Showing posts from August, 2015

Pallet Wood Planters

This idea is inspired by these Pallet Wood Planters @ Make The Best of Things. Or you can click here to find it on Hometalk, where I originally spotted this amazingly wonderful idea. 

Its a pretty easy project, even if you don't have an automatic brad gun. I don't either and settled for old fashioned screws and a drill. After the staining, you can't really tell the screws are there. 

Transformation:  1. score these planters for $1 each at a garage sale
2. cut and nail/screw pallet wood ~~ note: Gorilla Glue does not work on this
3. chalk paint the ugly away
4. using homemade stain, stain the boards and the chalk-painted rim

I didn't really like the green planter color, even after adding the pallet pieces. So, the rim and a bit of the inside was given a couple coats of homemade chalk paint in a cream color...the jar long ago lost the exact color of paint's name. 
And, I still wasn't the loving the overall look. 

Lastly, the whole thing was coated with homemade sta…

Farmhouse Bench Ikea Hack

Furniture transformations can go the way of a can of Pringles, once you pop you just can't stop. This bench is true to that. Two years ago this sad looking kitchen bench was turned into a patio bench. Click Here for Original Post  It came out looking lovely and worked well until it was neglected to the elements. Between hail and sun mixed with rain, the tablecloth ripped and water seeped in the cushion fluff and mold happened. Rather than fuss with it, if that was even possible, the cushion was trashed and I went back to the drawing board.

I've jumped on the farmhouse decor bandwagon and went that direction for inspiration. Totally loving the final product! 

These beauties were sawed off a pallet (to avoid the annoying nails), washed, sanded, then stained with American Heritage by Minwax.
The bottom portion was painted in Moody Blue homemade chalkpaint then lightly stained with the same stain above. Sealed with several layers of Polycrylic in Satin.
Here you can see a bit of p…

Reusable Snack Bags

Less than two weeks away from school, and this year we have two little monsters munchkins headed out the door with backpacks & lunch boxes. 
Luckily our school district is trying something new for school supplies. They are charging a flat fee and then buying them with their bulk purchase/tax exempt status. Sounds like freedom to me! No hunting down low, lower, lowest prices or returning later to finishing buying sold out items. Whew! 
Lunch box & snack bags are my only concern. Combining frugal with upcycling, the dollar store helped create these wonderful reusable snack bags. 

Dollar Store Duct Tape + "disposable" rezippable food bags

Some notes on duct tape:
1. pattern alignment
IF I was a Type A personality, I would have spent time matching up the designs for a more cohesive look, if that's even possible, is duct tape cut & rolled to allow the designs to match up??? Sounds like a fun game for a puzzle lover out there.                                         …