Jan 222014
 

I started the new year with some new stencils and couldn’t wait to try them. I had this coffee table and side table that was perfect for the African Plumes Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Coffee Table - Before

Coffee Table – Before

Side Table - Before

Side Table – Before


After a light sanding and some bright white paint it was time for the fun to begin. For the coffee table, I started in the center and worked to the end then turned it for the other half. I used two shades of grey and a touch of black.

Coffee Table - After (top)

Coffee Table – After (top)

Coffee Table - After

Coffee Table – After


Then for the side table, I divided the table top evenly and used one plume and moved it around on my marks and it made this great star design.

Side Table - After (top)

Side Table – After (top)

Side Table - After

Side Table – After


Now on to the next one next week…the Tribal Furniture stencil.

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

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

Dec 052012
 

This old vanity was found on the curb by one of my favorite bloggers, Good One, Den and she passed it on to me to give it a new life. Keeping it a vanity was not an option because the mirror was missing and making it into a desk seemed so expected, so I went with a total change.

Waterfall Vanity

Waterfall Vanity

The top half became a bench or entertainment center and the bottom half is now night stands or end tables.
After cutting off the top section I used a pine board for the bottom and left the center back open for easy access to components if used as an entertainment center.

Vanity Top - Before

Vanity Top – Before

I painted it grey, then went over it with a silver metallic paint and finished it off with a dark wax to give it an aged look. I added these awesome casters and trap door hardware for the drawer pulls to give it even more of an industrial look. This piece would be a great addition to any home, especially a loft style home.

Mid-Century Vanity - After

Mid-Century Vanity – After

Next was the bottom half of the vanity.

Bottom half of Vanity drawers - before

Bottom half of Vanity drawers – before


I used boards from my salvage pile for the tops but they seemed too low so I added these small shelves made from 3/4″ lumber and pine boards.
Bottom Half of Vanity Drawers - with tops

Bottom Half of Vanity Drawers – with tops

To give it some interest I inserted these cut embroidery hoops in the side frames.

Upper tiers for side tables and embroidery hoops

Upper tiers for side tables and embroidery hoops

Upper tiers for side tables with embroidery hoops

Upper tiers for side tables with embroidery hoops



The circles on the drawer fronts are craft items used to make wreaths. The drawer pulls are wood balls also from the craft store. And, as usual, it’s not complete until it’s stenciled…I know I have a stencil addiction.

Two Side Tables - After

Two Side Tables – After

Last was an upcycle project, also found on the curb.

Child's Wardrobe - Before

Child’s Wardrobe – Before


This child’s dresser will be for my next grandchild. We don’t know the sex of the baby yet but since this is my story I’m going to say it’s a girl and call her Ruby. So I think baby Ruby is going to love this solid wood piece painted in red with polka dots stenciled on the inside of the closet door. It will provide her with plenty of storage for many fancy dresses and shoes to match and, of course, one drawer will be for Harley outfits only.
Child's Dresser - After

Child’s Dresser – After

Child's Dresser - After

Child’s Dresser – After



Nov 182012
 

The theme for this weeks projects was simple to special with stencils.
I started with this simple table that I believe was someone’s woodshop class project. I hope this student got an A because it is a job well done, maybe a little boring though.

Side Table - Before

Side Table – Before

I brightened it up with a coat of white paint then stenciled it with this great Moroccan stencil in a nice grass-green color. I think this piece is now special and the hidden drawer is a bonus.

Side Table - After

Side Table – After

Side Table Drawer - After

Side Table Drawer – After


The next project was this little country-style table that was ready for a new look.

Country Side Table - Before

Country Side Table – Before

After a coat of fun paint I used the same stencil in red. It now has a bit of a Bohemian look that’s a little sassy.

Country Side Table - After

Country Side Table – After

The last project was this beautiful antique coffee table that was looking a little tired.

Antique Coffee Table - Before

Antique Coffee Table – Before


I brightened it up with a few coats of white paint then tried out another new stencil that I thought would make this piece very special. I finished it off with some dark wax to bring out all its great lines. Now I think it is revived and ready for a new home.
Antique Coffee Table - After

Antique Coffee Table – After

Nov 022012
 

This weeks upcycling projects were a variety of styles.
First were these two mid century dressers. This is not my favorite style but I do appreciate their great quality.

Tall Mid-Century Dresser - Before

Tall Mid-Century Dresser – Before

Long Mid-Century Dresser - Before

Long Mid-Century Dresser – Before


These are made by Bassett and in very good condition but I thought they would look better with some color. I didn’t go too crazy, just shades of grey. The design on the drawers were done with a stencil and stripes on the large drawer.

Tall Mid-Century Dresser - After

Tall Mid-Century Dresser – After


Long Mid-Century Dresser - After

Long Mid-Century Dresser – After

The next project was rustic. Now this is my style. It was a very dirty and beat up, but sturdy old box that I think was probably used for storage in a wood shop.

Fabio's Heavy Duty Storage Box

Fabio’s Heavy Duty Storage Box


After a good cleaning and sanding I put a black watered down stain on it to bring out all it’s character. Then went over that with a walnut stain and finished it off with varathane. I could have put the casters on the bottom and left it as a box but I thought it would be more useful on it’s side. Now it can be a coffee table, side table, night stand, or a bench.
Rustic Box - After

Rustic Box – After

Then the last project is very traditional. This was a very easy one. I started with this beautiful chair and updated it with some paint and fun fabric on the seat.

Traditional Chair - Before

Traditional Chair – Before

Traditional Chair - After

Traditional Chair – After



Sep 052012
 

Trunks, chests, benches, footlockers, storage boxes…so many names…so many uses. They provide a way to stay organized, but if your not, they help you keep your junk hidden. They make great bench seating, coffee tables, storage chests, toy boxes, etc. I love these, not only for the great concealed storage they provide, but because they can easily be dressed up to suit any decor with very little DIY skills.

Here are a few of the ones that I have upcycled and repurposed:

This coffee table was made from one of my Dad’s military footlockers. It has a lot of added character because, like all of his footlockers, they were very used and abused over the years. To raise it up to coffee table height I added the legs to the bottom cut from pine board. Then dressed it up with paint and a simple diamond design. Like most of my furniture, it is in need of an updated painted color…I’ll get to it eventually.

Coffee Table made from Footlocker

Coffee Table made from Footlocker

To make this entertainment center, I removed the damaged lids from two footlockers, then turned and stacked them. I added a shelf to the top footlocker, for the components and cut enough of the back out for the cords. The doors on the bottom were made from reclaimed cedar fence pickets. The top has recently been expanded, using hard wood flooring scraps and brackets to accommodate a new and bigger TV…Men! When it comes to their TV’s, size does matter.

Entertainment Center Repurposed from Footlockers

Entertainment Center Repurposed from Footlockers

This trunk belonged to my Mom and was also very well used for many years. The top suffered a lot of damage, so I covered it with burlap and made a diamond design with twine. I also lined the inside with wallpaper. It works as a coffee table in the man-room but it’s also a great storage space for the murphy bed linens.

Old Storage Trunk

Old Storage Trunk

Old Storage Trunk - Inside

Old Storage Trunk – Inside


This moroccan style trunk was built from plywood shelving boards. I dressed it up by adding lattice boards and decorative tacks in the centers. I think what really makes it special is the big, rusty hardware. And you gotta love the big lock and key! (All ordered from Restoration Hardware).

Moroccan Trunk

Moroccan Trunk

My most recent upcycled footlocker was featured in my guest blog from a few weeks back.

Navajo Bench

Navajo Bench

These are just the ones that I have done so far, but there are more buried in my shed waiting to be upcycled and repurposed…I will get to them eventually.