Bringing a Chest Back to Life
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If you love this project, grab your quick start DIY guide & subscribe to our blog!Who’s ready for a furniture flip? We’re going to teach you how to repair wood furniture while transform a wood vintage desk. This chalk paint desk turns out so good!The best time to repair damage on wood furniture is before painting.BEFORE PICTURE
Today, I am sharing an easy chair seat repair that we have used time and again! Plus, you’re going to LOVE this rare antique desk chair! And yes, there are TWO of them!!
This is a wood filler hack I came across. Since I like to refurbish furniture, it has come in handy on numerous occasions. Basically, you use sawdust and either white glue or wood glue to make it. The filler works well and is easy to make. Read on to see my hack for filling/ plugging holes from old drawer knobs and pulls.
Do you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs or want to create a way to enjoy more plants in your small space? Check out how you can transform a thrifted shelving unit into an herb or garden planter for the porch or patio. This would be an easy and inexpensive option for those limited to apartment balconies as well.
5 easy steps to frame a painting on canvas using offset clips and a back-loading frame.
Ah, man. One of my all time favorite pieces! This dresser was part of a set I found at a local flea market. I fell in love instantly! I asked about the set and the owner told me she'd discount it since it had been sitting there for a while and both pieces had extensive damage. In addition to the top being separated, carvings were missing and there was veneer damage from top to bottom. Veneer damage scares people but I knew I could fix it up with a little Bondo and a lot of TLC! My dear friend purchased the tall chest and chose this lovely shade of pink. You simply must see the before pics and all the close ups! The juicy details and step by step pics on the repair are on the blog.
I have a antique long chest and wanted a Amish built Mule chest (double dresser) but at 1,200-3,000 that wasn’t a very good option. So I built a 4’x4’ topper for my existing chest to convert it into a Mule chest. Tools Used: Jigsaw,drill, miter saw, Screw drivers, hammer, Clamps, brad nails, glue, brass brackets, and hardware (knobs, pulls, hinges and drawer glides)
I saw this pieces and just knew I needed to get it and give it some character and life! Here's how it all played out...
A friend of mine showed up one day with a cedar chest he picked up on the curb. He knew that being the DIY junkie I am, I would put it to good use.
I've never been brave enough to repaint my kitchen cabinets (they're dark but only a few years old). However, an opportunity recently presented itself when I inherited some free cabinets from a neighbor.The plastic laminate was peeling in places but the cabinets themselves were in excellent shape. They'd be great for storing power tools and project supplies in the garage. Plus, did I mention they were free?Here's how they looked on the listing...
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
With the warming weather, I’ve been able to get out and do a little digging in my garden. In fact, last Saturday I began planting my tomatoes in my vegetable garden. As I was out digging in the dirt, I thought I’d like to share my simple tips for successfully growing tomatoes.Do you garden or have a veggie garden? Or are you new to gardening and are looking for some helpful tips? In my opinion, digging in the dirt is good for my soul, gardening is my therapy. In fact, I believe it’s good for everyone.As a child, I worked along side with my parents in the garden. At the time I didn’t have the love that I have for it now.However as I’ve grown and matured I recognized the health benefits of gardening.I believe it to be a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Along with the benefits of caring for and harvesting your own food.
ProcrastinationBack when my brother was still a bachelor, I helped him get rid of a few things that were cluttering up his basement. One of those things was an old steel bed spring that had been left there by the former owner. Judging by its size, it was probably from a child’s bed.I thought it would make a fun garden trellis if I painted it, so I took it home. I stashed it behind some bushes along our driveway fence – just temporarily, of course, until I had the time to paint it.That was about 10 years ago.Earlier this summer, when Chris rebuilt our driveway fence, he came across the bed spring – still sitting, unpainted, where I’d left it. The steel had rusted over the years, and the rust looked (to me, at least) more interesting than any type of paint.Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
Come see my old wooden TV cabinet makeover. This project turned out SO good and it is the perfect DIY toy storage cabinet for decluttering!
Okay... I am back with one of my favorite DIY/crafting items of all time - Sugru! If you check my other Hometalk posts, you'll see how I created a really fun gardening caddy (using an old shovel and cake pan!) with Sugru, and how I also used it to make super fun junk pumpkins for Halloween! I've also used it to fix several household items, including my ironing board and crock pot. My dad even used it to fill in holes on his metal workbench. It is so versatile!Today, I am going to show you how to fix a garden statue. After a long, cold winter, I found that my sweet bunny had lost part of its ear to a fallen branch.
In the furniture refinishing world, there's nothing better than finding a great piece of furniture on the side of the road 🎉While taking my pup for a walk, a few doors down from me had this beautiful MCM (mid century modern) desk that was in great shape just sitting on the curb waiting for the garbage truck to pick it up 🤦♀️ Obviously, I couldn't let this beauty disappear forever, so I ran back to my house and dropped off my pup, grabbed my van, and went back to pick up the perfect gem!Read on to see how I transformed a plain desk into a modern beauty.............*Whenever picking up a used piece of furnure, you want to inspect it really well for any sign of bugs, but this rule is especially true for those "curbside" pieces. You can even wrap a large black bag (or 2, 3, 4, how many it takes to tightly cover it) around the piece and spray insecticide in it, preferably one for bedbugs. Tightly cover the piece and tie it closed. Allow it to sit in the sun for 48 hours, dispose of the bag(s) and continue on as usual.*Price is based on the amount of product used, not the initial cost of the products*Time is based on work time only, does not include dry time
As part of our eco mission we ditched bottled hand wash a long time ago in favour of bars of soap. This has been one of the easiest swaps ever, but it does have one drawback. When the soap gets too small to use it means wasting some, they occasionally snap and sometimes they just start looking plain awful after a while (have you ever been in a public loo with a bar of soap that you're convinced would add dirt to your hands rather than remove it? Well, like that but obviously not as bad haha). Here I show a solution to all those problems.
I’m always talking about how much painting I knew I would have to do when we purchased our current home. It was builder beige EVERYwhere. And what wasn’t builder beige was just not quite right (but that’s a story for another post).One of the 1st rooms that really needed a change was the family room since we’d spend the most time in there. Here’s what it looked like when we viewed the house for the 1st time. It needs a lot – color, a fireplace makeover, better functionality (I’m really not a fan of niches – this designer’s nightmare).
Mounted ferns add beautiful decor to your inside or outside walls. You can use a wood slice, cutting board, or an old fence board to mount your fern onto. This living wall art is unique and beautiful. Be sure to subscribe to my blog at 804sycamore.com for more DIY and decorating projects and inspiration~
DIY Projects DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered LetterThis DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter is a great personalized gift for any music lover in your life! Read on to see how easily I created this W!This Post Contains Affiliate Links. Any time you purchase a product through my links, I receive a small commission. Several years ago, I bought a large W at Canton Trade Days. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would do with it, but had been looking for an oversized W for a while.We, my husband and I, both come from musical families.As a matter of fact, both of us are musical or were musical. Jake played the Tuba and was drum major for his high school band and for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in his younger days.I took over as the pianist at my church in TX when I was 15. I traveled with Life Action Ministries for a couple of years while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I still don’t know, honestly. Since then, I’ve played keys and sang in a variety of praise teams and choirs. I think I’m officially in retirement from all that, though.Back to the large W I bought in Canton…To incorporate it into my decor, I took an old hymnal that belonged to my grandmother, who was a self-taught, very talented pianist, and decoupaged a variety of hymns all over it. It ended up being a beautiful decor piece in our kitchen 3 houses ago!My husband’s dad spent about 42 years as a music minister. He had a beautiful baritone voice and had a heart for people like no one else I’ve ever met. He could make a friend everywhere he went! He was also a talker!After he passed away in 2014, after a long battle with kidney cancer, my mother-in-law gave me the hymnal he used every Sunday morning to lead the choir. The intent was for me to use the pages of that hymnal to create her a hymn covered W. A few years ago, I even bought a large W to tackle this project but ended up using the W I bought on my own mantle. Oops!So here I am, almost 7 years later and I still haven’t made her W. Well, after today, that’s no longer the case!We’ll be meeting her at the beach in June to celebrate her birthday. She’s also moving into a new house toward the end of the summer. I’ll hand-deliver this gift to her, that’s no longer a surprise!This decoupage hymn covered W will be the perfect birthday/housewarming gift for her.(Debbie, act surprised when I give this to you in person!) 🙂My intention was to complete this project for a DIY gift round-up last month, but in true Jen Wade fashion, I forgot to order my W and it didn’t arrive until after the challenge was over.You ready to make your own hymn covered letter?!DIY Decoupage Hymn Covered Letter Supplies:
I have no idea what made me decide to make a wreath with a tail, or shaped this way, but I just didn’t want to do the same old thing. I kind of think this wreath was a cross between a wreath and a swag.I would love to have you stop by my blog , Celebrate & Decorate for more details as well as sign up for my latest creations, posts, recipes, exclusives, and more...
This project was so much fun to make! I love anything Patriotic/Americana, and what is more Patriotic than Uncle Sam?! I had some wood laying around from other projects, so I thought I would put together a Uncle Sam Porch Sitter. He turned out AMAZING!
Provide a safe water source for the bees and other pollinators in garden with a DIY watering station. It’s easy, can serve as a focal point and decorative garden ornament or *bee* as simple as you like!
With the price of lumber so high I went through my scrap pile of wood so I could build our new cat his own getaway. I gathered a lot of ideas of what I wanted, measured the walls, and started building. At the end of this post is a video I made showing the whole process.
The other day my mom gave me some Pothos stems that she had recently propagated. If you don’t know what propagating is, it’s when you grow new plants from an already established plant. This is done by cutting of one of the stems and placing it in a jar of water until it grows roots. Once the roots have sprouted you can then plant it and grow a whole new plant.This is such a cost effective way to fill your home with beautiful live plants, and is also a lovely way to share new plants with family and friends. Below I explain the steps that I used to plant and propagate my new Pothos stems.