Corrugated Tin Flag

 

7-DSCN6491A little Americana from the junk pile.

1-DSCN6474My son was cleaning up some stuff beside the garage today, so I had to check out what treasures he was unearthing. This piece of corrugated tin was just one of the treasures that had the wheels turning in my head. It was already the perfect size. No cutting needed. If you are interested, the tin was 6 1/2 inches wide (5 rows of bumps) by 33 inches long.

2-DSCN6476I really wanted to make something quick and easy to use as a Fourth of July decoration. I got out red, white and blue spray paint and just went for it. I lightly sprayed one side with the white spray paint. “Lightly” was the name of the game for this project. You will notice all of my pictures look a bit fuzzy. Actually, it is the paint that is fuzzy. I didn’t want the colors to be solid and crisp. Yep, it’s probably an acquired taste, but I think it gave the flag a rustic appearance.

3-DSCN6480I cut a 5 1/2 inch star on my Cricut and placed it on the left-hand end of the tin, positioning it a 1/2 inch from the long edges and the end. I placed a sheet of newspaper over the tin, 1/2 inch to the right of the star. The newspaper masked everything to the right of the star. I lightly sprayed blue paint over the star.

4-DSCN6484See where I’m going with this?

5-DSCN6486I then cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper and placed them over the second and fourth vertical bumps, then covered the blue field with more newspaper.

6-DSCN6488Red paint was sprayed over the paper strips to create the stripes.

7-DSCN6491Small holes were drilled 4 inches from each end and about a 1/2 inch from the top long edge. I attached rusty wire through the holes for the flag’s hanger. A little raffia and I was finished in less than an hour.

Enjoy!

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Use an oversized or outdated pair of jeans to create a sturdy tote bag. You can use this bag all year long and store everything you need.

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Restyled Book Bundles

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book bundle 1Ever wonder what to do with those old, outdated encyclopedias from the 70s? Restyle them into decorative book bundles to accent any room.

My son just so happened to have a whole set of these in his room. I had no idea why. He had no idea why, but he said I could have them. Yay!

book bundle 2Since the cover was the only thing I wanted to alter, I initially cut it away from the pages so paint didn’t get on the ends of the pages.

book bundle 3Once the cover had been painted and aged, it was simple to reattach the cover with hot glue.

book bundle 4I used decorative scrapbook paper to cover the book.

book bundle 5Wallpaper or wrapping paper would also work.

book bundle 8The flower was also made from the decorative scrapbook paper.

book bundle 7I added a poem from an old book and a few other this-and-thats.

book bundle 6The entire book was tied up with string with a key attached.

Want a more detailed tutorial? Check out my full tutorial on FaveCraft.

Enjoy!

Flower Box Arbor Trellis

6-DSCN6462Flower Box Arbor Trellis

1-DSCN6441I’m not the only one who shops my barn. One son was in the barn digging for something and he found this little gem. It was actually something my husband had made last year. I don’t think he liked it, so it ended up in the barn. Since the kid drug it out, I decided to see what a little paint would do.

I took the arbor part off. It had already been stained and I didn’t want to get paint on it.

The box had a lot of loose paint on it, so I sanded and peeled the best I could. Ugh! It just would not smooth out. Okay, rustic it will be!

2-DSCN6444I painted it a pretty green…

1-DSCN6458Then dry brushed white over it.

Yep, a little paint did do the trick.

2-DSCN6457I reattached the arbor trellis, then touched up the screw heads with a bit of paint.

6-DSCN6462I love the way it turned out. I think it would be cute with pots of flowers in it, garden tools, or used on a buffet at a barbeque to hold plates, napkins and silverware.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

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Vanity to End Table

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02-DSCN6396You may remember this “vanity” from my birthday junking adventure. It’s actually one side of a vanity. The other side of the vanity, the table across the center and the mirror…, well, they just weren’t there. That didn’t stop me from seeing the potential in the one side that I had though. There were a few obstacles…

03-DSCN6399The first obstacle was the gap on the top back edge. On a full vanity, the mirror would have fit into this gap. I had to cut off a small chunk on the end so that the gap reached all the way across the width of the vanity.

01-DSCN6393I dug through my barn stash and found a shelf with a pretty scalloped edge.

04-DSCN6400The thickness of the boards were just the right fit for the vanity gap. I took the shelf apart…

05-DSCN6410…cut it to size, set it in the gap and attached it.

06-DSCN6415The next obstacle was the groove that ran down one side. I think a panel must have been attached in the groove. I found some old trim in the barn and cut and attached a piece to each side of the vanity so that it was uniform.

There were also a few colorful words scratched into the sides by a previous (and probably adolescent) owner. I had to sand quite a bit more in these areas.

07-DSCN6422I removed the handles and painted everything green.08-DSCN6424A little sanding to shabby it up. I reattached the handles, but I replaced the two knobs on top for something I thought matched better. I don’t think the old knobs were original to the vanity anyway.

The drawers slid in about 2 inches to far. I added small blocks behind the drawers to stop them at the edge of the opening.You can’t see this little detail, but it’s there.

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Lastly, I papered the bottom of the drawers with wallpaper that coordinated with the paint color.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildDaisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

 

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31

All Things Pretty

Friday

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative


Sunday

DIY Show Off

Weekend

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