Measure Up

Whether they stretch for three feet or six inches, vintage wood rulers are long on graphic appeal. Often used for advertising, they are great for fun projects because they have bright colors, cool promotional messages and logos, plus they all tell a different story. I came across these DIY ruler ideas from Flea Market Style. The original ideas are from the super creative and inspiring Layla & Kevin Palmer over at The Lettered Cottage. Check their blog out, you won't be disappointed. I absolutely love their vintage style, plus they're from Alabama too! Prattville to be exact. {my blog was featured on their facebook page a few weeks ago!} 

M is for "Mallori" A folding three-part yardstick is the starting point for creating a decorative letter. By drilling a hole and using a small rivet you can create other letters: N, A, E, F, W, L, H, X, I, K, T, Y, V, and Z.

This easy to make ruler-front shelf would look great in a kid’s room, home office or even a country-style kitchen. Cut 1x6 lumber to your desired length. Screw a yardstick to its front, leave a lip along the edge and hang it with metal brackets. Also you can make a ruler vase by cutting rulers and gluing them to a recycled tin can.

Say "Bless you" in vintage style with a homemade tissue box cover. Organize your office or kitchen by attaching office clips along the length of a yardstick. Make drink coasters with 1/2" square pieces of ruler, mix and match numbers, letters, and colors for a variety of interest and glue them to a thin 4-inch piece of plywood. Channel your old school days with a catchall pencil box made from rulers.  

Bond three triangular architect rulers together. Drill small holes and insert or glue wire; attach alligator clips for photos.

Make a striped place mat, just stack rulers, glue and screw on the backside. This same concept can be applied for making a table top, cut random lengths of yardsticks
{of the same thicknesses} and attach to a table top that has a lip around the top. {see first photo}

Jarman Interiors & Antiques rulers.


Card Catalog Coffee Table REstore

This vintage card catalog turned- coffee table and ottoman storage was designed by a friend of mine, Luke Williams  and constructed by Dan Williams. They really outdid themselves on creating this one-of-a-kind piece. 

I love the clean lines and the natural materials used to create this charming vintage card catalog coffee table. I'm inspired by the concept of repurposing one key centerpiece and then building around that to create a piece of furniture.  

Let’s get started on what you will need to make this coffee table.

1 sheet of ¾” Plywood
Wood pieces of same thickness to cover plywood
1 card catalog
Wood glue
Finishing nails {this was done with a finishing gun}
1 large burlap sack
2 pieces of foam cushion    


Miter Saw
Table Saw or Circular Saw
Nail gun or hammer and nails

     Here are the instructions:

1. Find a vintage card catalog to use {they can sometimes be difficult to find} if you can't find one, really anything can be used for the centerpiece: baskets, metal bins, or one big wooden drawer will work. Luke decided to repurpose his grandfather’s meaningful card catalog, which he used for storing all sorts of things in his workshop.

2.  Cut a piece of plywood to the dimensions that you would like for your table to be.

3. Nail the plywood to the BOTTOM of the card catalog. Make sure you don’t use nails that are too long and also make sure not to put too many nails into the original piece because you don’t want to compromise it’s originality too much.

4. After carefully flipping it back over, measure the sizes for each “wall” piece for the boxed in sides of the table. Cut these pieces from plywood. Make sure to leave enough space on the top for the cushion. You will need 6 of these pieces, 3 for each side of the table.

5. After cutting out these pieces use wood glue and then nail them into the bottom plywood base to make the boxed in sides. You will need to put one piece of wood up
against the side of the card catalog to keep the front and back pieces from moving. {you can see that in the next picture inside the box}

6. Start to glue on any size pieces of wood you would like to use. These are planed down pieces of old salvaged wood from different places, old barns, old fences, etc. After gluing the pieces on you will want to use your nail-gun to nail each piece on as well. You will have to use a saw to cut each piece to fit correctly. Do this all the way around until the plywood is covered.

7. Do step 6 also on the top of the card catalog for the table top. {Below you see the product of step 6 & 7}

8. Cut the tops for the sides with the saw. Cut so they are a little loose because they will fit snug after you add the fabric to the cushions. Cut a large part for the top and the smaller part as seen above to nail onto the top piece of the plywood so the cushion top will stay in place. Nail these 2 pieces together to make the top. These will allow for closed storage under the upholstered top.

9. Cover the top with a cushion. {you can purchase two 1 inch thick cushions at Wal-Mart for around $6} Then cover them with the burlap sacks or whatever fabric you choose.

10. Stain the wood with a stain or glaze. {a glaze was used here} Cover it after it's dried with a few coats of satin polyurethane for a good coating.

11. Screw on small legs, casters, or leave it without any extra height. Here he used regular 4 inch legs purchased at Lowe’s for about $3 a piece and he painted them white.

 He spent around $65 on the materials for this project and an afternoon to make it.

I hope this inspires you to create or repurpose your own piece of furniture! Have you repurposed anything lately? If so, I would love to hear about it.


Summer Yard & Patio Makeover

Summer is almost over, but I couldn't resist posting some pictures of our progress that we've been working on around our house. Where did the summer go? I guess I've been super busy!

This summer my husband and I decided that our backyard needed some major TLC, for sure! {we have not done anything to it since we moved in 4 years ago... gasp!} So, it all started when we purchased a concrete garden bench and a metal arbor and the ideas just flowed from there of what we could do to the yard. We started out planting flowerbeds on 2 corners of the backyard and we also added several new plants to the front yard too.

Here are a few pictures.

First, Jacob started tearing up the grass, he cleared the area of weeds and overgrown grass to prepare it for planting the flowers and shrubs.

Next we bought two truck loads of flowers, shrubs, and top soil then started planting them. Let me tell you, planting was not an easy process. The ground was so hard, but we pressed through. I could not have done any of this without the help of Jacob.

Then we headed to Lowe's and purchased mulch.

We still want to add a stacked river rock border around the flowerbed edges, when we find the time for that project!

Next we decided to do a makeover on the back patio!
Here are a few pictures of how we rearranged the furniture and spruced it up a bit. 

Here's our new porch swing we put together, painted, and hung. 

This is my new favorite spot around the house!

Our front porch.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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