Saturday, December 28, 2013

Most Viewed of 2013

2013 is the first full year of blogging for me. I've totally enjoyed blogland and the numerous linky parties out there. Many of these projects were inspired by other wonderfully creative bloggers. 

5. Shutter Headboard
This is one of the projects that leaves me aching for a better camera. These shots don't do it justice. Love how this acts as a little shelf. And it was completely free! 

4. Nightmare Nightstand Renewed
Did I mention that while hauling this beast into the van that the drawer slid out and smashed my toe? Blood was spilled on this project! 

2 and 3. Painted Terra Cotta Pots and Kettle Planter
I love how this combination turned out. Its a lovely conversation piece in our tiny backyard garden. 

1. Functionally Finished Redneck Pallet Deck
I'm partially embarrassed because this truly is only functionally finished, it lacks any attempts to hide the pallets and the steps are unfinished. That'll be a goal for 2014: Fabulously Finished Redneck Deck! lol But I'm glad that this was the most viewed, good to know others out there are looking for ways to reuse and recycle. :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Candy Cane Jars and Chalkboard Tags

I found this adorable idea, here, at masonjarcraftlove,com, via a linky party...I visit so many and I can't remember which one it was. Anyways,  I didn't have any mason jars immediately on hand so I grabbed two spaghetti sauce jars from my glass jars collection.

the sharpie paint pen bled on this one, but I rather like it

I tweaked the process a bit because I was too lazy to make chalk paint. Just used straight acrylic paints, which is do-able since I knew I was going to coat with a matte finishing spray. **The only tip here is to be careful prior to finishing because the paint will literally peel off in stretchy sheets (while paint is semi-dry).

this is my favorite Christmas project this year

Also, on one jar I added a metallic red over the regular red  (the one with JOY on it). I love both jars either way and its nice to have a small variation among the pair.

Here's a 360ish view:

The adorable chalkboard tags were inspired from The Examined Life.
I used two paint pens: fine point and extra fine point.

These were gifts for co-workers and teachers. I used a homemade hot cocoa recipe featured HERE.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cardboard Barn Star

 There is something so alluring about these pointy geometric shapes. I can't get enough of them! Every time I see one on pinterest it gets pinned to my Stars Board. Definitely have a long list of star projects to keep me busy!

This newest star addition is a cardboard barn star compliments of Me and My Thrifty Ideas. Visit her page for a simple to follow tutorial.

Stapling the back of the star tip loosely creates a wide star (pictured unglued in top right corner).
Pulling the star tip all the way over produces a tighter star (pictured glued).

Base coat: Chocolate Bar
Top coat: Metallic Brown

I like how the metallic paint catches the light differently through-out the day.

I will  never look at a frozen pizza box the same! 

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Dumpy Dresser to Toy Storage

Anyone else tired of tripping over toys? 
We love that our kids have toys and that they actually do play with them, but we're over having them litter the floor in. every. single. room. 
After dissecting the dresser below I ended up with one toy shelf, one under-the-bed toy drawer, and two more drawers to turn into whatever: 

so excited about my first under-the-bed-storage-drawer!
I wanna make more!

This ugly swan of a dresser was posted on Craigslist free. Originally it was going to go in my closet (after a makeover) but plans changed in the master bedroom. After a stint storing scrap fabric in the basement, a new purpose was found...pending the makeover it still needed. 

original state

the back....not so steady

original insides, pre "gutting"

The back was attached with wood glue prior to installing the middle shelf, it popped off when I pushed too hard while sliding the shelf in. Not sure if I want to reattach it with hardware or add pallet slabs to the back. ~pondering~
middle shelf was placed according to
 the height of the toy houses

Doubles as a doll/pony house now. 

My four-year-old wanted to help paint the monkey.
Not a bad job for his first furniture makeover! 

old toy chest
If you listen quietly, you can hear it scream: paint me!
holding wiggly baby + taking a picture = blurry photo

new toy chest

casters: $2.47 each at Home Depot

I wanted to add a different drawer pull but nothing in my stash fit the current holes...and I was NOT about to add wood filler and measuring/drilling to this project list. The painting and re-painting was taking long enough. We needed something functional sooner rather than later, that toy chest was overflowing onto the floor. The same apple tart blended it nicely into the background.

There are two more drawers from this dresser. One is in the mental-idea-box/pending-projects for an under-the-bed-drawer for my daughter's horses....a rather extensive collection.

The other...maybe a drawer planter? as seen here.

Or a shelf?

Or keep collecting drawers and make this? (source: pinned somewhere here)
Dresser drawers repurposed as a head board