Thursday, January 20, 2011

From Curbside to fantastic and functional

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Let me give you a little 411 on this curbside find.  In our old home, I had my sewing room in our sunroon.  I had a lack of space in there and i needed some extra counter space.  I knew we were moving soon so I didn't want to really invest in anything and have to move it a few months later so I gave up on the idea until one day while I was leaving our neighborhood i saw this on the side of the road  I immediately called my husband and asked him to go pick it up for me!  He said the guys standing outside of the house even helped him load it up.  He said they looked at him like he was crazy for wanting it!

I know I know!!  Not that bad right?  Well actually this is a after picture (kinda)  This is the picture after my wonderful hubby and his wonderful father put some molding around the top and on the sides.  They also added some wood to the front where there were missing drawers!  Then in the move to our new home it ended up looking like this.

Ha Ha it actually looks a little worse in this pic! This is after I painted it white and it sat in my sewing room and obviously it was not taken care of :)

I knew this tossed away cabinet had some potential!  and I needed a wedging table for my new pottery studio but of course it has to be fantastic and functional!  So I started the process of refurbishing it!  I first sanded down the top.

This hand dandy sander can works some wonders!  It was a cheaper version of a hand held sander that I purchased at Target a few years ago its hard to find the sandpaper to go with it but Target always seems to have some!

I made a quick trip to walmart and bought a $5.00 small can of paint in a orange color and got busy painting.

I bought some door handles in the clearance section at Hobby lobby that I thought would be perfect! I made a mad dash to Lowe's which just happens to be next to HL (don't be J!!).  I bought some wood accents and I simply painted them and hot glued them on!  After the process was complete, I wiped on a glaze and sealed it with this!
Please excuse my dirty cutting mat.  I use alot of spray adhesive for my sewing and then everything sticks to it!  HA!!  Not that you care!  Anyway here is the finished product!  Please feel free to comment if you have any questions!
OK I know the phone doesn't exactly make the most professional photo!  but you get the idea...thanks for stopping by!


Allison said...

Looks great! Love the new color! said...

Nice job! I'll bet it adds alot more storage. Enjoy :)

Suzan said...

Great job seeing the potential in something pretty sad looking!

Pamela said...

Great job! It is always nice to find something for free!

Jackie said...

It looks totally different now. Great job!

I would love to have you join my new link party.

Jackie said...

Thanks so much for linking to my blog! :-)

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Yipee! You joined the party! :-) I'm so glad it worked out and I think you did a great job giving that freebie cabinet some new life! Hope to see lots more from you in the future!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

What a great transformation! I love the wood-scrolly-thingies. I have no idea what they're called, but they add so much!

Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

What a cute piece~I adore orange! How nice to have helpers to fix it up with you! Our HL is just across the street from Lowes, too! Sure makes things handy!!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

That's my kind of project. My mom and I just recently revamped a nightstand.

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Leslie said...

Your finished product looks so great! I'm wondering if you do any applique embroidery designs along with your sewing?