DIY projects

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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New Life for a Vintage Headboard

Hello again!ย Today I’m going to share my version of an old headboard turned foyer bench.

This queen sized headboard was purchased from an auction for $20. I knew it would become a bench as soon as I saw it.

I already had salvage legs in my stash of wood. I measured and cut them to the size I needed. Then I built a frame for the legs to attach to and for bench seat to sitย on.

I don’t normally build furniture in my sun room, but the floor in the garage is NOT level.

Sometime you need to use blue tape when you don’t have enough vise grips. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I used my Kreg drill to attach the pieces of wood for the seat. This bench is going in my foyer, so I made the seat a little bit narrower than a regular seat.

Back out to the garage for paint and stain. The stain color is Provincial by MinWax. I added a strip of molding to the back of the seat to fill in a gap. You can see it better in the picture below. The back legs of the headboard had holes for a bed frame. I covered them up with big tacks that I had. The holes could have also been plugged up with wood pegs or even spackle.

Vintage Headboard Bend

Here it is in the foyer. Add a couple of pillows and done. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vintage Headboard Bench

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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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Back to the booth it goes!

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.ย EBTH.com “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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cabinet door makeover 1.jpg

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.

Cabinet door makeover door without glass.jpg

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.

Cabinet door makeover shell.jpg

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.)

Cabinet door makeover finished1.jpg

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.

Cabinet door makeover finished11.jpg

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… ๐Ÿ™‚

Antique Booth, DIY projects

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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…