Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids BLACK + DECKER

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I finally did it! Inspired by BLACK + DECKER’s “Your Big Finish” initiative, I completed a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. A few months ago, I found a little bench while thrift store shopping. It was only $9.99 and it even had a little drawer for storage. I bought it, took it home, and unloaded it into the garage.  Months later, which is highly unlike me, it has been sitting there collecting dust. Thanks to this initiative I did this upcycled thrift store bench for kids to complete a reading nook for my daughter!

Here is the little bench BEFORE. Cute, right? I’m unsure if there used to be another part to it or not.

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There is even a little drawer for toy or book storage.

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Materials:

  • Awesome thrift store find!
  • Sander
  • Patch and Primer
  • Putty Knife
  • High Density Foam
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Clean Clothes

There were a lot of scratches, so I used an electric sander to sand down as much as I could. As you can see, there were also a lot of dents and blemishes. 

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I filled it with a primer plus patch. When doing this, I find it easiest to overfill it and then once it is dry, sand over it to make it smooth.

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I cleaned and dusted off all the debris and then spray painted the bench and drawer with a glossy finish.

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I also cut some high density foam to size and then covered it with a colorful fabric to make a little seat cushion. I couldn’t decide on what color of fabric. I think that’s why it took me so long to do this project. So, I asked my Facebook friends and I listened to what they had to say! I mean come on, you need to be comfy while reading!

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It turned out so cute, and now my daughter’s reading nook in her bedroom is complete!

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Here are a couple more photos!

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DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do

I love thrift shopping and garage sale hunting.  When I take a piece of furniture home, I honestly just figure it out as I go.  I find that most of these makeovers I do are pretty easy and be completed in a few hours or less. I thought I’d put together some of my favorites to date; some DIY Furniture Makeovers Anyone Can Do!

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser DIY

This dresser is probably my favorite so far.  In fact it is featured in the new FREE Krylon ebook, Make it Yours: How To Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More with Krylon Spray Paint! You can download it free here! Oh! And did I mention it’s on the cover???

Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

I found this ottoman for $5.00 and ended up making it over twice!

Upcycled Step Stools

I upcycled these old stools for my twin God Daughters.

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

A $5.00 score at a local garage sale; it was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too! 

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays were sitting in my coat room closet for YEARS! They needed a little oomph so that I could take them out again.

Blue Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

I found this beauty for $5.00 at Goodwill.  I fell in love with the lines and knew that with a little TLC I could give it some personality.

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Spray Painted Dresser Makeover

I have had this dresser since college.  It was an inexpensive IKEA buy that has lasted over 15 years. Now, I am working on making my walk-in closet a little prettier and wanted to make it stand out. This project came just in time for the Make It Yours®​ with Krylon® contest (details to follow) as my entry. Here is how I made my spray painted chevron dresser DIY with the spray paint Krylon provided me.

Materials:

  • Dresser
  • Screwdriver
  • Chevron Shape Tape
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Facemask
  • Krylon Pewter Gray Gloss Spray Paint
  • Krylon Peekaboo Spray Paint
  • Tarp

Instructions:

Here is the dresser before.

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I removed the drawers and disassembled the front and top only, leaving the side and back shell.

Spray Painted Dresser Before

I used FrogTape Shape Tape to tape off the chevron stripes on the front of the drawer.

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I spray painted the front and top of the dresser in Krylon Peekaboo Blue and spray painted the chevron stripes Krylon Gray. I spray painted two coats allowing the paint to dry in between. When spray painting, be sure to spray in a well-ventillated area. You may opt to use a facemask as well.

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Lastly, I put the hardware back on and reassembled the dresser. Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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Spray Painted Dresser with Chevron Stripes

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Upcycled Fabric Duck Tape Shelves

by Dinah Wulf

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This upcycled trash to treasure project may possibly be the quickest, easiest, and cutest makeover I’ve done in a while. When I went to the CHA Mega Show I had the privilege of viewing the new fabric Duck Tape line. I immediately wanted to try it out! We use an old IKEA shelf from when my husband was single to organize Mia’s room. Sure, the shelves are useful; however they are black and harsh for a little girl’s room. My solution is upcycled fabric Duck Tape shelves.

You only need two supplies:

  1. The Fabric Duck Tape of your choice and
  2. The Fiskars Amplify Craft Shears (because they cut Duck Tape perfectly!)

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Here are the shelves BEFORE.

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Sorry! I REALLY should have dusted them before I took the picture… whoops!!!

I simply added pink Fabric Duck Tape to the trim. It happened to be the perfect width. It was so quick and easy! The best part is is that if you are tired of it. You can take it off and try a different color or pattern.  I used three rolls for this, but had plenty left over (I used three to have one continuous piece for each side).

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Here are two AFTER shots.

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER.

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It’s such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference in her room! Now I am obsessed and need to make a bunch of other things that match! Hmmmm… stay tuned!

In case you missed it, here are a few other Duck Tape projects I have done:

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post!

Repurposed Wooden Cable Spool

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Wooden Industrial Spool, Written by Loren Crane

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What do you do when you see a wooden cable spool by the side of the road? Beg your hubby to stop the car and get them!! I have a sweet hubby who helps me with my addiction to DIY. I got it home and started to wonder what I can do with it. I wanted it to be functional in my home and the first thing that came to mind was a rolling bookshelf.

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We took a trip to our local hardware store and got a few things to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snuggly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

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We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. You can also use good glue to make it sturdier. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.

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Upholstery is one of my favorite things to do on anything! It’s something I can do every day, even thou at times can be a little frustrating. The reason we upholster the top of the spool was because it had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so upholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.

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Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.

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We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails to add that extra touch. Now my kiddos have a small bookshelf in their room and some where they can sit and read.

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Ta-Da!  

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What will you do with a spool, if you found it on the side of the road?

Stay crafty,

Loren

Pandora’s Craft Box

How to Upholster a Step Stool

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upholster a Step Stool was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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When they tell you that you are not going to like the terrible two’s they did not know how badly the horrible three’s where going to be. My little kiddo is fantastic but at times I need to remind him of the rules and that’s when I decided I needed a time out stool.  I needed something he could also use to help him get his clothes out of the dresser. I decided to purchase a stool from Joann’s and upholster it. I rather make something with my hands than purchase a predesign one.

You will need a couple of things: fabric, foam, and batting.

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The foam I cut to almost the same size of the stool, the fabric and batting I cut to fold around the bottom of the stool.  I used Airtex foam that I also got from Joann’s.

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The first thing I do when I start stapling is staple once on each side of the stool and adjust the fabric as I go around. 

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You will need to fold the fabric and batting as you staple so you don’t have rough edges.

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Once that is done I used a small brush to paint the stool legs white. I would recommend that you paint the stool before you attach the fabric but I was so excited to reupholster that I skipped that step.

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The last thing I did was free hand the number three on the fabric with a gray metallic sharpie. I do have to say that I am in love with the metallic sharpie!

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Now I have the cutest time out stool for my little kiddo even if he does not agree.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren 

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint

by Dinah Wulf

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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I don’t know about you but I love chalk paint. I want to use it on everything. There is fun making something new or damaged seem rustic. I am all into antiquing furniture and transforming it into something you can’t recognize anymore. Using chalk paint is easy, just requires one more step than just painting. The good thing about recovering my trunks was that I did not have to sand them down or prime them. I just went ahead and applied my home made recipe for chalk paint!

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If you want to see my recipe for chalk paint click here for more information on how you can make it.  Once you have the mixture you will need to apply a couple of coats to your furniture. I applied about two to three coat of white chalk paint to my trunk. The chalk paint dries pretty fast so you don’t have to wait too long between coats.

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I then used sand paper to remove the chalk paint from the edges and in areas where damage would occur with time to make the furniture seem worn down.

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You of course don’t want to forget to seal your furniture because if you don’t the chalk paint will flake off with every touch.  You have a few choices of sealer from wax to oil sealers.  I used Americana Paint Company top coat which leaves the surface smooth once dried.

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Ta-da! I love the look my trunks give to my living room now.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren

Antique Corner Chair Update

by Dinah Wulf

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Boy have I had this chair for a very long time.  I posted it on my Facebook page over the summer asking if I should make it over and I got over two dozen responses.  You can read them all here!  Oh! And if you’d also like to follow me on Facebook too, that would be a bonus. J I struggled on what to do with this antique chair update.  That is, should I leave it alone or make it over?

Here it is BEFORE.

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Pretty, right? Yes, but not EXACTLY my style.  You see, one of my best friends gave it to me.  I looked it up and I believe it is actually a real antique and could be worth a few hundred dollars.  With that said, I finally decided, not to harm the original wood, and just update the fabric.

I bought this new fabric.  It’s a little more modern in black and gold…. Still a slight oriental in style, but matched my décor a little better.

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Even though I think it’s been reupholstered from the original, I decided to leave the old fabric on just in case.

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I stapled the new fabric over it so that it can easily be removed…again…just in case.

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I like it!  It’s not a drastic change but it does go much better with the rest of my living room.  Now I can keep it, not worry about compromising the integrity of it, and think of my friend every time I look at it.

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Another Ottoman Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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At the end of this past summer, I was sent on a crazy thrift store shopping spree by one of my sponsors. One of the many treasures I found was this ottoman that I got for five dollars.  I ended up sharing my upcycle on my post, Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover.  I was happy with the final result until it sat in my living room for a while.  In the meantime, we redid our floors and painted and it just didn’t go with the rest of the living room anymore. Soooo, with the power of a little fabric and a staple gun, I did another ottoman makeover.

Here was the original ottoman.

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Here is the ottoman after I made it over the first time.

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The worst part of this project was taking out the staples AGAIN! My hands are still sore!

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I chose a more modern fabric to go with the living room. I needed less than a yard and of course I had a coupon so this makeover cost me less then $10.00.

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I cut the fabric to size and went to staple gunning, making sure to hold the fabric taut as I went. 

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I flipped the cushion back over drilled it back into the legs and within a few minutes I had a completely different look to this old five dollar ottoman. It now fits in perfectly with the rest of our décor (I’d show you more but the living room is still a work in progress!

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Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I can’t believe that I found this ottoman on a recent thrift store shopping mission for five dollars! It was the perfect trash to treasure project. I couldn’t wait to get it home to get started on my makeover.  Now, this post is more than a simple ottoman makeover, because there was one EXTREMELY annoying issue I had while trying to take it apart.

Materials:

  • Drop cloth
  • Sander and sand paper
  • Clean rags
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Staple gun and staples

Here is what the ottoman looked like BEFORE.  The fabric was damaged at the top and the legs and several nicks and scratches.

 

I turned it over to find that it would be easy to recover (do this before you buy it at the store).

One by one I pulled out what seemed like hundreds on staples.

Here is what it looked like underneath.  Initially I was excited because it looked like it was going to be a quick and easy project. Next, at this point (I thought) all I needed to do was unscrew the top from the base and I can get to reupholster the cushion… WRONG!

I could NOT get the fourth and final screw out of this thing! I tried unscrewing it with a manual screw driver as well as a drill. I tried using a socket wrench. I even went to Home Depot and bought a screw extractor and THAT didn’t work.  I ended up drilling around the hole and manually pulling t out with pliers.

I mean, look at it! Yikes!

And look at the giant hole! Oooops! BUT I got the sucker out.  I figured it will be covered anyway and there are other areas where I can drill a new screw in.

Finally I was able to remove the top from the base. I first took the base and sanded it with an electric sander.  You can see all the nicks and scratches.

After I wiped down the base with a clean rag to remove all the dust and debris, I spray painted it using a brushed metallic spray paint in an oil bronze finish.  I wish I could capture the color better in the pictures, but it turned out great.

While the paint was drying I simply recovered the cushion in a more updated burlap printed fabric using a staple gun.  It was super easy.

Once the base was dry, I screwed in the top to the base with four new wood screws and reused the black cover and staple it in for a finished look underneath.  Here is an AFTER.

Upcycled Ladder Garden Display

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to share another great submission by one of my favorite DIY Inspired readers, Lilly Meehan from Ventura California.  Lilly is no stranger to DIY projects.  She has submitted some great ones in the past.  This time she shares a fun and vibrant upcycled ladder that she uses outside for a succulent display.  She chose to paint it an eye-catching purple.  I think she did a fabulous job!

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Here’s what Lilly said about this project:

“An old ladder that was used in my Dad’s contracting business had become too rickety to use safely. After adding plywood shelves and carefully preserving the V & L stencil (the name of my Dad’s business) it was painted in exterior latex paint, plus sprayed with a coat of clear gloss.  The shelves were tied down with twine.  Colorful pots were planted with a variety of succulents with polished stones covering any exposed potting soil.  A new piece of yard art, with the sentimental value of being from my Dad’s business, is now the home of a beautiful succulent garden.”      

More Original Projects by Lilly on DIY Inspired

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

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Upcycled Penny Table

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Recycled Clock Watch Display

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Lilly for allowing me to post this amazing succulent garden. It’s always an honor to share your projects!  Keep ‘em coming!

Do you have a project you’d like to share?  Submit your DIY Projects or crafts for a chance to be featured on DIYInspired.com!

Refurbished Nightstand Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have another great feature to share with you today!  I am so excited to share a refurbished nightstand makeover done by my friend Tara over at A Spectacled Owl.  She found this little white nightstand at a rummage sale her daughter’s school was putting on.  She scored and bought it for $4.00… no haggling required!  In hopes of taking an ugly piece of furniture & making it pretty again, she bought it and took it home. Here is the BEFORE.

Tara decided she would like it for her bedroom & wanted to use the same exact teal color she used for her candle holders on her living room mantle.  With a little TLC, she was able to clean, sand, and spray paint it a beautiful teal.

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She then decided to cut a piece of thick scrapbook paper to the size of the face of the drawer.  She made her own decoupage medium and mixed some traditional white glue & water to cover the drawer with a paint brush. Next, she carefully laid the piece of paper on top, smoothing it out and getting rid of all the bubbles underneath.  After letting it dry overnight, she mixed up another batch of decoupage solution and added a few coats on top of the paper as well.  She finished it off by adding a knob that she had bought at World Market for $4.00. 

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I think she did a fantastic job.  I love the color and pattern she chose for the drawer.  Thank you so much, Tara for allowing me to share this amazing project!  You can see the full tutorial and more photos on her blog, A Spectacled Owl.  You can also follow Tara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

Repurposed Desk Buffet

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m really excited to feature my friend Barbara from Chase the Star today to share her repurposed desk turned buffet. Barbara has a love for all things craft and DIY and transformed this old desk she had sitting in her garage for about 9 years.  Deciding that it still had some great bones, she hesitated to donate it. Here is a BEFORE photo.

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With a little sanding, primer, and paint Barbara revamped her old paint job into a prettier and more durable high gloss white.  She had a piece of plywood cut to size at Home Depot to make a shelf and added decorative brackets.  She also added two coats of walnut stain to the top piece, and changed the knob to a pretty acrylic knob.

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Barbara said that accessorizing it was the most fun part of the entire project.  Filled with her amazing thrift store finds, she purchased the silver pitchers and bowl, the copper tea pot, all of the plates and cups, and the ice bucket all for $65.00!

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To view the full step by step photo tutorial and instructions, be sure to stop by Chase the Star and say hello. You can also follow Barbara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!  Thank you so much to Barbara for sharing this AWESOME repurposed project.  I love even more that you filled it with so many great thrifty finds!

Recycled Pallet Table Project

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Pallet Table Project, Written By: Robert Bridgman

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If you’re like me you can’t stand to see anything go to waste: food leftovers, outgrown clothes, or wood scraps. That’s why I knew as soon as I saw it that this recycled pallet table project was perfect for me.  Even in our high-tech times, the majority of goods are still shipped on simple wooden pallets. After one or two uses pallets go to the junk heap. So, making this table keeps pallets out of landfills.  You can find pallets wherever retailers or businesses get goods in bulk. Choose pallets that have “HT” stamped on them; they are treated with heat, rather than chemicals, so are safer to use.

Materials You Will Need

  • You will need one pallet 100 x 100cm and another pallet 120 x 100cm. Take the second pallet, the larger one, apart.
  • For the top you need one 100 x 100 cm piece of tempered safety glass.
  • You will also need four meters of timber 2 x 2.
  • Plus, you’ll need 76 wood screws 5 x 60mm, and paint.

Here’s What to Do

From the pallet slats cut eight pieces 70 x 660mm for the legs. Why eight pieces? Because you are going to use two pieces for each leg.  From the timber cut one piece 70 x 680mm for the frame and eight pieces 320mm at a 45-degree angle for braces. (By the way, if you don’t have a saw, many hardware stores will cut the wood for you for a small fee.)

Then, piece the table frame together, as you see in this picture: 

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Now screw the legs to the frame, like the pictures below show: 

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Then add the braces, like this: 

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Finally screw the legs and frame onto the 100 x 100cm pallet and turn it upright, as in this photo: 

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Sand the wood and paint it to go with your décor. Then top it with the glass and you’ve got a fabulous, fun table. With a success like this I’m ready to make pallet chairs—how about you? 

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About Robert:

Robert writes on behalf of Bridgman, suppliers of luxury furniture. He writes about all things home & garden, lifestyle and DIY. When not writing, Robert can be found travelling or studying Psychology. For updates you can follow him on or on Twitter.

There was no monetary compensation received for this post.

Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny had some old stools that she wanted me to makeover for my twin God Daughters. After recently upholstering a step stool for my daughter, I had so much fun with this project probably because I knew it would be special for them.  I decided to go with pink and black because Jenny is hoping to one day decorate the twins room in those colors. So, here is how I upcycled these old step stools.

Materials:

Here is a photo of the stools before.

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The first thing I did was clean them and disassemble them so it would be easier to paint.  I used my pretty blue screwdriver from my crafty toolbox.

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Next I decided to prime the top because the original design was so dark in color. The paint on this was smooth, so I didn’t need to sand them if I was going to prime them.

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I spray painted the legs black in a well-ventilated area on a drop cloth.  I did not prime them first because I was making them a darker color. Here are some more tips for how and when to use primer.

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One of the stools would not allow me to disassemble it (I think it was glued) so I decided to put the other stool together and hand paint the tops.

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Once it was dry, I added some decorative adhesive decals for the trim around the edges and the top.

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Next I sprayed the top and sides where the decals are with a permanent clear glaze.

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Here is a close up photo.

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Here is the before and after again.

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Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

After spray painting a few projects this week (tutorials coming soon!), I started thinking about some of the fun painted furniture projects I’ve done.  I wanted to re-cap five of my favorite ones.  After gathering these projects together, I realized that I spent less than $100 for these five pieces total!  Crazy!  I spent about $30.00 on supplies… man I’m cheap (well, thrifty)! SOOOO, here are my six faves…

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays were sitting in my coat room closet for YEARS! They needed a little oomph so that I could take them out again.

Blue Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

I found this beauty for $5.00 at Goodwill.  I fell in love with the lines and knew that with a little TLC I could give it some personality.

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

 

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

by Dinah Wulf

 

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My in-laws are coming! My in-laws are coming! Oh my, it’s been over a year that I made this headboard out of a curtain panel and an ugly painting my husband had before we were married.  This headboard was for our guest room and ever since I made that garage sale bench for this room, the old headboard didn’t really match. I even made shoe box lid wall art and matching pillows (even though I can’t sew).  Now that my in-laws are visiting, I wanted to update it with a little fabric.

Here is the old headboard.  I thought it looked nice, considering I spent ZERO dollars making it!

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Here is the bench that I made that I put at the end of the bed.  This one cost about $20.00 total for the bench AND the supplies…score!

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And just in case you missed that shoe box lid wall art.  Here it is!  This was also very inexpensive to make since I already had everything!

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This is the fabric I chose to match the bench.  It’s outdoor fabric that is very durable.  About a yard and a half was perfect for this sized canvas.  I didn’t bother taking off the old curtain panel… well…because I was lazy that day!

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Here’s the AFTER photo again.  I’m really excited for my in-laws to visit.  We rarely get to see them since we live in California and they live in Wisconsin.  I hope they have a nice stay, and the headboard doesn’t fall apart!

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Patio Table and Chair Update

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my best friends (the same one who challenged me with the coin wrappers!) and fellow avid yard saler found this old set of metal patio table and chairs for $25! It needed some TLC but was sturdy and had strong bones.  Her husband spent the day bring it some new life. A metal patio table and chair update is a weekend project that anyone can do.

My husband and I have refurbished outdoor metal before and it makes QUITE a difference.  Here is simple tutorial on How to Paint Metal.

Here is the table before.

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Here is a close up. You can see the rust and discoloration.  The old paint was pretty much completely chipped off.  The arms took most of the beating.

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Materials:

  • Wire metal brush
  • Spray Primer
  • Rust-oleum Spray Paint
  • Old blanket
  • Drop cloth

Using the wire brush, gently scrub off any rust or paint.  This is an important step. To remove the paint chips and rust debris after scrubbing, you can hose it off and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.  To pant, use an all in one primer that stops rust for metal.  For a large project like this one, you may need three to four cans. Follow the instructions on the can for drying times.  Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area.  Once the primer was dry, paint the table and chairs with two coats of spray paint made for outdoor metal.  Allow it to dry completely before handling it.

Here are a couple after photos.  It looks brand new!

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