I found this little gem (ahem) on a recent junking weekend with my husband.
First 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.
The 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.
The 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!
I found some drawer handles in my hardware stash that fit perfectly. They were all sanded and got a makeover with the white paint.
Lining inserts cut from wallpaper provided the finishing touch for the drawers.
I bought this shelf from a friend a few years ago. She said it was a headboard, but that’s not what I saw. I envisioned rows of hens tucked cozily in nests laying eggs. Okay, I didn’t really plan on putting chickens in/on the shelf, but that’s what it reminded me of.
After cleaning, sanding and securing a few of the vertical dividers that were floating kinda crazily above the middle shelf, I dry brushed the entire thing using white paint.
My stash of salvaged chicken wire was the perfect addition for the back of the shelf. The wire was also brushed with the white paint.
I moved the hangers on the back of the shelf because their location didn’t make sense to me. The way they were attached meant the headboard would have been hung with the long slanted side on the bottom. A slanted shelf headboard with a gap on the bottom and no back would have just frustrated me.
No problem. My vision had the slant on the top like a roof. Perfect for a stenciled country sign.
For my birthday in May, a friend gifted me with calenders that featured sheet music book covers. Even though I have authentic vintage sheet music books, I loved the vibrant colors and pristine graphics of the calender pages.
I had the perfect base for decoupaging a couple of these covers to. An old cupboard door.
After a bit of elbow grease and removal of some of the hardware, I was ready to rock and roll. I couldn’t get the hinges off, and I didn’t want to wait until a son or husband came home, so I decided to leave them attached as embellishment for the “art” piece.
A little paint gave the old surface a much cleaner appearance. I did the entire surface with off white and and then a dry brush of white over the outer frame.Two calender pages fit perfectly inside the frame. I applied several coats of Mod Podge to seal and build up the smooth surface.
A couple of sawtooth hangers were attached to the back for hanging.
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.
This is where he started. Both the outside needed a makeover…
…as well as the inside.
The outside was sanded down to bare metal. He then masked off where needed and primed the trunk’s outer surface.
Then he painted and clear coated the trunk.
Here’s a really clever part. He used an old belt and kitchen handles to rebuild the trunk’s handles.
For the finishing touch on this fabulous transformation, he scraped off the old paper lining and decoupaged pages of a road atlas to the inside.
I have drooled over other blogs with beautiful grain sack pillows, but I have never been lucky enough to find a good deal on the sacks. I have never found them at auctions or yard sales, so I regularly check Ebay for affordable listings. No such luck. Ebay has plenty of listings, just not at a price that I’m willing to pay.
While visiting my husband’s brother and his wife in Nebraska last fall, I went junking in a few little shops that surround the town square. I found ag grass seed sacks for $1 in one of the shops and grabbed a few. At that time I really didn’t have a plan for them, but I figured for $1 a piece I could use the fabric for something. With packing and moving shortly after that, I kinda forgot I even had them.Since I had no real attachment to the throw pillows on my couch (they just weren’t anything special) I had been looking for an idea to inspire me to change them. My outdated couch has kept me from making this a priority. I figured why change them before getting a new couch. Well, I just haven’t found the right couch yet…so, time for new pillows.
These pillows actually came with our love seat. The solid tan side matches the seat, but the weird animal print side…meh, not so much. Don’t judge me.
I restuffed the pillows, then covered them with white fabric to cover the color and designs of the fabric.
I was able to cut three pillows from each sack.
Some red paint and a little bit of time transformed the fabric into French striped grain sacks.
AND I have convinced myself that they make my outdated couch look better! Well, sorta.