Jul 022014
 

Old dry sink cabinet upcycled with paint and added shelf.

Small Table - Before

Small Table – Before

Small Table - After

Small Table – After

Small Table - After (top)

Small Table – After (top)


The top of a buffet cabinet, upcycled with paint, decorative paper and legs from an old footstool.

Large Buffet Cabinet - Before

Large Buffet Cabinet – Before

Old footstool with legs - before

Old footstool with legs – before

Large Buffet Cabinet - After

Large Buffet Cabinet – After


Plywood round top added to a table base, then painted and stenciled.

Round Table - Before

Round Table – Before

Round Table - After

Round Table – After

Round Table - After (top)

Round Table – After (top)


Small drop leaf round table upcycled with a fun stencil.

Small Round Drop leaf table - before

Small Round Drop leaf table – before

Small drop leaf table - After (top)

Small drop leaf table – After (top)

Small drop leaf table - After

Small drop leaf table – After


Drab shelving upcycled with vibrant paint color.

Shelves - After

Shelves – After

Shelves - Before

Shelves – Before


Old side table upcycled with paint, while saving the original wood inlay design on the door.

Small Cabinet - Before

Small Cabinet – Before

Small Cabinet - After

Small Cabinet – After


Jun 232014
 

Construction wire spool repurposed into indoor/outdoor side table.

Wire Spool - Before

Wire Spool – Before

Wire Spool Table - After

Wire Spool Table – After


Repurposed shipping pallets into indoor/outdoor side tables.

Small Shipping Pallets - Before

Small Shipping Pallets – Before

Small Shipping Pallets - After

Small Shipping Pallets – After


Plywood shop cabinet upcycled with reclaimed lumber and old window.

Old Shelves - Before

Old Shelves – Before

Old Shelves/Window cabinet - After

Old Shelves/Window cabinet – After

Old Shelves/Window cabinet (top) - After

Old Shelves/Window cabinet (top) – After


Repurposed fish tank stands into metal and reclaimed lumber cabinets.

Old Metal Fish Tank stand - before

Old Metal Fish Tank stand – before

Old Metal Fish Tank stand - After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand – After


09 fish tank b4

Old Metal Fish Tank stand - After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand – After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand (cabinet) - After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand (cabinet) – After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand (top) - After

Old Metal Fish Tank stand (top) – After


Bathroom base cabinet repurposed into cabinet with reclaimed lumber and old window.

Tall Window Cabinet - Before

Tall Window Cabinet – Before

Tall Window Cabinet (top)- After

Tall Window Cabinet (top)- After

Tall Window Cabinet - After

Tall Window Cabinet – After


May 092014
 

Check out recent creations with reclaimed lumber and before and after pictures of upcycled furniture.

Rustic Red Bench

Rustic Red Bench

Teal Rustic Bench

Teal Rustic Bench

American Flag Bench

American Flag Bench

Rustic Upcycled Bench - Feather Stencil

Rustic Upcycled Bench – Feather Stencil

Rustic Upcycled Bench

Rustic Upcycled Bench

Oak Buffet Cabinet - Before

Oak Buffet Cabinet – Before

Oak Buffet Cabinet - After

Oak Buffet Cabinet – After

Antique Dresser - Before

Antique Dresser – Before

Antique Dresser - After

Antique Dresser – After

Old Chairs - Before

Old Chairs – Before

Old Chairs - After

Old Chairs – After

Vintage Office Chair - Before

Vintage Office Chair – Before

Vintage Office Chair - After

Vintage Office Chair – After

Vintage Desk - Before

Vintage Desk – Before

Vintage Desk - After

Vintage Desk – After

Upcycled Desk and Chair - After

Upcycled Desk and Chair – After


Vanity Stool - After

Vanity Stool – After

Vanity Stool - Before

Vanity Stool – Before


Vanity -Before

Vanity -Before

Vanity - After

Vanity – After

Vanity and Stool - After

Vanity and Stool – After

Mar 122014
 

I started this project with an old school house table. I loved the solid oak base that was hidden under all the thick black paint but the MDF table top, with it’s many names carved in it, had to go. The width of the base had to be changed to accommodate a top large enough for a dining table. I then sanded off enough of that black paint to show off the oak and all its great grain pattern. The top was a bit of a challenge. I wanted to use the tongue and groove fir from my barn wood stash but I had a very small quantity and after cutting off all the extreme damage I had even less. Laying out all the varied lengths had to be planned out well to fit, but it worked…just barely.

Rustic Dining Table Top

Rustic Dining Table Top

Rustic Dining Table

Rustic Dining Table

Buddy also went shopping in the barn wood stash for his project. He used his finds to build a large arrow. He rusted some metal for the backing and installed sockets to light it up. How fun is this light?

Rustic Arrow Light

Rustic Arrow Light

Feb 262014
 

I got a large amount of drawers that a retail store was getting rid of.

Drawers - Before

Drawers – Before

The size of them worked great with the crates but I didn’t like the boxes and fronts, so I built new frames with pallet boards and used barn wood for the fronts.

Rebuilt Drawers

Rebuilt Drawers

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to make these pieces low and long or tall and narrow, so I did both.

Long Crate Shelves - After

Long Crate Shelves – After

Tall Crate Shelves - After

Tall Crate Shelves – After


Now, on to the light. After taking some crates apart to use the wood on another project, I was left with all these corner pieces that I didn’t have a need for. Nothing goes to waste in our house though. Buddy built a barn wood frame around them and for extra interest he used the handles cut from vintage library newspaper holders.

Crate Board Light - Before

Crate Board Light – Before

After he drilled holes through the centers, he ran vintage style cloth covered wire and attached sockets to hold the Edison light bulbs.

Crate Board Light - After

Crate Board Light – After

Another original, one of a kind creation by Buds Lights that is freaking awesome!

Feb 192014
 

To repurpose this sewing cabinet to a hutch I used these wall hung shelves for the top of the cabinet.

Wall Hung Shelves - Before

Wall Hung Shelves – Before

Sewing Machine Cabinet - Before

Sewing Machine Cabinet – Before


Although the width was a great fit, the height did need to be cut down a bit. I added trim under the shelves and at the top then backed it with reclaimed tongue and groove cedar boards. Inside the cabinet, I added a shelf and covered it with fun paper.

Inside Cabinet - After

Inside Cabinet – After

For the door, I dressed it up with wood veneer appliques and used the original hardware.

Doors - After

Doors – After

Then covered it all with a timeless red color and lightly dark waxed.

Repurposed Sewing Cabinet - After

Repurposed Sewing Cabinet – After

Feb 122014
 

I didn’t have a need for the depression mechanism that was in the bottom of this school library cart because I just use it for wood storage.

Depression Mechanism - Before

Depression Mechanism – Before

Wood Storage Cart

Wood Storage Cart


Throwing it in the trash was not an option, though, because it was just too cool. I had to make it into something useful. After stretching it out to maximum height I used reclaimed lumber to support it. The top was rusted to perfection, so I left it exposed and covered the bottom, and added a shelf with more reclaimed lumber.

Depression Mechanism - Top

Depression Mechanism – Top

Then as usual, finished it off with big old casters. I not sure what to call this quirky piece but the style is certainly industrial chic.

Depression Mechanism - After

Depression Mechanism – After

Jan 082014
 

I found this railroad cart at a yard sale this summer. It was quite a challenge to make it into a useable piece because it was in very bad shape and some of the parts where missing. A section of the side had been cut out so I had to use a section of the other side to fill in.

Old Railroad Cart - Before

Old Railroad Cart – Before

Now to make it stand on its own. It only had two wheels. I used 2 x 4’s in the metal corner pieces for legs with ball bearing casters on the bottom to make it move with ease. The top just took a trip to my storage shed for some rustic old boards to match the cart. Finishing it off was easy because it was aged to perfection, so I put a light coat of stain on it to bring out all the great details and varathane to protect it.

Old Railroad Cart Coffee Table - After

Old Railroad Cart Coffee Table – After

Old Railroad Cart Coffee Table - After

Old Railroad Cart Coffee Table – After

Jan 032014
 

Buddy went beachy with his latest light project. While camping at a lake in Idaho this summer, we found this awesome piece of driftwood. He hung it from rope tied with anchor knots and used cool porcelain sockets for the Edison bulbs.

Driftwood Light

Driftwood Light

Now doesn’t this make you think of a cozy beach house? Well it did me so I was then inspired to go beachy with my projects.

Coffee Table and End Tables - Before

Coffee Table and End Tables – Before

I started with the coffee table, a nice size but a little shaky. To make it sturdier I added square lumber pieces to the bottom which also works as a shelf. To reinforce the thin top I added crate boards and white washed them for the beachy style.

Table Top - After

Table Top – After

The two side tables were the same condition, a little shaky with thin tops. I added more crate boards to the tops and barn boards to the bottoms then casters on all.

Coffee Table and End Tables - After

Coffee Table and End Tables – After

Dec 112013
 

I started this project with two, too small tables, a rectangle and a round.

Two Small Tables - Before

Two Small Tables – Before

I used the base of the rectangle table and turned the top the opposite direction. After cutting the round table top in half, I added the halves to the ends of the rectangle. Now it’s an appropriate size for a dining table but the top…not pretty. So back to the wood crates. After taking them apart I ran the boards through the planer to smooth them out and make each the same thickness. I cut all the pieces the same length and applied them to the table top in a herringbone pattern. It’s a very interesting look because of the variety of wood that the crates are made of.

Dining Table Top - After

Dining Table Top – After

I had four chairs to go with the table that just needed refinishing but it still needed a bench so off to the shed to gather parts. I used some broken chair parts for the back, a table leaf for the seat, and a cut down table base for the legs. For the upholstery I used a fun and colorful fabric to liven up that sea of brown.

Bench - After

Bench – After

Repurposed Dining Set - After

Repurposed Dining Set – After

Now to top off this set, I talked Buddy into making me a matching light. He stacked two old oval quilting hoops and I added the left over crate boards to the center. Then he used twisted wire to hang old beakers that came out of a school science lab and lit them up with tube shaped bulbs. It’s an awesome one of a kind light. Great job Buddy.

Beaker Light with Reclaimed Lumber

Beaker Light with Reclaimed Lumber