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5 Before and After: Vintage Desk

Guest post by Nicole Phillips of Visual Heart

This vintage desk was such a fun project, it was a free desk passed to me from a family friend. I’m the second owner of it and it was in the worst possible shape. Chipped laminate and veneer, rough plywood edges and chewed up legs. I could see past all of this stuff, I saw awesome legs, great hardware and so much potential.

I knew I could give it a new life with a little bit of sanding and a few coats of paint. The thing with vintage pieces is that you have to accept the bits of character you can’t change, even after patching and sanding there still may be some bumps and dents, but again it’s all part of the character of the piece.

I started by patching any obvious holes, then sanded them down. I find even after doing an initial patch and sand, you still can’t see all of the scratches on the surface, so I usually do a thin coat of primer on the entire piece and this brings out any defects. Once the primer is dry, I go back in and patch any areas that are really obvious, sand them down and apply another 2 coats of primer.

Once the surface was dry, I applied 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in Mantis Green and Snowfall White.

The legs are stained using Danish Oil, because I wanted to see some wood grain and have more of a natural look to the piece. Plus you can’t go wrong with mint green, white and wood!
Here’s a few shots of Andrew sanding the legs down to raw wood so they could be coated with Danish Oil.

I dipped the tips of the legs in the same Mantis Green paint I used on the drawer fronts to add a little bit of fun to the overall look, plus the plated brass feet were in horrible shape so it was necessary to do something to them because they couldn’t be saved.
Here’s the final result:

About the contributor:
Nicole Phillips is a Vancouver based Graphic Designer and blogger.
You can learn more about her at visualheart.com or follow her creative side:

1 8 Rad DIYs to Try

A few cool projects we've come across this week.  From a few IKEA hacks to a pretty free printable, check out our finds!

1) Bleach an IKEA Pillow!
Bleach and embellish an the LAPPLJUNG pillow. From House That Lars Built. Click here for the how-to.

2) Free Art Printable
A pretty printable from Creature Comforts.  Click here for the free printable art template.

3) DIY Tree Slab Side Table
A cool project from Emily Henderson.  Get the how-to here!

4) IKEA Clock Hack
A paint job updates an IKEA clock. Visit The Paper Mama for more info.

5. DIY Giant Frames and Prints
Learn how to make your own frames from Yellow Brick Home.

6. Ink-Dyed Clutch
Inspiration to make something similar. From The House That Lars Built.

7. DIY Clay Ring Dishes
Make these catchalls using air-drying clay. Click here for the how-to.

8. DIY Agate Cabinet Door Pull
A simple project, yet stunning result. Get the how-to at The Merrythought.


1 Etsy (Canada) Road Trip Video

This summer Etsy embarked on it's first-ever roadtrip in Canada stopping in Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston and Toronto over the course of five days. With a custom airstream behind them they pulled up to each destination to feature one-of-a-kind pop-up markets featuring local Etsy sellers (unique to each location). During it, they made this sweet souvenir video.  

Visit and share your road trip memories from the event and/or vacation photos on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #etsyroadtrip.

Click here for more information.


2 Tech | Instagram launches Hyperlapse

Instagram launched Hyperlapse today: a new app that lets you capture high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. Time lapse videos traditionally depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. But as the folks from Instagram tell us, "Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment."

Cool Story!

For more information, check out the following:
- Read more at: blog.instagram.com
- Visit Hyperlapse from Instagram FAQ: help.instagram.com/hyperlapse
- Download Hyperlapse for iOS here: itunes.apple.com/app/id740146917

2 Milk Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Contributor post by Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land

Guys. We're not reinventing the wheel here with the idea of a cookie ice cream sandwich. However, we are BUILDING OUR COLLECTIVE MUFFIN TOPS with sheer sweet and salty milk chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream JOY. The key to any good dessert is quality ingredients - no soggy bland cookies and too-airy ice cream here. We're going for crisp and caramelized with just enough salt, and quality vanilla ice cream filling. I used store bought top shelf ice cream, which I think is totally acceptable! You can of course make your ice cream from scratch too - just make sure to freeze it for a minimum of 6 hours to set it before using for these ice cream sandwiches.

Make The Cookies!
(recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)

Yield: 2 dozen cookies 


2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
2 cups chopped milk chocolate pieces (I used Lindt brand)

Make It!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy, around 3 minutes. 
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. Scraping down the side of the stand mixer bowl, add the egg, egg white and vanilla, mixing until incorporated. 
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture, then the 2 cups of milk chocolate pieces to combine.
5. Using a small spring release ice cream scoops or clean hands, scoop out dough into balls, spacing evenly on the baking sheets. 
5. Bake for 15 minutes, turning pans halfway through. Let cool completely before using.

So there you have it - the most delicious milk chocolate cookie base for your off-the-handle milk chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches! Enjoy!

Meet The Contributor
Lyn­d­say Sung is a baker and blog­ger at Coco Cake Land. She loves super cute cakes, sweet design and snacks. She lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada with her hus­band and tod­dler son.