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Re-purposed Antique Shelf

18 May

Design by Kathleen Heady

A piece a redesigned for a local Antique Shop.








Thrifty Find Week 5

1 Feb

Wall Art


Thrifty Find Week 5 Feb.

Bargain: $4.99

New piece of Wall Art I picked up for $4.99. I plan to re-paint this piece and give it a new breath of fresh air and vibrancy and hang this piece up once again as Wall Art. Stay tuned via my RSS feed or Twitter and watch this before and after makeover transformation on Thrifty Finds this weekend!


Day 2: Bass Drum Project Finished!

29 Jan


I finally got the Bass Drum finished after lots of sanding and hard work and now its in my living room sitting pretty as my new end table! I turned this Bass Drum I got for Free into an end table. I worked on this for 3 days sanding it down for the most part. It had been spray painted gold by the previous owner whom I assume was in a band with it because it had a band name slogan on the bottom piece which ended being the hardest piece to sand. Whatever fabric paint was used to make the slogan on the wood was thick and not easily removeable. So I had to scrape what I could off with sharp metal pieces butter knife, nails ect that I found as I didn’t have a scraper available. Then I used about two sheets of 60 grit sandpaper to sand it all off. The best part was finally being able to stain this piece.

After three straight days of sanding wood and metal for about 10 hours total, it was nice to finally be able to paint and stain this piece. I had to add paint in between the stain because there were areas on the wood that did not take well evenly and were much lighter in color than the rest of the wood giving it an uneven look. I went ahead then and found a paint a brush and some leftover Mahogany Paint I had stored and started painting away. I painted it so that it would blend in with the stain only painting certain areas that were lighter and lightly doing a feathery type brushing effect with my paint brush while painting. Besides that the easiest part was attaching the legs and metal leg brackets.

This was interesting by the way because I had originally a week prior looked at wooden legs and metal brackets for another project I had going on over at Home Depot and found out quickly that those were not inexpensive by any means. They were nice but for a budget project it was not very budgety. Each wood leg costing about on the very low end $5.99 and on the average $8.98-$10.98. This was not including the necessary metal brackets for these legs which if Im correct were about $9.98 each. So I would have been looking at spending around $70-$90 just on legs and brackets.

So I hopped on Craigslist instead and searched through the furniture section to find something retro. And, there it was, a little girls pink ottoman with awesome retro metals legs that matched perfectly with my bass drum. It was posted for $15 however, i love a deal so I had to bargain and I got it for $10 instead. Which was awesome because I got my four legs for my bass drum and my daughter got a new ottoman for her room in bright pink.

There’s my bass drum story! Now here is what I did….. 🙂

Here I had to scrap the gunk that was stuck to the metal rim. I used a knife to strip it all off.


This is what it looked like after I had stripped all the gunk off. Afterward I used a copper scrub and that cleaned the metal to shining like new once more.


I sanded the bottom part of the drum and then spray painted it. I re-painted the speaker black and the outer portion white.



Once the Bass Drum was completely sanded I stained it using Ebony color stain.


Here it is stained. I also had to paint it with dark mahogany colored exterior paint as their were areas that did not take the stain so well nor around the metal pieces.


Then I made a white wash mixture using white paint and a clear gloss paint that I had and mixed it together.


I then white washed the Bass Drum using a baby onesie to apply the mixture.


Next I attached four legs to the bottom. With a drill I used drill bits to screw the holes and apply the screws to attach the legs. I found these legs on Craigslist. I pulled them off a kids furniture ottaman piece for $10 dollars. Much cheaper then if I would have purchased wood legs or metal brackets from a hardware store which would have run me easily between  $70-$80 dollars for four legs and four brackets to insert the legs.


Final Result


—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Done. Now I’m going to Bake! 🙂

Thrifty Find Week 4

28 Jan

Picnic Basket


Thrifty Find Week 4 Jan.

Bargain: $5.99

I saw this and did a total makeover on this picnic basket. I turned this once pack n go lunch picnic basket into a small dog bed for my little Yorkie. To see the before and after on this thrifty find and DIY: Dog Bed Project Click here.

DIY: Dog Bed

27 Jan


Photographs by Kathleen Heady

-“Teddy and Lily like it” 🙂

I decided to make my little Yorkie girl this bed for her. I had recently been looking at dog bed ideas while searching on Google images and had came across several dog bed ideas which sparked an idea of using the picnic basket I had laying out in my garage that I picked up from a thrift shop. 


Before Photo 

The white color looked dull and the picnic basket itself seemed to have been sitting in the garage for sometime on its own. Therefore, I decided to give this beautiful picnic basket a nice makeover with a little spray painting and details i.e; legs, pillow top, new handle and color. I chose the color candy apple red to paint it. I made the legs for this picnic basket as well. I picked a long probably 8ft, 2×2 piece of wood from Home Depot for about $1.80 and cut the legs to 4 1/2 ‘ in length each. I then stained them a sand bleach color.

Then I drilled the holes into the wicker basket and using  1/4′ washer and 1 1/4 ‘screws I drilled and inserted each screw and leg into the basket for a finished look.  I also added a new handle to the basket. As before it had a standard wicker handle that was long, dull and not very functional as it did not attach properly any longer. So, I cut the old wicker handle off and inserted the turquoise rock pieces instead to pop some color onto the red splash background. Then it was time for cushioning. I happened to have some Americana pillows in my house and one that fitted perfectly into the basket. With a little layering at the bottom I was able to add the pillow to the top for a perfect fit. And, Walla! Doggie Bed.


After Photo
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