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7 Lessons I learned From a Craigslist Hutch Makeover

Hey everyone! I like to check craigslist periodically, not because I necessarily need something but because you just never know what you’ll find that you didn’t even know you needed. ūüôā For a while I was looking to see if I could find the right size piece to fit in my dining room on a very narrow section of wall. A few weeks ago I found the cutest little hutch and today I’m sharing the final project and the 7 lessons I learned (or should I say was reminded of) from this craigslist hutch makeover.

Here she is before. Cute right? A little bit of storage and just the right size for the space for only $70. She just needs a little love.

 

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As usual, I planned on painting the piece and I was leaning toward using black to go with the chairs in my dining room. I went on Pinterest for inspiration for something different and found some cool pieces which I shared HERE.

In the end, I went with a satin black paint. I usually work with lighter colors and chalk paint on furniture makeovers so I wasn’t sure what to expect.¬† I got a quart of “Black” and thought I was ready to go. I removed all of the hardware and got to prepping.

Lesson #1: If there are different size pulls, hinges or screws, place them all in labeled baggies or containers so you know exactly where they go when you put them back on.

Unfortunately, I realized this too late. I’m usually really good about keeping hardware all together when doing a project but didn’t think about sorting by size or location as I was going. This made it harder to put the pieces back on.¬† Oops.

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Hardware removed - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Paint

The nice part about using chalk paint is that you are supposed to be able to paint without sanding or priming. I usually sand a little but not much (call me old school). This piece was particularly scratched up and shiny so I sanded more than usual after wiping the whole piece down with a damp cloth to get all of the dust off.

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Before farmhouse makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Lesson #2: When in doubt sand and sand some more if the piece is especially shiny and you are using something other than chalk paint.

Make sure the surface is ready and the paint has something to stick to.

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Prepped and Sanded for farmhouse makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I could totally tell where I had sanded and where I hadn’t when the paint was going on. I should have spent the extra time sanding. It would have been easier to apply with more consistent coverage. This brings me to lesson #3 in this Hutch Makeover.

Lesson #3: Consider using primer. You’ll save time in the long run.

Again, having used chalk paint so often, I skipped the primer. I should have used it for better coverage but, truth be told, I just didn’t want the added work. In reality, it would have made a difference in the end with less fussing with the brush to get even lines and probably a better appearance overall.

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Prepped - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - First Coat of Paint - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Lesson #4: Don’t paint when it’s too hot or too cold outside.

It was probably too warm out for me to paint as the sun was shining and the paint sort of clumped a bit. It wasn’t awful and I was able to brush where it ran out. It also happened more where I did not sand enough.¬† Double whammy.

Small win: In the middle of painting the top, I decided to NOT to paint the inside. I just liked the way the wood popped off the black and am very happy with the way the final product looks. ūüôā

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - First Coat of Paint - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Lesson #5: You may think you have a steady hand, but sometimes you don’t.¬† Consider taping the edges of the glass with painters tape.

I haven’t worked on very many pieces with glass. Even my antique cabinet makeover with the glass sides didn’t seem this hard. I think it was just where the seam was in the middle of the doors that got me. Usually a really good brush will help. Let’s just say I spent some time chipping away with a razor blade to clean this one up.

 

 

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - without doors - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Lesson #6: Dark paint shows brush strokes way more than light paint.

I had to be really careful when brushing on the paint and go over it a few times in certain areas to make sure the brush strokes blended it. I think if I use black or very dark paint again, I will use the sprayer.

BTW, And it also shows dust more.

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - doors and hardware back on - Farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

UPDATE: I skipped an important step when I posted this originally and that is I gave it a coat of satin polyurethane. I was afraid the paint would chip a little since I didn’t use primer.

Lesson #7: Things don’t always go as planned.

So originally, I kinda liked the color of the pulls as they were. I decided to put them back on as is (reference lesson #1 for difficulty in doing this). Hubby didn’t like it at all and when I had a chance to walk away and come back to it, I decided it was a no go. I tried a few other colors and then finally settled on my go to spray paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze. On and off with the pulls was a pain.

 

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Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Rustoleum multi colored texture spray paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After all was said and done, and all those reminders above, I love the way she looks in her new home.

 

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Dining Room Hutch Makeover - with black paint - farmhouse - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Dining Room Hutch Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

7 Lessons I learned from a craigslist hutch makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I always learn something from every furniture makeover or project I do but this hutch makeover was a doozy.  Whatever project your working on or have planned, I hope it goes smoothly and remember, make it your own!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers

I’ve been obsessed with furniture flips lately, farmhouse furniture makeovers to be exact. The right piece of furniture can change the whole feel of a room. The color, the size and shape tell a story and can be inspiration for the rest of the decor in the space.

I happened to pick up this adorable little hutch this weekend on craigslist for just $70. I had been looking for something for our dining room for a long time and this will fit perfectly. ¬†Sometimes you just have to wait until the right piece comes along…

 

Farmhouse Furniture - Hutch Makeover - Farmhouse Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It’s so cute, right?? I knew I wanted to paint it but was searching for inspiration on line and Pinterest, of course, did not disappoint. I found so many pieces that I loved I though I would share them with you. ūüôā

Here are 30 of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers.

This buffet is stunning. The depth of the color on this piece and the aging with wax is beautiful. It’s so vibrant and the pulls are the icing on the cake.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Blue Painted Buffet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

ThirtyEighthStreet

I love the two tone of the wood on the drawers and blue paint in this dresser. It just so happens that I was recently given a dresser and I think I need to try this look.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Two Tone Dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Pinterest

If I had a place to put something red, I would. It’s so warm and definitely makes a statement. These accessories look so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - red dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Pinterest

How sweet is this blue little coffee table? I love the bead detail around the sides and the two tone with the wood on top.

30 Farmhouse Furnture Makeovers - Oval Pedestal Coffee Table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The Interior Frugalista

This armoire makeover from Bless’er House is just stunning and how creative is the reading nook?

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Bless’er House

Narnia Inspired Reading Nook - Bless'er House - 30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

This dresser is just so pretty. I love the addition of the painted swirls on top of the faded sage green. Just a bit of aging and wear and tear make it seem so delicate. So pretty with the matching accessories.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - scrolly dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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What vision it must have taken to see this piece for what it could be. I’m sure a ton of work went into it to fix the overlay. The finished piece is so pretty and so grown up.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers- Vintage Buffet Makeover -Life on Kaydeross Creek

Prodigal Pieces

One of my favorite makeovers. This one was a labor of love but worth it. What farmhouse furniture makeovers would be complete without a bit of distressing and some farmhouse accessories.

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I love the softness of the cream with the contrast of the dark stain. It’s styled so pretty and looks just perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - cream antique dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Little Vintage Nest

The soft, subtle shade of blue on this secretary mixed with the distressing it’s so pretty.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - secretary - Life on Kaydeross Creek

My Creative Days

The choice of paint and the colorful fabric are a perfect combination to update this old hutch.

 

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Painted hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Just The Wood

The color on this buffet is just gorgeous. The aging with the wax highlights the carved details and is just so pretty. The knobs are perfect.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - light aqua blue dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Brepurposed

This dresser was a big transformation. The glass knobs give it such a classic feel.

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I love the aqua distressed paint on this end table combined with the dark wood top. ¬†What character this would add to a room. It’s styled so cute, too.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - aqua end table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Lovely Etc. 

Just gorgeous! The perfect place to store quilts.

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Petticoat Junktion

Another piece from Bless’er House. ¬†I love how the black knobs pop off of the layers of shimmery blues on this dresser. Farmhouse accessories make it even more beautiful. Swoon!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Blue Dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Bless’er House

Two book cases combined to make one. This is one of those things where ¬†I was like, why didn’t I think of that?? So farmhouse and so creative!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - bookcase - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Worthing Court

That patina. The wavy lines. The pulls. The feet. LOVE!

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Curvy dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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The softness of the chalk paint on this old hutch is so pretty. What a clever use for toiletries and a great piece to help define the bathroom space.

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The color of this dresser is such a perfect gray and the handles are beautiful. It’s perfect in this space.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - gray dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Saw Nail & Paint

This was quite the makeover on this old cabinet. The Cobblestone color from Country Chic Paint was perfect to give it new life. I love how the white and tan accessories pop.

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How gorgeous is this navy cabinet?!? The aging on it is perfect and the white inside makes whatever is displayed pop.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique navy curio - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Pinterest

This old dresser is so pretty with the green and brown combo and those antique pulls add so much character.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique blue dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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This little armoire is so cute. I can see it in a child’s bedroom or in a bathroom for linens. I love the cure of the legs.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - blue armoire dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Restoration Redoux

I love the lines on this piece with the swirly legs and bottom. The shade of blue is so unique and looks so pretty with the stained top. The accessories are perfectly romantic like the piece.

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I know this one is not necessarily a piece of furniture like the others but I just love the distressed paint and trim detail. How pretty is the pop of white of the accessories.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique stained curio cabinet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Pinterest

What a makeover on this desk! It’s so pretty and it is styled so perfectly.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - antique desk - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Prodigal Pieces

I love how this table came out! This was my first time trying this paint technique. It was super easy to do and adds character to this thrift store table.

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This hutch is the perfect farmhouse piece for a dining room or kitchen.  I love the bead board back and trim on the front.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers - Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The Painted Hinge

This buffet makeover is so creative. I love the layers of color, just the right amount of antiquing and the black pulls . The addition of the wood top is perfect.

30 Farmhouse Furniture Makeovers Gray buffet with new wooden top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Those are some of my favorite farmhouse furniture makeovers. The power of paint, some creativity and a little elbow grease can go a long way!¬†I know exactly what I will do now with my new hutch and I can’t wait to share it with you so stay tuned.¬†Have you taken on a labor of love and transformed something with paint?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Thrift Store Table Makeover & Color Wash Paint Technique

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! I’m busy working on a bunch of projects thanks to a very successful trip to my favorite thrift stores last weekend. Sometimes you just hit it right and find things you didn’t even know you needed. Has this ever happened to you? ūüôā

This poor little kitchen table just seemed to speak to me. I took one look at it and I could see it all pretty again with a new coat of paint and fresh stain. So home it came and today, I’m sharing my thrift store table makeover with you.

Before…

Here she is before in a very dated and dull muted maple brown color. I know you’re not going to believe this but I got her for, drum roll please, $15. ¬†I think it was because one of the legs was coming off but it just needed to have the bolts put in correctly and tightened and she was as good as new.¬†I love the fluted legs and side rails.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - color wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Plan: New stain for the top and paint for the legs.

After a good cleaning, I stripped the old stain off of the top. This was quite the process because that stain was like baked on there. I had to apply the stripper 3 times and scrape like crazy. Then I sanded it for what seemed like hours with the palm sander. (realistically, it was probably 20 minutes ūüôā ) I got all of the chips and scratches out too. Finally, it was clean and ready to stain with a more modern color.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - ready for new stain and color wash - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The new stain I chose was a bit darker but more translucent. I mixed some Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut with Ipswich Pine and came up with something I liked. It’s a bit more fresh and I like the way you can see the wood grain through it.¬†You can see the difference in color from the top and the legs.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - new stain and color wash - Painted furniture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once it was dry, I gave it 3 coats of poly to make was it durable. I love the way the top turned out!!

 

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The Paint Technique:

This was one of those projects I could see completed in my head while I was buying the piece. I saw the colors mixed together and knew it had to be green and blue. I started by giving the bottom a coat of homemade chalk paint in a mix of sage green and cobblestone from Country Chic Paint that I had used on the Antique Cabinet Makeover. What I got was this nice gray/green.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to “wash” ¬†the blue on top of the green so it almost looked like a water color effect. To get the right blue I had in mind, I mixed navy blue from my son’s room¬†with a bit of craft paint in Island Blue. It was exactly what I wanted.

I mixed a half a cup of warm water with a quarter cup of plaster of Paris and then mixed it into about 3/4 cup of paint. I wanted it to be a bit runny so I could wipe it off easily.

I brushed just a bit of the paint on and then wiped it off with a dry cotton cloth. I kept a damp cloth near me in case the paint got too heavy on the surface and I cold wipe it off. I also kept the green paint handy if I needed to touch it up.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After I gave the entire piece the blue “wash” I sanded down the edges of the corners on the legs where it would wear down if someone rubbed against it over time. I used 120 grit sandpaper to bring out the wood underneath.

Then I used my favorite Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax over the legs and sides to give it a more aged look.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Stained top - Color wash paint technique - Antiquing Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way this table makeover came out! All of the layers of paint and stain give it such farmhouse character.

 

Thrift Store Table Makeover - Color wash paint technique with Antique Wax and stain completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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Why not create something completely unique for your home? The color combinations are endless. Do you have a piece of furniture you could try this with? If not, maybe you could head to your favorite thrift store and see what speaks to you. ūüôā

I’d love to see your projects if you try this paint technique!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Painted Furniture – Antique Cabinet Makeover

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the unbelievable makeover of an antique cabinet I picked up at a garage sale for just $40. It was tired and old and in major need of some TLC. It was also one of those things where I didn’t need a cabinet in this shape or size but it just spoke to me and said “Colleen, please take me home and make me pretty again”. Fortunately, I love painted furniture so I listened.

 

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I fell in love…

with the curves of the legs and the glass doors and side panels. Unfortunately, the doors were falling off a bit and the trim at the top was broken and needed to be replaced. We removed the doors (to be saved for another project) and the broken trim, gave it a good cleaning and sanded it down.  I kind of liked the rustic/industrial feel of it so we used it like that for a awhile just to see if it was  a good fit.

 

 

This picture is from a post I did on making a simple sign from scrap wood and you can see that here.  I liked it but recently decided that it needed a good coat of paint.

It’s amazing what a good coat of paint can do, am I right? If I had a dollar for every time I said that ūüôā

I had seen Country Chic Paint on some of my favorite blogs and on line (I love their tutorials on paint techniques) so I decided to give it a try along with their wax. I’m so glad I did. ūüôā

 

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Since we had already sanded the cabinet down a bit, I didn’t really have much prep work to do other than to give it a good cleaning.

 

Painted Furniture - create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This was my first time using the Country Chic Paint so I wasn’t familiar with how it would cover, (plus, I wasn’t sure how the dark stain left on the piece would darken the paint color) so I primed it first. Call me old school.

 

Painted Furniture - priming the surface for paint - how to create an antique or aged look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So different already! Then I gave it a coat of the Country Chic Paint in the color Cobblestone. They have a ton of colors to choose from which you can see here.

 

Painted Furniture - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The paint went on really easily and dried so quickly in a nice soft finish. I left the back white initially because I had thought about applying shelf liner or wall paper for a different look. Then I decided that the antique look I was going for didn’t really go with that so I painted the whole thing. I had to touch up here and there but I was really surprised that the container covered the entire piece.

After it had dried completely, I broke out the palm sander and went over the edges to “rough it up” a bit.

 

Painted Furniture - Distressing the edges with a sander - How to create an aged or antique look with Country Chic Paint and Wax - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where the sander opened up the wood and brought the white paint out a bit too .

Now to apply the wax…

I love this part! This is one of the drawers before wax with the Cobblestone.

 

Painted Furniture - Farmhouse Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Cobblestone - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used an old paint brush to apply the wax. I dipped it into the container and swirled it around a bit to work it into the brush.

 

 

 

Painted Furniture - furniture - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax with brush - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I like to do an “X” pattern and circle motion with the brush so there are no lines and it’s more random.

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax applied - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

And then wipe/rub it in really well with a cotton rag.  See the difference in the color from the top to the bottom?

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax worked in - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Antiquing Wax application - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

By sanding the piece, the wax gets worked into the grooves of the raw wood on the painted furniture, brings out the dark tone and “ages” the piece. ¬†It’s really noticeable in the details and the trim. Yummy, rustic, farmhouse, aged goodness. ūüôā

 

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The wax was really easy to use and had no odor at all. I absolutely love the color it gave the piece and the antiqued look.

One more detail…

To finish off the top, we added a piece of moulding. I couldn’t really find exactly what I wanted, one with more detail, but this piece worked well. I’m not gonna lie, it was a bear to cut the angles because it had been so long and we had a bit of a problem with one of the corners. Nothing a little spackle can’t fix. ūüôā

 

Painted Furniture - Antique cabinet makeover - adding trim to the top and spackle to fix it - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Painted Furniture - adding trim to the top Antique cabinet makeover - distressing details with Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I could only get the trim piece in white so I had to improvise when it came to the color. I wanted the new piece to blend in like it was always there. You’re gonna think I’m crazy but I used brown craft paint as a base for my Cobblestone color so that when I sanded it down a bit the brown would show through.

 

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I even went back over after the paint and wax just to make it all look seamless. It worked like a charm. What do you think?

 

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Painted Furniture - farmhouse - Antique Cabinet Makeover - Country Chic Paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love, love, love the way this piece came out! ¬†I also loved working with the Country Chic Paint and the wax is just awesome sauce. A little goes such a long way and really brings out extra character in painted furniture. I have already used it again on another project which I will share with you soon. I’ll also share a quick new video on how to use the wax as well.

 

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Do you have a piece that could use a little love? Keep your ears open next time you’re at a garage sale or flea market and you just might find one speaking to you.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Antique Trunk Makeover

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my antique trunk makeover and what a makeover it is! I found this trunk at the Salvation Army for $20. It’s incredibly solid but, as you can see, in really rough shape. I hesitated for a minute on whether or not to get it…LOL, no I didn’t. Who doesn’t need more storage, am I right?? Plus, I love a challenge.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover before in rough shape - Life on Kaydeross Creek - This trunk needed a lot of TLC

 

Look how thick these sides are. I’m sure originally it had a nice cedar smell but now it kinda smells like moth balls. ¬†That newspaper inside is from 1974. ūüôā

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Inside - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here’s what I used for this makeover:

  • Baking soda to get the smell out
  • Water/Vinegar mix to get the smell out
  • Chalk Paint (homemade)
  • Bun feet
  • Shelf liner (from the Dollar Store)
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencil brush

First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Getting the smell out - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.

The outside of the trunk had a lot of wholes and divots in it. I filled them in with a lot of spackle. I used a putty knife to smooth it out. It took a few coats with sanding in between each to get it smooth.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in all the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I had it all sanded and wiped down, it was on to paint. I used homemade chalk paint with plaster of Paris mixed with Creamy White paint. It took three coats to really cover.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really wanted to line the inside but didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I picked up this shelf liner at the dollar store. I love the color! It’s so clean and happy :).

 

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Blogger error here. I didn’t take any pic’s of installing this. I basically opened up the roll and cut it to length with scissors and then placed it inside. I lined it up, bent it along the side I was working on, creased it nd was able to use an X-acto knife to cut along the edge. I removed the handles on the ends to get it smooth on the inside. ¬†Then we added bun feet to give it a bit of height.

Here’s how it came out. I’m using it in my Master Bedroom Closet for addition linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see here.

 

Antique Trunk Makever - Lining the inside with shelf liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a stencil to the outside with our initial and a number that has a special meaning.

 

 

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Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love a good furniture makeover. You can see our Painted Antique Hutch here and our rustic coffee table makeover here.

So this antique trunk makeover was quite the transformation. There’s nothing a good coat of paint can’t fix (or three). Have you seen something in your thrift shop/garage sale travels and thought it was too much work and bought it anyway? ¬†Have you taken on that crazy project? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How To Decorate with Flea Market Finds – Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Who’s up for a road trip?? Meeeeeee! Every year my husband and I head to Brimfield, MA for the Antique Show & Flea Market as a mini get-a-way, just the two of us. We always discover some really cool stuff for home decor and the flea market finds make for the best DIY projects. Today I’d like to share the goodies we found, some of our old DIY projects and how we decorate our home with flea market finds and you can, too.

 

Brimfield May 2017- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield is HUGE. If is exists you can find it here. We usually go on this trip with a few things in mind and this trip was no different. Our main focus, however, was to try to find windows for the new barn. This meant we couldn’t get any really big items because there was not enough room so I was bummed when I saw this…

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There were a few other pieces too. Imagine this in your kitchen?? Love! Not that I could afford this anyway. ūüôā

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So, much, storage….

 

 

And other cool stuff…

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Wouldn’t these big trays be cool to hang on the wall?

 

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market - decorating with flea market finds - budget friendly decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Ok, so much stuff, so little time. We ended up finding the windows for the barn which saved us a TON of money. They’ll be a little bit of a project to restore but it will be worth it. We also picked up these cool lights. A new coat of paint and they will look good as new hanging ¬† just outside the barn door.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Lights found at Brimfield Antique and Flea Market - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we got these farmhouse goodies…

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This old bike basket will get a new life with a good cleaning and a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - An old bike basket gets a new life as farmhouse decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I’ve got big plans for this bad boy!

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle Projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So Col, what are you going to do with all that stuff? Well, I’m so glad you asked! Here’s how we used these flea market finds to decorate our home.

The key is in mixing the old pieces in with the right new ones. To keep it modern, I like to have both.

A few pieces found a home on my favorite antique hutch.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Painted Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Styling an Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Tin - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The bike basket was a great upcycle and fits on this ladder perfectly.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Baskets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Style Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

A few ended up on our Industrial shelf…

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Shelf Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where we made this shelf for less than $20 here (hint – it was a $5 garage sale find to start) and the faux suit case here.

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Fashioned Lunch Box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there are just a few of the ways we decorated with flea market finds this time around. Here are a few of our projects we have made with our finds from our other Brimfield trips:

 

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you found some cool stuff at garage sales or Flea Markets that you’ve used to decorate your home with? What’s your favorite thrift store or flea market find so far? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Trash to Treasure -Antique Sewing Table Makeover

We picked up this poor little antique sewing table at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market last year for  $30. It was in really rough shape but it had such character I knew we could make it pretty again. What a great project for the thrift store (in this case, flea market) upcycle challenge?

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles   Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation Ann Duct Tape and Denim

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Lindsay | Crazy Organized Megan Come on Get Crafty

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay   Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main

Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made   Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled

Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs

  Denise | My Thrifty House   Toni | Small Home Soul

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And a challenge it was…

 

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover - thrift store upcycle challenge Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

First we remove the sewing machine…

 

Antique Sewing table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We found all of these cool parts in a compartment on the top that dated back to the 1940’s. We started by cleaning it up with some good old fashioned soap and water to remove the grime that had built up. ¬†We had originally thought that much of the grime would come off to reveal this cool gray/blue rustic kind of look but it didn’t clean up like I had hoped and just looked dirty. I reluctantly decided to paint it. Unfortunately, I kind got ahead of myself here and had my husband add the top to it before I decided what to do about the color.

 

Antique Sewing Table makeover thrift store upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

We used our go to wood, rough saw pine from the mill, because we had a few pieces left over from another project.  I sanded the pieces down until they were smooth and stained them with Watco stain.

 

Antique Sewing table Makeover - end table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then it was time to prep the piece for paint. I used regular spackle to touch up all of the holes.

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I removed the hardware and door. I placed the hardware in a plastic dish and soaked them in lemon juice and salt to remove the rust and grime.

 

Sewing table hardware - Life on Kaydeross Creek

All sanded down and ready for paint…

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Upcycle Challenge -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to try to get the color close to what it was originally. I made chalk paint with some plaster of Paris and mixed black craft paint with Benjamin Moore Green Winter I had picked up in a sample. It was more blue than I wanted but I went with it.

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Upcycle Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added the hardware and door back on and gave it another coat of stain to darken it up a bit. I also sanded here and there to make it look more worn and rustic.

 

Antique sewing table makeover - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I saw it all put back together I didn’t like the gap at the top of the table under the wood so I asked my husband to add another layer of wood. ¬†And this antique sewing table makeover is complete…

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover

Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing our rustic coffee table makeover. I picked up this poor little table at a garage sale a couple of years ago and gave it it’s original makeover then. You can see that¬†here. ¬†It’s gotten pretty beat up in two years and the top has finally had it or maybe I’ve just had it with looking at all those scratches and wait, is that an excuse for a new project??? I think so…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - table before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I absolutely adore the color of the bottom of this table so that will stay as is. It’s just happy. I really wanted to do something more rustic with the top so we decided to add planks. We wanted to use the same rough saw pine we used in our Pottery Barn inspired shelf and end table.

I wanted to make it a bit bigger and planned to have the edges hang over one inch on all sides so we needed 38 inches across total. To break it up a bit, we used (6) 5 inch boards and (2) 4 inch boards.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover using rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I sanded each board a bit especially on the edges so that they would fit tightly together and then screwed them on from the bottom so you can’t see it. What a difference already, right?!?

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once they were secured, I used the palm sander to go over the entire top with 120 grit sandpaper to get a nice smooth surface without losing too much of the character of the wood.  Then I used Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Golden Oak and this rustic coffee table makeover is almost done.

Nice pic, thanks Kev…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with stained rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So the color was so rich when it was still wet and I knew it may dry lighter so I may have to do another coat. Here it is with the first coat..

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Stain Completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love that it’s not perfect and that is has knots and grooves and rough patches and the stain emphasizes the saw marks. It just feels like it has so much more life now.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw pine with character - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here it is in it’s spot in the family room. ¬†You can see how it’s lightened up so I will definitely be doing another coat of stain to make it a bit darker. I love how the colors in the wood still play off the colors in the stone of the fireplace.

 

Rustic Coffee Table - Rough saw pine added to an old table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - with a new rough saw pine top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the way it turned out ! It definitely is a more rustic than before and has a lot more personality. ¬†Sometimes it’s just a matter of giving new life to an old piece. Do you have a re-do project in mind for a piece of furniture you have?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Industrial Bookshelf – Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge

You may have noticed I have been off the grid for awhile. ¬†I think I just needed a breather, you know. Some time to gain a bit of perspective and re-charge my creativity. So the good news is I have some really cool projects to share with you starting with today’s reveal of a $5 garage sale find I turned into an Industrial ¬†Bookshelf (and you can too!) ¬†I’ve paired up with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an¬†item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are¬†free to let our creativity run wild!

Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den

Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main

Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Julie | Live From Julie’s House¬† ¬† ¬†Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House

Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim

Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

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Every June my little town has a community wide garage sale. It happened to be last weekend and we had no plans. That, like never happens. I took the kids and we made a thing out of it. You know your kids have been bitten with the DIY bug when your 7 year old son says to you “Mom, come look at this board. I think I can make a table out of it.” Or when my daughter said “Mom, I think that metal basket would make a good light fixture. ” No joke. Yeah, their mine ¬†and I could not be more proud ūüôā

Anyhoo, on our adventure we found some really cool stuff. In particular this $5 metal shelf. It was dusty and rusty but was callin’ my name. I recently upcycled a metal cart into an end table and knew this would be a great match.

 

Garage sale Metal Shelf before - see how to turn it into a Pottery Barn Industrial Bookshelf knockoff at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So sad, right? ¬†If you look passed all the rust and grime and cobwebs, you’ll see some great bones. ¬†Once it was all cleaned up, scrubbed down and rinsed off, here’s what you have…

 

Garage Sale find metal shelf turned into Pottery Barn knockoff Industrial Bookshelf. Find out how to at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Not sure you can tell but it’s actually upside down here. The reason we did this is so that we can set the boards to make the shelves right inside the current shelves. ¬†From here we gave it a couple of coats of flat black spray paint. ¬†I didn’t paint inside where the shelves are going to go because you won’t see it anyway…

 

A Garage Sale find Metal Shelf turned Pottery Barn Industrial Bookshelf knockoff. Find out how at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

For the shelves we used the same rough saw pine that we used for the metal cart end table. We are fortunate to have a saw mill just a few miles away. We got a 12 x 12 board and cut it down and it only cost us $8.00. If you don’t have a mill near you, you can get pine boards from a local home improvement store but keep in mind that they would probably sit down just a bit from the lip of the shelf as the cut boards we get are a true 1″. ¬†You could always add a 1/4 inch plywood on first to bring the boards up to the height of the metal shelf.

I like the roughness of the wood which I think adds character but we (hubby) sanded them down just a bit with the palm sander

 

Industrial bookshelf Pottery Barn knockoff created using a garage sale find. See it at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We also used the same stain, as before РRust-Oleum Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil finish. The color is so rich and pretty.  You can find it here.

 

Industrial Bookshelf Pottery Barn knockoff using rough sawn pine and a garage sale find. See more at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here it is all put together…

 

Pottery Barn inspired Industrial bookshelf made from a garage sale find. Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Pottery Barn inspired Industrial Bookshelf made from a garage sale find. See how at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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How to style a Pottery Barn inspired Industrial Bookshelf made from a garage sale find. See how at Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Pottery Barn inspired Industrial Bookshelf made from a garage sale find. See how at Life on Kaydeross Creek

Since we already had the stain, the whole thing cost us $17 ($5 for the shelf, $8 for the wood and $4 for the spray paint). If you’re thinking about making one but don’t have an old one laying around, you can pick up one of these shelving units for about $26 here.

But if you’d like to give it a try…PIN IT…

 

How to make a Pottery Barn knockoff Industrial Bookshelf from a garage sale find. Budget friendly project from Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way it turned out! ¬†Of course, now it’s making me want to completely re-do our entire family room. Not happenin’ any time soon.

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Upcycle projects are my favorite.  Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!  You can also see some of my other projects and DIY ideas here.

Updated thrift store stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Thrift Store Stool Makeover

I have a little thrift store stool makeover for you today. Some of you may have seen this sad little stool before because I shared it as part of my fails for 2015. Yes, I have fails and I’m not afraid to share them! ¬†ūüôā ¬†I shared it as a fail because the first time I tried to re-do it, it was a major flop. ¬†I just realized, though, I never ¬†shared the outcome of the final makeover so here we go…

 

Thrift store stool before makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I picked this little stool up at my go to thrift store for a whopping $3. ¬†It’s a nice size to put your feet up on but small enough to tuck away if you need to. ¬†I honestly didn’t need a stool but, come on, a $3 DIY project?? I’m in. ¬†I started by removing the feet so that I could spray paint them. I just unscrewed them from the bottom. If you do this, save all of the screws in a baggie or cup so you don’t lose them. ¬†Not that that happened to me, just sayin’. ūüôā

 

Removing the feet to spray paint them - Life in Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Stool legs before paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once they were off I gave them a couple of coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I. love. Spray. Paint!  It changes the whole vibe of the piece.

 

Stool Legs after spray paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So on to the fabric and a quick recap of the fail. ¬†I thought I had what was a great idea. I would use a drop cloth and paint stripes on it using fabric medium and craft paint. Not so much. I suppose if I had actually taken the time to read the directions and mixed the ratio of paint to fabric medium properly it may have worked but in my rush to get it done it came out all crusty and, well, just not good, hence the fail…

 

Drop cloth upholstery - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I went with plan B, Jo Ann ¬†Fabrics. I tried to find a fabric that would go in our master bedroom but couldn’t find exactly the right thing. Fabric is hard. Then I found these little birds and fell in love…

 

Updated thrift store stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I don’t think they make that anymore but you can find a similar fabric here. I centered the fabric so that the birds were directly in the middle, turned the stool over and stapled it to the bottom with heavy duty staples. I wasn’t too concerned about the corners and wrapped them like a present by tucking the folds in under each other. ¬†I really like the way it came out! ¬†I’m not sure where I’ll put it or even if I will keep it but at least there is no more sad little stool because for this thrift store stool makeover, there is just something about that bird fabric that makes me happy. ūüôā ¬†Do you have¬†projects you’ve done that make you smile when you walk by?

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek