Mapping My Vintage Closet Door


Here's a project that I've been wanting to do for a long time to my hallway closet (maybe 2 years). I actually replaced my original closet door (which was too modern for me) with this antique glass door I found at the local flea market. 

I didn't do much to the door. I left the original distressed paint and changed the knob handle. At first I was thinking of placing a fabric curtain behind the door so you couldn't see my clutter inside the closet. But nothing got done and it was left alone for 2 years.

Until a couple of weeks ago I purchased a big Atlas book and it happens to fit the glass window on my closet door with little cutting. 

I just measured, cut, and glued the edges to the back of the glass. So if I decide to change it later I can just rip it off without damaging the glass.

I am very pleased with the results and how easy it was to install.

 

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Lady Mary, My Gorgeous Antique Secretary Desk / Hutch


I've been searching for a secretary desk for quite some time now and I knew that I wanted one with a hutch so I can store my ever growing vintage clock collection. 

Then I finally found this perfect piece, I named her Lady Mary, on craigslist. Luckily I have such a supportive husband that we went to pick her up that same day so that no one else would grab her. 

She already had a beautiful coat of white but I wanted a pop of Duck Egg to show inside the hutch and desk. 

I absolutely love her and I'm so glad I waited to find the perfect piece. 

 

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Reclaimed Wood On An Old Metal Cabinet


This is probably my favorite piece I've hunted down at the Long Beach Flea Market. I needed something to replace my existing lower cabinet in the kitchen and I was willing to sacrifice a little storage space as long as the furniture went with my design aesthetic.

When I spotted this old metal cabinet with the reclaimed wood on top I knew it was the perfect piece. I didn't have my kitchen measurements on hand but I couldn't leave it behind so I was just hoping on my way home that it would fit (please please please fit.)

And sure enough it did and it made a perfect coffee bar. It still has a little bit of storage inside the cabinet but not as much as before. I still adore it and I love gazing at it in the morning waiting for my coffee to brew.

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The gentlemen I purchased this cabinet from had stenciled "TOP SECRET" on the front. Eventually I'll rub it off and replace it with something else or nothing at all.

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I added a towel bar on the side.

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Antique Desk Turned Bathroom Vanity


The whole bathroom remodel started when I wanted to change the vanity. Then it snowballs to well if we change the vanity then we might as well do the floors, since we are doing the floors then we might as well put board and batten on the walls, you get the idea. So the whole bathroom remodeling began but that's for another blog post.

Here I just wanted to show you how we turned an antique desk into our bathroom vanity. Our original vanity was not that big so I didn't know if we would even be able to find an antique desk or dresser to fit the space. But I'm an optimist so I took the measurements and started on the search. My husband and I searched a few antique stores and we even went to the Long Beach Flea Market but came out empty handed.

So we ventured to Country Roads Antiques & Gardens in Orange (I knew they weren't going to let me down). And there, with a big markdown price (was $150 on sale for $75) was the perfect piece with the perfect measurements.

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Before I painted the desk we had to make sure where the piping is going. Where to position and pre-cut the holes for the sink and faucet.

Before I painted the desk we had to make sure where the piping is going. Where to position and pre-cut the holes for the sink and faucet.

I'm a big fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so I painted the desk in French Linen then finished it with clear wax.

I'm a big fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so I painted the desk in French Linen then finished it with clear wax.

The clear acrylic antique knobs I found at Lowes.

The clear acrylic antique knobs I found at Lowes.

Of course my wonderful husband did all the plumbing work and he even went around the piping so that all the drawers are workable.

Of course my wonderful husband did all the plumbing work and he even went around the piping so that all the drawers are workable.

 

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Stool Turned Side Table


The upside of going to an estate sale on the last day is the discounted price. Like this garage stool that was $5 at the beginning of the estate sale was now $1 on the last day. Right then and there I knew it was going to be a side table in my living room.

Of course I had to clean and scrub it from top to bottom since it spent its life in the garage and I painted the top with Graphite and the rest of the body with Old Ochre, both colors from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

But that wasn't enough for me...a close friend of mine had given me a wooden crate and I kindly asked my husband to take apart the crate and decided to only use the side with the advertisement and attach it to the stool.

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Bay Window Update


I sort of have an obsession with kitchen scales and you will probably find them scattered all throughout my home.

I don't have a before picture of what my bay window looked like but it had a very ugly (poo poo) brown trim and just by buying a sample paint in white I have completely updated the look.

The rattan baskets were $2 each and the tin canisters were $6 for all four at my local thrift store. Never underestimate your local thrift stores. You can get the best deals there. 

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