Post # 1
So I had this week off of work and I’ve been trying to check a lot of home to-do stuff off my list. One of my top priorities was rehabbing an old cedar-lined chest I bought at a garage sale like two years ago for $10. I hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with it yet so it was just sitting in the basement. Well… I finally made a plan, and rehabbed it this week using (almost) all stuff I already had! It cost me $15 total and I love love love it! We are keeping it in our living room to store all my blankets and throws. The before and after is below. (Full details on the process here: http://fifteenminuteplan.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/problem-solved/). what crafty and cheap home decorating stuff have you done lately? Pics welcome and encouraged!!
Post # 5
wow, that looks great. I wish I had those skills.
Post # 7
it looks great! I love finding good buys and even better, free items on the side of the road! Unfortunately, we now live in an apt with no backyard 🙁 We did however refinish this 20 year old solid wood table, it was a honey colored finish before, now it is a very rich mohogany. I also bought some parsons chairs from Kirkland’s. Not very cheap but definitely cheaper than buying a whole new set!
Post # 8
Wow! You did a great job!
Post # 9
That looks great!! And elliemae, how long did it take you to refinish that table? What did the process involve? I’ve been thinking a lot about refinishing wooden pieces because we’re students furnishing our first apartment and don’t have the money to buy everything new. We want all our woods in each room to match, but it’s hard to make matching sets off of craigslist finds! So I’ve been considering refinishing different-colored wood pieces to match what we want, but I have no clue how to do it.
Post # 10
Corgitales, that trunk lookes absolutely amazing! Great idea! I have a wooden trunk that has in the past served as a toybox for my son and now he wants T and I to change it to reflect his thoughts for the trunk (a receptacle for his airsoft guns and maybe to be a sort of seated cushion (like how you did the top of your trunk) like a window seat. Except he wants it sort of traditional with a camo type of cushioning on top. I’d love to see you do a diy tutorial on this!
And Elliemae, what talent in transforming that table. It looks great w/the chairs.
Great nesting bee style!
Post # 11
@bamboo– it was seriously not very difficult! If you can work a paint brush and a staple gun, you can do this 🙂 I did the step-by-step on that link I posted above.
@elliemae- that looks so great! I really admire your patience. I bought a coffee table at a garage sale at the same time as the chest but actually wanted to use it right away, so I refinished it two summers ago. I feel that stripping wood actually steals my soul…… ok not really but it took FOREVER and I declared I was done stripping wood haha.
@bellenga- sounds like a great project! I love repurposing stuff you already have! I did the step by step of how I did it on my blog, the link is in the first post. 🙂
Post # 12
Thank you all! It all took about week with sanding it, staining it, and waiting for it to dry. We got the table from his uncle, and we had it at our college house (where we lived with 5 other guys so you know that table top got beat up!). We seperated the trunk and the table top. easy to do, then sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more. Then we bought a stain that has the sealant in it. I believe it was called Bombay Mohogany. I suggest buying LOTS of it because we ended up having to make a special trip to get one more can, only to find out they had discontinued this color..we later found some at a Lowe’s and bought 3 more cans to have. I cannot remember how many coats we had to do but it was a lot. we wanted a rich, dark color. Then it was time to just let it sit and dry. We pretty much had our windows open day and night and had 3 fans going to help circulate the air. It was really easy to do.
I definitely recommend this project, Solid wood furniture is hard to find without paying a pretty penny.
Post # 13
I covered an ugly chair awhile back and got around to removing the old stain and glaze this weekend, but my sander broke so I didn’t get to finish. It’s a TBC project =]
Post # 14
That chest looks amazing!! Great job!!!!
Post # 15
That looks amazing! Like a professional had done it!
Post # 16
Awesome, easy DIY – my favorite!