Jan 24, 2015

Old Windows & Aquarium Stand = Awesome Buffet

Last week I picked up an old aquarium stand at a thrift shop. It was made of wood so I grabbed it.
In this picture above I had already given it the first coat of paint but the whole thing was that dark brown color you see inside.  Since the stand was a little boxy and not too heavy I decided to make some feet to add character and height.
I cut a 2x4 into 4 squares.
Then set the miter saw at a 10 degree angle and chopped one edge of each square of wood. I also cut 4) 1x6's to screw the 2x4 pieces into. It creates more dimension when stacked and, best of all, it makes attaching the feet to the bottom of the table much easier.
After making pilot holes where the screws were going to go I used 1 5/8 inch screws to attach the two pieces together prior to applying them to the bottom of the stand.
Simple feet that can go on just about any piece of furniture,
It's really important to pre-drill the screw holes so the wood doesn't split.
Paint them and you'd never know they weren't original.

I spray painted the inside black with Rustoleum 2X cover paint.
I found a couple of windows to fill in the two openings at the back. I just had to cut the wood frames down a little bit so they would fit.
On the opposite side, which was probably the front, it has working doors that open. I put a 1x8 inside for a shelf with corner brackets. The top is just 3) 1x's cut to size and stained in Minwax Ebony. The whole thing is sealed in polycrylic.
There it is....
I was going to take it to the shop to sell but maybe I will hang on to it for a while. It looks great against our black wall (link). I could use it as a curio cabinet for fragile things or maybe a china cabinet? White dishes would look nice in there.
The feet make a huge difference in giving the piece more unique style.
I like furniture that is painted but still shows real stained wood on the top. That was a fun project for me to do. Thanks for viewing it. I hope you find inspiration to create something of your own. 

Happy weekend!!!

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Jan 22, 2015

Upcycle a Baby Crib

Do you have a baby crib hanging around from the days of "no sleep"? Well, we had two! For some reason I couldn't get rid of one of them - maybe I was holding onto it for sentimental reasons even though neither of our kids really used them much. (we were those parents that slept with their babies)
Our home has very little storage so the pieces to our baby bed were sitting outside waiting for me to do something with them. The great thing is that this "weathered look" is real.
After detaching the legs from this side piece then cutting it down to a size that worked I rounded up some old hardware and randomly placed them on the crib.
Having a place to clip cards or homework on and also hang keys or scissors from is really handy.
This would be a good thing to hang inside a pantry or mudroom. I could hang aprons from the hooks and recipes or lunch money for the kids on the clips.

I always get ambitious toward organizing in January...too bad it doesn't last all year.

Thanks for viewing my upcycled project!

Happy Day to y'all (or should I say all y'all??? - sounds like living in the South is rubbing off on me )

Jan 19, 2015

Concrete Top Dresser

At the shop where I rent space to sell my stuff, another vendor had brought in this cute piece of furniture that came with a tri-fold mirror. I wanted the mirror and the price for the set was great.
The mirror went straight up to my bedroom but I wanted to change the top of this dresser. It was painted with a textured paint on just the top, not the edges.

After sanding the top down I realized why the texture paint was used.  It was MDF board that had either warped or expanded so the top was uneven. Covering it with textured paint was a clever idea but I wanted to try something new.
To prepare for the following steps I sanded then scored the top with a razor blade.
I mixed up some cement patch according to the instructions on the bucket. Just add water.
After covering the surface in a thin (but thick enough so it wasn't sheer) layer of cement I wiggled this little spackle tool back and forth to get any bubbles out of the cement. It took a little while for me to get it rather smooth - it wasn't perfectly smooth but that was fine with me.
It looked like the above picture.
I should have worn gloves for this step but I was worried the stuff was going to dry too fast so I didn't stop until it was ready to set up. (Why do I bother with a manicure?) I found that using my fingers along where the concrete meets the wood edge was the easiest way to sort of round off the corners. Then once I liked the way the edges blended smooth I used a wet cloth to wipe away any grit from the decorative wood edge.
I let it dry over night. The instructions say it takes 4 hours to harden.
The next morning I used a 220 grit piece of sand paper to scuff off the rough parts - I pressed too hard in a couple of areas and the cement chipped away but I liked it. I swept and vacuumed off the surface before sealing the top with water based concrete floor sealer from Home Depot. Several coats of it....like 6. It dried quickly so I was able to do this in one day.
Check out the before and after! Do you love it like I do?

During the process of the top being done I ended up roughing up the painted areas too. I wanted this to be a really unique piece of furniture with heavy distressing.
The body was sanded then glazed with ebony stain to create dramatic contrast with the areas where the wood peeks through..
I like the feminine legs and garden decal (maybe a transfer?) mixed with the rough and industrial finishes.
I was super excited to share this project with you. Cement is pretty fun to work with.
I will have to show you the tri-fold mirror in another post (once I make my bed.and clean up the laundry on the floor =/ ).

Thanks for hanging in there to the end of this post -  ;) 
Have a great week!
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Jan 15, 2015

Down to Earth Accents - retail space.

Today I remembered to take my camera to the shop where I sell my creations and re-purposed furniture so I could share some pictures of my new space with you.  I love decorating a retail spot because it doesn't have to really function and over decorating is acceptable. :)

Jan 13, 2015

Up-cycle 80's Style Scalloped Wood

Do you go to yard sales, Goodwill stores or flea markets? If so, you probably see old fashioned shelving or boxes with scalloped edges or even heart cut outs on the trim.

Jan 10, 2015

Make a Wood Table Runner

You have seen wooden table runners, right? I love the rustic look of them and how narrow they can be. One of the best features is that the display on top of it can be removed all at once instead of one by one if you like to display more than one item in the middle of your table.

Jan 6, 2015

Down to Earth Style 2014 Favorites

Happy New Year!
I am sure glad 2014 is over! Not to be negative or anything but some years are better than others. Right?

Dec 30, 2014

Old Tray ~ New Chalkboard

Once in a while I like to stop by our Goodwill store. It's always so busy in there. Yesterday I found this old tray.

Dec 28, 2014

Make a Branch Star

One afternoon this winter I brought home some small branches from my walk with Mazi...

Dec 27, 2014

A Shutter Headboard

When my parents came to stay with us for Thanksgiving I needed to put a guest bedroom together pronto!

Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Card Display

This year I was able to get a family Christmas card together and sent out to all our family and friends. I am always so touched by the Christmas cards we receive. I enjoy seeing updated photos of our friends.

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