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 vote.   I chose the fabric Herringbone Incomplete by Lehan Veenker for the chair and pillow and Arrowhead by Paper Dahlia for the accessories. I wanted to put together a color scheme that would go with the desk I already had in my guest room. The desk was my submission in the September Fab Furniture 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 mind, he's thinking... "Here she goes again, getting me to haul off more crap for some future project."     One can of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Spray Paint, Satin Espresso, a scraper, a rock, a Sanding Sponge (Fine grit), 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 I did.   Thanks, Mom.   Now I will show you the first thing I changed. I took her closet, where I found a multitude of treasures after she passed, and made it into my mini office fit with desk, chair, utility boxes and the such.   Here 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 to plant them everywhere and enjoy them all summer long.   Enter - old crummy pots...   While at a church rummage sale, I found these 5 huge outdoor planters.   They were all stacked on one another, dirty and a bit ragged. Ah, 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 door/window/pallet? You name it.   That's me, btw. That's me with the can of spray paint in an old pair of sweats out in 44 degree weather (that's supposed to be 50 or more according to the can's instructions) painting the next project quickly while hoping I can get it inside Continue reading

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 2

How to Upcycle an Antique Door – Part 2

In How to Upcycle an Antique Door Part 1, I showed you how I had painted brown on one side. Now I will show you what I did to the other side. I kid you not - this is by far the coolest project I've done and you could for sure do this yourself.   Now you'll see what I did to the other side and the end product. Here are the two sides...   IN THE RAW   This is the one side that I painted brown that you read about last week.   Now let's look at side two.   MATERIALS (Affiliate Links) Sanding Sponge Rust-Oleum 2x Painters Touch Spray Paint American Decor Creme Wax Hobby Lobby Hardware 1 " Corner Brackets   Step One – Side Two: Clean and 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

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Greetings my Young Living peeps and other glass bottle throw-awayers...   What do we do with all the glass bottles we use every day?   Do you throw them away or recycle?   The Ningxia Red bottles from Young Living are such nice bottles - heavy and nicely shaped.     There are so many products that come in pretty bottles.   Here is an upcycle glass jar/bottle project for you.   Materials: Chalkboard spray paint Decorative rope or twine Beads or any sort of decorative bauble   Just spray and decorate - do a couple of light coats so you don't get drips.     I used Chalkboard Black Spray Paint. (Affiliate link)   The baker's Continue reading

Accidental Artist Strikes Again… DIY Mason Jar Shelf Redo

Accidental Artist Strikes Again… DIY Mason Jar Shelf Redo

I've mentioned this before...sometimes my best ideas come from mistakes or accidents. This is the case of the redo. A couple of years ago our daughter, Jillian, said she wanted a shelving unit for her nail polishes - we're talkin' 100 bottles. Since one of my kids wanted something, of course I would spend the next few months looking for just the right shelving unit. While at an auction, the auctioneer grabbed a little wall shelf unit that from across the room looked perfect for her project. I only paid a buck! Imagine my surprise when I went to get my little nail polish shelf and it was 4X bigger what I thought it would be. Needless to say it went in the garage for two years, abandoned by this overzealous mother... Until one day the light bulb went on. I would paint it and use it to hold my collection of Continue reading

Antique Chair – Better than a Hobby Lobby Hack

Antique Chair – Better than a Hobby Lobby Hack

The front porch needed some serious help after our long winter, so the first step was to fix my antique chair, one of my first projects from last year.   Welcome to my life... (no pretending to be perfect here)     See it tucked in the corner behind all the big pots next to my grandson's worm collection?     We got this and two other chairs as part of an auction bundle, spray painted it and have had it on my front porch for a year. I wondered if it would survive the winter - yep, I was too lazy to take it in and just kept brushing the snow off as I passed by. The seat only had a few scratches on it, so that is easy enough to fix.  It's hiding a couple of ugly electrical boxes. I thought to just go ahead and paint the chair Continue reading