Refinishing a Mini Chest of Drawers as a Vintage Card Catalog

Refinishing a Mini Chest of Drawers as a Vintage Card Catalog

On one of my typical thrifting adventures, I spied this mini chest of drawers near the cash register at the thrift shop. I didn’t really fancy the painted fruit “still life” that covered it, but I WAS curious about the wood underneath the paint. The idea of a “makeunder” floated through my mind as I envisioned a vintage card catalog as the end result.

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Restoring a Small Footstool with a Wooden Cutting Board

Restoring a Small Footstool with a Wooden Cutting Board

I don’t buy much thrift store furniture for upcycling projects, simply because I usually repurpose small items from the housewares section. But I couldn’t pass up this small footstool that I saw the other day. Its rush seat was unraveling, but I could tell it had good bones and was a nice piece of primitive furniture. So, I decided to try my hand at restoring it.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas and Projects for Farmhouse Decor

30+ Upcycling Ideas and Projects for Farmhouse Decor

It’s hard these days to get away from the idea of Farmhouse Decor- not that I WANT to get away from it. In fact, I completely understand its appeal. However, I have a very difficult time defining and describing it. It’s almost as if it’s a culmination of the best aspects from shabby chic, industrial, and primitive styles.Read more ›

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

DIY Table Lamp from Architectural Salvage: Porch Baluster

Many moons ago, I had spotted some gorgeous- and I mean STUNNING- lamps at a highfalutin antiques shop in Cashiers, North Carolina. Constructed from old porch balusters (the spindle’s more robust cousin), they were striking…and strikingly expensive. I went from defeated to determined, though, when Jon whispered to me in the shop, “We can make those.”Read more ›