Friday, August 27, 2010

Redo: Sewing Cabinet

I got this sewing cabinet from my MIL and
 decided I wanted to spruce it up.
I started by removing the hardware and doors.
Then I proceeded to sand it. I am not much of a sander but my husband suggested sanding to get rid of the varathane. 
This way, the paint will stick to the wood better.
I then primed with Kilz and here is where I am at:

I am torn. Should I go stark white like Holly at
  Life In the Fun Lane
How about a fun color like Kara's Korner.

I should mention that it is going in a room that has one really bright hot pink wall. I do like the idea of bringing in a second color such as aqua. Although black would look nice.

I am also toying with the idea of painting inside. What ado?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Up to My Elbows in Stain

I wish I had a picture to show you that this is the truth. Whenever the stain comes out, it ends up on me and my clothes. I am wearing a white shirt. WHY?

Here is my $5 yard sale beauty. I didn't have to do much to clean her up. 

After a wipe down, I sprayed her legs with some Krylon Cherry spray paint {Walmart was out of flat and I couldn't wait to jump on it..grrrr}

I stained the top with a pecan colored polyurethane 

A little distress as usual

Table: $5
Spray paint: $1.50 {the can was $3 but I completed 2+ projects!}
Stain: Had it on-hand
Total cost: $6.50 + about 20 min of work

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

{DIY} Chalkboard

A little instructing on how to create your own chalkboard-

Step 1: Find a cabinet door
I purchased this at a  yard sale

Step 2: Sand the area where  you are going to be "chalking" and tape the areas you don't want the spray to touch
Step 3: Spray with chalkboard paint. I used Rustoleum from Home Depot 

Step 4: Let it dry 24 hours and then "season" the board by rubbing chalk all over

Don't judge me. It is hard to write with a big piece of sidewalk chalk.
Cupboard: $2.00
Chalkboard paint: Approx. $2.50
{I think the can is about $5, but I have used it on other projects}

Tomato Tomato

We are finally starting to get tomatoes! We have 3 tomato plants that are pretty much growing out of control.

All these from just one day of picking!
I wish I could say that I actually help plant, weed or take care of this garden.
I barely even pick the produce. 

*Note, these pictures were taken Sunday around 1pm. We returned home around 10 pm on Sunday to find that our precious dogs somehow got into the garden, ate all the remaining red and some green tomatoes as well as our cucumbers and trampled over everything. Stupid. Dogs.

This is a big pumpkin {or something} growing in my parent's neighbor's garden

This is Heather, demonstrating just how big the pumpkin is! 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Yard Sale Finds!

This dream was only $5! I plan on re-staining the top and painting the legs a different color of red.
Also only $5
I found these cute vintage milk bottles
This is not a yard sale find. I purchased it for $12 from the Wandering Wardrobe in Springville, UT.
This will look excellent filled with sweets!
Another successful Saturday!

Friday, August 20, 2010


I cut painting time in half (and saved a brush or too!) by spray painting these letters. I usually use craft paint or stain. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper on the A I and Y. I am liking how it turned out. Just don't look too close......
This is soon to be shipped off to Whisperwood & Co., a cute store in Bountiful, Utah. 

How cute is the glitter? I love it. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lamp Shade Redo

This is my only before picture. I bought this lamp on KSL for $5 and sprayed the silver base black. The lamp shade was damaged but I had planned to recover it anyways. 
Almost 3 hours of my life lost and I have this recovered lamp shade to show for it.
I used a hot glue gun, which was not the greatest of ideas because I burned all of my fingers several times. I used the left over fabric from my Ribbon Photo Board
I did a really bad job cutting the edges so I decided to line the  inside of the lamp with some black ribbon I had around. 
Here is an up close picture of the little fabric rosettes I used to
decorate the lamp shade. This is my favorite part. I learned how to make the flowers from Rhonna Farrer. I got the idea to use said flowers on the lampshade from Just a Girl.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I am prepping for an upcoming boutique and Halloween. Here is what I have been working on:
Isn't this cat the cutest? 

I am loving how this Boo turned out
These mirrors are $23.95
I am loving the toile one and wishing I could keep it

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Guest Room Redo

As you can tell from these pictures, this room needs some help. I think I have the right idea going on with the cute night stand and dresser but there is a serious lack of accessories. I will be posting the after pictures as soon as I ditch the shoe boxes, address the lack of headboard and find a chair for the desk.

Brace yourself for boring.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Old Chair Redo

I found this pretty at a yard sale for $2. Didn't think twice about buying it for that price. I sanded it down a bit, then sprayed it black using Krylon spray paint. I ran out of that so I used some black paint we had leftover from painting our front door. A bit more shiny then I'd prefer but still looks pretty good.
A little distress never hurt anyone.

Total Cost: $5

Sunday, August 8, 2010

{DIY} Wheat Pot

First, gather all your supplies:

1. Pot (DI find, $2)
2. Foam block (DI, 50 cents)
3. Grass (WalMart, $2.50)
4. Wheat (Yard Sale, 50 cents)
5. Hot glue gun
6. Tulle or ribbon
7. Scissors

Cut the foam to fit into your pot.

Next, trim the wheat to your desired length.

Hot glue the fake grass to cover the foam. Take care not to burn off your fingers.

Lastly, tie some ribbon around the wheat and put it on display!

All for $5.50 with extra grass
to make more pots with my yard sale
floral finds!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yard Sale Jar Redo

I forgot to take before pictures of these cute little jars but they had basic wood lids that I sanded down and sprayed chalk board paint on. Cost: $2

Yard Sale Hopping

Today Erica and I SCORED on yard sale finds! Old windows. Gold picture frames. Wood chairs. Shelves. Florals. The list goes on.

This is obviously not a yard sale score, but my new fabulous bike!
Weston taking her for a cruise

$5 shelf


fiddy cents

These treasures were $2 a piece. What. A. Steal.

This box of dry florals was $2.50, again a steal.

50 cent mirror for Erica

2 dolla shelf. holla.

Stay tuned for some re-dos!