A Pretty Pair of School Desks

Two sad school desks languished in a thrift store until they were spotted by Eva at Humblebee Home. When she first saw them, Eva says, “they were scratched, stained, and icky grimy but they were also DARLING.” Clearly she saw their potential and gave them the royal treatment!
school desks
Eva dismantled the desks, stripped the varnish, and used vinegar to de-gunk the hardware. After a lot of sanding, she decided to get super creative when it was time to stain. Now that she’s finished, these desks stand out in a big way!
 Don’t these make you wish you were in back in school? Click through to Humblebee Home to see how she did it!

New Purpose for an Old Changing Table

Over at Dillon’s Digital Designs, Cherryl spotted this old changing table at a friend’s garage sale.  When the Jenny Lind style table was still there after the sale was over, the friend let Cherryl take it away….for free!


Cherryl knew exactly how she wanted to repurpose the table:  she has a tiki bar out by her pool, and knew the changing table would come in handy nearby as a mini bar.  Cherryl covered the shelves with dry-erase contact paper.  She painted the rest of the table with bright, summery hues.  The dry-erase shelves are perfect for labeling types of drinks.  “The next time you are at a garage sale, don’t look at what an item is, but what it could be,” Cherryl advises.


To learn more about this repurposed changing table, visit Dillon’s Digital Designs.

Fancy Vintage Child’s Chair Makeover

When my uncle was clearing out his basement he gave met his little vintage child’s chair that he found,” says Shanna at Restoration Redoux.  The chair was ornately carved but was banged up and had stained upholstery.


Shanna went to work on the chair, covering the damaged finish with ivory plaster paint before lightly distressing it.  She reupholstered the seat with a pretty gray and white floral fabric.  “Good as new, and it would be super cute in a nursery or little girl’s bedroom,” Shanna notes.  


Visit Restoration Redoux to learn more about the paint Shanna used for this makeover.

Baby Crib Makeover

When Rachel of Maison de Pax learned that after two boys, baby #3 would be a girl, she decided to go with all-out frills in baby girl’s nursery.  Opting for a Jenny Lind style of crib, she passed the crib along to her sister, who is welcoming another baby girl into the world.


Before she passed it along, however, Rachel wanted to update the look of this crib a bit for her baby niece.  Inspired by a pretty, gray Pottery Barn crib, she painted it with  Country Chic Paint in Pebble Beach.  “I wanted something soft and gentle, but not too feminine,” she explains, reasoning that this color will work for future baby girls and boys.  Some light distressing and antiquing wax finish off the lovely, rustic look of this crib.


Visit Maison de Pax to learn more about how Rachel achieved this weathered gray finish for a crib makeover.

Vintage School Desk Makeover

Some rescues have a really fun history, like this little school desk that got a makeover from Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama.  Dee tells us, “This was originally my desk back when I was a lot smaller and younger–and no, I’m not that old! My aunt worked for one of the local school districts, and she saved this from being thrown when one of the older schools was being renovated.”


For this rescue of a rescue, Dee and her husband peeled away all of the stickers and spray painted the metal parts of the desk a creamy yellow.  She painted other wood parts of the desk white.  For a really fun touch, Dee used blue chalkboard paint to cover the desktop, making it a fun place to draw or work without paper!  I love the blue stripes she added to the seat, too.


Click over to Meatloaf and Melodrama to get the specifics of this vintage desk makeover.

Fun-Size Furniture Refabbed

When Emily from Elizabeth Joan Designs spotted this darling child size Queen Anne style table and chairs at a friend’s garage sale, she was smitten.  But since she already had a child size table for her own kids, she couldn’t justify the $20 price tag.  Imagine her delight when later that evening she discovered her friend hadn’t sold the set and it was waiting for curbside trash pickup!

Elizabeth Joan Designs children's table and chairs

Emily brought the table and chairs home, where she went to work sprucing them up.  She spent several days sanding away the original, damaged finish.  She created a custom stain using Rustoleum’s Weathered Gray and Minwax Special Walnut.  “The combination of these two stains worked perfectly!” Emily says happily.  “It was exactly the look I going for, a warm distressed gray-ish color.”  She finished the table by applying four coats of Minwax Polycrylic to give the table and chairs a little shine and a lot of durability.  The results are gorgeous!

Elizabeth Joan Designs refinished children's table and chairs

Go to Elizabeth Joan Designs to learn more about this makeover.

Bunk Bed Budget Redo

At Namely Original, Emily and her mom have been helping to put together the children’s rooms in a new home.  The bunk beds that they owned had seen better days, and the owners were ready to send them to the dump.  Luckily, Emily’s mom convinced them that they were worth trying to salvage.

Namely Original bunkbed before

The bunk was sturdy, it just didn’t look so good.  Emily and her mom sanded and stained the furniture, giving it a rich, dark look.  The new, darker color works really well with the other rustic and vintage touches being used in this room.  A little effort saved the new homeowners a bundle of money!  What’s not to love about that?

Namely Original bunkbed after

Get more info on this bunkbed rescue and see some pictures of the other fun decorating touches in this room at Namely Original.

Awesome Chalkboard Bins from Plastic Storage Drawers

Rachel from R&R Workshop had graduated from the plastic drawers on wheels to real furniture.  “We no longer needed to use these plastic drawers, but I wasn’t willing to get rid of them!” she exclaims.

R&R Workshop plastic drawers before

Looking at the drawers, Rachel realized that without the plastic frame that kept them stacked together, the drawers alone could potentially make great storage bins.  In fact, they were just the right size to fit under her son’s bed!  Rachel primed the drawer fronts and then painted them with chalkboard paint.  Now, the drawers serve as easily labeled toy storage that scoot away under the bed when playtime is over.  Genius!

R&R Workshop plastic drawers after

Get all the details on these repurposed plastic drawers at R&R Workshop.