Sunday, December 8, 2013

Repaint a Goodwill end table!

Hello everyone!
I have a new project to show all of you. It took a while to get this one started. I had the table for about a year or maybe more before I even touched it.
You can see the table here. I originally bought this table from a Goodwill and was going to use it to make a small bench. It is actually pretty short for a regular end table. I put it in this place to keep it out of the way until I got ready to make the bench. But I then noticed that with our futon right here in this room it was the perfect height! That is when I decided to go ahead and use it as an end table.

So first I sanded it down to get the little bit of clear coat that was on it.
 I primed the the table then painted it with some paint I had left over from painting the desk in the same room. Then I picked up a stencil at Hobby Lobby and ended up with this! The last step was to seal it with Polycrylic! It is the same stuff I used on another project and it is holding up great! I love the way it turned out! So much lighter and brighter.

Hope you have a wonderful Holiday and I hope I get another project up here soon!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Closet turned sewing room!

Hello everyone!

A while back I went home to visit my family that live a couple hours away from me and we stayed at my mom's house. Every time I go there I just want to help her with her next DIY project. Well, I seen some of the closet/office redo's and thought it would work perfect in her library/sewing room. When I say library I mean like over 1000 books in there and she has read every last one of the them.

I showed her some of the pictures I had found and she really liked them. A couple of weeks went by and we were talking on the phone and she said she wanted me to help her make this happen. Oh I was so excited!

I told her we needed to redo the entire room because the paint color was too dark and some things needed to be rearranged or thrown out. I sketched up a simple idea and told her all the plans. (well what I had so far)

Here is what the room looked like before. Too much stuff and unorganized!

The bookshelves didn't match and that green thing is just plain ugly in there! (my dog always seems to get into the pictures)

The closet just had a ton of clothes that she didn't wear except for a few things that we sorted out. 

This was her sewing table for the longest time until the door broke so now it just stored the supplies but wasn't actually functional!

We started with some really light yellow paint on three walls and a couple shades darker on the fourth wall where we plan to stencil the wall.

We bought some wood to make a desk top and split the old shelf in half to make two and painted them white.
 Added some beautiful Ikea boxes and basket! We still need to paint the desk top, but that is ok.

I also got her a second white shelf to match. We found these white drapes at Ikea. She is going to hem them eventually.

So that is the progress so far! I love the look of the boxes on the shelves and there is way more storage than she needs now! Hopefully we make some more progress the next time I visit!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Updating a thrift store lamp!

Hello everyone!

So I have been in nursing school for the past year and haven't posted anything since then. This makes me really sad...well it makes me more sad that I don't have much time to do very many projects, but that will come soon.

Anyways, I did find a little time to fit a few projects in over a longer period of time and just haven't found the time to post them. I picked up an old lamp from a thrift store a while back...I believe it was Goodwill but 100% sure. I have a lot of furniture and decorative things from thrift stores that I revamp for plan to anyways. Here is what I found:

 It's actually not a terrible color (mint green) but it wasn't what I was look for but I love the shape.

 I taped off the top and the cord where the meet the green and picked up a can of Heirloom white spray paint by Rust-oleum. Gave it a couple of coats and ended up with this beauty!

 I got the lamp shade in the above picture from Target on sale but it lives on a different lamp in the living room. I found an inexpensive neutral lamp shade from Wal-mart that I really like as well. This can be seen in the picture below.

The lamp lives in our guest/craft room on the Goodwill end table that needs repainting or staining (who knows when that will happen). I think it looks pretty good! And you can do this to any interesting lamp base and make a beautiful custom lamp for any room!

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!