Midcentury Office Furniture Score

Mr. Whitey and I are raising thoughtful, kind, courageous, mindful, and THRIFTY young ladies. This midcentury office bookshelf was a dumpster find by Little Miss E! She was incredibly proud of herself for finding this beauty sitting  by  a dumpster near our house.
We scooped it up, cleaned it up and now it’s in our entryway. Ready for some books and frames and maybe some containers to store our guests keys. It’s all of these: mid-century, rustic and industrial.


At least for now, I’m not considering painting it. It looks great just how she found it and it’s perfect for the entryway.



Thanks for visiting!


DIY: Leather Dresser Pulls

I’ve recently been obsessed with using leather belts and remnants for drawer pulls. I love painting dressers and am always looking for cheap and easy ways to update the knobs. I’m thrifty and thought this could be an easy DIY project. I was right! I was so excited and loved the final look so much that I wanted to share this tutorial with all of you. These are a few dressers that inspired me to start making my own leather pulls:

Veronica Loves Archie

Sweet Pickens

The Merry Thought


Leather Dresser Pull Tutorial

1. Visit your local thrift store on the 50% off days or put out a Facebook request for old belts out to friends. I try to stay under $5 per belt, but if it’s a really special one, sometimes I can’t resist paying more. I usually stick with genuine leather. Bonded leather also works, but the edges take a little bit more work. These five were from my trip last week to the ARC. Each was $3.99 or less.


2. Gather the tools you will need: an old leather belt, rotary cutter or utility knife, cut mat (like the Olfa one shown), ruler, power drill with desired drill bit, screwdriver, screws/nuts/bolts/washers, piece of scrap wood, pencil, optional template for 3-5 inch holes. The standard handle size for most kitchen and bathroom cabinets and dresser drawers is 3-5 inches.


3. Start measuring! Measure the length of the existing dresser or cabinet holes. Measure from the center of one to the center of the other. Before you decide on the length to cut each pull, you need to consider these two questions:

How many fingers do you need in the raised center of the pull in order to easily pull the drawer or cabinet open? This is usually 1-2 inches. If you don’t allow room for fingers, you’ll get a flat handle like the one below. This won’t work!


DSC_0113How much leather would you like to leave on each end? The picture below shows 3/4 of an inch from the end.


4. Cut both ends of the belt with the rotary cutter or utility knife to remove the buckle and loop holes.




5. Measure what is left of the belt and divide by the decided length. I am usually able to get between 3 and 7 5-inch pulls from one belt. The majority of my pulls need to fit 3 inch holes, so I cut my pulls 5.5 inches to allow for a raised center and some extra on each side. Once you have your length, cut your pieces.

6. Using  a template or ruler, mark with a pencil each hole to be drilled. Use the same size drill bit as the diameter of the hole and size of the bolt.

7. Drill both sides of each hole to allow the bolt to easily screw into place. You could also use a leather punch, but that wasn’t in the budget for this project. Be sure to use a bolt and not a screw. Bolts require a nut in order to lock it in place.

8. Place washer (if desired) on the bolt, screw bolt on to the pull, place your new (old) leather pull on the dresser drawer, and attach the nut on the other side of the drawer to secure it in place. If the existing hole is too big for the bolt, use an eyelet or washer to cover it. That’s it!

Below are a couple of samples of the leather handles I’ve made to update furniture and that are available in Mrs. White Twig’s Etsy store.


Mrs. White Twig Weather Leather Pull


Mrs. White Twig Black Leather Loop Pull

Below is another work in progress using DIY leather pulls. A before and after with the stitched leather handles. I wasn’t able to save the top left drawer, so Whitey and I are planning to build a shelf for additional storage.



If you want more ideas on using leather belts as drawer pulls, please visit my Pinterest board Upcycled Leather Belts.

Thanks for visiting!

Sharing at ShabbyNest Frugal Friday 


Favorite Pictures From Fruita

Fruita is one of my favorite camping destinations in Colorado. It borders the Colorado River and on one edge of town lies the Uncompahgre Plateau and on the other lies the Book Cliffs range. It’s known as a fruit producing area, but is also popular with hikers and mountain bikers. I personally enjoy the vicinity to numerous small vineyards :)






Inside the Colorado National Monument





DSC_0368Thanks for stopping by!



Antique Pink Desk ASCP Antoinette

Little Miss M’s Antique Pink Desk was bought my little sister at the Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana a couple years ago. It came to me denim blue, which I loved, but it needed a little fix in order to be appropriate for Little Miss M’s room.


ASCP Antoinette over Old White with a little distressing. Two coats of ASCP clear wax. I didn’t bother removing the handles when I painted this piece and I glad I didn’t. This was a quick transformation. Pretty and sweet!




ASCP Antoinette is truly the perfect vintage pink ever.


Thanks for stopping by!


Check out this blog: House of Hipsters: Found & Forged.

The Sweetest Thing & My First ASCP

No, I’m not referring to the U2 tune, but to my first ASCP project!  Wouldn’t she look perfect in a little girl’s bedroom?

This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I visited my local distributor of ASCP, the Little Black Chair, to pick it up last week.  I was so excited to try it.

Yep, what they say is true.  It goes on easily and smoothly without having to sand or prime. You can use it directly over old wax, paint, or varnish.  ASCP is water-based, eco-friendly and highly concentrated to produce extensive covering power (taken right from the can itself).  So I tested it.  I used 2 coats of Antoinette, I did not sand, and it covered beautifully.

The dark bronze hardware didn’t quite fit the new Antoinette color, so I used Kryon’s Dual paint and primer in white satin.  A couple of coats of spray paint later and the drawer pulls finished the sweet look of this soft pink dresser.

Sorry about the sideways pictures.  I can’t get the edit feature in WordPress to work today.  I think this is reminding me that I need to start using photo editing software…AND invest in a DSLR camera.

Here’s what she looked like before.  I bought this dresser 14 years ago for $25.00 at an ARC thrift store.

I’m not quite finished with her.  I still need to distress and use ASCP soft wax in clear, but I couldn’t wait to share my first ASCP project with you!

Have a great weekend!  -Angela

Sharing here:


Piece Of Work Wednesday @ Primitive And Proper

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ {Primp}

Chalk Paint Linky Party @ Shades Of Amber

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Restore Interiors – Restored It Wednesday

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change


My Repurposed Life – Thursday Catch as Catch Can


Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Aloha Friday @ http://jedandivy.blogspot.com

Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

2805 – Potpourri Friday

Redoux Interiors – Friday Redouxs

Shabby Art Boutique – Shabbilicious Friday Link Party

Stuff and Nonsense – Fridays Unfolded

Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday @ Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Thistlewood Farms


Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter

Sat. Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Check Me Out Saturday @ A Vision To Remember

 Rustic Restorations Weekends @ Homespun Happenings

Strut Your Stuff Saturdays @ http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/

Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanne Bee The Blog

Sincerely Paula’s No Rules Weekend Blog Party