Friday, April 27, 2012

HOW TO UPDATE AN OLD SEWING MACHINE CABINET

So on my little furniture shopping trips, I often run across old, sad looking sew machine cabinets that nobody wants or needs anymore.  Some of these pieces are pretty cool and unique.  Although most of them have little drawers that can not hold much, I have found cabinets with some good size drawers that would be perfect if converted to a desk...only if it wasn't for that big fat HOLE in the middle!

Here are a few options that I have come up with to work around that big fat hole!

Simply tack down the flaps and putty the seams...making for a nice, simple desk.


Or do what we did here...tacked down one side of the "flap", build a box under the area where the sewing machine would go and add a piano hinge to the other "flap".  Makes for an awesome vanity!




Here is my new FAVORITE!  I have been obsessed with (SOO many things) painting glass, in particular....back painted glass and have done it in different projects around my home.  I love, love, LOVE the color coral and gold together and thought this would be a perfect project to use color combo.

I had a sheet of glass that was from an table project that had cracked on the edges.  I took this to my friends over at Vos Glass where they cut my broken piece to the perfect dimensions of this desk top. 

In one spray booth I was spraying the beautiful coral lacquer color.  In another spray booth, I was back painting/spraying the glass and the original hardware in this gorgeous metallic gold color by Valspar.  I sealed both the hardware and the back-painted glass for durability.




See what is underneath the glass I put on top!  A big ol' hold!  But who cares! With this beautiful sheet of metallic glass on top you would never know!  And check out the nice, deep drawers on this piece.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

ANTIQUE DRESSER MAKEOVER

Thought I would do a quick post on this pretty little piece!  It was one of those situations where you ALMOST walked away, your driving home thinking "I should have just walked away" but are so glad you didn't!

I love me some antique and "vintage" items, but this was VIIIINTAAAAAGE!  I swear, someones sweet little great, great, grandpa put this beauty together nail by nail with his flimsy little hand saw for great, great grandma, and it's been loved and pasted down for years, right into my hands...  well, actually into the hands of my new friend Andrea:)




I'm loving the beautiful deep blue color we chose.  It is actually called "Deep Sea Blue" by SW.  And I really think spraying a color on this piece makes the pretty details pop out even more.  And who doesn't love glass knobs?




(ENTER... "PLUG" FOR SIMPLE REDESIGN::))

Now just for a second...ignoring the dusty lamp and annoying bright flash, would you just TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AWESOME FINISH!!! 

Seriously!  Could never achieve this finish with a paintbrush and roller, or even with someone who does have a sprayer but does not do quality work.  





Monday, April 23, 2012

REFINISHING OLD (OR NEW) HARDWARE



I usually like to try to keep the existing hardware on an old piece.  Sometimes the customer wants a completely NEW and totally modernized look and we just change it out...but many times, a little extra time spent on refinishing the old ones can really change the entire look...Not to mention save a lot of money!

I don't think there are many different ways on redoing the hardware, but I do know there is definitely a RIGHT way.  And that "right" way does involved a few very necessary steps.

Skip a step and you might get this...  "NO",  that is NOT a picture taken from my own kitchen because I totally half-xxxxx it, thinking I would be changing everything out in a few months anyway and only sprayed on the silver color with not prep-work or seal coat.  Nope, not me!

So embarrassing...


So THIS is how you do it right!  Sand, prime, sand again, spray with finish (few light coats), spray with a sealing top coat.  DONE!  It's a process that may take a day or 2 because of all the little steps and drying time, but it's only a few minutes for each step.

I have this pretty great little set up for my hardware.  I took the base of an old spinning chair swivel chair and added a piece of wood to the top, that way I could be lazy, stand in one spot and swivel the top to get an even coat.  Then I drilled screws on the side for my hanging pieces and drilled a bunch of screws into a board and flipped it.  This works great to keep my pieces off the flat surface and spray it all uniformly. 

Being holed up in your basement all day spraying lacquer makes you really creative::))  KIDDING!! Don't worry,  I have a great venting system in my spray booth and always wear my masks!




 I actually thought these would make pretty hoop earring!  I'm a "hoop" girl:)  My girlfriends used to call me Jodi Watley in High School because I always had big O' hoops on!!

See the resemblance!


ANYWAY, here are the pieces finished and sealed. along with the products I like to use, to make these last forever...or at least a VERY long time!

Let me know if you have any questions:)









Friday, April 20, 2012

MY LAST REUPHOLSTERING JOB EVER (maybe)!! AND A SNEAK PEEK TO A KITCHEN RENO


Not sure why I do this...buy old chairs I don't even need and reupholser them.  I obviously have an addiction to either cool old chairs, pretty fabrics I don't know what else to do with or simply torturing myself with 6 week projects. I sure it's all the above.

Here is a set I picked up.  Pretty slipper chairs.  I have tackled similar projects before, but nothing this involved, where I needed this metal strip tack thing and this cardboard edging thingy (thank you sweet man at the upholstering store for donating to me:).  This really is not a tutorial at all, I have tried to block out the entire incident and do not remember much of the process, but there are a lot of talented woman on DIY blogs with some great step by step tutorials.

Here they are before...isn't that awesome that I took a picture of the backs but not the fronts?  Seriously Julie?!



I started by removing the fabric so I could paint.  I made sure to keep all the pieces so I could use them as my template for the new fabric.


My original plan was to do a Restoration type whitewash and grey stain technique on the frames.  After I added the stripper to the chairs and started scraping, I quickly realized the front legs were not wood...but plastic:(  I was not only bummed because I could not do my original finish, but the stripped ate away at the plastic so much that I had to so some serious sculpting with my wood putty to make it look good again.  Plan B...I painted it white.



Here are just a few pics of the "during" process.  Notice the condition of my living room in the background pictures...it looked like this for weeks!










LONG story short...here is the end result:)  Not perfect by any means but I learned a LOT.  



 Here is another Cute one.  I like these type of reupholstering jobs.  Fun way to add pops of color, although I am sure some throw pillows would be a lot easier:)



SNEAK PEEK  

Here is a sneak peek at a current project I am doing.  I am helping my mom and my darling 93 year old grandma, who lives with her. do a VERY budget friendly DIY kitchen update.  Here are a few "before" and "during" pictures. 






Here we are prepping and sanding down the frames.  The cabinet drawers and doors are at my house, took them home to spray.

 Such a mess! (my mom:)


Here I am, spraying the frames. I sprayed the doors and drawers at my house.




Saturday, April 14, 2012

FUN PROJECTS WITH DECORATIVE ALUMINUM SCREENS

I have always loved the look of metal screens that you would use to cover an old radiator.  In fact, I have incorporated in somehow on every one of the house that we built or renovated. There are a few different designs and colors to use.  I typically find mine at Homey D or Lowes.

In this particular case, I built a window seat in our office wanted a built in bench to "look" like it was an old radiator that I had built a box around.

Bad picture, I know, but you get the idea.

Although a built-in is a great and classic place to use these screens, I have gotten pretty creative with the left overs…

Replace the panel of a door on a cabinet


I have used them to cover in wall speakers in 2 homes and here, in our current home's retro Nutone.


Check out the nasty before picture of the original fabric!



I must have REALLY been bored this particular day....  I created a magazine holder out of the extra metal screen to make a magazine holder for the 1/2 bath of out current house.

Wish I knew I would be starting a blog a year ago!  Not sure how to tell you how I did this one, but with a little creativity and an hour of nothing better to do, I came up with this!

I always keep the left overs and make little things here and there...so I though I would share a few simple ideas.


FLOWER VASE


PENCIL HOLDER


CANDLE/VOTIVE HOLDER




Although the diameter is a bit different, the construction is basically the same...

1-cut the screen to length and width

2-with a small pieces of wire, pull through holes and twist to secure.




Just make sure the diameter fits what you want to use it for.  For example, I cut a water bottle down to fit inside this one to hold the pencils







Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DON'T OVERLOOK THAT OLD ARMOIRE YET

Most of us have one, an old armoire we really don't need anymore taking up space in the basement...I know I do!  Although most of us have moved on to the flat screen t.v.'s we are always still in the market for more storage, right?

I have a mudroom reno coming up in the next few months of my own and have been brainstorming ways to incorporate an armoire into the space to use as extra closet and storage.  I still have not figured out why it looks like I have 8 kids whenever I walk into the mudroom when I only have 3!

Anyway, I recently refinished an armoire for a friend who needed more storage in her beautiful home that does not happen to be overflowing with closet space.  They have the flat screen over the fireplace, but decided to use an old armoire that they had in storage for the past few years, add shelves inside and  put in her living room to hold blankets and toys...turned out super cute!

BEFORE

AFTER



Here are some other great ideas that I found on pinterest.  So many ways to use old armoires or hutches in a more purposeful way.  From a craft center, computer station, pretty storage in bathroom or closet or extra pantry storage space.


sewing armoireAn organized armoire for additional closet space.armoire - BHGlaundry armoireCraft Supply Closet from an ArmoireSimplest armoire

armoire pantryArmoire as Bathroom Storage!!!