Friday, May 29, 2015

The Coffee Station Labor of Love

I knew the small-ish rustic workbench I found at a flea market last month would make a perfect side table as long as I kept focusing on the finished product.  My first thought was to replace the ugly top with vintage yardsticks, but I only had about half of what I needed.  Plan B was to paint the whole thing and dress it up with one of the Old Sign Stencils from Funky Junk Interiors.

Repurposed work bench coffee station
I'm pretty darn happy that I didn't have enough yardsticks to cover the top; I'll just save them for a smaller project.

Here's the mess I started with:
repurposed work bench coffee station
Don't lose your lunch. I know it's bad. Real bad.  Here it is in the parking lot at the flea market right where I found it. The plywood top was peeling and rippled, the legs were a mess, the top was screwed on from underneath with the screws poking out of the top in all four corners. Ouch!  Lots of grime, spider webs, and lots of chunky splinters. What the heck...for $8 it was worth a try. 

rustic homemade workbench DIY coffee station trash to treasure
Chunks of plywood were peeling off the top, so I decided to flip it over and use the other side. I love the slot that was originally used to hold hammers and other tools.

rustic homemade workbench DIY flea market trash to treasure
I wanted to keep the industrial look of the legs, but they were such a mess. I taped off the wood, then painted the legs with Rust-Oleum metallic aluminum spray paint. The wood was painted with two coats of AS chalk paint in Old Ochre. Then it was time to turn this old workbench into a coffee station. I used the Coffee stencil that Funky Junk Interiors sent to me to try out. It was just the extra character it needed!  Clear wax was applied to the wood surfaces.

DIY repurposed hardware vintage trash-to-treasure
I attached an old drawer pull to each end for hanging some extra stuff.  Almost everyone thought these were drawers. 

trash to treasure flea market finds
Keeping with the industrial vibe, I replaced the protruding screws with bolts and washers. 

jadeite coffee mugs vintage hooks
A couple of old hooks in front are perfect for hanging coffee mugs.

old sign stencils tea towel stencil
An inexpensive cotton tea towel was stenciled with the cup and coffee bean portion of the stencil, then heat set with an iron to make it washable. 

before after stencil Old Sign Stencils

MySalvagedTreasures repurpose upcycle DIY stencil
I brought it to the Pleasanton Antique Fair last Sunday, and I'm happy to say that this labor of love coffee station found a happy new home.

Sharing with:
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share
Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday

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 Vintage Inspiration Party.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vintage Inspiration Party #191

Welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party!
This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered.  You can also
share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.



Vintage Inspiration Party
vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new, but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

Let's see what your party hosts have been up to!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter Patio & Potting Bench Decorating
Angie @ Knick of Time Farmhouse Galvanized Bucket Transfer
Betsy @ My Salvaged Treasures  Parking Lot Sale Treasures
Bliss @ Bliss Ranch Divided Drawer Key Holder

This week's fabulous features were chosen by Carlene @ Organized Clutter
 Donna at Adventures In Junking shared this trumpet, and many other creative planters.

Cheltenham Road's rustic sign/coat rack is super fun.  Check out the custom knobs!

This stenciled bread board with honest to goodness stove burner marks from A Vintage Green is certainly a one of a kind.

This charming little entrance vignette is from Anne's Attic Design.  Love her future
 garden inspiration photos too.  

Featured blog of the week is Forever Decorating.  Terry can paint and/or decorate anything!  Lots of DIY ideas you will love!

Featured shop of the week is Distressed Donna Down Home.  Check out Donna's great selection of industrial letters!

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Now let's see what vintage-inspired decor you have to share this week!
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- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms - including vintage Etsy & Ebay items you have for sale! If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!! No food links please.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Treasures from the Parking Lot Sale

Last Saturday was the annual parking lot sale held in the senior community where my mom lives. I didn't have much time to shop, so I made two quick rounds through the lot, then patted myself on the back for not over-buying.  

parking lot sale treasures
I haven't decided yet if I'll be keeping the chairs.  I have two others that are almost identical, but I really don't need more...I just want more.  I'm hoping to get the frames painted before I pack up for the Pleasanton Antiques & Collectibles Faire this weekend.

vintage ammnunition box
This very cool old ammunition box will be getting a paint job in the near future because I'm not a fan of orange wood.  This thing is heavy!!

wooden vintage guest log
I'm not doing a thing to this sweet Guest Log.

vintage linens tablecloths flea market finds
I'll bring these three vintage tablecloths to my show this weekend.

vintage cookie cutters flea market finds
The price was right on this large and very heavy silverplate serving tray, so in my cart it went.  Vintage cookie cutters aren't usually on my shopping list, but the entire contents of this tray only set me back $1.  I think I'll throw them all in a big clear jar.

vintage flea market finds cookie cutters
How cute are those tiny animals?

monogrammed vintage vanity dresser set M
I'm hoping Mary, Mildred Molly, or Myrtle discovers this pretty nine-piece vanity set in my booth.  It was impossible to pass up a box of 65 vintage hankies for $2. I might even make scarves out of them one of these days...after I wash them.

vintage hand quilted quilt match tin yardstick
I love the colors in the 65" x 77" quilt.  It has a few worn areas on top, but the backing is in great shape.  I'll bring the quilt and tin match holder with me this weekend; the other junk will just have to wait.

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend.  Any special plans?



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