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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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Stool Makeover

November 25, 2011 in Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Gettin' Crafty

A couple weeks back I posted this photo of a stool I brought home from my Mom’s garage:

It’s been hanging out in the garage for YEARS. In fact, it still had the moving company sticker from our move from Pennsylvania to Missouri…. circa 2002. Hard to say where it came from,  but I’m so glad it found me!

Here’s a rundown on how I tackled this stool and (if you don’t want the nitty gritty) photos of the finished product!

  1. Removed the seat and seat back and sanded them down.
  2. Applied a coat of Minwax Special Walnut. There’s not rhyme to my reason for picking this stain. Just had a quart on hand and went for it. Truthfully, it was the only one in my shed at the time and I was too lazy to go down to the basement to grab a different shade.
  3. Let the stain sit for 10-15ish and wiped.
  4. After letting it dry, I couldn’t help but notice the seat back had a deeper, more red tint than the seat. Hmmm How to fix?

Yup!  MUCH better!  I gave the seat a coat of Minwax English Chestnut… which I also happened to have on hand. LOVE when I have everything I need oh-hand for a redo!

I couldn’t help but want to personalize this stool a bit. I decided to add a simply letter D in a type-writer font.

  1. I printed out a letter D on cardstock and cut a home-made stencil with an exacto knife. Using painters-tape doughnuts, I held the cardstock snugly onto the seat.
  2. I don’t own a stencil brush so I used a cheap-o foam brush (like the kind I stain with) and dabbed the acrylic paint on.  It was a home-made mix of slate grey, a little black, and then a lighter grey (when I accidentally made it too dark).
  3. Woop! It’s on!  I wanted it to look a bit more worn though…
  4. So I took a foam sanding block to it. The only downside was it took off a little of the stain along the edges of the letter too. No worries!
  5. (Not Pictured)  I took the seat back outside and gave it one more coat of Minwax Special Walnut over the entire seat top. Problem solved!

After the whole thing dried, I brought it back inside and gave it two thin coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I’m seriously in love with this stuff. After you buff it, the finish has the perfect luster and squeaky smooth finish.

This next photo of the back of the stool most accurately depicts the color of the finish. I’m seriously loving it.

The best part… it’s the perfect height for when I want to pull up a seat to the Craigslist Island while working on something crafty! No more standing and watching TV while painting and what-not. Woop!

I promised Christy I’d try to finish up the banquette this weekend. She’s itching for an update and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!  PLUS – My Mom is going to come for a few days on Monday and she’s bringing her TILE SAW. Oh yes…… there’s a good chance I’ll be sharing some bathroom updates in the coming weeks. That lady is seriously talented and I can’t wait to tap into her free labor creative genius.  :-)   Love you Mom!

Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to share it with good friends, lots of laughs, and a stinkin’ cute baby. I still find myself today walking around bouncing… apparently my body hasn’t realized I’m no longer holding said baby.

Have a great weekend! …and happy Christmas decorating!

Linking up at these fabulous parties! Special thanks to Home Stories A2Z for hosting!

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