1940s Child’s Table-Restyled

10-DSCF39061940s Child’s Table-Restyled

01-DSCF3745This is the ugly duckling this table started out as. I picked it up a few weeks ago at a yard sale. The owners told me it had been the children’s art table in their grandmother’s house. It had been in the family since the 1940’s. Yep, it showed. Most people would not and did not give this pitiful piece of furniture a second look. That’s probably why I got it for a steal, although I am pretty sure the previous owners were laughing hilariously as I drove away with it. That’s okay…I’m kinda used to that reaction. :)

03-DSCF3751After I got it home I did have second, third and fifty-leven thoughts on whether I could actually restyle it into something fabulous.

02-DSCF3746The taped legs were a dead give away that they had huge problems.

The table-top was covered with a piece of linoleum (also probably from the 40s). Another issue was the large knot-hole.

I started by removing the linoleum. Sounds simple, right? Uh, no. This took me about three days working on it off and on. I don’t know what was used to glue the linoleum down, but it did not want to give it up. I finally got the linoleum removed and then I used a belt sander to remove the old petrified glue.

Then there was that big knot-hole. I attached a thin piece of wood to the underside of the table to cover the hole. That gave the hole a “floor”. I had a pile of sawdust that I hadn’t cleaned up from a previous woodworking project and it became the inspiration for my hole filler. I mixed the sawdust with wood glue and packed it into the hole. After it dried I re-sanded the table-top to blend.

05-DSCF3871When the tape came off of the legs it was apparent they were too old and rickety to salvage. Replacing them was the only option.

04-DSCF3869Taking the old ones off was no easy feat. This is the bowl of nails, screws and bolts that I pulled out of the legs. Incredible! I don’t think any of them was a match to another.

The castors did not look original to the table and they were a bit of a pain. I felt like I was constantly chasing the table as I was working on it. I cut the new legs long enough to compensate for the removed casters.

06-DSCF3899There were so many holes (from the removed nails and such) and scars on this table that I wasn’t quite sure what kind of finish would look best. I liked the flaws and I wanted to retain the history of the table. I began with a fresh coat of red paint over the entire thing. After closing one eye and squinting the other I had a light bulb moment. Crackle!

07-DSCF3901One side at a time, I applied white glue and white paint to crackle.

09-DSCF3911Working off and on, it took me two days. I think it was worth it.

08-DSCF3913I added a handle to the drawer to complete the project.

Enjoy!

Restyled Chairs Turned Stools

7-DSCF3891Restyled French Country Stools

1-DSCF3834These are the chairs that Youngest Son got rid of when we finished transforming the chairs I posted a while back. He was going to toss them, but I couldn’t let that happen. An idea was taking shape in my head.

They needed a bit of help.

2-DSCF3839The problems are pretty obvious with this one.

3-DSCF3841Not so obvious in this pic is the foot rail (left side of pic). It was broken off, not pulled out of, the front leg.

4-DSCF3847I repaired the legs and rails, and since I only wanted the bottom portion of each chair I simply cut the backs off.

5-DSCF3875The bottoms and the legs were painted black and lightly distressed with some sanding.

6-DSCF3876The tops didn’t need painting because they would be covered. I dug out these upholstery fabric choices for the seats.

7-DSCF3891A tiny bit of sewing, soft stuffing and a lot of staples later and I had a couple of comfy perches.

8-DSCF3895What do you think?

Enjoy!

Octagonal End Table Restyle

5-DSCF3829Octagonal End Table Restyle

1-DSCF3778This little gem was found at a yard sale this past weekend. It was quite a score as they were practically giving it away. Why was it such a score? Well, it was barely standing on its own. It had missing screws and screws that very loose. It also had a few chips on the underside of the tabletop that needed to be filled. Lastly, it was filthy and in need of a thorough sanding.

I was tickled once I had it completely repaired and prepped for painting. I could actually see the ugly duckling turning into a swan.

2-DSCF3815I chose black paint for the base and tan for the tabletop. I love it so much I might be using that paint color combination a lot more.

4-DSCF3823As always it still needed a little more something-something. I cut a fleur-de-lis stencil using my Cricut…

3-DSCF3819…and stenciled it using black paint in the center of the tabletop.

6-DSCF3830A light sanding on top of the table and a rougher sanding on the legs created the finishing touches to this restyle.

5-DSCF3829Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Part
Making Memories Monday
Craftastic Monday

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Work it Wednesday

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Making Memories Monday

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Whatever Goes Wednesday

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

3-DSCF3585T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but life happened. I was reminded of it every time I took a shower, but blogging while naked just didn’t seem right. Especially the pictures…there are many reflective surfaces in a bathroom and ain’t nobody wanting to see that. 😉

Turns out I was able to take pics without reflections anyway.

I made this rug out of necessity and frustration. The shower in our bathroom has a swing out door. There was just no way to keep the floor from getting wet when the shower door was opened.

I looked everywhere for a rug that would work. The dimensions for the space were pretty specific, but nobody makes rugs that size. I happened to be working with some t-shirts at the time and a light bulb went off. Why not crochet a rug to custom fit the area?

1-DSCF3578I went through my stash of t-shirts and cut “yarn” in colors that would blend with the room. The walls of the room are green so green t-shirts were a must. Matching the greens to the walls while still using the tees I had was impossible. That’s okay, I would have gone nuts crocheting this in one color. I added some grays and white to add interest and to save my sanity.

I don’t have formal instructions for this project, as its size was for my specific space, but I will give you the broad strokes.

4-DSCF3587-001The center section was done in rows using single crochet in the back loops. I crocheted a few rows of each color–lathered, rinsed and repeated until the section was a few inches from the shower and the wall when centered in front of the door.

2-DSCF3583I finished with a border worked in the round using white t-shirts and single crochet stitches. The border was stitched until the edges touched the shower and the wall when centered.

5-DSCF3589I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and am thrilled that it cost me zero dollars.

Enjoy!