Sometimes a girl’s gotta do something for herself, right? I mean, let’s face it. I’m a mom to 6 amazing kids with a business and blog. More often than not I put myself to the side to tend to others. For a few years now I have been saving, no, hoarding (even dreaming) about this wood below. This is a story how this curbside trashure was turned into my reclaimed wood planter box.
There’s no doubt that the average joe would have walked right by this wood. It’s broken, it’s cracked, dirty, and even has worm holes all over it. Only silly ol’ me would see it then quickly make sure
I may be nuts, I may be crazy, but I don’t care. When I spy old worn wood, I can’t help but snatch it up and begin to create in my mind. Do you do that too? This pile o’ goodness is my subject for today’s Trash to Treasure day. Part of this is going to become the reclaimed barn beam bench I’ve had in my brain for YEARS. The other is going to be something fun. Stick around to see because there’s something important I want to share with you. Also, you’ll want to see what my blogger friends have created too! (I’m so excited!)
Yes, this wood is old, it is full of patina, and oh so much potential. The barn beam pieces are actually the remnants from when we added our barn beam mantel to our family room, oh about four years ago. ahem. You can see how we added it as a floating mantel to our stone fireplace in this post, and how I updated it all over HERE.
Do you ever feel the need to just purge and start fresh? That’s my life story. hahaha… I seem to be ever battling the need to destash my stash. People mean well when they give me stuff and I usually have a soft heart and take it. Then what…I store it forever and work like a mule trying to stay afloat. I’m not complaining, but have decided that this entire month is dedicated to tackling my workshop. No more furniture coming in (unless custom requested), no more anything until it is done. First up, I’m taking these louver doors and turning them into a repurposed kitchen island cart. Woot!
Notice the loot surrounding them. See what I mean? An awesome local friend gave these to me along with a chest of drawers (see the makeover HERE) and a dresser (thank you, Becky!). I have a thing for shutters and knew I could find some use for them. But…it’s already been over a year and they need
Sometimes it can be hard to let go of things. Especially things that have sentimental value. For me it was this 12′ wooden ladder that my dad had loaned us when we bought our first home. I remember as a child using it in my parent’s home to decorate our 20’+ Christmas trees in our living room while using a broom to string lights. Or dangling from it to play with my siblings. Problem is, when my husband and I got possession of it, it fell in disrepair. ugh. It had to be outside for various reasons and it rotted away. Today it becomes something more. Let me show you how I made an antique clamp chair using this ladder for parts.
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I suppose most people would just pitch or burn this thing, but I couldn’t do it. Too many memories and I felt as though I failed my dad. I dragged it up to he front of my house and used my jig saw to cut it into salvageable pieces late last summer. The promise to myself was to make use of this bit by bit and create some new memories.
Enter in this pair of antique clamps that I found at a local flea market.
Who here loves a quick and easy project that not only is functional but versatile too? (me, me, ME!) That’s what I have for you today. I have had this project in my brain for a few months and can’t wait to show you how simple it really is. Take a look at this wooden caddy.
I whipped these two up in less than an hour and I’m in love! This project is one of those that can be customized to your heart’s content. I built mine out of reclaimed barn wood, but yours can be made with any wood, even new wood. You can paint it, stencil it, cover it in paper or
Do you have the itch to learn some basic woodworking skills? I have a project for you today that will not only be a great way to start, but also will provide you storage, and makes for a great gift. What could be better right? Let’s get our building skills on with this DIY coat rack. (or towel rack)
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I’m stoked to share this with you because this is one of those builds that can be tweaked to fit any style in any home. It’s sorts like a building block to so many more projects. Ready to build this DIY coat rack?
Here is what you’ll need
It’s a good day when I feel like my time was well spent and I can look back and see all that I achieved – in big ways and small. I wasn’t planning on posting but once this week as I am trying to get projects around here done, particularly our kitchen remodel. But, I couldn’t resist the urge when I had this pile of vintage soda crates sitting on my step staring at me. And…when I had the idea to make a soda crate stand, I had to do it!
Can you blame me? When an idea hits, you run with it! I knew this would be simple to do and wouldn’t take much of my time. However, let me fill you in on a few things first.
It has been 10 looong months of working in our kitchen. My pots and pans are, for the most part, still in boxes. My laundry area has been a wreck as we waited for months for a plumber to show up. When he finally did, there were leaks
Put your hands together for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!! This is my favorite time of month where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take something that’s been cast-off and give it new life. We’ll get to their projects in a bit (plus a prize for you!), but first let me show you my subject for this month’s makeover. Would you like to see this broken chair repurposed into a shelf?
A few years back my best girlfriend said she didn’t have the heart to throw this thing out. Bless her heart because she knew I might like to have a try at it. Ummm…yes. I love a good challenge, and I must admit
Mmm…I feel like doing a little junk stash lovin’ today. Do you ever get the itch to create? It sparks exciting times, I tell ya. Especially when it includes junk. aaaahhh yeah. When I found these metal trays all rusty and what not at the thrift store for a quarter, I had to have them. I believe they used to be candle trays, but that didn’t matter to me. I would find them a new purpose. Check out how I turned these cast-offs into some repurposed candle sconces.
To get to my idea to come to fruition, I kept turning them over and those fingers holes looked like the perfect size for candles. How to turn them into one was the next step. I instantly saw this rusty metal being the perfect marriage to some