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Libation Station for the Screened-In Porch

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Libation Station for the Screened-In Porch

So I haven’t really done anything with the screened-in porch for a while now.  That is, until my dad was driving by the neighbor’s, and happened to see a door that they had put out at the curb. We went back to look at it, and I really liked that it had glass panes that were intact.  I decided to take it, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.

The back porch didn’t really have anywhere to do entertaining, without having to go inside for drinks and food, so I decided that I could make a libation station with the door. This is what we started with. It wasn’t in perfect shape, since it had one of the wood pieces removed and filled in with painted bubble wrap. I’m assuming that was for a dog door, or something. Also, they had removed the hardware for the handle and lock.Old door on the curb

We fastened the top of the door to the wood 2x4s behind it, using two L shaped brackets we had left over from an IKEA project. We didn’t want it blowing over on a windy day. Also, we ordered a glass rack from Amazon to put on the underneath of the top shelf.  The top shelf has a depth of 10 inches, and is a laminated compressed wood shelf that you use for closets and other shelving. Although this is somewhat protected by a roof, I would still consider it to be out in the elements, so if it does warp we’ll have to replace it with treated wood.Glass rack

We installed the shelf at the top of the door using shelf brackets that we picked up at Lowes. Shelf brackets

From there, we added a second shelf the same as the top one, but this one is only 6 inches deep.  We attached it the same way, using smaller shelf brackets.Second shelf added

To cover up the holes left by the hardware, I found this bottle opener.  It’s kind of funny, and it fit perfectly to cover them up. Bottle cap catcher

To finish the station, I placed a table that the neighbors had given us, in front of the door. This table was originally used for playing games by our neighbor’s mom, so it stands a bit taller than regular tables. It seemed to fit perfectly, although I wish it was a bit taller to cover the missing wood. Since it isn’t going to be used to sit at, I might put bricks under the legs to hide the bubble wrap.Square table added

And here it is finished and all set up to have friends over. We also added a towel hook on the table leg. Libation station finished

In this picture you can see more of the old wash tub we have sitting next to it. We actually will fill that up with ice, and use that as a drink cooler for bottles and cans.  It works perfectly because it doesn’t leak, and has a hose to drain the water when it melts. Ready for some friends

Anyway, I really like our libation station, and other than the shelving items, it was pretty much a free project. All added up, we spent roughly $40.00 on it. At some point, I might want to paint everything, and figure out how to patch the wood piece, but I’m happy with it right now:)

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Convertible Doll Bed/Rocking Chair Redo

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Convertible Doll Bed/Rocking Chair Redo

My grandfather had a friend of his make this doll bed for my sister when she was a toddler. It’s a very interesting design, because it also converts to a rocking chair, just by lifting the foot board into a different position. My sister had a lovely baby last year, and she wanted this to be handed down to Miss E, only spruced up a bit.

I had actually had this for a year, with it sitting there staring at me all that time.  I just didn’t have a vision for it, and well, I wanted it to be perfect. I also wanted to give Miss E some time for her personality to come through, to see if that would help me figure out a design. Finally, Miss E’s first birthday was getting closer, and I knew I had to get it done.

This is what I started with. Like I said, it’s a really cool design, but it hadn’t been finished other than a clear coat put over the top of the bare wood.  You could see the putty that was used, in addition to the screw heads. 
Rocking chair before
Doll bed position before

Also, the part that forms the seat was held together with wood pegs and some nails at the top, so there was some damage where the joint had started to come apart. Double D fixed it by taking the two pieces completely apart, pre-drilling holes on the top of the seat, and drilling three screws in to give it more strength.  We also wood glued the two pieces together. Hopefully that lasts for little while. Broken seatOther side of Broken seat

The next step was to putty everything and let it dry.  Other than the seat part, everything was in really good shape. I just made sure the screw heads were covered, and any other dings I could see. I did leave the wood knot alone, because I thought it would be nice to have a reminder that it’s wood once it was painted.side of bedWood puttySeat with new screws

After all the prep work was done, it was time to move to my favorite part, which is the painting. Since this did have a sealer coat on it to begin with, I used Rustoleum’s primer and applied a couple of coats.Primer coat

It was time now to give it some color. Miss E’s nursery has a lot of bright primary colors, but this purple caught my eye at the store, and really never left it. I had to have it.  It’s Rustoleum’s Harvest Grape. When it first went on, I was a bit afraid because it had kind of a pinkish hue, but it dried a beautiful deep purple color.Harvest Grape paint color

Next was the decorating.  This step actually took me the longest, but that was because I didn’t have the right stencil brush, so I had to do it with just tracing everything in pencil and then fill it in by hand with a brush. I did try to do it with the stencil, but no matter how much I blotted the brush on a paper plate, I still had some paint get under the stencil.  Finally though, it was feeling some polka dots. Polka dots

Also, I traced her initial on the seat of the chair.  I really like how that turned out, and it’s personalized just for Miss E. Stencil for E

The final step was to put on a clear coat to protect the paint.  I still had some floor sealer left from our kitchen renovation, and I knew that it had held up exceptionally well on our painted cabinets, so rolled on a couple of coats to protect the surface.finish coat

Over the fall, I had found a doll bed quilt at an antique store, and purchased it for the bed. Now, I figured the quilt had to have a mattress to go around, so I measured some fabric, and sewed three sides together that I then stuffed with batting. After that, I sewed the remaining side closed. I then made a pillow envelope to go over the little bed, so if it needs to be washed, it can just be removed, and tossed in the washer. Pillow case envelopeFinished pillow case envelope

And here is the finished piece. It’s so cute, and fits Miss E’s personality, I think:)convertible doll bed/rocker

I never can resist a good before and after photo, so I’m adding one here.  Hopefully Miss E gets lots of use out of it, and maybe passes it down to her kids some day. Before and after of finished doll bed/rocker

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Vintage Metal Bench Restored

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Vintage Metal Bench Restored

Mom’s metal bench was a fixture at my grandmother’s house for as long as I can remember. It was eventually turned into a swing, after someone had drilled holes into the armrests to run the chain through.

I was asked by Mom if there was anything that could be done with it.  Well, thankfully, I had already done some metal furniture which also came from my grandmother’s house, so I knew what had to be done. Here is what we started with. You can see the holes in the arm rest in the last one. Vintage metal bench beforeBack of metal benchArm rest of bench

I took the bench to my local headstone/monument place, which also does sandblasting.  They are the same people I used for the patio furniture I inherited. It took them about an hour to sandblast the bench because of the curled pieces on the seat. The sandblaster did mention just putting a clear coat over it and saying it was shabby chic, which I thought was funny. It was more on the shabby part, than the chic part.  Sandblasted metal bench

After I picked it up, the bench got its first coat of Rustoleum’s Clean Metal Primer.  It was November, so I was spraying that in my garage.  I wouldn’t recommend it, since I now have a fine layer of white dust all over everything. I put two coats on the surface.Primer on Bench

I also tried to figure out what I was going to do with the holes in the arm rests.  I have no experience in metal work, welding, or bonding agents, so I took the easy way out.  I just bought washers that were big enough to cover the holes, and fastened them with a bolt and nut.Nut and bolt to cover holes

After I figured that out, and got the arm rests primered, I got to finally see the first coat of color as I was spraying the bench.  The rest of Mom’s patio furniture is black, so we thought we would stick with that color. I used Rustoleum’s Black.First coat of Black paintBlack paint on back of bench

Once the bench was painted completely, and dry, I used Rustoleum’s Clear Enamel in satin to give it a nice clear coat.  Hopefully that will protect it from some of the elements outside. In this picture, you can see the clear enamel newly sprayed on the right side.  Also this picture provides a view of how pitted the metal was from the rust. Clear coat enamel going on metal bench

I couldn’t just have a black bench, so I decided to give her some lipstick.  I painted the arm rests Colonial Red, and loved how they turned out. I also painted some additional washers to go under the bolt that holds them on to the bench, so hopefully it will make the others look like they were there intentionally:) red arm rests

And here she is all put back together.  She turned out so pretty!Finished benchFinished metal arm rests

Now, because it was spitting ice pellets with a 30 mph north wind when we took it back to Mom’s, I don’t have a true finished picture.  That will have to wait till spring.

However, in the meantime, we couldn’t figure out why it sat so low to the ground, with the top of the seat at 13″.  I did some research, and it looks like it might have once been a glider, like in the below picture that I found on the internet. Some other metal BenchThat would actually make sense, since there are two perfectly drilled holes on each side, and why it was made into a swing later. I have some ideas to add some height but it will have to be in the spring.  I’ll edit this post to add new pictures.

For now, here’s a before and after.  A shocking change, if I do say so myself. Before and After

Edited to add:

This is what we finally ended up doing to get the bench up to a height that was perfect for the bench to be used. Basically, we bought some concrete blocks with holes, some treated lumber, and some u-shaped clips. We just slipped the lumber through the concrete blocks, and attached the clips to the back leg.  This made the bench usable again.

We also bought some extra concrete blocks, which we used to create side tables.  We ended up turning those around to give them a flat surface for people to put drinks, but after this picture was taken. 20160514_132159a

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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