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



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.