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Humidor Upcycle

It's been quite a week around here and it all started with the link party.  The site we use for the link-up decided to give us the 'new, improved version'.  Needless to say, it may have been new, but certainly NOT improved!  If you had trouble with it, please accept our apologies and, rest assured, we've gone back to the old version starting next Tuesday.  I hope you'll stop by and link up with us at Party In Your PJs!
On a happier note, Thursday, I joined a group of talented bloggers for Ten on the 10th.  Every month, on the 10th we get together to share our DIY/decorating/craft ideas under $10.  The theme this month was Valentine's Day, so if you need a little inspiration, and you missed the post, click HERE.
Right now, we are experiencing an arctic blast with temperatures in the single digits and a wind chill below zero.  Have I ever mentioned how much I hate dislike winter?  So, I'm going to share the little table that my husband found last summer...when it was warm...
We were at an estate sale and wandered out to the barn.  I was looking for a side table for our bedroom and wanted something unique.  My husband spied this one:
It was pretty humble:

The man in the barn said I could have it for $5...What a bargain! I couldn't get my $5 bill out fast enough. 
After a good cleaning, there was gluing and clamping, and clamping and gluing!  This was during my tendonitis flare-up and tightening clamps was agony, but I was tired of sitting around doing nothing and my sweet husband helped me out.
I removed the door and all of the hardware.  The door got a good sanding and my decoupage technique to make it pretty again.
I tried polishing the latch and hinges, but most of the finish was gone, so I spray painted them with antique gold paint.
The rest of the table was painted with two coats of black chalk paint and the edges were distressed.  
I sealed it with two coats of polycrylic, reattached the door and latch, and called it done.  
You probably noticed the big chip in the top left corner and you may be wondering why I didn't fix that.  Besides the fact that it would have been a major repair, I also like to let old furniture tell its story.  That chip was worn smooth so I'm sure it happened a long time ago.  Only this little table knows what actually happened.  Any guesses?
It now lives in our bedroom and matches the dresser:

I'm pretty sure it was a smoking stand/ humidor, hence the title of this post.  I almost thought I caught the faint aroma of fresh tobacco inside the compartment.  It reminded me of my Dad, he occasionally smoked a pipe and I loved the smell of a freshly opened package of tobacco.  Funny how certain scents take you back to your childhood...
I'm going to cuddle up under a blanket with a good book and a cup of tea now.  How do you keep warm during an arctic blast?


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  1. I LOVE those pieces together. You (your hubby) has a good eye to spot that unique piece and then the make-over is stunning. Happy Crafting, Kippi #kippiathome

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    1. I forgot to tell you that on link parties I am checking out the post before mine so I get a variety of posts to checkout. I am so glad I find yours.

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Kippi. They are truly appreciated!

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  2. I was interested in what you said about scent. Aromas are our strongest of memory triggers... both good and bad. If I smell cherry pipe tobacco--anywhere, I'm immediately taken back to my pottery classes and smile...as my instructor always had a full pipe of it going. LOVE your little piece and really actually like the scenes on the front door---I will be snitching your idea for some doll furniture I'm going to work on....super job on the hardware too. Love when it is all original..(even when you have to use the last resort, lol. )

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    1. Cherry tobacco, that was my favorite, Sandi, and decoupage is a great way to transform a piece inexpensively! I'm so glad you stopped by, come back again soon, won't you?

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  3. Ann, this is too cute! A few years ago my husband refurbished an old chest to use as his humidor. You did a great job! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Benita. One of my favorite things is to take something that's a total wreck and make it pretty.
      I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  4. Ann,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment.
    This is such an amazing transformation!! I love how you decoupaged the door and I also love your chest of drawers so pretty!! You did a fantastic job and definitely one that you can be very proud of!! I hope to paint my bedroom furniture this Spring. I t was my Mother's so it is 84 years old and called the Waterfall style since the edges are rounded....
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! I can't wait to see what you do with your waterfall bedroom furniture.
      Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Wow, you really made that piece shine! Thank you for linking up at Homestyle Gathering! Hope to see you again!

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    1. Thank you, Julie and best of luck with your new link party!

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  6. This is SUCH a transformation. I would never had looked at that and thought how classy it would turn out. 'tis a thing of beauty!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Julie. It certainly started out as a sad little piece stuck in the corner of a barn. It was almost like getting Cinderella ready for the ball!

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  7. You got a bargain at $5.00, and the transformation is beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. It certainly was a bargain and I love a challenge!

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  8. I thought the dresser was lovely when you wrote about upcycling it and I recognized the paper you used when you shared this post. They're both beautiful and you're very clever to be able to turn sow's ears into silk purses so well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Leanne. I love the challenge!

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  9. It's perfect with your upcycled dresser--a lovely transformation! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia. It's always a pleasure to join your link party!

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  10. What a beautiful makeover! I love the paper you used to decoupage! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

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    1. Thank you, Roseann...always happy to share!

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