder supplies
Hardware I picked up at Lowes
DIY Rope Towel Holder supplies
The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple
DIY Rope Towel Holder supplies
Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange
DIY Rope Towel Holder supplies
The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe
DIY Rope Towel Holder supplies
I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.
DIY Rope Towel Holder
I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.
towel holder 4
I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.
DIY Rope Towel Holder
The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.
DIY Rope Towel Holder
DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Bathroom Makeover with Wood Planks

I love a bargain!  But finding an accidental bargain is even better!  After the post on Wood Wall Planks, I was psyched to get started on my son’s bathroom makeover.  The day I went to Lowes to finally purchase the planks (I’d been looking at them forever!), they were on clearance!  Instead of $19.99 for a package of four 8 foot planks, they were priced at $3.50 a package!!!  Holy Toledo!!  I hit the mother load!  I bought oodles of them.  More than I needed for this project.  For $3.50 each, I couldn’t help myself.

So, for less than $20.00, I paneled the bathroom walls.

bathroom makeover
The “BEFORE”. This bathroom is a “Jack and Jill” room. It has doors to two bedrooms and a separate door for the toilet and shower.
before2
Plain boring walls.  And it has a huge, ugly “builder’s” mirror.
plank1
The wood plank is EverTrue Edge V-Groove, Primed.  As you can see, I decided to use them horizontally.  It looks casual, beachy and more “boy” I think.
plank lightswitch
I used a jigsaw to make cuts for light switches and electrical plugs.  Although, when my brother was here, I asked him in my charming sisterly way if he would do some cutting for me.  He comes in handy.
compressor
I asked for a nail gun with a compressor a year and a half ago for my birthday. This project was the first time I used it. Let me tell ya people… it was so easy and so much fun!
nailer
Love the nail gun! It made holes so small that when I painted the planks, the paint filled in the holes. No spackling!
finished3
The white molding on top of the wood planks gives the wall a finished look.

After the planks were up, I caulked all the edges and painted the planks a glossy white.  Then I painted the upper walls Wedgewood Gray, a Benjamin Moore color that Lowes colored matched.  Once the Wedgewood Gray was dry, I added trim molding to the top of the wood plank.

glue on mirror
I used lattice board to frame around the mirror.  It was stained first with MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso on both sides.  The boards are attached to the mirror with clear silicon. Because the mirror is attacked to the wall with clips, I used this method to get the wood to lay flush on the glass.  Since I don’t like “permanent” I did not want to glue the mirror directly to the wall.
mirror taped2
Painters tape is your friend when you need extra hands!
top mirror trim
The trim I used to cap off the planked wall is the same trim I used for the top trim on the mirror. I just bought a piece that was unfinished so I could stain it, instead of the pre-primed trim I used on the wall.
bathroom makeover
The AFTER. I can’t tell you how many pictures I took, and how many settings I tried, to get good pictures.  (I didn’t succeed.)  Taking pictures in a room with no windows and six light bulbs is challenge!
bathroom makeover
I know it will be too much to ask my son to keep these “pretty” towels in the basket and to use the old ugly ones for his hands. Boys don’t understand “they’re just to look at”. Oh well. They are neat and pretty today. 😉
bathroom makeover
All done! If you need any wood wall plank, I have oodles I’ll sell you for as little as $19.99. 😉

before and after

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Laundry Room Makeover

One of my Home Goals for 2012 is to get organized.  From the picture below, you can see why!  I probably should be horrified to show you this “before” picture, but this is my life.  To know me is to love me with all my messy, unorganized flaws.

I decided I wanted to do the laundry room make over on a budget, using materials I already had.  My BFF gave me almost a whole gallon of paint that was left over from a project I helped her with.  I had shutters in my garage that I picked up from Habitat Restore for $5.00 and last week I purchased metal brackets from Habitat just ‘cuz they were $2.00 each.  I’m ready to roll!

I keep paint cans in the laundry room so they don’t dry out from heat or cold in the garage. Not pretty to look at!
More paint stored on top of the cabinet. This cabinet is the only storage in the laundry room.
Ugh! More junk. All the pool paraphernalia are stored in here.
Not sure what I was thinking with this paint color and the valance. And how lovely are those baseball hats!??
The walls are repainted a light blue.  So much happier than the green.   Looks very fresh and clean.
This is one of the shutters I purchased at Habitat Restore. It’s 15 inches wide. Perfect for a shelf.
My $2.00 brackets from Habitat. I saw the same ones at Lowes for $7.00 each! I love a bargain!!
See?? $2.00!
I attached the brackets on each end of the shutter and one in the middle. The brackets are attached to the wall with anchors.
I found an old curtain rod and put it through the scrollies in the brackets. Woohoo! Now I have a rod to hang clothes on. This was an unexpected bonus!
Yeah! The hangers fit!
My paint collection doesn’t look so awful up high and in plastic containers.  Home Depot has plastic containers in various sizes to store left over paint.  And yes, that is Gatorade bottles filled with paint.  Just trying to do my part in recycling!  My car trunk is now full of paint cans ready to be disposed of properly.

Still need to get a few things for the laundry room.  More shelves would be wonderful and maybe some storage bins and artwork.  Do I love my laundry room now?  YES!  Does it make me want to do laundry?  HECK NO!  Laundry still sucks no matter what your laundry room looks like!  But at least it looks more organized and inviting to walk into.

If you have any brilliant ideas on how to organize a laundry room, I would love to hear!  Still have oodles of shoes to contend with, and all my mops and brooms are shoved in a corner right now.  I don’t want to resort to my old ways… if a messy room has a door, then shut it and run! ; )