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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Painting Old Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I heart thrift stores!  I can spend quite some time in the home and furniture sections. I move things around, re-imagining how I can make them look different.  I picture things in different colors and in different rooms in my house.  One of the easiest trash to treasure transformations is painting old furniture.  I always say, “They just don’t make things like they used to”… I know… I sound like a Grandma.

I went to a local Salvation Army (SO conveniently located I’m in there so often!).  I found this great shelf.  It was a little beat up… ok A LOT beat up. P.S. Don’t look at how gross my garage is!

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Look at the top. Ew…

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And who knows how long this has been there…

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BUT it was only $5.00, I knew exactly where I would put it and I loved the lines and shape of the arms…or are they legs? Whatever they’re called…  With a little TLC, I knew I could give it new life.

I sanded it down really well and took a knife to the gum.  I cleaned it and cleaned it again.

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Spray paint is the best way to go with a makeover like this.  Spray in a well-ventilated area and make sure to protect all surfaces.  I allowed mine to dry for a full 24 hours before I brought it in and used it.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.  Isn’t it cute?  It’s DIY Inspired Blue! (I wish that was the real name…{sigh}…maybe someday).

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By the way, I recall two other garage sale furniture pieces I bought for five dollars each.  If you want to check out my upholstered bench makeover or my refurbished side tables, please do!

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

Thanks for reading!

Upcycled Telephone Desk

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to have the very creative, animal loving, well-traveled, and crafty Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool share her fabulous upcycled telephone desk.  Inspired by her family and home decorating magazines, Kimberly is a writer and avid DIY’er. She has some beautiful projects including her Burlap Furniture entertainment stand and her most recent beach cottage inspired side table. Be sure to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Welcome Kimberly Noelle!

 

Hi everyone!  I’m Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool.  I’m so excited to have been asked to write a guest post on the lovely DIY Inspired about my upcycled telephone desk.  I hope you enjoy…..

I love secondhand. There is just something about  a well lived, aged, or sometimes even horrid piece that gives me inspiration and drive to make it quirky, unique, and beautiful. I like to think of myself as the Fairy Godmother to my secondhand furniture finds and my paintbrush as my magic wand.

As I went on my weekly thrift store jaunt, I stopped in at the Goodwill which can be a hit or miss. However, I spotted this cute little telephone desk in the corner. It was in perfect shape, had great bones and in fact looked as if it had been painted recently, but the color…. It was questionable. I thought what the heck, and picked it up for 20 bucks. I put it in a few different areas throughout my home, debated on what to do with it and finally after asking myself the question of “should or shouldn’t I paint this?” I decided to go for it and so the process began.  During a trip to Wal-Mart I stopped by the paint section and picked up a beautiful spicy banana pepper yellow color. I went home grabbed some sandpaper and “tried” to sand the piece down so I could start painting.  The paint was not lifting so I decided to use a paint stripper that I at the time was using on another project. Oh my…….why I did that instead of priming it will forever be a question I ask myself!  I don’t care what anybody says stripping paint is not easy, at least not for me. I had failed to realize as I slapped the stripping gel on that the 25 spindles that made up the telephone desk were going to be the death of me. So what happened? I got so frustrated with the massive process of it all that I left it sitting for 2 weeks until I finally  had enough mental pep talk to tackle the project…. and  tackled it I did.

The Process…Here’s a look at the stages of the desk. I’m glad I let myself take a break from it. I almost gave up completely during the stripping of the paint, but I conquered….2 weeks later of course.

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Here is a few close ups…Finally in a spot I like, decorated up pretty, and shining like the Spicy Banana Pepper Yellow that it is!

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After I painted the telephone desk I decided on a whim to paint the top of the desk in black Chalkboard paint for an extra touch of detail. Not to mention I am obsessing over chalkboard paint right now.  I used sandpaper to ruff up the edges and spindles. It gave it that beautiful aged look with its own unique character. I am so happy with how it turned out.  It now fits my style and home décor perfectly.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my upcycled Goodwill telephone desk and to remember to never overlook the ugly pieces sitting in a corner. Even they, have great potential with a fairy godmother and her magical paintbrush at their service.

Please check out my blog at Quirky Cool for tons more Goodwill finds, Upcycled furniture and DIY’s. I also have a blog with my sister and mom where we talk about our pieces we upcycle and DIY for our Flea Market Booth at Prairie Sisters Boutique.

 I hope this has inspired you to DIY…

Kimberly Noelle

 

Refurbishing Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I really enjoy going thrift store shopping and finding great trash to treasure projects.  There’s something thrilling to me about finding an old unwanted piece of furniture, seeing the beauty in it that someone else may have missed, and transforming it to something more beautiful.  So today, I wanted to share a thrift store makeover I did in a beautiful spring color. 

I have done my share in refurbishing.  I turned a freebie kid’s play activity table into a fun Hollywood Regency style play table that my daughter uses every single day.  I’ve purchased an old ugly bench from a garage sale for five dollars and turned it into a cushioned bench for the foot of a bed.  I saw the beauty in some garage sale night stands and updated with a more modern and updated look with new paint and hardware.

This time, I found a pedestal table at the Salvation Army for sixty five dollars.  This was a little pricey for me considering the most I have spent for a piece of furniture to makeover was five dollars so I left.  That night I kept thinking about it and finally convinced myself that if it was still there the following day we were destined to be together.  It happened to be a weekend so I was worried but when I got there it was still there waiting for me!  I swept it up and got in line immediately to pay for it. Here is a photo of it… pretty, right?

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I decided on painting it in a fun trendy color for spring after consulting my Facebook friends.  I chose high gloss enamel paint in coral so that it would be extra shiny.  I left the feet of the table in its original color to give it some interest. I’m extremely happy with it I must say!  

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It has much more personality now.  Now I need a coffee table…

Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I am honored to showcase another great DIY furniture tutorial by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box today!  Here is her Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover.  Thanks, Loren!

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Written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box

You have no idea how much I have been hating my dining room chairs. They have gone through a lot with me. They have been around for about seven years, with six moves to three states and a new baby. It’s a new year and I wanted to bring some color to my home and lighten things up.  I was very lucky to have my wonderful mother in-law over for the holiday season and she gave the courage to tackle this big project.

This project is rated C for Courage.

The wonderful part was that we got to bond and I did not even have to ask more than once because the next thing I knew she was tearing it apart. It was fantastic!

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We removed the strip by pulling hard because it was only held with glue.  We had to remove all the staples in the top fabric, foam, cardboard, and any other lingering staples. I am starting to hate staples a lot at this point!

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The seat of the chair was easier to remove because it was just screwed in. Once all the fabric was off you will I needed to stain parts of the chair because time has not been gentle.  I also used a sealer by Krylon once the stain dried.  While the sealer was drying we tacked the seat. We used the original fabric to trace a pattern to cut the new fabric.

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As you can see the old fabric was pretty beat up!

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All we needed to do was wrap the fabric around the foam, the wooden base and staple it.

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After all has been said and done all we needed to do was screw it back in to the chair base.

Fabric

My mother in-law Laurie helped me pick out the fabric at Joann’s and I am just in love with it. It has all my favorite colors in it. Can you guess what my favorite color is?

We cut two circles of fabric one the exact size of the cardboard and the other half and inch bigger all around.

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On the backside of the cardboard I had to glue the new fabric to it with spray on adhesive. I used Elmer’s Craft Bond. It worked very nicely.

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1. Once the adhesive was dry I placed the cardboard back into the back of the chair and stapled it in place.

2. I placed the foam on top of the cardboard and stapled it in place.

3. I used the fabric which I cut half an inch larger and stapled it to the inside of the chair. I tried not to pull the fabric too much because I wanted to keep some dimension to it.

4. I cut out any remnant that was sticking out once it was stapled.

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Here is how the back looks like once it was place in! Now it gives a pop of color from the back and the front. It’s time to finish the front. Just a couple more steps.

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1 & 2. We used the original lining strip and removed the old fabric.

3. We took the fabric that we used on the seat of the chair to sew it over the rope.

4. Ta-Da! Now it’s time to hot glue it!

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Super simple to do!

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Can you see the difference now! It is so much better than before and all it takes is the courage to start. Do you have a project that you have been putting off because you think you can’t do it? Well guess what you are not the only one but it’s not that hard just give it a try.

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Till next time stay crafty!!

-Loren

Don’t forget to visit Loren on her Facebook page and say hello!

 

Recycled Map Drawer Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I just recently redid my craft room.  It wasn’t complete when I recently published the craft room makeover reveal.  I think it definitely needs a chandelier of some sort… I’m on the hunt!  Anyway, I bought these maps at a local gift shop.  It is actually gift wrap, however old maps work well too.  I decided to cover my craft drawers with these maps to go with the lovely calming blue hues I have going in the room.  Here is my Recycled Map Drawer Makeover.

You will need:

  • Piece of furniture you are covering
  • Maps, gift wrap, or decorative paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Knobs (optional)
  • Cutting mat

Here is the BEFORE.

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First, I removed the drawers from the shelving unit and took off the knobs.

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Using a ruler and a craft, measure your area and cut out the desired size on a cutting mat.

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Lay the cut map and align it on top of the drawer.  Using your craft knife, mark the area where your knob will be inserted.

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Remove the map and apply Mod Podge to the drawer using a paint brush.  After doing four drawers I found that the easiest way is to apply the Mod Podge to the entire area at once and then place the map on top smoothing it out from left to right.  If you do this application enough, you may find your fingers or wrists hurting.  Quick tangent alert!  As I am writing this post, I’m thinking about how much we do with our hands nowadays.  Especially if you’re a DIY girl.  I am now looking at the endless amount of hand and wrist conditions .  You may not want to look if you get easily squeamish.  Anyway, after securing the map, use the screw from the knob to poke out the hole for the knob.

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Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the map.  I applied three coats, allowing it to dry in between coats (approximately 15 minutes).

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Once the drawers are dry, insert the knobs.

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Here are some AFTER photos.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

 

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I e-meet some amazing people online, especially on my Facebook page.  I often ask advice, and I always respond to comments, questions, and suggestions.  I often get emails and posts of fellow DIY’ers showing me their talents and own unique projects.  Lily Meehan from Ventura, California sent me a fun Upcycled Penny Table that she made and I posted it not too long ago.  More recently, she sent me a fantastic chair make over.  This chair has some great bones and lovely lines.  I asked her to share it with my DIY Inspired readers.  Here is Lilly’s Thrift Store Chair Makeover.

Written by Lilly Meehan

This chair was found in a thrift store, but not purchased right away. However, the unusual lines were intriguing to me and it kept bothering me.  It went on sale and I was able to pick it up for a song, thankfully no one else saw the potential in it before I decided to buy it.   The old seventies style fabric had to go, and it was beat up and in need of a new paint job.  After filling the nicks and dents and gentle sanding, it was ready for paint.  The old upholstery nails were removed and replaced, along with repainted wheels.

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The excellent upholstery was done by highly skilled seamstress and my longtime friend Pam James, restoring it to a warmth and richness it deserved.   It is an unusual piece to be treasured for years to come.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

Here are more Before and After photos.

Flea Market Chair Makeover

Upholstered Chair Makeover

 

Repurposed Furniture for your Bathroom

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time in the bathroom…wait…that didn’t come out right!  What I meant to write was that I spend a lot of time in my bathroom, getting ready, doing my hair, sorting laundry, and giving (my daughter) and taking baths!  So today I wanted to share some fun finds, and creative I might add, of repurposed furniture for your bathroom.

Check out this very cool upcycled vintage suitcase turned medicine cabinet. (Sorry! I can’t find the correct source for this one!).  Add some wood shelves and a mirror and voila…instant medicine cabinet and fun conversation piece for your house guests.

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Oh I love this table vanity from Haute Nature.  I think it’s the blue that is attracting me.  I like the mix of the modern sink and metal hardware with a rustic table.

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Another fun sink design is this bicycle sink by Benjamin Bullins… now THAT is a conversation piece!

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Here is a beautiful dresser turned bathroom vanity. I love the added baskets for more storage.

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I personally have my laundry baskets in my bathroom.  This clever rolling hamper is by Apartment Therapy made out of old screens.

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This is one idea I definitely would like to steal!  This upcycled drawer I found on Woman’s Day.  Simply add legs from a hardware store or salvaged legs from a thrift store table, and you have this unique and extremely useful storage table for all your bath time needs.

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I saved the best for last.  This is one is from one of my new favorite blogs, Infarrantly Creative (LOVE her).  This is a stacked end table shelf Beckie made from what she calls a “Roadkill Rescue.”

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Metal File Cabinet Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Today I have the honor of sharing an amazing metal file cabinet transformation done by Barbara from Chase The Star.  Here is her tutorial for her metal file cabinet makeover.

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I’m all about bringing out of the box ideas to fruition, on the cheap!

My most recent attempt at this came in the form of old run of the mill file cabinet that had been sitting in my hall closet, for um, ever!  At least 6 years, I kid you not.  Worst of all it was empty!  Sadly I stacked stuff on top, but kept nothing in it.  Not practical or smart considering that my son’s video games were in desperate need of a home.

If you’ve visited Chase the Star at any time, you’ll know I’m not one to leave well enough alone, like ever.  A black metal file cabinet would’ve fit in the playroom just fine.  But ‘just fine’ ain’t gonna cut it!

Take a look at what he looked like before:

{Sad and lonely}

I don’t have too much experience working with metals so this was a new endeavor for me.  However, I knew that I wanted blue and I wanted chevron, and that would be easy with a couple of cans of spray paint and a lot of patience!

 Luckily I had all of the materials I needed, just had to pick up a can of Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Lagoon and a skinny vanilla iced latte from Starbucks to get started.

After wiping the cabinet down with a damp cloth, and removing the drawers and the casters, I added a coat of the pretty blue (Lagoon) to the entire cabinet shell (making sure to tape the inside rim).

As that was drying I started the tedious task of taping out the chevron pattern on the drawers.  This was done free-hand which took a little longer, in retrospect; I would’ve printed out a pattern to follow.

After a couple of coats of white spray paint, I peeled off the tape and had an almost perfect chevron print!  ‘Almost’ works for me!

Painted the drawer pulls the same blue by screwing them in to an old (and overly painted on) piece of cardboard so they’d sit still!

Once everything was dry I added the casters and the drawer pulls back on and wound up with this ultra- cool almost retro looking cabinet for the playroom!

{Happy!}

Even after working on about a trillion spray paint projects, it never ceases to amaze me how it can easily transform almost anything!

If you happen to have an old metal cabinet, don’t get rid of it because it doesn’t fit in to your space, take a can of spray paint and make it special!

 

Refurbished Garage Sale Night Stands

by Dinah Wulf

On the same garage sale trip I found my bench I posted recently, I found these two night stands for… you’ll never believe this… $5.00 each!!! What?? I know!  All I knew was that it has great bones and would be a good trash to treasure project, it didn’t smell, there were no major scratches or dents, and the lady was coo coo.  Just kidding about that last part but I seriously couldn’t believe that I walked away with three great pieces for $15.00.  Anywho, here is how I made my refurbished garage sale night stands.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Thrift store or garage sale night stands in need of some love
  • Sander (I used both block and electric, but just block is fine)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hardware (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean cloth
  • Time
  • Read this to find out if you need primer

The first thing I did was removed the hardware and sanded it.  I used a hand block sander for hard to reach areas, and used an electrical sander for the larger areas like the top and the shelf.  Next, I cleaned the sucker.  It obviously had not been cleaned in a long time, perhaps left lonely and unattended in a garage. There were caked on gooey stains, but nothing that couldn’t be easily removed.

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Once they were clean and dry, I painted them with the left over paint I had from re-painting my guest room.  I used two coats.  I had to order the new handles online because the average size these days is either 3” or 4”.  These were 3.5”.  If you’d rather not order new handles online, you can always putty the holes and drill new ones.  I screwed in my new hardware when they arrived in the mail and I was done!  Here are some more after pictures.

 

Upcycled Thrift Store Penny Table

by Dinah Wulf

I’ve said it several times, and I’ll say it again: One of the best parts about blogging is the relationships; the connections you make along the way.  I have fun everyday posting DIY inspirations, projects, and tutorials on my Facebook page.  I get a lot of questions and emails from FB fans, and on great days I will even get a sneak peek of a project that they did themselves.  Today’s post is written by one of those amazing FB friends I’ve made.  She is going to share her Upcycled Thrift Store Penny Table!

Written By: Lilly Meehan, Ventura, California

I went to the local thrift stores in search of a project and found this funky little table.  It was clearly someone’s shop project; it had a terrible paint job, and lots of blemishes.  Having recently become aware of the trend of covering table tops, counter tops, and even floors with pennies, I realized this was the perfect little piece for the penny treatment.

After filling in the nicks and dents and sanding it lightly, I spray painted it.  A trip to the bank brought home about $10 in rolled pennies, it was a little bit hard to estimate how many pennies were needed.  First I sorted through the pennies to find the especially grungy ones; in a project like this you want the variety of clean, dirty, shiny and dull.  Some of the pennies had greenish copper residue and were set aside so they would not be cleaned.

Half of the pennies were washed in Tarnex, which surprisingly yielded an unexpected irregular rainbow tarnish pattern. All the pennies were washed with soap and water.  Using Liquid Nails adhesive in the small tube with the fine point tip, each penny was applied one at a time, much like applying tiles.  In the very center of the table a group of shiny 2012 pennies were placed, all facing the same direction, to denote when the project was done.

All of the directions for doing penny projects had an additional step of applying an epoxy layer over the pennies, making the surface smooth and waterproof, but since this is only a small occasional table I found that step both intimidating and unnecessary.  It was finished off with a clear sealer.   As is my custom I always write in a hidden area the date of the project and my name.  This project was a lot of fun.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, California

 

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Garage Sale Bench Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Here is my story about the best trash to treasure garage sale bench makeover ever.  Two weekends ago I got a call from my best friend.  It went something like this:

  • Jen: I just dropped Tiff off at school and am stopping at this garage sale.
  • Me: Ooooh is it any good?
  • Jen: Let me call you back.

<vibrate vibrate> (I never have my ringer on anymore these days)

  • Me: Well?
  • Jen: She’s moving and needs to sell everything this weekend.  She said she’d give you a good deal!
  • Me: I’m putting on my shoes! Text me the address!

In 5 minutes, we were out the door and my daughter was in her car seat.  It was the best garage sale I’d been to in a while.  A lot of stuff for cheap!  I walked away with two side tables and a bench for $15 total!!  I didn’t even have to haggle.  Yeah, I thought she was nuts too but I didn’t argue.

I had no idea what color to do so I posted it on my Facebook page.  I got a ton of great feedback but for some reason I still couldn’t choose. All I knew was that I wanted to add a cushion and upholster it on top.   I decided to go to the fabric store and stare at all the upholstery fabrics until one jumped out at me and I found this fabulous print that happen to match.

Side note: Please let me tell you that if you have a toddler, going to the fabric store to pick out something that is not yet decided is no easy feat.   The entire time I was there my daughter was running up and down the aisles, throwing yarn in the air and yelling out the wrong colors. Put her in the cart you say? Yeah right…

Also, because I am SO CHEAP I went back to the store 3 times on three different days, so that I could use a coupon for each item I bought.  What? It saved me $15! It was totally worth it.  I already had all the other supplies I needed from past projects so technically, this entire makeover cost me $20.00 including the bench! Woot woot!

Before I go on, here are the materials you need:

  • Bench
  • Spray paint
  • High density craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun and staples

I first attempted to clean the bench and started wiping it down.  But the second a giant spider ran out and attacked me I decided to take this sucker outside and hose it off.  With the highest stream setting on my nozzle, I hosed it down and let it air dry outside.

After the bench dried, I spray painted it red.  I loved the original color and it matched my fabric, so I touched it up with some red spray paint with primer.

Meanwhile, using a ruler, pencil, and the best scissors ever, I cut some high density craft foam to fit over the top of my bench.

I also cut and measured my fabric.

I laid the foam on top of the center of my fabric and laid the bench on top upside down once it was dry.

Using a stable gun and heavy duty staples, I began pulling the fabric taught and stapling it to the bench.  The corners were a bit tricky, but with a little maneuvering and folding, I was able to make the sides look neat.

Here are a couple after photos.

That’s it!  I’m pretty proud of my $20 garage sale bench makeover that will go perfectly in my guest room at the foot of the bed! The best part is that I saw a smaller plain wood bench in a catalog for $149.00!

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

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Repurposed Doors

by Dinah Wulf

There is so much inspiration out there for recycled DIY repurposed furniture ideas.  I’ve noticed during my recent flea market trips and visits to Habitat for Humanity Restore that you can easily pick up an inexpensive wooden door.  Here are some amazing ideas I found for repurposed doors.

How about making a kitchen island?  This is gorgeous.

This door frames a coat hanger from Buckets Of Burlap.

This salvaged door headboard is from Goodhousekeeping.com.

I love this bright yellow upcycled barn sliding door!  What a fantastic statement piece! You can never go wrong with a yellow, white, and gray color combination.

Door to door versus wall-to-wall!!

So very clever!  This is a salvaged door painted with chalkboard paint.  You can very chicly stay organized every day of the week!

This is a repurposed screen door from ApartmentTherapy.com. I love the double storage for both up top and hanging underneath.

Not my style, but love and appreciate the creativity of this coat hanger and organization station!  There are several hooks, knobs, shelves, and even a basket to hold all of your things.

Green is definitely my color!  I love this idea for a door coffee table.  It looks fairly simple to make as well.

Lastly, this is a recycled door turned shelving unit.

 

 

Repurposed Shutters

by Dinah Wulf

Shutters are probably the one item that you can find in every flea market, garage sale, salvage yard, or recycling stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Not only are they abundant, but they are usually inexpensive. With a little paint and creativity, you can literally turn trash into treasure.  Here are some great ideas for repurposed shutters.

In my search to find DIY inspiration for repurposed shutters, I found that most were used for organization.  Shutters could be used for organizing everything from mail to potted plants or from family photos and post cards to kitchen utensils.

 

Here is a great idea using shutters for decorative display from 221 Vision.

Make a big impact in the dining room with these beautiful ideas.

 

This repurposed furniture idea is an outdoor table is from Goodhouskeeping.com.

I LOVE this free standing headboard from a display at Anthropologie.  Once again, GREEN is my color!

This crafty shutter shelf is from BHG.com

Shutters work well for bathroom organization as well.

Additional Photo Sources: Etsy.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Pintrest.com, Dwellinggawker.com

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Repurposed Table Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I have been blogging for what seems to be a while now.  In my search for repurposed furniture I have seen some really cool and creative stuff.  Today, I wanted to write about repurposed table ideas.  I’ve seen a ton of suitcase tables and pallet tables but this time I wanted to find some truly unique pieces.  Here is what I came up with!

I love this wood soda crate coffee table.  I could have sworn I saw it on Martha Stewart show.  She did a short DIY segment with the designer to create shadow boxes atop an old table base, with tempered glass securely placed on top.

This one is very clever and one I haven’t seen before.  Can you guess what it is?  It’s a repurposed fire hose reel!  I love the natural patina and the industrial look.  It also adds a great pop of color to a living, sitting, or family room.  As an added bonus, there is storage underneath as well!

You’ll never guess what this is! The base is from a 1931 stove from a knotty pine cottage.  I love the tri colors with a polished shine.  Very pretty!

This is an upcycled spool top with modern and slick red metal legs.  Love the combo of the two.

OK, so I have seen SEVERAL upcycled suitcase tables, but THIS one is awesome!!!! The storage underneath is fabulous and I love that it opens on both sides and looks like it folds up for easy storage…AMAZING!

Not much to say about this one except I had to post it in honor of my husband! LOL!

OK, not sure about this upcycled aquarium but someone out there liked it because it’s sold on Etsy!

 

 

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