Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rusty's Long Dresser Repurposed Into a Bench



Because this was Rusty Wellman's dresser as a kid, that totally ups the value. 
It even came with two pairs of his socks stuffed behind a drawer.
Alexandria, don't buy him any more socks for Christmas until you check behind his drawers. Then wrap up the ones hiding and he'll think they're brand new. Follow me for more Christmas gift ideas.


So I started by measuring down from the top and drawing a line all the way around the top that I wanted to cut off.  Hopefully that makes sense.  If not, just watch in the next photos. And yes, I'm standing on a stool....


I used a battery powered skill saw by Ryobi. It has a laser beam to help keep your cut nice and straight!
And I love that there are no dumb cords to get in the way!


You can see on the right, the first cut I made.  Now I'm cutting across the back and meeting up with that cut.


There we go! It's in two pieces! That's just a real satisfying feeling, y'all.
Now we're going to take the top half apart and use the dresser top for the seat. This one needed exactly one inch cut off of each side so it would fit nice and snug down in those three sides.


A saw I like even more than the hand held circular saw is my Ryobi miter saw.  It's a slider (best thing ever) and I think it cuts ten inches.  This is obviously wider than 10 inches, but you just flip it over and match up the cut.  It's pretty simple.


The back was very thin and left the seat feeling insecure so I screwed a board along the back and into the seat. I put a long screw in about every five inches.  Might have been overkill... but it's better that than having it flimsy!


The next part was like fitting puzzle pieces in the empty gaps.  I measured and cut scrap boards to fit perfectly into the empty spaces.  I used wood glue and a nailer to secure the pieces in place.


I painted it all light gray and spray painted the handles with black Rustoleum spray paint.


Now just add pillows, a throw, and a little girl and you're all done! :)


A little more "localness" for ya - those pillows are made from grain sacks I got from Calvin at the Parma Feed and Grain elevator. :)



Benches with storage are the BEST!
Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?
Mudroom bench with hats and mittens?





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While you're here, here's a small dresser turned bench!
Such a cutie! 


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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Totally 80's Sewing Cabinet Gets A Makeover

Doesn't that just scream 80's?!  The fabric? Drawer pulls? Orange-hued wood? Just a sewing desk in general??
It makes my mind go back to the days of wandering around in fabric stores with my mom and sister, picking out fabric and patterns for new spring dresses!  My mom sewed almost ALL of our clothes.  And believe it or not, I even had a few outfits made out of vintage flour sacks.  NO, I'm not that old... but I guess my great grandma had a stash and well we were kinda poor there for awhile when Dad got laid off his job at John Deere. So short outfits out of flour sacks it was.


For the chair, I just wanted to put new fabric over the old, so I  carefully cut off the piping so it wouldn't protrude and look all funky. And I don't have the patience or let's face it - the skill - to replace it. Ha.


Sorry I don't have more pictures of this process, I get too focused on what I'm doing and forget to document. I just used my staple gun to put new fabric over the old.


I painted the whole piece with a bluish tinted gray (I mix my own so don't ask what color!) and put new cup drawer pulls on.  Then pulled off the top and used some old table leaves for a rustic, updated look.


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This project reminds me a lot of this one I took on last spring
That wood set with the brown velour cushions!
Who had one of these??


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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Repurposed Dresser To Cute Bench Seat


How do you still get excited about redoing a piece of furniture when you've done hundreds over the last few years?
This one is especially exciting to me because I've legit been wanting to tackle a dresser-to-bench project for years!  I'm sure I probably saw it on Pinterest way back when I still had a crease-free forehead and have just never had the right dresser to do it with.  Mostly because I just can't quite hack up a perfectly good dresser when people are always looking for dressers! 


And then this fell into my possession.  A friend brought me this chest of drawers and it had taken some serious abuse from her adorable but full-of-it grandkids! Thankfully, the bottom drawer, the one I wanted to salvage, was still in great shape!


I removed the back and used my Ryobi skill saw to cut the sides shorter. If you don't have a battery-powered skill saw.... you are missing out on one of the finer things of life.  I still managed to screw up though...


I had just recently acquired some old trim boards out of a friends fixer-upper and I used those for the back.  I'll put in another plug for Ryobi - their battery powered brad nail gun is life changing!


The dresser top was the perfect seat!  I just cut a couple inches off the sides so it would fit on top of the drawer space nice and snug.  I secured it with brads and a couple long screws.  Screws were splitting the wood though.... eek.  Hate that. I also found some finishing pieces in my stash to go across the raw edges where I had cut.



Thankfully, I did not need to buy new drawer pulls as I had these bronze ones from something else that I had taken apart.  Can't even remember what - but they were just the right size!
Which means.... I didn't pay a single dime for this whole project! :)


Even the paint came from a friend who was getting rid of it.
Free always makes everything better!  So do cats.


Top that off with a pillow made from a feed sack straight out of the Parma Grain and Feed elevator. 
Is this bench perfect?  'Course not. It's got flaws, just like it's creator.  And I'm good with that.


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Friday, March 5, 2021

The Mitten State {Customized Stencil by Lazer Design}



I got a new stencil!!  Not just any stencil, but the silhouette of my home state - Michigan! Sorry Iowa, you raised me well and I will always love you, but I've made the switch to Michigan girl. Anyways.  Ohhhh, guys. I am like Heywood Banks looking for subjects to sing about.  The possibilities are endless.  I mean, he sings about foreheads being on fire, flies landing on a cow pie before landing on your potato salad, and my all time favorite Heywood song  - TOAST (ask me to sing 'toast' for you sometime.  I will).  But instead of subjects for music, it's subjects for my new MICHIGAN stencil customized just for me by LAZER DESIGNS.  Nothing is safe from getting branded with the shape of Michigan.  A chair seat? Vintage suitcase? Old Vase? The cat?


This stencil was made by LAZER DESIGNS, cut from a thick and durable high quality vinyl -  totally unlike the homemade ones I make using clear folders from the Dollar Tree.  The detail on the state outline is perfect too! They did two different designs for me - one with less detail and then a more intricate one.  Even got all the little islands cut out between the Upper Peninsula  and the Mitten!

Let's see some of the projects I've used it on so far, shall we?


Yes Nelson, we see you. 
When the photobomber has adorable whiskers, I say bomb-away.


I can see the hashtags already. #theUPmatterstoo.  I promise, the chair and the vase were the only two projects I shirked the Upper Peninsula on.



Let's move on to some signage.  I mean, signs are just a given. I will be making Michigan signs like a crazy woman with this stencil. Again.... endless possibilities!



How about a little of everyone's favorite Michigan winter sport added to the Michigan silhouette?

On the left, those people who can't handle two skiis... and on the right - the real baddies.
Bet you can't guess which one I do.... ;)







I actually went into my booth at the Parma Antique Mall with my stencil in hand, wondering if there was something I could jazz up with the state of Michigan. I pulled out this old vintage suitcase.  What do you think? My friend Shana suggested I add the
"Let's Go North"  because let's face it.  If you're a true Michigander, "Let's go North" means "It's time for a vacation, comrades!"



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