Upcycled Driftwood Serving Tray

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Note: This post was originally published as a contributor post; today I'm sharing an edited version with you here at Anastasia Vintage.

You probably know by now that I love a good repurposing project, right? Well this project is no exception. Here's how I upcycled an old picture frame into a chic, rustic serving tray with just a few simple additions.

Over the summer, I went to a garage sale just around the corner from my house, and met the nicest lady and her daughter. In addition to picking up some DIY supplies (including a $2 unopened bottle of my favorite paint stripper!!), I found this cute driftwood picture frame.

I knew I would need some handles to complete the tray, so I headed to my local Habitat ReStore - they've always got boxes and boxes of handles and pulls, and I knew I'd find what I needed. I found a pair and gave them a coat of Old Rubbed Bronze spray paint to bring them back to life.

Since the handles would be used to carry the weight of the tray, I wanted to recess them into the frame to give it more stability. To do this, I drilled a pair of 1/4 inch holes about a 1/4 inch into each side of the frame. Then I attached the handles with epoxy adhesive (and I'm pleased to report that they've held up just fine after all these months!)

It took me some time to decide what I wanted to use to fill the opening in the picture frame. I've got tons of fabric scraps, but none of them seemed like a good complement to the driftwood. Thankfully, I had a few coffee sacks in my stash, so I used a piece of one for the tray (p.s. you can see what I did with the other coffee sack here - it's one of my all time favorite projects :) )

All that was left to do it layer all of the pieces into the frame - first the glass, then the burlap, a piece of cardboard to add some stability under the fabric, and a piece of hardboard to finish off the bottom.

And there you have it!

One of the best things about this project is that it's incredibly versatile. With just about any frame, you can add something pretty under the glass, attach a new bottom and some cute pulls for handles and voila! You've got a functional, one-of-a-kind piece of decor.

Check these out for more great repurposing ideas:

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Modern Art Deco Chair {November Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest}

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Disclosure: This post contains sponsored links from Minted. All opinions I share about these products are 100% honest and entirely my own. Please see full disclosure policy here.

It's that time again - time for another edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest!

This month, we are fortunate to be sponsored by Minted, a design marketplace of independent artists from around the globe. They offer an extensive array of fabric by the yard in over 500 (yes, 500!) crowdsourced designs and a wide variety of color schemes. All of their designs are printed to order on natural fiber fabrics in the United States, are they are perfect for craft and home décor projects!
With such a great company as our sponsor, it's only fitting that our theme for this month is "Take A Seat." Our November participants were challenged to recreate any seating item with fabric supplied by Minted. And since you know how much I love a good upholstery project, I had to leap at the chance too!

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Curbside Desk Turned Watercolor Beauty

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Disclosure: For this post, I've used products left over from various months of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest and other sponsored opportunities. However, this post is not sponsored by Unicorn SPiT, D. Lawless Hardware, CeCe Caldwell's or Pittsburgh Paints.

You may remember this project from a few months ago - I did it with a homemade chalky paint and a colorful stain and glaze product called Unicorn SPiT. Well today's watercolor beauty is brought to you by that same product, used in a totally different way. I'm excited for you to see it!

I found this desk for free several months ago via Craigslist. At the time, we were in the midst of updating some of our furniture, swapping out my grad school stuff for pieces that were a bit more adult. This wooden desk was the perfect replacement for my metal and MDF desk from Staples. I knew I'd get around to painting it at some point, but I was happy to let it sit in our office until then.

Fast forward a few months, when I saw another desk in a local Facebook group that was even better. I initially wanted to paint it, but when I saw it in person, I fell in love and we decided to keep it. Which meant the freebie had to go. Thus is the circle of life :)

I initially wanted to stain the top in a dark wood tone and paint the rest, so I sanded the top down thoroughly with my palm sander. Unfortunately, someone had at some point scrawled something across the top that, even with round after round of sanding, wouldn't budge. Time for plan B.

I decided to take a stab at one of the techniques developed by the creator of Unicorn SPiT, Michelle. She is always inventing new ways to use it to get all kinds of cool effects. The technique I used is called a stain press. Here's what you'll need:

- a syringe
- a spray bottle of water
- a plastic sheet*
- a foam roller
- your colors of choice (I used White Ning, Lemon Kiss, Blue Thunder, Zia Teal, Dragonsbelly and Phoenix Fire)

*Michelle uses a dropcloth, but I didn't have one so I used a garbage bag cut open into one large sheet

Believe me when I tell you, this is one of those techniques that's a lot easier to grasp by watching instead of reading about it. If only there was a video...

Oh wait, there is! :D

I followed these steps (more or less), then let my stain press dry overnight. I used 400 grit sandpaper to sand down any rough or extra thick spots before sealing with polyurethane.

Here's a sneak peek :)

The rest of the desk was painted in an oil-based furniture paint in black. Look familiar? It should - it's the same paint I used for my IKEA hack :) No topcoat required - yay!

The insides and outsides of the drawers were stained with CeCe Caldwell's Stain+Finish. I especially like that I can use it indoors and it also doesn't need a separate topcoat. Easy peasy.

Finally, I finished the piece off with a set of finger tab pulls from D. Lawless Hardware that I spray painted gold. (I would have just ordered them from D. Lawless in brass, but I had a very different project in mind when I ordered months ago).

Here's how it all came together!

It's not what I envisioned when I first started, but I'm glad I tried something new! The glossy black makes for a classic, laquered look, while the watercolor top gives it a whole new and interesting pop. And best of all, there's no sign of the cat-scratch that was once left in the wood :)

More pretty pops of color!

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Weathered Grey Cabinet {Furniture Refresh}

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Good morning, friends! I'm really happy to share a new project with you today, on one of my favorite days of the month. It's Furniture Refresh day, when some blogging friends and I share pieces we've created for that month's theme. This month, we're bringing your our favorite "weathered" pieces, and wouldn't you know it - weathered finishes are some of my favorite to create!

You might remember a few months ago when I shared that I was visiting family in Canada. Towards the end of my time there, I was starting to miss my paints and brushes something fierce, so it was off to the thrift store to find a project. Here's what I came up with:

I'd always wanted to make over one of those gaudy 80's pieces with huge hardware and raised molded panels, and this was the perfect chance!

The cabinet was actually in pretty good shape. All it needed was a bit of filling to repair a few dents. Since I hadn't brought anything but my brushes with me, I had to buy new supplies, including some I'd never used before. This was one of them.

For small repairs, it officially has my stamp of approval :)

After painting the cabinet with a base coat of light grey homemade chalky paint, I added some drybrushing and a wash of white, It was just what it needed to really make the details pop.

The original hardware also got a few coats of white, and the whole piece was sealed with wax.

And my weathered cabinet was all done!

I initially intended to sell this piece, but I ended up gifting it to my younger sis for her birthday. I was planning to send her money, but she wanted this piece of vintage furniture instead. Smart gal ;)

For more "Weathered" inspiration, check out the pieces below by my fellow Furniture Refresh-ers!

weathered painted furniture grey distressed DIY makeover

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