Karen at Strictly Simple Life:
I was determined to turn it into a presentable desk for my office that also doubles as a guest room. It started out as a kitchen table in the early days of marriage when pine was all we poor struggling kids could afford. More recently, it was used as a craft table by my children. It was covered with remnants of glue, glitter and crayon. One leg was covered in a thick brown substance that I sincerely hope was finger paint. After a very thorough cleaning, it was time to sand, prime, paint and possibly, add a finishing touch.
Step one was sanding. Years of use left the surface of the table, soon-to-be desk pretty scratched up. Pine is a very soft wood. It took a bit of time to remove the finish and sand down the years of abuse. After a good wiping down, it was on to primer and paint. I may sound like a broken record here, but I grabbed my trusted friends, Rustoleum spray primer and paint in White Satin and had at it. A few thin coats of each was all it took. Remember, when you are using spray paint, it is always best to do multiple thin coats to avoid drips. I followed the directions on the can and waited about 20 after priming to paint the desk. I let the desk dry for 24 hours then applied a wipe on protective coat. It now looked like this: Better, but not quite there. It needed a dash of something to punch it up a bit. How about painting a pinstripe border? I liked the idea of it, but I’m all about effortless design and the thought of measuring, taping and painting sounded like a lot of trouble. If I didn’t like it, I would have to paint again. Enter liquid starch. This fabulous product and a couple of rolls of .50 ribbon from Michael’s could give me the look of a painted pinstripe in minutes. Here’s the skinny: Step 1 – With a ruler placed at the edge of the table, parallel to the top, I marked the distance I wanted between each of my stripes. I moved the ruler down several inches and again marked the same distances. I continued this process in about 4 inch increments until I was at the opposite end of the table. I repeated the process on the other side of the desk. I chose two thin stripes on either side of a slightly thicker stripe to give me the look I was going for. Step 2- I measured the length I wanted each stripe be, including how much would be necessary to wrap around the edge of the desk. I cut four lengths of orange ribbon for the outer stripes and two lengths of red ribbon for the inner stripe. Step 3 – I poured a small amount of liquid starch in
to a plastic container and placed a piece of ribbon in the liquid. I made sure to saturate the ribbon, then, with my thumb and index finger, I squeezed out the excess starch, working my way to the end of the ribbon. Step 4- Using the pencil marks as my guide and starting with the innermost stripes and working my way to the edge, I positioned the ribbons on the desk, tucking the ends under for a finished look. This step is very similar to using wallpaper. The liquid starch is very slippery allowing you to reposition if necessary. Step 5 – I let the ribbon dry overnight and I was ready to place my accessories on the desk and call it a day. From start to finish, this took about 15-20 minutes to complete. The best part about this method is that the ribbon will adhere to the desk until I decide to remove it. But it gets better, unlike wallpaper, an absolute nightmare to remove, the ribbon will peel off in one pull. No mess!
I started this project back in March, but wedding planning and school and possibly sheer laziness may or may not have gotten in the way! So now, 5 months later, I’ve finished it and fallen in love!!
I had my dad help me haul it down to his shop where I sanded it all down. I didn’t think about it until I was completely done sanding that it was probably lead based paint and I’d just inhaled it all! Oh well, my lungs haven’t died yet! 🙂
I then added hardware that I got at lowes for 2.00 each. Simple plain white and silver knobs. I did away with the original pulls and just put knobs on. I like that look much better. The original holes were filled in with filler before I even sanded.
I ordered some awesome lime green blooms from etsy seller byrdiegraphics. (who by the way, was really awesome to work with. Plus when i got my package she had sent me 2 free birds!) They were the most expensive part at 38.00 but I have already learned that I suck at stenciling so I was NOT about to try that again. Go ahead and say I cheated but I don’t care!
So here you go…
Amanda at Vintage Dutch Girl:
I’ve been feeling super inspired by all the thrifty crafty DIY and fabulous revamp blogs I’ve been reading. So I gathered up my spending cash (less than $20.00 – whoopadeedoo….can you buy ANYTHING anymore for less than twenty bucks?), pawned the kids off on my dear hubby, jumped in the car and headed to our local Goodwill store for some thrifting therapy. I eagerly browsed around looking for something horrible and decrepit with a splash of potential. There was one fabulous chair that I passed up because it was too expensive.
I was muchly thrilled. And even better? The stingy dutch woman living inside of me (Hi, Mrs. Stinginess, I know you are in there) was pleased as punch to see a price tag of $3.99.
I picked this sucker up for less than a Starbucks Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Can ya tell I was slightly ecstatic? I wheeled my chair-laden goodwill cart proudly, wondering if the other
patrons were kicking themselves for passing up my treasure.
The seat fabric? Detestable. Fuzzy orange with shiny gold stripes:
Yanked that seat off, threw the fabric DIRECTLY into the garbage, then sanded, primed and spray painted that chair to gorgeousness:
Stapled on some fantastic new fabric (that cost more than the chair), Bessie reattached the seat and voila!
Meet Mrs. Previously Goodwill Drab, now known as Miss Sassy N. FAB:
Nori at Love-2-Create:
Sew together with right sides facing each other.
Iron the hem- it’s helps keep a straight edge while sewing.
Press the parts that you sewed together- it will give it a crisp look.
Sew! It helps it “flow” if you arrange it in a nice neat pile in your lap.
I made sure to keep my fabric in line with the line at 10 so that I would have a straight hem.
Wrapping paper $2.25
First, here’s a little background on this great piece of furniture. 🙂 We ran across it one day last summer right before we got married. It was sitting in someone’s front yard with a “Free” sign. Well, we needed an entertainment center, and we didn’t have a lot of money to spare, so Free sounded good to us! So my father-in-law hauled it off for us, and it resided in our apartment for the past year. When we decided to move, we realized it was too tall for the space we wanted to put it (against the staircase), so we took the top off. Before we did that, it looked kind of like this:
But we just needed the bottom half, so we pried off the top half….so it looked like this:
Obviously, because we ripped off the top, we had some holes where the nails had been….so we starte
d by filling in those holes with wood filler:
And we knocked some of the nails that were still poking up a little bit down further with a hammer.
Then we got out our make-over supplies. We used paint brushes, foam brushes, latex gloves, and primer.
And our free quart of Glidden paint! Oh yeah!
Next we coated it in primer (except for the fronts of the doors, since we planned to mod-podge those)….
Then, after the wood filler had dried, we sanded it down so it was flat, and painted primer over it, too.
My free Glidden paint choice was called, “Red Delicious.” When I saw it online, it seemed to be a nice bright red, but when we started painting, it looked hot pink! We were slightly concerned. 🙂 It was probably due to the white primer underneath, because as we added coats, it turned more red.
After finishing all the coats of paint, we mod-podged patterned 12×12 inch scrapbook paper onto it. It was really time-consuming getting it cut to the perfect size to fit in the holes (especially since each hole was a little different…hmmm… :)) But eventually we got them all in:
Here’s a look at the mod-podged paper up-close:
Then we hauled it inside:
And we left it to dry for a couple of days, then put the hardware (handles) back on:After a couple of days, we did a coat of Shellac over it to help keep it from getting dented and scratched as easily. Then, we put the TV back on, and VOILA!
Aren’t they so “happily ever after”?
Great job everyone! I am SO inspired!
I really need to find a piece of furniture worth rescuing!