It’s a common endeavor of mom’s across the world to find ways to add storage to their home, don’t you think? We love to be organized or at least have the appearance of such a goal. Having cute storage makes it even more fun. This pink bin may be a tad too cute. ahem. In order to free it from its Pepto Bismol state, I’m giving it a DIY makeover into some farmhouse bathroom storage.
Maybe the holidays have passed and you’re looking to purge, or maybe it’s time to drag out the decorations and you’re debating on changing it up this year. Either way, don’t pitch or donate your unwanted holiday decor. I’m going to show you one of the ways you can upcycle old Christmas decor into something new for your home. It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, so stick around to see what my blogger friends have for you too.
Let’s pretend for a minute that this set of cutesy snowman art is no long your fancy. I admit, even I have taken things to the thrift store like this just to be rid of it. However, let’s look at them in a different light.
Whenever you are out at the thrift store or garage sales, be sure to have your eye out for wooden finds. They can always be made into something new and are some of my favorite creative projects. I was giddy when I spied this gem at the thrift store because of the potential it held. I’m going to turn this into an upcycled wine crate with oodles of fun!
For the sheer storage potential they have, wooden crates make me giddy. In the past, I’ve used soda pop crates to build this reclaimed stand, or made a super cute
Do you do a spring cleaning each year? For me, it seems like each month is spring with my family of 8 because I’m forever purging and cleaning. ha! Not complaining, just the truth. If I’m cleaning I know I have loved ones around me. Take for instance my workshop, full of goodies ready to become something new. These doors came off of a buffet that my son completed HERE (you seriously have to see it!). We promised to show you this repurposed cabinet door project. Oh, and we have a WINNER for the Zibra prize package!
Because these doors had cracks where the hinges were, they became unusable as they were originally intended. However, are they trash? NO WAY. Trashure I say! I recently gave my own kitchen cupboard doors new life by turning them into
About a year ago I created a few things from some flea market finds that were quite a hit. (read more HERE) Out of that set I decided to keep a grain scoop I turned into a candle sconce. Many asked me to create them one if I ever got around to it, so today I’m showing you how to do it DIY style. Follow along as I create a grain scoop sconce from this old broken ladder and a few simple supplies.
If you remember, I recently built a chair from the ladder that my dad had given us and I couldn’t bare to throw out the remaining parts. I had no intention of
Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.
We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.
A couple of weeks ago we revealed our patio makeover complete with pergola, 10 ft. dining table with benches, a faux fireplace (get the tutorial HERE), and a faux shipping crate table. Today, I am sharing how to create that industrial style crate table with a wood round from Home Depot and a tree stump. PLUS, I have a giveaway for you!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings. Each year has ups and downs and the fact I’m still here should count for something!
Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family.
Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together. Our favorite medium by far is WOOD.
Last week I shared Natural Bath & Body Gifts with recipes.
Ready for some woody fun?
My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give. This usually entails working with them to create the gift, and that’s perfect for us to get to spend some quality time together.
My oldest son amazed me at the gifts he made for his siblings:
A Peg Bead Counter – just some dowel, beads, and a block of wood. Most all of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.
So have you started making your gifts yet? I’m all stashed and have started to complete my projects, but sometimes it can seem so daunting, especially when you have 6 pairs of eyes that could easily spy on what you’re doing.
Actually, my gang doesn’t want to see what I’m doing because they don’t want to ruin their fun. It’s so nice, but I still have to wake at the wee early hours of the morning to accomplish my gifts so as not to ruin it for them.
- a small tin or recycled container to store it in (about 3 oz. size)
- 1/4 c. baking soda
- 1/4 c. arrowroot (you can use cornstarch, but it does not work as well)
- 4 T. coconut oil (best source is Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label)
- 15 – 20 drops of your choice of essential oils (mix it up, make it fun!)
*for ladies we like: geranium, rose, lavender, rose, lemon, orange, ylang ylang
*for gents: patchouli, sandalwood, peppermint, orange, lemon
- 8-9 oz. spray bottle
- 8 oz. distilled water
- 1 T. witch hazel (I purchase through Vitacost – tons of items right to your door! )
- 20-30 drops essential oils (see above suggestions for scents)
Mix up and pour into bottle. Shake before use after a shower or bath.
Chocolate Mint Lip Balm
- 6 – .5 oz. tins or small container
- 1/3 t. cocoa powder
- 4 T. coconut oil
- 3 drops vitamin E drops (or use a pill)
- 3/4 T. honey
- 15 drops peppermint oil – food grade
- 1.5 T. beeswax
Place all ingredients in a double boiler (I use a thrifted pot for my bath & body products) and warm until all is melted. Place a small amount in a container and put in your refrigerator to see if you like the desired consistency. Fill containers and you’re done!
She also made a beeswax candle using an thrifted punch cup, local beeswax and candle wicking. Just melt the beeswax in a crock pot (I found an extra one at a garage sale for $2), set your wicking and pour. You can even add scents, like cinnamon, orange, clove…you get the idea. No paraffins for us!
- 1 part comfrey root
- 1 part St. Johns Wort flower
- 1 part Calendula flower
- 1 pt. almond oil/olive oil
- 1 small jam jar
Steep 2 oz. mixture in 1 pint of oil for two weeks (set in a sunny windowsill). After two weeks, place mixture in a double boiler and over VERY low heat, warm for 1 hour. Strain. To each cup of herbal oil, add 1/4 c. grated beeswax or beeswax pellets. Check consistency by placing a tablespoon portion in the refrigerator – add more wax or oil as necessary. Pour into container – small jam jars work perfect.
Solid Scent (for 1 oz. container)
- 1 oz. sweet almond oil
- 1 t. melted beeswax
- 20 drops of main essential oil (ex. ylang ylang) – 10 drops of complimentary (ex. orange) 5 drops of additional complimentary (ex. rose)
Mix together and pour into tin or small container. You can increase the amount by doubling, etc. to fit a larger container, but the 1 oz. size is perfect.
You can also check out my Pinterest board for tons of recipes and ideas.