DIY Union Jack Trunk

Time to check in with Meredith & Gwyneth, the New Yorkie.  They’ve been working on a fun project for their New York apartment that started out with discovering Meredith’s old footlocker trunk in the atti, last week.

Meredith & Gwyneth trunk before

Here’s how that footlocker went from drab to fab.  First, they removed the old stickers from the trunk and primed and painted it white.  Then, Meredith carefully measured and used tape to prep the trunk for the Union Jack’s stripes.  As a fun twist, they painted the flag in pink and citrus orange, to match with the rest of their decor.  I think I need one of these–how cute is this?


You can get all the details on this makeover at Meredith & Gwyneth, the New Yorkie.

Peacock Blue Nightstand Makeover

At Junque Chic, Amy was thrilled to come across two matching nightstands at her local thrift shop.  They were just the way she likes them:  sturdy, but in need of a new look.

Junque Chic blue side table before

Amy drew inspiration from a piece of fabric that she loved, with swirls that reminded her of peacock feathers.  She refinished each nightstand in shades of blue, one light with dark embellishments, the other dark with light embellishments to make a coordinating pair.  The final touch on this makeover was lining the drawers of each nightstand with the pretty fabric that inspired their makeover.  Aren’t they lovely?

Junque Chic side tables after

You can find out more about this makeover at Junque Chic.

DIY Faux Bois Breakfast Tray

Carrie blogs at Making Lemonade.  I could totally relate to her description of the item that started this makeover.  “Enter this generic breakfast tray that we’ve had for at least a decade,” Carrie begins, “the type you get at Bed Bath & Beyond in the hopes that life will be filled with breakfasts in bed and lazy Sunday mornings.  Then the reality hits and you find your 2-year-old using it as a surfboard down the deck stairs.  HYPOTHETICALLY.”

Making Lemonade breakfast tray before

Deciding it was time to give the breakfast table a little more style, Carrie pulled out some supplies from a goodie box Martha Stewart Crafts had sent her way.  She used gold metallic paint as a base.  Using something called a graining comb, she created the faux bois (or “false wood”) look that she’d been coveting.  The finished tray looks much more stylish, and was the perfect way to serve her visiting mother breakfast in bed as an early Mother’s Day celebration.

Making Lemonade breakfast tray after

You can find out more about this makeover at Making Lemonade.

Cabinet Upgrade for Less

Sara from Thrifty Treasures figured out a fantastic way to give builder grade cabinetry a custom-looking upgrade.  It started with these worn out old chairs with spindle legs that she acquired through Freecycle.

Thrifty Treasures broken chairs before

Sara says of the chairs, “I knew they were broken, but you can do lots with spindles, so I got them.”  She cut the feet off from the legs of the chairs and–here’s where I reveal that Sara is a genius–added them to the bottom of her kitchen cabinets to give them that fancy furniture look.  Sara says that she has enough spindles from those chairs to be able to add “feet” to all the cabinetry in her kitchens and bathrooms.  Awesome!

Thrifty Treasures broken chairs after

You can read more about Sara’s great idea at Thrifty Treasures.

Vintage Window Message Center

The story of how Patty from Always Something acquired her stash of vintage windows is a good one.  While driving through a historic Virginia college campus with her husband, Patty spotted a dumpster heaped with old windows.  She convinced her husband to stop the  car, and Patty pulled out as many as she could.

Since then, Patty has been using those windows to make all kinds of things–including gifts for friends and family–like this message center.  The addition of magnetic chalkboard paint and a small bulletin board to three of the panes turned one old window into a perfectly sized message center.  I especially like the letters that spell out “Joy” in the upper panes.

Find out more about Patty’s window makeover at Always Something.