Hi there! Today I’m going to share my desk make over! I got this desk when my parents upgraded their desk almost 10 years ago. This desk was the desk my parents used when they first started their trucking business back in 1989. It’s been around the block more than a few times. I remember sitting at this desk doing homework on our first computer, using messaging my friends (and boys) on AOL. It saw me through writing papers and applying for college. Now it’s where I do most of my crafting and writing.
My newest addition is my vintage Marquette Pennant. I found back at the beginning of March when I went on my Vintage Shop Hop adventure! I had it up just in time for March Madness, but alas, it didn’t really help Marquette Basketball. Until next season!
Anyway Back to the desk. Originally, it was a pretty typical desk, with no frills. Back in 2007, I had repainted the desk just a simple black. Then in 2014 it started pealing so I tried to cover it up by touching up the black and then stenciling over it in turquoise. I got this wonderful idea to try it while I was working from home. My old position allowed me to multi task, and man I took advantage of that. I painted the version below during my down time between calls. So my before picture is when when it was still painted black and turquoise.
I had intended to have this post out last week but, life around here has been busy. I got a new job (which I’ll be starting after the 4th of July), there is a new manly prospect, my friend Jenny just moved in on the other half of the duplex and I’ve been working on projects to get an Etsy shop up and running! Busy times.
About a month ago, I was browsing Craig’s List and found a crib that was listed for free. I ended giving the number a call and then taking a trip about 20 minutes north of Green Bay to pick up the crib. I repurposed all parts of the crib for about $20. I was on the fence about dividing this post into smaller posts but I decided against it. I apologize in advance as this may be a longer post. The first three posts were pretty simple and didn’t require much modification and only minor hardware.
First up,was a blanket ladder. I decided to use one of the crib rails as a blanket ladder. I have a few blankets that I keep out to use on a regular basis. But leaving them draped on my couch or love seat is just an invitation for Harley to snuggle up in them and leave his cat hair all over the place. This project was as simple as washing and drying it, propping the railing up against my wall and then draping blankets over the rails. I’m considering hanging it on a wall, I’m just not sure how I want to do it yet. If I decide what to do, I’ll keep you posted!
The second use of the crib was to make a drying rack for my laundry. I don’t have a place to hang my clothes to dry in my basement or my back yard. To rectify this I decided to hang the other rail from the rafters in my basement. I drilled four holes into the beams and then took the screw eyes and screwed them into the holes. I cut four pieces of rope and looped them through the screws. Taking the ends of the rope, I then tied them around the rails.
Most recently, I made an organization center/message center. I don’t have a whole lot of counter or cabinet space in my kitchen. This would allow me to have a place to have all of my mail, bills, and other odds and ends I may need in a jiff y. This was another easy re-purpose project.
I hosed off the mattress spring and dried it off. To get started, I used the OOK picture hooks to hang the mattress spring because they could hold up 30 pounds each, fit in the holes at the top of the frame,and I didn’t have to drill holes into the walls. I used the nails supplied.
Then came the fun part, DECORATING IT! To hang the various baskets, I used smaller OOK Picture Hangers (I need to find more study hooks, one of them is bending already. To hang various important mail like my brother and Betsy’s save the date card. To hang two pictures I stuck the brace of the picture frames through the hole so it’s straddling the a metal section. I spray painted some mini clothes pins in Krylon CoverMaxx’s Sunrise. I also found these cool paper flowers at Michael’s on clearance for $1 so I picked up three. I thought they would be cute magnets, so I cut a few pieces of magnets from a large magnet roll I had and hot glued them together.
So the final project from my free crib was a potting bench. I the past when planting my plants into various pots, I would sit on my back porch, potting soil, tools, various plants and pots all spread out around me. This was not an ideal situation. My back and tush would be sore from all the bending and sitting. So when the crib came along I decided to make a potting stand.
To start I washed the sides down. and removed the hardware used to keep the front and back in place.
I have had a empty space in my living room since I moved my DVD shelves next to my TV at Christmas time. I’ve been looking for a drum table for a while. I found one I really liked at a consignment shop, but it was a little pricey at $60. At the end of March, I was looking through one of the local Facebook garage sale pages and I stumbled upon an annual town rummage sale in Denmark, which is about 20 minutes from Green Bay. So I texted Jenny to see if she wanted to go with me. After I was done with work, we took a short drive on a very cold and windy day to see if we could find any goodies.
There were lots of really awesome vintage things, trunks, suitcases, bits and bobs, and if I had an endless supply of funds, or a larger trunk, I would have grabbed up a bunch of things. Like these totally awesome shoes.
I actually lucked out and found one for $30 and an old window (I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it) at the garage sale. The table wasn’t in bad shape, just a few places where the lacquer had been worn off, and a few scratches. Nothing a little light sanding couldn’t fix.
I then tackled the base. I decided to paint it a few shades darker, so I added a little of the darker teal to darken my paint. I really like the contrast.
I added gold paint to the groves around around groove at the bottom of the table top, grooves around the base of the table, and the grooves on the legs. I waxed the table to seal the paint, and buffed the top of the table, giving it a light sheen. To finish the table, I painted the claw feet gold.
To finish it off, I added a picture of my mom and I when I was a baby. I picked up a new lamp, I found a faux mercury glass base and a black shade. I then gathered a faux mercury glass candle stick I found at the Salvation Army and my faux mercury glass candle holders I made.
- a drill, and an extender
- needle-nosed pliers
- flat head screwdriver to the pry the staples
- staple gun
You’ll want to allow yourself a few hours to complete this project.
So I grabbed my a drill, and an extender and set about unscrewing the seat on first of the four chairs. And then the tedious work of prying the staples out of bottom of the seat. This took forever, at least it seemed to take forever. By the time I was done with all four, my arm and hands hurt.
Once the old fabric was removed, I laid out the new fabric and placed the old on top. Using the old fabric as a template, I then cut around the old fabric.
Then I took the newly cut fabric, placed it good side down and placed the seat on top. To staple I took one of the sides and stapled in place with my staple gun, repeating directly across and then on the top and bottom. With a patterned fabric, you don’t want to pull too tightly when stapling. If you do you may cause the pattern to shift. I continued to staple around the chair.
When stapling the corners, I stapled the sides in first, and then I cut a notch out on each side. I found that this allowed the fabric to lie with less bulk. Then I took the fabric that was at the corner and pulled tight towards the center of the chair, and stapled in place.
I repeated the process 3 more times.
Once finished, I screwed the seat back to the chair and voila! Updated kitchen chairs. This was a pretty time consuming project, but I’m happy I did it. I love how these chairs turned out.
I think the chairs are a nice modern touch to go with the distressed table.
I have some leftover fabric that I’m sure I can find a good use. Maybe a small decorative pillow for my bed is in order.
My poor kitchen table has been around the block more than a few times. It’s still in excellent working condition, but the top is a bit banged up, scratched, dinged and the stain had been removed in a spot due to a fight with a Wallflower from Bath and Body works.
I am in love with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. I’m not in love with the price though. I decided I would try mixing my own. There are lots of recipes all over the Internet. I found the one I would use over at Salvaged Inspirations. The comparison and instructions were clear and concise. I decided to go with the Plaster of Paris option (#2). After picking up all the things I would need, I went home and made my mix. I cleaned my table and started painting. Initially, I was looking for a white table top, keeping the legs and chairs brown.
- Plaster of Paris
- Paint (I picked up a sample of Glidden paint in Crisp Linen)
- Paint container with lid
- Paint brush or roller
- Cream Wax or Furniture Wax (I used both)
|On the left is where the table lost the battle with the wall flower.|
I mixed one part Plaster of Paris and one part water and added the paint. I guessed at about the amount of paint I added. I don’t think I added enough paint. It was hard to tell since the paint and the plaster of pairs and water were almost the same color.
I should have known something was wasn’t mixed right because after the first coat it was really streaky. I started with a brush in the middle and it kind of smeared around. I switched to a roller, and you can see where and didn’t cover very well. I waited about 30 minutes and tried a second coat.
By this time the paint was “dry”, but not as dry as Annie Sloan’s paint would be. When I went to put the second coat, to my horror my mixture had thickened up quite a bit. Oh the horror! I added some more water and gave it a good mix. I applied the second coat and it started lifting off in some spots! I let that coat dry.
You can see where it got all lumpy. Here is where I should have let the table dry completely, and then sanded it down, and then apply the layer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. But by this point I wasn’t really thinking logically. I knew going in that I would have had to sand it down, as the paint would not bee as smooth as Annie Sloan’s but I didn’t think it would have gotten this lumpy.
Thankfully, Kira and and her daughter stopped over, and distracted me for a bit. Which allowed the paint to dry. After Kira and Bella left, I grabbed my can of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. I added a coat and called it a night. By this point I was frustrated and needed to take a step back from painting.
After sleeping on it, I woke up early Sunday and got to fixing the mess. I decided to sand down as much of the lumpy parts I could before putting a second coat of the Paris Grey
This is what the table looked like after spending about 2 hours of sanding. I didn’t need to sand all the way down to the brown, just make it smooth. To collect the dust, I hooked up my vacuum hose and sucked up the piles of dust that accumulated. In some spots, I did sand down to the table, but those were the parts I wanted to seem distressed/worn down.
I’m not sure why I’m in a gray mood lately. But I think it goes well with the hutch I painted last year. Keeping the chairs and legs dark, it matches the shelves on the hutch.
Up next is a table I brought back from my dad’s. I’m going to paint that and use it as my craft table. Hopefully, soon I’ll be working from home and my desk in my office is going to be put to good use.
My decorating style is ever evolving. Lately I’ve been obsessed with industrial shelving. I love the mix of vintage, clean lines and rustic industrial. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to pay for some of these beautifully crafted pieces. These are some of my “if I had an unlimited means” or “if I was married to a star quarterback of a small market football team” inspirations.
|1. Emerson Bookshelf
2. Teak Atelier Bookcase
3. Homelegance Factory Bookcase
4. ZUO ERA Mission 3 Level Distressed
5. French Library Shelving
6. White x White Bree Bookshelf
All over the interweb, there are versions of DIY industrial shelving. some were free standing, and some were screwed into the walls for support. Since I rent, I didn’t think that screwing holes and anchors into the walls. The version I liked the best, I found over at Anythingology. My kitchen and dining area isn’t the largest of spaces. I had to scale my version down. I wanted something that I can use to store my microwave on, since it was taking up much needed on my counter top.
- 1- 2 inch x 12 inch x 12 foot cut into 3 sections of 4 feet each
- 8- 12 inch x 1/2 inch galvanized pipes
- 8- 10 inch x 1/2 inch galvanized pipes
- 8- 1/2 inch flanges
- 4- 1/2 inch couplings
- Spray paint
Thursday afternoon, I stopped with Jenny at Home Depot and picked up some wood. A nice gentleman cut my wood for me to the length I needed. All I had to do was sand the edges on Saturday.
Before I could get started, I had to raid my dad’s garage for a few things that I needed. I needed a spade drill, so I asked him if I could borrow one of his. I wasn’t really sure if he had one and his response of “I think I have one, it’s somewhere in the garage” made me leary of trying to hunt it down. Luckily, I was able to find one that was a 3/4 inch, and it take forever. I also found some steel wool, a vintage wooden tool box that I think may have been one of my grandfathers’. I have plans for the tool box.
After the raid on my dad’s garage, I had to clear out the shelving unit I had in my kitchen. My previous shelf, was starting to sag and wasn’t really functional. And it was beginning to be a glorified collector of miscellaneous items. I needed something more functional. Once it was cleared off and a path made to move it up stairs, I pulled it up a flight of stairs and into my office, where I’m hoping to put it to good use. My legs and arms are still a bit sore.
I decided that I needed some practice drilling holes with the spade drill. Sso I drilled some holes, that ended up working out as a support for the pipes so I can spray paint, I may have gotten a litte carried away. Once I had fun with the drilling of holes. I prepped the pieces. I purchased the galvanized pipes instead of the black because they were less expensive. I spent what seems like forever, and a few broken nails, pealing off the bar codes from the pipes. Note to Home Depot, you don’t need 5 layers of tape to make sure the barcodes are on the pipes.
While the paint was drying, I started aging the wood. I did a quick once over with the sander on the edges and then drilled holes on two of the boards. To make sure that all of the holes were in relatively the same place I took one of flanges, and placed it in the corner and then traced the center. I repeated the process on the four corners of 2 of the boards. Then I took the 3/4 inch spade bit and drilled holes where the circles were marked. I decided to drill holes into the bottom boards because the flanges were fairly expensive.
There are lots of tutorials how to age new wood to make it look old. I followed the instructions found over at Sweet Pickins. I didn’t leave my vinegar and steel wool solution in for 24 hours. I’m the impatient sort. I think mine sat and stewed for about 18 hours or so. Shh I used and SOS pad not realizing it had soap in it. Not to self read the packaging.
The next step was the assembly. I screwed the pipes into the holes I had previously drilled. For the second shelves, I needed to have enough room to store my Kitchen Aid Stand mixer so I had 8 10 inch pipes and I used a coupling to secure two pipes together. Then I took the flange and screwed that on to the top of each leg. Then placing the next board on top, with the hole side up. I leveled the poles and the boards as best as I could and then I secured the flange to the wood with screws. I repeated the process with the next shelf. The only difference was that I used 4 12 inch pipes. I finished with the top board, securing into place with screws.
I have a little more sprucing/adjustments I’d like to make…I’m thinking about changing the mirror and making flipping it vertical. Sorry this picture is so grainy, sometimes my phone takes good pictures, and sometimes it doesn’t.