After my daughter and I saw Frozen in the theatres twice and we can't stop singing all the songs, its no wonder that this is what will happen when my paintbrush hits the paint....
Published March 3rd, 2014 7:54 AM
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My friend (and if you read any of my other posts you know exactly 'which friend' I'm talking about) had a dresser in her bedroom. I wanted it. Like bad.She had tried to find me one like it, but I ended up with 'Gerard' (Garage Garbage finds new life) instead. While Gerard turned out wonderful, he still was not a good fit for what I needed in my bathroom. Too dark (and handsome LOL), too short , too wide and not near enough storage... sigh.Several weeks later she happens to find another dresser that matches the rest of her bedroom suite... aaaannnndddd I got the other dresser that I really wanted! Got in my truck and chanted 'mine, mine ALL mine!' just about all the way there! I really felt the need to call her 'My Precious' as I was about as obsessed as Gollum was with his ring!Hmmm I adore making over furniture, I may have a problem ...LOL
If you have a piece of furniture you would like to bring back to it's natural beauty, you may be interested in using bleach to remove stubborn staining. For this dresser makeover, I needed to remove the residual orange staining to get the lighter coastal vibe I envisioned.
Come on over and learn how to make these DIY Shabby Chic Frames. Use dollar store frames to make these beautiful floral frames!Hi there! Today I have a fun project to share that was inspired by some Anthropology floral frame. I decided to paint mine white with gold accents instead of solid gold, but you could easily spray paint them with whatever color you like best!This dollar store frame DIY is so simple to make, and it is so inexpensive too! Here is what you need to get started!a few dollar store frameschalk paint or spray paintpaper flowersPlaster of Paris (optional)hot glue/glue gunpaint brushprinted quote or photo
Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Because a piece has a broken piece off the edge, don’t throw it in the trash. Here I will share steps to fix the broken edge.By the way, if you have been following Cloches & Lavender for any time, you know I love to recycle. As an example, this cabinet needed some love. Because it still works with my French Country home, I used chalk paint making it petty again.Besides the cabinet project, I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers. Not a tea drinker like me? After some thinking I show how to make a plate wreath. Now, back to how to recycle a broken urn. I found this urn thrifting some time ago, and I have used in our home before. However, I was tired of hiding the broken side. So, it was time to fix the broken edge.Let’s Take A Look And See How To Recycle A Broken UrnBefore I begin, I wanted to mention, this urn is made of resin of some sort. So I feel this is the best and easiest solution.First, a piece of spackle tape is added to give a base to the urn. After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound. This is the beginning how to recycle a broken urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape.
I love to upcycle and reuse old maps, they are very affordable craft paper. There are so many fun things you can do with them. One of the most popular things I've made with them is beautiful roses (see here).This time I've used my old maps to create some beautiful moths for fun faux taxidermy wall art. You can give these as a gift if you use a map of somewhere special.
I have been dragging an old dresser around for 5 years waiting for inspiration to strike. It has never been out of the garage in the last 4 houses. I kept thinking that I needed to get rid of it because we really needed the valuable garage real estate that it was occupying. There is a popular Ferris Wheel dresser on Pinterest. I went to the pin which led me to someone's 50 favorite dressers. Ugh, that is a lot of dressers to look through. When I finally found the ferris wheel one, it said source: Pinterest. The dreaded closed Pinterest Loop. I spent a lot of time trying to track down the original person who did this project but I didn't have any luck. Then I thought about the dresser in my garage and inspiration struck. Maybe I could try to recreate the ferris wheel dresser. Sounds easy right? Oh my... First, I had to track down the ferris wheel and I finally found it on FramedArt.com and it is by Gail Peck. **TIP** I think I found out later I could have gotten for cheaper at Hobby Lobby.
I have a very small hall bath & the door opens into the bathroom, taking up even more space, so I wanted to replace it with a sliding door. I bought an arched mirror on clearance and mounted it to MDF, framed it out and added trim and molding on sides for privacy. I purchased the MDF from Home Depot and they cut all the pieces to size for me. I bought the barn door hardware on Amazon. I am pretty handy, but installing the hardware was challenging. It may have been just the one I bought because I had to make modifications. Look for one with easy installation.
So, I was driving back home one afternoon and a garage sale caught my eye. I immediately fell in love with this chair and it's beautiful carvings and details and for $20 in the car it went. I already had all materials on hand so I didn't have to spend any additional money for this project. I have always loved abalone jewelry and decided to give this look a try and I'm so glad I did.
When your budget gets changed because your husband thinks a new floor is more important than sliding barn doors you get creative with what you have.I’m not going to talk bad about these louvered bi-fold doors, since there are lots still in use. It’s not that they are ugly but good grief they are a pain to clean and didn’t fit my new farmhouse inspired Prayer/Workout room.How I made my closet doors fit “my style”.Tools: Chop saw, tape measure and hot glue gun (don't skimp, the cheap ones don't last).Supplies: Dated bi-fold doors, V-groove pine boards (Lowes), lots of glue sticks, caulk and your favorite Paints color.Measure the slat opening, from left to right and cut your pine board to fit. Start at the bottom, tongue side up. Apply hot glue on any surface the first board will touch and hold into place for about 15 seconds. Then apply glue to the first boards tongue and on the next few slats. Then slide the groove side onto the tongue of the first board and press down for 15 seconds. Repeat until your doors are covered. (see short video)Use caulk to fill in any gaps around the edges and prep for paint.I used:Shabby Paints Snow White over the pine slats to match the rest of the door then painted everything Licorice (black) then distressed.Add your favorite hardware and enjoy your beautiful work.Happy Happy Happy
I came across this beautiful piece of cut wood that I found in the clearance section at Walmart, for about $5.00! At some point I knew just what I would create with it...a vintage inspired vanity tray. I happily put this beauty in my cart, brought it home and couldn't wait to getting working on this. I just fell in love with this shape. This one in particular measured about 18" but you could create one in a different size that fits your space.
Quick little video showing how to use lace with Wood Icing® Textura Paste I show how to spread the Textura Paste over the top of lace. And I also show how to press lace into the Textura Paste. We paint both with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. We used this technique on the Flag project we posted.
As you know from previous blog posts, not too long ago I was able to score a truckload of free furniture off the Facebook Marketplace. It included a sideboard cabinet without drawers which the Hubs and I repurposed into a kitchen island. You can see it HERE if you haven’t already. It also included a long dresser and a shorter dresser. It also included this vintage dresser. Now, onto the free vintage dresser makeover.
After having our second-hand dressers for ten years, I finally decided to give them a makeover! And because I have shelves of paint in the basement, I was able to do this project budget-friendly and spent $0! The best kind of projects to do, at least in my opinion!
One night my friend texted me asking about furniture restoration. She had saved an old dresser from the trash but did not know how to make it beautiful again. It was an older style, antique dresser. It was wood but it had veneer drawer fronts. After some back and forth we discovered her style and color preferences and made a plan. I couldn't wait to turn this poor, decrepit dresser into the ravishing beauty she deserved to be!
(This post was written in collaboration with H Potter but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for planting ideas for a window box? Wait until you see how to plant flowers in these GORGEOUS window boxes.When I first saw these stainless steel window boxes with an antique copper finish, it was love at first sight.I mean…wow!And I have to tell you, they are even more beautiful in person than they are online.About H PotterH Potter sells absolutely gorgeous garden decor and accessories. I’ve received a few items from them, and these copper window boxes might be my favorite because they added lots of character to my garden shed.H Potter is a family-owned business that has been accenting homes and gardens nationwide for over 20 years with distinctive items that can be used indoors and out.Their product line includes terrariums, lanterns, trellises, window boxes, planters, and torches, handmade by artisans using high-quality materials from stainless steel to copper to hand-blown glass.And let me tell you, from my experience, they are built to last and are just gorgeous!
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
I bought a Tulip style table base at an auction years ago for $5. Like many of my project ideas, it sat in my garage until I could figure out how to make or get a table top. I absolutely wanted the table to be thin, or at least appear to be very thin, like the OG Saarinen tables.
Here we go again, I am making over another thrift store find! This candle holder is one of those items I bought because it was only $1.00 and I knew someday I would do something with it! Well, someday was like YEARS later HAHA! I had kind of forgotten about it and I also wasn’t set on what I wanted to do with it, so it got pushed to the side. The other day I was organizing some of my craft stash and had it all piled and one thing sitting next to another and it all fell into place….I am not sure if that happens to you, but it does to me! All. The. Time! This came out better than anything I had envisioned for this candle holder! Come join me while for this thrifted candle holder makeover!
I'm always, yes always on the prowl for picture frames and I've never been stumped yet on what to recreate with them! They are so much fun to work with and the ideas are endless but this might be a "new" idea?? I was inspired by the obsession everyone has to have greenery in their homes nowadays either real or faux. The cactus craze has been one of them leading me to creating a faux succulent garden, Hens and Chicks in a picture frame!!
Since I have Lyme Disease and multiple tick-borne illnesses I want to protect myself and my family from coming into contact with ticks as much as I possibly can. Since we spend so much time in our backyard it is one of the most important places to try to eliminate the tick threat. I have a super easy (and cheap) DIY to help protect your yard against ticks.
Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.
A girlfriend and I hit up an outdoor flea market near me this weekend in Dover, New Hampshire. Followed up with a lobster roll at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, Maine. Aren’t those just the best kind of days? Thrifting with the Gals I’d love to invite you to join me, along with some of the best thrifting gals I know over on Instagram every Wednesday, where we share all our thrifting adventures, and tips and tricks. We also share how we decorated with all of our finds every Thursday of the month here on the blog. So be sure to sign up for my newsletter to follow along.
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!
Let’s see what I am sharing today, I think you’ll especially enjoy how to make this grapevine wreath.First off, I did find this two pack eucalyptus for $14.99 on Amazon. Additionally, if you have prime, it ships free. Now you may be wondering how good of a product can this be for the price? I highly recommend this garland. Before ordering this, I was bit skeptical. However, needing fake weather safe eucalyptus because this will be exposed to the elements, I gave this a shot. And let me tell you I love it! I am a fake flower snob. I’m not a big fan, therefore, when I find fake that I like I’ll shout it from the rooftop. If you need such a product get it!!
This wall hanging is a fun project that can to add color and cheer around your home. The basic form is created with sticks or dowels and can be enhanced with wrapped yarn or twine. As long as you have access to sticks, this mandala can be a great addition to your house for little to no cost!
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
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.
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.
Have you ever had an idea to repurpose something and just keep putting it off? This decor project is one of those ideas. I was able to score a bundle of yardsticks at auction and I knew I had to get busy then! This is so simple, but turned out to be one of my favorite DIYs to date.You won’t believe how dang simple this was and if you are a vintage lover like I am, you will love this even more.