Sewing Table To End Table

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It’s been a while since I painted some furniture and I was starting to feel withdrawal.

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This old sewing table was the perfect project for my painting fix. I’ve had it a few years. It was a yard sale steal for $5. It still had the sewing machine inside, but it didn’t work anymore and it made the table a very heavy beast. Once removed, I was finally able to move the table without help.

Since the door on the front opened I was hoping to add a shelf, but there was another board behind the door that was just short enough for clearance over knees while sewing. It was part of the table’s support, so removing it would have had the table collapsing. I secured the door so that it couldn’t open anymore, and also the folding table top over the opening for the sewing machine.

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Sometimes my furniture redos just evolve as I go along, but lately I have been seeing a lot of beautifully painted gray furniture on other blogs. I knew that’s the color I wanted, but…I didn’t have gray paint. Frugal to the bone, I mixed my own using light blue and chocolate brown paint. I think the color turned out kinda perfect, if I do say so myself.

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I lightly sanded over the edges…

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…then I finished with a wash of watered down white paint. One of the original knobs was broken, so I added silver ones. I thought they went well with the gray paint.

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Cube Trunks Decoupaged With Book Pages

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Decoupaged Cube Trunks

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I was cleaning out a closet the other day and once again I had to wrestle with these two cube trunks. These trunks had somehow taken up residence in the closet several years ago. I store our oldest photo albums in these trunks, but since they were so ugly and outdated, the closet seemed like the best hiding place for them.

In an effort to purge and unclutter, I decided to pull them out and give them a facelift so they could live out in the open.

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After removing all the memorabilia, I lugged them outside to spray paint the metal trim black.

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After that dried, I lightly sanded the trim. Can’t help it…, I just love a shabby worn look. 😉

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I have several old books in my craft stash that I use for decoupage projects. I chose one with poetry. The pages were thick and brittle, which made them perfect for drinking up the decoupage medium. I used my fingernail to press around the edges of the trim. I thought it would just make an impression and I would use that as a guide to cut around the trim. I was pleasantly surprised when the edges that I pressed with my fingernail came loose without any effort.

I slapped the decoupage medium onto the trunk, applied the pages, then slapped more medium over the top.

“Wash, rinse, repeat.”

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I’m still working without a camera flash, so I lugged the finished trunks back outside for their final photo shoot.

I love the way they turned out. They are now stacked and arranged nicely in my bedroom.

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Crocheted Chick Tutorial

Last week I posted new things in my Etsy Shop. One of those ‘new things’ was my stuffed crocheted chicks.

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While I would love to sell them, I also know there are crafty fingers that would like to make their own. Maybe you would like to experiment with other pastel colors. Wouldn’t they be cute in all of the marshmallow Peep colors?

Guess what? I’m a giver. If you would like to curl up on a cold evening and crochet your own, the tutorial for my crocheted chicks was posted on FaveCrafts this week.

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Crocheted Chick

If you use the tutorial, I would love to hear from you. Let me know how it goes.

Enjoy!

 

Padded Envelope Tutorial

Every time I go to the post office to mail an Etsy order I get comments on my packaging. More specifically, my padded envelopes. They seem to love them, although I haven’t heard any feedback from customers. Hmm…

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Since my blog and online business name is Restyled Junk, I try to carry that through to the packaging. I haven’t figured out a clever box idea, but I like to use wallpaper scraps for my envelopes. I can never pass up wallpaper at yard sales, so I have a lot. To make them padded, and to keep the cheap recycling going throughout the process, I use bubble wrap that my husband brings me from work. It’s headed to the trash anyway, so I figure I am saving the landfills. I’m also saving my money.

I’ve made these in several different ways depending on the order size and weight, wallpaper sizes I have on hand, bubble wrap I have on hand, texture of the paper…well, you get the idea. Different elements may change the construction slightly.

Cut a piece of wallpaper that is at least twice the size of your order, plus an inch or two on all sides. I like to cut it too large. It can always be cut down as I go.

Choose a piece of bubble wrap that is larger than your cut wallpaper. If your bubble wrap isn’t large enough, you can piece it together with packing tape. Just keep in mind that you do not want the tape to be along the stitching line. The sticky will yuck up your needle.

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Fold the wallpaper in half with the pretty side facing out and crease the fold. The folded edge will be the bottom edge of your envelope. Well, the “bottom” edge for explanation purposes. I actually used a wallpaper border for this tutorial and the folded edge is one of the sides.

Fold the bubble wrap in half with the bubbles on the inside. Slip the folded wrap inside the folded paper.

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Now it’s a matter of squeezing and holding with your fingers to keep everything together and lined up. Straight pins won’t work for this project. I have used clothespins to hold the sides together, but I think they get in the way. I’ve also used hot glue between the bubble wrap and the paper, but I really don’t think it’s necessary. Do what works for you.

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Starting on one side of the envelope, sew from the folded edge to the top using a long sewing stitch about 1/2 inch from the edge. Back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Repeat on the other side of the envelope.

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Trim the seams to approximately 1/4 inch.

Fill the envelope and sew the top closed in the same way. Trim the edge.

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The address labels can be pretty much any blank paper you have around. Sticky-backed labels can also be used. After addressing the labels, place them where you want them on the envelope. Using clear packing tape, tape over the labels and continue all the way around the envelope. I do this even if the labels I used were stickybacked. This prevents the labels from lifting off. Vinyl wallpapers and different humidity have proven to be unreliable in holding the sticky. I would hate for the order to go missing because the label peeled off.

There you go. A unique envelope that took less time than going to the store to buy one, and you didn’t spend a thing.

Enjoy!

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The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

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Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

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The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

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Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

Carrots, Chicks and Bitty Barn Kitties-Oh My!

New offerings in my Etsy shop.

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With the flash not working on my camera I have had to rely on sunny weather for my photo ops. Of course today I was ready to take pics for these Etsy listings and I woke up to rainy weather. Finally the clouds parted this afternoon and I was locked and loaded.

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These Carrot Bowl Fillers were made using a dyed chenille bedspread.

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The Primitive Barn Kitties were made from corduroy scraps.

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Crocheted Chicks were made using my newest crochet pattern.

Oh yeah, I also listed more Scrappy Tags the other day. They seem to be moving fast once again. Who knew?

Enjoy!