Monday, August 20, 2012

Chair Change-Up

Just a quick little before and after of a summer garage sale find.  Using the same brown paint as I used on the wine bar and a reupholstery job on the seat, front, and back, it was good to go! No "in progress" photos this time, But trust me, it is not without pictures!  I've been trying to take better and better ones with each passing project.  Different angles, different camera settings.  I'm still not on board with editing each one like some bloggers do.  For starters, I don't have Photoshop, but also because it takes a long time.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures! :)

P.S.  This one is for sale as well - contact me if you're interested!

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I would like to introduce you to my new pride and joy.  I've spent long laborious hours working on this particular piece, and I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out.  And I'm so excited about it, I've decided to show you the After picture first....

It's no secret I love me some wine.  In fact, this past Christmas I received two bottles of wine, two hand-painted wine glasses, a wine bottle caddy, wine glass charms, and an Eiffel Tower wine rack....notice a trend?? 

So it seemed only natural that I create a one-of-a-kind wine bar.

And I made it out of the most random of objects.
See, I had this large credenza that I got from a client's home (the same client that gave me the radio cabinet I turned into an entertainment stand). 

And I had this twin size headboard I stole took from the neighbor's trash pile.

So I sat around staring at both of them for awhile, unsure of what I wanted to do with them.  Then genius struck and I came up with this.

And that was as far as I got.

But the longer I stared, the more ideas formed in my see where I'm going?

The overall process took a loooong time.  Like, a really really loooooong time.  But I managed to snap a few pictures here and there as the design took shape.
I started by painting it with a can of Oops paint from Home Depot.  This was the base coat.
The second coat was an experiment I read about online.  Chalk paint is all the rage lately on the DIY circuit.  When I looked into purchasing some of it, it rang in at around $30-35 a quart!


I'm too cheap for that just yet.  So I made my own using Plaster of Paris and enamel latex paint.  Mix two parts paint with one part plaster and you get the consistency of chalk paint.  It also helps it sand easier when distressing.

A closeup of the distressing I did to the whole piece.  It helps it look worn and rustic and gives it a lot of character.

Just a quick look at my stab at stenciling.  I had attached a sheet of burlap to the headboard, just to give it texture and an "old world" feel.  I printed out wine words on the computer, used carbon copy paper for tracing, and then colored them in with a brown Sharpie.
I used our new drill press and hole saws to cut holes in a piece of plywood for the wine bottles in the front.

I used carpet tubes as the wine bottle holders.  There's actually a whole infrastructure inside there that consists of furring strips, nails, glue and braces.  No pictures of that remains a trade secret.

Now let's talk about those corks.  Ohhhhhh boy, those corks.  All 350 corks cut lengthwise on the bandsaw making 700 halves that were then hot glued like a puzzle to the top of the bar.

Did you know you can buy 500 corks on Ebay?  Neither did I.  But now I have A LOT of corks left over (and a zillion projects in mind for them!).

The side doors open up for extra storage, but the center console remains closed off for the wine bottles.
That black piece of hardware holding up the shelf is actually a stair railing brace from Home Depot - they caught my eye in the store and were small enough to work.

Speaking of the shelf, I made that by hand out of cedar planks we had.
Each wedge was cut on the bandsaw and nailed to the top piece.  I polyurethaned the whole thing and am really happy with how rich the color came out.  Cedar is a beautiful wood.

 After all of this, though, I am sad to say I have absolutely zero room for this awesome piece in our small and overflowing house.  Therefore, it is officially for sale to whomever can give it a lovely home.  If interested, please feel free to contact me via email at   Update: SOLD!!

And let's just look at it one more time, shall we??

I'm so happy with it :)