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 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 Continue reading

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Ningxia Red Bottle Upcycle

Greetings my Young Living peeps and other glass bottle throw-awayers...   What do we do with all the glass bottles we use every day?   Do you throw them away or recycle?   The Ningxia Red bottles from Young Living are such nice bottles - heavy and nicely shaped.     There are so many products that come in pretty bottles.   Here is an upcycle glass jar/bottle project for you.   Materials: Chalkboard spray paint Decorative rope or twine Beads or any sort of decorative bauble   Just spray and decorate - do a couple of light coats so you don't get Continue reading

Fall Tablescape – Seven Days of Tips 3

Fall Tablescape – Seven Days of Tips 3

Bring in a touch of the outdoors for your fall tablescape this year. Pine boughs, pine cones, pumpkins, berries, leaves, even rocks are a good choice.   And of course, it doesn't hurt that it's free. So let's get creative. Think outside the box.     I like free. Free is good. Candles work well with the outdoors because they are made of natural products.   Who doesn't like candles?     Look through your serving pieces and pair them with your candles and lanterns filling in with the natural things you scarfed from your yard.     I found this "pumpkin" at Goodwill 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

Accidental Artist Strikes Again… DIY Mason Jar Shelf Redo

Accidental Artist Strikes Again… DIY Mason Jar Shelf Redo

I've mentioned this before...sometimes my best ideas come from mistakes or accidents. This is the case of the redo. A couple of years ago our daughter, Jillian, said she wanted a shelving unit for her nail polishes - we're talkin' 100 bottles. Since one of my kids wanted something, of course I would spend the next few months looking for just the right shelving unit. While at an auction, the auctioneer grabbed a little wall shelf unit that from across the room looked perfect for her project. I only paid a buck! Imagine my surprise when I went to get my little nail polish shelf and it was 4X bigger what I thought it would be. Needless to say it went in the garage for two years, abandoned by this overzealous Continue reading

Got Work To Do, Got Work To Do…

Got Work To Do, Got Work To Do…

Years ago my DH and I watched a sit com about two writers. I have no idea who they were or what the show was called, but there was one funny scene that we never forgot. The guys (I think they were brothers) were trying to work and had writer's block. One of the men tapped his head with his notebook and said, "Got work to do, got work to do." From that moment on whenever we had a long list of stuff to accomplish, we'd say, "Got work to do, got work to do." I know. Cheesy. But it's our "inside" mantra...kinda like an inside joke, but not. So, when I wanted to redo our office and put up a bulletin board in front of his desk, I decided to "decorate" it. Not  girly decorating-ish, but MANLY! I rifled through my scrapbook stickers and found some stick on letters - check it Continue reading

DIY French Photo Frame Tutorial – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 4

DIY French Photo Frame Tutorial – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 4

Here's another frame project completed. In November 2013 I talked about upcycling old unused photo frames here. Let's face it. We get tired of our old stuff and want need changes in our home. It's who we are. No sense in fighting it. We can have change for pennies rather than spending money on something someone else did. Here is my inspiration photo: source I searched through my boxes and found an old oak framed sports collage and painted it with a light tan spray paint. I didn't sand it because I like the way the paint scatters somewhat and grain shows through just a bit.   It will be hanging on the wall, so I'm not concerned about scratching or paint wearing Continue reading

My Master Bath Before and After DIY Project

My Master Bath Before and After DIY Project

My daughter, Jillian, sent me some pictures of a candle stand she bought at Goodwill and had spray painted with Rust-Oleum Multi-Color Textured Spray, Autumn Brown. When she arrived for Christmas she asked me if I'd done a post on her project. I hadn't, because she never sent me a picture of the candle stand in her living room, finished. The subject was dropped until she brought it in to me and said, "Merry Christmas." It was so unique - I L.O.V.E. unique! It was the perfect piece to finish my master bath re-do. Here is the before picture of our master bath. Wait, it gets worse... The former owners of our house took the adventurous avenue and used the master bath as an experimental Continue reading

DIY Framed Wire Tool Hanger – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 2

DIY Framed Wire Tool Hanger – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 2

This is the second in my How-to Series on Re-purposing Old Picture Frames Here's my first post with a list of 10 DIY projects to upcycle old picture frames. The plan was to do this last week, but we had a special delivery just after Thanksgiving. We welcomed in a new grandson. All my plans for the rest of the week went out the window! But, I'm back now with a nifty little project for you. It's easy. It's cheap. It's useful. It's a great decor item.   I'm using it as a tool hanger in my craft room. but really, it could be used for just about anything. Use it to hang photos, craft supplies, kitchen tools, office supplies...anything goes. 1. I started with Continue reading