Welcome Karan from Redoux Interiors!
She’s the go to girl for bringing new life to old furniture.
And, who can resist a gal who holds an 80′s prom party!
Her tetnus shots are up to date (hopefully) and she’s ready to roll …
Hi there, I am Karen from Redoux Interiors, aka, “Good Time Charlie”
I am so honored Kelly asked asked me to guest post for her here at Eclectically Vintage. I first met Kelly when I saw her AMAZING kitchen reveal. I poured over the details like an art appraiser pours over a work of art. I was so in love. Then I noticed we had the exact same sink, and well, it isn’t a mass produced sink, so I thought that was quite fun…..after this, we realized we had so much in common. I even have a matching set of twins to go with Kelly’s!
Kelly and I both have a love for restoring old things, and even more, just junk in general. If you have been by my blog before, then you might know I have penchant for dumpster diving (this is a massive understatement). No, let’s say I have a bit of an addiction, like I need a fix several times a week. When I say “Dumpster Diving”, I don’t mean actually climbing in the dumpster. Which I am proud, to say, I have never actually done! There is almost always something really good on top, around it, or even nearby.
In all the times I have been scouring for “free” stuff, I have found some amazing things. Furniture, doors, Lots of Cabinet doors (great for making chalkboards), and most of all, scrap wood. SCRAP WOOD? Now you might be asking yourself, why would that be appealing. I love scrap wood because I use it to make signs, top old furniture, build out something, use for sampling paint colors, etc. My favorite thing to find is reclaimed wood, like this pile I found yesterday. There was so much of it, it took me a good half hour just to put it in my car!
On one of my really successful junking adventures, I came across this:
Why do I find so many building materials? Beats me, but they seem to find me. Just tonight, on a quick “research” trip for this post, I swung by my favorite dumpster in town. Mostly it looked like someone had ripped out their yard and thrown it all in the dumpster, but on top, there was a big cardboard box. I of course had to look inside:
Good thing my flash was working on my camera phone, BUILDING MATERIALS!!
This is what I ended up taking home:
Now, back to that pile of 2x2s, etc. I have had an old sewing table for some time now that was ear marked to be used as my new nightstand. I have a chair for a nightstand. I don’t know why, I put it there 5 years ago, and now it has become one with my room. We are in the middle of slowwwwwly redouxing our Master Bedroom, so it was time for a real bedside table.
Here is sewing table before (picture is old too)
I had the idea to use a selection of my scrap wood to make a mini “plank topped table”. If you want to see another version of this I have done, you can click HERE.
I arranged them on the table until I had the right “fit”, then cut each piece approximately the same length. I left a little variation to add character. I didn’t want it to look too perfect. I adhered them to my table with Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and evenly spaced wood screws to hold them in all place, then I went back over the screws and filled them in with wood filler.
Now for the fun part. After sanding them all smooth….
I applied three coats of Antique Walnut Stain. When this was completely dry. I painted one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s 1/2 Seattle Mist and 1/2 Vintage White, to get the perfect light grey I was looking for. Once this was dry, I waxed the top with Myland’s Furniture Wax (very dark wax), and the body of the piece with CeCe Caldwell’s all natural wax.
This is the result of how my “free to me” planks look up close:
I added some fun knobs I had on hand….
Not bad for almost free! The moral of the story here is, don’t turn your nose up at a dumpster, it probably doesn’t smell, and even better, it probably has something good inside it!
For more information on how I did this in detail, check my blog Monday for the complete tutorial!
Thanks Karen for stopping by!
For Dumpster Diving tips and tricks, read Karen’s post here.
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