Monday, January 19, 2015

Face-Lift for a Medicine Cabinet turned Shelf





 This is a much needed face-lift on one of my first ever DIY projects (click here for original post, its boring, you've been warned). I'm sure its not unusual to "play it safe" when one first starts out with DIY home renovation/decoration. This original post is a solid example of that! 















When we bought our town home it had these lovely, gorgeous, 80's style bathroom cabinets. I know, you're jealous and wish you had them, too.

Just kidding. They're ugly & out-dated but structurally sound. It seemed a waste to toss it out.

Here's the how-to: 

typo correction: draw evenly spaced lines

Home-made Chalk Paint in Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (a hazmat find: click here to see my post on getting free paint at the local hazmat.)

Color: 

To achieve the desired color was a too step process: coat one was home made chalk paint in Trattoria Teal. I've used this color in several projects recently: fence-pieces-to-bookshelf and turquoise-dining-chairs
It takes on a greener hue when coated with Dark Walnut Stain, another look I'm favoring as well, which was step two.


In addition to coating the edges with stain, I also lightly wiped it over the faux-wood planks in random spots. It added dimension to the color. 

Close-up of the finished faux-wood after a light
application of stain in random spots.


VAST improvement with a little bit of paint & stain. 
After curing it will be sealed with polycrylic. 

Some Close-up Shots:





I'm in love with the finished product. ~smitten~

What do you think?

My PinterventuresFeatured via The Kolb Corner for Merry Monday.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Reusable Grocery Bag Upcycle

We get a lot of mileage out of our reusable grocery bags. "Load 'em up," I ask the bagger, fewer trips from the car to the house. 

This poor bag had one too many groceries shoved into it and the strap broke off. The print was too adorable to toss it out. 

So: I turned it into a car caddy for my daughter: 

How-to:
1. cut off straps
2. fold bag into itself and glue down (I used Tacky Glue)

3. thread elastic strip through one of the straps
4. stretch out and use sewing machine to secure to inside of bag
5. reattach strap to use when hanging the bag 

I had some difficulty with step 4. My first attempt was a fail...the bag hung open too much. 
FAIL
So....I readjusted the elastic (tediously used the seam ripper to remove then re-stretch it further) 
Then, folded over the top sides near the strap and stitched them down.  
oh, that's embarrassing...forgot to remove the staples after gluing/stitching the straps on 
can we pretend you don't see them? ;)

It still hangs open more than I pictured, but the bag is deep enough so the items are secure. 


To fix the "saggy look" I just folded the top over. 




Hopefully this will eliminate the plethora of paper, crayons, books, toys, and water bottles that previously carpeted the van floor. 

~fingers crossed~ 












Scrap Fabric Wreath & Detachable Pine-cone Garnish

This idea originally started out as a candy-cane themed Christmas wreath, but once I started digging around in the fabric-scrap bin, it took a dramatic turn. 
I just loved the beige and burgundy remnants and went with my gut. 

The wonderful thing about this scrappy-wreath is that it is versatile....soooooooo, I get to use it for Christmas.....

And right now.....


And eventually for February. 

It won't be too difficult to switch it up which makes holiday decorating easier. Especially since it seems like the holidays come in such a whirlwind! 

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The wreath started out with some dry-cleaner hangers, fabric remnants and burlap ribbon, which was more difficult to work with so I booted it to the side. (It kept unraveling while tying it into a knot. Guess it wasn't meant for this kind of project.)

 For the detachable pine cone garnish
 Hot glued strips of scraps (bit of a tongue twister) to the back of the pine cones and "hello" sign. The pine cones were also glued together.
Flipped wreath over and tied the pine cones and sign on. 


Ta-da!



I still want to make a candy-cane themed Christmas wreath....with 11 months til next season...I have the whole spring/summer to garage sale some finds! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top Picks of 2014

This was a slow year for me craft/blog wise. An extra baby and taking the summer off contributed to that. Just this season of life. My word of the year for 2014 was Intentional and in order to be a more intentional mother I needed to scale back on my time commitments. Again, its just a season of life that has, thankfully, moved on to a less demanding-on-mommy's-time season. Its been good to get back to crafting-around, even if its at a slower pace than before.

Here are the Top Four posts of 2014: 
Click on the link below to go to the original post:
trashed-sofa-table-to-mudroom-bench

floor-samples-to-key-holder

trashed-jug-bedside-lamps

shutter-headboard-take-2-color-dashed

And here are some Honorable Mentions from my stash of favorite projects: 
Click on the link below to go to the original post: 
turquoise-dining-chairs

fence-pieces-to-bookshelf

sweet-little-side-table

rainbow-free-dollhouse

All-in-all, it was a great year crafting wise, much was learned...more about that later in a future post titled: Embracing the Fails. Already, the to-craft-list for 2015 is pretty long. I look forward to tackling that and posting the before and after pics. Maintaining a craft blog definitely helps keep me focused on finishing projects. Otherwise, my home would have more than its share of half-finished projects. lol

Thanks for following along and commenting. I appreciate feedback, especially as I try out new techniques. I look forward to the linky parties this coming year. Its inspirational seeing new ideas, upcycles & makeovers, and learning about new painting tips & techniques. Blogland is a wonderful exchange of ideas! Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Map Garland & Holiday Fun at our House

This project was totally inspired by duct tape and denim's peace-earth-christmas-banner-globe
You should check it out if you haven't seen it already. 
Here is my version:


My favorite map piece is the compass. 

 This was a simple and easy project. It was easily completed while watching TV. If you like the chalkboard sign, you can check it out here.




I'm so thankful for Pinterest and all the ideas pinned there. The kids & I had a fun time this week trying out some of these pins. 

Making 3 Ingredient Peppermint Pie with the kiddos. They LOVED using a hammer to smash the candy canes. It was yummy! Luckily we have one left in the freezer for later. :) 



Baking up a batch Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti. The only drawback is that these go way.too.fast! So yummy! Seriously! Way too fast! 
Pair this with Gingerbread Spice Coffee Creamer. YUM! 


Making Warm Apple Cider & Rum Punch. This also goes way.too.fast! Delish!


I'm a star nut and just adore the star shape in these apple slices. 



 And breaking out the Christmas decorations. :) 
We aren't doing a tree this year since our youngest is mobile and very curious. Instead we put a couple mini trees on the mantle and some scrappy wood decorations outside. click here to see




Watching our favorite Christmas movies --- vintage style, ya know, on VHS. 


And some holiday reading favorites. 



Its been unusually warm here hitting the high 50's and low 60's most days. It looks like Christmas inside but not outside. We're expecting snow this weekend. It'll be nice to get into that "white Christmas" mode. 

I'll be baking another batch of that Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti while getting a fire going. :)




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scrappy Wood Christmas



Come February our basement is getting finished. It'll be a wonderful addition of space, but....I have my craft-hoard in the corner+ of the basement. I've been on a cycle of purging, crafting, storing, for the past few weeks. I feel like a kid who is cleaning their room, I stop and play with all the "new" toys I find instead of finishing the cleanup! lol
This may or may not be a lot like how I clean also...

Candy cane is my favorite Christmas pattern. The Christmas card holders (pictured above) were made from two pieces of pallet wood: whitewashed and painted red stripes light-handedly.
The clothes pins were stained with homemade stain. Made it a bit more rustic looking.

 


I'm thrilled with how this scrap wood nativity turned out. Its made from a piece of fence, broken lattice (Mary & Joseph), pallet wood, jar lids, a random spring (baby Jesus) and a star ornament from Michael's. 



On the other side of the yard I put this scrap wood Christmas tree. I have at least a dozen scrap wood trees pinned to my Christmas Pinterest Board and was excited to finally make my own! 






This twig star has also been on my to-craft-list for awhile, too. Gave it a generous coat of gold glitter paint. 


Now we just need some snow! 


Wood sources:
I hated bringing home these large fence pieces but now I love them! 
They are an awesome source for plenty of projects. 

You can see the chair legs sticking up in the far left of the dumpster.
 A couple of them were painted green, distressed, then put on the Christmas tree. 

Christmas tree pieces prior to painting: they were given a couple coats of homemade stain.


back to cleaning the basement....