Vintage Tool Box Planters

Hey guys!

I have a great rescue to share with you this evening.

Shauna, at Satori Design for Living, rescued one of these old tool boxes from the curbside garbage, and the other from the back of her cousin’s truck on its way to the dump!                 ( cousins don’t always know what cool stuff they have in their truck beds, do they?).




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A Two-Tiered Transformation

At Refashionably Late, Ruthie went out in search of a free swing set that she’d seen advertised.  The swings were gone, but what she found instead was a woman in a hurry to unload a lot of stuff….with a garage full of furniture she was giving away for free!  Ruthie was delighted to discover a piece of furniture she’d been wanting for a while:  a tiered side table.


As she began sanding away the old finish, Ruthie noticed that one of the legs was broken and missing some wood.  She handled those repairs before spray painting the table with a happy shade of blue.  To give the table even more personality, she added a couple of pretty flowers with a stencil and some white paint.  The result is just what Ruthie wanted for her living room!


Visit Refashionably Late to get all the details on this tiered side table makeover.

From Off the Bed Onto the Walls

When Manda and her Mom refinished this gorgeous old bed frame, they ran into a little glitch:  modern day mattresses are a little bigger than the ones this bed was made for.  To solve that dilemma, they pulled out the old frame and slats and attached the headboard and footboard to a modern, metal frame.  Manda was left with some aged wood and shared the way she repurposed some of it at Lost in the Found.


To turn the side rail of the refinished bed into a shelf, Manda started by cutting it to the length she wanted.  While refinished the original bed, she had used paint to give the wood the soft, pleasing patina of old barn wood, so there was no need for any more painting or refinishing.  Manda already had some brackets on hand that she’d found at a garage sale, so it was easy to mount those on the wall and attach the side rail onto them, ready to serve as a shelf.  So pretty!


Check out all the details of this project (and learn more about that gorgeous bed) at Lost in the Found.

Refreshing the Finish on Vintage Chairs

Over at Clockwork Interiors, Cynthia was looking for a few small projects she could work on.  She remembered her stash of chairs in the garage awaiting TLC, and decided that it was time to breathe a little life into a few of them.  “They are so comfortable, and I love the fact that they came out of someone’s work shop!” she says of this set of three handmade, vintage chairs.


For this refinishing project, Cynthia decided to try an oil-based product that she’d never used before.  She scuff sanded the chairs and simply wiped the stain onto the wood.  After letting the stain soak in for a while, she wiped away the excess.  “That’s it — easiest project yet — and what a difference it makes!” Cynthia exclaims.


Find out which staining product Cynthia used for this project at Clockwork Interiors.

Grandpa’s Nightstand Goes Shabby Chic

This little side table sat next to the bedside of Jessica’s grandpa for years.  It was worn and shabby, but to Jessica the nightstand was a keepsake.  See how she revived it at Live Randomly Simple.


To give the table a new look, Jessica started by removing the door, hinges, and back of the piece.  She replaced the back with chicken wire to add some rustic style.  She used robin’s egg blue chalk paint to cover the dated finish, and distressed it with sandpaper.  I love the way Jessica styled the side table once it was finished!


To learn more about Jessica’s refinishing techniques, visit Live Randomly Simple.

Old Tennis Racket Wreath

If you are a crafter or a maker or a collector, chances are you have enough in your stash to make just about anything at any given time!  That’s the case for Kathy at Petticoat Junktion, who challenged herself to come up with some spring decor using stuff she already had on hand.  Here’s what she came up with:  a twig wreath form, a flower, and an old tennis racket.


Kathy says she was able to put together this unique wreath in less than five minutes!  She glued the flower to the wreath and then attached the wreath to the racket.  “The racket is a natural hanger!” Kathy points out, “Just slip it on a nail.”  It’s a really fun, unexpected combination that actually works really well for the warmer months!


Visit Petticoat Junktion to find out more about this project.

Which Way Did This Dresser Makeover Go?

Well, it’s easy to figure that out, because this dresser is full of maps!  Karen from The Salvaged Boutique rescued this dresser from the curbside on garbage day.  Although it had sustained some minor damage, she knew that it could be repaired and restyled.


After repairing one dresser drawer, Karen applied a couple coats of chalk paint and distressed the paint a bit.  She lined the drawers and decoupaged street maps onto the sides of the drawers. “In order to save on hardware, which can get expensive, I decoupaged wooden knobs with street maps too!” Karen tells us.  I love that shade of turquoise!


Get details on the full makeover at The Salvaged Boutique.

Mantle Clock Revamp

Several years ago, Sara spotted this mantle clock at a garage sale and brought it home.  Initially, she thought that maybe her husband could fix it, but it turned out that a few key components were missing….so using it as an actual clock got scrapped.  Sara shares what she did with it instead at Thrifty Treasures.

mantle clock

For starters, Sara pulled out the clock face and mechanics.  She painted it with chalk paint.  Next, Sara gathered a few interesting pieces from her collections, like this metal trivet.  She painted those, as well, and arranged them on the front of the clock, making a really interesting shabby chic piece.  How fun!


Find out what Sara is thinking about doing with this project besides letting it sit on her mantel at Thrifty Treasures.