Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reviving A Sad Curbside Coffee Table

I found this French-style coffee table frame a few months ago on the curb. It had no top, which made it look pretty sad, but I figured I could do something interesting with it at some point in the future.

When my brother broke his upholstered bedroom bench a couple days ago I realized the coffee table's time had come. My brother's style is modern so I didn't think I'd be able to refurbish any of his furniture at any point, but the fake leather bench top didn't look half bad with the French-style look. It actually looked pretty darn nice. I got lucky that the top fit the coffee table frame (it's a tiny bit shorter but my brother said he wouldn't mind if some of the wood stuck out further than the bench top).

I've already painted the coffee table frame a nice light grey and I'll be working with my husband over the long weekend to make it more structurally sound. For now, you can imagine what it will look like from this picture.

And you may have noticed my blog background has gone through a few changes. I finally found one with the right colors and look. Yippee! Hope you didn't suffer to much from my temporary madness!

Love the Beasts,

Monday, August 29, 2011

Finally On The Bandwagon: DIY Silver Display Stand

Annie's in the middle of her nap so I need to make this post short and sweet because I have a million things on my to-do list. I know it's been a little over a month since I've posted any furniture redos, but that will be changing in the next few weeks. After taking a little break and trying to avoid working in the 100+ degree weather, I'm going to be back at the furniture game. I have a few projects up my sleeve that may not be easy or quick, but they should be fun!

And yes, I finally jumped on the DIY Cake Stand bandwagon although I'm calling it my DIY Display Stand. You know the ones you see everywhere of candlesticks glued to plates? I found a great silverplated tray with a nice detailed frame and glued it to a short silverplated candlestick. Both were purchases from thrift stores for prices that even I consider low! And I'm pretty cheap!

I was going to buy gorilla glue like everyone else to attach the pieces together, but in an effort to save money I looked through all my different glues and noticed that my Loctite super glue works on metals. There was my moneysaver! After tracing around the candlestick on the bottom of the tray (using a eyeliner pencil because I couldn't find anything else), I put a small amount of glue around the rim of the candlestick and held it against the plate for 10 seconds. A half hour later they were bonded properly and I ended up with this!

You probably know where the items in the stand came from if you read my last post :). How easy was all that for something so cute? It's the perfect thing to display my custom gift tags one day when I have a booth at a fair or a shop!

Oh no. She's waking up. I guess it'll be another late night!

Love the Beasts!