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Revamped Vintage

July 2008
Revamped Vintage
Transform flea-market finds into modern-day treasures—here, dealer Hollie Wood offers up three simple projects made with items bought for a song

Pillowcase Dress

Vintage pillowcase
Measuring tape
Sewing machine
Colorful buttons & ribbon

Create the top of the dress by cutting the seam off the short, closed end of the pillowcase. The amount that you cut from the top—minus one inch for use in the seam—determines dress length.

Determine the size of the armholes: Wrap measuring tape over the shoulder and under the arm. Add an inch or so for comfort.

Fold pillowcase in half lengthwise. Divide your armhole measurement in half, and mark a diagonal line of this length from top of dress to side. Cut along line, cutting both front and back pieces of cloth.

Jewelry organizer

Wooden card-catalogue drawer
Wax paper
Vintage wallpaper
Tacky Glue

After thoroughly cleaning the drawer, apply a coat of paint. Add additional coats until surface of drawer is covered evenly.

Make wax paper templates for wallpaper compartment liners: Lay a sheet of wax paper on top of one compartment. Press paper down into the floor of the drawer, easing excess paper up along side walls. Use fingers to create a crease where bottom and sides meet. Remove paper and cut along all four creases to make template. Repeat for each compartment.

Outline each template onto underside of wallpaper sheet, then cut along outline to create drawer liners.

Dab Tacky Glue on underside of each liner and spread evenly with finger. Fit paper into compartment and smooth in place.

Hatch-top Table

Tape measure
Ship hatch
Mailbox or mantel posts
Electric drill
4 double-sided (dowel) screws

Determine the height that you would like your table to be. Measure this height, subtracting the width of the hatch (just an inch or two) you are using for your tabletop. Cut posts to this
measurement with a saw.

Place hatch face-down on the ground and stand posts upright on its backside, with the edges of each post no more than two inches from the corner. Ensure all are evenly spaced.

Outline the shape of each leg onto the back side of the door. To determine where to drill the hole for each leg, locate the exact center of the outlined shape (find the middle of each side and draw two lines: one connecting the dots from left to right and another from top to bottom. Mark the spot where the lines meet). Drill a hole in this spot in each of the four outlined spaces.

Follow the same procedure to find the center of each post. Drill a double-sided screw into a post, then match the screw up with a hole in the table, and twist the leg into the hole until secure. Repeat with each table leg. To increase table’s stability, you can add L brackets connecting each leg to underside of hatch.