Retro Filing Cabinet Makeover

In a previous iteration of this retro filing cabinet, I had fun turning it into a planter. There’s nothing I won’t turn into a planter, as our phone booth and bathroom light fixture planter projects will attest. Today’s post is a quick one to show you how Hubs made over the filing cabinet for his mancave.

Retro Filing Cabinet Find

We often upcycle roadside rescues, but It’s amazing what you can find left behind inside a rented or newly purchased house. My brother-in-law used to sublet parts of his house and over the years many people came and went…. and abandoned their stuff in various rooms. When he finally moved out of the house himself, he wanted to leave a clean slate which meant completely clearing it of years of accumulation from past renters. Hubs jumped at the opportunity to reclaim this old filing cabinet before it would have hit the curb on moving day. He didn’t know at the time where we’d ever have room for it but he grabbed it anyway.

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Teak Chairs: the Makeunder

We thought these teak chairs were beautiful as they were so instead of making them over, we gave them a ‘makeunder’!

You know, the funny thing about DIY projects is that they somehow beget another one – often right on the heels of the project you’re working on. After Hubs banished me from the house while he was stripping our staircase, I took a walk around the neighbourhood and stumbled on these teak beauties in the GARBAGE!

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Window Dressing Dilemma

Have you ever had a window dressing dilemma? We’ve had several – and all with the same window! This is how the window coverings looked in the bay window at the back of the house when I first moved in; tattered and worn. The house needed so much work that window dressings fell to the bottom of the priority list.

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Retro Bathroom Scale Makeovers – Step It Up!

Hubs had a thing for vintage metal pieces even before he met me, so when he came across a vintage display holder for a retro bathroom scale he stepped right up and bought it. I’m a Star Trek fan, so I instantly loved the ‘Borg’ reference! Once we were married and started frequenting antique markets together, we kept coming across scales. It wasn’t long before he found a Borg scale to accessorize it at our favourite antique market in Aberfoyle!

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Birdz of a Feather News

Birdz of a Feather is all aflutter! We’re excited to share that we’ve been nominated for an Amara Award in the Best DIY & Home Improvement (International) category. Voting opens today (August 15th) at 5:00 am and goes until September 19th.

Amara Interior Blog Awards are giving away a Leica camera to one lucky voter. Show us some ❤ and vote for Birdz of a Feather to be entered into the giveaway! Your vote will help get us to the shortlist 🙂 1 2

Birdz of a Feather nominated for Amara award!

We’ll resume our usual blogging schedule as soon as we’ve flown down from cloud nine. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with this little tease:

Up ahead is a makeover of this curbside find. Think about how we might upcycle it, then stay tuned to see if you were right! All I’ll divulge now is that you’ve likely never seen a tutorial for it 🙂

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Front Paver Walkway Makeover

I had yet to install a paver walkway, despite owning and renovating two houses before this one. Hubs came into the picture shortly after I bought this house so it was great timing for me; maybe not so much for him! Faced with rows of underwhelming builder slabs that the previous owner lived with for over 20 years, the perfect opportunity presented itself for both of us to learn a new skillset!

Here’s an idea of how the walkway looked before (but you’ll have to imagine it without the pond because we installed that ourselves)!

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Repurpose Your Bathroom Fixtures in the Garden!

They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but I wonder if that holds true when items you would typically find in those spaces are used outside! Why not repurpose your bathroom fixtures in the garden?

We had a blank section of fencing at the entry to our backyard that needed a little somethin’ somethin’. Last August when we stumbled upon a garage sale, I decided that the somethin’ was going to be a bathroom light fixture!

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Faux Barn Board Phone Booth Shelf

Try saying the title 3 times fast; it’s a tongue twister! Reclaimed wood in our area costs a fortune so we worked hard to develop a DIY technique for faux barn board that was just as beautiful but a fraction of the price.

Remember this phone booth that we picked up at the Aberfoyle Antique Market? We’re back with another version!

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Milk Paint Hack

We’ve done several milk paint projects lately – and there are more to come – so in this post I’m demonstrating a great little hack I developed. Traditional milk paint comes in a powder form that has to be mixed with water. I’ll show you how to mix milk paint fast and efficiently using none other than two items from the kitchen: a milk frother and a coffee filter!

If you’ve ever had to mix only a small amount of milk paint – or you’re using it as a watered-down stain – you’ll know that mixing it can be a challenge. For a project I just completed, both of those conditions were met: I literally only needed to mix a few tablespoons of milk paint to stain a few boards. It’s not possible to use a blender, as I normally would for large projects, because there isn’t enough liquid volume to come into contact with the blade and mix it properly. Hand mixing is slow and stubborn lumps can prevent a smooth mixture.

To resolve those problems, give my mixing hack a try. It’s fast, clean up is a breeze and it’s splatter proof!

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