Little Desk Makeover

It’s hot and dry and leaves are beginning to fall around here, especially from my big old maple tree I like to paint under to shield me from the intense sun!  Didn’t stop these little projects from happening today though!

Bought this little desk last weekend at a local estate sale and I was ready to tackle the loose veneer and unattached rail today with the hubs’ help!

Before:

Forgot a before picture, did have this one though

Forgot a before picture, did have this one though

After veneer removal and gluing and a bit of sanding before painting:

Veneer removed from top and drawer since it was dry and loose

Veneer removed from top and drawer since it was dry and loose

Ta-da:

Painted my favorite  off-white and distressed a bit

Painted my favorite off-white and distressed a bit

Also worked on the two faux rust projects you can see while waiting for paint to dry on the desk.  I think I am ready for summer to end and fall to begin!  How about you?

Vintage Berry Carts

Found a few of these little carts the other day (they found me, rather) and I immediately fell in love!  Rusty red painted metal, red wheel and in pretty nice condition!

little vintage berry cart

little vintage berry cart

I am keeping one or two and the hubs is building some boxes from cedar boards so that these cuties can be used as flower boxes perhaps.

so dang cute!

so dang cute!

I love them!

Rusty Treasure!

Since I have had this welding tank cart for perhaps 3 (three) years, it has been on my mind how to be able to use it the way I wanted to.  Yesterday the solution  presented itself!

Sorry for no before pictures but you can picture them I believe.  We purchased two rusty baskets at an estate sale on Friday and as I was watching (read supervising!) Hub work on a project,  an idea came to mind!

Check out the detail on the cart-now you know why I had to buy it!

Check out the detail on the cart-now you know why I had to buy it!

I threaded the chain that used to hold the tanks to the cart through the basket and it was almost done.  The bright yellow zip tie helps hold it steady.  Now to “help” the hubs to build me a planter box to fit and then it is in the garden bed for real!

I’ll add the complete picture soon (I hope).

New Items at South End

We took these in today and I wanted to share because the hubs reworked three of these items for me.  He was the recipient of a bunch of reclaimed wood last year and has made me numerous things.  This is the first time he has replaced the back on a bookcase but this is probably numbers six and seven of these little tables so far.  There is a secret to them-can you guess?*

62916There were two of the rusty old baskets and I will show you tomorrow why only one made it into the shop today.

* The table bases are piano benches with the tops removed.  Such a clever man I married!

Time for another update…

This has been a super busy month and in between family and friend events, we have been working on many pieces for the upcoming Anniversary/Memorial Day Sale at South End Antique Mall in Aurora where I am back at home.  Here are two pictures of some finished projects that we have stashed for the sale!

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Many more are waiting to be cleaned and there is a mixture of finished and almost finished hanging out in my yard! (And keeping it real:  in the garage, the shed and almost every room in the house too!  I hope all this stuff sells!!)