Sunday, December 29, 2013

My favorite 5 of 2013

I have already posted the top viewed posts of 2013.  However,  I have a few others that are some of my favorites that did not make that list.  Today, I want to share those with you.

5. Radio to wine cabinet
This project was a lot of fun.  It turned out great and I have my eyes open to find another radio cabinet to do this again!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 Top 10 Projects

It is amazing to me that this year is coming to an end already.  Didn't it just start?   Time flies.  I hope that you all have had a wonderful 2013!  If not, may 2014 be a blessed year for you with what is still to come.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

These last few days I have been MIA, for a very good reason though.  The flu got me this year and I have been sleeping for the most part of 3 days!  We have been snowed and iced in anyways.  With that ice came no internet access for 2 days, so it's not like I would have been able to communicate much with you all anyways.

I am feeling better, but still taking it easy.  I am thankful that the flu hit over the weekend and not on Christmas.

So, I am stopping by for this short time just to say...

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Silverware box becomes a Keepsake box with a new paint!

I was very excited to find this vintage silverware box.  Painted boxes are so fun to do.  I have seen these turned into paint brush storage boxes, jewelry boxes, and some others, but I wanted a keepsake box.
I can picture it redone with some memories tucked inside like a first pair of ballet shoes, first love notes, a diary...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Door stop angel

I have a few door stops I made a while back.  To my surprise, they didn't sell as well as I thought they would.  At my last craft show, one of the customers walked up to me and said "I am surprised you don't make these into angels."
So here's for you, whoever you are.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teaching kids to give back

Today I am going to write about something besides a diy makeover.  I am going to write about giving.  'Tis the season for giving, or so it should be.  All my kids think about lately is what they are going to get, what's on their list, and what if they don't get it.  You can see, why this is heavy on my heart.

I am trying to come up with ways my kids can think of others during this season, but also throughout the year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to update country hearts


I found this country style bench with heart cut outs in the sides.  I can't pass up wood, no matter how outdated it may be.  You can always use the parts and pieces, right?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wedding dress quilt

So my sister calls me and says, "I know what you can do for me for Christmas".  Right away a cautious, "ok" is my reply.  You never know what she is going to come up with.  She wanted me to make a quilt using her wedding dress!

A little scary, right?  Who wants to be responsible for cutting up someones wedding dress? If you know me even a little I am always up for a challenge.  Before I accepted my fate to make a quilt out of her wedding dress, I searched the internet and tried to convince her of other things we could make with it.  She wasn't having it.  Her mind was set.  Since this is my first quilt, yes I said first, I searched and searched for ideas of quilts with less cutting and sewing.  I found an idea here http://quiltstory.blogspot.com/p/our-quilt-patterns.html.  I received my sisters consent on the style and set to work.

One word before I being.  If you are a quilter or sewer, be nice... please.

Here is her gorgeous wedding dress.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reuse a Christmas tree top


This cast off Christmas tree top got snatched up from me right away.  I have been wanting a small tree for my front porch.  When your tree lights stop working, don't toss it, make a smaller tree!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

3 chair bench

You may have seen these before, but this one is my first.  I had picked up these 3 chairs at a garage sale.  One had a broken spindle, but that didn't matter since I had been wanting to make one of these benches made of chairs.  So here goes...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Angel coat rack

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  You may have noticed I took the rest of the week off last week to be with family.  Now it's time to get back to busy.

I wanted to try a different graphic than some of the French Typography and the scroll that I recently did.  I opted for an angel for this coat rack that I found over the summer while garage salin'.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A new use for those shoe organizers

I have been spending some time these last 2 weeks trying to straighten out my basement.  Ugh!  It is a lot of work.  I have tons of spindles and table legs that were just in a box and every time I would try to find something, it got a little frustrating.  Well,  as I was rearranging, I had a great idea.  This shoe organizer box is going to be my new spindle organizer.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The best sweet potatoes...Ever!

I love sweet potatoes,  there are so many ways to eat them, but I want to share with you my favorite.  My sister introduced this recipe one Thanksgiving, and we have never went back.  This is a pampered chef recipe, but is slightly adapted.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Antique style chalkboard

Yet another chalkboard made from a cabinet door.  This one is different from any I have done before.  It starts off with a larger door, probably from an entertainment center.  Check out what I did to make it different!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Update a kitchen with a wallpaper backsplash

I have lived in this house for 5 years now.  I am shocked it has gone by so fast and I still didn't have a back splash in my kitchen.  To be honest, the tile back splash I would love is just out of the budget so I opted for washable wallpaper.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ipad in the kitchen

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It sure was busy.  Here is a cute project I wanted to share with you today.
I have seen these cute ipad stands to use in your kitchen.  Don't have an ipad, no worries, I don't either.  It can also be used for recipes or cookbooks.  I found these 2 cutting boards at garage sales over the summer.
Old and worn, they needed a new life.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to make free price tags

Soon I have a craft show coming up and have been busy pricing some of my things.  I thought I would share with you how I make tags for free.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

4 poster puppy bed

OK, so I don't have a dog.  Does that mean that I can't make a dog bed?  Of course not!  I found this old end table at a garage sale for a few dollars and am about to show you how I turned it into a dog bed.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Simple chair makeover

Before we get started on today's chair makeover, I would love for you all to sign up for my giveaway.  I have some goodies from Maison Blanche Paint Company! We are celebrating my 1 year blogiversary!

Now onto today's post:

How I love chairs!  So many possibilities with paint and fabric choices.  I never tire of redoing a chair!

1 year Blogiversary and a Giveaway!

I can't believe that I have been blogging for about a year now!  Time flies.  I have learned much and met many wonderful people through blogland.  My first post was November 17, 2012.  The winner of this giveaway will be chosen November 17, 2013 on the actual blogiversay date.

Maison Blanche Paint Company has been generous enough to help me out with a giveaway for this special event.

I would love for you to help me out by trying to do both of the entries you can do.  I would love some feedback on my blog.  I have been working hard to make some galleries on new pages and will be working on cleaning up a bit.
Here is what you could win:

3 wonderful samples of Maison Blanche Vintage Paint plus one sample size of Organza Shimmer cream all wonderfully packaged and ready to be sent to you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Shabby Chic Scroll Box

For a while I have been on the lookout for a bread box to make over and keep in my kitchen.  I haven't been able to find one I like, so this is the next closest thing.  It will not stay in my kitchen but it will curb my "I want to makeover a bread box" craving.  Do you ever get those?
No one wanted this poor little thing anymore.  I think it was some type of phone box?  See the cubby on the bottom?  Doesn't it look like the perfect place for a phone book?  If you know what this box is for, please let me know!

I did the usual.  Prime, paint, then I added a graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

I have used lots of graphics from her.  This time I tried a new technique and I like it.

Step 1. Apply glue to a piece of printer paper.
Let dry.
Step 2. Print off the graphic of choice (remember if there are words, you need to reverse the photo to print)
Step 3. Apply mod podge to the piece you wish to transfer the graphic to.
Step 4. Press down the graphic, ink side down onto the mod podge.
Step 5. THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT- let dry 24 hours!!!!
Step 6. Get paper wet and gently rub and pull off graphic.


Another question...would you leave the box as it is, or add another graphic on the front?


A little distressing is always good!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Can I change the look of a chair?

You have a chair that was built a certain way.  How that chair is upholstered can differ from the original plan.  I will show you how I will attempt tochange the look of a chair by changing the details on the upholstery finish.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

How to hide a broken corner on a dresser

My mom picked this dresser up from a garage sale.  She really liked it, but it has a broken corner.  So, to my house it came.

Friday, November 1, 2013

1 table into 3 projects; project 3

Are you ready for my third and final project from my 1 table?  It uses those beautiful curvy legs.  I have been searching for legs for a bench I have had for a while.  Either too expensive, too short/long, or not the style I wanted.  Finally this tables legs will work!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1 table into 3 projects; project 2

If you missed my Monday post, you might want to check it out.  I am showing you how I turned 1 table into 3 project.  Project 1 can be found here.  Today, project 2 is our focus.  A ruffle pouf.

I admit, this project is my "what was I thinking" project.  I say that not because it took a lot of skill, no certainly not.  I say that because it took A. Lot. Of. Time.
First I will show you where this part came from

Sunday, October 27, 2013

1 table into 3 projects; project 1


This week I am going to share with you 3 projects made from 1 table.  I picked up this table at a garage sale.  I thought it was unique, then I got to thinking about those gorgeous legs!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Simply grey- a chair makeover

Yet another chair makeover.  I told you before,  I love chairs so when I find one that needs some love, I can't resist!  This one was found already stripped down and ready for a new cover.  Thank You!!!! Whoever took out the million tacks and staples, my hand appreciate it!

I pulled out lots of fabric possibilities and settled on a grey and white damask.  It will be simple, neutral and elegant.
I primed it and painted it white.  Then to make those details pop, I glazed over them with a grey glaze.
A little closeup for you :)
Some jute webbing was used to support the back of the chair since it was just a gaping hole.
Remember to fold over the end and staple to tack it down again.  This will hold it better and longer.
After doing the webbing across the back I covered it with some burlap.
Then came the foam...
and the batting.
As always I covered the seat first, then the front of the chair.  Lastly came the back.  You can see in this photo there is also burlap on the back of the chair.  There are lots of options for securing the back on.  Lots of times I cardboard tack the top then stitch the sides.  In this case I tacked the top then used some nail heads to secure the back on.
She's all done and I love how it turned out.
I wish I knew what the chair originally looked like, but...
We'll never know.

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