Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Ethan Allen Coffee Table Stars in “The Taming of the Shrew”

#sponsored post It looked like an easy flip...   Have you ever had a DIY project that you just wanted to throw out the window, chop it up with an ax and then burn it to make sure it was totally eradicated from your memory?   Beware of the "easy" ones... There's a little consignment shop about 45 minutes from us that we go to occasionally to look for furniture to flip. The prices are reasonable, usually, so it's worth the trip. Of course visiting their other little shops and burger joint Continue reading

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

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

This is a Sponsored Post   This summer at auction I found a sweet little antique bedroom side table from the Empire Case Goods Company.     I immediately knew it was a great find and fought till I won it. It was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Pricey for me might not mean the same thing to others...   Upon a bit of research, I found the manufacturer of this side table, the Empire Case Goods Co., listed in a 620 page library book of Jamestown, New York 1915-1916 Town Directory. From what I've read Continue reading

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

Weeds for Sale – Dirt Cheap! A Fun Garden Sign

  Weeds 4 Sale - Dirt Cheap! DH replaced the steps leading to our basement, so I took the old boards and painted a sign for the garden - my "step garden" behind my garage. I'll show you the before and afters of that later, but for now, here is how I did my sign (super easy): 1. Grab a board, any board. I used an old one with chippy paint - very rustic and not good for much else. 2. Hand draw your wording - you don't have to be perfect. Just write it on and paint the letters with black paint and a little paint brush. I saw this Continue reading

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

Gardening Tip – Mulching the Garden with Straw

We got a very late start in gardening - when we were in Michigan and raising kids, we tried raising a garden. I still remember that photo that we took of the one lone ear of corn. The ground was apparently empty of neutrients because nothing grew - N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Of course, it didn't help that we had no idea what we were doing.   But three years ago we bought a house on an acre of land in Wisconsin that had an old overgrown fenced in garden with grape vines along one side. We tripled it in size last year and have been working on improving the soil. Continue reading

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

DIY Pot Rack – Pendant Lights or Industrial Wood?

Caution: This is a really looonnng post - first the background story of a win/loss/win, 2 sets of before and afters and a detailed description of the final DIY project! It all started with a giveaway...   I Won a Pendant Light! Back in January C.D. Loken at CD's Country Living had a giveaway and I won: "In honor of CD’s Country Living’s blogging anniversary, Parrot Uncle generously agreed to send one lucky winner this LARGE (18.11 x 9.06) Retro-Industrial Light with Pot cover shade ($45 Continue reading

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

Direct Composting – Improving Garden Soil

No Bin No Way We considered buying a rotating compost bin for our garden to use scraps from the kitchen to improve our garden soil, but they were all pricey and I didn't like the idea of having to dump our scraps into a stinky bin and having to turn it to keep it aerated.   You may call it lazy, but I call it efficient. My schedule is so tight, I'm all about quick and easy with few steps in between. Plus, we have a lot of winter here in Wisconsin and I don't like tromping through the snow!   I did a search (naturally!) and came up Continue reading

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

A Family Dresser Rescue – April FFFC

Fab Flippin' Furniture Contest "Pure Colors, Original Elegance"   Preserving Family Memories is a Comfort to the Soul Back in 1978 we bought a set of dressers from my parents for $50 just after we were married. Years later my mom wanted them back so we traded for the set she had at the time. I've since given the upright dresser to my DD and kept the other for my walk in closet:     Do you have reminders of your parents around the house? Have you considered the FACT that one day Continue reading

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

10 DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames + A FREE Printable!

We downsized recently and have 4 boxes of old picture frames filled with my kid's pictures. I don't have much wall space in this new house, so I needed to figure out what to do with all the frames. Boxes and boxes of frames... Not only am I a Mom of Many; I am also a photographer. I had 8x10 frames of each of their school pictures on one wall in my old house... plus various candids, family pictures, sports pictures, baby pictures etc. all over the other walls. That's a lot of frames!   So I did a search 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

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

DIY Kid’s Room Canvases – Using Duck Cloth

  Duck Cloth and Artist Canvases I have a nice and easy project for you - using duck cloth canvas material, wood letters and artists canvases from Hobby Lobby.   You will need: duck cloth 12 x 12 artist canvases heavy duty staple gun scissors large letters paint for the letters bling     Measure or just lay your canvas on your duck cloth and cut it a few inches larger, just enough to wrap around and staple to the canvas. 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