Antique Hardware and a New Mirror

After we repainted the master bedroom the old mirrors above the bureau didn’t seem to fit in or match. The gold I had painted the square target frames I picked up inexpensively wasn’t quite right and honestly I was looking for something a little more sophisticated this time around.  I found a really nice oval mirror on Joss and Main for about $100.  It has a thick silver border and hangs from a brown leather belt that matches width, about 2-3″ wide. I thought the belt was a nice nod to “dressing” which certainly happens to occur in this room.

Mirror

Mirror

The mirror can hang independently, which is great since I wouldn’t want to rely on the belt alone. I wanted to give the impression that the belt was hanging off an antique doorknob, due to it’s thickness, and that’s when I got to do a little craft. I have a couple of antique doors in the basement that I have ideas for and they came with all sorts of antique hardware including one with a white porcelain knob.  Old knobs are traditionally a mortise lock set so are hollow in the back. In order to attach the knob to the wall, I’d have to add a screw of sorts to add it to the drywall and fill the hollow area with resin to hold the screw. It’s hard to describe, but maybe the pictures will show what I mean.

Antique door knob hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I bought a general craft resin off of Amazon and hope I can think of more projects to do with it – I have a ton left over!  To avoid the resin leaking out of the screw holes on the side of the knob,  I wrapped the metal base in scotch tape to cover the openings. Antique door knob hanger

I then followed the instructions on the package and mixed equal parts of both the Resin and the Hardener in a disposable cup.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

I filled the hollow portion of the knob, inserted the screw for the anchor and let it set up for 24+ hours making sure the screw was setting up vertically and not angled to the side in any way.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Once it was set up I glued the back plate on with gorilla glue and allowed that to set.  That was a personal preference for sure. I thought the back plate would look nice and add some visual weight behind the knob on the wall.  We worked together to find a comfortable hanging height and up it went.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

The oval shape is a great to accommodate the height differences of Jake and myself. It’s nice that I can choose earrings but Jake and can still take a peek at himself after getting ready. It also really compliments the feel of the room being a bit more sophisticated and understated, but unique enough to feel collected and thoughtful.

Antique Door Knob Hanger

Antique Door Knob Hanger

It’s nice making these small updates to our master bedroom slowly now that I finally feel more comfortable with the color and feeling of the space. We’ve added some art pieces from Minted that give us the feeling of some memorable vacations and make our environment feel really personal.

Admittedly we’re moving slowly with the spaces we’re working on now, but more conscientiously if that makes sense at all. I have no regrets about it. Taking our time to fill walls with art, choose paint colors, pick furniture and even lay the flooring in the mudroom is allowing us time to digest each decision and not just rush to completion.  I think the stumbling along the way (like with Drizzle) are good learning experiences and allow us to accept this slow-down with ease.  You have to make some sour lemonade now and again to figure out the perfect balance of sour and sweet. We’re 5 years into this house and still learning along the way…that’s the fun of it, right?

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“Boosting” up Our Side Tables

When I shared the guestroom updates the other day, I mentioned I made some alterations to the two side tables next to the bed.  They were just too short as is and it wasn’t going to cut it.  They’d be cute next to an accent chair or low armed sofa maybe, but just not the right height for a nightstand.

Table

End tables and nightstands can get expensive, especially for quality pieces made from real wood. I really wasn’t looking to spend $$$ on pieces for this room and was sort of itching for a project to do.  I looked on Craigslist for something vintage or antique but I really wasn’t seeing anything that I liked.  These little cuties are a bit unique, but came in at $80 a piece after sales and coupons at Target.  I knew I could add some height to them with a little work and they’d be just we needed.  The tops on these are about 1″ thick and I wanted the base to blend in so I picked up a small sheet of 3/4″ sanded plywood. I flipped each table over to trace the shape of the top onto the plywood, then cut them out as straight as I could using our jigsaw.

Table 2

Table 3

Table 4

I’ve got a little workshop set up in the basement for the winter so don’t mind the mess.  🙂 I sanded each piece down until smooth and evened out some of the edges that way.  While I was at it I sanded down the tops of the tables so I could re-stain them.  The finish originally is a grey-wash which was a bit odd and actually doesn’t really go with the gold finish of the body. It’s described as “weathered”, but it was more grey than “weathered”. I didn’t care for it, but it’s an easy fix.

Table 5

Plywood has an unfinished edge that needs to be covered, so I purchased a roll of birch veneer which you iron on and then trimmed it with utility knife.  It was my first time doing this and it was actually easier than I thought!

Veneer 1

Veneer 2

Time to stain.  The bed in here is Dark Walnut by Minwax, so I used that on these pieces as well.  I purchased 8 of these 5.5″ furniture legs and brackets at Lowes and stained them to match too.  The chrome feet got a little rub of rub-n-buff in Antique Gold to try to match the table and then I left everything to dry for 24 hours.  (Oh, I also put a light coat of wipe-on poly on the table tops for a little added protection.)

Staining

Next day, I grabbed my bottoms, feet, and brackets and went to assembling some tables. The brackets came with screws so I just eyeballed a good layout and put these together upside down.

Base 1

Base 2

Base 3

Flip it over and now you have a tiny little table!

Base 4

Plop your little accent table on top and look how cute this little eclectic thing turned out!

Table 6

But wait…how did I attach the table to my new base, you ask? Well, I used Gorilla Glue and clamped the tops to the bases to dry for a good few hours.  I have no pictures of this because I got far too interested into watching Anthony Hopkins defeat the bear and forgot to take a picture.  The Gorilla Glue worked like a charm though and the bases are firmly attached without using a screw or anything. The height really helps out and I actually like these tables better with the addition of the wood base!

Table 7

Plus, it brought them up to a much better height besides the guest bed.

GR Side TableWith the additional feet and base each table ended up at about $110 each. I’m happy with that price knowing what wood there is on this table is a solid wood and not particle board, plus I got to do a project which I always find enjoyable.  $220 on two bedside tables is actually a really reasonable amount that I can be happy about spending.

Guest Room 2

What do you think? Ever alter a store bought piece to suit you better?

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So We Painted Our Bedroom…Again.

It seems to be a reoccurring theme that come the beginning of a New Year I get an itchy to redo our bedroom.  Looking back, I always seem to tackle it in January/February. I just haven’t felt all that warm and fuzzy about the drizzle.  I liked it for a bit, but then it really started to look, well…off. Rather than feeling calm and cozy it was feeling forced to us.

Master Bedroom

Over the last couple of years I’ve swapped out duvets (I know, I know) and curtains to try to lighten the room up.  After such a clean, simple and modern bathroom renovation I really wanted to inject that same sense of style to our room, so it only made sense to do what I could with my favorite affordable update: PAINT.

MB 1.1

MB 2

After priming, the walls all got two coats of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and the plank wall went to Gauntlet Gray which I am in love with.  It’s so sophisticated and moody but both colors interact with the furniture so well. We also added some stop trim to frame out the plank wall like we should have done in the first place.

MB 4

MB 5

MB 3

Jake was so happy with the changes he bought me tulips to help style the room.  🙂 What a sweetie! I’ve got to rework our gallery wall over the bed and have a new mirror for over the dresser on order but I’m so happy with these updates.  It’s calm and simple and much more in the style of our home.  Lesson learned! It’s ok to try color, but don’t force it.

What were you up to this weekend?

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