Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My DIY Side Table Makeover

So folks, I got in a hurry and forgot to take a before picture of this makeover.  I hope with some of the pictures, you can appreciate how much work was involved.  Admittedly, this is NOT my favorite way to makeover furniture.  Lots of work, lots of waiting for the finished product.

I started with sanding.  I had just gotten my new sander for Christmas from my honey; so I was pretty excited about getting started.  The top of the table was a shiny/glossy veneer; but it was glued down really well; so I didn't have to make any repairs.  The legs were very wobbly and upon inspection I saw it was missing two screws which made the legs insecure.  After taking the table apart (I seem to like taking thing apart lol).... I sanded the top using 120 grit and 220 grit sandpaper.  I later learned I probably should have started with something a little rougher.  I sanded the legs.  The sanding alone took a couple of weekends with the winter weather blasts that we've had this year.  

Then came the priming.  Honey picked up a can of Zinnser's Cover Stain for me and I tried mixing it with Penetrol as seen on another blog.  I guess I didn't shake and stir the cover stain very well because the first coat came out really thin.

Maybe you can tell from these pictures just how dark the original wood was.
Legs 1st Coat of Primer

Top 1st Coat of Primer

After two coats of primer, I had to wait a couple of weeks for the weather to warm up.  Since this was an oil based product with relatively high VOC's I had to work in a well ventilated area (i.e. my garage).

Legs 2nd Coat of Primer

Top 2nd Coat of Primer

A week or so later I started with the first coat of Rustoleum Oil Based paint in Almond.   I painted the bottom and sides; leaving the top for later.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of this step.  I thought I wanted a pin striped detail along the sides.  

After I took the painters tape off; I didn't like the look at all.  So, I had to paint over it.  And of course, had to wait another day for that.

Finally getting closer to being finished; a big winter blast hit but luckily by the weekend it warmed up.  Tis the life in Texas.   One more coat of paint all over and its time to get put back together.  New washers and screws made it much more stable than before.

And..... VOILA!

It has smooth shiny legs and a textured top.  I'm pleased with the results.  It has maintained its classic look yet refreshed and modern at the same time.

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Have a wonderfully blessed day,

Monday, January 27, 2014

Upcycled Chair Back to Jewelry Organizer/Display

Some may think I'm totally insane for having purchased this piece of junk from a unique store called "Junkology".  But I had a vision for this interesting vintage piece of chair back.  So I took apart this piece of "junk"; removed a couple of old rusty nails and the wood piece sticking out.  Then I took my Gorilla Wood glue and glued the pieces back together.

Unfortunately, my clamps were to short; so I had to improvise by using a box of tile to keep the pieces weighted down in order to dry.  (You can see a stained glass window behind it - future project.)

After the glue dried I sanded it very lightly.  I liked the unique rustic look to the wood.  Then I sprayed it all over with 2 coats of Rustoleum's Clear Matte Enamel Spray.  Once the enamel had sufficient time to dry, I used my handy dandy drill to drill holes approximately 2" apart.

The drill holes were for screw hooks where the user can hang their jewelry.  I think it turned out great. And... I call it a Rustic Chippy Jewelry Organizer.  But it could be used for something other than jewelry.  I also used 2 saw-tooth picture hangers on the back for easy hanging.

Does it still look like "junk" to you, or a unique and functional hanging organizer?
I wish I had taken a picture with jewelry on it; but perhaps that is for another day.

Available for sale:  $40.00 + tax and delivery if applicable.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Garage Sale Preview Score

It often makes a lot of sense to befriend people at garage sales.  I lucked out when I met a couple about a months ago.  I gave them my phone number and yesterday they (or she) called me up to invite me to come by to preview their sale.  They buy storage units at auctions and have sales about once a month to earn extra money.  So... I hurried on over after work and picked out a few small items that will be great makeovers for my virtual store. There is a small shelf at the back; a country heart shelf (hanging) to the back right; a clock laying flat (hard to see); a little "somethin' or other" (lol); and a  jewelry type box.  I paid $16 for the lot (that was all the cash I had). My advice to those looking for special treasures; always be friendly, don't over negotiate, and always have cash handy.

Most if not all of these items will be available for sale at some point in the future on my FB page; or when I have enough for my Etsy store.

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Wishing all a wonderful and safe weekend.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Country Chic Magazine Rack and Farmhouse Paint

I am happy to share this makeover post with you today.  I came upon this circa 70's magazine rack at the local New 2 U Resale store benefiting the Meals on Wheels program of Comal County.  You can read about that thrift trip here.

Its a cute little magazine rack; but was a bit wobbly and dirty; so minor repair was needed.  I proceeded to take it apart piece by piece.  It wasn't difficult at all.  So after giving it a good wipe down with a damp cloth; I allowed it sufficient time to dry.

Now comes the part I am most excited about.  I received a complimentary sample of Farmhouse Paint to try.  This is the very first complimentary product I have ever received.  It is relatively new to the market; so I consider it a privilege to try it and blog about it.  First of all, I'd like to say this paint is wonderful.  The manufacturers promote it as:  "No Prep Work Needed"; "No Wax or Topcoat Needed"; "Ultimate Adhesion * Easy to Apply * Water Clean Up".  I can honestly say this is the easiest painting method I have personally tried to date.  After working with primer, oil based paint, homemade chalky paint, latex paint and wax; this came in 1st place in my book.  And... I love the color!

There are several colors available; and I'm looking forward to my next larger project in the coming weeks. As you can see in the after picture.... I did not distress this piece at all.  It did require new washers and screws to eliminate the wobbliness.  My honey, and the great folks at Home Depot gave me a good education in that area; so a shout out to TJ and my local Home Depot (New Braunfels, TX).  I would also like to thank the folks at Farmhouse Paint for allowing me the opportunity to try their product.

Disclosure:  I received this complimentary sample of Farmhouse Paint.  The opinions in this post are 100% my own.  I have not received compensation for my opinion.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Vintage Frame/Needlepoint with New Matting

Hello, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I'm very excited to share this Vintage Frame(d)/Needlepoint that I refreshed over the holidays.  I picked up a box of frames/art at a thrift store before the holidays that was moving due to losing their lease.  This is one of 3 lovely needlepoint items in the box.  I spent a little time and money making it more presentable and love the result.  I changed frames and purchased an acid free mat that would protect the needlepoint from any further damage.  Check out the before picture below.  It was taped up into a 12"x12" frame before; and I placed it in a larger frame. 

The tape left debris that would not come off after soaking in oxidized cleaner; so the best alternative was to place a mat around it.  I hope you like the results as much as I do.