Monday, November 23, 2015

Curbside Headboard to Repurposed Coat Rack

After completing my first headboard-to-coat rack project (see the other one here), the biggest question I heard was "Can you make one smaller?"  So I was on the hunt for a twin-sized headboard.  This one was curbside and perfect for repurposing.
The footboard is still waiting to be repurposed...
After sanding down to the beautiful blonde wood, I stumbled across an old horseshoe and knew it needed a home on this project.  I chose an antique white wood stain to keep the light color and allow the grain to be visible.  Then it was just the trim to be painted, all of it sealed, and added the hooks and horseshoe. 

The finished coat rack!

Look at the wood grain
Now it's ready to be hung by a horse-lover.   Maybe it will find a home in a barn, or a little girl's room, or an entryway...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Baseball-themed Dresser Makeover

This dresser, that was once used by another young boy, was needing an update.  The dresser was rock solid, but looked dated (since it was from the 1960s.).  That said, I live by "they don't make them like used to" so I prefer the older furniture over the new.  It was time for an update and a new home.  I can't take credit for this baseball idea since I pinned it on Pinterest over a year ago.  But I had to try it for myself.

The first thing to do was to make the drawer fronts smooth and remove the center hardware.  The decorative indented pattern on the drawers was filled in as well as the drawer pull holes (I would drill new holes later).

Next, I added the primer, paint, and began the baseball stitching.  To do this, I looked for the largest round object we had (a bungee chair in this case) and used it to trace the half-circle seams.  Using red paint, I began the stitches.

And finally, the finished product was coated in Minwax Polycrylic to protect it from wear and tear, and new drawer pulls were added.