Do you need a dedicated work place but live
in a small space with little extra room? I have
built a convertible workstation for exactly
that, small space living. I used thrifted items
and transformed them into beautiful decor.
This is the next project I did for Janome Canada in their MAKER's SPACE
series. This will be a two part "HOW TO",
with this first article showing you how it
works and how I started by building and
painting the base cabinets.
As the leaves continue to fall and the nights
start to chill, we all like to get a little more
organized in the fall. And when you live
in a small space like I do, it is great to have
things that do more than one job. To help
with organizing the work space I overhauled
a vintage frame into a message center and I
created two different ways to use it all in one.
I run across many dressers from this era but this
pieces was one of the nicer ones. It was made with
real solid wood, top to bottom. MDF is usually hidden
somewhere in most pieces of furniture built after 1968.
I knew I could take this COLONIAL style and work
some magic on it to get a nice COTTAGE feel in the end.
Two more areas of our new French Country
bedroom I haven't shared yet are GG's bedside
and the bed itself. This room is all about using
unique found pieces I love to make an oasis.
I have also offered an insight to how I built
Sometimes I look at other blogs and see photos of
beautiful homes that make me question if they are
real or not. I wonder how could I ever achieve that.
The finishes cost a fortune and my fortune is
dedicated to more personal things like groceries.
I bet many of you also feel the same way. I hope
when I offer tips and decor photos that it feels
more doable and affordable.
GG started to question me right after I stopped to pick these
awesome wood things up off the roadside. They were heavy
bed posts that I knew I could use but in that very moment I
wasn't sure what my plan was. So I made up a cute story about
turning them into lamps and he was content at that. Conclusion,
even the most supportive partners still needs reassurance that the
junk coming home with them will be used one day. So girls
be as creative with your stories as you are with your projects.
Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful woman who inspire,
nurture, and go way beyond. Today is the day you should do
NOTHING. Rest, relax, rejuvenate, and relinquish the reigns
to someone else today and see if the world does explode.
I really did name this blog because
I do love working with wood. And
even more I love saving broken down
wood furniture from the landfill. Come
and see how I used these two roadside finds
to create one fabulous piece of furniture.
Passed on to me from someone who knows what I
do, I was super excited the day I loaded this cabinet
into my truck. I have always wanted to makeover
one of these cabinets. Little did I know so much
time would pass before I could get started on it.
now but it took a long time figuring out how to
get it to look this good. I had found and bought
many different fixtures to dress it up but nothing
work right until I thought outside the box and
found this crystal thing-a-ma-jig at a yard sale.
This Saturday and Sunday Nov. 14 & 15 is the Olde
Farmhouse market in Abbotsford and I will be there
visiting and shopping. Last week's market in Fort
Langley was a handful with a huge wind & rain
storm putting a damper on every aspect. I was
straddling a pool of water in my booth while smiling
and wrapping up purchases. The weather for this
weekend does call for some rain but I think it is going
to be so much fun. I have even heard the booth set-ups
are outstanding. Christmas here we come!
4 the love of WOOD is all about the adventures of re-purposing vintage furniture and recycling for home decor. I hope to inspire you to try your hand at up-cycling and provide you with a new perspective when looking at unwanted items.