Thursday, January 31, 2013

Make handle hot pad out of regular hot pads

I enjoy sewing, but not to the extent where I create things from scratch when I can alter something to make it easier...and cheaper.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DIY family sign

I am not a fan of clutter.  I don't like to move things more than twice...this can be a problem with this hobby.  Sometimes when you collect things you get piles of things waiting for inspiration, time or the right tools so you can finish them.   I like to get things done. With that said, here is a post making something to help me rid of my clutter.  You may remember my hutch to shelf post....
You see that oval plaque in the center of the hutch?  I will now show you what I did with it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Decorative welcome post

I have seen a few of these posts on pinterest. (You can see one of the versions here) I asked for a 4x4 on freecycle, but no luck. :( I looked around at what I had that I could use instead and noticed that I have several of these posts:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

French chair makeover

This was such an exciting find.  I love chairs!  Not only is this chair a really neat chair, it was in very sturdy condition.
See the detail on the legs?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Make an alphabet plaque

I have been thinking of a way to use up some rub on stickers I have.  I came up with the idea to rub the alphabet on a painted board.  Great idea for a baby's room and easy to do.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Door coffee table

It is finally here... today I will reveal a table.  This is the finished product of what I was working on for my how to attach furniture legs post.  Feel free to go back to that post to see how it all came together.  I will just go over some of the basics here.

 I found this half of a solid wood door  curbside.  You don't pass up solid wood right?


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

White Shabby Chic Dresser

I just love Craigslist sometimes!  I wish I was in an area where awesome furniture like this one popped up on a daily basis.  It is rare where I live so when this dresser was offered I just had to run out and get it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Painting accessories- a trial

I have had this jar for years.  I don't particularly like the colors or finish, but I like the idea of it.  It says "Blessings" it is a place to keep spare change.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fixing up a broken chair

I acquired this chair when my hubby did a craigslist pick up for me.  He was getting free cabinets.  To my surprise, he also brought me this broken chair.  I was more excited about the chair than I was the cabinets for sure!
Look closely and you will see the chair is missing 2 of the corner pieces.  What this photo doesn't show is that almost all of the joints had come loose.  I went to work pulling it apart and scraping and sanding off old glue.  From there it went back together with more glue and some new corner pieces.

Here she is all painted, distressed, and recovered.  I am using it at my sewing table for now.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Decorative Door Stop- How to make one

I absolutely love these!  My bedroom door slams shut whenever my daughters and my windows are open.  I needed something that would keep it open and look nice.  These door stops are the perfect solution and addicting to make.  I am stocking up for my next craft show!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to make and attach furniture legs

Today I am going to show you a great way to attach legs to your projects.  You can make the legs you want by cutting down a longer pair, find them from bed parts, or banisters, or even spindles.

These pair of legs I am using today came from a longer pair of table legs.  I am going to cut them down and make a shorter pair.
I have such a pretty basement floor, don't I?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Custom Welcome sign

I received one of my first custom orders for a simple Welcome sign for a business door.  Nothing flashy but something... welcoming.
I had a board that I cut down to the size I wanted.  Then I painted it black.
I printed off the way I wanted the "Welcome" to look.  I just used Microsoft word and word art to create this.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Unique Chalk Board

One of my favorite easy things to make is chalk boards.  I usually use cabinet doors to make them.  I had this old table/magazine rack that I took apart and used its pieces for various projects.  I had the sides still and wondered what to do with them.
I decided to try a chalkboard!  I filled in the holes then painted with chalk board paint.

If you look close you will notice the hooks I added to the bottom "feet part".  I put them there for keys and to add a little interest. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Make an ottoman out of a large chair

Ottomans are all the rage right now.  Many people are trading in their coffee tables or using their coffee tables to make an ottoman.  It is a great idea!  Ottomans are more versatile and can be used for extra seating when company is over.

Are you ready for this transformation???
Start with 1 Big (Ugly) chair

Friday, January 11, 2013

Chalk paint end table

Making your own chalk paint seems the popular thing to do right now.  I have tried this a few times in the past.  The first time, the paint was gritty and didn't seem to stick- I could scratch it off with my nail.  I got a little discouraged from trying it again, but after reading many more posts about it, I got up the courage to try again.

I picked this table up curbside.  A few minor scratches,  but still in very good condition.  Since it is winter here in Michigan, I do all my projects in the basement.  Not a place I will prime and paint items.  Primer is too stinky and not good for my family to breathe in.

I have a large container of the plaster of paris still so diy chalk paint it is!

A few things I have found about chalk paint.
  1. It is very important to make sure the plaster and water are mixed well.  This will avoid clumps and grit.
  2. The recipe of 1Tbsp of plaster to 3Tbsp of paint works, you need to add the plaster and water first and mix well as I already mentioned.
  3. Let each coat of paint dry thoroughly before painting on another coat.
  4. The longer you wait after the painting is done, the better the adhesion...anyone else notice this?  Maybe I was too eager to see if it worked the first time.
  5. 3 coats works best for me.  The first item I tried it on, I did just one coat then tested its scratch resistance. 
Here is the finished product in an aqua blue, perfect for a beach room.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dresser hutch made into a shelf

I came across this dresser hutch on freecycle and knew right away that I wanted it for some extra storage in my craft area.  You don't pass up free right?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shabby shutter

Shutters are something you can do a lot with.  These small shutters are perfect for a small space decoration, such as a bathroom.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Recreating a small bench

I received this table/bench from my local freecycle group.  If you are unfamiliar with freecycle, you have got to check it out.  It is a group of people local to your location who offer items they no longer want for free.  It is nice to keep things out of landfills within your own community.

It is the size of a bench, so I decided to go with that thought.  I painted the base with a homemade chalk paint.

It already looks better, yes? From there I added lots of batting, polyfil, whatever I had on hand to make a nice cushy seat.  I covered it in some drop cloth material I had on hand.

I thought it needed a little something still so I cut the edge off the drop cloth so it had a seam and I wouldn't have to sew.   I love shortcuts !  Then I proceeded to staple a ruffle around the bottom of the seat.

As you can see I just folded it over every 1 1/2" then stables the fold.  You have to be careful to make the staples even so the ruffle lies parallel to the floor.
Here it is all finished.  Ready in my living room to make an extra seat for someone.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Crib to chalk board

This crib is the perfect candidate for a chalk board easel.  It has a nice large area for the chalk board.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Coral Glam

Some people like bright colors, and some people like soft colors.  I love the softer pallet.  The aqua, white, light yellow, etc.  A friend of mine likes bright colors.  It is very rare that I do things in a bright color, but I was inspired by my friend to try something bold.  This vintage piece was just the right fit.

It started off plain and someone was throwing it away, so I snatched it up.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A ziplet?

As seen on pinterest, people are making bracelets out of zippers.  I wanted to give this a try.  I think it should be called a ziplet. :)

You start with
  1. zipper
  2. beads
  3. thread and a needle small enough to fit through the beads
  4. some type of clasp

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Drawer repurposed

I ran across a bunch of free drawers from a garage sale this past fall so I snatched them up.  They were from an old dresser- dove tail drawers and solid wood.

One of them was thin so I went to work turning it into a jewelry case.