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A vintage sewing machine before restoration.

Vintage Sewing Machine RestorationIf you have a vintage sewing machine in its original cabinet, you might want to consider a makeover. The restoration can include getting the machine into good working order and restoring or refinishing the cabinet. Whether you use it for sewing or as a piece of decor this can be a very rewarding and enjoyable project. See how it was done here.

 

The finished Upcycled Chair Bench

Upcycled Chair BenchI saw this idea in a magazine.

 

The finished upcycled stool.

Upcycled StoolIn our neighbor's trash with a broken leg. Cost of project: free. I had fabric and paint and glue on hand and it looks like a new stool for my shabby chic bedroom I have been decorating. If I hadn't snatched it, it would have gone to the dump!

 

The finished painted buffet.

Dry Paint Distressed BuffetBought this vintage buffet for $60. I wanted to try out a different type of "distressed" paint look and found this interesting method called "Dry Paint Distressing".

 

The completed upcycled dresser.

Dresser UpcycleAnother dresser upcycle. I picked this up for $40 at a yard sale. There were marker scribbling all over it, so I decided to paint it to go into a room I was re-decorating. It is painted to match some of the other pieces of furniture I have in the room.

 

A white dresser with sticker designs on the front of the drawers.

Dollar Tree Cabinet UpcycleThis project cost me $1 to do! All I had to buy was the $1 decal from Dollar Tree. I got the cabinet from "loose trash" from the next door neighbor. It was in good condition but in need of some exterior improvement to "doll it up" a little!

 

A painted table top.

Recycled Painted TableAfter finding this bent and torn child's table, we recycled it into an adult side table.

 

table painted pink and light green with a decorative vinyl top

Upcycled Wooden TableI got this table for free and upcycled it for about $5. (I already had basic supplies of paint, brushes, stain, varnish, and sandpaper. The only things I purchased was the vinyl and a small bottle of acrylic craft paint.) The top was not wood, but the legs of the table were, so I decided to do a combination of wood, paint, and vinyl for the top. It turned out rather unique!

 

The wrought iron table after being painted.

Paint Touch Up on Side TableJust a little color can change the look of something and add a new "feel" to your decor.

 

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Double Distressed Farmer's Table - finished table

Double Distressed Farmer's TableAlthough this table was already distressed, I distressed it again using the "wet" method for distressing.

 

Distressed Finish Stool - wooden stool with a light blue distressed wash finish

Distressed Finish StoolThis project involves using a "wash paint" technique to make a distressed look on furniture.

 

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic CabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!

 

A chair with a woven fabric seat.

Repairing an Old ChairI love this little chair, but it needed help. I sanded it, stained it with natural Minwax stain. Then I started the seat. I made the seat by using rag strips, braiding, and finally weaving.

 

Decalicious Dresser Makeover - painted three drawer dresser with large rose decal.

Decalicious Dresser MakeoverRefinishing an old or castoff dresser can include the use of pretty decals along with new paint or stain. This page offers a dresser makeover including the addition of a lovely rose decal motif.

 

Distressed Finish Stool - wooden stool with a light blue distressed wash finish

Distressed Finish StoolThis project involves using a "wash paint" technique to make a distressed look on furniture.

 

Boxy to Shabby Chic Cabinet - finished cabinet

Boxy to Shabby Chic CabinetThis was a boxy looking little cabinet with drawers and I wanted to upcycle it to make it look shabby chic. So this is what I did. I found the cabinet set out for trash pick up, but didn't know what it was or what to do with it. After a couple of months, we came up with this idea for storing my daughter's Bath and Body Works collection!

 

The finished upcycled stool.

Upcycled StoolIn our neighbor's trash with a broken leg. Cost of project: free. I had fabric and paint and glue on hand and it looks like a new stool for my shabby chic bedroom I have been decorating. If I hadn't snatched it, it would have gone to the dump!

 

Upcycled Wooden Table - printed template and initial vinyl cutout

Upcycled Wooden TableI got this table for free and upcycled it for about $5. (I already had basic supplies of paint, brushes, stain, varnish, and sandpaper. The only things I purchased was the vinyl and a small bottle of acrylic craft paint.) The top was not wood, but the legs of the table were, so I decided to do a combination of wood, paint, and vinyl for the top. It turned out rather unique!

 

The completed upcycled dresser.

Dresser UpcycleHere is another dresser upcycle. I picked this up for $40 at a yard sale. There were marker scribblings all over it, so I decided to paint it to go into a room I was re-decorating. It is painted to match some of the other pieces of furniture I have in the room.

 

Double Distressed Farmer's Table - finished table

Double Distressed Farmer's TableAlthough this table was already distressed, I distressed it again using the "wet" method for distressing.

 

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