Junk-to-Gem Chairs

1-DSCF3402Junk-to-Gem Chairs

When Youngest Kid was home for Christmas break he helped a friend with moving. There were several things that were headed for the trash, but like his mother, he just couldn’t let good junk go.

2-DSCF3223These treasures didn’t get a new life while he was home for his Christmas break, so I decided to fix them up before he got home for his spring break.

They each had numerous problems, but nothing a little bit of tender loving care and elbow grease couldn’t fix.

They were pretty dirty, so the first thing was to get the seats off and scrub them down.

3-DSCF3233Since the kid lives in a house with several guys, I wanted to use fabric that was more masculine than any of the upholstery fabrics I have in my stash. A few years ago when I was cleaning out the garage I found some old tent tarps. Over the years they had been used as drop cloths for various projects. A normal person would have thrown them away, but not me. I cut them up into manageable pieces to fit in the washing machine and ran them through several cycles. Like I said, that was a few years ago and even though I knew I had them, I hadn’t come up with the right project to use them on…until now.

4-DSCF3318They weren’t pristine. They had been used and abused. They were perfect for the chairs! Since graphics are so popular right now, I appliqued numbers from the same fabric to the seat fabric.

5-DSCF3225Another problem was the chair backs. One chair was fine, but a slat from the other was missing.

6-DSCF3395I made a cover that folded around the chair back from the bottom up. The front of the cover was attached to the back of the cover with magnetic purse snaps. I used three on each cover. I didn’t hide the backs of the snaps because I thought they looked kinda industrial (aka masculine ;)).

The chair frames were another story. Every screw was loose and there were a couple that were missing. Hubby found screws to replace the missing ones, then he applied E6000 to the threads of all the screws and tightened them.

7-DSCF3230Lastly, there was one brace on the seat that was broken. Luckily it was at the end where the original weld had been. A friend from hubby’s work took it home over the weekend and re-welded it.

8-DSCF3405Finished with a few days to spare!! :)

9-DSCF3406Yay, Me!

Enjoy!

Red Checked Footstool Restyle

8-DSCF3084Red Checked Footstool

1-DSCF2964I picked up this little gem at an auction I recently attended. It really wasn’t much to look at, but I liked the legs and skirting.

2-DSCF2968The top opened and I am assuming there used to be a bottom to keep things in. The bottom was long gone.

3-DSCF2970The hinges on the top were another nightmare. They were bent and it looked like they had been shifted at one time, maybe because they pulled out. The shifting of the hinges was horrible and not one screw out of eight was the same.

4-DSCF3047I removed the top and sanded the wood base of the footstool.

1-DSCF3083-001A dry brushing of white paint improved the stool 100%.

6-DSCF3050I pulled out the quilt I bought at another recent auction and recovered the top.

5-DSCF3049I didn’t even consider putting a new bottom in the footstool and reattaching the hinges.

7-DSCF3083Instead, I firmly attached the top to the base. It now does not open, but it looks so much better.

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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Restyled Scrap Wood Covered Table

6-DSCN5784Restyled Scrap Wood Covered Table

1-DSCN5765I’ve been shopping the barn again. My husband and I made these tables a few years ago to sell at a local garden store.

2-DSCN5767The cut out in the center is for a square planter box. We had these three tables left over, and since it had been a few years, it was time for a little restyling.

1-DSCN5810While I was in the barn, I gathered a pile of scrap wood. They had to be the same thickness, but a variety of widths.

3-DSCN5769I lined up several planks across the top of the table. They needed to fit from side to side without any hanging over the edges. My boards were a little shy of the width, so I separated them slightly. The gaps between the boards are hardly noticeable.

I cut each board to a length even with the table. With the help of wood glue and the power brad nail gun I had the top attached in no time.

4-DSCN5771I measured boards with the same thickness AND same width for the sides. I cut the first two boards equal to the measurements on opposite edges of the table and attached them in the same way as the top.

5-DSCN5773The remaining boards were measured and cut with the additional thickness measurement of the side boards. They were placed on the sides with the side ends overlapping the cut ends of the first two boards.

6-DSCN5784Then to marry it all together, I dry brushed everything…original table and scrap boards.

I’m finishing up the rest of the tables, but I already know square or rectangle tables are going to be on my garage sale list this summer. Think about it. You don’t have to worry about what the table looks like as long as it has good structural bones.

Wouldn’t a table with decorative legs look cute?

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Americana Desk

6-DSCN5523It’s Spring!

Well, sorta. The calender says it’s spring, but Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind. Last week we actually had 80 degree weather. This week…not so much. In fact, snow is being forecast for the weekend. Ugh!

1-DSCN5490Oh well, I’m moving forward. Spring usually means pulling old treasures out of the barn for restyling and that’s what I’m doing.

This desk is what I pulled out when the weather was warm(er). It was unfinished and it had a few structure issues hardly worth mentioning. They were a quick fix.

2-DSCN5508I decided to go Americana, so I painted the entire desk blue. I thought the paint was navy blue, but it turned out to be more royal blue. No problem. I planned to age it.

3-DSCN5509I traced the writing surface of the desk on paper, then traced my crafty version of an American flag on the paper. When I was happy with the layout, I retraced the flag on the desk.

4-DSCN5517Then I painted. Painter’s tape helped keep the stripes crisp. A stencil was used for the star on the blue field.

5-DSCN5524Sanding distressed the desk surface and edges, and pecan stain aged the desk.

6-DSCN5523Enjoy!

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