Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red and White Stencil Side Table


Hi. I'm finally getting a few projects done here and there that I can share with y'all. I bought this little gem for cheap at a local thrift store.


The doors were made with super flimsy press board and kept falling out, so I ditched them completely. I painted it colonial red by RustOleum and tried out my new stencil on the top in heirloom white. 


Add a cute gray fabric bin and this little beauty is ready for storage duty! 


I love it when a project turns out exactly like you envisioned, don't you?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Let it go!- The Crafter's Version

I have recently decided that maybe my husband's right. (Don't tell him I said that!) I have too much craft stuff. I know, I know, I just shocked you with that statement. There's probably a few of you saying there's no such thing. I used to feel that way too.

But after the flooding our basement endured earlier this summer, I was forced to throw out some supplies that were ruined. Then, I had to haul all my stuff upstairs to the garage. Which made my husband mad to see how much stuff was actually there. 

I'm now in the process of bringing stuff back down into the basement. *sigh* That's  the point when I realized I will never ever use all of this stuff. As much as I would love to, it's not all going to happen (unless for some reason we miraculously won the lottery and I can quit my day job and hire a nanny).

I've also come to the not so good realization that I've spent a lot of money on objects that are just sitting here in my basement (or garage). Dang, yo! I've got to do something about that. 

So, I'm sorting through things. Things I think are worth something but I don't think I'll use in the next 6 months are getting sold. Things not worth a lot that I don't think will get used in the next 6 months are getting donated (either to other crafters or to the thrift store). 

I need to do this both to lighten my load and possibly recoup some expenses. I also am trying to organize what I'm keeping as I go. That means finally trying to decorate my craft area while I'm at it. 

That part of this whole ordeal has got me excited! I painted my peg board yesterday and it is cute! Hopefully, I can share some in progress pics of that soon.  You can check out some of my ideas for redoing this space here

What about y'all? Do you feel the need to let stuff go? Or are you a keeper? (I'll admit, I'm finding it hard to part with some things!) If you want to check out the few things I've got selling right now, You can see them here.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pinspiration #4: Sprucing up the Master Bedroom


I found a new duvet cover for our master bedroom a few weeks ago. That, combined with a cleaning spree convinced me that the room needed some sprucing up. So, I immediately started a Pinterest board for inspiration.

I decided to start with this idea:






I found some frames already in the perfect color at the thrift store. They were $3 a piece, but I figured it was worth it not to have to paint them.  I bought letters and an ampersand at Walmart. I spray painted them chevron using my shape tape Frog Tape. I used Heirloom White and Sunshine Yellow, both Rust-Oleum colors. I decided the white and yellow were hard to distinguish, so I outlined them with a Sharpie.

Here's the result:



Here you can see them over our headboard:


I love the result. I will be doing a few other things to spruce up this room over the next couple of weeks. I want to get the guest room finished first.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*I was not paid to endorse any of the products or stores mentioned above. I just happen to use those products and stores. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pinspiration #3: Mail Organizing Station


I was inspired by this lovely project from Beyond the Picket Fence:  

I needed a solution for my mail piling up all over the house. Here's my version:


I decided to put it right by the front door as otherwise the mail would just get left on the T.V. stand near there anyway.


FYI- my dad painted that painting for me and made the frame from old barn wood. Love it!

I already had all the supplies on hand for this project. I was digging around in the garage for a board when I found the piece of bead board already cut to the perfect width. Score! Did I mention it was already painted white? Double score! All I had to do to the backing was sand it a bit and antique it with a little stain.

I also had the books on hand from a previous auction buy. I just removed the covers, glued in fabric sides and screwed the cover right into the bead board.


Don't worry about the book insides, they will be put to good use! I thought the covers needed some extra hardware, so I glued some scrap-booking label parts I had lying around to the fronts.


Because I can't resist, here's an "action shot"


I love this thing! Hopefully, I can convince my husband to put the mail in here instead of laying it elsewhere.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Garden Mushrooms


I saw this idea somewhere (can't recall where exactly now) for making garden mushrooms out of upside bowls and vases. I thought it would be fun to add some to my garden.





I thought they added a fun bit of whimsy to the garden. They were super easy to make. I just found various bowls and vases at the thrift store and glued them together using E6000. I've had them outside through several rain showers so far and they've held up great. Have you used any ordinary objects to decorate your garden lately?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coral Madness Project # 3

There will be several Coral Madness Projects coming this week. I'm really pushing to get some of these things done. I would like to finally finish the guest bedroom and move on to the living room.

I've actually had this project done for a long time, I just haven't shared it yet. I bought some bookshelves that were made out of old wooden crates from a friend's garage sale. They had been painted white at some point, but the paint was yellowed and dingy. Before:



Yucky! I spray painted the outside with Heirloom White, but the insides of these babies got color.





I'm not completely satisfied with the styling of these yet, but I've got a good start. I do need these to function as actual bookshelves as well as be cute (I have an addiction to paperbacks that must be stored somewhere). Most of the items I already had with the exception of the two chevron baskets, which I bought at Dollar General for $10.00.

See my other Guest Room Projects Here:
Coral Madness Project #1
Coral Madness Project #2

See my Inspiration Board.

Don't Settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop

Monday, July 14, 2014

Coral Madness Project #2

I'm trying to force myself to finish all the million little bits of my guest bedroom that I started doing a million years ago. One of the things on the list includes two end tables. So, I bring you Coral Madness Project #2 (see Coral Madness #1 here, or other projects for the room here and here.)

The first table is one of those 70's not really wood but not really plastic end tables. I liked this particular one because I hadn't run into one on a pedestal before. Here's the before: 



Here's the after: 


The color in that pic is a little washed out, It's a little darker than that. I think I used Dark Gray gloss from Rustoleum spray paint. Here's a closeup of the side: 


Here's the bottom: 

I'm thinking about doing a coral chevron pattern on the top. Or at the very least painting the medallions on the door with coral. 

Table number 2 was a straight blond end table:


Yes, that before picture was taken in the fall and no, I did not get to this project until spring. I wanted to try putting paper on the top similar to this idea I saw on Pinterest.

Here's how it ended up:



The paper is not quite as distressed as I would like it. When I tried to sand it, the colors started to bleed and I didn't care for that. I'm still pretty pleased with the overall effect.

Here it is in its new home:


I'm loving this room more and more as it comes together!

See my inspiration board for the room.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop