Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Cool Upcycled Iron Stove Base

Hi all! I’m hoping you are all enjoying some Spring weather, it’s just beautiful here in Kentucky, which is great for all of the outdoor events they have here in Louisville. My eldest will be home from college next week so I’m hoping to get out to more local events with her before it gets too hot! But until then I am trying to finish up some projects before our community yard sale next weekend…

So this was a fun project for me, but it took FOR-EV-EH for me to decide what I wanted to do with this vintage iron stove base! I bought it at auction well over a year ago and just couldn’t come up with THE idea to upcycle it that seemed just right to me. Finally it hit me that it would make a great outdoor planter… so I asked my SAH build me an insert for it from the leftover treated lumber we used on our trellis/planter project… and of course he did a perfect job!

Here is the base in it’s original state with the drop in wood insert.

BEFORE

antique iron stove base

And here it is after! Isn’t she a beaut!

AFTER

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

I painted the wood insert with 2 coats of the same white outdoor deck stain that we used on the trellis and I spray painted the base with Rustoleum’s Aged Copper. I think this piece can be used for lots of things: add glass to the top and it’s a coffee table, add wood and fabric to make it an ottoman, put it at the door for shoes or a place to throw pet toys!

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

But I really like the idea of it as a planter, it’s just so pretty. Here it is with one of my coffee table planters sitting inside it…

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

I had thought about painting the iron a fun, bright color, because I would have liked that too, but since I’m selling it I thought it was best to keep it pretty neutral. I think the color scheme seems more upscale…

upcycled antique iron stove base into planter

So if you ever run across one of these stove bases I say snatch it up! There are so many fun things you can do with it, so why not?!

Hope you’re digging this piece as much as I am!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

K

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A Child’s Desk and a Horse of Course!

I seriously cannot believe I have FINALLY gotten around to working on some furniture pieces! I must admit thought that I do have a little motivation… We are having a community wide yard sale in a couple of weekends and I want to get some UYOM pieces out there as well as the hoard of decorative items I have not been able to use in this house. I’m not looking forward to setting it all up, but I am hoping to get my storage room cleaned out!

So here is my first projects, I started with this sweet little desk I purchased about 13 years ago for my middle daughter. She first used it as a desk (or if I’m being honest with you a place to stash her crap) and once she started wearing makeup etc. we set it up to use as a vanity and of course more crap storage… UGH!

Before I took this picture I had already removed the wallpaper and sanded it down. Yes, I wallpapered the top of the desk, but I had glass over the paper… it was very pretty trust me!

BEFORE

Before childs desk

As you can see it was just a cute desk, the knobs I added myself from where I don’t remember, but they’re blue glass and very pretty.

So here it is in it’s new color! I painted it in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used 2 coats (3 on the top) then I waxed it with ASCP Clear wax and buffed the wax. It doesn’t look super special in this shot but wait until you see the cool top!

ASCP Provence blue painted vintage wood childs desk

Checkout the cool horse silhouette I added to the glass! And no that is not a brick pattern on the glass just a reflection… isn’t it pretty?!

ASCP Provence blue painted vintage wood childs desk

Here it is reflecting the beautiful blue sky today.

So basically I found a horse silhouette I liked on line, I printed it out, cut it out and then traced the cutout onto contact paper.

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

I cutout the horse from the contact paper and I adhered it to the back of the glass and then sprayed the glass with 3 light coats of Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint, man do I love this stuff!

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

I carefully and slowly removed the contact paper a viola! a blue horse! If I had wanted the horse to be another color I could have sprayed the glass again at this point with a secondary color, but I wanted the blue top to show through.

horse silhouette back painted glass with looking glass spray

Back painting glass is a super simple project that I have done numerous times, but I can’t seem to get enough of it! This process has so many great possibilities, checkout my glass plates, Halloween hurricane lamps or church window projects for more inspiration!

I’m hoping some lucky horse lover will snatch up this desk at the yard sale! Living in Louisville, KY we have LOTS of horses lovers which is why I decided that the horse silhouette would be perfect! So what do you think? Do you like this project?

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

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