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 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