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 this.)        I put the painted brass on my kitchen island to dry in the warm kitchen (negative 10 degrees in my garage where I painted it).  Each time I passed by them, I thought about how they would look once I put them together.  I don't wait very 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 scrapbook.   Now we are empty nesters (yay for us!) and have downsized.   So I have to justify keeping all my frames and not just “Give them all away to Goodwill to be rid of them.” (That solution was courtesy of my DH.)   I’ve been on a mission to Continue reading

Upcycling Trash?  Repurposing?  Double Duty-ing?  Thrifting?

Upcycling Trash? Repurposing? Double Duty-ing? Thrifting?

It's a way of life. Or, maybe it's an obsession. I suppose it depends on who's describing it. Upcycling trash isn't as bad as it sounds. We throw away so much trash. We can't upcycle it all, but why not some? Good for the environment (I'm not a tree hugger, just responsible.) Good for the pocketbook (It's rewarding to save a buck!) Good for you (It's fun to own original creative works of art and one of a kind decor!) Here are some examples from my recent post Craft Room Closet Makeover. Old Box Springs - cut them off and use to hang projects on a wall. (I've seen them hold candles too.) Ningxia Red packing materials turned paint supplies - use to hold up your painting project or as a spray paint caddy, brush holder or paint stick 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

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

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

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

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY?

Do You DWO or DIY? We are now through the Christmas season and it’s time to think about perspective and balance with the new year just around the corner. I heard complaining – a LOT of complaining about the “cost” of Christmas and how it has become a boring/stressful/unremarkable/frustrating time of year. This set me to thinking.   Why do some people dread this holiday season? They forget (or don’t care) about the reason for the season. They wait until the last minute to buy gifts and end up spending too much money. They take no delight in the music or decorations, seeing them as commercial and garish – reminders of the stress of the Christmas season. They see their family and friends as sponges, trying to suck the life out of them – they are hard Continue reading

Dresser Turned TV Stand

Dresser Turned TV Stand

 It is a new day. I woke at 4:45 this morning and couldn't turn my brain off. As always my mom pops in my mind and since the stress of her dire condition is ever present, I couldn't get back to sleep.   At least it wasn't like yesterday.   I woke at 2am and didn't go back to sleep until 6:30 and then it was only for 45 minutes. I had to go to work that morning and by the time I got to the hospital at 2:15 that afternoon, I was dragging. Fortunately they have a nice family lounge and I took a few zzz's listening to music while Jillian and Taylor continued their vigil. Thank the Lord for power naps and music apps.    So, I am delivering my Dresser Turned TV Stand I told you about. It seems so nostalgic to me to tell you about this project. Making memories is the beginning of a foundation Continue reading

DIY Gift Bags at To Work With My Hands

DIY Gift Bags at To Work With My Hands

Occasionally I like to share resources that I think would be useful to my readers. Today is one of those days... My friend, Karen, over at To Work With My Hands has a tutorial today on DIY gift bags ...made out of TRASH! You should hop right on over there and check it out. ...and while you're there, leave Karen a comment, letting her know you stopped by.   Blessings!     Continue reading