Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It used to be what?!?!

Do you know what this is??  
Ok, I have to be honest.....I didn't know what it was when I saw it at Potter's House Thrift Store (only one of my favorite thrift stores EVER!) a few months ago.  All I knew was:
  • It had great lines and really cute legs
  • The wood was in really good condition with little to no damage
  • And that it would make a really cute buffet!
It wasn't until my father-in-law pointed out the speakers behind the fabric panels that I realized it was a vintage TV cabinet (minus the TV......obviously)!!  Who wouldda thought!  And for ONLY $10, I didn't care if it was a microwave!!! had potential and was on it's way to becoming a buffet!
Again, no step-by-step pictures, but here's a quick run down of what I did to transform the former TV cabinet into THIS:
  1. Removed fabric panels and speakers from behind the wire doors
  2. Replaced original base with new plywood board
  3. Built shelf for center of cabinet for extra storage
  4. Primed entire piece
  5. Applied two coats of RustOleum Carnival Red in a Semi-Gloss finish
  6. Used Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphaltum to give the piece an antique finish
Quite a transformation!!

I promise I'll get better with the "how-to's"!  :)
I just completed a really cool buffet for a customer and I tried really hard to take pictures along the way!  I'll be sharing those before/afters very soon!

Until then...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

More Kansas Goodies!

Ok y'all!  As promised--here is another project that came out of the road trip to Kansas!

If you read the "About Toejo" page here, you'll know that I LOVE to sew!  When Ms. Patricia told me she had an antique Singer Sewing Machine for sale (for next to nothing!!!!) I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!  It, like the buffet and bench, had seen better days....but with a little imagination, it could have an entirely new look and serve a modern purpose!!

Here she is!!

Missing knobs, really rusty, no machine....pretty sad!  The first thing I did, was flip this baby over and remove all the screws holding the cabinet in place (I kept everything wooden!  There's GOTTA be something GREAT I can do with this vintage wood!  If you have any ideas--I'm all ears!! :).

After she was stripped down to the iron, I used a really abrasive iron brush to rub off the remaining rust particles (BTW--sorry I don't have step-by-step photos to share!  At the time these pictures were taken, a website hadn't even entered my mind!  It's a wonder I snagged before/after pics at this point!).  :)

Once she was clean and rust free, I gave her a glossy RED coat of paint (I do live in Hog Country, ya' know!!  Woo Pig Sooie!!).  

Does the wooden top look familiar!?!?  If you saw my previous post, you'd know about the barn wood I snagged thanks to my FAVORITE mother-in-law (check out her awesome facebook page!!).  :-)  We used the antique wood to build a simple (yet oozing with character) table top!

I love mixing the industrial and antique style of the iron sewing machine base with warm/traditional barn wood!

I've done several other sewing machine tables since my trip to Kansas!  See more before and afters below!  :)
I found this Antique singer machine base on Craigslist a few weeks after my Kansas trip.  I believe I got it for less than $25!!  (What did we ever do without Craigslist!?!?!)

Gotta love Craigslist!!

My dad works in commercial construction--and knows a good thing when he sees it!!  He was given scraps from a wooden beam (which was being used for ceiling trusses in a local high school) on a job-site he was working on.  He took it home, propped it up against his garage.......and that's about as far as it went...

When I snagged the sewing machine base on Craigslist, I immediately thought of the wooden beam!! The size--was PERFECT--the LOOK....even MORE perfect!  It didn't take 2 seconds of sweet-talking my dad until that beam was loaded up in my little Accord and on it's way to becoming a butcher block top for my sewing machine base!

Most definitely one of my faves!!

I painted it a really vibrant vintage inspired turquoise--and gave it a good sanding so the "wear" of the iron would show through.  I can see it as a kitchen island in an eclectic/hip OR antique/traditional home!

If I was a "dumpster-diver" before....this beam could turn me into a "construction site stalker"!  What other cool building materials do those men throw away!?!?!  :)

I didn't make a lot of changes on this last table.

Instead of replacing all the wood, I decided to keep the original top and simply refinish it.  After a lot of gluing, puttying of holes and sanding--I added a fresh coat of dark walnut stain and new coat of paint!

I really love the color of this one!  I went with a semi-gloss green (Oh!!  I don't remember the color name--shame on me!!!) and used a high-grit sand paper to distress the entire piece.

Brian and I stopped at a Mennonite auction during the Kansas road trip where I saw an AWESOME sewing machine table which is really different from the tables above!  Next time I find a machine base (for a decent price) I'll post a new way to update these awesome antique machines!!

Until Then!....  :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Road Trip Goodies!!
I've been DYING to get my hands on an antique buffet to refurbish!  I spent weeks scouring second hand stores and Craigslist, searching high and low for a sad little buffet that I could work some magic on.  Every so often, I'd come across one, but they were always too nice to justify painting!  (I love antiques and wouldn't dream of ruining a perfectly beautiful piece!)  I wanted a buffet that was "rough around the edges".

Just as I was about to give up the search...I came across an ad on Craigslist (WITHOUT a picture).  The ad simply read, "Old Buffet for sale.  Call or email."  I never inquire about pieces that don't have pictures, it seems to take up precious time.  Email the seller.....wait for a response.....request a photo.....wait for another response.....  But, this time I figured, what the heck, and called the number on the ad.

After a 20 minute "gab-fest" with the seller, Ms. Patricia, I determined it was time for a road trip!  Patricia lived 4 HOURS away (which alone would detour me from pursuing ANY item)--but there was something charming about Ms. Patrica! I got a HUGE kick out of our phone conversation (in 20 minutes I knew all about her: horse farm, family's 200 acre property, granddaughter's volleyball team, work situation and donkeys).  Not only was I convinced I needed to meet her, but, to boot--she also had a hand full of other items she was willing to part with....including an antique Singer sewing machine, antique bench, murphy bed, dining table and chairs, dresser, camel back trunk, and multiple antique wall mirrors!!  

After a few days of persuasion, I convinced my husband to hitch the trailer and drive me to Kansas!!  (Did I mention that I hadn't seen ANY pictures of any items Ms. Patrica was selling??  Poor thing didn't know how to use email.)    :)

Ms. Patricia didn't disappoint!  She was just as sweet in person as she was on the phone!  AND--she had more furniture than I'd anticipated!  

Here's a look some Before & After projects from our Kansas Road Trip!


Ok--Maybe I wouldn't have driven 4 hours to get it if I'd seen the condition this guy was in!  :)  But, I said I wanted something "rough around the edges"....  Ha!

After a LOT of elbow grease (veneer stripping, sanding, hardware repair, duct tape removal...) she was ready for paint!

I went with a satin black, oil based paint and gave the piece a good bit of distressing in all the right places.

I was really happy with how it turned out!  ....and to think--Ms. Patricia left this guy in the barn for the past 6 years!!! 

Ok--how GREAT is this bench!?!?!  The lines....the curves....the SCALE!!  It too, was left in a barn for 6+ years; HOWEVER, I could see through the cobwebs and dust!  It had SO much potential!!

I simply removed the broken details on the armrests (as much as I hated to).  There was just no way to repair where pieces were missing.

After removing the armrest details, stripping the veneer, and giving it a good cleaning, it was ready to be put back together!  My mother in law gave me access to an old barn that had AWESOME wood planks just laying around, waiting to be used for something!  Brian built this little guy a new seat out of the vintage barn wood--and stained it a nice walnut color. 

I love the contrast of the creamy-white frame with the dark wood seat!

Michael approves!!  :)

Glad to say this guy found a new home (but sad to say it isn't at mine!)  :(  I was getting attached to him!

Many other projects came out of the Kansas Road Trip!  
Stay tuned for more before and afters!  :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Toejo Frame Orders!

Productive way to start the new year!  Putting a dent in frame orders!