Restyled 9-Drawer Desk

Restyled 9-Drawer DeskRestyled 9-Drawer Desk

1-DSCF1571I found this little gem (ahem) on a recent junking weekend with my husband.

2-DSCF1570-001First off, the knobs had to go. They were obviously a replacement for missing handles…and they looked ridiculous in pairs on each drawer.

Next came sanding. It became very clear that all my sanding and patching techniques were not going to create a perfectly smooth surface. This desk had history it just wasn’t willing to give up. That’s okay. Even if I don’t know the life of my junking pieces, I kinda like them to have a few scars that can still tell a story…even if I have to imagine it.

3-DSCF1658The entire desk got a couple of coats of white paint. It really needed that fresh clean base. A lot of people probably would have stopped there, but it was boring. It also magnified every imperfection in the surface.

I decided on a layered, dry brushed technique. I dry brushed a layer of brown paint over the entire surface of the desk…and then I almost cried. It looked so ugly. I was sure I had made a mistake, but I continued. The next dry brushed layer was grey paint. Oh my! Did I lose my mind? I had to keep reminding myself it was just paint and could be painted over.

5-DSCF1695The next and final dry brushed layer was white paint. Woo Hoo!!! I could finally breathe. That final layer blended all the colors together and gave the surface a beautiful misty finish that I loved. I am so glad I didn’t turn back after adding the first layer. No guts, no glory!

7-DSCF1700I found some drawer handles in my hardware stash that fit perfectly. They were all sanded and got a makeover with the white paint.

6-DSCF1697Lining inserts cut from wallpaper provided the finishing touch for the drawers.

4-DSCF1694Enjoy!

Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

6-DSCF1525Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

1-DSCF1312I have never used this fencing for it’s original intent, but I had lots of it in my stash when we packed and moved. My husband and kids were going to throw it out, but I just couldn’t do it. I had me some ideas in my head. ;)

Since I’m still decorating our new home, and the theme seems to be repurposing and restyling the unusual, I decided the fencing would fit right in with my existing and evolving decor choices.

2-DSCF1313I have a place above my buffet that was still in need of a something-something, so I cut a length of the fencing to span just short of the buffet’s width.

3-DSCF1322After fixing the bends I curled the cut wires on the ends of the fence into decorative spirals.

4-DSCF1325The wire legs of the fencing were curved up to create little hooks.

5-DSCF1534With the addition of a wreath and my screen/spindle dragonflies, the display was complete.

7-DSCF1546Yippee! I think the wall area between the dining area and the living room of our rental house is done.

8-DSCF1547Enjoy!

Places I’m Partying This Week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
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Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
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Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
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Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
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Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
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Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

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

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

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

Old Trunk Restyled

3-Adrian's Trunk 3Old Trunk Restyled

They say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”…hmm…okay, as I show you this project that my oldest son completed you are probably nodding your head in agreement. Well, that statement may be true, but my oldest is my stepson. Not blood-of-my-blood, but I think my turning trash into treasures has rubbed off on him. Actually, this isn’t the first time it’s happened, and I am so proud of each new instance.

Please keep in mind that my son did not know I would be posting his pics on my blog when he took them. He sent me photos of the trunk in different stages, and I am sure they were taken quickly with his phone. That said, I think you can still see the amazing transformation of his junk find.

1-Adrian's Trunk 1This is where he started. Both the outside needed a makeover…

2-Adrian's Trunk 2…as well as the inside.

1-Adrian's Trunk 6The outside was sanded down to bare metal. He then masked off where needed and primed the trunk’s outer surface.

3-Adrian's Trunk 3Then he painted and clear coated the trunk.

7-Adrian's Trunk 7Here’s a really clever part. He used an old belt and kitchen handles to rebuild the trunk’s handles.

4-Adrian's Trunk 4For the finishing touch on this fabulous transformation, he scraped off the old paper lining and decoupaged pages of a road atlas to the inside.

One last repair was to add chain for support.

He did a great job!

Enjoy!

 

Living Room Wall-Sneak Peek

1-DSCF0952My new living room wall.

I may be going overboard on how to decorate without leaving damage on my walls, but it’s been over 25 years since I have rented a home and I don’t want to leave a mess behind.

FYI-Ignore the ugly, outdated sofa. I’m not even going to give you a full shot of it. My husband had purchased it at an auction that I did not attend. (face palm) I DO NOT like it. It’s also too big for the space we have right now, so I’m pretty sure it will not be sticking around for much longer.

Off to the storage unit I went. With a basic vision in mind, I brought back an old door, an old window frame, a mailbox and a miniature metal bicycle that had lived in a flower garden at our old house.

2-DSCF0939The door was much too short to be visible as art behind the sofa and I was not going to hang it on the wall. It would have required wall anchors which would have made big ugly holes I didn’t want to leave behind. To remedy the height issue, I built “L” shaped legs on the bottom of the door.

3-DSCF0943The door stands on the legs behind the sofa.

4-DSCF0947The window frame had no glass in it, so it was very light. Two thin finishing nails was all that was needed for it. I thought about painting both the window and the door, but I really liked the old, weathered look.

5-DSCF0949I did paint the mailbox and bicycle to coordinate better with the arrangement.

The rest of the items were decor items I had used in my old home.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

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

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

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

Hutch Makeover

5-DSCF0998This was the particle board hutch I referred to in my previous “Junk Finds” post as a nightmare. Ordinarily I restyle furniture to sell, but I have never felt confident about painting particle board. I needed additional cupboard space in the house we just moved into, so I decided the $12 price tag was worth the effort for something I planned on keeping.

1-DSCF0974I cleaned the hutch well, but I resisted the urge to sand. I was afraid of sanding through the top layer and exposing the particle board underneath. I have seen the effects of particle board that has gotten wet and I didn’t want to take the chance it would happen on this hutch. Not sanding posed the biggest problem. Would the paint stick effectively? I think it did, but I would never sell it. Scratches or scuffs in the paint still appear too easily.

2-DSCF0981I removed the broken and torn cardboard backing and added my own backing using wood from my stash. I like the look, even though it’s not visible on my finished hutch. It was also needed to stabilize the hutch, so it was all good.

3-DSCF0983I gave the whole thing a coat of primer, then I mixed a few leftover paint colors and P of P to get the shade of chalk paint that I wanted. It took two coats to get the coverage that I wanted.

4-DSCF0984I love the weathered look of painted furniture, but I usually achieve that with sanding. Since that wasn’t possible this time, I finished up the painting with a dry-brushing of white paint.

I reattached the lower doors, but the top was completely open. That wasn’t going to work for me. This hutch was going to be used to store unsightly craft supplies.

6-DSCF1006I considered making a door, but I went the easy route. I have a lot of lace curtain panels. I simply cut the bottom to the needed length and hung the curtain inside the opening using a tension rod. Eventually I might add curtains inside the bottom doors, but for now I think it will work.

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Enjoy!

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Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

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

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

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