My dear sister saw a post on CraigsList for free furniture. She knows how I love to makeover furniture, especially free furniture!! So, she insisted that her hubby go with her to pick up a load of furniture just for me. I know, she’s awesome, […]
I found this fantastic vintage sewing machine base at a little picker’s heaven store near Ardmore, AL. It’s just a little ways down the road from the guy who has a building full of stuff I mentioned earlier. I’m not even sure if the place has a name, but it’s right on Highway 53 north of Huntsville. If you want to go just drive up 53 and look on the right for a tiny building with a TON of stuff out front.
I think the sewing machine base was $30 and in really good shape considering it was sitting out front only covered by a tarp to protect it from the weather. Inside the store I found the metal drawers for $5 each. I spray painted the sewing machine base a bronze color and then spray painted each of the drawers a different pastel shade. I also added a chipboard label to the fronts of the drawers.
This is the first piece of furniture I did a makeover on for my new craft booth at University Pickers. I got the table from CraigsList for $25! What a steal!! I did have to drive about 35 minutes to get it, but it […]
This piece of furniture has been hanging around our house for ages. It started out as our very first entertainment center and I remember measuring the big space to make sure that our tv would fit in it. Not the width of it, but […]
If Lael’s room is the one that is constantly changing, Caeden’s room never changes – except for the dirty cups and bowls that accumulate! But now change has come. He has a new bed, desk and shelves, all built by me with my always helpful parents.
The bed was definitely the easiest. I designed the bed based on this one I found on Etsy. Instead of skinny width boards though, I used leftover wood I had from when we built my deck. We started off by building a frame for the face boards to be nailed to. The frame was built by yep, you guessed it – leftover 2×4’s I had in the garage. Then I just found the center point of the frame and measured on the diagonal for each board. Measure twice, and then (hopefully) cut once. After the face boards were all nailed on, I decided on a dark brown stain and then my Mom and I went to work on it.
The light was a cheap-o brass model I picked up at the Habitat Store for a couple of dollars. I added a couple of coats of spray paint and it’s transformed into a sleek night-time reading light.
Now, the desk and shelves were a little harder – mostly because it was imperative that we had to find the studs before installing the shelves, since they are crazy heavy. I based the design of the desk and shelves on this Pinterest link. Sadly, it does not link to an actual website with more pictures or instructions. But, I turned it over to my Dad, and let him work out the math details – all the lengths of wood and the cuts etc. (Math is sooooooo not my thing!) I started out thinking I wanted the vertical pipes to connect the shelves and desk, but after seeing the cost of pipe (yikes, kinda pricey) I changed my mind. I also considered that CIA might want to move the desk to another location in his room instead of under the shelves so I decided not to connect them. All of the wood used was from the stash of random wood pieces in my garage. Yes, I am probably a wood hoarder! I don’t even know what the piece we used for the desk was from. Possibly an old table leaf?? In the picture you will notice a long piece of wood leaning on the wall to the right of the desk – ignore that! It is trim that I still need to attach to the fronts of the shelves. I also still need to stain the shelves. I got a little ahead of myself taking pictures!
Here are a few pictures of ‘The Fam’ building the bed.
Have you visited Ana-White.com? Do you like to build things like patio furniture, coffee tables, beds, kitchen islands, shelving units? Any of that stuff? Something I didn’t mention? Well, I can almost guarantee that there is a plan for it on that website. Go […]