A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

A Sentimental Journey – Preserving the Past Through DIY Decor

Walking Downtown Wausau at Dusk 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 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 quality furnishings creates such a warm fuzzy feeling inside of me. Connecting with those in our past has always been Continue reading

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 "Rachel":     "Rachelle" began her life as "Rachel," an average nondescript baker's rack. But she was renamed the French beauty, Rachelle 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 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.   Project List (affiliate links): Hammer Nails 3" Deck Screws Cordless Drill Pry Bar Spray Paint Glue Pallets 2x4s Ceramic Tile   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 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 cents and I immediately thought about my antique nightstand that holds my Young Living oils diffuser. I was a little concerned the mist would damage my table top, so when I saw this tile on the cheap 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 Virginia turned into a huge DIY project, check it out here - Front room transformation I'm not going to continue posting every day - the 31 posts in 31 days was just a challenge that got 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 getting cold and it’s much easier going to the built on garage than the shed that I would have to shovel my way to in just a few weeks. The garage wall started out with some homemade wood 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 these 2 1/2 years thinking I could find someone who could use them.  Then I found someone! ME! Check this out. I took one of the glass vases and wrapped rubber 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 or discourage us. Some of the home decor blogs are amazing! They have perfect houses and perfect photography to share their home decor. Oh, and let's not forget, they have perfect writing 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 hundred years, and I’m delighted to have a place to display them that is well out of reach of rambunctious grandchildren or klutzy grandmothers." Featured below is her framed Continue reading