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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DIY projects

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… 🙂

DIY projects

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. 🙂

Antique Booth, DIY projects

Antique Booth Display Shelves

I’ve had a booth at an Antique Mall for more than a year and a half now. In that time I have realized (rather quickly!) that I will not get rich anytime soon. But that’s okay… ‘cuz I’m having fun!

With that said, I don’t want to spend oodles of money on a display/storage piece that I’m not going to sell. And since my booth does not have walls, I need free-standing vertical storage/shelves to display merchandise.

So, what to do…? Make my own display shelf. I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works??

shutter shelf 3

I removed some of the slats by wedging a hammer in between the slats, then twisting the hammer. (Please wear safety glasses!)

shutter shelf 6

Once the slat broke in two, the pieces came right out from the sides.

I laid the two shutters side by side to make sure I removed the correct slat in each one.

shutter shelf 2

I had a partial sheet of plywood in the garage that, magically, was the exact height of the shutters! That became the back of the display case. I attached the plywood to the shutters with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

I picked up two boards at Lowes for the shelves. They simply slide through the shutters where I removed the slats. I gave the shutters a quick paint white wash to brighten them up.

shutter shelf 4

Simple! And cheap. The boards from Lowes were $5.00 each and they cut them in half for me. Easy! I know a sewing/craft room that could use this shelf unit too!

shutter shelf 5

Antique Booth, DIY projects

Old Sewing Machine Table turned Coat Rack

sewing maching front coat hookThis coat rack started out as a vintage sewing machine table. The sewing machine table was in my booth for a while and never sold. I never really liked that thing anyway, so I brought it home and took it apart because it had good legs. 😉

After removing the legs, I unscrewed the hinges that held the drop down drawer. Once the drawer was off, all that was left was the “pretty” front frame.

sewing maching front 4I used some scrap pallet board pieces to the front frame, attaching with wood glue and a nail gun. Then I added some trim pieces to frame to give it a finished look. After that, a couple of coats of white chalk paint and some distressing. Hooks and a knob and done.

 

Coat Rack from an old Sewing Machine

sewing maching front coat hook 2

It sold the first month I had it back in the booth. Now I’m working on a project using the sewing table legs. Stayed tuned…

 

DIY Projects & Decor, Two Peas Tutorials

Limpet Shell Christmas Tree

Two Peas in a Pod Tutorial ImageCheck out our new Two Peas in A Pod Tutorial at CereusArt. We are getting ready for the holidays and this limpet shell Christmas tree is an easy, yet beautiful DIY project to do. The shells are so gorgeous, you’re going to want to make a bunch!

DIY Limpet Shell Christmas Tree

Limpet Shell Christmas Tree Tutorial
The limpet shell Christmas tree has found it’s home with my paper houses. This gorgeous tree is one of my favorite Christmas project so far!
DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Glass Vase Display for the Holidays

I know it’s not yet Thanksgiving, but I’m ready for Winter and Christmas! Well, not ready exactly, but very excited.

Holiday Glass Vase DisplayI’ve been having fun making some new Christmas decorations this year. After finishing the bird nest last week, I put together a Holiday glass vase display using the bird nest, along with some other supplies I already had on hand.

MATERIALS/SUPPLIES

  • Glass vase – I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago. 50% off!
  • Faux snow and/or Epsom salt
  • Faux tree branch
  • Small ornaments, berries, pine cones

bird jar 1

I mixed some faux snow and Epsom salt together, then poured into the glass vase.

bird jar 2

Using a Christmas “pick” from years past, I trimmed it down and placed it on top of the snow.

bird jar 3

Added the nest. (Burlap nest tutorial is here…)

bird jar 4

Then the bird…

Glass Vase Display for the Holidays

Added some faux berries and some small pine cones. Centerpiece complete. Very simple, inexpensive, and very cute!

Glass Vase Display for the Holidays

 

Linking to:

Sand & Sisal – Inspire Me Monday

House on the Way

DIY by Design

DIY Projects & Decor, Tutorials

Headboard Bench Makeover

bench before and after

The tutorial for this headboard bench was my first blog post in 2011. Three and a half years ago. It was definitely time for a makeover!

This bench has been all around my house, never really finding a good resting place. It’s last stop was the front porch.

But after a good cleaning and sanding, I brought the bench inside the house to paint new life into it.

Headboard Bench Makeover

I used Americana Decor Chalky Paint in “Primitive” from Home Depot. Never tried this brand of chalk paint before, but it was less expensive than some, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I like it!

bench 2

After the bench was painted, I decided to painted on words. (There’s never a plan with me!) I did it the easy way… I printed out the words using my ink jet printer.

bench 3

Then, on the flip side of the printed words, I scribbled over the letters with a pencil.

bench 4

Next, I taped the print down on the bench with green tape, then traced over the letters with a pen.

bench 5

This left pencil markings on the bench to fill in with color. I did this using a small paintbrush and black paint.

Headboard Bench Makeover

Once the paint on the letters dried, I sanded over the words to give it a weathered, faded look. That’s it!

Headboard Bench MakeoverAm I ever REALLY done though? Nope. The bench needed a little something more, so I made a couple of envelope, reversible pillows in fabric that coordinated with the bench color. (Pillow Tutorial soon.) Now I may be done. 🙂

Okay now… do I keep it or sell it at the antique booth? My mind was set to repaint and sell, but now I don’t know!

bench before and after

 

LINKING TO:

Sand & Sisal

DIY by Design

DIY on the Cheap

Elizabeth and Co.

Upcycled Treasures

Mabey She Made It

Twelve O Eight

Miss Mustard Seed

DIY Projects & Decor, Two Peas Tutorials

TPiaP Tutorial Series – Sea Glass Clock

It’s Two Peas in a Pod Tuesday! That means House of 34 and CereusArt are sharing another beach themed DIY tutorial with you.

Mosey on over to CereusArt to check out the full “how-to” on this DIY Sea Glass Clock!

DIY Sea Glass Clock from CereusArt and House of 34

 

More TPiaP Tutorials

Shell Topped Bottles

Starfish Napkin Holder

Sea Shell Door Stop

Sea Shell Candle Holder

DIY Shell and Rope Coasters