Little Side Table Project

June 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all!  I want to share some wedding projects and some other big news very soon, but for today I wanted to stop by with a quick project. 

We found this little side table at a garage sale for .50 cents.  Yup, .50 cents. 

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Shabby, yes, a bit.  But, I loved the round shape and primitive pedestal.  So, I patched, sanded and painted.  I picked a burgundy-ish color and then I stenciled my favorite paisley on the top in silver.  I thought this was a bit modern to mix with this little table.  I roughed up the edges and faded out the design on the top.  I think it turned out really cute!

 

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What do you think?  Well, this little guy already found a new happy home 🙂

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Some Fall Decor

November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s getting a bit late in the season, but I thought I’d share our fall spirit with you.

This is a basket we bought at the Threshers this year.  We agreed on it because of the antlers! lol

 

I filled the basket with gourds.  To keep them up towards the top of the basket I stuffed it first with tissue paper.  I also kept the tag on the basket to remember who the craft vendor was!

 

We also each got a pumpkin, which we kept on the porch…

 

One of our black kittens on the porch too.  Meet Patch…

 

 

Here’s how our carved pumpkins turned out…

 

John Deere and a scary laughing face. lol

 

Happy fall ya’ll!

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A Quick Doorstop Project

November 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The main level in our new house has a small bathroom in the laundry area (yes!), which is super handy, but sometimes a bit wierd.  We like to leave the door at least half open so that you know the room is not occupied, but you also dont want the door flung wide open to see everything (let’s face it, even when clean, bathrooms just aren’t that appealing!).

So, to stop the door from flopping about annoyingly, I made a doorstop. Cost? Free!

I went out to the barn and grabbed an old brick, then cleaned it off.  I used some soft, thick, scrap fabric I had on hand, and wrapped the brick like a present.  I secured the fabric with a glue gun.  Last, I added ribbon trim, also scrap, to the seam for a finished look… Viola!

 

 

Nothing fancy, or groundbreaking, but it was cheap and does the job.  I don’t think it looks half bad either, if I do say so myself! And, you get a sneak peak of the bathroom/laundry room! Just a note, if you are thinking about a project like this, it works great! I love how this thick, soft fabric slides easily and quietly on the tile floor with a scoot of the foot.  I recommend!

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A Gift Basket

October 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I work for a non-profit agency and part of our yearly activity is to do a bit of fundraising to help out.  This year we decided to make gift baskets and then auction them off.  I volunteered to make a gift basket and then of course panicked, not knowing what to put in it!

So, I decided to make a basket of hot cocoa and coffees and all the fixins. I got this idea because a while back in a magazine I saw some antique spoons coated with chocolate and given as a gift with some drinks as stirers.  I started off with some vintage silver spoons and some chocolate…

 

 

Then I wrapped these cuties up.  I added some cute vintage mason jars and a tag for the cocoa…

 

 

 

 

I think it turned out pretty well, and it was super easy! Hope it raises some money! 🙂

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An Awesome DIY Project

June 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This chandelier is completely awesome! I drool everytime I look at this picture.  Someday I hope I can work up the courage to attempt this DIY project.  For now I call it inspiration and stare longingly at the photo each day.

 

 

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Christmas Decor For 2009

December 17, 2009 at 11:59 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This year’s Christmas decor at our house is looking pretty similar to last year.  But, I did add one project, which didn’t turn out quite as planned, so I need all of your help!

Here is our tree, similar to last year, but always fun!

Here is the feather boa wreath- also always fun!

And the new project for the year was clear ornaments with the blue and peacock feathers in them for the table.  (Very cute when Rachel Ray did it!) My problem is that the ornaments were too large to fit more than a few in the cake stand.  Also, the feather look a bit blah to me.  What do you all think?  Hunt down smaller ornaments?  Different feathers?  New vase/plate?  Hmm…

Let me know what you think!

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A Few New Scrapbook Pages

December 17, 2009 at 11:44 am (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been getting some things done over my past blogging absence!  I accomplished many many scrapbook pages.  Here is a peak at just a few.  I hope these inspire you scrapbookers out there!  Feel free to ask any questions!

I personally like my pages to be handwritten.  I like the imperfections and mistakes.  It makes them feel more personal to me.  My pages are also always original.  Personalizing is my best advice for scrapbookers, it will always mean more in the end!

Hope that gives you all some ideas!  And feel free to give your ideas too!

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An Office Project Finished

November 23, 2009 at 11:42 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As I said before, I have recently started a new job.  With that has come a new, but bland, office.  So, I got to work.  The first project I have completed is a table for the office.  I found this ugly guy with a paper top for a couple of dollars at the thrift store:

I started by sanding the wood legs and sides a bit and then painting them black.  I then used scrapbook paper on the top.  I taped the paper down, starting with a full sheet in the very middle of the table.  When the sheets were lined up nicely, I used ModPodge to cover the sheets, using a foam brush.  I did several coats of this, drying in between. 

 

Black and white, of course!

One thing I learned from using the ModPodge was that it makes the paper wet, so at first it will bubble up.  This smooths out as it dries.  But, I did make the mistake of lining the paper sheets up perfectly edge to edge.  Lining them up with a bit of overlap would have prevented the sheets from moving as they dried.  I do have a few tiny spots where there are gaps between the paper now.  I learned! 🙂

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Bookend Project

March 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have said it before, but I love repurposing items. Especially in these times, finding new life for old items is the greenest option. Some things you hate to ruin by transforming them, but for the most part I believe that reusing old or obsolete items is a far better choice than letting them waste away in some one’s unloving basement, or worse yet, a landfill. Plus, repurposing is often much cheaper than buying new items, as well as healthier for the planet. So, when I get the chance to make a new addition to our home, and at the same time get a new project with old items, I jump on it!

In college I made bowls out of records as a dorm floor project. I still have mine in our office on the book shelf. The other day I saw a project online where book ends were being made out of old records, and decided that would be a perfect addition to the shelves, and even fit in with our music themed office.

I made a stop yesterday at the Salvation Army and picked up two records. They weren’t anything special, just old records in decent shape and with pretty labels. Last night we boiled some water and dumped it in the kitchen sink. The water softens the record and you use a utensil to bend it.

Overall the project was easy and turned out pretty cute!

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Cooling off under a box.

Cooling off under a box.

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Making A Mini Bar

February 4, 2009 at 11:48 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Currently we hold all of our drink glasses, servers, shakers and wine and liqueurs in one of our kitchen cupboards.  But, I have always wanted to do something different with these items.  I would like to have some sort of mini bar in the kitchen or dining room.  This would be such easy access for entertaining.  Also, it would free up more cupboard space in the kitchen, which for us is at a premium!

I have recently seen a few photos of DIY bars and am in planning process for making one of our own.

This redone shelf unit was posted on Apartment Therapy.  I think this is great inspiration for our project.  A simple shelf unit like this would be easy to find and probably affordable.  I really love the wine racks and glass holders.  I also like the idea of lining the backs of cabinets with colorful ,fun paper.  Here is another picture of a mini bar with beautiful paper:

I also like the idea of using a bar cart or serving tray with a few bottles and glasses, but options like the cabinets in the pictures would give us much more space and probably be safer with pets, especially if there are doors.

I am very excited to get started on this project, and will keep you posted!

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