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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 🙂

China Cabinet Makeover

China Cabinet Makeover – Part II

Not sure if you recall, but back a while back we started a post about making an old china hutch new again.  Our prior post focused on the top section of the china cabinet makeover part I, the section that holds the china (which we still are doing finishing touches).  This post is all about the bottom storage section of the china cabinet makeover.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

I found this little gem about 4 months ago on my very first thrift store shopping spree at Red Racks for a whole $40!  As you can tell from the before pictures, this china hutch was in desperate need of a redo, and who was better to give her a face lift then the Hello I Live Here team, right! 😉  This was no small undertaking, as we are still working on this baby because, well you know, a girl likes to change her mind as she goes along on a project, which left this QT a little unfinished and begging for me to get back to work now that we have some warm days.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before

Our first task was to rip apart (and I do mean rip) the hideous old and bulky trim molding and round crown that embellished this hidden beauty.  Believe it or not, this old trim was really built to last, real wood trim custom made and heavy duty!  Each trim piece was connected using sturdy dowels and needless to say, it took some muscle to remove the trim, but we made it happen ;-).  After the trim was removed, we also removed the three doors.  We made sure to save the hardware and the old trims just in case it came in handy with a future project, as we all say – don’t toss today what you may need tomorrow!

China Cabinet Makeover - Trim Added

Next up for our china cabinet makeover we added some modern and decorative trim that matched the top part of the cabinet (we really wanted more of that boxy look that was more cottage appearance on this piece).  The trim was purchased from The Home Depot.  We selected trim profiles that fit the design of our villa.  Each trim piece was cut on our Ryobi 10″ laser light miter saw at a 45 degree angle and nailed into place with our trusty Ryobi nail gun (which by the way our shop cannot live without either tool ;-))  We added new center railings for the new doors, and side moldings to each side as shown above and below.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

After the trim was done, our china cabinet makeover was starting to take shape.  We used Bondo all-purpose putty to cover any nail holes, and joining trim pieces we added to the sides (that new square side boarder we just love spiffed up those sides like Cinderella going to a ball).  Once the Bondo dried, we sanded with our Ryobi Corner Cat Sander, and an 80 grit sand paper, followed by a 120 grit to give it the smooth appearance.

China Cabinet Base Trim Details

Once the sanding was completed, we primed the newly installed pieces, using a bare wood primer by Valspar in white.  Primer is important when you are using raw woods.  If you paint and the wood has not been sealed with primer, it tends to suck in the paint, taking up to 3 coats to cover, so always prime bare wood.  That was all I could complete today on this wonderful piece for tonight everyone, but I promise it will not take six more months to finish this series. 🙂

China Cabinet Base Trim detail

China Cabinet Base Trim Painted

Part III will show you our next elements we added to the new looks, and that wonderful little surprise that will introduce this old piece to the 21st century!  Hope you like the progress so far everyone!  Have a great night!



Mirror for Under $20!

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work

Family Tree Becomes DIY Mirror for under $20!

So…do you have a piece of art like this beautiful family tree laying around collecting dust?  We did – and we decided to make a large wall display.

Family Tree becomes a New Wall Mirror







Finding this family tree art piece in the frames area of our basement Saturday was the inspiration I needed to create a new art piece.  Working with design after design, this family tree treasure purchased sometime ago from Hobby Lobby was just he inspiration I needed.  Sometimes you fall in love with a piece and never use it.  But the little family tree kept screaming – turn me into something you will love.

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work







With piles of left over 1×2’s from our laundry room build we purchased from Home Depot, and two .50 cent door mirrors I found at a garage sale about a month ago, the family tree found in the pile of frames was about to get a makeover! 😉

Working to come up with a design, I laid the metal family tree on to the table and started placing wood piece around the tree.  As I kept building, all the sudden I looked up at the mirrors sitting against the garage wall and knew I could turn this family tree into a large wall art project.

Left over 1x2 wood for Mirror Frame

Wood Frame for Mirror

Metal Family Tree Start to Mirror
















Laying the mirror onto the table, I built a wood frame.  Once the design came together,  I placed it under the center of the family tree and bam, new wall art!

Second Mirror Frame built







Using screws, I tightened the metal family tree to both the top and bottom frames (glass out of course) .  This left the sides open and unattractive, so I cut four blocks of 1×2 wood and filled in the edges bringing the whole piece together.

1x2 Mirror side Frame









Flipping over the art piece it still looked plain.  I added small stringer pieces to the inside of the mirrors giving a cross effect going long way, but still plain.  Not stopping there, I decided to cut smaller stringers (six of them) adding 12″ apart down both sides of the center stringer to get a window effect.  Now it looked finished!

Second Mirror Frame built







Once happy with the outcome, I turned over the mirror frame and routed out a grove on each the top and bottom mirror frame areas allowing the  mirrors to sit evenly.  Before I placed the mirror into the frame, I made sure to paint the frame with Rust-Olem Oil Rubbed Metallic Bronze Paint from Home Depot (I have always found this paint in a spray but never a brush on- Imagine my excitement to come across this find).

Unfinished Wood Mirror

Completed Mirror Frame







After painting the mirror frame, I let the mirror frame dry over night.  The following morning standing the mirror frame up, the wood appeared to look more metal just like the family tree in the center – how exciting!  Now the mirrors were mounted using small mirror mounts in back and an extra bead of caulking (clear is best) to make sure there is no mirror movement after you hang it on the wall.

Frame Painted with Oil Rubbed Bronze Rustoleum








To complete the project, I have on order four black and white family pictures we love.  When they arrive they will go into the smaller openings in the middle to the left and right side of the mirror frame . Then my mirror will be  complete!

Completed Mirror Frame







This project took one day with the overnight drying of the paint.  The cost of the mirror art project you ask?  We had the metal art in our decor section of the basement (the old tag $9.99), the mirrors were a garage sale find  at .50 cents each, and the paint roughly $8 from Home Depot.  The wood was left from our other project, so the cost was nothing.  Birthing a new art-mirror piece  for under $20 – representing both sides of our family – PRICELESS!

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work

Family Tree becomes a New Wall Mirror







If you look closely at the family tree and leaves you can see my favorite part of this art piece, the initials of both sides of mine and Curt’s families.  Each time a new child is born, we will add their initials to the tree, watching our families grow.  There is nothing like family – showing that statement through this mighty family tree means the world to me 🙂 .

Well, that’s my post for this Thursday!  Remember, anything old can always be something new again, and this lovely Mirror Family Tree more than proves that – Happy art work Thursday everyone! 🙂





What does a candlestick and a clock have in common?

DIY Clock Table

Good evening everyone!  I have been so busy with the laundry room build, I have not had time to post – The good news – it’s almost done – Make sure to see the sneak peak we posted earlier today, I think you will love the finished results when we are done 😉

Tonight, I am going to answer the above question.  Earlier today, I was cleaning out our decor storage to make room for yes, more decor (after all; a girl has to have her stuff 😉 ) when an old Pottery Barn clock and a rather large iron candlestick appeared.  I pulled them out, sitting the clock on the candlestick to keep it safe while I shifted the other items.  When I turned around to move it back into storage,  it was like angels singing!  It was obvious their common theme was none other than a DIY Clock Table, a perfect upcycle project!  Dropping everything, I started designing how I would get it to stay on the candlestick, after all I always wanted a DIY Clock Table since seeing one in a magazine.

So, here’s what I did:

I ran off to Lowe’s (because who wants to clean when you can play at Lowe’s, am I right? 😉 ).  Once there I gathered the one item I did not have, Leveling Glides by Softtouch.  I brought them home and got to work.

Soft Touch Threaded Leveling Glides
Soft Touch Threaded Leveling Glides

1.  I drilled four 3/16″ holes at the 12 -3-6-9 marks on the wood frame of the clock.

Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table

2.  Next, I painted the glides black to match the hands of the clock, dried, soaped the threads and screwed all four into the holes I drilled.

Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table

3.  Then, I routed out the back of the clock in a small but deep circle for mounting the clock on to the candle stick seen below.  I mounted it this way because the clock still works.  Mounting this way we could change the batteries located in the back of the clock.

Candlestick Table Leg for the DIY Clock Table DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

4.  I added a piece of glass from the decor area, and BAM – a new DIY Clock Table!

DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

That’s right – a sassy new DIY Clock Table out of three old items I would have never used again.  How cool is that! 😉

DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here
DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

I hope you enjoy the quick post tonight and I promise, the laundry room is coming to a blog near you soon!  Have a great night everyone – happy blogging!

– LC   🙂

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