Rustic Ladder Becomes Shabby Chic Storage

Hi roadkill rescuers!  What are you up to today?

I’ve got a few projects “in the works”, plenty to keep me busy today while I watch college football!

I recently received a rescue submitted by my friend Dede of Designed Decor, and the timing couldn’t be better.   Another friend discovered a pair of  old ladders in her parents’ garage a few weeks ago, and of course she thought, “I should give those to Kimm.”

I LOVE it when friends have those thoughts. 😉

Here’s a before shot of Dede’s old ladder.




The transformation to shabby chic storage is nothing short of amazing.

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Sewing Machine Table Makeover

Hi guys!  Thank you so much for visiting RoadKill Rescue.

And thank you to all of you that have sent congratulations and encouraging messages since yesterday’s post.  Your kind words mean so much to me.

I am thrilled to share my first rescue, a sewing machine table makeover, with you today.


Sewing Table Makeover

A nurse friend gave me this old sewing machine table.  She was going to throw it away, can you believe that?

Of course I talked her out of it.

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Candlelit Romance from Chippy Barn Wood

Sara, A.K.A “Mrs. Major Hoff” blogs at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.  She tells us, ” My friend just happened to find this fabulous chippy painted barn wood when she was out strolling through a pasture. Okay, so she is a veterinarian, and maybe is out in pastures more than the rest of us–but holy smokes! What a score!”

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood before

While most of the wood was set to be turned into picture frames, one piece was a little chunkier than the others, so Sara had the chance to get creative with it.  By drilling four round holes into it, she created a beautiful votive candle holder for her friend’s breakfast table.  How lovely!

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood after

Get all the details on this project at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.

Castaway Dresser Gets Ombre-fied

Over at Restoration Redoux, Shanna’s friend gave her a few pieces of furniture that the didn’t want anymore, including this dresser.  “This was the first piece I’ve completed that didn’t have any hardware, so since the fronts were so plain to begin with, I decided to focus on the color,” Shanna explains.

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser before

The finish was free of dents and scratches, so the first step in this makeover was to give it a quick coat of ivory shaded paint.  Then, Shanna went for the ombre effect on the drawers.  Starting at the top, she added a little more turquoise paint to the ivory paint she had already used with each successive drawers.  The graduated shading looks especially lovely on this piece.  It reminds me of a swimming pool!

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser after

Get more details on this project by clicking over to Restoration Redoux.

Vintage Folding Chair Makes a Great Command Center

Over at Nalle’s House, Anu asks, “A folding chair is great for small spaces, parties and as additional seating, but what do you do with it while it’s not in use?  I decided to make my vintage folding chair serve double duty as seating and as a command center in my front entry.”

Nalle's House folding chair before

Wait–did Anu just say she turned a folding chair into a command center?  That’s right!  With the chair folded up, she painted the bottom of the seat with chalkboard paint, to serve as a message center.  She hung a handy little rectangular bucket from the crossbar of the chair with s-hooks.  “The tray at the bottom is perfect for holding sunglasses, keys, cellphone, etc. and even for adding a little greenery or flowers to the space,” Anu notes.  Hung up on the wall, the chair pulls double duty as stored extra seating and a commend center!  Not to mention, it’s completely beautiful in this space.

Nalle's House folding chair after

Read more about how this folding chair was repurposed at Nalle’s House.

Spiffing Up Old Books

Over at her blog, Two Twenty-One, Chelsea has come up with a fun way to add a little pizzazz to old books.  She covers them with fabric!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books before

Don’t let the mention of fabric scare you away from this project since there’s no sewing involved.  Chelsea simply cuts a rectangle of fabric and uses adhesive spray to attach it to the cover of the book.  The sky’s the limit on this one–you can use any fabric you like to achieve this look.  Keep this tip in mind for styling bookshelves.  You could have a lot of fun with that!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books after

Do see a detailed tutorial on this process, visit Two Twenty-One.

Turning an Old Sketch Pad into an Office Accessory

Spotting a large sketch pad sticking out of her trash bin, Laura exclaimed, “Who threw this away?  Don’t these kiddos know that the bestest most awesomest chipboard ever is the backing from these sketch pads?”  She knew that sturdy chipboard leftover after all the paper had been used was perfect for recycling into a writing mat, and posted the project at Me and My Inklings.


Laura loves to sit out on her deck and write letters, but the family picnic table doesn’t have the most even writing surface.  So Laura’s writing mat would be for her picnic table, but you could use the same concept for any desk.   To dress up the chipboard, she started out by gluing white paper onto it.  Next, Laura made it look pretty by using adhesives to attach colorful ribbons onto the outer edges of the chipboard.  What a fun and fancy spot for letter writing!


Visit Me and My Inklings for a tutorial.

Headboard from Old Closet Doors

“One of the perks of being in a construction-related business is that you can claim any discards from job-sites that might be re-purposed,” Marty tells us at Marty’s Musings.  That’s exactly how this old set of shutter-like closet doors came into her possession.  Marty has a great imagination.  When she looked at the doors, she could see a headboard!


To take these doors from the closet to the bed, Marty started by cutting the doors in half across the center brace.  She layered several shades of gray and white paint over the cut doors, to achieve just the shabby chic look of weathered paint that she had in mind.  She placed the two halves side by side against the wall behind her bed to create a headboard.  I love the look of this headboard and the way Marty styled it!


For a detailed tutorial of this project, visit Marty’s Musings.