Dresser Revamp, New York City Style

At Makin’ My Apt a Home, Arod’s daughter has been wanting a New York City theme for her bedroom.  Mom decided to make it a reality, and the first step was transforming this hand-me-down dresser.


To give this worn-out old dresser some city style, Arod started by stripping down the finish on the dresser top and then stained it.  Using chalk paint, she painted the drawers dark gray with a crisp, white border.  Next, Arod used some inexpensive sign stencils to write the names of different city streets onto the drawers.  She lined the drawers with NYC-themed fabric, and finished the project with a set of pretty glass knobs.  Perfection!


To get all the details on this makeover, visit Makin’ My Apt a Home.

New Look for an Antique Wash Stand

At The Golden Sycamore, Allison and her husband found this old wash stand when they were cleaning out their basement.  Free furniture is always the best kind to experiment with, so Allison seized the opportunity to try using milk paint for the first time by giving this piece a little makeover.


At some point in its life, the wash stand had been given an update that unfortunately involved a poor application of stain, another reason that it was a good candidate for milk paint.  Allison chose a pretty gray-blue shade of milk paint to cover the old stain.  Milk paint is pretty unpredictable–it’s often hard to know how chippy it will become, and in this case it chipped quite a bit–but Allison likes the unique, weathered appearance.


There’s lots more to learn about this wash stand turned dresser over at The Golden Sycamore.

Side Table with a Concrete Top

Taryn from Design Dining Diapers had a side table in her home that just didn’t go with her current decor.  She considered selling it, but then decided to try and make it work with her current decor.


To transform the table, Taryn started with a coating of fresh paint in a pale, gray color.  With a countertop makeover under her belt using concrete, Taryn decided to try giving the table an industrial look with concrete, too.  She covered the tabletop with concrete and loved the rough-hewn effect of the simple concrete top.  What a great look!


Hop on over to Design Dining Diapers to view the full tutorial for this side table makeover.

DIY Gold Wire Side Table

Over at Domestic Imperfection, Ashley has been admiring gold side tables for some time now.  Wanting a pair for her guest room, she started to shop around, but was discouraged to find that most of them were either well out of her budget range…..or out of stock!  Instead, Ashley decided to experiment with things she had around the house to see if she could DIY something similar.  “And what I had was tomato cages, wire, spray paint, and lots of scrap wood,” she notes.


Ashley started by clipping the long wire prongs off of her tomato cages.  Then, using the cages as a starting point, she strung wire vertically and horizontally around them.  After spraying the wire bases with gold paint, Ashley had her husband cut circular tabletops from some scrap pecan wood.  Now residing in the guest bedroom, you’d never guess that these pretty tables started out as old tomato cages!


Stop by Domestic Imperfection to find out more about these upcycled knock-off tables.


Antique Couch Becomes a Deconstructed Bench

“The 100+ year old couch had a lovely life but had resided in an airplane hanger for sometime,” Amanda says at Mommy Is Coocoo.  Appreciating the sturdy frame and funk claw feet, she took it home and turned it into a bench for her boys’ bedroom.


Inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Napoleon upholstered ottoman, Amanda started the makeover with some serious deconstruction.  She pulled away all of the upholstery along with the back and arms.  A new frame for the seat got topped with a new foam cushion covered in denim.  Amanda kept the frame as it was, without upholstery, so that it gives off a cool industrial vibe.  She tells us, “It is a great spot for reading but it is also big enough to be used as a third bed.”  How versatile!


Visit Mommy Is Coocoo for more information about this makeover.

Old Window Becomes an Industrial-Chic Chalkboard

You may have spotted this project by Mindy of My Love 2 Create over at Knock Off Decor.  It’s one she originally shared at My Repurposed Life.  She started out withan old window that a friend had passed along to her.


Inspired by Restoration Hardware’s industrial chalkboards, Mindy decided to turn the old window into a chalkboard.  After removing all of the hardware, she painted the glass with several coats of chalkboard paint.  Mindy cut some fake rivets out of chipboard and attached them to the corners of the window frame for an industrial vibe using glue and upholstery tacks.  Once the faux rivets were in place, she used several different colors of spray paint to give the frame the look of rusted metal, and her industrial-style chalkboard was complete.  How awesome is that?  I can’t even tell it’s not actually metal!


Find out more about this project by visiting My Repurposed Life.

Updating a Ceiling Fan

Over at Seeking Lavender Lane, Deb decided there was no need to throw out the dated ceiling fan in her family room.  Instead, she put her imagination to work to give it a new look.


Deb was going for a vintage industrial look with this makeover.  She removed the old lampshades and bulbs, then sprayed the entire fan down with flat, black spray paint.  Instead of replacing the glass shades, Deb simply inserted vintage style Edison bulbs into the light bulb sockets.  Simple steps for a high-style update.


Visit Seeking Lavender Lane to get more details on this ceiling fan makeover.

Reclaimed Wood and Faucet Coat Rack

I have such an adorable project to show you, today!  Ananda from A Piece of Rainbow saw a faucet coat rack being sold online, but when she tried to purchase it was no longer available.  Instead, she made her own, using a former piece of fence wood and some old outdoor faucet handles.


Ananda got really creative with this project.  Instead of just tacking the faucets onto the wood, she thought it would be fun to add a plumbing motif design to the rack.  She stenciled some pipes onto her fence boards, which added a fun bit of whimsy to this project.  The faucet handles that Ananda found on Ebay were pretty colorful, but she notes that you could spray paint new ones from the hardware store, too.  She attached them to her board for the hooks on her coat rack.  Awesome!


Visit A Piece of Rainbow for more details on this project.