I took off the top and sanded it down until it was the color I wanted....showing some bare wood in spots with stain on other spots. I had to sand down the back to be smooth...so it wouldn't damage the surface it was placed on. I added 2 kitchen drawer pulls for "holders". Perfect large solid wood tray!
Then I took the remaining 2 sides of the original table and constructed a longer table. This will be used at the end of our bed to hold a quilt. I routed a piece of pine then finished it with a dark stain and some poly. I added a piece of 1 by 2 for stability and stained that as well. This would also be perfect for a tight space behind a sofa! Not bad---out of a $5 table!!
Now our dining room has that elegant farmhouse feel - and it cost us next to nothing!
If you spend any time at yard sales or thrift stores, you find that there are a plethora of obsolete entertainment centers (made for the old-style televisions) out there…and no one wants them. Well, maybe no one except me! An entertainment armoire…. hmmmm…. what if it housed a different kind of entertainment?
I “upcycled” this armoire to house a sewing machine, or perhaps a computer! (Two of my favorite kinds of entertainment.)
Here is a summary of the changes that were made:
- An interior shelving unit was built with a pull-out shelf, a power strip, and an under-cabinet work light. (It was painted GREEN for a fun pop of color!)
- New sides and a back were built to make the top drawer functional; it used to have plastic dividers to hold VHS tapes. (Now it can hold project materials!) The drawers were lined with a pretty botanical print.
- The inside of the cabinet doors are now chalkboards for making notes or sketching ideas. (One will be a magnet board, but the sheet metal was slow in coming.)
- Beadboard now covers the mirror that was at the back of the upper display area, as well as the back of the armoire.
- The brassy gold on the leaded glass panels was transformed to a dark pewter.
- New bin pulls and cabinet knobs replaced the dated brass hardware.
- Last but certainly not least, it received a major cosmetic makeover! The armoire was painted creamy white and glazed to give it an antique feel. The beautiful moldings at the base and crown were re-stained in a rich walnut for contrast.
Oh, and how can you sew (or blog) without a chair? I painted a curb-found chair first in green, and then in creamy white, which was sanded down to show the layers of color. The seat is painted with a vintage French ad for corsets…I couldn’t resist it!
I was browsing in my local thrift store when this buffet caught my eye. I was looking at it when some ladies had the audacity to walk up and start talking about how pretty it was and how they loved the stain and the "pretty" scallops. Right away I knew it had to come home with me.
For my upcycled project I put together an outdoor reading nook for my kids. There's nothing better than curling up with a good book while taking in the last few warm weather days of the year!
I wanted to give them an inspiring little nook where they could let their imaginations run wild and get their mandatory homework reading done! Anything that encourages kids to go outside and play is a good idea in my book! It also doesn't hurt that this little nook has turned out to be the cutest photo backdrop for some fun, Fall pictures too!
After screwing the pallets together, I used a sanding block to ward off any splinter issues. I then stained it with some leftover deck stain and purchased two large cushions to create a nice little daybed. To bring in a little more Fall fun I made a luminary garland and a lantern by using a nail to poke holes and then spray-painting some cans. To keep this totally kid-friendly, I'm using battery operated flicker candles to light this up at night.
I honestly can't decide which part I like best between the daybed and the luminaries/lantern. One thing is for certain, the kids love this whole set-up! The fact that is was all upcycled is also a really cool lesson in recycling for them as well!
Project #7: Entertainment Center to Classic Play Kitchen
I found this entertainment center sitting out on the curb next to my in-laws house with a sign that said "Free."
My husband thought I was crazy for wanting to bring it home--it took a bit of convincing and became my upcycle project this week!
With kids that are hard on toys I have been looking for a play kitchen that would stand up to hard play. This
entertainment center is solid oak, not too fun to carry into the garage and house-but a solid piece of furniture-
but the perfect piece for a kitchen
I used white high gloss paint that we had left over from painting trim in our house. Each knob and hinge has been spray painted bright glossy cherry red. I took out the glass and cut some thin wood and painted it with chalkboard paint.
The sink is a bowl from Savers. My father-on-law used his band saw for me and cut out the faucet-the faucet itself and the hot and cold handles turn for real play. Just on the side of the chalkboard doors is an upside down handle for holding chalk and an eraser.
My favorite part of the kitchen is inside the cupboards...
To add some flare I mod-podged fabric all around, and on the back of the chalkboard panels. Now mother hubbard will need to fill these cupboards.
Project #8: Sad Old Entertainment Center to Crazy Amazing Play Kitchen!!
I am currently building a DeLorean, because I want go back in time to play in this kitchen as a little girl!!
It turned out amazing! All of it was stuff we had or created!
Not only did I upcycle the entertainment center, the knobs are made from baby jar lids with tile spacers hot glued on! The pendant flags are made from paint swatches from Lowe's and the sink is a pie pan!!
It's amazing when you can make something useful and new to save it from the landfill!
reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, upcycle!!!
Let me introduce you to my family of pillows. They are all made from 10 pieces of clothing that I purchased from the thrift store. From left to right are:
- The baby boy of the family is wearing ruffles made out of a men’s dress shirt.
- Grandma who has on a beautiful embroidered floral fabric made out of a skirt.
- Grandpa who is a handyman who wears jeans to work everyday.
- The other Grandma in our family who has a green thumb and is made out of a green sweater.
- Mom who is dressed in a blazer with a stunning necklace.
- Next to him is the sister in the family wearing an adorable polka dot shirt with a fun blooming removable belt!
- Behind sister is Dad who is sporting a blue dress shirt and tie
- Auntie is wearing a mustard yellow women’s button up shirt and embellished with rosettes made from a men’s dress shirt
- In front of mom and auntie are the rough and tumble brothers sporting green and brown gingham shirts with appliqued mustaches.