DIY projects

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.)

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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. ūüôā Back to the booth it goes!

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DIY projects, Thrifty Finds

New Life for a Vintage Door

While antique shopping a month or so ago, I came across four old/vintage doors. At $10.00 each, I bought all four. ¬†As usual, I had no immediate idea what I was going to do with them. They were just cool and I had to have them. ūüėČ

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I decided to make a cabinet to hang on an empty wall in my kitchen. It’s the area where we keep our cat’s food and water bowls, so I thought the cabinet would be a good place to store her food, (in really cute containers of course!) instead of on top of the fridge.

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I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but it’s a simple piece to make. First I took a hammer and GENTLY tapped on the wood spindles in the door to pop out the glass. To my amazement, the glass stayed in one piece. Once the glass and spindles were out of the door, I sanded, spackled and painted the door with white chalk paint. After the paint dried, I attached chicken wire to the inside door using staples.

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For the cabinet structure, I got really technical. (NOT!) I laid the door flat on the ground, and build the structure around the door. I used 1 x 8s for the sides and scrap pieces of 2 x 4s for the bottom and top. I used my Kreg jig to attach the sides together. As you can see in the above picture, I forgot to flip over the bottom piece so the Kreg hole wouldn’t show. Ugh.

I added leftover trim to the top and bottom of the cabinet then stained everything Provincial by MinWax. The door is hung to the cabinet with it’s original hinges. I added a knob to the top corner that turns to open and close the door.

I nailed bead board to the back of the cabinet. (Bought at Lowes and cut to size there.)

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I added three shelves inside the cabinet. They are 1 x 6s, cut to size, then covered in grass cloth wallpaper I had on hand. I choose to use the wall paper because I didn’t want to wait for paint or stain to dry. (I’m an impatient DIY-er!) I just wet the paper, wrapped the shelf and was good to go.

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It’s not perfect, but it was fun to build and it adds character to a space that had nothing going on. So next time to come across an old door somewhere, bring it home. You just never know… ūüôā

Antique Booth, DIY projects

Antique Booth Display Shelves

I’ve had a booth at an Antique Mall for more than a year and a half¬†now.¬†In that time I have realized (rather quickly!) that I will not get rich anytime soon. But that’s okay… ‘cuz I’m having fun!

With that said, I don’t want to spend oodles of money on a display/storage piece¬†that I’m not going to sell. And since my booth does not have walls, I need free-standing vertical storage/shelves¬†to display merchandise.

So, what to do…? Make my own display shelf. I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works??

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I removed some of the slats by wedging a hammer in between the slats, then twisting the hammer. (Please wear safety glasses!)

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Once the slat broke in two, the pieces came right out from the sides.

I laid the two shutters side by side to make sure I removed the correct slat in each one.

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I had a partial sheet of plywood in the garage that, magically, was the exact height of the shutters! That became the back of the display case. I attached the plywood to the shutters with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

I picked up two boards at Lowes for the shelves. They simply slide through the shutters where I removed the slats. I gave the shutters a quick paint white wash to brighten them up.

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Simple! And cheap. The boards from Lowes were $5.00 each and they cut them in half for me. Easy! I know a sewing/craft room that could use this shelf unit too!

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DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Entryway Wall – Completed!

I finally have the entryway wall complete!  It moved along pretty well after I got over my fear of putting the first hole in the newly painted, unscuffed wall.  In fact, I was so over my fear I just started nailing away without a clear plan on what I was going to do! Ha!  Fortunately (for me!) it all worked out and looks pretty good.

The first thing I did was decided on the height of the board that will hold the hooks.¬† Can’t be knocking out family members who aren’t watching where they are walking. : )¬† The board is secured to the wall with anchors and screws… counter sunk, or course, because I love that drill bit!

Next, I added the lattice board to the wall.  I divided the wall into four vertical sections, so we all have our own space.  The math on that took me forever!  ha!

The shelf on top gave me a little grief.¬† I glued and screwed a piece of wood to the top of the first board I put up, but it would not stay at a ninety degree angle.¬† It could be that I was too impatient to support the shelf properly and wait for the glue to dry.¬† I’ll try that next time!¬† I had a couple of metal hooks with birds on them.¬† They were¬†perfect to use as supports for the shelf.

Next came primer and paint.  I put a coat of primer on everything and then added two coats of white semi-gloss paint.  Everything always looks so good with white paint!  I also trimmed out the edges of the shelf with moulding to make it looked more finished.  I love trim and moulding!  It can hide a multitude of errors while making your work look more finished and put together.  Love That!

I bought this top piece at an antique/salvage yard.¬† I’m not sure what it was in its prior life, but I liked it and for $8.00 if it didn’t work out, I’m not out a lot of money.¬† I didn’t really care for the color, so I sanded it down to the bare wood and stained it in an ebony stain.

I bought blue glass knob at Anthropology to finish out the holders/hooks.  They look lovely against the white paint and the dark metal bird hooks.  My daughter has already claimed a bird hook and now wants me to put her name on it so no one else uses it. : )

TaDa!¬† The¬†finished entryway wall!¬† (I wish I could take a better picture¬†of it.¬† I have a wall in the way so I can’t stand right in front of it.¬† So you are getting angle shots.)

DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Entryway Wall – Getting Started

I have to admit I have been a little slow on getting my projects completed.¬† And I have quite a list!¬† Between the¬†abrupt start of summer vacation (or so it seems!)¬†and the crazy idea to put braces in my mouth, I haven’t been myself.¬† Instead of the “I am Women, hear me roar” girl,¬† I have been the “I am Scary, step away from the Mommy” girl!¬† Ha!¬†

I do actually have my entryway wall almost complete.¬† It’s turning¬†out pretty good.¬† It’s amazing what a little bit of wood and nails can do.¬† I’m hoping this week I will have it finished and¬†get some pictures posted.¬† Here’s a sneak preview of what I have done so far…