Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.
My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.
In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…
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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee.
Back a few months ago, I was the winner of the Modern Masters prize for being their 5000th “like” on Facebook. Boy, was I excited! I mean I love to paint, especially furniture that needs love, so of course I was giddy to receive $250 of product of my choosing. You can read all about my Modern Masters metallic paint treasure here.
At the time, I was pregnant and it was the dead of winter (like -12 degree highs), so I wasn’t doing much furniture. I looked over to my stash to ponder which piece would be blessed enough to receive the makeover.
I had just picked one out and it was warming up, but then baby came 6 weeks early. Surprise!! So happy to have her with us.
It’s a fun day when I get to start my creative juices flowing with all the fantastic #trashure finds I find during city spring cleanup. One day in particular I was outside spray painting listening to all the junky trucks driving around our neighborhood as they shopped Curb le Chic. It was our quadrant’s turn and I was being a good girl staying home until the last day. My neighbor came over to ask me if I wanted seedling pots he was throwing out. As he was talking I looked at his pile and asked, “Is that a stool in your trash?” He replied, “No, an ash tray”. We walked over together to inspect his loot. Thus begins the story of my repurposed plant stand.
You see, he not only had this funky ash tray, but a perfectly good
It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.
Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but
I am a mama on a mission – a mission to declutter and make use of everything I can lay my DIY hands on. My home has been overrun by my business (kinda like living in a warehouse) and I need things to be normal, at least somewhat normal – as if living with 6 kids is ever normal. ha! My latest subject for renewal is this Art Deco mirror back that I think will make an awesome faux clock for my mantel. Do you see the potential?
This mirror back was originally going to be used in our boys’ bedroom makeover that had an industrial feel. You can barely see it, but we had already drawn on the word “GULF” as we were going to turn this into a vintage appeal gas station sign. But, we didn’t end up using it, so faux clock it is.
My mantel has been…well…neglected. I haven’t done much to it since my fall design and Christmas, but now it needs a summery makeover, don’t you think?
Enter in my new faux clock…I love it!
The best part about this new faux clock is that it is totally doable with materials found at your local home improvement store. It even has the potential to be a working clock too (see below).
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Even if you’re not into DIY, but love this faux clock, you can find it available in my shop.
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Since my husband and I recently just wrapped up our patio makeover with our tutorial for a faux fireplace, we thought it would be fun to jump in on the action for the One Board Challenge being sponsored by a wonderful group of 17 bloggers and Ryobi Tools. Deal is, you have to take a 1″ x 8″ x 8′ board of any species and create your own project for a chance to win $1,000 in tools. Yeah baby!
Here’s what we came up with…
…two rustic lanterns made from an $8 pine board with minimal waste. Whatcha think?
We thought instead of just entering and sharing our project on social media (which we’re supposed to do using #oneboardchallenge – come support us!), it would be great to show you how we built them too.
So head to the nearest lumber store and grab your board and get ready to build!!
I’m taking a walk down memory lane today. Won’t you join me? I have always wanted to do a round-up of all the different vanity makeovers that I have worked on over the last three years (time flies when you’re having fun!). Now I can share them with you all in one place.
So let’s step back in time to see all the different sets that have come through my possession and into my shop to new owners.
My very first project EVER, was this little Art Deco waterfall vanity I found at Goodwill for $5. This was before they’ve started to jack up their prices ridiculously for damaged goods. tsk.
Not having really started furniture for sale yet, it sat for a few months before I could tackle it because I was already painting the exterior and interior of our home all by myself. But boy, what a job this little thing was! The veneer was in horrible shape and the entire piece needed sanded down and repaired. It had no mirror, but I found one through Etsy. It arrived busted and FedEx replaced it with a new one. Whew!
This was when I fell in love with my favorite seconds paint aqua color I have used again, and again.
The rest of these won’t be in chronological order, but pretty close, and I’ve tried to find all the various ones I’ve worked on. Crazy to see how my photography and staging have changed.
This next Art Deco beauty I named, My Painted Lady. What a glamorous piece that convinced me paint can do amazing things.
Scored this for $50 and learned so much in repair and detailing.
Today is all about my favorite project of the month – Themed Furniture Makeover Day!! What could be more fun than getting together with a bunch of furniture girls to do what we love? Today’s theme is all about Industrial…I love it. ♥ Normally, I would have done some sort of factory industrial-type build or makeover, but I chose to go a different route, and have a very fun Art Deco piece to show you today.
Enter in this vintage dressing table…
Isn’t she pretty and full of character? Hailing in with a mirror of ginormous proportions (50″ diameter to be exact), and all-over goodness.
A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I was having a really good January.
One of those reasons was because I won the $250 prize package from Modern Masters as their 5000th fan on Facebook!
Seriously, my kids thought I was crazy when I read the email telling me I won…Ha!