Painted Faux Grain Sack Barrel

5-DSCF4024Painted Faux Grain Sack Barrel

1-DSCF4008I’ve had this barrel for several years, but since I no longer have a barn to keep it in, it has been in storage. I had used it to store craft supplies in, but moving it into the house in it’s original state was not happening. I like old and rustic, but the stains just didn’t appeal to me. The coffee cup puts the size into perspective.

The barrel is made of heavy cardboard, the bottom and the lid is wood and there is a metal ring around the bottom edge. I painted it all white, but it was boring. Since it was not only going to be used as storage again, but also as part of my home’s decor, it needed a little something-something.

2-DSCF4016I decided to give it a faux grain sack appearance. I masked off stripes on the top and bottom using painter’s tape.

3-DSCF4017The tape made painting nice crisp lines super easy.

4-DSCF4026But I still wasn’t done. The fleur-de-lis stencil I had used on the small end table a few weeks ago was sitting nearby.

Perfect!

5-DSCF4024It added just the right finish to the lid of the barrel.

I have a few more barrels of various sizes that could also be improved with this restyle. Yay!

Enjoy!

Restyled Chairs Turned Stools

7-DSCF3891Restyled French Country Stools

1-DSCF3834These are the chairs that Youngest Son got rid of when we finished transforming the chairs I posted a while back. He was going to toss them, but I couldn’t let that happen. An idea was taking shape in my head.

They needed a bit of help.

2-DSCF3839The problems are pretty obvious with this one.

3-DSCF3841Not so obvious in this pic is the foot rail (left side of pic). It was broken off, not pulled out of, the front leg.

4-DSCF3847I repaired the legs and rails, and since I only wanted the bottom portion of each chair I simply cut the backs off.

5-DSCF3875The bottoms and the legs were painted black and lightly distressed with some sanding.

6-DSCF3876The tops didn’t need painting because they would be covered. I dug out these upholstery fabric choices for the seats.

7-DSCF3891A tiny bit of sewing, soft stuffing and a lot of staples later and I had a couple of comfy perches.

8-DSCF3895What do you think?

Enjoy!

T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

3-DSCF3585T-Shirt Crochet Shower Rug

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but life happened. I was reminded of it every time I took a shower, but blogging while naked just didn’t seem right. Especially the pictures…there are many reflective surfaces in a bathroom and ain’t nobody wanting to see that. 😉

Turns out I was able to take pics without reflections anyway.

I made this rug out of necessity and frustration. The shower in our bathroom has a swing out door. There was just no way to keep the floor from getting wet when the shower door was opened.

I looked everywhere for a rug that would work. The dimensions for the space were pretty specific, but nobody makes rugs that size. I happened to be working with some t-shirts at the time and a light bulb went off. Why not crochet a rug to custom fit the area?

1-DSCF3578I went through my stash of t-shirts and cut “yarn” in colors that would blend with the room. The walls of the room are green so green t-shirts were a must. Matching the greens to the walls while still using the tees I had was impossible. That’s okay, I would have gone nuts crocheting this in one color. I added some grays and white to add interest and to save my sanity.

I don’t have formal instructions for this project, as its size was for my specific space, but I will give you the broad strokes.

4-DSCF3587-001The center section was done in rows using single crochet in the back loops. I crocheted a few rows of each color–lathered, rinsed and repeated until the section was a few inches from the shower and the wall when centered in front of the door.

2-DSCF3583I finished with a border worked in the round using white t-shirts and single crochet stitches. The border was stitched until the edges touched the shower and the wall when centered.

5-DSCF3589I’m very pleased with the way it turned out and am thrilled that it cost me zero dollars.

Enjoy!

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Words of Wisdom Window Signs

3-DSCF3505Words of Wisdom Window Signs

I’ve been enjoying the windows that Middle Kid gifted me with a couple of weeks ago.

I saw a similar sign to this one on an HGTV show (my new addiction-Fixer Upper) and have been itching to replicate it on a window.

1-DSCF3496I painted the frames black so they will really “pop” on a wall.

2-DSCF3493It took me a bit of time to size, cut, re-size and re-cut the words for stencils on my Cricut until I had a fit that worked with the window, but I finally nailed it.

3-DSCF3505Just like the frame, the lettering was done using black paint. I love, love, love the way it turned out!

I now have two of these posted on local (to me) Facebook selling pages. If you live close (Winfield, Ks.)  and are interested, message me.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Part
Making Memories Monday
Craftastic Monday

 

Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky 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:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

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