Archive for Furniture ReFurbish/Repair

Do Not Always Refurbish Your Antiques – Sometimes Just Reuse Them

DON'T ALWAYS REFURBISH
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?

RESTAIN

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

CRATES INTO BOOKSHELVES

Turn Crates into Bookshelves

The Hunt

crates

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

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, www.bottlecapco.com. 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