Junk-to-Gem Chairs

1-DSCF3402Junk-to-Gem Chairs

When Youngest Kid was home for Christmas break he helped a friend with moving. There were several things that were headed for the trash, but like his mother, he just couldn’t let good junk go.

2-DSCF3223These treasures didn’t get a new life while he was home for his Christmas break, so I decided to fix them up before he got home for his spring break.

They each had numerous problems, but nothing a little bit of tender loving care and elbow grease couldn’t fix.

They were pretty dirty, so the first thing was to get the seats off and scrub them down.

3-DSCF3233Since the kid lives in a house with several guys, I wanted to use fabric that was more masculine than any of the upholstery fabrics I have in my stash. A few years ago when I was cleaning out the garage I found some old tent tarps. Over the years they had been used as drop cloths for various projects. A normal person would have thrown them away, but not me. I cut them up into manageable pieces to fit in the washing machine and ran them through several cycles. Like I said, that was a few years ago and even though I knew I had them, I hadn’t come up with the right project to use them on…until now.

4-DSCF3318They weren’t pristine. They had been used and abused. They were perfect for the chairs! Since graphics are so popular right now, I appliqued numbers from the same fabric to the seat fabric.

5-DSCF3225Another problem was the chair backs. One chair was fine, but a slat from the other was missing.

6-DSCF3395I made a cover that folded around the chair back from the bottom up. The front of the cover was attached to the back of the cover with magnetic purse snaps. I used three on each cover. I didn’t hide the backs of the snaps because I thought they looked kinda industrial (aka masculine ;)).

The chair frames were another story. Every screw was loose and there were a couple that were missing. Hubby found screws to replace the missing ones, then he applied E6000 to the threads of all the screws and tightened them.

7-DSCF3230Lastly, there was one brace on the seat that was broken. Luckily it was at the end where the original weld had been. A friend from hubby’s work took it home over the weekend and re-welded it.

8-DSCF3405Finished with a few days to spare!! :)

9-DSCF3406Yay, Me!

Enjoy!

Window Wall Art

6-DSCF3391Window Wall Art

I recently acquired some more windows and I just couldn’t wait to begin some transformations.

I had done this a few years ago and loved the way simple wallpaper border could make a plain window look like art.

1-DSCF3353Priming the entire window provides an important base for building the art on the window’s surface.

2-DSCF3360The next step is the color base, but before applying it I had to choose a wallpaper border. For this window I chose a fishing lure border with rustic colors. A tan base color was the perfect marriage.

3-DSCF3367I highlighted the frame with a red color that was also in the border. Over the top of the red I dry brushed the tan and over the window surface I dry brushed the red.

4-DSCF3371The wallpaper border was decoupaged along the bottom half of the window and I stenciled “LIVE LAUGH FISH” on the top half using the red paint.

5-DSCF3375When the painted stenciling was dry I applied decoupage medium over all of the window surface to seal the painting and paper.

6-DSCF3391I embellished the inside of the frame with rope and a chain attached to the top of the window completed the wall art.

8-DSCF3386Since I had everything out I also made this window. The border on this one is a picket fence. The sunflowers and the butterflies were cut from other wallpaper.

1-y12This is one of the windows I made a few years ago. I applied the words using a white paint pen.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Lids

3-DSCF1995Pumpkin Lids

1-DSCF1909It’s that time of year again when the potential for pumpkins seems to be everywhere. I found these old pot lids in my stash of junk.

2-DSCF1992Painted orange, they immediately started their transformation to fall decor.

5-DSCF1998A primitive face gave them their personality…

4-DSCF1997…then I added a few bottle caps spelling out the word “PUMPKIN” to finish.

3-DSCF1995What do you think?

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Monday Funday

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Celebrate It! Blog Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Hanging Tire Flower Planters

2-DSCF1451Hanging Tire Flower Planters

Just had to share my husband’s latest trash to treasure project.

I can’t say that old tires are items that get my mind to clicking when considering new trash to treasure projects, but I kinda dig this idea.

I had a tractor tire for a sandbox when I was little and there was always a stack of old tires in the barn. I mirrored that statement into adulthood. When my husband and I moved to town, there was no need for the tractor tire anymore, but somehow the old tires followed us.

3-DSCF1450About a month ago my sister-in-law shared a photo she had found on Facebook that was the inspiration for this project. There was no tutorial or link to follow, but it seemed pretty easy to figure out.

1-DSCF1448Basically, my husband hung large hooks on the fence, drilled a few drain holes in the tires and added soil and flowers. Easy peasy! We took the rest of the tires to a place in town that recycles them.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!

Creating Really Awesome Free Things


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Places I’m Partying This Week:
Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Living Room Wall-Sneak Peek

1-DSCF0952My new living room wall.

I may be going overboard on how to decorate without leaving damage on my walls, but it’s been over 25 years since I have rented a home and I don’t want to leave a mess behind.

FYI-Ignore the ugly, outdated sofa. I’m not even going to give you a full shot of it. My husband had purchased it at an auction that I did not attend. (face palm) I DO NOT like it. It’s also too big for the space we have right now, so I’m pretty sure it will not be sticking around for much longer.

Off to the storage unit I went. With a basic vision in mind, I brought back an old door, an old window frame, a mailbox and a miniature metal bicycle that had lived in a flower garden at our old house.

2-DSCF0939The door was much too short to be visible as art behind the sofa and I was not going to hang it on the wall. It would have required wall anchors which would have made big ugly holes I didn’t want to leave behind. To remedy the height issue, I built “L” shaped legs on the bottom of the door.

3-DSCF0943The door stands on the legs behind the sofa.

4-DSCF0947The window frame had no glass in it, so it was very light. Two thin finishing nails was all that was needed for it. I thought about painting both the window and the door, but I really liked the old, weathered look.

5-DSCF0949I did paint the mailbox and bicycle to coordinate better with the arrangement.

The rest of the items were decor items I had used in my old home.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Knick of Time Tuesday

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent