Project Workstation

This project was created out of necessity as I needed an official workstation. My dad had a couple sentimental items in his house that were his mom’s and he kindly let me update and use them.

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This table is from his childhood in the forties and I can only assume it was also around long before that. If you ask my dad or any of his siblings, they each have many stories involving this table. It was used to cool cookies and peanut brittle, roll dough, and do homework and other projects.

The table was born to work and I plan to carry on the tradition. I did feel the need to update it though as the vintage, distressed look is normally great, but this table just didn’t have that feel.

While I know that sanding is the ideal first step in a project like this, I was honest with myself from the start. That was not going to happen. So, I went to Lowes and made instant friends with this..

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Note the “Sticks to all surfaces without sanding” claim.

I did two coats of it and then painted two final coats of white paint. It’s not perfect but I like it that way.

He also gave me a chair that has been passed around in the family.

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I did the same thing to it, two coats of primer and two coats of paint.

I popped out the cushion.

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Than I replaced the cushion part with a cutout from a new mattress foam topper that I recently bought but didn’t like. I used two layers of it and covered it with a new fabric by folding it over and then stapled it down.

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Then I used a strip of the same fabric and sealed it to the front of the drawer with Mod Podge. Then I (my husband) replaced the handle with an updated one.

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I painted the inside of the drawer pale gray just for fun.

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Then I found a new home for it.

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I love the history of this table and all that was accomplished with it.

I look forward to creating tomorrow’s history with it now.

Homemade Milk Glass

In case you didn’t get a chance to visit My World Made by Hand to see my DIY Milk Glass project, I wanted to share it with you here.

What’s Milk Glass?

Does this look familiar?

DIY Milk Glass Vases

Whenever I see these white bumpy vases and glassware, I always think of my grandma and my granny. They used to have pieces like this throughout their homes and seeing them takes me back to my childhood. This beautiful glass has a long history and is called opal glass, or more recently, milk glass, due to its white color.

While this stuff is pretty easy to come by, I thought it would be more fun to try to make my own version of milk glass. I had to try a couple different ways in order to find what worked, but isn’t that how it goes? For example, I first tried to recreate the bumps with a hot glue gun. That was messy and sloppy and painful at times. But after experimenting with puffy paint, I knew I had a winner.

All you will need are some clear vases, puffy paint, and spray paint.

DIY Milk Glass Vases

If you already have puffy paint in your craft supply, great. Any color you have will work because we are going to paint over it. If not, they sell it at any craft store.

The nice part about making your own milk glass is that you can create whatever design you want.  Just paint your design directly onto the glass with the paint.

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I used painter’s tape to block off sections that I wanted to stay clear.

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After the puffy paint dried, I just sprayed over the entire outside surface with spray paint. I could have used white to stay with the white milk theme but I wanted to make silver vases. You can use any color you want.

I highly recommend using a craft spray paint for this as opposed to painting with a paint brush. It is soooo much easier and will look a lot better, too.

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Just let the paint dry and you’re all done!

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There are so many things you can do with this idea by just changing the glassware, design, and paint. Let your imagination run wild 🙂

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