One Man’s Trash…

For all my DIY friends out there, this one’s for you.

One of my great loves in life is coffee, another is being creative.  I love to paint, draw, and imagine what junk could look like with some help.  I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like, but I do get the chance and I should make the time for it.

I haven’t done much furniture redo, but what I have done, I’ve really enjoyed.  A lot.  Last fall, I needed a new dresser and so I started scouring the buy/sell/trade sites locally.  I didn’t want to pay a lot, I was hoping for a project, and it needed to be solid, since we move often, I can’t take chances with rickety things.  I was also planning a big house-wide furniture swap out too, and it needed to be done before Christmas in order to fit a couple of new, bigger Christmas gifts the big boys were going to receive.  Because of dresser shapes and sizes, the boys needed my old dresser, Justus needed theirs, leaving me with…a need for a dresser.  One day, I found this beauty and got it for $30.  Solid wood, read: very heavy, and in near perfect condition!


Not my style, but it fit the space perfectly, was exactly what I was looking for, and had gobs of potential, so I nabbed it. And I knew exactly what I would do to it.  That was last fall.  A month ago, I got to work.  Knowing I’m moving in the fall is a great motivator for getting things done.  I hate bringing unfinished projects with me to a new assignment.  And speaking of unfinished projects, I needed to get a move on a new desk I found on the side of the road last spring.  This little guy was so sad with a “FREE” sign on him, that I had to bring him home and give him a new home.  Isn’t he cute?


That’s right, a free desk, with vintage sewing machine and notions included (though unwanted.)  I picked a day, hired babysitters (a brother-sister team that the boys…and I…adore, win-win for all of us!) and I set to work on BOTH projects.  Why do one DIY project when you could do two at once?

Here are a couple of in-progress shots:



I got both pieces painted that day…mostly.  I had a few spots to touch up, but it was the start I needed.  I worked on one project in my bedroom (the hubby was away for the week, so I could leave it completely messy and blocking everything without worrying about him tripping and breaking that cute neck of his) and I worked on the desk in my “studio.”  Then the desk sat there for about a week while I finished up the dresser.  The big problem was the hardware:


Yuck.  Ugly.  Outdated.  Monstrosities.  I couldn’t’ put those on my drawers, so I went looking for hardware and found nothing I loved or wanted to fork over the big bucks for (hardware is expensive!)  So, I got my trusty black spray paint out and decided these would have to do.  And, I actually LOVE how they turned out.  Perfect, just what I wanted and didn’t realize!  Ta da…the finished product!


Gotta say, I think it turned out rather fabulously.  I love it.  Just as I pictured it in my head.

But what about that desk, you ask? Well, I had seen something YEARS ago in a magazine of a drop leaf table with a vintage travel poster glued on leaf hanging down and have always loved the idea. But instead of a poster, I wanted maps.  After I got the desk, I sent out a mass plea for old maps and my friends came through for me!  I had tons of maps to choose from.  So thank you!  And with lots of prayer and mod podge, (this really should have been a 2 person job, it would have been much less panic inducing,) here is the finished product!


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Pretty sure this is my favorite piece I’ve ever redone.  I absolutely love it.  Free maps, free desk, and just the cost of paint has turned a boring old desk into fabulousness!  We absolutely love it.  The top flips open and eventually it’ll be hideaway storage once hubby helps with it.  And I’d like to add some more maps to the back of it but I can’t quite decide.  I can’t wait to see it in our new house.

So, two weeks, two big DIY furniture redo projects, 3 boys, a hubby away and the help of two fabulous teenagers.  I can’t wait to find my next steal of a deal to turn into treasure!

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