Family Room: Upcycled Tables

I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.

Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.

Our new coffee table
. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?

Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing. 

. . . viola! Our new coffee table
. . . viola! Our new coffee table

George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.

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I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . 😉

Have a good week! — Joanne

Goodbye 2014 :: Welcome 2015

Happy New Year! We’ve been enjoying a long and lazy holiday break. I finished my last project for the year just in time for Christmas: 16 quilted table runners for family and friends.

Quilted Table Runner
Quilted Table Runner

Over the past year, George and I learned a lot of new tricks and techniques, received much appreciated advice and made a few friends while doing what we love: creating, building and crafting. I am honored to share a few of my favorite blogs with you; knowing you’ll find something to enjoy from their posts as much as I: Fox and Finch Antiques, Hello, Scarlet, and Ol’ Perly Jenkins.

I look forward to attempting new projects this new year. I did not realize how “crafty busy” we had been until I looked back over 2014. Indulge me as I share a few with you:

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Well, I have three, actually 😉

Salvaged Wood Shelf
Salvaged Wood Shelf
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
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Architectural Wall Art

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By far, the easiest project!

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DIY Necklace Holder

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Though, not a 2014 project, this was the most viewed one for the year.

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Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

Anyone see a pattern here? I guess we like creating with wood. 🙂 I’d love to know your favorite 2014 post or project.

Here’s to a fantabulous New Year to you and yours! – – Joanne

From Old Door To Headboard

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George gamely hung with the 3 ‘sistas’ this weekend. Having recently moved in to her new home; the plan was to help Laurel decorate, outfit a guest room and to construct a headboard from an old door.  
First, George hung antique stained glass windows that fit perfectly in her three front windows.

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Salvaged Shabby Wood Shelf

I wanted a shelf over my bed headboard; but nothing was inspiring me. Nothing! I was experiencing that dreaded, time consuming “I’ll know it when you see it” syndrome. I couldn’t find the right design, or wood or stain.

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Well, it had been staring me in the eyes all summer. I had a “Duh” moment. Use some of the salvaged wood I had on hand! And . . . leave the wood as is: shabby, no added paint or stain.

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It is a sickness, but I love to collect salvaged woods from furniture or building construction. I have quite a collection. I used two vintage window crowns and a buffet backboard piece left from our half bath remodel.

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I planned to place the shelf high on the wall, so I used the most damaged piece – the light green window crown, minus the trim molding – as the shelf. One side has a few rough spots which look worse in the image than actually is. Only a 6’5″ person would be able see the damage. 😉

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Five screws secure the green wood to the white window crown. The stained backboard piece was secured with flat braces.

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The only thing I had to purchase were the flat brackets. I love the combined woods and colors.

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Don’t you just love it when it all comes together and it costs almost nothing? .🙂
Have a good week! – – Joanne

Easy #DIY Key Rack

I was all set to create a key rack for my sister’s new kitchen (Budget White Kitchen Makeover).

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I scrubbed the salvage pieces, gathered the supplies, was ready to start . . .

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But, wait. This is HER kitchen. So, the box of supplies went to her house. After fiddling with color and arrangement, she screwed the hooks into a salvage piece.

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With a saw tooth picture hanger on the back it was hung in a high traffic area, next to the back door.

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Don’t you just love the layers of paint and patina of the wood? My niece got swept up in the ‘creating’ mood and made one for her room.

 

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This was an easy, fun project. The best part was that everyone could take part. When you design and construct anything yourself, it has more value. 🙂

 

Happy Hayden
Happy Hayden

 

Supplies
*any old piece of wood (we used salvaged ‘bull’s eye’ pieces)
*hooks (we used World Market ceramic hooks)
*screws (usually come with the hooks)
*saw tooth picture hanger
*hammer
*screwdriver

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We’re still working on the kitchen makeover. The lights are installed, window treatments sewn. The tile backsplash goes up this weekend. The flooring is next. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I hope you’ll check back next week for an update. Thanks for stopping by!

Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 1, Part 2

 

'Hook' by Hayden
‘Hook’ by Hayden

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Have a good week! — Joanne

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Repurposed Jeans :: Child’s Paint/Craft Smock

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 I can’t wait to give this to my little niece. I repurposed a pair of old jeans using a converted (Simplicity #1234) pattern into a cobbler-style paint smock.

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