Apr 30, 2015

Project Challenge Link Party - Furniture {a dining table upgrade}

Welcome to our Project Challenge Event for April! :) (a day early or 6 days late - however you like to look at it)
New to Project Challenge? Five bloggers and myself do a DIY project with the same theme or material every month and share it in a post on the last Friday of each month. We let our readers share too and if you join us your link will show upon on all SIX blogs!
Who are the bloggers?
This month our challenge is furniture! You can share your own furniture redo in a link up at the bottom of this post if you like (please do).

What is a link up? - GO HERE

Now let me share MY furniture project challenge....
A few weeks ago I posted about creating a unique dining set by up-cycling older tables and chairs with paint. My personal furniture style leans toward rustic/rugged or eclectic so when I picked up a used formal, traditional pedestal table and chair set - I knew the pieces would have to part ways with each other in their new life.
Here are the pedestal bases of that set painted white then distressed to look old with the sander you see doing a photo bomb. (see paint tips HERE)
I am going to use the original top that they were married to with some new sexy legs in a future post. 
My experience using center pedestal tables with my own family is that we lean on our tables too much and wobble them - especially if the top is wide or top heavy. Not always the case but this one seemed to have wobble potential - considering my rough-ish "man-boys" =/  (we don't keep furniture long around here with me running a little furniture retail space)

So I made a table top myself using 3) 2x12's originally cut to 8 feet long (later I had to cut 10 more inches off of them because of the bend in my pine boards - ugh!)

Screwing the slats together in three separate places across with wood pieces and 2 inch screws secured it all into one piece, although not perfectly (we are dealing with a real tree here and "in-stock" pine. I love that it's natural and rugged though).
After staining all sides of the new top piece in Kona by Rustoleum I used 2 1/4 inch long bolts & some washers to attach the top and two bases tightly together - guided by the existing holes that were in my up-cycled pedestals and by drilling pilot holes in the bottom of the wood top. (hu?!)
(Sorry, I am not good with tutorials - I NEVER, in my life, wanted to be a teacher.)
Once the table was turned over I was instantly in love with the mix of styles.
The top got several sanding sessions in different grades of grit paper to make it smooth as skin (not my skin but...a baby?)
I re-stained as necessary and followed up with a top coat of wipe on polyurethane in a gloss finish to seal the deal (you can shake the wipe on poly - it's great!).
Please tell me you like it!
No wobble! The top is narrow enough to balance well with the new legs. It measures 79 1/2 inches long and 33 3/8 inches deep. A narrow Farmhouse style (that word gets over used - I know)!
I staged the table with a white bench and a couple of grey leather chairs but this weekend is the Vintage Home Market in Virginia (link here) so ignore the stuff in the background that is heading that way.
The table will accommodate up to 8 people.
The top is soft to the touch but natural in grain. It's not going to clean up like formica or veneer because of the seams but if you want that then... well - you know natural is better in my book.
I want to keep this table to use in my own house but I probably won't, even though it would work great for my family and our breakfast nook.  But I also need to fill my space at The Lazy Daisy.
I hope you are inspired by my furniture challenge piece and please share a couple of your own furniture up-cycles or new builds (if you blog or have a website). :)
Thanks for stopping by and visit the other 5 blogger's and partier's project links.

 Have a great weekend! (I know it's Thursday - Project Challenge is the last Friday of each month, usually, but I am fine with cutting the week short - :) Happy Weekend!

Apr 26, 2015

This End Up Desk turned Rolling Island

This project was so fun to do. I refinish furniture pretty often so when I picked up this desk I had no idea what I was going to turn it into.
I have finished a few pieces of furniture in this same brand called This End Up...it's ironic because here is what I was inspired to do.
Yes, I turned it upside down after painting it white (see how in THIS POST).
Basically - the photo above shows all the steps. Here are a few more details.
I didn't love the style of the drawers so I bought a door threshold and cut it down into 8 1/12 inch pieces to cover the handles. (see the last photo in the collage above)
The lucky part was that the drawers easily flipped and fit the same either way the desk was placed. The oak slats were stained with Kona by Rustleum.
The look I was going for was industrial and rugged. The handles are from the hardware store and under $3 each.
The top is made from left over 2x12 pine stained in Kona also. I ripped four pieces with the table saw and sanded them down. After staining them I gave it a top coat of poly.
The whole thing turned out really cool looking. I would use it in my kitchen but I was informed by a reader once that pine is not a food safe wood. Butcher block would be a better option for cutting food on but this would be perfect storage. (I use cutting boards anyway)
I think it ended up being an inch or so short of standard counter height but close enough.
 An outdoor bar cart would be a perfect use for it too.
Just a couple more pictures since I actually staged this project for photos. :)
I was saving this post to share at our Project Challenge event that goes on the last Friday of each month with six bloggers. The last Friday of this month came way too fast for us all to have it together.  So come back on the 30th - the last day of the month and link up your furniture redo with us.
See you soon!

Apr 18, 2015

Sofa Table Made w/ Wood Scraps

Happy weekend friends! We are having the most beautiful weather here in Virginia. The windows are open and a fresh breeze is blowing through the house. I love these days. This post isn't about the weather but when it's nice out that means I get to create comfortably outdoors.

Apr 15, 2015

Wood Trellis Clip Board w/ Wire Accent

The garden center in the spring time is one of my favorite places to go. The outdoor bird feeders, planters and live plants bring hope for warm weather and some fun outdoor living.

Apr 13, 2015

Chicken Wire & Screen Door Display

A few months ago we had some neighbors that were moving out of their house. On garbage day they put this old screen door out at the curb to be hauled away.

Apr 11, 2015

Natural Cedar Wood Accent Wall

When my family and I lived in Connecticut we had several cedar trees in our wooded backyard. A few of them died and my husband cut them down. The smell is of cedar is heavenly. I brought some branches into the house to display on our fireplace hearth because of the beauty and natural scent. 

Apr 4, 2015

Create a Unique Dining Set

Hello Friends! Happy Spring Break!
This week was super busy with furniture make overs. I recently finished this dining set.
I get asked "Where do you find these dining sets?"

Mar 27, 2015

Project Challenge Link Up {leather or linen)

At the first of this year I joined a group of bloggers for a monthly event called Project Challenge.

Each month we have chosen a type of material to use in a project to share in a link party. It's fun to see what each blogger does differently. We are opening the link party up to all of you this month to see how you use the chosen item too.

Mar 24, 2015

Cottage Style Dining Set in White and Grey

I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.

Mar 21, 2015

Modern - Rustic - Country Style

I snapped some pictures of our family room yesterday after I straightened it up. There are some different pieces in here now that make my style more country - as in cowboy country. :)

Mar 17, 2015

Dining in Black and White

I had to share what I have been working on for all of last weekend through today. This is my shop space and that gorgeous table has kept me busy for days.

Mar 14, 2015

Using Websters Chalk Paint Powder

Using new paint products has been on my list of things to do but I was stuck using my same paint methods that have always worked.

Mar 9, 2015

Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here)

Mar 6, 2015

Merchandising a Shop Space....

Do you have a retail shop? In our town I rent a little space in The Lazy Daisy. Our town is full of antique shops & consignment stores, which makes the trip here worth it. But The Daisy is the most shop-able and affordable and mostly right on with the trends (really!).

Mar 3, 2015

Recovering Dining Chairs

Hello there! I don't know about you but I am done with this winter weather. Our internet and cable went out last week while the kids were out of school b/c of the snow. It forced us to find other things to do. We survived and I got something done that has been hanging over my head.

Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.

Feb 21, 2015

Transferring an Image onto Furniture with Wax Paper

Have you tried transferring an image onto furniture? I have wanted to for so long but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

Feb 17, 2015

Jute Ribbon & Lanterns on Scrap Wood

Today is a snow day here in Virginia. It would be sort of fun if we could all carry on "business as usual" but that is not the case. No school, shops closed....etc...
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