The New/Old Guest Bed

The New/Old Guest BedThe New/Old Guest Bed

Well, summer is almost over. This past weekend my husband and I moved our youngest son back to Pitt for his second year of college. He had much more stuff to move than last year as he is renting a house with several other students. Thankfully we had the craft trailer to pack most of the stuff, but the kid’s car and ours were also full.

The weekend was spent packing, unpacking and shopping. My son wasn’t sure what he would need (and he put off asking until we arrived), so we had to hit the yard sales in Pitt on Saturday morning. Yep, I’m sure you know what kind of hardship that was for me. ;) We had a list and tried to find as much as we could, but in the end we did end up going to Dollar Tree and Walmart to finish getting the necessities.

And then we came home…

The kid bought a new mattress and box springs just before moving, so we were left with the old mattress and box spring…and no bed frame.

My frugal radar started going off. We needed to have an extra bed for occasional guests, but I was not willing to spend any money on it. I had made a bed frame for our king bed many years ago. I knew it could be done. The problem was determining whether the mattress and box springs were salvageable. The kid had been telling us for years that it kept sinking and felt like it had no support when he laid on it. hmm…

02-DSCF1741I decided to remove the dust cover on the box springs to investigate what the problem was.

03-DSCF1742Ah ha! I found three breaks in slats and the side frame. Now can I just say how confused I am? Not about the breaks, but the fact that we call the thing a box spring and there was not one spring on the whole thing. As you know, I have used bed springs in a lot of projects and have taken apart my share of vintage bed springs. This just confuses me. Oh well, on with my story.

01-DSCF1739Since I already had the dust cover off I could clearly see how the fabric cover was attached. I removed it so that I could repair the skeleton of the box spring.

04-DSCF1743I patched the breaks and added additional braces across the box spring and more 2×4 braces between the top and bottom of the box.

05-DSCF1745The cardboard overlay on the top side of the box was cracked and sagging. I removed it and replaced it with fresh cardboard. Then it was just a matter of replacing the fabric cover and the dust cover.

Tip: A staple gun is your best friend. ;)

08-DSCF1754I built a frame around the box spring to make sure it would fit. I just used 2x4s from my wood pile. Yes, I brought my wood pile along when I moved.

After the frame was built I added slats across the width and cut more 2x4s for the legs. The whole thing then got a dry brushed coat of paint.

06-DSCF1747I had a vintage metal headboard and foot board in storage that I had thought I would use to make a bench, but this seemed like the perfect option for my guest bed. Vintage beds do not necessary line up with modern mattress sizes, but in this case it really didn’t matter. I had my husband remove the brackets for the rails and drill holes through the legs.

07-DSCF1749I cleaned the headboard and foot board and gave it a couple of coats of poly to shine it up and seal the rust.

09-DSCF1759I bolted the boards through the drilled holes in the legs to the 2×4 legs of the new bed frame.

10-DSCF1765Woot! Woot! That’s it! Nothing left but to make it. Uh…ignore the wimpy pillow. I found this one in my extra bedding. I have no idea why I kept it. It’s awful! I actually want two, so I will be making my only purchase for this bed. Not bad. I think I can spring for a couple of pillows.

Enjoy!

Nesting Tables With Wine Label Transfers

Nesting Tables w/ Wine Label TransfersNesting Tables With Wine Label Transfers

I love these little tables! While there was technically nothing wrong with them, I bought them to restyle so restyle is what I did.

3-DSCF1594I’m sure the reason why they were being sold at a yard sale was because the legs were very wobbly. An Allen wrench was all it took to tighten them. The previous owners may have been stumped on what tool to use.

I gave all the tables a good sanding and applied a few coats of a light beige paint.

Each of the painted tables got a light sanding to distress, but they still needed a little something-something.

1-DSCF1704I found a fantastic wine label graphic on Graphics Fairy. It was the perfect finishing touch for the table tops.

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

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
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

The Medallion

The MedallionThe newest addition to my living room walls.

1-DSCF1661My son and I went to a few yard sales last week and I found this fantastic metal medallion. It was only a dollar!

2-DSCF1662I wasn’t crazy about the brassy shine, but that wasn’t anything that spray paint couldn’t fix. I had a can of white primer that worked wonderfully.

4-DSCF1677After it dried I gave it a soft sanding. This distressed the grooves and ridges perfectly. I love it!

5-DSCF1708I dug through one of the storage units to retrieve a shelf…then I added a cool birdhouse and a bucket to finish the arrangement.

I was going to put silk hydrangeas in the bucket, but I couldn’t locate the ones I know I have. Oh well, they will show up eventually.

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

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
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

Record Album Roses

record roses Record Roses

record roses 1Have you ever wondered what you can do with those old vinyl albums? Even if you are a collector, I am sure you have a few scratched or warped ones that will never sound the same as they did when they were new. Then again, thrift stores and yard sales are practically giving them away, so you don’t even have to disturb your own rockin’ stash for a fun crafting experience.

record roses 4Check out one of my newest tutorials on FaveCrafts.

8-DSCF0129You may remember my record album coaster post from a few months ago. You can find it here.

That project only used the inner label portion of the albums, but don’t toss out the rest.

The roses use the playable portion of the album. Waste not, want not. ;) Two projects with one album. Win, win!

record roses 5You can find the record rose tutorial here.

Enjoy!

 

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!

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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

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
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