I thought it was about time to give you another look at some of the Old Things New projects I’ve been doing around my house.
You know I love you right? Really I do, and I’m going to prove it today by sharing with you how to create a Pottery Barn finish on any piece of furniture in less than two hours! Yup! I transformed this scratched and dented thrift store trestle table by giving it the Pottery Barn look, and I’m going to tell you how you can do it yourself!
I was smitten the moment I saw this oak trestle table hidden among the other furniture in the back reaches of Habitat for Humanity. It was marked at $24. Yes, $24! As an older gentleman (near as old as me) loaded it into my car he exclaimed over and over what a great buy it was. I guess whoever marked the price on this was a youngsta’ who thought old meant outdated and not valuable. My oldish table-loading-friend and I knew better.
So let’s get started:
I began with plain old black acrylic paint from the craft store, which I mixed with calcium carbonate (per measurements in my chalk paint recipe). Since the paint will be sanded heavily and smoothness is not an issue you could use any of the three recipes in that post.
Note: Lately I’ve been using Min Wax Finishing Wax mixed with a bit of Min Wax Wood Finish Stain to create my own less expensive dark wax. It isn’t as easy to spread as soft wax (unless you heat it up a bit which I’m not telling you you should do, but it is something I just might do), but I like the end result much better than soft wax. It buffs easier, dries to a harder finish, and doesn’t get streaky weird like soft wax can sometimes do.
We keep this table in our Seahawk/Bonus Room. Most of the time it’s set up as a library table but I can also open the leaves quite wide to create crafting or sewing space. A couple of people who have offered to buy it, even when I gave them a very pricey Pottery Barn price, but in the end I never could actually let it go.
Now while I do “heart” this sweet table of mine it isn’t near as much as I LOVE y’all! Thank you for being my friends, for letting me share my creative exploits with way too much ramble, and for allowing me to show you more pictures than you ever hoped to see.
Blessings dear friends,
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“What is that thing out in the woods?,” my brother-in-law asked quizzically. When I explained to him that it was a mini conservatory made of old windows I could tell by the look on his face that he was thinking, “Ohhh-KAY!”
Y’ALL! Not everyone gets us, we diggers in old trash. I know y’all are with me on this. Why else would you read a blog like mine? The thrill-of-the-hunt-to-find-the-perfect-parts-that-will-come-together-into-one-grand-creation-of-our-own-making.
SIGH . . . Life is GOOD!
Quite awhile back I did a post showing pictures of garden houses (LINK HERE) and shared my dream of having one of my own. Back then there wasn’t a single place in our yard to add such a dream. HOWEVER, now that we are in a house with a larger yard and much of it natural woods, I found myself dreaming once again.
Dreaming and searching online for Mini Garden Conservatories. I found several on Pinterest which you can check out on my Garden Houses Board.
The following is a simple tutorial showing how Mr. OTN and I put our own Mini Conservatory together:
Mr. OTN jumped right into the project (I think he enjoyed the fame of being written about in my Recaning a Vintage Chair post) and used a drill and screwdriver to attach L-brackets to three corners of the structure.
The bottom edges of the roof windows fit down perfectly into the tops of the base windows so all Mr. OTN had to do was add screws to secure them. The door was added next and Mr. OTN shaved off a bit of the top corners with his mitre saw so the door wood swing smoothly under the roof.
I decided to cut a piece of wood to cover the end brackets and give my house a more finished look. This is the template I created for the wood before cutting it with the table saw. Yes, I get to use the dangerous tools!
I could hardly wait until it was all put together to begin painting. NOTE: It was a waste of time to tape everything before painting. I have a pretty steady hand and I found that I could paint and wipe away excess much faster than I could tape. Besides, this is an outdoor project so who really cares if the paint is a little sloppy? Live and learn.The best part was trimming out my creation. I had leftover metal trim from my Outdoor Herb Shelf project.
I’ve had this crystal doorknob in my spare parts box for awhile now so I was delighted to be able to use it on this project. The well patina’d doorknob plate was a cheap brass one that I also found in my spare parts box and aged with salt and vinegar. Poifect!
I wanted to elevate my Mini Conservatory so was extremely happy to find an old coffee table at Goodwill that I painted with the same outdoor paint that I used on the windows. Aren’t the legs good looking?
“Gold, pure gold.” THOSE were the thoughts in the mind of the creator of this old mirror of mine.
Okay, maybe not pure gold but still, I believe that in the beginning the creator of my thrift store mirror had every intention of making this mirror quite beautiful. A mirror to be displayed and admired.
(Keep reading to hear a little secret about this mirror 😉
Eventually she was purchased and probably did have a stint at living life as the mirror she was created to be. Then time passed and, as often happens, circumstances for this mirror didn’t turn out as expected. Life happened. Lots of life apparently as this mirror eventually became a lady most colorful. And not in the best of ways. I was so excited when I saw this mirror sitting on the Goodwill shelf with the $4.99 price tag that I added it to my cart in a heartbeat. The checker though! I could tell by the look on her face when I placed it on the checkstand that she was a bit surprised that anyone would dole out their hard earned money for such a hideous piece.
A painted lady, gaudy in iridescent purple, blue, and green, hiding the gilded beauty of what she was originally created to be. I get that. I believe that we are all created with unique gifts and talents and the potential to be what God designed us to be. Life circumstances can change us though, shut us down, make us fearful to pursue God’s intended path for our lives.
Some of us seem to push through to fulfill our dreams early on in life. Others may need a lot of healing to get back on the right track (that’s me, a late bloomer). Unfortunately some may never get there because they have no one in their lives to see through to the beauty beneath and walk with them toward their full potential.
I decided that I would not take this mirror back to her former glory because she wasn’t the same mirror. She had many layers now and, though they were indeed gaudy, I didn’t want to hide them completely.
I began this project by toning down my colorful mirror with a few coats of homemade cassein paint that I learned to make in the online painting course Farragoz, The Art of Patina. This simple-to-make paint creates great texture!
After that was nearly dry I painted the mirror using my Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe with latex paint that Home Depot custom matched to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s French Linen (taken from my ASCP color card).
A dry brushing of a lighter color Homemade Chalk Paint (a Home Depot match to Annie Sloan’s Old White) followed next.
Last of all I used a clear soft wax to seal the layers of paint, pressing Amy Howard’s Dust of Ages into the crevices while the wax was still somewhat tacky. Have I told you how much fun this stuff is to work with? It comes in a large 10 oz. jar which should pretty much last me forever. For ordering info you can click on the picture below.
Now for the little secret I told you I would reveal: This mirror, underneath all of it’s Old World charm, is plastic! Yes, PLASTIC. Who would ever guess?
For more furniture painting ideas and techniques please check out my Pinterest board, and follow along if you like. To enroll in an awesome online painting course where you’ll learn to make your own paints and be guided through the process of learning several different finishing techniques please check out the Farragoz link here (or on my sidebar).
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery] . . . Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.” Psalm 139:13-18 The Message Bible
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
And just in case you were wondering . . . it is never too late for God to redeem the wasted years of our lives.
You are loved so much!
Sometimes in my wanderings I come across some amazing piece of junk that I decide I simply MUST have. Hubby goes right along with, even encourages my obsession for this chippy, shabby stuff.
It’s not that he is overly fond of my purchases himself but he loves me and is therefore most willing to indulge my Old Things New habit. Still . . . sometimes I can’t help but wonder if he isn’t compensating for the fact that his “stuff” is a whole lot more expensive than mine. Things like electronic gadgets, fancy tools, more fishing poles, . . . boats. Is it wrong of me to question his motives? Shhh . . . we won’t tell him because we LIKE his generosity. We kinda’ like the boat too.
This weathered old corbel was one of those must-haves. I didn’t have any idea how I’d use it or where, so it has been moving from room to room, inside and out, until this Spring when we started pulling our backyard deck area together and making it into a “French Courtyard.” That’s when the idea bell went off in my head and an Outdoor Herb Shelf was born.
I felt that the edge of the board could use some embellishment to make it “Frenchier” so I did an online search and found the Frank Morrow Company who sells decorative metal banding by the foot.
I’m not sure what these tacks are meant to be used for but I found them in the garage and they were black so I thought they were perfect. I suppose hubby has them for some other, more expensive, purpose.
The metal banding was fairly easy to cut with metal snips and the angles were made by hand bending them over the edge of the board, then stepping on the bend to make a sharper edge. With shoes of course.
Quick and easy projects like this one make me happy and a happy wife makes a happy hubby.
What outdoor projects are you doing this Spring?
Blessings friends 😉