To build a little bit of a base, I am going to share a few of my past projects. These will just give brief descriptions rather than details and how-to’s since I didn’t take pictures along the way. Also excuse the poor quality, most of these are phone pictures.
This sad beat down table was leaning against a telephone pole, about to get rained on and then sent to the dump. Once I brought it home, I went ahead and put the wicker center out of it’s misery.
Is there such a thing as ‘good wicker”?
I created a new one by covering plywood with material and then topping it with plexiglass (useful tip- most home improvement stores offer glass cutting at no extra charge. All you need are your measurements). So anyway, with a fresh coat of paint to match, the table is now sporting some sweet home town flavor.
What up 410!!
The Twilight Dresser
Because who DOESN’T think “Oooh, I know what will improve this piece of furniture! Gluing on pictures of Twilight characters!”
Ok, I admit it. I stuck stickers on my dresser when I was a kid. And that was probably my least destructive endeavor… Anyway, this here green dresser was hanging out in the alley. (which, according to all of the D.A.R.E pamphlets, is the wrong place to be!) I passed by it quite a few times, noting that the top was made of fiber board, and didn’t pick it up. It turned out to be a slow trash day so I eventually went back for it. After a light sanding, patching one hole with copious amounts of wood filler, sanding again, adding a rail on the top to repair other damages and painting, it was starting to look alright! Then I ran out of the off white paint before the drawers were done. Because I’m always anxious to finish jobs quickly, and Lowe’s is 25 minutes from my house and any “simple” shopping trip with 2 preschoolers tends to take about 3 hours, I opted for a totally different color for the drawers. One that I already had on hand. I was really pleased with the result! The piece sold for $50 the very next day.
Money saving tip for hardware- REUSE IT WHENEVER YOU CAN! Hardware is expensive, but it also makes SUCH a big difference. Because this dresser had so many pieces, I chose not to spend the $35-40 on new knobs and instead bought a can a black spray paint and reused the existing pieces plus some new handles which were on sale for $1.99 a piece.
This last one is still one of my most challenging restorations to date.
Who in their right mind pulls a you-ee in the middle of an intersection for this pile of confusing garbage!!? Me.
Firstly, I did not even know what I had picked up until I got it home and sorted through the pieces. Amazingly, it had all the legs and was only missing one additional drawer. I was able to identify that it was, in fact, supposed to be a drop leaf table which looked as though someone had once or twice decided to redo it but never finished either time. After more sanding than I have ever done in my life, I found bare wood. It was still a little too beat to stain nicely, so I went with painting and distressing it to play into it’s cozy tiredness.
I added iron key-style drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby to class it up a notch.
3 days, and so many sanding discs later, I had a clean new table which I sold on Craigslist for $75 (to a fellow crafter who planned to use it as a sewing table).
So to sum up, and quote some Paw Patrol – “Don’t lose it! Reuse it!”