Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re either at a garage sale or thrift store and something stops you and makes you say, “Ooooohhh…”? I love when that happens. Take for instance this nightstand I spied. It is the perfect candidate for today’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday – a fun day where my blogger friend’s and I share some project goodness with you. Let’s get busy with this nightstand makeover, and be sure to check out the other projects below.
I’m calling this a nightstand, but really it is also an end table or side table or pretty much anywhere-you-want-to-put-it table. My oldest daughter, Miss C, was looking for a project since her and her siblings join me in my adventures. You can see her
There’s no mistaking that I am drawn to dressing tables and vanities. They’re so unique and full of elegance. At some point they have fallen to the wayside as far as being a piece of furniture on demand, but they are quickly making a come-back as a much desired addition to the bedroom decor. I can see why. They’re functional as a desk, mirror for morning makeovers, and a fun place for a lady to call her own.
It wasn’t too long ago that I acquired this vintage dressing table off of Craigslist, and it actually ended up being sold by a friend and neighbor from just around the block. Although it may look like an antique, it’s really a Mid Century Modern piece made to look as if it is has been around for ages. Quality made with dove-tailed drawers and gorgeous veneer, this dark beauty was in great shape for the most part, but did have some wear and missing parts.
The overall finish had held up well on top, but what really struck me was that the pulls were plastic. Really? Did they have to go there on this beautiful piece? Some were busted, of course, and I knew that this girl needed some new jewelry (aka. hardware)
I’m all about DIY and certainly saving a penny or two, but can you believe this rustic farmhouse bench was made for less than $20?! Today, I’ve got a sweet tutorial for you on how to build this farmhouse bench, and how to finish it in two different ways.
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Since I live in the heart of farm country where reclaimed barn wood abounds, it’s easy for me to locate some old barn wood. However, for most of you, that resource isn’t always available and you desire to add the farmhouse look to your home. So, for fun, my hubby and I are going to show you how to take your typical box store pine and turn it into a rustic and functional farmhouse style bench that can be placed in your entry, mudroom, bedroom…the possibilities are endless!
Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture? I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love. No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.
Those layers I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life. For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!
When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story. But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.