Thursday, February 28, 2013

Make a sign from a drawer front

I picked up a dresser that was falling apart....literally.  It had 1 drawer out of 4 that was still in tact.  No worries, because drawer fronts are the best thing to make signs with.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to easily paint spindles- and the rest of the project

Spindles are everywhere!  Chairs, legs, beds, and more.  It is not an easy or fun task when you have to paint a lot of them with a brush.  I am going to share with you a way to make it faster and easier.

In this post I am building another welcome post.  The first one I built can be found here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Make shutters into a corner shelf

I love the many things you can do with shutters.  I found this pair and knew just what to do with them.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Awesome way to update your cabinets

Ok, I am so excited to share this with you all!  It is always nice to be able to upgrade your kitchen cabinets so you don't have the plain builder grade look.  Well, budgets can sometimes get in the way.  I am about to show you how I added legs to my kitchen cabinets for free!  No buying legs, but a little sweat goes a long way!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Banana muffins- recipe gets a healthy makeover

I am taking a break from furniture today to share a recipe.
I have had this recipe for a few years and my family loves them.  The original recipe is the usual white flour, butter, and more of the "not as healthy" products.
I am going to share with you my version of this recipe with the "healthier" options.

Banana Muffins

1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour (I grind my own)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 egg lightly beaten
1/3 cup of applesauce

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of butter

1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease muffin tin (I use a regular sized 12 muffin tin).
2. In a large bowl, mix together the 1 1/2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter.  Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and cinnamon.  Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Sprinkle topping over muffins.
4. Bake in a preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

I have not found a way to make the topping without butter to make it healthier. If you know of one, I would love to hear it.  You can always leave the topping off.  You can also substitute 2 egg whites for the 1 egg to lower cholesterol and fat content.

I always try to incorporate fresh ground wheat flour into all of my recipes. It's health benefits are something amazing. I have linked to an article explaining some benefits.  Take some time and browse it or search for yourself on google.  It is something to look into.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crackle finish made with glue

Did you know you can use glue as a medium to make a crackle finish?  I didn't either, until I ran across this post.  All it takes is regular white glue like Elmers glue all.
I had a chance to try this finish on a mirror my mom had.  This mirror is one of the first pieces of furniture she bought after she and my dad got married and it is one of the only ones she has held onto.  Needless to say, it was still in its original finish some 42 years later!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Making a hall tree

I have had this door for a few months knowing I was going to make a hall tree out of it.  What I didn't know is how I wanted to do it.  Did I want a bench or a table or shelves?  So many decisions.  I got tired of looking at it and decided I would just get started and see where that led me.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Free storage

As you probably know by now, I don't mind stopping to pick up an item off the curb.  I like to be able to save something from our overflowing garbage dumps when I can.  I ran across this broken bench while I was picking up 2 chairs.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tuffting on an old headboard

This headboard had seen better days.  With a broken support leg, it just wasn't working anymore.  It still had potential so I re-created it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Share love... and a valentine mantel

Happy Valenine's Day!  Before I get to my Valentine mantel I have something important to share with you.

It is always heart breaking to hear stories of people battling cancer.  I have recently become aware of a young man who is battling brain cancer for the second time in his life.  The first time he was only 3 years old! He has been cancer free for 10 years (if you do the math, he battled for 5 years) and now was diagnosed again at the age of 18.
Staples in head

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Aqua and grey chair

Anyone notice that I have a thing for chairs?  Especially lately.  Besides the fact that I love chairs, I keep coming across them.  They are screaming for a makeover!
I started painting this one before I realized I had no before picture, so you get a during picture.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Make your own mug rack

Who doesn't need a little more cupboard space?  With this diy mug rack, you can free up some space and keep your mugs easily accessible.  The original version and my inspiration for this project came from here over at Penny wise cook.  It not only saves room in your cupboard, but also your counter tops unlike the free standing mug racks.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Make your own stamp with felt

I saw this on pinterest.  Ok, admit it, a lot of your conversations start out this way!  I know a lot of mine do.  The idea came from Lowes!
All you need is some felt, a wood block and some glue. Oh, and of course, scissors!

I found a wood block in my scrap wood and used some felt I had on hand to cut out some shapes.  I wanted to make a flower.  Here is the start of my project.

Once I had all the shapes cut I out rearranged it till I was content.  Then I hot glued it all in place.
Here it is all finished.  I just had to get the stamp prepared before I forgot about this awesome idea.  Tomorrow I will show you what I did with it.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Refashioning a Tazo canister

My mom drinks a lot of tea, so naturally she gives me all her Tazo canisters.  I have a collection and have been waiting once again for inspiration.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Adventures in painting upholstery

I have a set of chairs that was given to me by a friend.   A little outdated, but in great condition.  I have been wanting to try my hand at painting upholstery and since the fabric on these chairs was/is still perfectly usable, I decided to go for it.  I can always tear it off and recover it if I don't like how it turns out, right?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mirror makeover

I love mirrors.  This gorgeous old mirror was abandoned and left for trash. On the back of the mirror it says Nov 1944.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Flower chair- a makeover with contact paper

I was inspired by the chair remake at Kammy's Korner (see hers here) so I decided after I came along this chair to give it a try.  It is amazing what a little paint and creativity can do to an ordinary piece of furniture.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Making dragonflies

I have always thought how neat Lucy at Lucy Designs' dragonflies are so I set out to make some.  Spring is just around the corner and who doesn't need some outdoor decorations? These would make great mother's day gifts too.  A little early I know, but it's never too early to think about and appreciate our mothers!  You can see how Lucy does these here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Small crib bench

I have a very small front porch. It is bare and boring as I have never had anything to put on it.  I ran across this crib someone was getting rid of so I decided to make a small bench.