Free Cabinet Door Becomes an Entryway Table

This cabinet door was a find from the “Free” section of Craigslist.  When Cara of Craft Dictator saw it, she had an “Aha!” moment, and realized it would make a great tabletop.

Craft Dictator cabinet door before

Cara had some excellent help from her mom on this project.  Her mom built a simple frame to serve as a base for the cabinet door tabletop.  They added spindles for legs.  The table was painted black, with the addition of white stripes to create a chevron patterned top.  Cara placed the table in her entry–doesn’t it look terrific?

Craft Dictator cabinet door after

Find out more about how this old cupboard door become a fully functional table at Craft Dictator.

A Lovely Garden Bench Makeover

My parents-in-law wanted to get rid of their old bench because one of the arms had crumbled away and the underneath needed strengthening,” tells Jenna at Island Bluebird. “I grabbed it before they threw it away.  I think they thought I was mad!”

Island Bluebird garden bench after Island Bluebird garden bench before

To fix the bench up, Jenna first had to deal with the structural issues.  Her husband shored up the underside of the bench, but the missing arm proved to be a problem.  But when they thought about the space where they were going to put the bench, they realized that it would fit the small area better without that arm–problem solved!  Jenna chose a pretty shade of teal to paint the bench, that contrasts nicely with the red brick of her home.  With the addition of some colorful pillows, this bench looks brand new!

Island Bluebird garden bench after

Get more information on this bench makeover at Island Bluebird.

Heirloom Hoosier Cabinet Restoration

Newton Custom Interiors is where Jann blogs about her home improvement and design projects.  The restoration of this lovely Hoosier cabinet was one of her first ever DIY projects.  “The cabinet was in pretty rough shape when we brought it home,” Jann notes.  “The bottom cabinet had been used as a work bench by my husband’s grandpa, and the upper cabinet was in his uncle’s basement. ”

Newton Interiors hoosier cabinet before

Jann loved the history of this piece, along with all the of the handy storage options that it would provide.  To restore it’s former beauty, she had to strip and sand down the old layers of paint to get to the oak underneath.  She also needed to  order new hardware for the bottom drawers, new side brackets and new casters for the legs.  The end result was well worth all the trouble, providing Jan with additional storage and prep space in her kitchen.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Newton Interiors hoosier cabinet after

Find out more about the history of Hoosier Cabinets like this one, visit Newton Custom Interiors.

A Fun Craft with Vacation Mementos: Postcard Pendants

Over at The Daily Simple, Aubrey shares a way to turn old postcards into pretty jewelry.  For this project, she used vintage postcards that she found at an antique store, but you could also use old postcards that you’ve kept from vacations or in your letter boxes.  (If you are like me, you’ve probably got quite a few postcards in a shoebox someplace!)

The Daily Simple old postcards before

One of the fun things about this project is that instead of finding all the supplies for making jewelry at a big-box craft store, Aubrey looked for hers at the thrift store.  She says that all you need to do is find an old pendant necklace or earrings and remove the center stone or whatever is inside the pennant.  Then, she simply cuts out the part of the postcard that she wants to feature in the necklace, puts it inside the pennant, and covers it with dimmensional Mod Podge.  The result is a unique piece of jewelry that, if you are lucky, holds a fun vacation memory, too!

The Daily Simple old postcards after

View the full tutorial for this project at The Daily Simple.

Cheap Wall Mirror Gets a Fab New Look

Sarah from Pretty Providence tells us, “I was inspired to do this when the cheap full-length mirror that my husband bought back in his bachelor days literally fell apart.”  The mirror itself wasn’t broken, so she decided to try to build a newer, sturdier frame.  (The old mirror was similar to the one pictured, below.)

Cheap Full Length Mirror

Better, thicker wood went into the making of the new frame.  Sarah cut 1×3 boards down to the appropriate sizes to creat a frame that was chunkier than the original.  Once the frame was constructed, she stained it a dark, espresso color.  Then, to completely amp up the glam factor, she used Rustoleum gold spray paint to give the new frame a gold-dipped effect before reattaching it to the mirror.  It’s a simple project with a dramatic result.  Gorgeous!

Pretty Providence gold dipped frame after

View Sarah’s tutorial for this gold-dipped mirror frame at Pretty Providence.

Vintage Door Becomes an Outdoor Drink Station

Over at Finding Home, Laura is excited to put her new outdoor living space to use well into the fall.  There was only on problem, she mentions, “Every time we had people over, I was bringing a folding card table out here for drinks.  Not only did it not look cute, but it was always an awkward height to serve from.”  A better looking drink station was required.

Finding Home antique door before

To create one that would look great on their screened porch, Laura and her husband took things in a rustic direction and repurposed a vintage door that they had on hand, along with a few other odds and ends–like old porch spindles.  The door served as a sturdy backing for some simple shelves and a few other handy accessories, like a hook for a dish towel, a bottle opener and a hook for a wine opener.  Laura says it all came together very easily.  It looks amazing, and so perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Finding Home antique door after

View the tutorial for this drink station made from an old door at Finding Home.


Industrial Spool Goes Back to School

Shannon blogs at Bohemian Junktion.  She’s been busy helping her son get ready to to move into his first college apartment.  When he decided that a desk wasn’t for him, they went looking around their place for a small table or something that could be used for housing his printer.  What they found was this wooden wire spool that Dad had brought home from work.

Bohemian Junktion

With a little effort, Shannon and her son knew that they could make the spool work as a table.  The first step was coating it with some varnish that they already had in the family paint stash.  Next, they added casters to the bottom, which raised it up to a better working height, and made it easier to move around.  The end result has an awesome industrial vibe that is going to look really cool in that apartment.

Bohemian Junktion spool after

Learn more about this spool repurposing project at Bohemian Junktion.

Dresser Rescue with a Fun Take on Stripes

Denise has been working on giving her closet a complete overhaul, and needed a dresser to contain some of the clothing.  When her neighbor decided to put this dresser out for the trash, Denise eagerly picked it up and took it home for a makeover, and blogged about it at Denise Designed.

Denise Designed ikea dresser before

This was an old Ikea dresser.  After removing the hardware and doing prep basics like sanding and filling holes, she gave it a coat of creamy white paint.  Next, Denise tried out a new product from Frog Tape called Shape Tape.  The kind she used made a wavy stripe that looks just like ric-rac trim.  She applied the tape onto the drawer fronts and painted over it with bright fuschia to create a funky take on stripes.  With the addition of new hardware, this trashed dresser is now a work of art!  I think it’s too pretty to hide away in a closet!

Denise Designed ikea dresser after

Find out more about Denise’s refinishing techniques for this rescued dresser at Denise Designed.