Archive for Furniture ReFurbish/Repair

Do Not Always Refurbish Your Antiques – Sometimes Just Reuse Them

Do Not Always Refurbish Your Antiques – Sometimes Just Reuse Them

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Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?


This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Turn Crates Into Bookshelves


Turn Crates into Bookshelves

The Hunt


What to do with the old crates? I didn’t know, but I bought them anyway.

I was at a flea market a couple of months ago (you can read about it here), and was kind of in the mood to build something. Actually, I was itching to build something. I’d been too idle, and I really don’t like that. I wanted to repurpose something. I found some wood crates with company logos on them, and snatched them up pretty quickly. I did not know what I was going to do with them (so what else is new?) but I wanted them.

The Research

I brought them home and started looking on the Internet for ideas. Plenty of ideas, but nothing really screamed make me. A lot of them were wild ideas, some were traditional, some were just plain boring.

  • A coffee table? No where to put it.
  • A medicine cabinet? My mentor it would probably be too heavy for the wall (even though others were doing it).
  • Storage in the mudroom? What mudroom?
  • The base for a bench seat? Again, no where to put it.
  • Just plain old boxes for storage? How boring is that, even if they are painted.

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Retro Something New


Retro Something New

The Hunt

In my quest to retro my home, I started with some crafting things. I’ve always been able to make something as long as I had the instructions. You ask me to create something out of my head, forget it! But I can do just about anything with instructions and enough patience.

I wanted some kind of retro cool looking table outside on my deck. I really didn’t like the large patio tables because they were heavy and bulky, and well, just big! I needed something a little substantial, but I wanted little. Just something big enough to put a couple of beers on.

In my quest, I found a do it yourself magazine that had an unusual looking table. It used a metal table, bottle caps, and spray paint. Hey, I could do this! But where in the world do I find enough bottle caps! Most stuff doesn’t come with bottle caps anymore, and I really didn’t want to drink the estimated 200 bottles of beer I would need.

retro something new

You can get these for a total retro look

retro something new

Epoxy dots to protect the bottle caps if you so desire.

I found this company, They sold new and used bottle caps! Just what I needed! I wanted it to have a retro look, so just ordering plain old single color bottle caps was not exactly what I had in mind. But they had a set of old soda company bottle caps for sale. So retro! And they were flat, so easily glued on I was thinking. Perfect for what I wanted. Retro and new at the same time. Read more

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