Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

Upcycled Thrift Store Bench for Kids

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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Play Kitchen Hutch from Thrift Store Finds

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

I had made a little play kitchen hutch for my daughter before, as well as refurbished an old Disney princess table I got for free. Along with a Pottery Barn stove I got on Craigslist, my daughter plays with this little play kitchen almost every single day. This is why I couldn’t resist making another play kitchen hutch from thrift store finds I got the other day at Goodwill.

Materials:

Here is the little table and wood shelving I found.  I got both of them for $9.50 total. Great deal, right? There were a few nicks and scratches but nothing too bad.

Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

I spot sanded a few areas to smooth out some blemishes.

Play Hutch Thrift Store Makeover

After I cleaned it off from dust, I primed both pieces first and then painted it white. A two in one paint and primer is the quickest, but I used what I had, which was a spray primer and white Krylon spray paint.

DIY Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

I bought the same fabric that I use to line Mia’s other play kitchen hutch I made. I used a rotary cutter to measure and cut the pieces. Next I sprayed them with a little spray starch and ironed them flat.  This makes it easier to insert later.

Play Hutch DIY

Next, once the paint was dry, I used a spray adhesive on both the shelf backing and the back of the fabric and smoothed it right into place.

Repurposed Play Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Lastly, I used a maximum strength wood glue to attach the two pieces together.  I let it dry overnight and then I reinforced it with nails.

Upcycled Play Kitchen From Thrift Store Finds

Here are a few after photos.

Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Finds

Play Kitchen Hutch DIY

DIY Play Kitchen Hutch From Thrift Store Makeover

If you like this post, check out some of my other project transformations, Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids!

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.

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

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Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

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This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

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I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

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Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

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Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

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Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

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I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

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Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

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.

Spray Painted Dresser

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.

Spray Painted Dresser with Shape Tape

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.

How to Spray Paint a Dresser

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

Spray Painted Chevron Dresser

Spray Painted Dresser with Chevron Stripes

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Chalkboard Activity Tray Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Activity Tray Thrift Store makeover

My daughter uses this plastic activity tray that has now officially been through the ringer.  Not only does she use it to color on or eat snacks on, she steps on it, leans on it, and sits on it. It’s now warped and slouchy in the middle. When I went on a hunt on my last thrift store shopping outing, needless to say I was so happy I found this durable wooden activity tray for $6.00. I thought there was a chalkboard on top, bought when I brought it home it didn’t work. So, I decided to give it a mini thrift store makeover.

Materials I used:

  • Light Pink craft paint
  • Pink iridescent pearl craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalkboard paint

Here is the tray BEFORE. As you can see it has the green chalkboard look, but when I tried two different type of chalk, it didn’t work.

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I taped it off with painter’s tape, because I planned on hand painting it and let’s just say I do not have a steady hand.

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When I asked Mia what color, of course she shouted “pink!” I used a light pink coat on the bottom (two coats).

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Then I used one coat of Martha Stewart’s pink pearl craft paint on top, with an extra coat of touch up.

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Once the pink paint trim dried, I painted the top with chalkboard paint.  I ended up doing four coats… yes four, with one hour drying time in between.  On the final coat I waited 24 hours to allow it to cure before drawing on it.

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It turned out great and works well! My daughter loves it and now we can safely replace the plastic one!

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Here are some more DIY Trays I have made!

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover

Just like me, one of my best friends can’t pass up a good deal.  After the Fourth of July, she found some patriotic red, white, and blue frames for three dollars apiece. But there was one problem. They don’t match her décor in her home.  She brought them to me and I did a quick and easy makeover so that she could hang and use them in her home. Here is my Easy Store Bought Frame Metallic Makeover. Here are the frames before.

Easy Holiday Frame DIY Makeover

They were a little beat up as well. Not too badly. It was still a great deal.

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I used 1) a little sand paper, and 2) less than one can of metallic gold spray paint. The materials included were still cheaper than the original costs of the frames.  I used the sand paper to smooth over the blemishes as well as the dark lettering.  I didn’t want to prime the frames first because, well, I was lazy.  So lightly sanding the dark letters was the next best thing. You CAN opt for primer on the red and blue frames because they are so dark, but it wasn’t necessary.

Easy Clearance Sale Frame DIY Makeover

I sprayed about three light coats on a tarp in my back yard. Of course, I had to change the pictures before I gave it back to her, so I printed some black and white photography.  She can take them out and insert pictures of her family, but I thought it looked nicer than the strangers dressed in Fourth of July garb!

Easy Store Bought Frame DIY Makeover

I can’t wait to give them back to her after this mini makeover!

In case you missed them, here are a few more frame projects I’ve done makeovers on!

Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I was perusing Goodwill last week and found this wooden doll bed for $7.  I snatched it up right away and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I got to work almost immediately because I couldn’t contain my excitement for the great deal I just got.  Here is my Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY. The Bed Here is the bed I bought. Isn’t it adorable?

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It was a little beat up as you can see and when I put in the slats they didn’t stay in and kept falling out.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed

I disassembled the whole thing.

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I spot sanded a few areas where there were a lot of scratches.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Upcycle

I asked my daughter what color she wanted and naturally she said, “PINK!”

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover

After I painted it, I glued in the wooden mattress slats and let it dry.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed DIY

The Mattress As you can see there was no mattress. I actually had some high density foam left over from the garage sale bench makeover I did. I measured and cut it to fit the bed using my trusty Fiskars amplified scissors (P.S. They are awesome).

DIY Doll Bedding How-To

I bought some flannel fabric at Jo-Ann’s.  I intentionally bought flannel because I used hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. I simply wrapped it like a present. It fit beautifully.

DIY Easy Doll Bedding

The Bedding For the bedding I made it all reversible, so I made two pillows out of the fabric and a blanket, stuffing the pillows with polyester fiber fill.

DIY Doll Bedding Tutorial

DIY Doll Bedding Reversible

I also made a white pillow out of white felt.

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Here are some AFTER photos! My daughter was so excited and so far she’s played with it every day since I gave it to her!

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Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray

Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

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Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

Trash to Treasure Easy Serving Tray

While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

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

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!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

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!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

DIY Craft Organization Board

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

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

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

by Dinah Wulf

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Five months ago I got an amazing deal on two mirrors at Home Goods.  They were in the clearance section because they were damaged.  One frame retailed for $120 and I got it for $8 and the other retailed for $80 and I got it for $12. I made over the former into a two toned metallic mirror that I hang in my stairway. The latter, was little bit harder, hence me procrastinating doing this project!  I kinda-sorta figured it out. I say “kinda-sorta” because it’s not perfect by any means!  So without further ado, here is how to repair a broken mirror frame (more or less…ha!)

Materials:

  • Broken frame
  • Glue
  • Clamp
  • Bondo body filler
  • Sand paper
  • Newspaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Primer
  • Spray paint

Here is the mirror BEFORE… great deal for $12, right?

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Here is a close up of the damage.

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I used a clamp to hold it together and put some glue in the damaged area in hopes it would help hold it together.  I let it dry completely.

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Next I added Bondo body filler, to shape and mold the missing frame.

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Once it is dry, use sand paper to sand it down and shape it.  This was the hardest part.  Mine isn’t perfect, but it looks much better.

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Next I covered the mirror with newspaper and painter’s tape.

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I first decided to prime it because of the dark color and the imperfections.

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Lastly, after about a half hour of drying time I spray painted it gold.  I used about three coats allowing five minutes to dry in between coats.

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Much better! Here are a couple AFTER photos. I think I’m going to hang it in my master bedroom… but the light is better in here for a photo ;)

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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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