The Spinning Wheel

2-DSCN4196Years ago I purchased a brand new spinning wheel to spin my own yarn. At the time we owned sheep, so creating beautiful skeins of yarn with this resource seemed like a natural next step.

Well, I was naive. The spinning wheel beat me. I’m not proud of admitting that. I have mastered many DIY techniques, but this one eluded me. I just could not get the hang of it.

We eventually sold the sheep and the spinning wheel became a fixture to dust. Visible, but not seen.

Last fall I went through the house on a de-cluttering mission and to gather things for a yard sale. I decided to sell the spinning wheel. It didn’t sell at the sale, so I decided to post it on a local buy/sell/trade Facebook page. Since the page is only open to people living in my area, a local reader contacted a friend in another town who was looking for a wheel. Thanks to the reader for connecting us together, my old “new” spinning wheel received a new home where it could be appreciated.

1-Spinning Wheel Yarn 1The update to this story came a few weeks ago. The new owner is very happy with the wheel and she sent me a picture of her handiwork.

I am thrilled!

Now, if I could just get my hands on some of that scrumptious yarn.

Dressed Up Train Cases

6-train caseDressed Up Train Cases

7-train caseNew project on FaveCrafts.

DSCN1064 - CopyIf you remember these suitcases, you know how much I love transforming suitcases into shabby chic beauties.

1-train caseThese train cases were a perfect find for more vintage decor.

2-train caseAs you can see, the shape was about all they had going for them.

4-train caseWith a little tender loving care…

8-train case…they became beautiful swans.

7-train caseYou can find the complete tutorial for their restyle on FaveCrafts.

Click here for the tutorial.

Enjoy!

Fabric Bowl Covers

bowl cover 1Fabric Bowl Covers

I love these! My husband can never find the right lid to our plastic containers. I can, so I’m not sure how thoroughly he’s looking. :( He knows it’s a pet peeve of mine to use foil or plastic wrap when a reusable cover is available…sigh…

Anyway, I made a few of these bowl covers to add another option for the lids.

I actually made these quite some time ago. Recently, I wanted to make more and when I looked for my notes, it didn’t look like I had posted anything on Restyled Junk.

bowl cover 2Measure across the top of your bowl and add 4 inches. This is the diameter. Using this measurement, trace a circle on paper. You can use a compass, or trace around a round object of a similar size. This is your pattern. Don’t over think it. A fraction of an inch here or there isn’t going to matter.

Cut out a fabric circle using the pattern. I like cotton fabric. It washes easily.

bowl cover 3With the right side of the circle facing up, sew one long edge of single-fold bias tape around the edge of the circle.

bowl cover 4Fold the tape to the other side and sew to make a casing. Don’t close up the opening.

bowl cover 5Get out the calculator. Multiple the original diameter of the bowl by 3.14 (Pi). Round off the obnoxious number you will probably get. Subtract two inches. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch-wide elastic using this measurement. Attach a safety pin to the elastic and thread it through the casing. Sew the elastic ends together and tuck them inside. Close the casing.

bowl cover 1This is a quick project that uses up those leftover scraps of fabric from previous projects. You could also use recycled sheets, cloth napkins or tablecloths.

Enjoy!

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Restyled Cabinet

3-DSCN5499Restyled Cabinet

Nothing special, I just wanted to paint something.

2-DSCN5483Restyled from a yard sale find. This cabinet isn’t old. I don’t even think it was made with real wood.

The paint job looked a little too mass produced for my tastes so I decided to cover it up. Actually, let me clarify. It was mass produced. I spotted these same cabinets at a local dollar/discount store.

I sanded off the little topiary paintings. It was too slick to paint as it was, so I gave the whole thing a light sanding to give it a tooth for accepting the new paint.

Then I painted it yellow…

…then brown…

…then white…

4-DSCN5501I painted it with the knob on. I tried, but I could not get it off.

I did all three coats while the paint was still wet. Ringing phones and potty breaks had to wait until the last stroke of the last color.

3-DSCN5499I liked the watercolor look of the paints mixed together. If a paint color looked too heavy in one area, I went back over it with a different color to tone it down.

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Hanging Shutter Display

07-DSCN5615Hanging Shutter Display

I’ve noticed several variations of this display in the last few weeks and it sparked my imagination on what to do with a few shutters I have in my junking stash.

The shutters I found online didn’t really give instructions on how they did it, but that has never stopped me before.

01-DSCN5585I dug out two grungy sets of shutter pairs. Honestly, I think the most difficult part of this project was removing all the old rusty hardware. The tools I had on hand didn’t seem to want to cooperate…but I gotter done.

I also removed the spine on three shutters. The protrusion was just getting in the way. Removing the spine allows the blinds to move freely, which can be a giant pain. I folded them all the same way and ran masking tape done the center of one side of the shutters.

03-DSCN5611On the other side of the shutters, I painted them light blue and brown to give them a “new” old weathered look. The paint provided the glue to hold the blinds in place. I removed the tape and painted the other side in the same way.

02-DSCN5606I placed the three shutters side-by-side with the backs facing up, then measured across the width of all three. I cut two pieces of scrap wood a little shorter than the measurement. I gave them a paint job like the shutters.

10-DSCN5624Positioning them like horizontal fence rails on the shutter backs, I attached the boards to the shutters using wood screws.

11-DSCN5625Rusty baling wire was attached to the top edge of the shutters for hanging on the wall.

Lastly, I attached an old coat hook to the center shutter for displaying wreaths, frames, wall pockets…

04-DSCN5612Enjoy!

The Missing Cat: Our cat went missing while I was working on this project. We were devastated. The next day I went out to look for him. As soon as I walked out the door, I saw the salvaged board that had held the coat hook I used in the project. That was my aha moment. I went out to the barn, opened the door, and out popped our cat. He gave me the business all the way back to the house.

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