Others see trash I see potential
Published February 21st, 2014 3:51 PM
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I make lots of DIY signs for my home. But when you are squeezed for wall space, it's really nice if those signs can actually DO something other than just look pretty, am I right?In some cases, I'll create signs on top of bulletin boards because that's useful! Or add hooks to hang things.But this round, I wanted to create a way to hide some woodworking tools in the kitchen behind some art...Here's the pretty fix, that's MUCH more productive!
Hi friends! I'm not sure about the regulations where you are located, but currently in my area all shops besides for groceries and pharmacies are closed. This project is a product of not having the right materials, but going for it anyway! I've had this little cabinet for about a few months now, and to say the least it is yuck. I got it for free second hand, and I really wanted to do something about the icky black (is that laminate?) and those tacky silver legs.
This piece was close to my heart! Growing up one of my best friends Grampa had past away when we were in grade 9, he was an incredible carpenter…. Fast forward 12 years later, I was asked to refinish a dresser HANDMADE by his Grampa. 🥺 so of course I felt close to it! I was so happy I was able to do this for the family.
Learn how to take a chippy old wooden door and turn it into a beautiful desk for your cottage farmhouse home office.
This project was so much fun to make! I love anything Patriotic/Americana, and what is more Patriotic than Uncle Sam?! I had some wood laying around from other projects, so I thought I would put together a Uncle Sam Porch Sitter. He turned out AMAZING!
A few weeks ago I made a little woven basket for a desk organizer from some old magazine pages and I kind of got hooked on the process. So I decided to try and make some bigger baskets to organize other craft supplies and projects but the thing I really needed was a small trash can.
A Tilt out Trash Can to replace those ugly cans!We all have them... A Bin for Trash and Recycling that sit there for the world to look at. Well. I wanted to hide them while still making it easy to access.UPDATE:A few people asked Why I put it in front of the window...and not centered? Check out my other posts to get the answer... here you can see the kitchen redesign and the dog station which is in the corner.https://www.hometalk.com/29359384/homemade-dog-food-and-toy-station
If, like me, you're a sucker for a good before and after, then you'll love this $5 sideboard transformation! Although this particular project is pretty full-on (thanks to the decrepit condition of my piece to begin with - and the fact I'm maybe, probably, definitely slightly insane!), achieving the same look using any less needy item of furniture is easy! Given the complete tutorial is quite detailed (and contains about one zillion photos!), I've summarised it for Home Talk. You can find the full how-to here on my blog.
I stumbled across this piece in the back corner of a habitat for humanity restore while walking another piece back to my van. I asked them if it had sold since there was no tag on it, they said no, it wasn't for sale since it was unusable and dangerous (the top mirror piece wasn't attached and easily falls over). When I saw this piece, I immediately fell in love. I was able to see that crotch mahogany veneer under all that dirt, grime and dark stain. Yes, it needed MAJOR work. Structural work as well. But, chipped veneer, necessary reinforcing, and rebuilding corners has never stopped me before when it comes to rescuing these old beauties. For a $10 donation, I loaded this baby up too! Here's how I brought this 1890's dresser from a broken ugly duckling to an absolute show stopping piece.
I have these 3 drawer storage containers several places in our home. Sometimes I like that I can see what's in the drawer, and other times I do not. I came up with an easy and inexpensive way to upcycle the drawers - hiding what's inside and giving it a face lift at the same time. You can see more of my crazy creations here
When I first walked up to this house, it was gorgeous. Was it my style? Not necessarily. Did it scream Texas? Yes, which I loved. My love for colonial & craftsman homes are a few and far between here in Texas. In Texas, you get stone, stone & more stone.
In my last house, I painted my kitchen white and shared a tutorial on the best way to paint kitchen cabinets. And I still stand by that tutorial! But, I've also found an easier way that I love and thought I'd share it with you today.
I have redone this cabinet before, but I felt it needed an upgrade and the farmhouse style was calling my name. This is one of the easiest upgrades I think I’ve ever done. It’s quick and takes minimal materials and effort. You don’t even need to remove anything stored in or on your cabinet to make this happen. Even better, it’s super cheap.
So we start with a small piece like this one. Nothing special. Simple, small and inexpensive. (I think I bought it at Hobby Lobby years ago).
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
When the weather gets warm enough, it's time to cross off all the outdoor projects you've had on your list before it gets too hot to actually get them done. Below are 5 easy outdoor projects I recommend doing now to get your home ready for warmer weather.*This post was sponsored by CTS Cement, however, all views and opinions are my own.1. Weatherproofing Weatherproofing is super important going into the summer months to save you from wasting a ton of energy from cold air leaking out and warm air working its way in. It also prevents moisture and insects from getting in and causing unnecessary damage to your home.Two ways to keep your home cool and dry in hot weather:Repair foundation cracks before they become a problem.
Hanging a rug as wall art is an excellent way to cover a large area of wall in your home with a new texture, I love that instead of another hard surface on the wall like framed art it can add some softness to the walls & sometimes in a less expensive way if you aren’t hanging anything precious. I recently found this rug for $5 (at 5 below) & knew I had the perfect place for it…and you can probably already tell it wasn’t going on the ground! I put a plan together to hang this rug as wall art & it worked out so perfectly that I had to share it with y’all because I just love sharing a good DIY ( you can see them all here).
This Dollar Tree Patriotic Straw Vase is one of the easiest DIY’s EVER. Last year I made this patriotic wreath (which was also super easy) using Dollar Tree paper straws and this year I decided to try decorating a Dollar Tree vase using the same straws.
I have wanted to add some warmth and texture to this room. I love the paint and trim color but wanted to give the space more visual interest and a cottage/coastal feel. Then last week, we were adding some replacement pieces of cedar shake shingles to the outside, and a lightbulb went off! If I used it as an accent wall, it would look pretty and would add the perfect amount of cottage vibe.
I was recently gifted a set of wind chimes for my birthday. And I was so excited because if you can believe it, I have actually never had a set of wind chimes before. However, the wind chimes did not really match the decor I already have for my porch. So there went my little creative brain again for this easy wind chime refresh project. I thought that with a little spray paint and TLC, I could really make these into something special for my porch. And I am so happy with how they turned out! Keep on reading to see just how simple and easy it is to make!
Returning to work on the Basement Bathroom by tackling the pallet walls. This Basement has been a LONG, slow process but, to be fair, its not where we live so its not on our “urgent” to-do list. Though we do hang out down here on the weekends especially it wasn’t until I upcycled an old toolbox in the bathroom here that I finally got motivated. We installed the commode and rolling doors for this space and finished up the living room. After that I realized there wasn’t a ton to do to finally have a completed bathroom for the first time ever so I got to work!
This old mailbox was my grandparents for many, many, many years before I came along and used it as long as I could before it was finally time to retire it. I didn’t have the heart to toss it though and its been literally sitting in our flower garden, by our front step, for all the years since. I thought about bringing it in and hanging it on the wall or placing it above one of our hutches as decoration but it was just too big for either of those things. It finally dawned on me where it would be perfect this spring when we started working on the vegetable garden!
If your bathtub face boring and flat like mine, do this! For under $10 and an hour you can elevate the look of your bathroom with PVC box trim. This project requires no power tools! My favorite projects are always cheap, easy, but impactful!
Do you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs or want to create a way to enjoy more plants in your small space? Check out how you can transform a thrifted shelving unit into an herb or garden planter for the porch or patio. This would be an easy and inexpensive option for those limited to apartment balconies as well.