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

Fall Splendor – Canvasing the Neighborhood

Fall Splendor – Canvasing the Neighborhood

There are times when you find the unexpected all around you and are forced to pause for a moment and take it all in. I know I drove my husband crazy today, but I just couldn't help it. My DH, Mark, is laid back and FDD - That's my made up disorder that I use to describe him - "Feeling Deficit Disorder." We had some kids with ADHD, so using acronyms for spelling out behavior tendencies was a way of life for us. Basically I am like a balloon and my husband is the weight on my balloon that keeps me from flying away. Fortunately he balances me out, because I'm a fly by the seat of the pants, ready to jump in with both feet kinda gal. He's the quiet unassuming humble, let's think about it a while and don't be too hasty kinda guy. We're a good fit, but I didn't always see it that way. Funny how life can change your Continue reading

Fall Porch DIY Decor

Fall Porch DIY Decor

A local farm was selling pumpkins for $2.00, so I bought 3 to use on my porch. There's something very satisfying about supporting local businesses.  For my fall porch deco I used my funky candle holder, a basket I found at Goodwill for $1.99 (I painted the sign with chalkboard paint), and a mum plant I bought on clearance at Walmart for $3.99. I added some of my other diy projects and some fall finery from our yard. I'll let the pictures do the talking.   Easy project - spray paint an old banged up watering can!     Click here to see more fall decorating projects on my Pinterest board. I'm also on:  Facebook / Google+ / LinkedIn / Twitter   What's on your deck? Continue reading

Painted Fall Decor Accents – Before and After

Painted Fall Decor Accents – Before and After

  Today is the day I get to use all the things I bought this week Let's do some Fall Deco! I can't wait to show you what I did today. I need to hurry or I will have to change that to "yesterday." This is what I started with: Bag of 12 handpainted ceramic pumpkins - $4.00 at Goodwill Funky Candle Holder - $3.00 at Goodwill Little metal vase - $.86 at Nice as New consignment shop Metal hanging thingy - $1.50 Nice as New consignment shop Ugly green pumpkin - $1.99 at Goodwill Little orange pumpkin - $.75 at Goodwill Black sequin pumpkin - $1.00 at Target (Tar-jay as I like to call it) Blackboard spray paint - $3.98 at Menards Jelly Jar - old deco from years ago Two decorative glass canisters - $1.99 & $1.49 at 2 different Continue reading

Front Porch Decor – Easy DIY

Front Porch Decor – Easy DIY

No More Junk Here! The above picture is my front porch I was telling you about - I pulled all my projects together and am pretty happy with the result.  It's certainly better than looking at a pile of junk that usually graced our front entrance! This fall I'm going to try to go big and use the pumpkins and corn shocks out of our garden and maybe even the vines from our squash. Here's some fall front porch decor ideas I think are inspiring: source source I have a cute little wooden wagon that Mark, my DH, crafted for me years ago. That would work great in front of my painted chair that I already have on the front porch. Love the look of this next one - from Pinterest... source I think I will try my hand at painting a pumpkin (big surprise coming from me?). I really like using words to decorate, so maybe I'll Continue reading

Old Watering Can Turned Deco

Old Watering Can Turned Deco

Porch Deco Series Here's an old watering can that was dented and scratched up that we got at an auction as part of another lot of "junk". Just remember, "One man's junk is another DIYer's treasure."  I had Mark bang out the dents and I sanded out some of the flaking metal. I gave into my spray paint obsession once again and turned it into another porch deco piece. I love saying, "piece." Sounds so artsy doesn't it?   Repurpose! Sometimes simple is good. Pinterest / Facebook / Google+ / LinkedIn / Twitter   Continue reading

Re-purpose Old Chairs

Re-purpose Old Chairs

More on my Porch Deco series... Often when you buy things at auctions they offer a smattering of this and that hoping to snag you on one item just to get rid of a dozen others. Some days my husband announces he won an auction and lists the different things in the grouping. It's not uncommon for him to submit a low ball bid just to see if he can win. (I think it's a sickness we've both contracted!) There is usually only one thing he wants in the group. If he wins, he brings the whole lot home and asks me if I want any of the extra stuff. Recently he won an auction that had 3 old chairs - dusty grimy old chairs that would only be valuable to someone wanting to have a bon fire... or a DH DIYer (die hard do it yourselfer) such as myself. What the auctioneer saw as a bunch of junk to unload, I saw as intriguing future projects. Often the items will gather Continue reading

Spray Painting Old Deco – A Quick Fix

Spray Painting Old Deco – A Quick Fix

We recently moved from a larger house in Michigan that housed all 17 of us - yes, I said 17. I have 15 children. If you want to do a little reading on our family and my life these past few years, visit my family blog at: www.momofmany.wordpress.com. Below you can see a picture of the last time we were all together in 2004. We weren't able to downsize when our last 3 children moved out, or to put it less graciously, get rid of all the junk, because we had our house on the market for nearly 3 years. All our stuff we needed to get out of the house to improve the look while it was on the market went into boxes and were piled up in the garage. We had to put on the "face." You know the, "Come look at our house - we are perfect, tidy and don't really live here, we have a show home everyone dreams of," kind of face. To sell Continue reading