Showing posts with label furniture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label furniture. Show all posts

A (new) antique booth and some furniture transformations!


I have fun news! Since the beginning of February, I've been filling my own antique booth! Mostly with lavender and furniture transformations, but also a smattering of vintage and antiques that I dug up around my home. Mostly, I want to do furniture fix-ups, so I was hoping my friend would join me with her smalls - and after 6 weeks she has! The projects below were the first I put in the booth.

Our neighbor randomly gave me this tri-foot antique table but the base and veneer was badly cracked. Thankfully it was still very sturdy but I put a lot of time (and wood filler!) into this table. It was the perfect candidate for a chalk paint makeover. After I put Bondo on and filled and sanded the top, I painted it with a couple of coats of Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue and waxed it with clear and dark wax. The lion pull was on it before I got it, but isn't the original drawer pull. But it was the last perfect touch to complete it.


The table sold on the same day as these ladderback chairs. They were a sorry sight sitting by the dumpsters, but I snagged them and planned to redo them. With a booth move-in deadline on the horizon I quickly got to work. They turned out more distressed than I wanted them (I wanted the chalk paint to be super smooth but the burnishing took off more paint than I wanted - so I'm going to stick with latex paint for my non-distressed white looks). My plan was to make farmhouse style seat covers for the ruined rattan, but I came across a cute woven seat randomly online - so I saved myself a little money and a TON of time by using jute webbing and totally replacing the seats. I did this by hand so I labeled then as "occasional" chairs. Ladderbacks aren't the most comfortable seats so I could envision them on either side of a buffet to be used only when the table was full and extra seats were needed.

Without further ado, here is the BEFORE (well, partial during):

And, the AFTER!! Look at those seats - so cute!

Here's how my booth looked in February. The lavender was so popular - it sold out in that first month!

I've been contemplating opening a booth for several years so while it was overly stressful to be up and running in 3 weeks, I'm so pleased with how it came together and am excited for the months to come! It's month to month so if things don't go well, I may not continue, but it was worth the risk just to try. I love selling my creative work!

Side table Makeover!


A little table was sitting by the dumpster one day. It looks incredibly similar to the nightstand in our daughter's room that I found for $5 at the thrift store. (Dad, you still get the credit for painting it!) Small, but sturdy. And solid wood.

This one had a really sad, weird, spray on finish that was obviously a DIY fail.

Ew. So I thought the best (read: easiest and fastest) thing to do was take a little stripper to the drip spots, call it good and paint over everything.

Well, I used the stripper outside, and I quickly found that wasn't the best idea. For some reason the stripping solution immediately dried in the sun and was then worthless. What was supposed to be a quick fix turned into several hours of applying more stripper (this time in the basement), realizing it wasn't taking all of the finish off and proceeding to strip AND sand the entire rotten piece down.

It got pretty ugly.

But after a couple of painful moments, she was ready to paint! It took several weeks for me to find the time and energy to paint, burnish and wax (my son is quite the handful these days) but I finally finished it last week.

And here is the after!

It's lightly distressed although I was attempting to not distress at all. In the burnishing (sanding) process, more of the paint came off than I wanted to because of all the edges to sand, so I just went with it because I was planning to sell the piece anyway. I used a furniture wax to seal it, painted the stained drawer bottom, and drilled a hole for the pretty new knob. Voila!

It sold tonight and now I have money to buy more paint to move on to my next furniture project: my handmade hope chest.

once an ottoman, twice DIYed


Over three years ago, I redid our sadly chewed up Target storage ottoman with a slip cover. It was literally the only piece of furniture we bought after we got married. (sniff) Of course, the puppy chewed that one.

After using it daily, the cover needed a wash, so I did. But I'd forgotten that I didn't preshrink the fabric the first time around, so ... it shrunk. Ugh.

Oh well, we kept using it.

And then it got really, really dirty (think toddler, dog, husband, me...) and began to come apart in places and it was time for a change.

(problem) Not to mention, I was struggling with solutions for toy storage space ...  I had thought about an open coffee table with rolling crates underneath, a different coffee table and storage crates beside the couch, a vintage trunk, etc.

A couple of friends nixed the vintage trunk route because the lids are often very heavy and suggested a storage ottoman. Yes, well, I have a storage ottoman but it is being used to house photos and a few wedding memorabilia. And the slip cover is a pain and a half to get off/get on every time my toddler wants to get in it. It just wouldn't be good for toys.


(solutions) A couple of weeks later, I thought, "Why not use it and just change it up? Isn't that what I've been talking about on my blog?!" So I scanned all of the old photos except for one album from my travels in Europe from 2006 and our wedding album. 360+ photos are gone from my life but still accessible on the computer. Decluttering is beautiful.

I made room in my linen closet for the wedding box.

And then I decided to rip the upholstery off the ottoman and slap some wood slats on the outside for a completely different look. Storage for toys that looks a lot better than it did. Away with thee, slipcover!!

Ladybug and I went to visit my parents over spring break, so I decided to shove the torn-apart ottoman in the back of the car and ask my dad to help me fix it up.

My idea: slap some wood on the outside, maybe sand and stain.

My Dad's idea: un-upholster the entire thing, take it completely apart, cut it down so the lid would fit with an extra 3/4" of wood added to the outside, put the box back together and then painstakingly fit each piece of wood to the outside.

Of course, we did it the right way.

Here goes!

First, we took all of the upholstery off (including all 1,000 staples) and took the entire box apart to hopefully reuse. Then we cut about 1-1/2" off each piece and used an electric nail gun to put it back together (yay!). We put the inside upholstery back in as we went.

Each board was cut at a 45 degree angle (LOTS of 45 degree angles, compound angles, too) to create an interesting pattern and then we glued and fitted pieces of free oak flooring - leftover from a kitchen flooring project - to cover the entire ottoman. This about tripled its weight. In a good way. 

After piecing it all together, it the edges weren't totally even, so we took the circular saw and evened out the top and bottom edges. While cutting the pieces, we were reminded to not cut pieces of wood that are too small. Right, Dad?

And here it is!! After I took it home, I sanded it, stained it with Dark Walnut and sealed it with three coats of polycrylic.

I had to make-do with the upholstery, so I covered up the lip with brown scraps and re-stapled the inside upholstery up. Final step was to screw the legs back in and install a length of chain since the lid mechanism didn't work with the new, smaller box size. I don't love seeing the staples, but it really isn't a big deal as the lid is closed most of the time.

And the toys are officially hidden from sight!

Finally, a satisfactory solution to my toy dilemma. It's a more masculine look than I usually go for, but I really like it. And it's still very comfy to prop up on and type a blog post (wink).

 With a 5x7 clearance jute rug from Target, I think it looks smashing!

Third time's a charm?

I sure hope so.

DIY: Antique Barn Door Headboard


Tools: Miter saw, saw horses, router, wood glue, finishing nails, a pneumatic staple gun, and your dad to do the trigonometric calculations.

Supplies: reclaimed wood, old barn door, 2x6 for French cleat, wood screws

Now someone just needs this beauty in their home!

blue gray vintage chair makeover


:-) the last *finally!!* project complete.

This chair is the exact same as yesterday's white chair, but I painted this one first - it's a flat gray blue that is so pretty! However, it will probably need just the right (matching/complimenting) home.

 I don't know if you remember, but these chairs and the settee were a mess. Stinky, gross, ripped, cat-hair covered speckled nasty pieces of junk from the roadside. But I couldn't get past those lines! So I didn't even take them inside my house until they were stripped completely down and wiped off.

Actually, I took them to a friend's house and they sat there (for a year, ahem.) This one chair I kept in my house and was all fired up to sand and paint it.

Then it sat in my basement. For a year. Truly, I didn't have the right equipment (electric staple gun), so I did have to wait around for that. Then, when I did have it, the only time I was willing to do it was during naptime and with a noisy air compressor, that option was out...

Finally, however, I prevailed. :-) And after sweat and probably some tears, this gigantic upholstery challenge (well, it was for me anyway) is done!

I've listed it on CL and hoping it sells soon!! :-) Then I can drag over my chair from my neighbor's basement and maybe actually use it someday.

UPDATE (12/18/13): It's sold!

more "finally!" furniture transformations!


It's been way too long since I started with these furniture pieces to practice my upholstery and diy skills on. Like a year and a half too long...

Anyway, they are done and they are sold!! I snapped a few pictures before they went away to make another house pretty.

The makeovers aren't perfect. There are some wrinkles in the upholstery and uneven spots in the paint, but I prevailed. I probably will never tackle a project like this again, but it was a good chance to learn. And practice. And decide that if I have to strip the chairs and purchase new foam it would be better to just. walk. away. 

I'll post the photos of my other identical chair that is gray this week. That one more chair to sell and they're outta my life! I am in love with all of this space I am accumulating. It's addicting.

projects update: mid-century desk makeover (!)


Soooo... back in June (yes, JUNE!), I blogged about several items I'd "junked" including this mid-century sewing desk. It has sat in my living room since then causing all sorts of makeover troubles.

I've wanted to get this makeover done, but lack of motivation and issues kept cropping up! But, it's FINALLY done and I've listed it on Craigslist. I WANT IT OUT OF MY LIFE.

That's all. On to the makeover.

Here is the "before" shot. The top two pieces open to reveal what would've been the sewing machine (but was now a big hole). I thought about several ways of "fixing" this, including making an entirely new top, but that was more time/energy/money than I wanted to spend on it.

 Sudden inspiration hit and I pried off the piece with the hole and tossed that and just reused (reuse, reuse, reuse!) the two hinged pieces on top. So I turned them around and joined them with three of the hinges (previously hidden inside on the original piece). They break up the desk space, but in more of a decorative way now.

Then I sanded. And I sanded. And I sanded.

That orangey finish was NASTY! And thick. I got it to the point where I thought it was ready to paint and stain ...

And then my best inspiration hit. Four drawers. How about "eenie, meenie, minee, mo"? Not necessarily my style, but a really fun piece to do (since I was planning to sell it from the beginning) and I loved the idea.

So I contacted my new vinyl dealer, Dana, (email or leave me a message if you want her contact info. She is amazing to work with, prices are very reasonable and she's quick!) and she hooked me up with some clean looking vinyl "stencils". I did a few measurements to align them all to the right and went to town. The process went something like this: vinyl, poly (dry), paint (dry), paint (wet). Before the 2nd coat dried, I took my X-acto knife and carefully peeled each letter up.

It worked perfectly and looked incredible. I decided to put a coat of polycrylic (the water-based stuff) on to protect it ... and my desk makeover went south from there. Somehow, even thought the water-based polys are not supposed to yellow, my drawers were a streaky, yellowed mess. IT WAS TERRIBLE! I was so disappointed, even when I've read and confirmed that polycrylic is not supposed to yellow.

So there it sat (for a few months) before I decided to tackle it again. I sanded some more and bought some gold rub-in-buff for the hardware. Mistake. I hated how streaky it looked on the hinges (click the pic on below right). Gold spray paint to the rescue!

In the meantime, I'd sanded and stained and then sanded some more (that orange finish needed 40 grit sandpaper to come off!) and stained again. And sanded and stained some more. Finally, I was to the point of spray painting the little metal "feet". So I wrapped the legs with some blue painters tape and sprayed away.

And when I peeled off the tape, a ton of the latex came with it. ARG! What more can go wrong!? Seriously. I need this project out of my life.

I decided to painstakingly repaint the drawers (around every letter which almost defeated the purpose of the vinyls!) as opposed to stripping the paint, reordering the vinyl and starting over. It mostly worked.

After two coats of wipe on poly to the top, I finally gathered up the courage to sand those darn legs down, repaint and glue the top on. I borrowed some clamps and did it.

Here she is!! (sorry for the graininess ... it was getting dark and I had to up the ISO.)

And, there you are. The longest explanation of a DIY in the history of blogging. And it wasn't even a tutorial, ha! I felt that after all of my trouble, the least I could do was get some blogger sympathy. (If I was to do this again, I'd for sure leave it on the side of the road where I found it, but at least it's finished and out of my life soon. I hope!)

Now all I need is a sale to kiss this DIY good-bye.

Update (11/1/13): It's gone!! Sold. Hallelujah.