before & after: mia’s frame table + greg’s cooler

this next project comes from mia loge chung. mia found a beautiful old medicine cabinet and chair at a flea market and decided to transform it into a bedside table. after sawing off the chair seat, mia attached the medicine cabinet to the legs, creating a fun little table with built-in storage. after a coat of paint, it was placed next to her bedside table and the look was complete. as a bonus crafty project, mia created the artwork above her bed using her old closet door and leftover paint from her bedroom. well done, mia!

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CLICK HERE for greg’s vintage water cooler makeover after the jump!

d*s reader greg just moved to austin texas and brought along a restoration project with him: a 1940’s westinghouse water cooler. the cooler was a fixture of his childhood, but spent the last few years sitting unused in a storage shed. after his move, greg decided to search for some (very hard to find) parts to get the cooler in working shape, and now it’s ready to go- complete with a new cherry red finish. great work, greg!

*the vintage advertisement-version of greg’s water cooler came from this vintage vending site.

  1. Great ideas, and that water cooler is to die for!

  2. Deanna says:

    I love how it has storage, too!

  3. Marie says:

    Great work on both! Mia, where did you get that bedding? It’s gorgeous.

  4. The mirror/bedside table is brilliant. A really easy project too…

  5. Melinda says:

    Oh I just LOVE that cooler!!!

  6. Lola says:

    I love the water cooler. Was it professionally painted or diy?

  7. christy says:

    I love the nightstand, but mine is always so covered in junk I would never be able to open it. It is lovely though. :)

  8. beth says:

    I like the extra diy door art above the bed! Thanks for pointing that out!

  9. Alix says:

    The cooler is GORGEOUS!

  10. Kristan says:

    Amazing! The table is so creative – I would never have thought to combine those like that. And the water cooler restoration is judge gorgeous.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    That water cooler is all kinds of wonderful.

  12. Kristi Hauke says:

    The bedding is from Ikea. I saw it there the other day.

  13. christa says:

    I have that same bedding from Ikea…love the green on walls though!

    the water cooler is awesome!!!

  14. Greg says:


    I painted it myself – thanks for the compliment!

  15. heidi says:

    The water cooler is to die for.
    seriously. fantastic.

  16. tod says:

    what a great idea! the water cooler is to die for. and i love the simplicity of the mirror table. just beautiful!

  17. Zoya says:

    the customization of mirror drawer and the table is so aesthetic

  18. zoya says:

    the customization of the mirror top drawer table is so aesthetic and the new life of water cooler is so colorful

  19. Peter Bagi says:

    love that painting above the bed! awesome

  20. Dodi says:

    Both of these projects are beautiful and inspiring! I want a water cooler.

  21. kelli king says:

    Adore both of these…
    I’m with others that love the diy painting above the bed. Great work on both projects. Viva Design*Sponge!!

  22. jackie says:

    awesome makeovers. love the red color for the water cooler.

  23. Lisa says:

    As sweet as the side table is; it still looks exactly like a medicine cabinet sitting on a chair base. Now her artwork looks great and who would have thought it was a door.
    The water cooler is amazing and must Greg smile every time he uses or walks by it! I see that you painted it yourself. Could you give us tips as to how you painted around the “Westinghouse” – like do you glue over the signs, spray paint then peel the glue off when it is dried?

  24. Greg says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I removed as much of the chrome as possible before painting and then re-attached it later after a cleaning/polishing. The Westinghouse logo couldn’t be easily removed, so I painted right over it – waited for the paint to partly dry, and then lightly sanded the surface. Be careful doing this if you are dealing with thin chrome plating!

  25. Rachana says:

    wounderful site and very inspiring too.
    lovely makeover in recycle way.
    Greeitngs from India

  26. brooke cooley says:

    Omgosh, beautiful!!! I love!!! I have been looking for a vintage water cooler for yrs for my husband. He loves tanker desk era. Where do u find it? And any suggestions where i might go to find one?!! Dosent have to be in good condition.

  27. Hannah says:

    How did you paint the cooler?


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