Little Jewelry Chest of Drawers Make-over

ReVamped and upcycled jewelry boxes and chests are always good sellers for me in my booth at the antique mall.  Finding the right pieces to make-over can be a bit of a challenge though.

The first thing I always do is look inside the drawers.  So many of the old jewelry boxes have that cheapo velvet fabric lining the drawers, and it’s usually stained and dirty and impossible to remove.  So I pass if the drawers (innards, as I like to call them!) aren’t clean.

The next thing to check for, if you are going to be repainting or re-covering your piece, is to be sure that the drawer pulls/knobs are removable.  On this piece that I recently made-over, I had already removed the drawer pulls when I remembered that I needed to take pictures!

A time or two in the past, I HAVE bought pieces that I could not remove the knobs from, and just painted the whole thing, knobs and all; but I avoid that as much as possible.  I just sand the paint off the pulls/knobs as much as possible in those instances.

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How sweet are the drawer pulls on this piece!?!?

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The insides of the insides of the drawers were clean and painted black, which was totally fine.  Except for the fact that I was re-painting the piece an off-white and the contrast was quite stark.  My solution?  Glue some paper to the inside bottom of the drawers.  I used old dictionary pages this time.  In the past, and on full size dressers/chests I have used; pretty wrapping paper, vintage wall paper, vintage sheet music, old road atlas pages . . . really, ANY kind of paper that you can cut to size will work.

I also added some of the same paper to the recessed bottom of the chest, just for fun!  Don’t forget to paint (or paper!) the BACK also.

Before and after.

*This piece has already SOLD in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.

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Oval pedestal table

I showed you this third oval table in the last post about the nesting tables.  Here’s the ‘how I did it’.

I’ve had this old pedestal sitting around for quite some time; pondering what to do with it.

This oval piece of wood was in a batch of stuff that was left behind at Michael’s house when I moved last summer; that I recently picked up.  It was the perfect size to use as a table top for the pedestal.  Since the pedestal was a dark brown, I did a dark brown base coat on the oval.  Two coats of aqua and lots of sanding.  I wanted his one SUPER distressed.

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I painted the base aqua and distresses it to bring out all the pretty detail.  Once both were painted, it was time to put the two together.

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Fortunately for me this pedestal base already had a cross bar for attaching to a top already in place.  (had it not come with one, it’s pretty easy to make and attach one)  First ‘found center’ on the underside of the table and marked it.  Then I glued the base to the top with e6000; and let that set overnight.  Then two screws on either side of the cross bar to.  Most people will JUST use screws.  I prefer to ‘glue and screw’.  (and if you’ve ever watched “Holmes Makes it Right”, Mike Holmes is a proponent of ‘glue and screw’!)

And here is the finished table in my booth at Stars.  I especially like that it is MUCH more distressed than the other two.

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This is the current front view of my booth; the trio of tables is right behind this stuff.

THREE days left to hit the sale and $ave!! Little wood tray

Just a quick reminder before writing this post, the BIG sale at Stars continues through Monday, July 18th. Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.  Sale % varies per vendor, from 10% to 50%; as indicated by signs in each booth.  Prices shown on items are the ‘regular price’.  Discount is given at check out!

AS ALWAYS, EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF DURING THE SALE!

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And now, on to today’s post!  Found this little tray at a thrift store.

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The tray itself was nothing special; and actually almost too small to be very functional.  But those big wrought iron HANDLES are fabulous!

 The price of the tray was well worth it just for the handles!  I took the handles off when I brought it home; painted the tray aqua, then just set the tray aside due to lack of inspiration for what to do next.

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I found this shabby white wood tray more recently.

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Love the handles on this one too, but decided to leave them in place.  Considered selling it ‘as found’ . . .  but then. . . .

I decided to add this stencil, and distress it a bit more.

And while I was ‘thinking trays’ I decided to add this Paris stencil to that aforementioned small tray sans the handles.  Both trays are available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

Now just waiting for that ‘perfect piece’ to use those nice big wrought iron handles on!

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The right place at the right time

For all those times you are disappointed because ‘just missed’ that perfect piece or missed out on a great deal . . . .

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 . . . . something like THIS happens and you do your happy dance!

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I don’t usually buy chairs with upholstered parts due to the high cost of new padding and fabric.  But at that great price, I could afford to make over this vintage chair.

This is pretty typical of what I’ve found on covered seats; someone has just re-covered the original tattered ugly fabric and and the worn out foam with new fabric and called it good.  ICK!!  The wood is usually fine to re-use; but if it’s in bad shape, it’s easy to use the old one as a template to cut a new one.  The hardest part of making over a padded seat is removing all the staples that are holding on the old fabric!

I had this pretty brown and blue fabric in my stash and decided to use it so I could leave the chair brown, as found.  I just gave the chair frame a good sanding to distress it though.

The new foam seat cushions usually run around $20.00; and I like to add a couple of layers of batting over the foam to protect the fabric and to add some extra ‘cush’.  I wrap the fabric over the batting and foam cushion, use a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the wood base.

By the time I’ve added up the cost of the foam cushion, batting and fabric; I’ve got about $30.00 just in materials invested in the chair.  Which is difficult to factor into the selling price if you’ve paid a lot for the chair.

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I also had this little foot stool and decided to paint and cover it to match the chair.

I did NOT distress the wood base on the footstool though; because the undercoat was too dark to really show.  I used a small pillow instead of a foam pad on the footstool for a really ‘OVER-stuffed’ look.  I love over stuffed stools and chairs!

Both have gone to my booth at Stars.

BIG SALE AT ALL THREE STARS MALLS THIS THURSDAY – MONDAY, July 14 – 18.

As always during the sales, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off!!

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The big 8 drawer blue dresser has already sold.

But my booth is still jam-packed with goodies!!

ReVamped Vintage Breadbox

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Clean innards.

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I’m really not certain which ‘orientation’ is correct for usage?!?!?  Does the door open at the TOP or ant the FRONT?    You could probably fit more in it with the opening at the top.  But you have room to put stuff on the top of it if you open the door at the front?  Which way do you use your breadbox? (if you have one!)

Because of how the sides are, I ended up having to paint the inside too.  Distressed the outside and added a pretty new ceramic rose knob*.

 (*That knob is actually a decorative thumb tack!!  I glued it on with e6000)

I ended up placing so that the door opens down on the front . . .  mostly because the price tag shows better hanging that way!  But of course it can be USED either way.

I used one of the ceramic roses for the knob on this tiny drawer on his night stand too!

And on this mini cupboard!

HERE’S A PEEK BACK AT THE OTHER BREAD BOXES I HAVE DONE:

Basic roll top bread box.

I’m not positive that this was ‘supposed’ to be a bread box; but close enough!

Beach themed bread box and wood canister set.

This was the very FIRST breadbox that I made over and it’s still my favorite!.  It originally had handles on the sides; which I removed.  I gave it some little bun feet and reused the original pull.  (this was waaaaaaaaaaaay back, before I had a ‘stash’ of other knobs to change it to!)

Bread boxes are pretty easy to make over and typically very easy to find in thrift stores and estate and garage sales.  I can’t necessarily say that they are really GREAT sellers, because I’ve only done these few . . . but they do always sell pretty quickly!

Little wood box

I seem to be finding a lot of little boxes lately.  This is the latest.

DRAT!  The insides are painted!  It’s less work to male-over if I don’t have to do the inside; but the price was right so I bought it.

I sanded some of the original paint off the lid, just enough to distress the edges a bit and hot have dark red or blue show through.  Drilled a hole and added a vintage copper knob.

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Added some vintage dictionary pages to the bottom and back side of the lid.

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Is it DONE now???  Feels like it needs something more, but not sure just what??  Sorted through box after box of assorted supplies and embellishments  and STILL not sure ‘else’ it needed.  When I am feeling ‘stumped’ like this over the finishing touches on a project, I usually just stash it away and don’t think about it for a while.

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And sure enough, a few weeks later I was rummaging through my box of old keys for a different project and came across this key* with ‘secret’ stamped onto it.  PERFECT!!

*I think the key is from a set of Tim Holtz supplies.  I have several of them, all with different words on them.

I was in a similar dilemma with this little four drawer chest.  Found a tiny skeleton key and padlock charm to tie onto a knob.  Added some vintage dictionary paper to the backing (which is ‘oddly’ inset?!?) and to bottoms of the drawers.

They are both available in my booth at Stars.

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Big eight drawer dresser

Rarely do I find big furniture pieces at Goodwill; OR they are TOO big to fit in the back of my car and too heavy for me to unload by myself.  This eight drawer dresser was ‘just right’!P1270595

I always keep a few old sheets in my car to cover furniture with AND to protect my car bumper when loading/unloading big items.  It’s difficult for me to LIFT the items like this to put in my car; so here’s my  ‘bad back method’ for loading big stuff in the car.

Well, first of all you have to have the right kind of car; a hatch that lifts UP and a LOW back end.  (and trust me, the PT Cruiser sits LOW!  Sometimes TOO low!!  I’ve had to ‘train myself’ to not pull all the way into parking spaces that have the concrete stops, because my front bumper will catch and scrape on it!!)  

I lay a folded over sheet from the back of the car draping over the bumper.  This particular dresser needed to be turned on it’s side first.  Once on it’s side and scooted up to the bumper, I tip it over onto the sheet and then just give it a good shove (using my knees for extra push, if needed).  Gotta LOVE leverage!

This dresser was pretty heavy, so the gal at pickup helped me ‘shove it’.  So  I knew it was too heavy for me to re-load to take to Stars, after I refinished it.  Here’s how I handle that problem.  I leave the drawers out!!  Load the dresser frame, cover with a sheet, them the drawers on top of that.  For unloading at Stars, I take the drawers in first.  (I use my little wheely cart for loading EVERYTHING at Stars!)  Then the empty dresser, then put the drawers in once I have it in the spot I want it to be.

This is a good way to move heavy dressers around the house too.  Take the filled drawers out and it’s it’s easy to move the frame.

Okay, back to the dresser at hand!

Very clean drawer innards!!  Very UGLY metal knobs painted white.  Originally I was thinking of JUST distressing the existing white paint, adding new knobs and calling it done.  Alas, someone had spray painted it RED before it was painted white, so I HAD to repaint it.

I added some vintage style paper to line the drawers with, even though they didn’t really NEED to be lined; it’s a nice touch on a bigger, pricier item.  I really struggled with finding the right replacement for the ugly knobs.  The knobs it had are the kind that have a couple of BARBS on the back to better hold them in place; but whomever attached the knobs LET them spin around while being screwed on, which gouged a ‘moat’ around the hole for the knobs.  Which meant I had to find replacement knobs that covered the moats!  sigh.  I went shopping for new ones and left empty handed.  LOTS of really pretty knobs out there IT I wanted to double the selling price of the dresser to afford them!  Especially since I needed 16 of them!  sheesh!   I settled upon these cast iron ones I had ‘in stock’.

A bit more ‘simply’ styled than I had originally envisioned it with some new knobs, but knobs are easy to replace, so I’ll leave that to the new owner.

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Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $149.00

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UPCYCLED Little Treasure Chest

Little trunk style jewelry chest I recently found.

Nice clean ‘innards’? Check.  Paper peeling off?  I was probably going to remove it before I painted it anyhow.  Sold!

It was actually a nice finish under the paper.  It was a bit harder to get all that paper off than I’d hoped.  I peeled off whatever would easily come off first; which wasn’t much!  Then I soaked a dishcloth in hot water and laid that over the remaining paper.  After letting that sit for a bit, I used a paint scraper to get ‘most’ of it off.  finally had to use some ‘Goof Off’ to get the last little bits of paper off.  Then a little sanding before repainting.

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Aqua paint (of course!) and a bit of sanding to distress.

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A section of a pretty paper napkin decoupaged on the top for a little added ‘oomph’.

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French script end table

Nice, solid wood end table.

End tables with lower shelves are my FAVORITE!  This one’s in pretty good shape too.

Except for that big ole watermark . . . . um, make that a CRACKED watermark.  Can’t really see it in the pictures, but the wood is cracked clear through in the middle of the watermark.

I filled the crack with a bit of wood putty, sanded the top a LOT; tow coats of aqua paint; more sanding; pretty French Script words stenciled on the top and a little MORE sanding to fade and distress the wording.  Two good coats of matte varnish and DONE!

The legs and lower shelf were still in great shape. so I left them ‘as is’.  I think that ‘two tone’ type of furniture painting is still in style?!?  I still seem to see a lot of it at least.

These photos are more ‘true to actual color’ than the previous ones.  The other pics were taken outside in the shade and came out a bit dark.

Available for purchase in my booth at Stars; along with LOTS more furniture pieces.

Outdated / updated Folk Art chest

Cute little ‘folk art’ style three drawer chest.  Emphasis on the LITTLE!  It’s more like jewelry box size, but with deeper drawers.

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The images on the drawers are glued on PAPER; and the knobs are STAPLES on!  So, that’s a new ‘issue’ for me to deal with.  I can’t sand off all of the paper without removing the knobs, and those suckers would not BUDGE!  I finally just had to WHACK them off with a rubber mallet; then lift the staples with a screwdriver, then pull then the rest of the way out with pliers.  Whew!

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And this is what the drawer fronts looked like after I sanded off the paper pictures.  I could fill the holes from the staples and drill new holes for the new knobs . . . . OR . . . .    before I did all that I noticed that the BACKS of the drawers were the SAME size as the fronts.  Could the solution to this conundrum possibly be as simple as turning the drawers around?!?!?  NOTHING is ever that easy for me.

But YES!!  It worked!  The innards of the drawers were ‘clean’ but they LOOKED dirty due to a poor staining job; so I added some pretty paper on the bottoms to spiff them up a bit.  Now to search for ‘just the right’ new knobs; which entails digging through 8 plastic show boxes of knobs.

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Doesn’t it look like a face close up like this!?!  hehe  The knobs don’t exactly match; but are similar enough.   The top two have pewter colored centers and are new reproductions.  The bottom is a vintage knob and back plate with a gold finish.

I painted the whole thing aqua (including the BACK!)  and distressed with my orbital sander.  Pretty quick and easy projects once I got the old knobs off!

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