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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

Bookshelves You Can Make

MAKE BOOKSHELVESBookshelves You Can Make

Did you ever think there were bookshelves you can make? Well? Anyone?

This DIY home goddess did it, and so can you. Not only did I make these without a kit (no thank you, IKEA), But I designed them myself. I turned my library into a modern library, and so can you!

Chair Rail (or dado) was originally put in houses to protect the wall from damage when pushing away from the table. The standard was 36 inches from the floor.

Nowadays it is used more for architectural design and aesthetics, and they tend to be put wherever the designer wants them. The other problem is now they are not just thin, they can be almost any size.

Mine are placed with the bottom of the rail at 39 inches above the floor, height is 5 1/2 inches, and depth goes from 1/4 inch at the edge to 1 1/2 inches in the center.

Needless to say, when I wanted to turn my unused living room into a library, this created a problem. I wanted 3 full walls with shelves, but didn’t want to remove the railing, and tall bookshelves need to be anchored to the wall. With a 5 1/2 inch thick rail, this was not going to happen.

I decided shelves that came close to the rail would work, but could not find any that weren’t cheap looking for the right size. Nothing against IKEA and Target purchases. So I decided to go to Home Depot and build homey looking ones myself. Later on I will finish the room once I have designed small floating paperback shelves for above the rail. Read more