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Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Hello everyone!  Today’s blog – updating an old Thrift Store Side Table Up-cycle from Lammert’s furniture.  When I saw this piece, I simply fell in love – it was a total swoon!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

If you live in St Louis you are familiar with Lammert’s Furniture.  The founder, Martin Lammert Sr. opened in St. Louis in 1861, he paved the way for a multimillion-dollar, retail-furniture Company that was a St Louis icon for 150 years and five generations.  Closing in 2007, many pieces that were bought generations ago, are now being tossed into thrift shops everywhere.  It makes me sad to think that new generations are discarding these great, sturdy pieces of real wood furniture instead of performing a thrift store side table upcycle.

But, you know how I feel, one man’s junk is Hello I Live Here’s treasure ;-).  So Thanks for tossing out these great Lammert’s pieces for me to update and love again.

This little piece was in bad shape.  So, I whipped out my sander and took the top down to the wood.  As I got further into the piece, it was apparent it need new veneer.  After watching the pain Kristi had went through removing veneer over at Addicted 2 Decorating, I decided to go a different route and use planking, and I am very happy with the choice Just look at her now!  Kristi – my hats off to you for the job you did on yours!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

This Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle consisted of using the following:

Ryobi Nail Gun (and small tiny nails – Thank you Ryobi for such wonderful tools 😉 ).

Liquid Nails for paneling

-10” Ryobi Laser guided Ryobi Miter Saw (you can use a miter box and hand saw)

-Various grey and white planks left over from dresser project (which finish is up for tomorrow)

Ridge Hand Router (from Home Depot)

Ryobi Cat Sander (80 and 120 grit paper)

Rust-Oleum Rubbed Bronze Spray paint (used on handles)

Annie Sloan French Linen paint (from Wood Icing)

-Annie Sloan clear and brown wax

Here is the process used to create a new Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

First, I sanded the piece down (my intention was to save the piece and stain, however, the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle required more than stain).

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Next, I cut all the left over plank I did not use on our DIY Dresser and Bench Storage post.  These were already washed with paint in the perfect colors so I went to my scrap wood pile, and used all that was left to complete this thrift store side table upcycle. (I love not wasting the scraps 😉 ).

DIY Storage and Bench

Then, I fit my pieces to get the design, making sure the seam of the cuts staggered just right.  I added liquid nails to the back of each plank and used my Ryobi Nail gun with a small nail to set each piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

After I finished adding the planking, you can see it hung past the round shaped opening on each side.  I whipped out the router and trimmed those tall pieces away leaving this perfect shape to the sides.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Once finished with the trimming of the planks, I added Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint to the piece.  I thought it would stop there, but I truly wanted to shabby this little piece into that beach feel, so I added my coat of clear wax, let it sit, then came back with my dark wax and pulled it right through the piece until I gave the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle just the look I wanted.  🙂 I am a very happy girl with this one.  Once the Dark wax set up, I came back with another coat of the clear wax to protect the paint.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Last, I sprayed the original hardware with Rust-Oleum Rubbed Oiled Bronze, dried and installed back on the Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle So, what do you think?  Total swoon or what!!!  Can you believe this is the same broken down old piece?  Me…totally in love with this little beauty.  I just cannot pass up a great piece of furniture, and this is the reason why.  When you have real wood furniture you can do things to update that you cannot do on newer no wood furniture.  So, I personally want to say thank you to the wonderful person who tossed this great little piece.

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

That’s all I have for you today – I am getting back to work for tomorrows post – Until then – I hope you are encouraged to revive an old piece of furniture and try a Lammert’s thrift store side table upcycle!

Thrift Store Side Table Upcycle

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – please ask us questions or leave a comment – I love talking with you!

Linda 🙂

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda

 

DIY Fancy X Desk for Entry Way

Looking for A DIY Fancy X Desk?

While waiting for other projects to be finished, I decided to take on the build of the DIY Fancy X Desk plan found on Ana-White.com.  Falling in love with the legs of this beauty was what set me into build mode.

DIY Fancy X Desk Entry Way

We have been looking for quite some time for the perfect piece for our entryway, we never dreamed it would be a hand built shortened DIY Fancy X Desk!  Our Villa has started to go to the cottage look, and since building the built in bookcase in the stairwell, it was only a natural choice.  We will be adding board and batting to the walls in the entryway soon, which will provide the most beautiful backdrop for this DIY Fancy X Desk gone entryway table.

Since we shortened the DIY Fancy X Desk from the original plan, some of the cuts were not the typical 45-degree angle, which added a couple hours onto the plan, but it was well worth it!  We also planed ever piece of wood on this project.  I love the smooth even sides and edges planning provide, not to mention the shavings we use to mix a homemade wood filler to cover the pocket holes and joined pieces of wood.  Hello I Live Here finds when you mix your own wood filler; the stain takes to the piece leave no revealed marks from the store bought wood fillers.  By planning and using the homemade wood filler, the DIY Fancy X Desk truly has a store bought look.  We also took our time to sand each piece after applying the wood filler while still damp, this helps join the piece and never leaves a mark showing where the wood was nailed or glued up.

We constructed two I base legs with the tops of the I’s out of 1×4’s and the center being 2×4’s, totaling 20″ long. We counter sunk the screws from underneath so the screws are hidden.

Hello i Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk Table Legs

Then we used 2×4’s to construct the bracing to each side, giving that X appearance.  For our DIY Fancy X Desk, this was a little tricky because we shortened the desk to 4 feet in length, which meant we had one 45 degree cut at the bottom, but the top of the brace was scribed by laying it against the top of the wood and drawing a line making the top braces 34.5″.  Tricky, but we made it happen 😉  We then used gorilla glue and our Ryobi nailer with 2″ nails to complete the look.

Hello I Live Here - DIY Fancy X Desk Table Bottom

We then added the 2×4 top and bottom board, mitered at both ends as the plan suggested for the DIY Fancy X Desk in the pictures above.  We glued and nailed with 2″ nails.

Next, we cut 4 2×4’s that were glued and nailed with 2″ nails to finish the top and bottom as the plan suggested.  One we seen the stacking of the legs, we fell in love with the DIY Fancy X Desk all over again.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk Table Legs

We then cut 2×4’s  – 3 1/2″ long and nailed to the bottom to provide height and foot support for the piece.  The plan called for 1×4’s but I really loved the large 2×4 to give the piece a little something more.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - Adding Feet

Cutting the planned 2×4’s to the length of our 4-foot DIY Fancy X Desk, we used our Kreg Jig to create 1 1/2″ pocket holes, and attached with 2 1/2″ Kreg screws.  We continued until we had all three length braces into place.  It was clear this was going to be a beautiful DIY Fancy X Desk for the entryway.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - Drill Kreg Holes

 Next, we added the cross braces to the back of the DIY Fancy X Desk.  This again was tricky because we shortened the desk.  We cut the bottom or the brace at a 45-degree angle, placed on the bottom and over lapped the wood on the top frame.  We marked a line to our angle fitting for our desk, and cut.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - Back Braces

Finally yet importantly, we installed the stunning wood top.  This top was made from 2×12’s.  We first planed all four sides of the wood.  Then we joined the wood together with our Kreg and PH screws of 2 1/2″ in length.  Once the wood was joined, we filled the crack on top with a batch of our homemade wood filler.  This filler was made using Gorilla Glue and wood shavings from the planned piece.  We sanded the mixture while still tacky because if you let harden all the way, the glue is too hard to sand.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - custom stain for the top

After completing all our finish work or wood filling, sanding, and cleaning down the piece, we stained the top with Rust-Oleum.  We could not find the color we wanted for the desktop so we mixed our own.  We used a combination of Dark Walnut and Kona.  Before applying the stain, we used Minwax pre-conditioner to the pine surface.  This kept the stain from blotching (sometimes pine sucks in more stain leaving uneven color). The desktop surface came out a rich dark color showing the spectacular grain of the wood.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - custom wood fillerThe bottom base was primed with a Valspar Bare wood Primer purchased from Lowe’s.  This helps seal the pinewood and keeps the wood from soaking up the Annie Sloan paint (and we all know how expensive chalk paint is – so I always prime bare wood first).  We followed the primer with Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint color.  Once dry we added our brown wax to give the piece that rich antique look of an old cottage piece.  We stood back and fell in love!  The desk was all we wanted and more.

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - Annie Sloan Paint

The new entryway piece was completed with a mix of some wood we purchased (the desktop boards) and 2×4’s and 1×4’s we already had in our shop.  No matter how you price it, this piece is priceless to us!

Hello I Live Here DIY Fancy X Desk  - The finished product

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here for our post tonight.  We will be adding new posts showing the board and batting and new paint color coming to the entryway soon.

– Linda

 

 

Old China Hutch Becomes New Again – Part 1

Annie Sloan Paint applied

Never leave an old piece behind – especially if it’s a China Cabinet!

Good afternoon Hello I Live Here readers.  Let’s talk old china hutches today.  Would you pass up a chance to transform an old china hutch?  The other day I was in a thrift store (Red Racks Thrift Store –  DAV Thrift Store) and came across an old china hutch.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

 

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As others were walking past her with a sour expression, Hello I Lived Here saw the potential and swooped in to purchase this little gem for $40 (that’s right both pieces).

Living in a smaller home, space is necessary, so for us at Hello I Live Here this older jewel was the right size and would allow us to display our unopened dishes still stored. Below is a picture of the 1970’s jewel Hello I Live Here found and started transforming.  Here’s how we updated the old china hutch.

We started by taking off the old trim.  Don’t worry, we will save this for our recycle pile for another project! :-).

Old Trim on floor
Old Trim on floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby was not so sure, but he humored me anyway and started the destruction.  The screws were hard to get to with our regular drill, so Curt removed the trim and piece needing to be cut with the Ryobi 18V Right Angle Drill which was terrific to fit in tight spaces.

P241_1_Final

Trim Removed
Trim Removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the old trim was removed, we scribed a line and cut off the rounded edge you see at the top in the photo with a craftsman circular saw, giving the china hutch a new square appearance.

Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw
Cut Made with Craftsman Circular Saw

 

Old Trim on floor - Craftsman Saw
Old Trim on floor – Craftsman Saw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the cut was complete, we screwed the cut piece back to the china hutch top.  Now the square, craftsman style we love over here at Hello I Live Here, helped to shape rest of the design for the china hutch.

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our Ryobi 18V ONE+ 18GA CORDLESS 2″ BRAD NAILER, we trimmed out the sides with 1×2 into a craftsman type feel purchased from our favorite store, The Home Depot.

Ryobi-Nailer
Ryobi-Nailer
Sides Trimmed with 1x2
Sides Trimmed with 1×2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once set, we added 1/4 round moldings American Wood Moulding WM108 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. x 96 in. Wood Pine Quarter Round Moulding to finish the look.

1/4 Round used at bottom
1/4 Round used at bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making sure the 1×2 did not stand over the bottom frame, I took the 1/4 round molding and turned it into the opening and nailed upside down. This provided a square edge for the 1×2 to sit without overhang.

Moving on to the top, we trimmed out the top using a 1 x 4 x 8 Select White Pine Board and Focal Point DWT3144-16 1-1/8 in. 3-1/2 in. x 192 in. Primed Polyurethane Window/Door trim.

Trimmed with Select Pine
Trimmed with Select Pine

 

Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

 

 

 

 

 

 

To finish the look we added a small matching WM 984 3/8 in. x 1-3/8 in. Pine Mullion Moulding to the bottom of the 1×4 and then added the original trim piece back over top of the doors (I try to use the old pieces in a new way).  We love using the Ryobi brad nailer.  Its airstrike technology truly helps wood from splitting by to large of force.   Below is what it looks like trimmed out – Not bad for an old 1970’s piece!

Old trim piece above doors
Old trim piece above door
Trimmed piece
Trimmed piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Hello I Live Here changed up the 1970’s China Cabinet, we primed the piece with a grey Rust-Oleum ultra cover latex primer.

primer
primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the piece was older, a primer was necessary to provide a tight bond for the top coat, and provide a long lasting finish.  So what better choice than the trusted quality of Rust-Oleum 🙂

Primer on china cabinet
Primer on china cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once dry, we applied a thin coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre purchased from our friends at Wood Icing in the Chesterfield Mall.

Annie Sloan Paint applied
Annie Sloan Paint applied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique decorative paint provided the piece the quality look we at Hello I Live Here are used to seeing.  We will be following the Old Ochre color up with a light coat of Annie Sloan brown wax once we complete Part II of our post.  This will give the china hutch a consistent antique look for this old piece that is new again.

woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
woodicing Chalk Paint Annie Sloan
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our suggestion that you use the Annie Sloan brush with the paint and wax (purchased at Wood Icing).

sloan small brush
sloan small brush

I know they are pricey, but my last piece I used a regular bush, but noticed I used more paint, lesson learned!  This wonderful brush allowed me to buff the piece just right the first time, conserving both the paint and the wax.  Well, that’s part I of the China Hutch make over.  Hope you enjoyed the first half of Hello I Live Here’s China Hutch make over. Join at our site in a couple days for Part II and the full reveal of the China Hutch!

Happy start to October Y’all!

-Linda C

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