Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ahoy! Reclaimed Barnwood Anchors

Spent some time in the shop this weekend {trying to avoid the blasting heat and humidity outside}. Since we don't have a boat but I really wanted to be on the lake or in the water I thought I would make the best of the situation and create some reclaimed barnwood anchors {and a little side table too}. The lake would have been more relaxing and ALOT cooler, but these projects turned out pretty darn cool too!

The oak side table was missing it's door for the bottom, but I think it works just as well with a little basket instead! I refinished the top and added an old pull I had salvaged off a different piece months ago. The light grey is a custom paint mix that I created, I'll ever be able to replicate it because I mixed so many colors together...oh well, it's one-of-a-kind now!

Then there are these darling anchors. Made from chippy old wood scraps from various projects, I've learned to never throw anything away because you never know when a need will arise. {materials are a mix of trim board, door panels, ship lap, barn siding and more} I really love the array of textures and colors!

Oh, and how about the backdrop...old reclaimed bowling alley flooring---gasp! Now I have to determine what to do with that wood too!


Hope you had a great first week of summer...enjoy each day, the summer weeks go by way too fast!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Furniture Makeovers Fresh From the Shop: Tables, Dressers, Night Stands and more

I've been getting so many fantastic furniture pieces lately. So many that I had things packed and stacked all the way to the ceiling in our storage building! It was becoming a serious problem. {can you say borderline hoarder...eeek!} But come on, how can I even think of passing up a cute little, never!

So despite the blazing heat we are experiencing this early in June {upper 90s in Minnesota already, come on!}, I grabbed as many pieces as I could safely work simultaneously on, and brought them in the shop and started busting some a##!

While some pieces were clamped and glued, I repaired damaged veneer and removed hardware on others. All the while contemplating the color pallet for each piece and whether or not I would be needing any new hardware. 

With some great music cued up, I eventually found my zen and lost myself for hours...and days on end in the shop!

Here is a gallery of what resulted from my determination.

{special bonus: navy and white dotted Japenese crafted paper line the drawers of this fantastic navy dresser}

Guess what? I finished so many projects that I now have a walkway to get to the back of my storage shed! Hallelujah!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Painted Armoire: Furniture Makeover

In all honesty, there are projects I bring home that I just don't want to work on. Not necessarily because they will be too difficult, but because they are just so big and ugly and I even question whether or not they can possibly be lovable again.

Case in point, this Stanley armoire that I've been sitting on or about a year.

It was in great shape, but a drawer pull was missing and somewhere along the line the previous owner used it as a TV stand so they had cut the back out. Neither of which were deal breakers, I just didn't have the energy or desire to work on it. I actually tried to sell it on craigslist for a couple weeks but  everyone kept asking for better images before they would come see it and it was so big and heavy that I couldn't stand it up by myself for decent photos ... so, I caved and just decided to push it in the shop and give it a makeover myself. {and now, this is probably one of my all time favorite makeovers, go figure!}

I painted the piece in a custom chalk paint mix and gave it a antiqued finish. The hardware was updated too. I purchased new knobs and then added some small backplates to them that I had in my stash.

I went back and forth on whether or not to paint the inside of the piece, but ultimately decided against it because the wood was in such great shape.

I hope you like this big makeover as much as I do!

Have a great weekend.