YARD SALE SEASON - repurposing desks

Yard sale season is upon us and it's time to get up and get shopping.
Here is neat idea I have to get you rethinking and looking at furniture differently.

Repurpose a vintage desk not only with paint and new hardware but place
in an entry and be creative with how you style it.

To get tips on how I created this finished creamy white piece:

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 I found an old lost BEFORE photo on the computer of my kitchen
and thought you would like to see it posted with the AFTER.
I built the freestanding island myself and added a small trim to the cabinet faces.
I painted the cabinets in a creamy latex with a dry brush of a darker tone over the trim.
The hardware was changed by filling the old holes and installing wood knobs in a new spot.
I built a shelf in the corner for the microwave and added a plate railing beside it.
The back splash is a three dimensional wall paper in a small tile pattern and the upper section
is another wall paper which is a very playful and colorful French pattern.
I have offered a ton of links in the above paragraph to close up photos.

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I often have to build or change the back on cabinets and shelving units with newer wood. Most of the
 time I don't have large enough pieces of good wood to accomplish this so I have to use smaller
pieces of reclaimed wood to cover the backs.
This cabinet was no different. I wanted to use three salvaged drawer bottoms to cover the
 back but only one area was the right size to use these pieces but that wouldn't stop me.
The boards were wide enough but not tall enough to cover the larger opening.
I took a reclaimed pine board and cut it to fit across the inside of the larger opening to divide the
space so two drawer bottoms could be used. The pine divider board was secured in place with screws.
I trimmed the salvaged drawer bottoms with a sharp box knife to fit perfectly.

Here are all three boards nailed in place filling in the back of the cabinet.
And remember the inside ...

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This dresser is a great example of how you can make a few simple changes to use it
in your new seaside décor.

The original dresser was in great shape just very boring.

To start the seaside theme I cut and added a rope detail on the bottom front.
You see rope everywhere on boats and docks.

Vintage brass is a great feature use on seaside themed furniture. Brass doesn't rust and corrode like
 other metal does in the salty air of the coast, so it is used all over marinas. After painting this
 dresser in a blue and then a white wash I sanded the lock plates to show them off the brass.

The original dresser came with gold handles but the elaborate vintage brass Chippendales
 I chose to use in their place are the perfect touch on these glossy waxed drawers.


The last piece that finished the look is the natural top, clear coated for protection

Hope this helps you with some of your beach decorating.

Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.


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A lot more people have heard about Milk Paint in the last little while thanks in a large part to the
internet and many DIY bloggers but Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years. Originally
 milk paint was made of milk, lime and earth pigments. Simple and easy for most households to
create and use. Over time the recipe has been improved upon using enhanced pigments and bonding
 agents but it is still used because it is simple, effective, and biodegradable.
I personally do not use it often. It comes in a powdered form and you must mix it yourself. I don't
 enjoy the really earthy smell and you must use up what you mix in a short amount of time. It does
 however offer a different look to painted furniture. It works well when applied to raw surfaces, but
 reacts in an unpredictable manor when applied to older finishes. It can crackle or flake off, and in my
 experience (which is limited to a handful of pieces) can continue to flake well after the paint is dry.
I used a little Sea Green Milk Paint as a base to achieve a great aged effect on this country cabinet
 I built. Below you can see the Sea Green is the darker flecks showing through the warn areas.

NOTE: This is a project done many years ago and before ASCP.
#1 Primed it in white
#2 Sprayed the Sea Green Milk paint
#3 Sprayed a turquoise tinted primer
The cabinet was waxed with a mix of walnut stain mixed with natural Minwax.
You could achieve the same look with dark wax I just didn't have any at the time.
All the distressing I did was done with sand paper between each coat of paint.
Doing it between each layer adds a great deal of depth to the finish but is extra work.
Here is some of that crackling I talked about earlier.
Milk Paint can be used very successfully
 but understanding how it works and behaves will help you succeed.
Locally you can get Milk Paint at Lee Valley approx. $14.00

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YARD SALE SEASON - retro turn table cabinets

Yard sale season is here and it's time to find amazing make over pieces.
Here is a proven idea to get your minds racing and your car started early on the weekends.

Add some color to a $12 mid century turn table cabinet for a real statement.
To see more of this fiery little red piece I repurposed:

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This Before and After is a little different.
It is going to show how important the finished surroundings effects your painted project.

AFTER install

BEFORE install

AFTER install

BEFORE install
Just because it doesn't win the beauty pageant in the work shop
doesn't mean it won't be the star attraction once it is part of your home.

My girlfriend and I painted this vintage sideboard in her unfinished basement.
The perfect place to paint but not the perfect surroundings.
We brush painted it with ASCP in Provence, sanded it smooth, and finished it with clear wax.

We kept the original hardware and preserved the detailed inlays.


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