Saturday, August 13, 2016

Message Boards

From my last post on my "Hexagon Dog Bed", I mentioned that I took the doors off of the table to use them for another project.  Today's post is about the message boards I made from them.  When I took the doors off, the BACK side of the doors had an indent in the top and bottom which automatically spoke to me as a message board.  My thought was a chalk board on the top and cork board on the bottom along with embellishments.  Here is what I started out with:

I filled the holes from the hinges and the door pulls with wood filler and sanded it.  I love how there is even a slight arch at the top!  Next, I painted it completely with black chalk board paint.

To both chalk boards, I added some cork board on the bottom half and stenciled it in white to add some charm.  To the first chalk board, I added a fun metal basket that I found at Hobby Lobby.

To the second one, I added some knobs and a metal hook that I already had on hand.

I was thinking about a clever way to hang them and thought that a chunky, rusty hinge would work perfectly -

They turned out SO cute!  Not bad for leftover doors from a previous project - especially when said previous project was a free curbside find to start out with!  Needless to say, they are SOLD!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hexagon End Table/Dog Bed

I have seen a lot of hexagon end tables that people have turned into stylish dog beds.  I had been keeping my eye out for a table to use to try my hand at it.  The thrift stores were a bust because they were all $30-$40 to start with.  I was on my way to the grocery store one day and sitting out in the trash behind a building was just the table I wanted.  I almost passed it up because I was in a hurry and it was raining but I pulled over and managed to get it into my car - it was heavier than it looked!   When I finally got it home, I took the doors off to use for another project, I filled in the holes with wood putty and started sanding.  This is what it looked like when I started in on it -

I painted the inside in a light grey that I had on hand and the outside in Pottery Barn's "Peppercorn" which is a rich grey.  I bought a nice, fluffy pet bed to put inside and viola!

It turned out exactly as I had it pictured in my head!  It sold within the hour!  Some lucky pup is snuggling in style now.  SO much nicer than a typical dog crate and useful as an end table to boot.  I call that a win-win!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Little Broken Table With a Happy Ending!

So, my grand-son-in-law found this great antique little table by a dumpster and brought it to me for a makeover.  It was an old-style end table with a flip-up top to put your stuff inside and a small slot on the side for books or magazines.  Inside the table were old newspapers.  The first thought that came to mind was to paint and distress the table and mod podge the newspapers on the inside of the flip-up top.  I sat it in my garage to await it's turn.  Then, I had a water pipe leak and it leaked all over the table and inside as well.  The newspapers were ruined but I was hoping to still salvage the table but it literally fell apart when I picked it up to move it.  Sadly, the table was too far gone for a makeover.  I did, however, salvage the wood from the flip-up top!  I wood glued the pieces back together and decided to make a plank-board "Welcome" sign.  I started by sanding it all down, then adding some grey and white dry brushed paint on top and finally a little teal mixed in for interest and to make it look old and wonderful, this is what I ended up with:

I had a stencil that said "Welcome" and stenciled it on in a deep grey color.

I added some chunky wooden knobs painted in the same deep grey color and a rusty hook I already had.  I also added eye hooks to the top and a wire hangar which I embellished with strips of flannel that I tied on to the ends.  It turned out really cute!

Cute enough that is is already SOLD!

Even though the original plan for the table didn't work out, I am glad that I was able to use part of it for this fun project!  Sometimes, you have to change direction when mishaps occur.