Jan 152014
 

Although this small pine cabinet is a good size and in great condition it was looking a bit dated and in need of some jazzing up. 

Pine Dry Sink Cabinet - Before

Pine Dry Sink Cabinet – Before

I started by adding  an old wall shelf with a drawer to the top of the cabinet.  This brought it to an appropriate height so I could switch out the towel bar for a mirror.  I chose classic black and white for the paint (my personal favorite).  With large stripes on the bottom and small stripes around the top and some fun hardware it’s all jazzed up.

Pine Dry Sink Cabinet - After

Pine Dry Sink Cabinet – After

Jul 112013
 

Ok, a few more pieces of upcycled furniture. The first was an easy one. This large old cabinet was loaded with character and charm. All that was necessary was a few minor repairs, a good cleaning and raised up with legs.

Old Shop Cabinet - After

Old Shop Cabinet – After

Old Shop Cabinet - Before

Old Shop Cabinet – Before


Next was this beautiful old dresser that was looking a bit tired and dull. It also needed minor repairs.

Antique Dresser - Before

Antique Dresser – Before

Then on to the fun part of lightening and brightening. I painted it a dark grey with white drawers. For the top I used a metallic silver glaze with the Paisley Allover stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. It adds an elegent look with this barely there design.

Antique Dresser - After

Antique Dresser – After

This is a great project for beginner stencilers because small mistakes are not noticeable. As usual, the finish is clear wax for protection and dark wax to bring out the great detail. I left the beautiful hardware because it was rusted to perfection.

Antique Dresser - After

Antique Dresser – After

Last was this small side table.

Side Table - Before

Side Table – Before

Very pretty and in great condition but like the dresser, a little dull so I painted, stenciled and waxed it to match.

Side Table - After

Side Table – After

Side Table - After

Side Table – After


Now on a personal note…After a very fun week of junking our way thru Oregon and Idaho it ended on a sour note when we arrived home to find that we had been robbed. The positive side is that no one was hurt, the damage was minimal, and all the stolen items can be easily replaced. But it still makes us mad as hell that some lazy low life thinks he has the right to invade our space and steal our possessions that we have worked so hard to acquire. But the real topper was when I returned to work and was suspended for a mistake I had made on a sales transaction before vacation. After almost 14 years of service my job is in jeopardy for a, very small dollar amount, honest mistake while the scum bag that deliberately stole from us will probably never get caught or have to pay. Thank you for letting me vent.

Apr 032013
 

My latest projects were perking up some boring furniture with paint.
I started with this old rickety country table that had been used and abused.

ckety Country Table - Before

ckety Country Table – Before

It needed some reinforcement to make it sturdy again then a good cleaning, a coat of paint and a paisley stencil to top it off. Now it stands proud and pretty and ready to be used again.

Rickety Country Table - After

Rickety Country Table – After

Then another piece of country furniture.

Unfinished Pine Cabinet - Before

Unfinished Pine Cabinet – Before

I brought this unfinished pine cabinet to life with grass green paint on the outside and bright white to the inside. I love any piece of furniture that provides display and closed storage space.

Unfinished Pine Cabinet - After

Unfinished Pine Cabinet – After

Next was this large round coffee table. It was in good condition but the brown top and bronze metal was a bit tired looking.

Large Round Coffee Table - Before

Large Round Coffee Table – Before

I had to take it apart to spray paint the metal ring silver. The top just needed a light sanding then white paint. I used gray paint for the stencil and outside edge then topped off the grey with metallic silver paint. Now it has an updated look and would be perfect for today’s large sectional sofas.

Large Round Coffee Table - After

Large Round Coffee Table – After

Mar 062013
 

Well, a couple more pieces of free furniture upcyled. I’m working my way to the back of my storage shed where the good stuff is.
My first project was this tall storage cabinet.

Tall Cabinet - Before

Tall Cabinet – Before

Although the sides are particle board, the trim on the front and the doors are oak. It was looking a bit dark and dated, so after a light sanding and bonding primer, I brightened it up with white paint and also lightened up the hardware. The back had to be replaced so it was a great opportunity to add a fun graphic stencil before I attached it. Now, it’s still a very useful piece, it just has a much more updated look.

Tall Cabinet - After

Tall Cabinet – After

Next was this small piece on casters. I’m not quite sure what it’s original purpose was but I thought it would make a great bench.

Small Cart - Before

Small Cart – Before

It did have to be cut down a little to make it the proper height. Then after sanding and priming, I painted it black. To all those people who love wood grain, remember this was ugly fake wood grain and needed to be covered. I finished it off with this pad in an updated pattern and color to add a little cush for the tush.

Small Cart into Bench - After

Small Cart into Bench – After

Neither of these pieces are heirloom quality but they are nice looking functional pieces for someones home which will keep their trip to the dump delayed for now.

Aug 302012
 
Before and After Repurposed Headboard

Before and After Repurposed Headboard

This headboard was given to me by a family friend who was very reluctant to part with it because he had it from his teens to his adult years, and felt it held many great memories. His wife convinced him, though, that it was time to part with it. I was pleased to get it because, although it was outdated, it is very sturdy built. I did think it had seen enough action as a headboard and was due to be repurposed as a storage cabinet.

Headboard - Before

Headboard – Before

I started by cutting off the legs so it could be stood up on its end. A light sanding was necessary to remove the old varathane and the dried up wads of gum (missed a few Debra). I used the cut off legs to make a box to add to the bottom so I would have something to attach the base molding to.

Box built for bottom needed to attach base moulding

Box built for bottom needed to attach base moulding

Base Moulding attached to bottom

Base Moulding attached to bottom


For the top I used some reclaimed 1 x 6 scraps and trimmed off the edges with decorative molding.

Reclaimed barn wood top trimmed with decorative molding

Reclaimed barn wood top trimmed with decorative molding

Time to work on the door and finally give this old headboard some notches. I ripped 3, 1 x 6′s down to 4 1/2″ wide then cut them to length.

Reclaimed wood used for door of cabinet

Reclaimed wood used for door of cabinet

After deciding where to put the notches I marked them by tracing arould a 2 1/4 ” square scrap of wood and cut them out with a jig saw.

Outline for Notches on Reclaimed Wood Door

Outline for Notches on Reclaimed Wood Door

To make the door I used 1 x 2′s, screws and glue to hold the 3 pieces together.

Assembling Notched Boards for the Door

Assembling Notched Boards for the Door

After it was primed and painted I taped out the lines for the door and painted them black along with the inside of the notches.

Stripes taped and painted on door

Stripes taped and painted on door

The back was lined with harlequin wallpaper.

Decorative harlequin wallpaper

Decorative harlequin wallpaper

The door was attached to the cabinet with basic hinges and decorative hardware. After another light sanding I used a dark and clear wax on it.

Reclaimed Hardware

Reclaimed Hardware

I hope Ben is happy with the way this headboard has been repurposed. This cabinet would be a great addition to any room that is need of extra storage…a pantry for the kitchen, a linen closet, or maybe even putting it back in the bedroom for extra clothes storage.

Finished Storage Cabinet

Finished Storage Cabinet

Aug 102012
 

The sun was up, and so were the prices! Although we did not find any great treasures, of course we managed to find a few good deals. We both managed to find great sunglasses, that’s why we both look so aDORAble today. And Cassie is very proud of her new balls.

Dora with her new Sunglasses

Dora with her new Sunglasses

Cassie and her new Sunglasses and balls

Cassie and her new Sunglasses and balls


Here is the small collection of finds for the day. We love the solid wood shelves, they just need a fun, funky color. As for the flowered cabinet, it is solid wood, but the flowered contact paper has to go. And how could you not love the little stool, it has a hand hole! I have no idea what to do with the clock, but it was only a buck.

Collection of Yard Sale finds

Collection of Yard Sale finds

Not a great treasure hunting day, but we did get our cute sunglasses, so we will be ready for another sunny Friday next week!

Aug 092012
 
Before and After Blue Country Cabinet

Before and After Blue Country Cabinet

I loved the price of “free” on this plant stand but the piece itself was just a big yawn. It was time to give it a new life. After I took it apart I turned the center section on its side and lined it with 1/8″ plywood veneer and topped it off with old barnwood.

Rickety White Plant Stand

Rickety White Plant Stand

Rickety Plant Stand - taken apart

Rickety Plant Stand – taken apart

Center Section of Plant Stand Lined with Plywood Veneer

Center Section of Plant Stand Lined with Plywood Veneer

I then turned it upside down to attach legs that I ripped on the table saw out of more barnwood. They were made from two pieces of wood, one 3/4″ wide and the other 1 1/2″ wide nailed together so they would fit around the corner. The pieces that ran between the legs were 1 1/2″ wide with 3/4″ pieces attached to the inside to support the bottom shelf.

Legs Ripped Down from Barn Wood

Legs Ripped Down from Barn Wood

Adding the Legs and Shelf Support

Adding the Legs and Shelf Support

The two outside sections of the plant stand were used to make the bottom shelf and trim out the doors. I nailed the plant stand slats to more plywood veneer for the doors and attached them with basic hinges.

Center Section of Plant Stand - added legs and bottom shelf

Center Section of Plant Stand – added legs and bottom shelf

Slats of Plant Stand Nailed to Veneer for Doors

Slats of Plant Stand Nailed to Veneer for Doors

Doors of Country Cabinet - attached with strap hinges

Doors of Country Cabinet – attached with strap hinges

The door closures are the hardware used to keep window screens in place.

Country Cabinet in Cobalt Blue

Country Cabinet in Cobalt Blue

Country Cabinet in Cobalt Blue

Country Cabinet in Cobalt Blue

I think it is much more interesting now and can serve many more purposes then just holding plants. It could be a night stand, a side table, an entry table, tv stand, or just storage for any room and it might just be that pop of color the room needs.

Jul 192012
 

Upcycling boring cabinets


Boring Melamine Cabinet

Boring Melamine Cabinet

We’ve all purchased them…those cheap, boring white melamine cabinets. Great for storage but not very pretty. Here is an example of how they can be dressed up with molding, paint and new hardware.

On this piece I even dressed up the doors with bead board and trimmed around it with half round molding.

Upcycled Melamine cabinet

Upcycled Melamine cabinet

This small cabinet actually started out as a cheap, rickety bookshelf. I enclosed it to make it sturdy and added a door made from the bottom half of a louvered bi-fold closet door (I know, more closet doors) I replaced the louvers with tin ceiling tiles and trimmed the top and bottom off with decorative molding.

Small dressed up cabinet

Small dressed up cabinet

In my laundry room I have one wall that is my sewing and craft area. The old kitchen cabinets were salvaged from a house that was being torn down. Very well built cabinets and great storage for all my craft supplies but very boring so I dressed up the doors with a diamond design made from half round molding and added new hardware.  The small shelves between the two cabinets is an old scalloped edge trim board that was over the kitchen sink and cut down to size.   I attached a hollow core bi-fold door to the bottom of  the cabinets and down the side to hide my sewing machine and serger.  The curtain keeps the mess hidden.

Sewing and craft storage area

Sewing and craft storage area

Sewing area

Sewing area