Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Wicker File Cabinet Re-purposed to a Paint Cart

Here is a quick example of how you can re-purpose those garage sale finds inexpensively and easily. No muss. No fuss.   Just a can of spray paint, black glaze and a sponge paint brush turned this wicker file cabinet into something useful. Wicker isn't very popular any more and you will find wicker everything out in garage sales for just a dollar or two.   I bought this one at a garage sale for $2 this summer.     STEP #1 Spray with Rustoleum Painters Touch spray paint. Pick a color, any Continue reading

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Baker’s Rack Becomes a French Beauty

Short and Sweet I'm popping in here to show you a little project I just finished - you can find similar "before" pieces around and about as people often sell these at garage sales and second hand shops. Most people think that if you want to upgrade you must get rid of the old and buy new. Not true.   Here is a BEFORE picture of her when she was just plain Continue reading

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Guest Master Bedroom – Before and After

Have you ever seen before and afters that seemed too expensive to duplicate? I have. Too often we look at what others do and decide we could never do it ourselves.   It only took 3 1/2 years, but we finally did it.     And we did it within our budget, in our own time, in our own way.   You can too. What room do you want to flip?   Our green carpeted gold sponge painted master bedroom is finally a hotel quality guest room.   This was the original master bedroom, but we Continue reading

Antique Night Stand Re-do

Antique Night Stand Re-do

What's hiding in your basement? A couple of years ago I gave our daughter, Jillian, a night stand that had been a family heirloom from my husband Mark's aunt, Aunt Emily. She had painted it white, but wasn't happy with the results. I had a 2 1/2 week stay in Virginia with Jillian where we spent a week decorating her living room/dining room at her new place. This is one of the pieces we hauled out of her basement to try to salvage.   Newly married, in school, and on a tight budget, this had to be another "use what Continue reading

From Trash to Treasure – Update old brass decor, don’t toss it!

From Trash to Treasure – Update old brass decor, don’t toss it!

I told you about the cast off treasures I got from a friend in my first From Trash to Treasure post here. Here are brass pieces that NO ONE wants.   After painting the brass finishes with my dark walnut satin Rust-Oleum spraypaint, I decided to mix and match the parts to make new pieces.  Brass decor isn't very popular these days, but there is no reason we can't update.   When I painted this one, (pic above) the paint didn't settle in the grooves, giving it dimension. (It's OK to go ahead and think I planned Continue reading

DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3

DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3

  I have picture frames up the wazoo! Seriously, I must have more than three or four dozen wood frames packed in boxes… In the garage, In the basement, In my craft closet, In my blanket chest… Nope. There aren’t any blankets in it. Just picture frames. Some day I will paint that blanket chest with chalk paint and actually use it for blankets. When you raise 15 kids like we did and tote a camera around with you 24/7, your house easily turns into a virtual Continue reading

Christmas DIY Wood Crate Challenge

Christmas DIY Wood Crate Challenge

  We were challenged to take a plain wood crate and make it Christmas festive. I bought three and plan to use them under my Christmas tree.   BEFORE Box and Snowflakes       First I spray painted the inside with Rustoleum's Painter's Touch 2x Ivory Bisque.   Large wood snow flakes at Hobby Lobby were perfect for an accent. I spray painted them the same ivory bisque as the box interior and then sprinkled silver glitter on it to give it Continue reading

November’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest – Take a Seat!

November’s Fab Furniture Flippin Contest – Take a Seat!

Once again I have entered a furniture flippin contest.   November's Fab Furniture Flippin Contest challenge is called "Take A Seat" sponsored by Minted. Each contestant was given free fabric from Minted to complete the project. Minted fabrics are designed by independent artists who design a pattern and then enter it into Minted’s ongoing design competitions. Designers submit, and the Minted community votes to tell them what to bring to market. You can check it all out here if you’re an artist or would like to Continue reading

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

  I've got a quick how-to for you because many have asked about the ladder I have on my porch. It's rather simple, mind you. Like 15 minute simple.   Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle   While at my DD and SIL's home renovation they ripped off their deck-ish type of backyard railing. Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:   Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.   This is my DH - and if you can read his Continue reading

Craft Room Closet Makeover

Craft Room Closet Makeover

I showed you my mom's room makeover way back when.   Well, my mom isn't with us any more - she went home to be with the Lord December 23 last year.   One of the first things I did was convert her bedroom over into my craft room. It was to her room first that I would to run each time I finished a project or posted a DIY tutorial.   She was my best cheerleader.   It was totally fitting that I would turn her room into a craft room. It is where I feel close to her and remember how she supported everything Continue reading

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

I Sent Myself Flowers – for My Mom on Mother’s Day

You've all heard the overused quote, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I'm here to tell you that if you don't have a mom to send flowers to this Mother's Day, send them to yourself!   The ads for Mother's Day gifts are everywhere, and since I've recently suffered loss, they make me feel lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut.   I decided to overcompensate.   Instead of bemoaning the fact my mom isn't here to receive flowers from me, I'm sending them to myself. I'm going Continue reading

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

Decorative Peg Board – Craft Room Decor

"Find out who you are and do it on purpose," ~ Dolly Parton.   Imagine a place where your most inner self can feel at peace. For some it's in their garage restoring an automobile. Others it's behind a pulpit, sitting in front of a MAC or Pfaff sewing machine.   Do you have a place like that?   Possibly, if you are reading this you may be "one of us."  THOSE people that are happiest with a can of spray paint in their hand leaning over an old beat up piece of furniture...or shutter...or Continue reading