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Striped Table Makeover

January 5, 2014 in Furniture Makeovers


Table Makeover 2

Big Guy needed a side table in his old apartment. The nightstand with custom sunglass organizer was a hit, so I thought I’d press my luck and try redoing another piece for him. Behold – my Striped Table Makeover <cue suspenseful music>.

This won’t be my most dramatic before and after… because well… I can’t find the before. <Sigh>  I swear I had one, but the photo seems to have disappeared.

Picture this -

I’m casually trolling scrolling Craigslist one afternoon and come across a very southwestern/rustic side table.  It has a rusted-finish wire drawer pull and gold accents on the legs. Yup. Gold. I sweet talk Big Guy into swinging by and picking it up… and to our surprise – it’s pretty dang big for a side table!

I removed the wire drawer pull and went shopping for something simple that would match the black/bronze legs. Then I used painters tape to create lines of varying widths across the top, wrapping them down the sides. I gave it a couple coats of stain, allowed to dry a bit and then carefully removed the tape. Voila! Love it! Two coats of water-based Minwax Polycrylic and a new handle. Bam!  Oh… and I used a black paint pen to color over the gold bands on the legs. Sorry… just wasn’t feelin’ it.

Welp – here ya go!

Table Before and After

Striped Stain Table Makeover

I love the idea of creating patterns on wood with stain. What do you think – did this striped table makeover turn out well?  I’m cooking up another project and can’t wait to show you! I think you’ll LURV it just as much as I do!

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Workbench Makeover {aka The Night I Forgot my Lifetime-Movie Education}

November 9, 2012 in Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Gettin' Crafty, Thrifty Thursday

Do you watch Lifetime Movie Network? Odds are, you’re shaking your head yes. That is… if you’re a girl. OR – if you’re a married man. Face it guys… you’ve watched it too.

After logging countless hours of lifetime movies while killing time on the couch or painting rooms, and I like to think I’ve learned some valuable life lessons…

…or have I?

You know me… I love to find my men on Craigslist!

I saw this hunk-a-hunk-a-workbench-love and sent the guy a text. This just might be the workbench makeover I’ve been looking for! He responded with the photos above. Hmmmm For $30, what do I have to lose?

When he told me I couldn’t GPS his address, that should have been a warning to my Lifetime-watching self.

When he told me to follow the gravel road for three miles…

When I arrived after dark at the house and it sat a quarter-mile off the gravel road…

But as I pulled up and saw how flippin’ gorgeous the house was… and then turned my head and was instantly, insanely jealous about the uh-mazing workshop big enough to EASILY fit 8 cars inside…  my worries fell aside.

…and then Steve walked out. Old enough to be my Dad and walked with a bit of a limp. (He later revealed he recently had a wart frozen off his pinkie toe. Yup, Steve was an over-sharer… more examples to follow)

So Steve and I started yappin’. He lit up when I told him I like to tinker with power tools.  LIT. UP!

“You wanna see my pile of junk?”

Gee Steve, I thought you’d never ask. Heck yes!

Next thing I know, Steve’s digging in his shop for a flashlight because he wants to show me the pile on the side of the building. Yup… pitch black over there.

Did I follow Steve into the darkness?

Why yes, yes I did.  I’m sorry Mom. I know I shouldn’t have. But he said “pile of junk” and that’s like telling a 4 year old you have a lifetime supply of candy in your creepy van.

And WOW!  What a great pile of junk!

We got the workbench loaded in the car and as he helped me BUNGEE CORD my back hatch down, he says quite possibly the best thing he said all night.

“Ya know, if you’re gonna go junkin’, you gotta getchurself a truck.”

Wise words, my Steve. Wise words.

Side note – Santa, I could use some bungee cords for Christmas. Apparently those things are infinitely handy!

After not so securely fastening my hatch, Steve-O turns to me and says -

“You wanna come inside and meet my wife and see the house?”

My inner-Lifetime-Movie-watcher should have screamed “STRANGER DANGER” and jumped in my car… but did I?

“Ummmmmmmm Sure!”

Sorry again Mom… I know…. I know better. But the house was SO pretty and I could see a gorgeous kitchen through the windows!

So we head inside, I meet the wifey, and next thing I know, I’m getting a room-by-room tour of their home. Admittedly – I think the wife thought I was crazy… and between us, I probably was.  What the heck was I doing IN THEIR HOME?! Every time I was about to politely leave, I’d see something in another room that would suck me in. Gah. Gorgeous house!

So an hour later, I finally left.  But you should be proud of me…. I consciously made it a point to NOT allow myself to be cornered in a room. Ha! See – I told you I learned something from my Lifetime movies!

…and Steve wants me to call him so I can come back for him to teach me how to weld. Will I call? Probably not. :-(   But MAN I’d love to learn how to weld!

Steve might be right… if I’m gonna go junkin’, I need to getmyselfuh truck.  I laugh every time I see that workbench hanging out the back. It’s like my hatch flew open and my car threw up a workbench!

…and YES – I got that thing out of the car ALL. BY. MYSELF.  A wise man once told me -

“You’re strong like a small pony.”

I think he’s right.

The awesome people at Minwax sent me this can of stain to try out.  Have you heard of CLASSIC GRAY Minwax Stain?  Oh man… It’ll knock your socks off. It’s the perfect greyish grey without any red (rusty) undertones.

I flew home the next night to sand the top of the workbench and put a coat of classic gray Minwax stain on top. This stuff is really easy to work with!  Just brush it on, being careful to keep a wet edge. Then I let it sit for about 15 minutes. After that, I buffed it with an old t-shirt to remove excess stain. All of that happened well after dark… but this is what I saw in the daylight the next morning:

Yup… I’m liking it!  I concocted my own homemade chalk paint like I did on my last Craigslist Beau and gave him two coats of paint on the base.

Without further ado… what do you think?!

Not too shabby for a $30 workbench makeover, eh?!  He cleaned up right nice. I think Steve would be proud. He did build this with his own bare hands after all!  I love the time-worn dings and scuffs on the workbench. So authentic!

…and I think this workbench will be PERFECT for my craft room… paired along side my vintage lockers. Stay tuned… and update on those COMING SOON!

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DIY Drink Stake and Score Keeper

September 27, 2012 in Building and Repurposing, Featured Bloggers, Outside

Earlier this month I guest blogged at Debbie Does Creations and revealed a little DIY creation! Today I thought I’d give you a little more info on how that came together!

As a special wedding gift for my middle-sister and her husband, I thought it’d be fun to make cornhole boards to drag along to their family-friendly Destination Wedding! …and boy was I right! We played beanbags every day while in Florida. Don’t tell the lady that gave her the fine-china crockpot, but she said my hand-made cornholes were the best gift she got (J/K)!

I did a full how-to on the project here. Don’t be intimidated by the power-tools. Trust me! I tackled my first wood project last year and I’ve been full steam ever since! You can totally do it.

I thought it might be fun to whip up a little cornholes accessory for those people like me that like to enjoy a beverage while they play. …and then I remembered those times where we lost track of the score as our beverage count went up. Hmmm, what’s a girl to do? How about make one of these!

My favorite things about this project:

1) I had to open a beer. Well c’mon.. what kind of drink-holder tail-gating photo would it be without my beloved Miller Lite?!

2) It cost me a whopping 25 cents in materials!

Okay, I’m sure you’re scratching your head on that second part, but here it goes –

  • The box/crate was made using leftover pallet wood from a plank wall in my bathroom.
  • The wood stake was in my shed when I bought the house (woop!).
  • The white hook was in my toolbox from Lord-knows-what years ago.
  • I bought the chalk and alphabet rubber stamps when I made my clay-tag calendar.
  • The paint/stain I already owned.
  • …which leaves the chalk board. Yes, my (new) friends, that chalkboard set me back 25 cents on clearance at Target. What a find right!

Did you see my monogrammed koozie? ha! I love that sucker. I’m wild about the color scheme and the giraffe reminds me of my horse, Sylvester… he’s tall and likes to run around with his head held high. Such a silly giraffe!

So you want the scoop on whipping one up?  Sure!  That’s the easy part!

  1. I used my miter saw to cut my pallet wood, then glued and nail-gunned it together.
  2. I then stained the box and stake with Minwax Express in Indigo. Minwax was super AWESOME and sent me some of these stains in some SUPER FUN colors to try! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a project or two with these stains… and a full review! PLUS – There will be a GIVEAWAY FOR YOU coming down the pipeline. Woop!
  3. I added the No. 12 with some leftover paint and my rubber stamps.
  4. After a quick dry (encouraged by my blow-dryer), I hit the edges with my palm sander to rough up the finish.
  5. Once it was good to go, I pre-drilled a hole in the top of my stake and attached the box with a wood screw.

Voila! Instant beer holder!

The hook is just a handy place to hang the scoreboard… which is of course optional!

If you don’t have a nail gun or miter saw, this project could easily be done with a handsaw and good ol’ fashioned hammer and nails! Just be sure to pre-drill your hole into the stake so you don’t split the wood when running a screw into it.

Cheers to all of you cheering on your favorite teams! Here’s hoping we don’t see another Ref Debacle this weekend!

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