our finished osb flooring, flooring

Our Finished OSB Flooring

A great inexpensive flooring option is to simply finish the osb sub floor with a good varathane floor finish. We did this at our cabin for a warm rustic look that is still strong and durable.

how to paint old and rusty metal outdoor chairs, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, Finished chairs using a textured metallic paint I then applied a couple coats of clear gloss lacquer by Rustoleum to seal and protect the finish

How To Paint Old And Rusty Metal Outdoor Chairs

We will do almost anything for a little extra outdoor seating at our cabin! I usually like to rescue old furniture and make it over but I must say I was a little astonished when my husband pulled these chairs out of the woods and brought them home for me. There were just so many layers of paint and rust and dirt...oh and webs...with bugs!
Anyway..the ambitious side of me decided to tackle the job and I followed a careful procedure to not only cover the rust but prevent more from showing up.

birch birdhouses, crafts, I used a rectangular piece of rusty tin that I purchased from the craft store for this roof

Birch Birdhouses

Some fallen logs can make some cute decorative birdhouses for inside or out. See the details on how these were made by reading my blog post.

diy storage from recycled christmas tins, crafts, repurposing upcycling

DIY Storage From Recycled Christmas Tins

I needed some storage containers for coins and nuts & bolts so I made use of some old Christmas tins!

a rustic chic christmas mantel, christmas decorations, seasonal holiday decor, wreaths

A Rustic Chic Christmas Mantel

I decorated this mantel in gold, cream and rustic touches. I made the pine cone Christmas trees at the ends and added some birch logs and a simple grapevine wreath to contrast the gold accents.

cheers, christmas decorations, seasonal holiday decor


Starting my Christmas decorating with a cheery display in our downstairs kitchenette area.

step ladder makeover old crate fun tray table, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, rustic furniture

Step Ladder Makeover + Old Crate = Fun Tray Table

I bought an old painters step ladder that was layered with chippy paint originally thinking I would leave it as is. However I couldn't find a place for it to fit in my house so I stripped and sanded it and repainted.
Another purchase of an old crate gave me the idea to combine the two to make a shabby tray table for my dining room which ended up being the perfect fit for my ladder.

diy lampshades, crafts, home decor

DIY Lampshades

I like to dress up a plain white shade and make it more rustic with branches or birch bark.

craft room organization, craft rooms, organizing, storage ideas

Craft Room Organization

I used an old credenza, that I made over with fresh paint and new handles, an old desk hutch, kitchen canisters and other odds and ends to come up with this organized space in my craft room.

recycle an old drinking glass into a fun pencil holder, crafts, repurposing upcycling, Finished pencil holer

Recycle An Old Drinking Glass Into A Fun Pencil Holder

I hate when my drinking glasses get to a point where they have rebelled from the dishwasher and have turned cloudy and just plain ugly.
About once a year...maybe a little longer....I have to pick through the glasses, throwing out the yuck and purchasing some new.
Since I hate throwing things out and like to recycle whatever I can, I decided to make pencil holders with some of the glasses. I can ALWAYS use those!

Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor - Renee
Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor - Renee
About meHi! I'm Renee and I blog at Rustic Crafts and Chic Décor and also Rentovations. When I'm not working on crafts and DIY projects, I like to spend time at our Northern Michigan cabin enjoying the great outdoors! Most recently, my husband and I have begun taking on home renovations projects for our company Rentovations.