Repurposed Spice Rack

I came across this spice rack at a local thrift store and thought it would be perfect to organize all our bottles and shakers. I estimated the sizes of the bottles and assumed they would fit, but in the end they didn't. So why not turn it into a jewelry rack!

I'm a big believer in using things I already have lying around, so for this piece I used paint and fabric left over from previous projects. I started by removing one of the shelves and lightly sanding the surfaces. Then I covered the whole thing with a coat of dark brown paint.

Since the teal paint is from a previous furniture project I did, I went for the same effect on this piece. After it was all painted, I wrapped a piece of cardboard with leftover fabric, stapled it to the back and added some hooks. It actually ended up being way more useful this way than as a spice rack!

Upcycled Dresser

One of my favorite things is to find something old and broken and to give it a new life. My first big project was this yellow dresser that I turned into a vintage-looking storage piece.

I picked it up for about $50 at Faith Farm in Fort Lauderdale. It was pretty ugly to begin with and once I got it home, I discovered some termite damage on one of the legs. Oh well. I patched it up with some wood filler and it was good as new.

Being my first project, I wanted to keep it simple. I first removed all the handles and then sanded all the surfaces just enough to give the paint something to stick to. And then I painted the whole thing dark brown. Once that dried, I applied the teal paint very roughly. I used a cheap brush because I was trying to get some of the brown to show through.

While the paint was drying, I took the handles outside and applied a paint stripper. It took a couple applications before the old paint all came off, but once it did they were good as new! Here's the finished piece!