Thursday, April 30, 2015

Easy Padded Headboard Panels

Adding Style and Softness

Our bedroom could be called the shrine to oak.  Although everything is mis-matched, nearly all the pieces are made from oak.  Hubs and I still like oak, and I doubt that I'll go wild and paint everything, but sometimes I've wanted to add a little softness.


























These easy-to-make padded panels were inexpensive and give me the softer texture I wanted, with a slightly updated look.

Here's what I used:

1/4-inch (or 5mm) wood Underlayment, also called Luan - Home Depot
Painter's Canvas Dropcloth - Home Depot
Twin size foam mattress pad - Walmart
Low Loft Crafter's batting - Walmart
Loctite Spray Adhesive - Walmart
Sticky-Back Velcro in a roll - Walmart
Duct tape - had on hand swiped it off Hubs' workbench

To make these, I cut the drop cloth about 3-inches larger than the wood panel all around. Then, I cut the batting about 1-inch larger than the panel, and the foam pad was cut the same size as the panel.
Then it was a matter of "sandwiching" it all together!


























First, lay down the fabric (if your fabric has a "right side", be sure that faces down).
On top of the fabric, lay the batting, and finally the foam with the flat side down.
Spray the adhesive onto one side of the wood panel (this is to keep the foam pad from slipping around), wait a few seconds, then carefully line it up with the foam and press down.

Wrap the fabric around the edges of the panel like you would a gift, pulling tightly and using the duct tape to hold it all in place. If your fabric is thick, you can trim a little of the bulk off of the corners, stopping about 1/2-inch from the wood panel.

Apply the Velcro strips to the top and bottom of the panel. I peeled off the plastic backing and put the "hook" side onto the panel, and stuck the "loop" side to that, leaving the sticky part covered with the plastic (see photo with duct tape).
To apply to headboard, peel off the remaining plastic covering from the "loop" side, line it up carefully and press firmly. This makes the panel removeable and you won't damage your headboard! 

If you're like me, and you like to change things out, it's not that difficult to switch out the fabric on these panels. Just take them off the headboard, remove the Velcro, duct tape and fabric from the board, and begin again with new fabric. You could use hot glue to re-attach the Velcro to the back of the board and then you are ready to re-mount the panels to the headboard.

Hubs and I like the softer, updated look to the headboard...and I didn't paint it!

Next time, I'll be showing everyone the console table I'm making from a free half-pallet and curbside-rescued wood planks... ya gotta love free!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ikea Hemnes Nightstand Makeover

For those of you that regularly follow my blog, at first glance you might think that you've seen this little table before.

{I even "staged" it the same as the other table.}



And you'd almost be correct!  The first table is the third of my three simultaneous projects that I've been working on, and the "Aloha Y'all" table is the one I painted & stained in Hawaii... and sadly, I had to let it go to a new home. {I seriously thought about FedExing it back to the mainland.}

Here are the differences:  the most recent table I picked up from a garage sale for $3.00! It's an Ikea Hemnes Nightstand (sticker on the bottom of the shelf proves it), and it looked like this:
IKEA Hemnes Nightstand
Yeah, it was black.  Not me, at all.  Since I was heartbroken about selling the tiny table in Hawaii, I DUG into my purse {and Hubs' wallet!} for the extra three bucks I needed to buy this.  I think the lady would have practically given the table to me when she saw how much I wanted it!  (We purchased a La-Z-Boy love seat from her, too.)

The tiny table from Hawaii had cost me $8.00 at a Army base thrift shop, and it was plain, unstained wood, and didn't have a drawer or shelf.  You can see that post here. It was the first project that I tried with chalk paint, and I had to purchase a small sander to sand the finish off of the top.

Tiny Hawaii table getting it's stain on
This new table got an almost exactly the same makeover, with 2 exceptions.  After sanding the top, and staining it with Minwax Wood Finish in Provincial, I didn't get the same deep, dark richness that I got with the other table.  It's just the way wood absorbs stain differently. Even after 3 coats of stain, it didn't get any darker than what you see. <sigh> oh, well.
Secondly, the chalk paint is a lighter shade of blue.  I like both, but since I like to mix my own colors using what I have on hand, they are different.  I also lightly distressed the Hawaii table, and this one I left alone.
Hemnes nightstand getting it's stain on... same stain, but not as dark and rich
Now, we once again have a cute, functional table that will fit into just about any corner of our house. I'm not heartbroken anymore about not bringing back the other table from Hawaii, and because I was able to do the process again, it has given me more experience and insight, especially about how the stain absorbs into different woods.
If you'd like to see more of the step-by-step process, click over to the original post here.

Sometimes it's the little things that bring you joy. Like the unexpected pleasure of being able to re-create my Hawaii thrift store table with this Texas garage sale find!

For more inspiration on Ikea Hemnes furniture, hop on over to By Brittany Goldwyn at: www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com

Here's hoping YOU get an unexpected blessing today!





Monday, April 20, 2015

16 Knock-Out Upcycled TV Consoles

Hey Everyone!  Welcome, I'm so happy you are here!

Recently, I "discovered" Hometalk, which I would describe as Pinterest and Facebook had a baby!  I'm really enjoying posting there, and today I'm sharing a Clipboard that I thought you'd like:

Just click on the photo below, and you can view all 16 of these creative makeovers, upcycles, and builds!



Follow me at Hometalk and see glimpses of the projects I'm working on:
http://www.hometalk.com/juju5
And don't forget to share your creative side with the other "Hometalkers" as well!


Monday, April 13, 2015

A New Life for an Old Cedar Chest
















Working on this Cedar Chest makeover was a little bit of an emotional journey for me.  You see, this was my high school graduation gift from my late mother, 36 years ago.  {Wow, did I just write that number down?  My kids are right, I am old...}  At first, it stored items that I made or purchased for my "future marriage".  By the time Hubs and I married 3-1/2 years later, it was stuffed to the top.  Since then, it's stored blankets, baby clothes and lots of wonderful memories!























My "Hope Chest", has been through a lot over the years! A lot of moves, {at least 17 moves, if my count is correct} and it showed a lot of damage, too. The oak veneer finish was water damaged from the shipping crate being dropped into the ocean (yep, true story!);  the original base that it stood on had to be removed because it had swelled out of proportion and was beyond repair; parts of the trim along the bottom were loose and wobbly.  The 4 handles on the fake drawers had long ago broken and were tossed.
However, it was still a cherished piece to sentimental me.  Some things you just have to keep!

The first thing I wanted to do was get the old girl on her feet again:
I bought the Heavy Duty Top Plates (brackets) and the feet at Home Depot.  Hubs showed me how to drill pilot holes and then attach the plates to the bottom of the chest with screws. Attaching the legs was as simple as twisting them into the pre-threaded plates.
With that done, Hubs and I carried her out to the garage for her glamorous makeover!  I carefully sanded the oak veneered top with 100 grit, then 120 grit sandpaper to remove the old, water-damaged finish. Then, after a thorough wiping down, I applied 2 coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Provincial. I brushed it on with a cheap bristle brush; after letting it soak in for about 15 minutes, I rubbed it in circles, and then wiped off the excess with the grain of the wood, with a wiping cloth.  2 coats gave me the exact dark shade that I was going for.  When it was completely dry, she was given 2 coats of wax, to protect that pretty top.

After re-gluing some trim pieces around the bottom with Gorilla Glue for wood, I mixed up a batch of my favorite chalk paint, and gave all the feet, trim and edges three even coats using a cheap sponge brush. Let me tell you, chalk paint hides years of wear and tear, without having to prep, strip and sand the wood!  I love this stuff!

































Here's the reason I didn't paint the entire chest:  embossed, paintable wallpaper, just like I used on the TV Media Console.
The embossed wallpaper not only hides all the dents, chips and flaws,
it can be painted, too!  It was easy to measure, and cut with sharp scissors.







































Instead of being tucked out of the way in a spare room, I have my cherished cedar Hope Chest displayed in a prominent place, so I can admire it every day.  Good memories are stored inside!

I'm thinking about adding a "French Flair" to this piece by lightly dry-brushing on some light blue paint to highlight the embossing.  I have a blue "French" chair in the master bedroom that would match that theme perfectly.  (But, first I'm going to practice on a scrap piece of wallpaper!)

Do you have a cherished piece that you can't part with, and needs a new lease on life?  Try this chalk paint and embossed wallpaper technique, and you'll probably fall in love with it all over again, just like I have with my sweet cedar chest!  
Let me know if you try it, or if you want to ask a question about any of my projects; I love getting comments from my readers!  Oh, and don't forget to come back in a few days and check out the third project that I finished simultaneously with the TV Media Console and this Cedar Chest.  It might look a little familiar.... 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dresser to TV Media Console - Part 2: The Reveal!

Welcome back! I'm so glad you are here!

Last week, I shared in Part 1 about how Hubs and I are giving an old, worn out craigslist dresser a new lease on life as a TV Media Console.

Today, I'm happy to say that it's finished and gracing our living room with pride!
From dreary to dreamy!
To look at it now, it's difficult to remember how it awful it was before!  It was obviously manufactured in 1976, the USA's Bicentennial year, as you can tell from the original drawer lining:
The new drawer lining adds class!
The top and sides of the dresser were worn and "bubbled".  Several of the drawers were broken, chipped and non-functioning.  In short, it was a hot mess.  However, the size was perfect for our space, and we really liked the curvy lower edge.  It showed potential, and it was cheap, inexpensive.

Here's a breakdown of the rest of the progress:
-- Installed new 1 x 4-inch wood planks on the top to cover the badly bubbled "fake wood"
-- Trimmed, sanded, and then stained the planks with Minwax Wood Finish in Provincial
-- Chalk painted the body of the cabinet in crisp white (I brushed it on using cheap brushes and also with a small dense foam roller):
 -- And my favorite part... added embossed wallpaper to the sides and drawer fronts!
-- The old brassy hardware needed an update, too. Now they sport an Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish (doesn't it pop beautifully against the embossed wallpaper!?)


I'm in love with the rich, dark top against the crisp white of the console; it gives a little rustic elegance to this piece.  And that wallpaper! <sigh> To me, it adds some "French Provincial" flair!

** Update:  One thing that you might notice that I forgot to do....cover the left & right sides of the interior! Ooops! I thought I had enough contact paper that I used for the shelves and back panels, but there wasn't quite enough. Thankfully, I found a roll to exactly match at Target.  {Lucky for me, because I purchased the original roll over 2 years ago!} I'm very excited to have this TV Media Console completely finished.  See the NEW photo below!

NOW it's FINISHED!  I  covered the left & right sides of the interior with matching contact paper.
I'll admit that I "cheated" on this part... instead of peeling the paper backing off, I just used some glue to put it into place.  Much easier than trying to wrestle with the sticky-backed paper! 


I love how this project turned out! Not bad for a 39 year old craigslist dresser, wouldn't you say?  Leave me a comment if you like this project, or if you think you might try this one on your own!
I know that there's a lot of these "dresser makeovers" out there on Pinterest right now, and being able to actually turn this Ugly Duckling into a Swan has been an enjoyable journey for me and the Hubs.  Plus, we bought a new Ryobi jigsaw.  Whoop!

Come back in a few days when I'll be sharing my Cedar Chest Makeover.  Some things about it might look familiar, but you'll see a HUGE transformation!



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dresser to TV Media Console - Part 1

Hi and Welcome!

If you've followed our journey for the past couple of years, you will know that when Hubs got a job in Hawaii, we sold and gave away a LOT of household items.  Once we moved back to the mainland a year later, we began replacing most of those big furniture pieces. New to us are: 2 used loveseats, 2 used living room tables, a used Pottery Barn pine dining table, with 4 used cane-backed chairs and 2 new burlap-covered chairs from Target.

One thing we don't have is a decent "entertainment center".
In Idaho, this is what we were using:
Flat Screen TV sitting on Better Homes and Garden Bench
which is sitting on the awkward fireplace hearth 
and of course, that's what we've been using here in Texas, However, the bench now sat on the floor, which was too low for comfortable TV viewing.  We needed a better solution!

Enter this "beauty" I found on craigslist:
Actual craigslist photo...would YOU have bought this?
We lugged it inside the living room, and the TV has been sitting on it, as is, because it was too cold to paint or stain.  But, I had plenty of time to dream and plan!

Steps we've taken so far:
-- Removed all the drawers, and the inside drawer glides
-- Removed the back panel
-- Removed the panels that were inside, below the drawers (I'll call them "shelves")
-- Removed years of dust and dirt!
-- Hauled it out to the garage to further the makeover!
We took out those warped panels (shelves), but I'm re-using them...
just flip them over and they will flatten out!
And now I'll give you a sneak peek at what I've been up to this week:

Bye-bye Bicentennial drawer lining!
(I'm a pretty patriotic person, but this had to go!)
Hello fresh & chic, black & white floral! 
I took a new roll of contact paper and re-lined 2 of the drawers, and also covered the "shelves" and the inside of the back panel.  I'm only re-using the 2 bottom drawers, and will be purchasing baskets for the other openings, since 1 of the drawer glides was deteriorated and 2 of the drawers were broken.
(I still have plans for the remaining 3 or 4 drawers, so that will be another blog post!)

Tonight, the Hubs and I will be in the garage working on the next step, and it involves power tools! Yay!
(If you've read my recent Facebook post, you'll know that I'm actually working on THREE projects simultaneously! It makes it easier for sanding, staining and painting. And the car gets back into the garage sooner.  I'll be posting about the other 2 projects in a week or so!)

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back for part 2 of this Dresser to TV Media Stand Makeover!