Happy Halloween everyone! I don’t have a Halloween post today, but it’s still a fun one! Tomorrow marks my 2 year blogiversary! I thought we could celebrate a day early with a fun little giveaway!! My friend, Erin has agreed to do a guest post as well as a giveaway from her super cute Etsy shop.
She has a shop called Grandma Great’s Treasures and has some really unique and vintage finds at very reasonable prices. Some of my favorites are:
This adorable hand stitched bird picture
There is a little appetizer for you….after the guest post, you can find more info to enter a giveaway from her Etsy shop.
Take it away, Erin!
Hello friends! First, thanks Megan for allowing me to swap blogs today, you are a fabulous person and I’m learning a lot from you! Second, I know how much you Homemade Ginger-ites love some DIY projects, so I thought I’d share a couple from the past few months that have really transformed my living space. They’re both from my attic space, which among other things currently houses my home office (I’m a magazine editor in real life).
First is a table I refinished to fill an awkward space at the top of my stairs. I found the neglected, painted-one-too-many-times table at a small estate sale for $5. Before I get into the details, here’s a before and after shot:
Isn’t she classy? So here’s the low-down dirt on this refinishing project. First I had to strip off the nasty layers of paint, which left me with this lovely blue mess. I still have no idea what the blue was, but the stripper just wasn’t removing it. (You can read all the gory details of the stripping process here.) I then sanded away all the blue layer, which I’ll be honest, took a long time and a lot of muscle, neither of which I have much of. Finally I wiped it down with tack cloth and applied two lovely coats of Minwax Ebony stain followed by one coat of Polycrylic. It’s so shiny, I just love it and feel very happy to have uncovered the beautiful wood grain that was hiding underneath the paint.
Next, since it was virtually impossible to strip/sand all the paint from the legs, I decided they were better painted and the two-toned table was born. I sanded off as much as I could and then primed and painted the base of the top and the legs white.
I reattached the legs, slapped a new knob on it and hauled it up to the attic. Here is the space before and after. I accessorized the table with estate sale finds and a Mason jar I painted matte black (filled with spray-painted sticks from my yard, which are abundant).
Finally, it’s embarrassing, but here’s a picture of my office space before I took on my next project:
My husband and I were both trying to cram into a corner desk at the same time and it just isn’t a pretty site. I needed something more sleek and minimalistic if I’m going to sit here every day. Enter the DIY door desk. You can Google the plethora of ideas out there for door desks, but mine may be the easiest. Here’s what I used: A $5 door from Habitat Restore sanded, primed, filled in hinge holes with puddy, painted white; a $5 lateral file cabinet from my old work; and $15 ($29.45 after delivery) legs from IKEA. Incidentally there is no IKEA in KC, so I used a local delivery service called Blue Box Delivery that does the driving and shopping for you at a fraction of the IKEA shipping cost. And Andy is a really nice guy to work with. Anywho, assembly with a desk like this is a breeze. I just plopped the door down on the two supports (which you can use anything for, from file cabinets to bookshelves), and the rubber pads on top of the IKEA legs hold it in place. I don’t know if it could have been any easier. Here’s my office space now:
I decorated minimally with matte-painted mason jars for pens and paper clips and spider plants in pickle jars. I still need some decorating ideas, so feel free to comment with your ideas. I’m also looking for a way to hide the mess of cords. I thought about fabric…any other ideas? I’d love to hear how you’ve made your office space more practical
I hope you’ve enjoyed my refinishing projects. You can see more projects as well as my estate sale treasure hunting adventures at www.grandmagreatstreasures.wordpress.com. Thanks again to Megan and happy DIY-ing!
Erin is giving away $5 off any order from Grandma Greats Treasures. This is actually a pretty sweet deal because many of her pieces are under $10, some are even under $5. So, you could pretty much get something for free or very cheap if you win!
GIVEAWAY ENDS WED, NOV 2nd