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Transformation Tuesday: The Old Made New

Several months before my bathroom remodel, I began looking for an old buffet, dresser, or something to repurpose as a vanity. Many impromptu stops at garage sales, junk stores and flea markets that threatened to give me fleas, was leaving me empty handed and frustrated. Hubby was not so sure about this idea, but I am one of those people that once I get an idea in my head I can’t easily discard it and start over; so the treasure hunt continued.

While visiting my daughter & son in-law, I shared my dilemma. They were sure they could help me find something having many “junk” shops in their town. After visiting several businesses and about ready to give up, we saw another shop. We looked and looked and finally found the perfect piece. When I showed it to the guys it was kind of hard to read their responses. They questioned, “THIS is what you want? Really?”, and “Are you sure you want THAT?” Once I convinced them that, “Yes, this is what I wanted.”, they willingly loaded it while I paid the cashier. The old dresser came as a package deal; three pieces for the price of one. Isn’t it a beauty?!

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Okay, okay…my husband wasn’t seeing it either.

We got it home, unloaded into the garage where it sat for a few months. Like I said, I wanted the dresser to convert to a vanity. Not the bravest when it comes to paint and different techniques, it took awhile before I had the courage to begin. Once I started, the project was quickly finished and waiting for the carpenters to finish the bathroom.

Gone are the gold handles and the red velveteen; the old has been made new. Plus, I think the distressed paint brings out the detail. I love how it looks!

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I did not use the mirror in the bathroom, because I wanted a wider mirror above the vanity. However, I did put it to good use. To give it a face lift, I again got rid of the red velveteen, and then spray painted it. I chose watermelon pink, and then aged it with a dark stain. This gives a wow factor in my daughter’s pale pink bedroom. I think she (and other guests) will enjoy the large mirror above the old writing desk that can be used as a dressing table. Again, the old was made new.

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I still have the bed headboard in the garage. I’ve thought of several things that could be done with it, but no decisions have been made yet.  Do you have any ideas?

You may not have an old piece needing to be made new, but what about you?  How can you be renewed and transformed today?

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Closet Make-over Reveal

It’s done; it’s done!!! AND I love it! Oh! You wonder what this excitement is all about? Well, I’m glad you stopped by for today’s “Show and Tell”.  You see, I love to sew and craft and scrapbook and well, be creative. However, I have not had a very functional space to keep supplies and to make things. That is until now. I (along with some much appreciated help from Hubby) just transformed a bedroom closet into a very organized and functional sewing/crafts/scrapbooking center! Finally, I have everything at my fingertips with workspace included! Oh dear, I’m getting way ahead of myself! Let me just give you a step-by-step of this transformation.

This closet with double bi-fold doors had a wire closet organizer. We removed the organizer and plan on using it in a different closet. This left holes in the wall, so I patched them and repainted the walls and ceiling.  It was important to keep it as light as possible for my workspace.  I did not have to buy paint because I had enough left from a different project.

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Next was shelving and work table.  This was really my only expense! I was able to find formica counters on sale. This was my area to splurge as I wanted a smooth surface to eliminate snagging fabric and also easy cleanup for glue or paint.

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Once the counter was installed, I decided it really needed some kind of additional support in the middle. Years ago, we removed a banister railing from the family room saving the spindles for re-purposing. The spindle fit perfectly! I painted with the same paint used for the walls and then distressed it a bit.  The stool fits perfectly under the counter and is just the right height. I had bought it when the boys were young for our hair cutting stool. They are grown and gone, and now the stool has a new home and use.

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I function best when things are organized, so how did I organize sewing, crafts and scrapbook materials? On the left end of the counter is all my scrapbook supplies. They are easily accessible and I have plenty of counter to work on. Above the tray stackers are my craft items.

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The right end is for sewing. My machine will stay on the counter top so I can easily grab a few minutes here and there to work on a project without having to get it out and put it away. Above the machine, the shelves hold sewing notions, fabric, patterns, books…

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I used a wire pie server and jars to help keep odds and ends corralled. On the top rack are items for sewing and the bottom is craft pens and scissors.  This can easily be moved from one end or the other of the counter depending on the project I’m working on. The jars can also quickly and easily be removed to use the wire server as it was originally intended.

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Oh! I almost forgot – my idea board. I found a fabric remnant in my stash that was just the right size to cover a piece of styrofoam insulation. The foam was cut to fit the wall between the counter and bottom of first shelf support. The blue ties into the bedroom colors, and teamed with white stripes keeps things light. I can use push pins to attach project ideas or supply snippets, or I can clip with mini clothespins onto the jute rope. This work center did need some additional light. I relocated an under counter light that was not being used and attached beneath the first shelf.

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For eye appeal and the finishing touch, I used the doily bunting I made for my daughter’s wedding. I used glue dots to attach bunting to the edge of the shelves. Who would have thought that a closet could be your favorite place to hangout? Well, while the winter weather is here, this is my new go-to space! This project came together quicker than I thought it might, so I’ve already had a few days to use it.  I have been sewing, sewing, sewing.

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