These are just a couple of the before and after's I worked on just before Christmas but didn't get around to posting. The little triangular table cost me a whopping $17.00 at Somewhere In Thyme (antique/ re-sale shop). The size and shape of the table were a perfect fit for my space but the maker fell WAY short when it came to the finish. I gave a good sanding, staining, and matt finish and added the pine top to give it a new life.
The little candle holder is faux pewter (sounds so much better than fake, LOL) that I got for $1.00 and the little tin box was all of .25 cents.
We put in a 9 ft bay area when we moved in 1 1/2 yrs ago. We couldn't (still can't) afford to put in all new carpet but we needed to do something to the ply floor in the bay. A friend of ours (BHL Woodworking) had a pile of old barn wood in his work shop he let us have. Hubby planed it down, routed the edges, and walla! Beautiful new flooring in the bay. Originally we thought of it as a tempory solution till we could get carpet. But, we love it and plan to keep it. Kinda of makes a nice little staging area for both my antiques and the koi pond outside the window.