Upcycled Ladder

6-DSCF0521Upcycled Ladder

1-DSCF0404This huge ladder almost didn’t make the move from the old house to this one. Finding a place to store it until I got around to restyling it was a big consideration.

Ultimately I couldn’t stand leaving it behind and I am so glad I didn’t. These ladders were finished in an afternoon. Really! Sheesh! Sometimes I can talk myself out of starting a project when I think it will be bigger than it actually turns out to be.

2-DSCF0405The ladder was about 16 feet long. Keeping the placement of the rungs in mind, I cut three smaller ladders as close to the same size as possible. They are the perfect height for displaying quilts and other vintage linens, or they can be propped in a bathroom as a towel rack.

5-DSCF0515A quick dry-brushing of white paint…

3-DSCF0512…brought out their shabby chic personality.

6-DSCF0521These ladders will be heading to Quality Outdoor Design in Winfield, Kansas this week.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

16-DSCF0103Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

I don’t know how it worked out this way, but I accomplished so much more today than I thought I would. Do you write daily lists? I am the list queen. Everything gets listed, but that doesn’t mean it gets done. Actually, half of my daily list rarely gets done. Well, today it happened! Woo Hoo! I crossed everything off my list.

To reward myself, and because I had time left at the end of the day, I finished a project that I had to put away when Christmas got too crazy.

06-DSCN7450Now most normal people would have thrown these little dresser drawers away, but I have never been accused of being normal. Look at them! They were a mess.

I removed the peeling layers and the drawer pulls.

07-DSCN7454Check these out! I had the bright idea of adding these old cupboard drawer handles as feet on the drawers. They were pretty gunky. Yep, another item most normal people probably would tossed.

09-DSCN7458They didn’t look too bad after a long soak and hard scrub.

11-DSCN7469Wow! Paint instantly makes things look better.

13-DSCF0095I went a bit further with the sandpaper. You know me, I just love me some shabby chic.

14-DSCF0101I think they turned out pretty good.

15-DSCF0102The smaller ones are my favorite…,

12-DSCF0092…but I’m most proud of the larger one. Once I started cleaning, scraping and sanding the drawers, this one fell apart. Yep, it wasn’t pretty. I had to completely rebuild it. I hate to admit it, but I actually considered throwing it away. Gasp!

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

3-DSCN7278Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

As a “junk” crafter I tend to use anything and everything to make that perfect creation, and since I cleaned the barn a few months ago, I have been challenging myself to craft with what I have available.

Mass producing for craft shows and regular sales has really stretched my imagination, but I am loving the new stuff I’m coming up with.

5-DSCN6755Scrap wood pieces that really didn’t seem to have much going for them all by themselves have been given a purpose.

5-DSCN7037This scrap wood tree stands about 4 feet tall.

1-DSCN7025Each branch and the trunk is a wood scrap I had available. Widths and wood types didn’t matter. I bought nothing new.

3-DSCN7033The star was cut from a salvaged piece of flashing and the hanging wire is from my stash of rusty baling wire.

3-DSCN7278I made several for a craft show coming up in a couple of weeks. I didn’t have the baling wire hangers on all the trees for this picture, but I have since fixed that.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.

Enjoy!

Porch Sitters for Fall

7-DSCN6859Porch Sitters for Fall

1-DSCN6840It’s that time of year again when anything that can be painted orange is fair game. These junk finds were my latest victims.

2-DSCN6845I had to do a little bit of work on the seat of one of the chairs. Water damage had caused the top layers to loosen and peel. Once I removed all the layers, I was left with a hole in the center. Not a problem…

3-DSCN6846…I cut a few scraps of pallet wood and covered it up.

4-DSCN6848I painted the chairs a little heavier than dry brushing. I guess you could call it rough brushing. I like to use it on projects that I want to look old, primitive and weathered. I kinda scrub the bristles over surfaces and in crevices and tight spots. My brush looks terrible, but I like to think of it as well-seasoned. My husband keeps trying to throw it away, but he just doesn’t realize its potential. Hands off, Honey!

5-DSCN6851My Cricut was used to make the stencil. I use card stock. It’s usually good for quite a few stenciling jobs.

6-DSCN6857Stenciled greeting.

7-DSCN6859Leaf garland completed these festive fall porch sitters.

Enjoy!

Cleaning the Barn and Finding Pumpkins!

10-DSCN6631Scrap Wood Pumpkins

18-DSCN6651Bedposts and Spindle Prim Pumpkins

23-DSCN6657Okay, here’s the deal. For months (read years) I have been intending to clean the open, pole section of the barn where I store my crafts. The enclosed part is fairly organized, but the pole section is not. It really is kinda embarrassing since this open area can be seen by every visitor to our home. I even had a friend assume parts of the barn were falling down because of the jumble of wood piles and junk. Don’t judge me. These piles have inspired many cool projects. Ahem! Take my word for it.

21-DSCN6655Yes, sometimes junk (even to a junk lover) is just that…junk.

24-DSCN6658I march out to the barn almost daily with a resolve to gitter done…and then I falter. Snake skins, rat, mouse and coon poop are proof that I am not alone. I get a little nervous. I start pulling things off the top one at a time like a game of pick-up-sticks.

22-DSCN6656And then I get distracted by the treasures I am pulling out.

01-DSCN6611I see a pumpkin. Really! Can’t you see it?

05-DSCN6622A few cuts.

06-DSCN6623A little reshaping.

08-DSCN6629Of course I had to add paint to really say “pumpkin”.

11-DSCN6632Last minute personality additions and it’s ready for fall decorating.

02-DSCN6612Then I found these bedposts and spindles.

13-DSCN6639Since I had pumpkins on the brain, I just went for it.

14-DSCN6642Check out the stems. They are rusty square shaped nails salvaged from a previous project. I saved them even though they were bent because I just knew they would find a greater purpose.

19-DSCN6652I think these prim little pumpkins are cute…my guys aren’t too sure about them though…

18-DSCN6651What do you think? This is the time of year when I start coming up with new things for fall craft shows. Should I make more for craft shows or not? I am uncovering tons more spindles and bedposts.

Now don’t start thinking I haven’t accomplished any clean up in the barn. I actually have. Problem is, you can’t tell with a picture at the moment. Sigh…I’ll keep going…and continue to get distracted…until I gitter done…

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

Lovely Crafty Home