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4.27.2012

Repurposed Vintage Firescreen


This vintage firescreen was one of the great pieces we found a few weeks ago. It's actually too small to use for a modern-day firescreen, so I decided to repurpose it into a memo/photo board. It would be perfect sitting on a desktop or any piece of furniture around the house. I also think it would be precious with a small wreath hanging from the handle. The day after I put this little guy out at the store, it sold! I guess someone else thought it was a good idea too. 


I love the vintage typography on this envelope.


The metal screen is perfect for clipping notes, reminders, inspiration, and photos all in one place.


Birmingham, AL-  June 9, 1934. Our wedding anniversary is June 9th!


Can you imagine only paying 2 cents for a stamp!?


The metal legs have beautiful details.


I added a few clothespins and sheet music to several vintage shutters we had sitting around the store. Shutters make great memo/photo displays because of all their slats. I just love this clever and inexpensive repurpose. 




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4.24.2012

DIY Barnwood Signs

I've been so inspired by aged barnwood signs lately. After seeing them everywhere, I just had to experiment with some reclaimed wood that I found awhile back. I ended up making several signs, one is my last name and the other one represents my business and blog.





Materials you'll need:
  • Scrap Barnwood or Lumber
  • 5" Uppercase Stencils
  • Black and Gray Acrylic Paint
  • Small Paint Brushes
  • A Pencil
  • A Sanding Block
  • A Circular Saw

Start by tracing your letters with a pencil, space and align each letter on the board.


Then outline the letters using a tiny paint brush. Since I used a stencil and didn't want my letters to look like stencils I just filled in and free-handed the letters where needed with a slightly larger paint brush.


I highlighted the letters in gray paint to add a more rustic, worn look. When the paint dried- I sanded over the letters and distressed them. 



 To complete the barnwood signs I cut the length of the board where I needed to separate each sign individually. 



I had so much fun making these signs that I tried my hand at several other techniques and I may even sell and gift a few. I love the rustic charm of using reclaimed wood, a bonus in using it is the gorgeous imperfections. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

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4.19.2012

Antique Demijohn Inspiration


Nothing says "French Chic" better than a classic demijohn. Historically used to hold wine or water and encased in a beautiful wicker basket.... the demijohn was both functional and beautiful. Ranging from $125-475, they make great decorating accessories. I hardly ever see them when I'm out buying for the store. But a dear customer and close friend of mine scored three on a recent outing. She's awesome! When she called and ask if I wanted them, I didn't hesitate one second. Then she brought them by the store and I fell in LOVE with them. They all three have green glass bottles with woven baskets. One is huge and has double handles and would make a gorgeous lamp base. Needless to say, I kept all three for myself. Two of them found a home in my office on top of my "new" vintage cabinet and the other large one is sitting in front of our fireplace. At least, for now.




I think I have an obsession with bottles. I've made three of my DIY Bottle Lamps for our house and we have vintage bottles all throughout our house too. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm linking to French Country Cottage, Coastal Charm, Show and Share, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground, and Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence Pin It

4.17.2012

Patio Coffee Table Makeover

About a month ago I decided to revamp our back patio coffee table. I found the table several years ago at a garage sale for $3. It originally had a fiberboard top that pretty much fell apart due to water damage and sitting outdoors. So I decided to paint and distress the base gray and white. Then to bring a new look to the top I measured, cut, and nailed 4 pieces of treated lumber. Then I simply just stained the rustic, wooden top Dark Walnut.



The coffee table is a great addition to our back patio. It only set me back $15 for this makeover.


I just love the details of my “new” coffee table.


BEFORE





The patio is one of my favorite places around the house just to sit, read, and relax.

Thanks for stopping by!

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4.10.2012

DIY Pom Poms

I came across this simple pom pom tutorial from Dujour and just wanted to share it with you. I have several parties to decorate for in the coming months and I thought these would be perfect to make for one of the events. These fabric pom poms will add a splash of color and some girly touches to the decor. Aren't they pretty?

diy pom poms

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Supplies:
fabric of your choice
scissors
hot glue gun
Chinese lanterns.
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Step 1: Cut circles out of fabric.
Step 2: Fold the circle in half and put a little hot glue on the center, then fold over to secure.
Step 3: Apply more hot glue to the bottom of the folded circle.
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Step 4: Press the bottom of the folded circle with the hot glue onto the chinese lantern.
Step 5: Repeat these steps until the whole lantern is covered. Once finished, attached some fabric to the metal frame of the lantern to hang.
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I hope you had a great Easter weekend! I know I sure did.
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4.02.2012

ONE Year Blogiversary!

I can't believe its been a year of blogging, how quickly time flies. I love doing this as a hobby and I look forward to sharing more new and exciting projects and inspiration with you.  

I just want to say thank you to everyone who stops by. Thank you for reading, thank you for your comments, thank you for following along, and thank you for dropping by my blog just to check it out. 

My blog has been featured numerous times this year and has also received the Liebster Blog Award three times!  I'm so grateful for all the amazing blogs out there that send people my way. Thank you so much.

Well since I missed blogging on the actual day {March 31} of my one year blogiversary, I thought I'd share a few of my most popular posts in case you're a new reader and missed out on something. 

DIY Bottle Lamp
 


Chicken Coop Turned Coffee Table
 

DIY Industrial Letters


Metal Basket Pendant Lights


DIY Twine Letter
 

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