Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dumpster Diving for GOLD!

What's a girl to do when she finds out Chippendale Chairs are going into the trash because the seats are ugly, stained, ruined? 

Well, she RUNS, of course to that dumpster and pulls them out!

Are you kidding me?
Why on earth would anyone throw two of these chairs (solid mahogany) into the trash?
I'm guessing the stained pink shell motif on the seat covers is why....  More on these later...
First this....
This was pulled out of same said dumpster.
Just because of a missing seat?  That's an easy fix, but first....some gray chalk paint.
I then used a black antique glaze to make those great details pop and created a seat out of plywood which was easy to cover.

Beautiful, isn't it?


Here's the AFTER picture of the other two chairs.  Painted white and then glazed brown.  The reupholstering took a bit longer on these, but well worth it!
Not too shabby for a dumpster dive.
What do you think? 

DIY Kitchen Islands

My daughter just moved into a home built in 1905 which is really lacking in counter space. 
She and her husband are going to be making a DIY island/counter area and they are so creative that I can't wait to see what they come up with.
In the meantime, I'm drooling over some of these pictures I found on Pinterest.

I really love the look of this one.
This is a dresser with a butcher block top added. 
That color is fantastic!

Here's a quick and easy upcycle of an old sofa table!

I love this cute little repurposed dresser. 
Very clever to add the hooks and paper towel holder to the side!

Here's another converted dresser. 
This is a great project idea for a dresser with broken drawers.
and finally....

I really love the look of this and the clean lines....
What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vintage Tallboy Makeover - Before and After

Found this vintage tallboy dresser a couple of weeks back in perfect working order - with dovetail drawers!
I painted it a teal color with a homemade chalk paint mixture. 

Then I wiped the entire surface area with Minwax stain.
  I let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping it off with a wet towel. 

Even though the stain was a good enough seal for the chalk paint, I went ahead and sprayed the entire piece with Varathane for added protection against scratches.

I love how it turned out gray-blue.
What do you think?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GIVEAWAY!! Free Chalkboard - Like My Facebook Page!

Once I get 500 likes on my Facebook Book page, I will be giving away a CHALKBOARD in the frame color of your choice - shipped to you!  Please share the page with your friends and encourage them to LIKE it, as well.
I have some great Upcycled and ReStyled Furniture and home d├ęcor projects that I'm going to be sharing soon.