DIY projects

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Hello friends! I have a miniature tutorial to share with you today.

My friends know that Lowes is my happy place. It’s like a giant craft store for me. So when I told my hubby that I needed to go down the plumbing isle, he asked “what for?” I looked at him like HE had two heads, and said “for a miniature antique milk jug, of course.” He just shook his head and let me do my thing. 🙂

The plumbing isle had some great stuff for miniatures! Think copper pots and pans. But this particular shape reminded me of an antique milk container. This piece is called a “coupling – reducing”, 1/2 x 1/4″ by Streamline..

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Here’s how what I did…

To make a lip on the top of the “jug”, I super glued a small orthodontic rubber band do it. A thin strip of paper would work too. I wrapped a thin strip of paper to the bottom, and the handles are just thin strips of paper super glued to the sides. (Nothing makes you feel like you have the fattest fingers in the world then when you’re trying to glue something itty bitty on to something itty bitty!)

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

Next I spray painted the whole thing with ivory enamel paint. After that dried, I made a milk label on Powerpoint, printed it, then glued it to the front of the jug.

Miniature Antique Milk Jug

And that’s it! Think outside the box when you’re making miniatures. You’ll be amazed at what you will find. And remember… Lowes is not just a home improvement store. It’s a mega think outside of the box craft store!

Miniature Antique Milk Jug
Miniature Antique Milk Jug
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DIY projects

Making Miniatures

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted any projects. But not for lack of projects though…

My BFF, Kerry and I are on a mini adventure. Dollhouse miniatures actually. We have been making miniatures for a year now, and we finally got the courage to open an Etsy store. We are calling our store “2 Stinkin’ Cute Minis“.

It all started last year when I wanted to make a miniature bakery for Kerry. She loves to bake (and she’s really good at it!) and has dreamed of having her own bakery business one day.

Since I couldn’t give her an actual bakery, I made a mini one for her. It was oodles of fun!! Never did anything mini before, but I loved everything about it… playing with clay, creating accessories and making furniture.

Once Kerry received her mini bakery, she was hooked too. So for the past year we’ve been experimenting, thinking, and making. Now my favorite part of making miniatures is the furniture. LOVE it! LOVE! I like to find pictures of furniture pieces as inspiration and make a mini replica. Kerry loves to make miniature accessories and decorating the furniture pieces with them. We’re a perfect team!

So I will be sharing some of our creations with you soon. Until then, here are a few pieces already completed.

 

 

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Vintage Desk Makeover

Hello there! Today I have a desk makeover to share with you. I found this desk on a local buy and sell website for $80.oo. Normally that would be more than I’d want to spend, but the desk was so unique, I had to have it. 😉

Vintage Desk Makeover

The desk only needed a minor repair. The side of the desk where the left drawer is had fallen off. A few Kreg holes and wood glue fixed it right up.

I had the desk in the garage so I could sand the top and the drawers. I sanded all the way to the bare wood so it would accept new stain. The rest of the desk got a good sanding with 220 grade sand paper to prep for paint. Once the desk was ready for its new look, I stained the top and drawers, then brought the desk inside for painting. (It took days to sand and stain because it’s been soooo hot here! I would only work on the desk early in the morning before it got too sweltering in the garage.)

Vintage Desk Makeover

Once inside the lovely, cool air of my kitchen, I gave the desk a couple of coats of paint. I used a Sherwin Williams color from Lowes in a flat finish.

Vintage Desk Makeover

I used the original hardware, but I gave them a matte black coat of spray paint. And it’s finished!

Vintage Desk Makeover

This was a fun makeover! I love it so much it’s staying in my house. Not the booth this time!

Vintage Desk Makeover

Vintage Desk Makeover

DIY projects, DIY Projects & Decor

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

Hello again! The project I’m sharing with you today is a simple one, but one that turned out pretty cool.

I started with scrap wood of different sizes and arranged them in a random order.

Next, I gathered different shades of wood stain and went to work staining each piece of wood a different color.

Once the stains dried, I used my Kreg drill and wood glue to attach the wood pieces together.

I added a “Welcome” plaque and metal hooks I also had stashed away.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

There you have it. A one of a kind coat rack for your entryway. I made another one similar to this and they are now in my booth at the Antique Mall.

DIY Wood Coat Rack

Scrap Wood Coat Rack

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New Life for a Vintage Headboard

Hello again! Today I’m going to share my version of an old headboard turned foyer bench.

This queen sized headboard was purchased from an auction for $20. I knew it would become a bench as soon as I saw it.

I already had salvage legs in my stash of wood. I measured and cut them to the size I needed. Then I built a frame for the legs to attach to and for bench seat to sit on.

I don’t normally build furniture in my sun room, but the floor in the garage is NOT level.

Sometime you need to use blue tape when you don’t have enough vise grips. 😉

I used my Kreg drill to attach the pieces of wood for the seat. This bench is going in my foyer, so I made the seat a little bit narrower than a regular seat.

Back out to the garage for paint and stain. The stain color is Provincial by MinWax. I added a strip of molding to the back of the seat to fill in a gap. You can see it better in the picture below. The back legs of the headboard had holes for a bed frame. I covered them up with big tacks that I had. The holes could have also been plugged up with wood pegs or even spackle.

Vintage Headboard Bend

Here it is in the foyer. Add a couple of pillows and done. 🙂

Vintage Headboard Bench

DIY projects, DIY Projects & Decor

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

I have been keeping a look out for an old sewing machine base and I was lucky enough to happen upon one for $45! These babies usually go for over $100!

This one needed a good cleaning. After wiping it down though, it still looked dull and rusty. I found a product called Rust-oleum Rust Reformer. It covers metal with a black protective covering that stops rust and allows you to paint over it. I liked the way it looked straight out of the spray can. The mat finish was perfect.

I did cover the Singer logo and the sides with blue tape. They still had the original gold tone I wanted to maintain.

The top was made from wood I had stashed. I used Dark Walnut to stain it.

The handles on the sides were a 50% off buy from Hobby Lobby. They have the best knobs and handles!!!

This beauty is not going to make it to my booth. I’m keeping this one! 🙂

But I will be keeping my eyes open for another sewing machine base! Or two!

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover

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Vintage Display Curio Updated

curio update beforeI picked up an old display curio at an antique show not too long ago. It has potential, so I put it in my booth as I found it. But after a couple of weeks there, it just didn’t look like it fit in to my “style”, so it came home for an update.

The curio originally had a mirror in the door.  I unscrewed the hinges to remove the door, and replaced the mirror with chicken wire.

After a light sanding of the entire curio, I painted the piece with left over paint from my “library” room. It’s called “Silver Mist” by Sherwin Williams.

curio update after

The back of the curio was cover with seagrass look wallpaper I already had. (Picked up for $2.00 at Habitat Restore.)

curio update 3

curio update 2

I added a new door knob I had in my stash of hardware.

curio update before and after

I think it looks more “sellable” now. It could be used in a kitchen, or bathroom, or a craft room for supplies. 🙂 Back to the booth it goes!

DIY projects, Thrifty Finds

New Life for a Vintage Door

While antique shopping a month or so ago, I came across four old/vintage doors. At $10.00 each, I bought all four.  As usual, I had no immediate idea what I was going to do with them. They were just cool and I had to have them. 😉

Cabinet door makeover 1.jpg

I decided to make a cabinet to hang on an empty wall in my kitchen. It’s the area where we keep our cat’s food and water bowls, so I thought the cabinet would be a good place to store her food, (in really cute containers of course!) instead of on top of the fridge.

Cabinet door makeover door without glass.jpg

I didn’t take pictures of all the steps, but it’s a simple piece to make. First I took a hammer and GENTLY tapped on the wood spindles in the door to pop out the glass. To my amazement, the glass stayed in one piece. Once the glass and spindles were out of the door, I sanded, spackled and painted the door with white chalk paint. After the paint dried, I attached chicken wire to the inside door using staples.

Cabinet door makeover shell.jpg

For the cabinet structure, I got really technical. (NOT!) I laid the door flat on the ground, and build the structure around the door. I used 1 x 8s for the sides and scrap pieces of 2 x 4s for the bottom and top. I used my Kreg jig to attach the sides together. As you can see in the above picture, I forgot to flip over the bottom piece so the Kreg hole wouldn’t show. Ugh.

I added leftover trim to the top and bottom of the cabinet then stained everything Provincial by MinWax. The door is hung to the cabinet with it’s original hinges. I added a knob to the top corner that turns to open and close the door.

I nailed bead board to the back of the cabinet. (Bought at Lowes and cut to size there.)

Cabinet door makeover finished1.jpg

I added three shelves inside the cabinet. They are 1 x 6s, cut to size, then covered in grass cloth wallpaper I had on hand. I choose to use the wall paper because I didn’t want to wait for paint or stain to dry. (I’m an impatient DIY-er!) I just wet the paper, wrapped the shelf and was good to go.

Cabinet door makeover finished11.jpg

It’s not perfect, but it was fun to build and it adds character to a space that had nothing going on. So next time to come across an old door somewhere, bring it home. You just never know… 🙂

Antique Booth, DIY projects

Why “I Roll”

Good Morning people! I thought I would write a post explaining why I named my blog ‘Cuz That’s How I Roll.

I had/have a blog already. It’s called House of 34.  And it did pretty well. You can still find it. But for whatever reason, I lost my blogging mojo. Like overnight. Gone. That was about a year and a half ago.

Since then, I’ve opened up an antique booth at Main Street Antiques. I was one of the first booths there, so I got to see the huge growth that has taken place since summer of 2014. Very exciting! I’m a novice at being a booth owner, still learning, but it’s been a fun experience, especially seeing DIY repurposed items that I have created sell.

I have done a lot of DIY projects for the booth… from storage units to display things, to unique, one of a kind home decor to sell. I started to miss sharing project and ideas, so I came to the conclusion I should blog about them again.

However, I wanted to start from scratch. That probably sound crazy after having a blog that did fairly well, but I felt like starting new, being my authentic silly, dorky self.

The name came about because I say “‘cuz that’s how I roll” all the time. It comes from me not doing rules. I don’t like rules. I’m not talking about Thou shall not kill rules, (that’s a good rule!), I’m talking about “no white after Labor Day”, “chocolate is not for breakfast”, “you need to eat ‘cuz it’s dinnertime” rules, just to name a few. Rules that someone, somewhere, made up and still hangs on, makes me cuckoo. Just BE KIND TO ALL. That rule never gets old AND NEVER goes out of style.

So I’m going to share my DIY projects with you. (My happy place is my garage!) And I’m also going to share thoughts… weird, goofy or otherwise with you too. I probably start a list of “rules” I don’t care for. You can share, agree or disagree as you wish. I do, however, have some strict “Laurie Laws”, but that’s another post…. ‘Cuz that’s how I roll. 😉

Hope you have a groovy day!

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Salvage Bead Board Coat Rack

bead board coat rackOne good thing about locking yourself out of your car… at home, is you can’t go anywhere. And you get to play in the garage all day. 🙂

I have several projects going at the moment. All to put in my booth. The first one I completed today was a coat rack made from salvage bead board.

I picked up two slats of bead board at an antique store last week. $2.00 each. They were a pretty distressed blue. All I had to do was wipe them down and they were good to go.

I cut the boards in 6 inch pieces, then put them together, tongue and groove.

bead board

On the back side I attached a piece of leftover wood with glue and screws for support. Across the top of the coat rack at stained a piece of wood and attached it to the top. Gives it a finished look.

The hooks and knobs are a combination of new and old hardware.

bead board coat rack

It will be in my booth soon. 🙂