The Medallion

The MedallionThe newest addition to my living room walls.

1-DSCF1661My son and I went to a few yard sales last week and I found this fantastic metal medallion. It was only a dollar!

2-DSCF1662I wasn’t crazy about the brassy shine, but that wasn’t anything that spray paint couldn’t fix. I had a can of white primer that worked wonderfully.

4-DSCF1677After it dried I gave it a soft sanding. This distressed the grooves and ridges perfectly. I love it!

5-DSCF1708I dug through one of the storage units to retrieve a shelf…then I added a cool birdhouse and a bucket to finish the arrangement.

I was going to put silk hydrangeas in the bucket, but I couldn’t locate the ones I know I have. Oh well, they will show up eventually.

Enjoy!

Headboard Restyle to Country Chic Shelf

4-DSCF1671Headboard Restyle to Country Chic Shelf

1-DSCF1401I bought this shelf from a friend a few years ago. She said it was a headboard, but that’s not what I saw. I envisioned rows of hens tucked cozily in nests laying eggs. Okay, I didn’t really plan on putting chickens in/on the shelf, but that’s what it reminded me of.

2-DSCF1666After cleaning, sanding and securing a few of the vertical dividers that were floating kinda crazily above the middle shelf, I dry brushed the entire thing using white paint.

3-DSCF1668My stash of salvaged chicken wire was the perfect addition for the back of the shelf. The wire was also brushed with the white paint.

I moved the hangers on the back of the shelf because their location didn’t make sense to me. The way they were attached meant the headboard would have been hung with the long slanted side on the bottom. A slanted shelf headboard with a gap on the bottom and no back would have just frustrated me.

4-DSCF1671No problem. My vision had the slant on the top like a roof. Perfect for a stenciled country sign.

Enjoy!

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

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

Old Trunk Restyled

3-Adrian's Trunk 3Old Trunk Restyled

They say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”…hmm…okay, as I show you this project that my oldest son completed you are probably nodding your head in agreement. Well, that statement may be true, but my oldest is my stepson. Not blood-of-my-blood, but I think my turning trash into treasures has rubbed off on him. Actually, this isn’t the first time it’s happened, and I am so proud of each new instance.

Please keep in mind that my son did not know I would be posting his pics on my blog when he took them. He sent me photos of the trunk in different stages, and I am sure they were taken quickly with his phone. That said, I think you can still see the amazing transformation of his junk find.

1-Adrian's Trunk 1This is where he started. Both the outside needed a makeover…

2-Adrian's Trunk 2…as well as the inside.

1-Adrian's Trunk 6The outside was sanded down to bare metal. He then masked off where needed and primed the trunk’s outer surface.

3-Adrian's Trunk 3Then he painted and clear coated the trunk.

7-Adrian's Trunk 7Here’s a really clever part. He used an old belt and kitchen handles to rebuild the trunk’s handles.

4-Adrian's Trunk 4For the finishing touch on this fabulous transformation, he scraped off the old paper lining and decoupaged pages of a road atlas to the inside.

One last repair was to add chain for support.

He did a great job!

Enjoy!

 

A Western Revival

5-DSCF1295Western Revival

1-DSCF0959If anything needed revived, it was this nightstand. The paint color and application was…um…interesting. Now I can’t say I don’t like green, after all, I just used a similar shade on the eaves of my shutter birdhouses, but this shade did not appeal to me. Actually I cursed this awful paint color as I sanded and sanded and sanded and…

Have I mentioned how much I hate to sand? The worst part was the drawer sides. Yep, they had been painted green and were causing the drawer to stick and stutter. Technically I could have lightly sanded the sides and painted over the green sides, but in our Kansas humidity it would have continued to have a sticking issue. I ended up completely sanding off the green from the sides of the drawer.

2-DSCF1283That was enough of that! The rest of the nightstand got the light sanding and new paint painted over the old. A barn red paint started the western revival. I still battled the humidity, though. After overnight drying, the nightstand was still tacky. I rubbed it down with baby powder to draw out some of the moisture, then I mixed a little P of P into my paint and gave it one more coat. The surface felt much better.

3-DSCF1288I added a few stenciled stars to the top of the nightstand for more western charm.

4-DSCF1292The old knob just didn’t seem “western” enough, so I added an iron star and bronze/black knob.

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
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

The Dining “Room”

4-DSCF1243Okay, it’s more of a dining area than a dining room, but it was finally time to bring my ideas to reality.

5-DSCF1245It’s been slow going, as I may be making this harder than it needs to be. You see, I’ve been kinda obsessed with not leaving a big footprint (so to speak) on the walls of this rental home. Finally the reasoning of my friends and family that the landlord would not expect there be no holes in the walls from decorating has finally sunk in.

While I’ve finally accepted that advice, I still want to make sure the holes I do put there are in the right place with the first try.

Last month I gave a sneak peek of my living room with a wall I decorated with an old door and window. Since this dining area is beside the living room, I decided to carry that same theme throughout. Oh, who am I kidding? I just wanted an excuse to dig out more goodies from my storage unit.

1-DSCF1179This screen door was the perfect addition. Yep, I can almost hear you gasp and shake your head. My family kinda thought I was off my rocker too, but the charm of an old screen door was just too much for me. It didn’t hurt that I knew the history of it either.

This screen door was laying on the front porch of the more than century old house that was given to us to salvage. I’m pretty sure it had been on the house at one time, but I think it finished up it’s working life as a door to a chicken coup. The wood was worn and chipped in areas that could only have been done by the repeated pecking of chickens.

2-DSCF1184The screen was a total loss so I ripped it off and attached some chicken wire I had salvaged from the same house.

3-DSCF1199After sanding, giving it a good cleaning and attaching a new board along the bottom, I dry brushed the whole thing white.

5-DSCF1245I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

6-DSCF1247It seems to fit in perfectly with my imperfect, restyled and repurposed decorating style.

7-DSCF1250I just leaned it against the wall. Yes, I accept that I can use nails in the walls, but in this case it wasn’t necessary.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!

Embracing Change

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
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