upcycled toolbox table

A couple of weeks ago I posted a quick snapshot on instagram and facebook of an upcycled table we put together.  The new table deserves a proper feature here today…

upcycled toolbox table

This was a fun little collaboration. Our lead picker, Jake, found this old, heavy toolbox a few months back. Lucky for him it was loaded with many worthwhile tools.

upcycled toolbox table

The utilitarian case is sturdy and well made yet too heavy to lug around filled with tools in modern times.  The rectangular box is the perfect size for a small coffee table or side table and has a lot of life left in it. The vintage piece has the best patina which tells stories of decades of hard work.  The original creamy yellow color is under there too.  After a thorough cleaning, I applied a coat of furniture wax for a nice durable finish.

upcycled toolbox table

I set out to find a nice set of legs and scored with these tapered mid-century ones.  We attached the legs to give the toolbox a boost to table status while leaving all of the original hardware in place.  I particularly love the brass corners.

upcycled toolbox table

Bonus, the table acts as a great storage piece since the top opens the same way the toolbox once did.

upcycled toolbox table

The toolbox table has found a new home!  Thanks for your interest in it.

Have you repurposed anything lately?

a copper top table

Last week I shared the updates we made in the kitchen, specifically in the dining nook. You may have caught a glimpse of our vintage dining table.  It’s a one-of-a-kind find that seems to infuse French legs with a copper top.  And rumor has it that copper is big for 2014.

Flea Market Style Dining Nook

I’d say that the top was a DIY update added to the table by the previous owners.  Most likely copper infused vinyl.  But surely it is real copper because occasionally we get the telltale green copper tarnish.

Copper Top Dining Table

I love when copper tarnishes to beautiful aqua…but not where I am eating.

tarnished copper lid

You may have spied the copper table in the background of some of my recipe posts.  The copper captures the light in such a beautiful way that morphs throughout the day.  It provides such a fabulous backdrop for the pictures too.

apple butternut squash soup

(Butternut Squash Soup)

Spicy Tortilla Soup Recipe

(Spicy Tortilla Soup)

So you want to know where we found such a rare gem?  Well, Ryan and I shopped the very chic marketplace known as the curb for this find.  It also came with a large leaf and 4 upholstered French caned back chairs.  Yes, you read that right.  A full dining room set for nothing!  The chairs are “on deck” for a serious makeover of their own and a different table to pair them with.  They have high backs so they didn’t work with the mix of low back chairs we have in this space now.

Flea Market Style Dining Nook

Ryan and I definitely have different styles when it comes to architecture and decorating.  He sways toward natural and craftsman style – those doors.  I like eclectic, collected and vintage.  This table seemed to meet both of our aesthetic needs and we agreed on it right away.  You can picture us standing at the curb with the tailgate open gushing about how truly perfect it is.  Because that’s exactly what happened.

Eat in Kitchen

The light legs and apron seemed to have been an updated too. They needed a refresh so after scrubbing the table I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in grain sack with bonding agent.  That’s all they needed – one coat.  Can I tell you a secret?  I didn’t wax or put a top coat on either since it is just table legs.  A twenty-minute paint job and they were good as new.  And don’t you love the simple blue and yellow braided rug that anchors the space?

Grain sack painted legs

What’s your best curbside find?

P.S.  We’re still completely stumped as to what our upcycled galvanized hanging light above the table used to be.  Please share any insight you may have!  I’m thinking it was on a farm…

ol’ peg leg

I have been wanting to brighten up this neutral corner of our living room for sometime now.  I do love the lantern lamp and just about all of the accessories but not together.  The proportion of the lamp was just wrong and all of that brown was killing me.

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Then this man walked into my life…

vintage ship captain lamp

and everything was suddenly right in this corner.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

For those of you who follow me on instagram, you know that I fell in love with the peg leg ship captain lamp last weekend.  I spotted him last Friday at the most amazing hoarder sale that I’ve ever been to.  It was completely overwhelming.  So overwhelming that I left on Friday without ol’ Peg Leg.

I was so discontent knowing I left him behind.  I lost sleep over it that night.  The next morning I got up first thing and headed back to the sale thinking my treasure would be long gone.  I was so anxious to find out that I backed into a neighbor’s car pulling out of the driveway.

True story.

I can’t even believe I just admitted to hitting a parked car on the internet.  The mayhem was totally worth it though because when I returned to the sale, the ship captain was still there waiting for me.  All was right in the world!

I took him home with me and let the transformation begin in this little corner.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

I had been imagining the little oak side table in Mustard Seed Yellow milk paint for quite a while.  The captain influenced me to finally make the change.  He seems to have that power on me.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

Two coats of milk paint, a topcoat of MMS wax and a good buffing and here’s how the table turned out.  Her curves pop against all of the neutrals.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp (12 of 21)

I’ve been planning to inject more yellow into this space to brighten up all of the browns, blues & greens.  In fact, I think I’m over the blue accent wall but that is a project for another day.  So I pulled some accessories I already had and I’m happy with the results.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

Ol’ Peg Leg’s lamp shade is new from Target’s Threshold collection.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

I moved the books to the lower shelf which I gave a dry coat of Eulalie’s Sky, a new milk paint color.  You can barely see the blue but it goes with the books I think.  I also filled this glass apothecary jar of my Grandmother’s with shells for that shelf.

milk paint table makeover & shells

We picked up this brass ship wheel barometer thingy on our honeymoon.  I have no idea how to use but I sure do love it.  Form over function, here.

antque brass barometer

We’ve had the vintage cage turned coffee table for a few years but the hooked rag rug below it is new.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

After doing a bunch of research on making a rag rug, I found one at Crate & Barrel and registered for it.  My friends got it for me for my shower!  I just love that it is made from recycled fabrics and I’m sure I could have never made one like it.

milk paint table makeover & ship captain lamp

What do you think?  Have you hit any good hoarder sales lately?

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