This is what happens when I head into the thrift store looking for a small project to work on. I didn’t find anything but pressed wood junk, and then there’s this big beast. I stop, I stare, I talk to myself. Do you do that? Well, after much discussion with me, myself, and I, I decided to haul this bad boy home. Meet my latest project…an upcycled entertainment center.
Do you ever find yourself saying, “I wish I had more storage space”? Finding ways to add more storage space is always in demand, and this DIY tutorial is going to help you create a very versatile piece for your home. The best part is that once you build this wooden storage bin, you will have the ability to recreate it again and again making use of it in ever so many ways.
For this project, I am creating a storage bin for my kitchen since we are in the middle of a remodel. I, for one, am tired of having my counter look like this when we are trying to either ripen our fruits or just don’t have anywhere to put our goods. Can you blame me?
This plan is for home use only and not to be redistributed or used to make items for sale. Plans are owned and copyrighted by Prodigal Pieces.
*this post was also seen on Angie’s List and contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too!
Ready to get started building one of your own? You can build this in as many tiers as you want, and even mount it to the wall. Mix it up and add legs or feet to create a different style of bin. Have fun with it!
It’s high time I take a break from all my furniture makeovers and get my craft on. You have to understand that I ache to create, and it’s been waaaay to long since I’ve “played”. Used to be I would stay up late into the night creating some treasures to greet my kiddos when they woke up the next morning. Now, I’m so busy and have fallen off track. sigh…
Today, I’m getting back on track. My choice of media for my fun – duct tape. Yup. You gotta admit, everyone from young to older(er), can have fun with duct tape. Just look at all the colors and designs there are now…it’s amazing! This stuff has gone from Hillbilly Chrome (as it’s called around here), to Designer’s Dream.
Such fun colors, and ooooh….the possibilities! When I see some blogger friends getting crafty with it, I knew I had to have my turn. My kids would love it for a homeschool project, and it would get my craft cup full again. Yay!
Here’s what idea struck me as I was laying in bed one night (doesn’t it always happen that way?), a repurposed duct tape zippered pouch perfect for most any occasion. I dare you to say that 3 times fast. hee hee.
Seriously though, this is a basic craft and so versatile too. This project is simple enough that it can be done by young ones paired with an adult or older child, and completed alone by at least a 7-9 year old and older.
There’s no denying that when you find something that makes your life easier and affords you more time for other tasks or pleasures in life, the first thing you want to do is tell others about it so they can benefit too. That, my friends, is what this post is all about. A few weeks ago I shared with you how much I adored my new toy, a paint sprayer called the HomeRight Finish Max , when I worked on this farmhouse dinette set (this post described using paint and poly).
Well, now that summer’s here and I’m able to be outside more doing my work, I’m having a blast (literally!) getting furniture done lickety-split. For instance, I’ve had this baby highchair needing a facelift, and if you’ve ever painted a chair before, you know how un-fun it is to paint spindles.
Ugh… you’re constantly checking for drips, incessantly brushing hoping for an even coat, right? All these reasons are exactly why I love my HomeRight sprayer. Yay!!
It’s always so exciting when a baby is on the way. Our family will be growing in the next few months. Take a breath because I’m not the one who’s expecting. ha! My sister-in-law is expecting their first baby soon, and as far as we know it’s a girl. This new babe will give my 6 kids another cousin to play with, and someone for us to adore and love. As a gift to my SIL, I offered to refinish a dresser for the baby’s room. As it turns out, she had already found a dresser style on Pinterest that she loved and was hoping to replicate. Now we have a furniture makeover in the works. woot!
I’ve got to be honest that I had no idea how awesome this whole furniture makeover would turn out. You see, this month’s themed makeover has the subject, “Inspired By” – meaning to redo a piece of furniture in the styling of another piece we’ve seen on the internet, movie, etc. I had NO inspiration because I have NO time to peruse such frivolous things like other blogs, Pinterest, and… what’s a movie??
As it turns out, I was thankful to not only be able to give my SIL and her husband this gift, but also to fulfill the themed makeover quota. (she giggles wickedly)
I don’t know about you, but that serpentine style is one of my favorites (I’m talking about that wavy look to the front). Swoon!
Although this dresser needed some love, it is such a well-built antique and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. After doing a much needed wood putty treatment to the cabinet, I grabbed my best friend, orbital sander, and went to work. It was hard to not want to yank all that paint off and restore this beauty back to it’s original wood state. I mean, we’re talking solid oak with a grain to die for.
Once I had given the dresser enough “teeth” for the paint to adhere, I set out working on the pulls. It was such a shame that only one of them was damaged and we couldn’t put them all back on. I normally don’t paint solid brass, but since the inspiration dresser had a painted chrome finish to it’s pulls, I went with a brushed nickel paint by Rustoleum instead. Ouch…I painted antique brass….gulp. That’s a new one for me! deep breath. I mean, just look at those escutcheons. So dainty and ornate.
On to the fun part. My SIL was hoping to use the exact same color that Sharon did, but since I already had a similar color in my stash that I used on my Mid-Century Modern set, I used that instead. Oh yeah… my $7 Home Depot seconds paint wins again! I brushed on several coats to the sides of the cabinet and drawers, but used a foam roller to get a nice smooth finish to the top. Yes, it’s that time of year, when snow flies and my house fills with furniture.
Here it is! What do you think?
Our last few themes have included:
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Just a week ago we entered into a new year and I did a post about different projects I worked on, but I didn’t talk about the behind-the-scenes activities much. I want to take some time to shed some light on my little part of the world and get personal.
If you haven’t been here before, then you wouldn’t know that I am a homeschooling mom to 6 of the most precious children in the world – not including my little girl and other baby (which I believe was a boy) that are now in heaven. You can read more about my baby journey here.
As part of our what we call “language lessons”, our homeschool curriculum has the children in grammar grades learn to recite this poem:
|The view from the first room I was in.|
Somehow they messed up my due date and kept me from laboring longer than was necessary, but when it was time to stop the magnesium (that’s used to relax the muscles from contracting) they wanted me to jump into labor. Baby was fine and I told them that you’ve been telling my body to stop and now you want it to jump-start? I was getting so much heat for not starting an inducing drug, so much to the point that they told me I had better start labor by this specified time or else….or else what?! They were patient with me waiting for labor to restart on it’s own, but I got so fed up with being harassed that I gave in to minimal dosages just to stop being bothered (I am absolutely not the norm, so I feel for them). Remember, I’m used to a homebirth with a qualified EMT nurse-midwife, and this is nothing like what I was used to, except that my firstborn was also been in a hospital with a nightmare birth.
Needless to say, when you start that sort of stuff it puts you through a horrible labor, and even though I delivery naturally at home without drugs, this messed up birth was more than I could handle and took an epidural. I knew the risks of the epidural causing baby to struggle and she did. Her heart rate jumped all over and they were afraid they’d have to take her by c-section. To say I was angry was an understatement, but I chose that route.
Thankfully, our baby was born without any problem breathing and was doing great. This particular hospital isn’t equipped so that you can room-in with your baby. The babies are placed in a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) instead, and my room is in a separate wing. If I had known that hospital was equipped that way, there is no way I would EVER go there again. I nurse my babes on demand, co-sleep, and wear them so they get the full heart-to-heart experience and there is no way I can do that in a place where no food was allowed, no bathroom for new mom ( a man had to have built that place), and no phones. Keep in mind that I have 5 children at home who where freaked out because the last time mom left pregnant to go to this same hospital, she came home without our little girl who died upon premature delivery at 21 weeks from a subchorionic hematoma.
So, why were we in the hospital for 3 weeks?? I really have no idea, except it’s all about numbers and regulations. She had to reach these specified hurdles in order to qualify to take her car seat test – an hour long sit in a car seat while they watch her stats. I am thankful for her special care, but some things were unneccesary.
I also strictly nurse (no bottle feeding) and they put her on a 3 hour schedule for feeds (I don’t do schedules!!). My routine was this: take her out of the incubator and try to get her to nurse, if she was too sleepy I’d hold her until I needed to eat or go to the bathroom (remember I had just delivered a baby!), while out I would take care of calling and try to get a minute of sleep.
|This is my second room during the bonding program – a bonus in all the chaos because I got to stay free and got 3 free meals. Praise God for the wonderful program at this hospital!|
|This little ray of sunshine would make my day and I would crawl up in to the window sill to soak it all in.|
|This was my first escape to sunshine in the courtyard after the most dreary, nasty cold winter since 1965 we had here in Ohio. It was my absolute therapy.|
|This little bird reminded me of a windged fried my kids named Cheepside at home.|
|Failing the first car seat test.|
|My 3rd room I was very thankful for because I lost my bonding room and was going to have to leave the hospital due to no room. God worked wonders through the helpful hospital staff. Here I would sit to get my snippet of sun.|
Since then, we have been working our tails off to pay the hospital bills we incurred from being there that long, and am thankful is was not as long as others have had to endure. I have felt as if I’ve had to pay for our daughter to be ours in some ways. My furniture work is what’s been keeping our heads above water. We are just shy of being done with those payments and I can tell you it is only by the grace of God we have been able to take care of this debt.
Screeeeech! That’s the sound of the brakes being applied and our master bedroom makeover coming to a halt when our baby girl surprised us with an early arrival at 6 weeks ahead of due date.
Love those tootsies!!
We were so close to getting done, but haven’t touched it since early March. Ah well, it will be completed soon enough, but we’ve decided to move it to the back burner and get our garden underway along with several other projects.
Here is a sneak peek of where we left off…
I really wholeheartedly believe I instinctively knew baby was coming and began to frantically prepare even though my due date was two months away. Because of that, one of the things I was able to accomplish in time was making some cloth diaper wipes that we desperately needed. (5 previous baby bums can wear out such things!)
Yes, we cloth diaper and wouldn’t have it any other way! Would you want to wear paper pants all day that have been made of processed chemicals causing who knows what irritations? Not to mention the trash they produce.
Actually, my cloth diapers rarely leak and the disposables almost always allow a breastfed baby to blast out the back…nuff said.
You don’t have to strictly use cloth diapers to use cloth wipes, but either way your baby will appreciate the super-soft cleaning of a homemade wipe as opposed to a stiff (and wickedly frigid) disposable kind.
The wipes I have pictured are two-sided with one being flannel and the other micro-fleece and are serged together. But really, all you need is micro fleece cut into squares if you want to skip any sewing steps and put them to use.
To make these easy peasy wipes (either one-sided or two), just grab yourself a thick piece of paper, like cardstock (or cardboard, a cereal box, etc.) and make an 8″ square. Next, grab a bowl and create a rounded corner using the edge of the bowl. This step is optional, but I like a rounded corner for serging and appearance purposes. Last, cut out with scissors or you can use a rotary cutter and mat like I did. Viola! You’re ready to use the fleece as is or read on for the two-sided version.
The benefit of the two sides, in my opinion, is that you get the chunky stuff off with one and clean up with the other.
So…for the two-sided version, I wanted a total of 16 wipes. I cut 16 flannel squares and 16 fleece squares so that when they’re paired I end up with 16 total. Make sense?
Then, either using a serger (I love mine!)or a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. Just place the two fabrics wrong sides facing and stitch together. What could be easier than that?
What a perfect gift to self and baby, or as a gift to a new mother. You can even roll them up in a cupcake fashion and stick them in a cute box.
Do you love to get handmade gifts like I do?
Got questions? Please feel free to ask!
Okay…confession time. Yes, I am the lady that drives around with my son during city spring cleanup and grabs all your junk, all the while wearing a skirt and a glorious smile on my face! I’m all about some repurposed baby crib fun!
You know you want to join me. tsk. If not, can I just say that you are missing out?!
Each year our city has an annual spring cleanup where you can set curbside up to a pickup truck load of unwanteds (some call it trash). This city-wide dejunking lasts for four weeks – one quadrant at a time. Let me tell you, by the end of the four weeks, I was exhausted and had a garage full of someone elses’ trash. Yipppeee!! (You should see my husband’s face when I roll in the driveway.)
Today, I’d to show you just a sample of what I came home with…baby cribs. Now you’re thinking…whaaaat??
At my first stop out on our first day out was this absolutely gorgeous pink baby crib. This old piece has such character with it’s original paint, time-worn love, and markings. I knew in a minute I wanted it to be a chalkboard sign for my one-day-brick-and-mortar shop. But for now it would be used as my garage sale sign.
The side rails also make a great garden trellis. I’ve used them to trellis my sugar snap peas, pole beans, cucumbers…for any climbing plant, really. I have more rails in my shop and will be putting them to use soon. I can’t wait to show you!