Archives for February 2015

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 1

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 1

This is my favorite DIY thus far, an upcycled antique door turned into a trendy piece of home decor for just pennies.   My DH and I found some old doors at an auction - about two years ago. They've been sitting out under our lean-to since, just calling to me,   "Paint me, Paint me..."   Here are the before pictures - side one. Here are the before pictures - side two.     They're pretty cool in the raw, but I had other plans. This will turn into a series because there were many steps to the project.   Step One: Clean and sand both sides, but not so much that you lose the textured layers of old paint. I used a Sanding Continue reading

Sometimes ya just gotta make a mess…

Sometimes ya just gotta make a mess…

Better Homes and Gardens? Have you ever looked through the Better Homes and Gardens magazine or read a blog post about a new living room update and thought, "Wow, she sure has it together." or,   "My house never looks like that."   Well, I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't draw wrong conclusions about the people behind the "perfect homes." We usually only show you the one perfect moment that we've staged just for the story. It only lasts until the photo shoot is over.   I thought I'd show you a real life "before and after."   To encourage you   To let you know you are "normal," or at least a normal as the rest of us, whatever that is.   Real life is so much better than the Continue reading

Stand Alone Cabinet – A Side of the Road Rescue

Stand Alone Cabinet – A Side of the Road Rescue

My friend, Lisa, picked up a little free standing jelly cabinet alongside the road and brought it to church, asking me if I wanted it. It was pretty icky... ...bruised and battered with stains and a couple of bandaids stuck to the shelf. Gross! But I saw its potential. Wayfair.com has a similar cabinet for $138.99. Amazon has one for $137.99.   Well, when I say similar" I mean if it were new. And clean. And never before touched by human hands.   The "saving" process...   My DH cut off part of the legs so it would fit under my kitchen cabinet island.   After cleaning it up a bit, I cut paintable textured wallpaper to fit the shelves. At first the plan was to just paint them, but there was no white spray Continue reading

Guest Post at To Work With My Hands

Guest Post at To Work With My Hands

I have a guest post at To Work With My Hands today, please stop by and leave a comment on Karen's blog. Here is an excerpt:   Have you ever known a “total woman?” Did you ever hear a special speaker or see a lady at church or out and about that seemed to have it all together? I’m talkin’ the clothes, the makeup, the way she seemed to know how to do everything perfectly?   Honestly, that woman doesn’t really exist, but there are those who are quite accomplished and appear to have a beeline on life. Do you wonder how they do it?   To read the entire post, go here.   Blessings!   Continue reading

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle 2

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle 2

Here is a second upcycle project using a Ningxia Red glass bottle.   Materials: Chalkboard Spray Paint Decorative Rope or Sisal Twine Tag or Sign Bottle Candle Holder (Affiliate links)     And, of course, a bottle...       Just spray with chalkboard paint and decorate – do a couple of light coats so you don't get drips.   I randomly wrapped twine around the upper part of the bottle and tied in a knot and then a bow, adding a color to accent the bow. The twine is very easy to work with. I wasn't careful, I just wrapped it around until I ran out of twine.     Use this project to experiment - you can't really mess this up. Just Continue reading