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

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. Continue reading

Pallet Project – DIY Deck Island

Pallet Project – DIY Deck Island

While in Virginia visiting our DD and SIL, we worked on a couple of projects - an island made out of pallets and a rocking chair painted with homemade chalky paint. This is a tutorial on the DIY Deck Island.   DIY Deck Island Since pallets come in all different sizes, we won't give you exact measurements, since it would do you no good anyway. BUT, I am giving you detailed pictures and will try to answer any questions you may have - just leave them in a comment. Find two pallets that are the same size. Pry off pieces that you won't Continue reading

What Does One Do With a Fifty Cent Tile?

What Does One Do With a Fifty Cent Tile?

What does one do with a 50¢ 12X12 tile? Tile a floor (a VERY small floor) Use it as a cutting board Use it as a trivit (for a VERY big mug) Paint it with chalkboard paint and prop it against the counter top for a menu Put it beneath a plant to protect your floor Use it as a centerpiece for a bowl of fruit (8 year old Isaac's suggestion)   What did I do with a 50¢ 12X12 tile?   I found this tile at Habitat for Humanity for 50 Continue reading

31 Posts in 31 Days Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up

Let's just do a quick review of the last month. I crammed a lot in 31 days - in case you didn't notice. One post a day for 31 days. I'd be lyin' if I said it was easy - Fun yes, easy, no. Here are some of my fave posts:  Antique Night Stand Re-do. It's not very often that a project turns out better than I imagined it. Then there was my Kitchen before and after - my own little Hobbit House in the making. Lots of fall deco - Thanksgiving table project, Fall porch deco, Repurposing kitchen accents My trip to Continue reading

DIY Wire Baskets Tutorial by Turnstyle Vogue

DIY Wire Baskets Tutorial by Turnstyle Vogue

I like wire baskets. I've looked all over the internet for wire baskets to buy, but they're waaayyy over priced. I ran across this tutorial tonight that looks easy and inexpensive. And you know I'm all about easy and inexpensive. So I'm all over it. Just click on the picture and it will take you to her tutorial. This is definitely on my to-do list. I need to go look out in that mess of a place we call a garage and see if I can find a roll of wire. Check out this tutorial is by Shari at Turnstyle Vogue - Design Continue reading

DIY Workbench for our Garage

DIY Workbench for our Garage

My DH and SIL are starting a new business and needed a work area - one that is clean and organized. Since neither of those words describe our garage, my DH tore down one set of shelving in our garage and put together a new workbench. I will let him tell you about it since I have no idea what he did. Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...   I chose the garage over the shed I had intended to put it in for several reasons. More room Concrete floor Electricity It’s Continue reading

DIY Silver Painted Decorative Vase

DIY Silver Painted Decorative Vase

Here's another simple DIY spray painting project for you. I have a dozen clear glass vases from my daughter's wedding two years ago. ...along with a bunch of other stuff, but let's not go there. I also have a bunch of similar vases that are left over from burning Candlewick candles that same daugther gave me. Sense a theme here? I thought about donating them, but who would want them? YET, there's GOT TO be a use for them doesn't there? So, the "saver" that I am (DH probably prefers "hoarder") kept them Continue reading

10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

I've given a lot of thought to my DIY projects. I search the Internet for ideas. The thing I enjoy the most is looking at other blogs that focus on home decor. But they can be my worst enemy at times too. Why? Because I don't always feel I can measure up. The problem with looking at what other people do is I tend to compare myself with them - oh boy, that can be a big mistake if I'm not careful I can become discouraged. We will always find someone who can do it better than us. The key is to realize that and use their example as inspiration rather than let it defeat Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey3 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey3 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

This is my last post about Lisa's DIY deco. Meet Lisa Reese, guest writer for Love My DIY Home. Thanks Lisa, for sharing your home accents with us. The Series: A Sentimental Journey 1 A Sentimental Journey 2 A Semtimental Journey 3 (You are here)   Here's a picture of the top of her kitchen cupboards that I've thrown in just for fun. Lisa said about her collection, "I have a collection of antique enamel ware and even a very old snow white pitcher and basin set.  They’ve been in the family probably a Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey2 – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

As promised, here are the valances Lisa made from her grandmother's pillow cases. What items to you surround yourself with to remind you that you are/were loved? I have my dad's Bible on my living room bookshelf - the one he used right up until his passing, 28 years ago when I was 26 years old. It sits right next to an original The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln, an 1865 book, complete with an old fashioned wood spine and leather cover. Lincoln is one of my heroes of the past. On the bookself next to it is a copper bust of Lincoln, a gift from Jillian and Continue reading

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Deco

Walking downtown Wausau at dusk - oh yeah. It's the perfect time to look inside people's windows in the old houses - the hundred year old houses with the old town flavor. No, I'm not creepy. I just like to see how other people decorate their homes. Some of the homes still had the original windows...you know, the ones that when you look through them, they are wavy and distorted? Cool stuff. NOSTALGIA.INSPIRES.ME. Not that I want an old house with wavy windows, uh...no. But the flavor of those old houses when they are expertly decorated with Continue reading