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Thursday
Apr122012

B. Inspired: Before & After

Bryce always blows me away with his creations- creations which often take him less than a couple hours to concoct. Like this 1960's bathroom medicine cabinet he took down for a friend to make way for a remodel. Instead of throwing it in the dumpster, he brought it to his workshop...

Bryce added legs, sanded the entire piece then painted it all one color... turning the medicine cabinet into a charming coffee table with storage. Fantastic, right? 

Next, he found inspiration in this old window pane found leaning against his alley dumpster. This too, he surmised, would make a great coffee table...

For this piece, Bryce added proportionate legs made of knotty pine which ages quickly and is easy to distress. He then added 1 x 4" trim to help secure the legs and finish the look. Lastly, he stained the entire piece with a dark brown Briwax. I want this...

This last Before & After took place in San Diego. Bryce was visiting a mutual friend of ours who is expecting his first child. In typical Bryce fashion, he found this dresser at a nearby garage sale while visiting that morning and brought it to our friend's home to convert it into a more polished dresser for the baby room. 

Bryce did a rough sanding on the entire dresser, then used a Kilz water based primer to ensure the top coat would stay strong. He actually used a gray colored primer so that when he added a white top coat and sanded it lightly on the edging and corners, the gray showed through a bit. He likes the idea of slightly distressing the dresser as it makes the whole piece forgiving to mistakes and imperfections. It began with potential, now it has charcter. Thanks Bryce...

 

Photos: Bryce Toney    Content: Sweet Peach


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Reader Comments (6)

All such great ideas and beautifully executed. I wish Bryce lived closeby!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet G.

I'm a dumpster dive-a-holic and love all of these transformations. You can see art in so many pieces if you just have a little initiative and creativity. Great post!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue Kanes

The window pane table is AWESOME!!!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTams

Nice work. All three are inspiring transformations.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Shanahan

I want that medicine cabinet table bad, it's perfect, perfect, perfect! Is it available for sale?

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather T.

Bryce is so talented. He has a great eye for art.
I only wish I could do things like that. I guess I'll have to pick up a few items at his shop.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob-O

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