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  • UPCYCLED: RETRO END TABLES

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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is inspired by a set of cheap, plastic, 70’s-retro stackable end tables that we had lying around. These tables are the perfect size for a dorm room or cozy apartment or condo, where space is limited. We gave them a little face lift to modernize, neutralize and make them fit for any style of decor. Read on to find out how we did it!

     

    BEFORE

    70s retro stackable plastic end tables 70s retro stackable plastic end tables

     

     

    What You’ll Need: textured spray paint (we love the Krylon White Onyx Make it Stone); patterned scrapbook paper; Mod Podge adhesive; paint brush; Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer

    krylon spray paint - stone texture  Scrapbook Paper

     

    Instructions

     

    1) Wipe down the tables to ensure there is no residual dust. Take them outside and lay down cardboard or newspaper so that the spray paint doesn’t stain your deck / patio / grass / driveway. What we love about the Krylon textured spray paints is that no additional surface prep is needed. So, just spray away!

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

    2) You WILL need to apply multiple coats to the tables (we did 3 total, but it depends on how thick a coat you want, and if you’d like to see any of the original color/material through the texturized paint). Be sure to let the first coat dry almost completely before adding another layer (30-45 minutes in the sun).

    Spray Paint Retro End Tables  Spray Paint Retro End Tables

     

     

    3) Next, you will apply your patterned paper to the top. Simply brush a layer of the Mod Podge onto the BACK (white) side of the paper and press down on top of the table. You will need to press out all of the little air bubbles to be sure the paper lies flat. Once it is adhered to the table top, apply another thick layer of Mod Podge over top of the paper (don’t worry, it will dry clear). Let it dry completely (1 hour in the sun).

    Stackable 70s retro end tables  Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

    4) Once the Mod Podge has dried, apply a coat of the clear acrylic sealer.

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

     

     

    AFTER

    Stackable 70s retro end tables

  • UPCYCLED: VINTAGE DRESSER REVAMP

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    Today’s edition of “Upcycled” is brought to you by a very special guest blogger. Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer by day; DIY-er and interior design enthusiast by night. She recently acquired one of the dressers for sale in our shop and upcycled it into a shabby chic piece that is versatile enough to be used in just about any room of her home. Read on to find out how she did it!

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    We all know someone who pins Pinterest projects with no intention of ever recreating them. And let me be the first to say that I am often guilty as charged. As a self-diagnosed Pinterest addict, I constantly pin furniture upcycle projects from my favorite DIY bloggers. I’ve always envied their ability to create gorgeous custom pieces without breaking the bank and swore I’d turn my “must recreate this!” pins into reality one day.

    Like many 20-somethings, I’m trying to fill my home with great signature pieces on a budget. When I came across a solid maple six-drawer dresser at Vintage Depot, I knew it was finally time to join the upcycling club. The base, drawers and hardware were in great shape, but the wood finish wasn’t my style. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.

    BEFORE

    Vintage Dresser     Vintage Dresser

     

    PREP:

    Painting prep seemed intimidating and time consuming, but I’m happy I took each step seriously. A little elbow grease makes painting far less frustrating in the end.

    Step One: I kicked off the project by taking out the drawers, removing all hardware and cleaning the dresser’s interior with a 50/50 water and vinegar mix. This helped remove any musty smells associated with an older furniture piece. The vinegar smell disappears once it dries: promise. {Estimated time: 30 minutes}

    Step Two: As mentioned before, the dresser was in beautiful shape: but the top needed some major TLC. My dad recommended using a paint & varnish stripper to remove existing varnish. I sprayed the stripper (I used Citristrip) on the top, waited 30 minutes and scraped the varnish away with a putty knife. I repeated this step to remove all existing varnish. {Estimated time: 1 hour plus drying}

    citristrip      Vintage Dresser After Citristrip

    Step Three: I cleaned the dresser base and drawers with rubbing alcohol. Once the alcohol dried, I used a medium-grit sanding block to rough up the dresser and prepare it for paint. A tack cloth helped remove sand dust. {Estimated time: 1 hour}

    PAINT:

    Step One: I originally planned to paint the dresser dusty blue, but once I came across Sherwin Williams’ White Raisin, I knew yellow was the winner. White Raisin is the perfect yellow in my book: not too golden and not too pastel. Two coats could have done the job, but I opted for three coats to be safe. {Estimated time: 2.5 hours plus drying}

     Sherwin Williams White Raisin Paint

    Step Two: I adored the dresser’s original hardware, but it looked brassy. I spray painted the hardware with Rust-Oleum’s Dark Bronze Hammered Metal Finish Spray, and after two coats, it looked brand new. I purchased new ceramic knobs for the top dresser drawers and spray painted the metal inserts to match existing hardware. {Estimated time: 15 minutes plus drying}

    Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Brass Hardware     Vintage Dresser Upcycled Knob

    Step Three: Once everything dried, I finalized the project by attaching the hardware and putting the drawers in place. I will eventually finish the top with a protective coat (polycrylic or wax) to fight wear and tear.

    I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and create a custom piece for less than $100. Similar dressers (brand new, of course) would retail at $500 or more. I’m looking forward to upcycling my next Vintage Depot piece!

    AFTER

    Upcycled Vintage Dresser Close-up    Upcycled Vintage Dresser

     

    BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

    $55 Six-drawer Vintage Depot dresser

    $18 Supplies (Varnish stripper, drop cloth, sandpaper, putty knife, etc)

    $14 Paint and spray paint

    $8 Four ceramic knobs (Purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off)

    Project total: $95

    Total time: 5.25 hours (plus drying)

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    Rebecca Odell is a digital marketer with a penchant for great interior design. She’s a sucker for big bargains and anything turquoise. Follow her on Pinterest to see her latest DIY inspirations.   

     

  • UPCYCLED: CANDLES FROM
    VINTAGE TEACUPS

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    In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn vintage teacups into clean-burning soy candles. This is a super-easy DIY project for a rainy day, and the candles are a crafty touch to your home or a thoughtful birthday gift or wedding shower favor. Check out our inspiration from Pinterest:

    Pinterest Teacup Candles

     

    UPCYCLED: Vintage Teacups

     

    What You’ll Need: Vintage teacups (the white set with saucers were $10 at Vintage Depot; the smaller, clear set $6 at A Gal Named Cinda Lou); ArtMinds candle wicks ($3); wax (we chose ArtMinds soy wax and splurged on the 4-pound bag for just $20, although we only used half of it); pot (for boiling water); bowl (for holding and melting the wax); pens and pencils (to hold the wick up when you pour the wax).

     

    Instructions

    1) Gather all of your supplies.

    ArtMinds Candle Wicks and Soy Wax  Porcelain Vintage Teacups and Saucers from Vintage Depot  Vintage Glass Teacups

    2) Fill your pot about halfway with hot water and bring it to a boil. Gently set your melting bowl atop and regulate the temperature so that the boiling water does not overflow (about medium-high heat). Then, simply melt your wax! Two things to note: 1) No need to stir the wax – just let it sit until all melted (about 10 minutes); 2) Be liberal with how much wax you melt – it melts down to a fairly small quantity. To make 7 candles, we used about half of the un-melted 4-pound bag of wax.

    Melt ArtMinds Soy Wax  Melt ArtMinds Soy Wax

    3) While the wax is melting, place the wick in the center of your vintage teacup. Brace it on either side with a writing utensil – this keeps the delicate wick in place as you pour the wax in the next step.

    Place the ArtMinds Candle Wick  Place the ArtMinds Candle Wick

    4) Very carefully and slowly (so as not to nudge that wick!), pour the hot wax into the teacups. Tip: transfer the melted wax from the melting bowl into a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout.

    Pour ArtMinds Soy Wax into Vintage Teacups

    5) After the wax has fully set (approximately 3-4 hours at room temperature, though transferring to the refrigerator would speed that up considerably), be sure to trim down your wicks. The wick should not stand any taller than the top of the teacups.

    Trim the Candle Wick

    6) Ta da! Enjoy your beautiful new (um, “old”) vintage teacup candles!

    After: 

    Upcycled Vintage Teacup Candles

     

    TOTAL INVESTMENT: $29.00 ($16.50 for the white set; $12.50 for the glass set)

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  • UPCYCLED: VINTAGE MIRROR

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    In today’s installment of “UPCYCLED,” we will teach you how to turn a vintage mirror into a chalkboard. This is a super-easy craft that you can even do with children or as a quick wedding or baby shower gift. The end result is an impressive and charming upcycled vintage mirror turned chalkboard that you can use in any room of your home. We plan to keep it in the kitchen as a fun menu board!

     

    UPCYCLED: Vintage Mirror

    Before:

    Round Red 15" MIrror

    What You’ll Need: Vintage mirror (we found this one for just $3); chalk ($1); painter’s tape ($2); Krylon Chalkboard spray paint ($7.99 from Hobby Lobby); Valspar Crackle spray paint ($6.99 from Hobby Lobby); plastic bags and newspaper.

    Upcycled Vintage Mirror Supplies

    Instructions

    1) Wipe down the surface of the mirror well and apply the painter’s tape around the edges of the wooden frame.

    Painter's Tape Applied Before Painting Vintage Mirror

    2) Wrap the wooden edges of the frame in plastic bags, securing with the loose edges of painter’s tape. Lay down atop old newspapers in an open area outside.

    Vintage Mirror Ready for Chalkboard Paint

    3) As directed on can of chalkboard paint, apply several even coats to the mirror’s surface. Allow to dry completely before carefully removing plastic bags and painter’s tape from wooden mirror frame.

    Apply Chalboard Paint to Vintage Mirror Surface     Apply Chalboard Paint to Vintage Mirror Surface

    4) Now apply painter’s tape and plastic bags to interior of vintage mirror, completely covering the newly chalkboard painted portion.

    Apply Crackle Paint to Frame of Vintage Mirror

    5) According to directions on can of crackle spray paint, apply several even coats to frame of vintage mirror, allowing 10-15 minutes of dry time between coats. The more coats you apply, the larger of a crackle pattern you will see. We decided to keep ours pretty minimal.

    Apply Crackle Spray Paint to Vintage Mirror Frame     Apply Crackle Spray Paint to Vintage Mirror Frame

    6) After frame has completely dried, carefully remove painter’s tape and plastic bags from chalkboard. Voila! You now have an adorable kitchen chalkboard!

    After: 

    Vintage Mirror Turned Chalkboard   Vintage Mirror Turned Chalkboard

     

    TOTAL INVESTMENT: $21.00

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    Get inspired with us on Pinterest!

     

  • UPCYCLED: ANTIQUE SUITCASE TABLE

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    Upcycling is a huge trend right now, and we’re so excited about its potential! Today, we will take you through a special project, “UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table.” But first, a brief intro to upcycling.

    If you’re not familiar, upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. For example: stretching out a wire clothes hanger and tying strips of cloth around it to make a wreath = upcycling! Simply put, upcycling gives an item a better purpose.

    We love the concept of upcycling because it gives a fresh perspective on antiques and vintage collectibles. Some people tend to think of antiques as outdated items whose purpose has been exhausted. But, as the saying goes: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Through a regular “UPCYCLED” feature here on our blog, we hope to provide inspirational new uses for old(er) items.

    UPCYCLED: Antique Suitcase Table

    Before:

    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

     What You’ll Need: Waddell straight top plate hardware (4 x $2.98/apiece); Waddell 8″ tapered table legs (4 x $2.89/apiece); Vintage suitcase; Spray paint or stain for the legs ($0.97); Power drill; Measuring tape.

    Instructions

    •      1) Paint the table legs.
    •      2) Turn the suitcase upside down, measure and mark out the four areas to place the hardware.
    •      3) Fire up the power drill and screw in the hardware.
    •      4) Screw in the legs.

     

    After:

    Upcycled: Antique Suitcase Table

    TOTAL INVESTMENT (aside from suitcase): $24.45

    What we love about this table – aside from its vintage charm – is that you get bonus storage for books, coasters & more by using the inside of the suitcase!

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