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

Aug 142013
 

What I like about this vanity is the clean lines and sturdy construction. What I didn’t like was the knee knocker drawer, no mirror and that it sat too low.

Vanity - Before

Vanity – Before

To raise it up I added 1 x 3′s to the base. Then to fix the drawer I removed it from the sides, cut it in half and put it back in flush with the top of the base pieces. This made it more comfortable to sit at. Then I used oak plywood to give the top a seamless finish. Now for the mirror, I didn’t have a definite plan, I just started putting pieces together. I found this old framed mirror in my stash and thought the style was a good match for this vanity. It wasn’t quite wide enough though, so I added these old shutters on each side of the frame, backed with scraps of the oak plywood. For a little flair I added these two wood salvaged pieces on each end.
To finish it off I painted it a light blue color then taped off the design and painted it light grey. The small wood applique in the centers are painted with the same dark grey color as the top.

Vanity - After

Vanity – After

Apr 242013
 

I went with totally terrific teal for these projects.
I started with this beautiful little vanity.

Vanity - Before

Vanity – Before

It’s full of fun storage for all those girly must haves and I love those gorgeous legs. Brighening up the color was a must and then I lined the many drawers with fun and colorful paper.

Vanity - After (1 of 2)

Vanity – After (1 of 2)

Vanity - After (2 of 2)

Vanity – After (2 of 2)


Next was this small dresser, nice size, good condition but very tired and boring.

Small Dresser - Before

Small Dresser – Before

To make it special I added more of the terrific teal paint and a pretty stencil in white.

Small Dresser - After

Small Dresser – After

Then this night stand, a curb side find, that was the same style as the dresser so I thought I would paint it to match.

Nightstand - Before

Nightstand – Before

Nightstand - After

Nightstand – After

Oct 122012
 

This antique vanity was purchased at a yard sale this summer. It’s not only beautiful, it is very well constructed, solid wood. However, there was quite a bit of damage to the outer edges of the mirror. I didn’t think it would work well as a modern day vanity because it is so short, but I couldn’t let it go to waste so I had to come up with a way to repurpose it. After a lot of thought, and scrapped design ideas, I decided it would start its new life as a one-of-a-kind display cabinet.

Short antique vanity with mirror

Short antique vanity with mirror

It was important to me to reuse as many of the original pieces as I could, so I started out by taking the mirror frame and cutting it in half. I then took those halves and backed them with 1/4″ plywood veneer.

Antique Mirror Frame

Antique Mirror Frame

Antique Mirror Frame - attached to plywood

Antique Mirror Frame – attached to plywood


I used these 4 salvaged kitchen cabinet doors to build the cabinet. The sides were made from 2 of the doors and the top and bottom is scrap 3/4″ plywood. I cut the center out of the other 2 doors, inserted glass, and used them for the doors on the cabinet.

Doors for Cabinet

Doors for Cabinet

Cabinet

Cabinet


The next step was to attach the two halves of the mirror frame to the back of the cabinet. These corner shelves were in my salvage pile, and they worked great for this project. The brackets added to the bottom were cut from the outside of the mirror frame.

Cabinet attached to Mirror Frame

Cabinet attached to Mirror Frame

Display Cabinet with corner shelves added

Display Cabinet with corner shelves added


I took the decorative piece out of the center of the vanity and dropped it down after adding a shelf to the middle. I think this gives it more of a base cabinet look.

Lower Part of Vanity - Shelf added to center

Lower Part of Vanity – Shelf added to center

Antique Vanity - with shelf added to center

Antique Vanity – with shelf added to center


The arch in the inside back of the cabinet was designed to cover the extreme damage to the top of the mirror once it was installed. I made an enclosure for the mirror to sit in, then attached it to the back of the cabinet with silicone adhesive and mirror clips at the top. I also added supports to the back by using ripped down 2 x 4′s.

Vanity and Mirror Back

Vanity and Mirror Back

My original plan was to paint the entire vanity and added hutch, but after sanding the top and seeing the beautiful wood, I couldn’t bring myself to paint over it. So I simply varathaned it and let its natural beauty shine. The paint color was actually Buddy’s choice, and I think he did very well. This was my idea to make this old beauty more useful for modern households. What do you think, beautiful or quirky?

Antique Vanity Repurposed into Display Cabinet

Antique Vanity Repurposed into Display Cabinet

Picture this in your entry way as a place to display your family photos and collectibles. Or in your dining room to hold your favorite dishes and possible wine storage on the lower shelf. It would even make a great home bar in the family room.

Jul 202012
 

My daughter Cassie (a.k.a. partner-in-crime) and I look forward to our treasure hunting every friday. We are so lucky to live in an area that has such fantastic local sales. We never come home empty handed.

We began today slightly bummed because of the weather, but we suited up in our rain gear, and after stopping at our favorite coffee stand we were ready to shop. The only sale we found that actually braved the weather was an annual sale on pioneer that has been running for 35 years by a group of great old guys. They immediatly asked if we were crazy to be out yard saling in the thunder and lightning. We said “definitely yes” and they let us look under their tarps anyway. We were not optimistic as we scanned the many tables of fishing supplies, gun ammo, and rusted tools but suddenly we found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Under a tarp, at the edge of the sale, were these two beautiful ladies.

Antique vanity with mirror

Antique vanity with mirror

Short antique vanity with mirror

Short antique vanity with mirror

The vanities were awesome, but the icing on the cake were the gorgeous, unique detailed mirrors that went with them.

And these wonderful little shelves had to come home with us too, because they were only a $1, and they fit in the car with the two vanities. These are going to be such fun pieces to upcycle.

Cute little shelves

Cute little shelves

Tune in every friday for more treasure hunting finds!