Antique Dough Tray Coffee Table

I have always wanted to create a table like this but often these dough tray have round bottoms which you can’t attach legs to, or the well is too deep, etc. I have always loved dough trays since they are carved out of one solid piece of wood!

This one has a nice flat underside for table legs and a nice flat top side for a table surface.

I start by adding several coats of clear lacquer to give it a clear, shiny protective finish without taking away from its original patina.

I wanted the table to be unique so I decided to add removable, sliding trays to the top. I bought a piece of cherry for a contrasting wood color and cut it into 3 pieces.

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Card Catalog Coffee Table with a Barn Wood Top

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These single row 5 drawer card catalog configurations make amazing coffee tables!

My very first card catalog coffee table

Often these card catalogs were part of a bigger system and therefore don’t have a top or a finished top. I recently found another (they are hard to find!) – this particular one also is a “newer” one with some lovely, groovy 70s yellow varnish, wooden drawer fronts, amazing hardware and plastic drawers.

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Live Edge Wood Wall Art

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I’ve always created live edge wood tables with fractal burning and epoxy resin, but then it occurred to me that smaller pieces would also look fabulous as wall, mantle or shelf art!

In the summer of 2020, my husband and I built a Lichtenberg Wood Burning Tool, also called fractal burning. Fractal burning occurs when a conductive solution is applied to the wood and then electricity is introduced via 2 electrodes wired from a transformer (microwave). As the current tries to connect, the high voltage burns river like patterns into the wood.

I always look for uniquely shaped wood for my one-of-a-kind live Edge Wood Wall Art. Depending on the wood type, wood grain and color, sometimes I add epoxy resin, sometimes I leave just the fractal burning patterns.

A Whimsical Christmas

I am always looking for ways to decorate with ordinary vintage and rustic items. After seeing bundles of sticks for sale at the local craft store, I had an idea to create a sort of “Dr. Seuss Christmas”. Since I live in the woods, I gathered a bunch of sticks (for free!)

I then spray painted some silver and some in a candy cane pattern. No need to be perfect with it, that’s kind of the point!

For the first set, I arranged them in a rusty bucket with some pine branches. But you can arrange them in any type of container!

I used these on my porch and I love the results!

Antique Coffee Box End Table

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I found this amazing, antique Dwinnel-Wright shipping crate with 2 unique paper labels that were in great condition despite the 1906 date on it!

This box was a perfect candidate for a rustic end table with storage, but needed a lot of repair work and I needed to preserve those paper labels. I use Mod Podge to preserve vintage paper labels. I use a paintbrush to gently apply the Mod Podge. Use a throwaway brush as the glue doesn’t wash out well. It looks scary at first but dries clear and helps preserve the label from further flaking.

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Upcycled Vintage Garden Containers

I always say to make the ordinary extraordinary. Rather than buy a bunch of mass manufactured pots, I decided to gather together a collection of eclectic, ordinary, every day, rusty, vintage containers. Some of these I did go out an buy at vintage/antique stores, but some I had lying around in my project room!

Just use your imagination! For mine, I chose some old milking buckets, glass light fixture globes, kitchen items, a rusty wire fruit basket, and a John Deere rusty wagon bed. (See final photos for finished results!)

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