A Table To Dine For

Recently I had to use a vacation day to take my car to the dealer a recalled airbag.  Quite possibly the least exciting use of a vacation day ever.  But there was a Restore next to the dealership and I had been keeping my eye out for a new kitchen table for my mother-in-law. She wanted to replace her pink tile top table so that she could paint her kitchen a different color. So I decided to kill time and I found this not so lovely table for $35!  The table had years of wear, many coats of polyurethane, and a ton of scratches, but I figured for $35, I would take a chance on it.

It was my first project using a chemical stripper and stain and I learned a lot pretty quickly.  Read the full post below to see the steps I took and how it turned out.

Unfortunately the after photos aren’t great quality – I was having some lighting issues with my camera.  It looks much better in person.

Table Before and After

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Desk Makeover with Wallpaper Inserts for Under $100!

During my Black Friday online shopping spree this year, I splurged and bought myself a 27″ monitor for my home office, forgetting of course, that my desk had a hutch with an opening for a 20″ monitor. Oops! The monitor cost more than the desk, and I was thinking about making a change to this room anyway, so the oversize monitor gave me a good excuse to start desk shopping at Restore and on Craig’s list.

I found a super heavy solid wood desk on Craigslist for $60 and talked the guy into letting me take it for $50. He told me that it had belonged to a doctor who had it in his office since at least the 1970’s, possibly longer. When I opened the drawers, there were notes on pharmaceutical post-its in what looked like an older woman’s script labeling each drawer location. So cute!

The desk was fairly scratched and had several chips. It also had drawer pulls and I knew I wanted to use knobs instead, so I used some wood filler and wood glue to repair the broken parts. Then, after sanding, priming, painting, and polying, I wanted to give it a little bling, so I added some knobs from Homegoods, but still it wasn’t quite what I envisioned for the office.

I had some silver circle wallpaper from Lowes laying around that I bought because I loved it, even though I knew I would never put it on my walls (too much work). I thought the metallic silver in the wallpaper it might look good with the drawer knobs. I made a template out of cardboard and cut a pattern out of the wallpaper. I gave the pieces a quick coat of spray on polycrylic for protection and attached them to the drawers with dots. I then drilled the holes for the knobs though the center of the wallpaper pattern. It looks great next to the silver cabinet I painted a few weeks ago that has become a printer stand and paper holder.  I used the same knobs on both the desk and the cabinet to help tie them together visually.

Cost to refinish:

  • $40 paint, poly, wood glue & wood filler
  • $26 knobs
  • $32 wallpaper                                            
  • Total = $98

Desk Makeover

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Thrift Store Sideboard to Bedroom Dresser

Four our guest room, I wanted to get a piece of furniture with cabinets in addition to drawers for some additional storage. I had been looking at buffets and sideboards on Craigslist for a while but could never find one in decent shape for a few hundred dollars or less. On a trip to the suburbs, I drove past a thrift shop and decided to pop in.  This sideboard was buried under some old cash registers and picture frames, but was in good shape and was 20% off that day because it had a yellow sticker on it and apparently yellow was the color of the day so I got it for $80! It had one broken knob, was missing a knob, and had some scratches and nicks.

After brining it home and giving it a good sanding with a power sander, I broke out my new favorite toy – a power sprayer!  The sprayer took some getting used to – its not quite the same thing as spray paint, but it does make paint a lot more affordable.

Buffet to Dresser

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Shine On!

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend!  I used the long weekend to work on a few projects inspired by all of the metallic furniture and accessories I’ve seen lately online and at Home Goods.  I wanted to add a pop of silver to the office to play off the gray accent walls but I wasn’t sure where to start. Then I remembered I had a cabinet from the Christmas Tree Shop  that I bought for the guest room before realizing it was the wrong color teal.  It was only $19 so I never bothered returning it figuring I could find another use for it some day, so in the corner it sat waiting for its moment to shine. And now it certainly does shine! I bought a few cans of brilliant silver spray paint from Lowes and sprayed the little cabinet down. I added a coat of Polycrylic to seal it and should have used the spray on kind but I was out so I brushed it on instead – I should have just gone back to Lowes, I hate the streaks.  I also added a knob from Home Goods that matches the desk knobs in that room.

I’ve noticed that a lot of stores are carrying really pretty metallic coral and shells for $25+.  I found a piece of white coral and a white shell on a stand at the Christmas Tree shop for $4.99 and $6.99 and coated them with some leftover paint from the cabinet.  I was a little too excited and forgot to take before pictures.


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Soy Candles – Wedding Place Cards/Gifts

My wedding day was two years ago this week, so I thought I would post about a fun wedding idea that we had for our special day. One of the first projects we started was making small soy candles to be used as a combination place card and gift for our guests. I had made soy jar candles in the past but never in a large quantity at once – it was quite an undertaking! But not all that much work. It took a few hours after work each night for about a week or so to make the 60 candles after we had figured out the right recipe of wax to color to scent.

I ordered a few scent samples from the wax company before I placed the order for the large bottles.  This part was a lot of fun – I felt like a celebrity designing my own perfume.  I wanted a light floral scent so I combined Lilac and Lilly of the Valley with a touch of Spring Rain.  The scent of the candles filled the reception area at the wedding and it was a nice affect with the fresh flowers that were on display.  Each batch of candles (we made about 6 at a time) was a slightly different shade than the next so it had a nice variation or color.  We also added some pink and silvery gray ribbons around the base of the jars to go with our wedding colors.  The labels matched our invitations.

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Welcome, Spring!

Spring is finally here!  I am so excited for warm weather that I wanted to personally let Spring know it was welcome at my house by placing an invitational wreath for it on my front door.

I looked at spring floral wreaths at some stores and was shocked about the pricing.  The Christmas Tree Shop – a discount store – had a basic yellow floral wreath for $40.  Forty Dollars! For some artificial flowers and twigs?? I knew I could make one a lot cheeper, and so I did!  The supplies cost $20 at A.C. Moore with a coupon for 50% off one item that was used on one of the flowers.

Making this wreath took about 15 minutes.  I started by weaving tulle around the wreath so that I would have something to help keep the flowers in place.  I didn’t want to use a glue gun for this project (mostly because I couldn’t find it) and between the tulle and the loosely intwined sticks of the wreath, I was able to weave the flower stems through enough open spaces to make them stick. I have had a few fall off but for the most part, it has held together pretty well.

How are you welcoming spring to your house?

Welcome, Spring

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