Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yardstick Buffet: Guest Post {Corner House}

TODAY is the last day to link up YOUR Round 2: Upcycled projects. In fact, you only have about 14 hours left. Remember that prizes will be given to the top 3 viewed links. GO HERE to enter yours. Linky party open until today @ 6 pm MST.

Next, thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Swap a Smile auction. At the start of today, we had raised enough for 4 1/2 smiles. Our goal was 5, and I really hope we made it. Thanks to you guys, SEW DANG CUTE CRAFTS was able to raise $101. THANK YOU!

Here are the winners:

Blush FQ #1: Andi @ Jane of All Crafts

Blush FQ #2: Crafts for Fun

Make Life FQ #1: Myfriendscallmesuzy

Make Life FQ #2: Robyn

Will each of you shoot me an email with your mailing address (

Alrighty, now that we’ve covered the business for the day, let’s give it up for our 3rd place finisher from Round 2. The Yardstick Buffet by Laura{Corner House}.

I love the creativity of this project. Totally original and fun, plus I’m way crushing on that blue paint!!!

Take it away Laura!

Hi, this is Laura from Corner House.  I am so excited to be sharing this tutorial with all of you today.

The buffet was really a lot of fun to create.  Let's get right to the tutorial, shall we?

First you are going to need to get your hands on A LOT of yardsticks.  You will find the best priced and coolest yardsticks at antique-type stores.  Call around and see what you can find, they should be between $1 and $3 depending on size and how old they are.  You can also find yardsticks at teacher supply stores, Office Depot type stores, craft and fabric stores, Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot.  I am going to warn you that craft and hobby stores charge like $5 to $7 for their yardsticks.  I didn't buy any yardsticks that were more that $4.99.

Alright...  I think we have fully covered getting the yardsticks.

On to the buffet.

I picked this pretty piece up at DI (Utah’s Goodwill) for $30.  It is a SOLID piece.  I started by removing the pulls and then using the good old “hitting the end of a flat head screw driver with a hammer trick” to remove the scalloped trim. Already it looked SO much better.

I painted the whole thing with about 3 coats of blue paint (with the exception of the doors, they got one coat).    I recently realized I have been using a surprising number of Martha Stewart products lately.  I kinda feel like Martha and I have gotten pretty close the last few months.  I am not sure if it is because her stuff is just always good stuff, or if it is because there is just so much of it out there that I can't help but buy her products.  Anyway, the paint is Martha Stewart Plumage.  While painting and sanding and painting and sanding and painting again I decided to leave the legs and bottom of the buffet with the wood stain it already had.  Once it was painted I used my FAVORITE glaze to give it a warn look.  BTW it is Martha Stewart Black Coffee Glaze and it is so pretty.


While my paint was drying I cut my yardsticks to fit horizontally on the drawers and vertically on the doors.  To attach the yardsticks I first used liquid nails in a caulk gun and then I nailed down the ends of any sticks that weren't laying right.


Once all the sticks were on and the liquid nails was dry, I used restoration oil and a clean (lint free) cloth to stain the yardsticks.  The older sticks went really dark and the newer ones barely changed color at all.  This gave the front a really nice stripey look.  Although you don't know for sure what color the wood will turn when you use the oil, try to think about the end result and stagger the old sticks and the new ones.

Okay, we are really close to being done.

That is a pretty picture huh.  Anyway I did have to re-drill the holes for the pulls and since I made it thicker with the sticks on the front I had to drill the back a little wider so the screw could go all the way through.  And that is it. 

Oh, by the way the pulls are also Martha Stewart pulls from Home Depot.  See what I mean... I just can't escape her.  It is like she is reading my mind.



I think you and Martha are kindred spirits.

And can I just say that I L.O.V.E. the ampersand? It is the PERFECT touch for that buffet.

Thanks so much Laura!

Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in Round 3!!


  1. I really love this! Thanks for sharing your process.

  2. Visiting you from Apartment Therapy. This is one awesome piece! I have been wanting to do this same application to a sewing table but haven't been lucky enough to find the vintage yardsticks at a reasonable price. However, after seeing this you inspired me to be more vigilant in my search. Thanks so much for the "how to " info.

  3. also linked here from AT. Great piece! Totally in love.


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