Christmas Wine Bottle Decorations

Christmas Wine BottlesChristmas Wine Bottle Decorations

Don’t throw your empties away!

Check out my new tutorial article for five wine bottle projects. Decorate your home or make several to give as gifts.

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Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5187Wooden Door Peg Racks

DSCF5189These peg racks turned out even better than I thought they would.

DSCF5190I’ve had a stash of old wooden doors for years, but with moving to a smaller house they had to be put in storage. I’ve been on a quest to reduce our storage space for over a year and have finally got two large units down to one unit half the size of the original two. That’s great, but most of the stuff that is left in the unit are things that I use for my projects. The only thing that makes sense in having them is to actually use them. It was time to repurpose the doors.

DSCF5175My husband and middle son cut the doors for the racks.

Since the doors are so old, the vibration from the saw caused a few of them to come apart so reconstruction was the first order of business.

DSCF5179After cleaning them up and sanding them I got out my stencils.

DSCF5177I really liked the natural aging on the doors so I decided not to add paint. Instead, I added a stained wax over everything. I am so glad I did. I think they look amazing.

DSCF5193The pegs were also stained and waxed before adding them to the doors.

Some nice heavy-duty hangers on the back completed the racks.

DSCF5183My first craft show of the season is this weekend in Arkansas City, Kansas at the Last-Run Car Show. If you are in the area, come check it out.


Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!


Antiqued Western End Table

6-DSCF4680Antiqued Western End Table

1-DSCF4398I picked up this little gem a few weeks ago at auction. Okay, “gem” may be too strong of a word, but let’s just say I saw potential.

2-DSCF4641Paint. Yep, I love me some paint. After sanding, I gave the table a couple coats of white paint.

3-DSCF4654I, of course, had to give it my sanding treatment to make it look old again.

5-DSCF4689I bought this vintage blanket/bedspread at the same auction and it served as the inspiration for the design I added to the table. It reminds me of the stripes on old grain sacks.

4-DSCF4662I painted the stripes on the shelf top and the table top. The front and sides seemed like too much, so I left them plain.

And then there are some days I shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a paintbrush or stain rag. That was the day I when I applied an antique stain to the table. I had run out of the stain I usually use so I grabbed one off my shelf that I thought was similar. OMG! It was horrible! It just made the table look dirty. Not the cool-antique-kinda-dirty, but the yellow-greasy-needs-a-scrub-brush-sorta-dirty. (Don’t go looking for the pics of this disaster. I deleted them to protect my restyling cred. 😉 So…

6-DSCF4680After spending a couple of days trying to convince myself it looked fine, I couldn’t take it anymore. Did I learn from my mistake? Uhm, no. Instead of going to the store and buying the stain I knew would work, I convinced myself I needed something darker to cover the horrible mistake of the first stain. The change was so dramatic that I cursed and mumbled under my breath the whole time I was applying it.

And then something wonderful happened. The clouds parted, the sun came out and I could hear angels singing. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but…It looked good! I was going for just an antiqued finish, but I ended up with an antiqued western finish. Yay, me! That’ll work!


Fence Wood Flags

9-DSCF4435Fence Wood Flags

My brother has been replacing his fence and I have been lucky enough to be the recipient of the old wood, as well as scraps of the new wood.

1-DSCF4406These flags were created from the new wood scraps because most of them were already cut to the size I wanted. The only thing I needed to cut was the square for the blue field.

2-DSCF4410I decided that two pieces of wood made the perfect size for the flag, so the white stripe was painted to overlap both pieces.

3-DSCF4412Masking was essential for a nice crisp stripe.

4-DSCF4413After basing with the red, white and blue paint, then adding a stenciled star on the blue field…,

5-DSCF4417…I aged each piece with stain. Wow! That new wood sucked up the stain. Only six flags used up more than half a quart.

6-DSCF4424I wanted something a little bit different than my normal sign construction, so I connected the flag boards with rusty baling wire.

7-DSCF4430The blue fields were attached with my staple gun.

9-DSCF4435After adding the hanger, they still looked kinda blah so I added an old bottle cap to the center of the star and ripped a strip from old blue jeans to tie around the hanger.

8-DSCF4432Happy 4th of July!