How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs…

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head so I don’t mind too terribly much. But whatever. I love this project! Michaels came out with these pegboard letters recently and I was stoked because I saw them and immediately this project popped into my head. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it, which definitely isn’t always the case. It’s super simple and comes together pretty quickly — one of those instant gratification-type projects that we love so much around here.

Materials

  • pegboard letters from Michaels (I looked online and it seems like for now they’re in-store only)
  • 1/2″ thick plywood long enough for your desired word
  • #8 1 1/4″ screws (enough so that you have about 4 for each letter; some letters will take fewer)
  • 1/2″ nylon spacers
  • #8 flat washers
  • drill
  • pencil
  • white pegboard hooks
  • tools for hanging (screws, nails, etc)
  • optional: white paint and small paintbrush

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Step 1: Pick out your letters and know what you’d like to spell. Lay it out and measure the length of all the letters together; add a couple of inches on either side. This is how long you’ll need your wood to be. You can usually talk someone into cutting it for you at the hardware store!

Step 2: Lay your letters out on the wood. Plan where you’ll have your screws and trace the inside of those holes onto the wood.

Step 3: On each tracing, drill a little pilot hole.

Step 4: Stack two washers and then a spacer onto a screw. Insert the screw through the hole you planned to use in your first letter. Repeat with all of the screws you plan to use on the letter. Find the corresponding places on the wood and slot the screws into the pilot holes. Use the drill to tighten each screw.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with the remaining letters on your wood.

Optional: If you want a cleaner look, paint the heads of your screws white.

Step 6: Hang it on the wall in your preferred method! You can screw all four corners in, or hang it like a picture with wire across the back.

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Insert your pegboard hooks and hang up your prettiest tools! I decided that I needed a place for all of my scissors to live so they’ll finally all be in one place. So now when I need a tool fast, I can just go Get It. Get it? Good. xoxo
How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

P.S. See what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to this month with the new Make Market line!

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

DIY Yellow Velvet + Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched…

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched a drill before. And it’s the perfect little piece for a whole bunch of different spots in your house – we have it at the foot of the bed now but I think I might move it to the entry way. Or maybe bestow upon it the responsibility of being our new coffee table.

So get to it! You can find the full tutorial right here. It’s a low-pressure project with a high-five payoff. At least, we’ve been high fiving ourselves since we made it. But we tend to really love high fives around here so maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever. Go make one for yourself! Xoxo

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How To Create a Gallery Wall

I’m a big fan of the gallery wall, and always have been. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a teenage version of a gallery wall in my bedroom at…

How to Create a Gallery Wall

I’m a big fan of the gallery wall, and always have been. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a teenage version of a gallery wall in my bedroom at my parents’ house; it just wasn’t called a gallery wall back then. I’m thinking it was called my “poster collection.” These days I still love the idea because I always have so much art I want to display and can’t bear to eliminate any. So this way I don’t have to! Problem solved. All the art all the time, that’s my motto. For the longest time we’ve had a mishmash gallery wall of bits and pieces that we have collected here and there. In the new house it was kind of feeling haphazard so we wanted to do a refresh. After lots of curating and changing our minds and measuring and hanging, we finally got it! And I thought I’d share tips in case you want to tackle the same.

First, pick your art. I went down the beautiful rabbit hole that is Minted‘s art selection and went on a total frenzy. Ryan and I really wanted to choose pieces that we felt represented us and the things we love — there are pieces depicting all of the places we’ve lived and the things we love to do. So right off the bat, it helps if you have some parameters. Maybe you want to stay in a certain color palette, or have works by certain artists. Whatever it is, set some parameters for the art you choose or you’ll drive yourself crazy with all of the incredible art you find.

While you’re choosing art, keep framing in mind. Part of what I didn’t love about our old gallery wall was our old busted frames. Minted has the option to frame pieces in an array of perfectly simple, clean frames, which I love. I also like to keep a few pieces unframed, and hang them in other fun ways with clipboards or binder clips. I love a slight variation in frame selection or hanging techniques on a gallery wall for a little visual interest.

When we were choosing art, I wanted to be sure that it would all fit on the wall so we did a little Photoshop magic. It was a huge help! If you’re putting together a gallery wall and the images are online, screenshot all of your art and open it in Photoshop. Create a document the dimensions of your wall, scaling it so that one foot of wall is equal to one inch in your document. Resize your screenshots so that they’re the right size and scale. Then you can drag them around into different configurations and make sure all your art looks good together. Getting an idea of how all the pieces would work when they were next to each other was totally invaluable. This was about halfway through our process of eliminating pieces and rearranging:

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When you finally have all your art chosen and in your hot little hands, it’s smart to lay it out on the floor first to make sure your plans work. Too many times in my life I’ve started nailing things into the wall willy nilly and just ended up with a wall full of holes. Lay your pieces out on the floor and make sure the arrangement you envisioned will work in real life. Once I got all of the physical pieces I ended up rearranging my plans just a bit.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

After you’ve got your layout, hang ’em up! And as my dad always says: Measure twice, cut once. It’s so worth it to get out a yardstick or ruler and measure your nail holes to make sure everything lines up nicely. Then you don’t have to go punching a bunch of unnecessary holes in your walls. This, friends, is the point where Mr. Lovely and I test the strength of our marital bonds every time. I want him to measure. He wants to hammer nails. There is a great showdown of stubbornness on either side. And somehow it all gets hung up in the end.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

There! You’ve got a gallery wall! I’m so pumped on our choices from Minted — they feel fresh and clean and they brighten up the room just like I’d hoped (see the before and after?!).

How to Create a Gallery Wall

I think my favorites might be the prints of photos that I took my very self. The ferris wheel and the Parisian building are from our time in Europe. Minted also has an option to print your own images in a whole bunch of different sizes and I’m so glad we tried it out. I love that the reminder of those travels hangs on our wall now! The rest of the art we used all turned out to work so nicely together! Our picks:

Spotlight Fan Palm // Fragment 2 // Gold NYC Map // Rainbow // Roof Party // Float // Magnifique // The Big Picture // Blue Cactus // Mineral 02 // Midcentury Moments

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How about you — have you ever tried a gallery wall in your home? It’s a project that’s sometimes tricky to put together but so cool in the end. I’d love to know what kind of art you’d hang in your own gallery wall! Photography? Lettering? Paintings? Family photos? Hope our tips help you figure it all out! xoxo

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How to Create a Gallery Wall

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Modern July 4th Table

A Modern July 4th Table

This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best…

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

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This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best pals come in from out of town to visit and I wanted to put together something special for a fun outdoor meal. But rather than go the typical red-white-and-blue explosion that usually goes along with the 4th of July, I thought it would be cool to do a modern take on a patriotic tablescape. So I browsed around on AllModern and picked up a few things that are turning out to be some of my new favorite pieces for backyard entertaining!

We stuck with navy, white, and a few metallic touches for the whole shebang. I did a quick DIY treatment on some simple flatware (tutorial is on the way soon!), and used my favorite DIY gold leaf succulents (from a couple posts back) instead of florals. I also thought it would be cool to have a little bit of a geometric theme, so the square pedestal and square dish sets were perfect. I’m loving those little Pantone dish sets! They’re almost like bento boxes that you can mix and match.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

The white garden stools are around for extra seating or for overflow of dishes and glasses. Like a really cute little mini bar! And best of all — that big beautiful table. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been pining for a backyard dining table. You know the opening sequence from Parenthood? That’s what I’m talking about, y’all. Dinners in the backyard with candles and plates getting passed back and forth and bottles of wine and lots of ridiculous laughing. That’s my plan for this beaut of a table.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

So what are you up to this Independence Day? Do you do a sit-down dinner, or do you roll more laid-back style? Check out our picks for your July 4th celebrations down below! xoxo

Vifah Dining Table / Pantone Dish Set / Cake Pedestal / Flatware / Table Runner / Napkins / Carafe / Copper Mugs / Gold Glasses / Garden Stools

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Pink Flamingos

How to Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and…

Pink Flamingos

When we moved into our home last year, the backyard was an enormous lot of packed dirt. Mr. Lovely worked and worked and worked and now we have lawn and plants and things growing! It’s been so fun getting our backyard into shape and we have a ton of ideas that we’ll be sharing with you all summer so you can do the same. But for reals, all of this backyard mumbo jumbo can get pricey.

So! I thought it could be cool to put together a little inspiration for sprucing up your backyard on a budget. It can feel overwhelming and totally out of reach to refresh such a large space, but really all you need are a few touches to make your yard feel new again. I’m loving all of these colorful, fun pieces from AllModern for summer — and you can get this whole look for under 250 buckaroos. Pick and choose your faves and it’ll be even less!

Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

Lantern. Yellow planter. Green planter. Cushion. Garden stool. Mat. Flamingos.

Isn’t it funny that pink lawn flamingos used to be totally tacky and horrible and now they’re having a heyday? I love it! I think they’d look so fun sticking out of planter pots filled with succulents. And I’m such a fan of the pattern on that mat — the black and white is such a great combo with a few colorful pops. Add a new cushion to your backyard seating and throw a lantern on your patio and you’re good to go!

So are you spending lots of time in your backyard this summer? Can’t wait to share the rest of what we’ve got coming up, and I hope it inspires you to get outside and enjoy! xoxo

This backyard summer series is brought to you in partnership with AllModern.

Living Room Wallpaper

Dreaming of Wallpaper

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma…

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma about it of being outdated? But there are so many incredible, modern, super cool wallpapers out there these days! I went down the wallpaper rabbit hole recently on Milton & King and got to daydreaming about just going for it and papering a room or two. So I went even further down the rabbit hole and started thinking how I’d switch up the decor of a room in our house with some fab wallpaper.

I kind of fell in love with this Swiss Linen print paper —  it’s simple but so cool and adds a pop of my very favorite color. I’m also loving the faux textured look of it! I got to scheming about what it might look like in a couple of different rooms at home. Up first, the bathroom.

Wallpaper Bathroom

Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Geo Pendant Lamp. Lemonade Art Print. Pineapple Art Print. Jewelry Stand. Brass Paper Holder. Faceted Soap Dispenser. Textured Bath Towels.

Loving it with the bits of gold and the geometric vibe! I added some art prints to the mix for some extra color and a little bit of an organic feel to break up the geometry of it all. Dangit, this is making me want to wallpaper my little half bath ASAP.

Once I was on a roll, I had to see what it might look like in our living room. I added a few pieces that we already have, along with a few of my wish list-y type pieces. Turns out a little eclectic bohemian vibe goes great with the Swiss Linen too!

Wallpaper Living Room

Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Eye Pillow. Kilim Pillow. Sloan Chair. Globe. Lamp. Rug. Stripe Pillow. Chair Swing.

I’m loving the mixed up patterns, aren’t you? I can’t get enough of a good pattern these days. I feel like the simple color palette of the rug and throw pillows makes it so the patterns don’t overwhelm you. And I’m finally admitting to the world that I have wanted one of those swing chairs for my whole life. Good thing they’re so trendy right now.

So! Do you have wallpaper in your house? Would you ever paper a room or an accent wall? I’m inching closer and closer to it. I could totally see my bedroom in this. Or a kid’s room with this! Oh, the possibilities! xoxo

This post is sponsored by Milton & King. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not….

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not. You too can have these fancy gold legs on your boring old bathroom sink, dudes. In the new house (is it still new if we’ve lived here for six months?) we have this teensy tinsy half bath that really needed a little something fancy. Eventually we’ll probably do a whole remodel on this little room and make it a full bath; for now we just wanted something to hold us over and update it a bit. It’s so tiny that we were hesitant to add any major statements, but some gold accents felt just right. Because gold anything always feels just right. Right?

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Measure the distance from the underside of your sink to the floor. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length using the dremel tool.
2. Measure the distance that you’d like from the pipe legs to the wall. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length as well.
3. Give all of your copper pieces a light sanding to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick. Wipe clean.
4. Put together your legs. Slide a T connector up each long leg and insert the short pipes into the T on each side. Connect a flange to the end of each short pipe. Put a cap onto the bottom of each long leg. Secure each piece together with E-6000. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the whole structure with gold spray paint. Start with thin layers and build, leaving plenty of drying and curing time in between. Be careful not to touch it too soon or you’ll leave fingerprints!
6. Insert the metal structure under the sink and be sure it’s level. Once level, screw the flanges into the wall with a drill.
7. Optional: Go hog wild like Mr. Lovely and paint everything in sight gold. He ended up painting the pipes under the sink and even our faucet. To do this, mask the crap out of your bathroom with painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths. Then open a window and carefully spray the parts you want gold. (I kid you not, he masked the rest of the room so well it looked like an episode of Dexter.)

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

Ta-daaaa! A fancy schmancy (looking) sink that’s just a little more special than your average. I get so jazzed on this thing every time I wash my hands! We’re still figuring out what to do with the rest of the bathroom — I can’t decide if I just love it plain white and gold or if it needs a little something extra. I’ll keep you posted. xoxo

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

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DIY IKEA Hack Geometric Wall Sconces

We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of…

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We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of the time the answer would be IKEA. That, and West Elm. But you gotta mix the high with the low, you know what I’m sayin’? So when we want something that looks really cool but won’t cost an arm and a leg, we head to IKEA with our DIY goggles on.

We initially saw these sconces in this adorable little girl’s room makeover that Ashley did. We got pumped and knew we wanted to give them the DIY treatment. So we snagged a pair and Mr. Lovely got to work. Here’s how you can make ’em too!

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Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

So here’s the deal — sometimes Mr. Lovely takes off on a project without giving me fair warning and I don’t get any process photos. In fact, that happens quite a lot around the house and sometimes I don’t share things here because I don’t have good documentation of the process! But these were too good not to share so I’ll do my best to give you the lowdown without any photos.

Start by cutting your 2 x 4. Cut two identical pieces, on an angle of your choosing, to make your diamond. Our pieces were about 10″ long and cut on a 60 degree angle.

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Next, stain or seal your wood if desired. We didn’t stain but we put two coats of sealer on the wood for a finished look.

Then, glue the long edges of the two pieces of wood together with wood glue to form the diamond.

On the back of the diamond, drill a small hole in the center, about two inches down from the top. Drill at an upward angle, pointing the drill bit toward the top of the diamond. This will be where you insert the nail or screw to hang the sconce on the wall.

On the front of the diamond, screw in the bracket for the light fixture. Attach the top screw to the top piece of wood and the bottom screw to the lower piece of wood for a little extra security.

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Put the light fixture together by attaching the metal bracket to the clamp on the light. Then, insert a strong nail or a screw into your wall where you’d like your sconce hung. Hang the light on the nail and be sure it’s secure — we found that ours hung well with just a screw but be sure to check that yours are steady!

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If you like, you can do some fancy loopy knots to your cord. That’s it! Light it up and enjoy your handiwork. Have you done any rad IKEA hacks lately? Leave a link in the comments if you have! xoxo

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Table

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing…

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing a little furniture piece to house my jewelry and accessories, and I thought it might work well. We asked the guy how much he wanted for it and when he said fifteen bucks I just about picked up the thing and ran away with it. I think it was one of those moments when he realized he lowballed me but there was no going back. That sucker was mine.

So we took it home and it lived with us in LA for a while. We left it as it was because we didn’t really have a place to do woodworking in our apartment, but I always dreamed of refinishing it and making an extra drawer where there was just a facade on the front. And that’s what we finally did! (My handy husband is especially handy now that he’s got a whole garage full of tools to work with. It’s adorable.)

Materials

  • vintage sewing desk
  • extra wood scraps
  • sander
  • saw
  • drill
  • paint & paintbrushes
  • wood stain & seal
  • liquid gilding
  • painter’s tape
  • screws

Make Time: 6 Hours (plus drying time)

Here’s what we started with, a simple old sewing desk with a fold-out top. It had an awesome shape and design but was kind of scratched up and was just a little boring.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

We started by sawing through the front facade of the desk, pulling out the front panel, and putting together a frame to add a drawer. The drawer was framed up with a bottom screwed on, and a base for the drawer was added to the existing desk. It also had those wacky panels that opened up for sewing, which got screwed down and secured to the desk itself.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

Then the whole shebang got sanded. Reallll well.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

We taped off the top portion and the legs of the desk and added a coat of stain, followed by a coat of sealer. Once that was dry, we retaped and painted the rest white.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

I had originally started a search for some new hardware, but after a bit I decided that I really loved what was there and I just wanted a new finish on it. So I took to all of the hardware (including the hinges we left on and the base of the legs) with some liquid gilding. And I totally ended up loving it. Cheap (read: free) fix, and looks pretty swell.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

So now she’s all set up and it’s the perfect spot to sit and put my face on (who says that?) and pick out accessories! I love how it turned out, and that it gave that old sewing desk a new life. Gah I just can’t get over those legs — they’re so good.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing DeskI get so pumped when I find pieces like this one for a steal. I mean, $15 and a coat or two of paint just ain’t too shabby. xoxo