Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Old Drawer Storage Ottoman

Hoping you week has been going well, Happy Halloween!!

I'm not much of a crafter so the Halloween decorations just don't happen around here. But I do love to remake and re-purpose items, especially the ones found at the curb.

When I found a nightstand recently the bottom drawer track was broken so I replaced it with a solid piece of wood. You can see the full makeover HERE. The drawer that was there has now been remade into a cute storage ottoman.

This was the drawer before. Very deep and perfect for storage.

I cut a piece of plywood to fit as a top. Added some foam and wrapped  in Paris fabric from Hobby Lobby.

The drawer was originally painted grey with a pink stripe but when I attached the top I didn't like the way it looked especially when I added the legs. 

So I repainted the drawer in blank and sanded so now the grey looks somewhat metallic in color and matches the legs and the knobs. I used Rustoleum Metallic Spray paint on the legs and re-did the stripe also.

The top was just attached with hinges and the inside of the drawer was painted black as well.

The fabric also had a little sparkle with pink and grey Eiffel Towers.

Just a few more pictures to share.

This turned out to be a cute storage ottoman perfect for a little girl.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Scrap Wood Crates

It's been a busy few weeks around here.We are still in travel softball season with tournaments every other weekend plus Erin's high school team plays a fall season which just finished this week. So the only thing I've been doing lately is cheering her on!!

I've seen a lot of scrap wood crates on Pinterest so thought I would share the ones I made in a quick post.

There's really not that much to them. I just stapled some scrap wood together for the sides and added a piece of hardwood cut to size for the bottoms. 

I then just painted them, added some lettering and rough sanded all around to age them a little.

Adding some dried flowers ( All of which came from Mike over the years ) and some fall colors
they were a quick and simple project that anyone can do.

To the sides I added drawer/cabinet pulls for handles. 

They are very inexpensive at Home Depot.

And come in black or silver.

These can either be displayed separately or scatter stacked.

Lots of things can be placed in these crates and they make creative storage too.

The weather has FINALLY turned a little cooler this week I just hope it lasts awhile. 

Cooler weather tends to get the creative juices flowing again and it's much more comfortable to be outside.

It's also great to open the windows and air out the house after a long, hot summer. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Potting Bench Update Perfect For Fall

A few months back I made a pallet potting bench, added a metal piece for the bottom shelf, painted it bright colors and thought nothing else of it.

Along the way the center board on the top warped a little so I cut it out, added another piece of metal and thought nothing else of it.

There was only one problem..... the metal piece that was on the back. I never really liked the way it looked.

So last weekend off came the metal back and it was replaced with a  piece of another pallet.

The paint was updated as well by sanding down a lot of the blue and adding some grey.

Now she is ready for fall planting!

Much better don't you think??

The pallet piece gave the back a much needed shelf.

It is the perfect place for our flea market garden tools and rusty finds.

The new metal cut out piece on the top is a GRATE place to have when you need to brush soil down.

Did you see all those fallen leaves that just magically appeared??

No! We don't have them in Florida, but the dollar store does!!

The back needed a little extra support so I added  4 cut spindle legs to the bottom of the pallet shelf.

Rubbed with a little stain they now looked perfectly weathered.

The bottom grate is also the perfect place for storage and display.

And I always add a few hooks for hanging.

So now I really like this updated version and think the colors are great for fall.

There's even room for a bottle of wine if you are so inclined.

What, you don't drink wine while gardening??

Hope you enjoyed my little update.

And to see the potting bench with the metal back that worked go HERE

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Chippy Nightstand Makeover

WOW! It's been awhile since my last post and even longer since I've had a finished project to share!!

We have been so busy lately with other things that blogging and posting have been lacking. Sometimes you just have to take a break and live life!! There has been a slight change in the weather recently and the humidity is finally at a decent level to finish a few long awaited projects.

The first is another curbside find from our neighborhood.

Just a lonely nightstand sitting all by itself just waiting on a new home and a makeover. 

The bottom track for the drawer was broken so I just removed the whole piece
and decided to add a new wood bottom and a basket.

The square basket fit perfectly once the top handle was removed. 
A little blue spray paint update to match the color theme and it was ready to be used for storage. The basket was purchased at a local thrift store for less then $2.00. 
Great find I think.

I wanted it to have a real chippy finish so I rough sanded, applied Vaseline thinly in a few areas then painted.

The base is white and the top is also white with some grey over it. For the drawer I did the grey under and a lighter blue- grey over it. Then let all dry. It took me a few days to get back to it at this point  and then it was time for the fun part of sanding. I LOVE distressing and LOVE the way it all turned out.

Just look at the chippy goodness from the Vaseline.

I've discovered the secret when applying the Vaseline is to use a very thin coat and let the paint dry completely. This worked great on this piece because it dried far a few days before I sanded it 

The sides are chippy good too!!

I simply LOVE this makeover!! And since it was a curb find and I already had the paint, which was free also this was a cheap, chippy update. The pulls I just reused after spray painting them blue also.  

As for the bottom drawer it is in the process of becoming a storage foot stool.


Thanks for stopping by,

ENJOY your day!!


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