I was only half kidding a few posts back when I said that Pinterest makes me feel like a failure. I have a healthy love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love love love the creativity and inspiration I find with every search. Yet, I sometimes feel like I’m not worthy to hold a candle to the rest of the Pinterexperts. I think I’m a crafty person and I know I’m a thrifty person, but there are times when I doubt my ability. The perfectionist in me shouts out – it needs to be better! Read the rest of this entry ?
Archive for the ‘DIY Furniture’ Category
I was planning on redecorating my girls’ bedroom dresser this past weekend, but unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Since she decided to water my strawberries instead of giving me appropriate weather to decorate outside, my dresser reveal post will have to wait until next week. Which I guess is okay, because it gave me a chance to do a little more researching on DIY dressers and totally changed my idea. I am amazed at how creative some people are! Read the rest of this entry ?
Whenever I casually talk to someone about social media and how it affects my life, I sum it up by saying, “Facebook makes me feel like a success and Pinterest makes me feel like a failure.”
Now, I have had my fair share of “successes” with my DIY projects, but I have had ten times as many “fails”. If any of you caught that in my last post, I started out with two bookshelves and then showed the “after photo” with just one… uh… there’s a reason for that… shelf #2 didn’t make it… well, not yet at least… Read the rest of this entry ?
A thrifted piece of furniture is like a cat. It has many many lives. The two busted up bookshelves shown below have lived at least as many lives as the most curious cats! The pair was purchased at a thrift store (the small NC town I lived in then didn’t have a Goodwill – can you believe that!?!) over twelve years ago! They were originally a mahogany color and housed our CD player, some books and framed photos in our apartment living room. They traveled with us to a few more apartments until Read the rest of this entry ?
Jen’s post got me thinking about some easy repurposing projects which I’ve done and could share with all of you! A few weekends ago I was taking a stroll around my neighborhood and found these two items: a window and a cart- well, I guess its a cart, but I’m not entirely sure what its original purpose was. It has wheels which make it mobile, and two platforms, but the top one has a large hole in it- maybe it was a mobile oyster shucking shell bucket, or a holder of lawn supplies? I just don’t know. Any guesses?
A sociology professor of mine once told me to look at everyone using my “Buddha eyes” – not just to find the good in each person, but to find the purpose of your encounter with them. That even negative experiences have a purpose. I love using my “Buddha eyes” when shopping at Goodwill. When you look past the piece of furniture as is, and see the potential of what it could be, it truly inspiring! And of course, Pinterest has no shortage of helping to spur that creative inspiration!
Here are a few examples of ways to repurpose furniture to fit your needs. Read the rest of this entry ?
So, when Target started carrying Missoni products last year, the designer’s signature pattern, chevron, went mainstream. Now I see it everywhere! From accenting furniture to adding color to your ceiling fan, this zig-zag design has been used! But, oddly enough, I am not getting bored of this clean, yet edgy pattern.
Here are a couple of DIY ideas for weekend projects using chevron. Click on the photo for the original post with the complete tutorial. Read the rest of this entry ?
Is it already August? This summer is flying by! I know I should probably be focusing on back-to-school ideas, but my mind is still at the beach! I love the relaxed and natural beauty of the beach – and love to bring that look inside! I’ve been wanting to write a tutorial on a lamp makeover, but wasn’t sure which direction to go until I saw a creative photo on pinterest (shameless plug, follow us here) and it all clicked! I found a medium size lamp at a local Goodwill for $6.26 and while it was not Read the rest of this entry ?
While it is always fun to find a diamond in the rough while shopping at Goodwill, I prefer to make diamonds out of the rough things I find! A couple months back, I found a set of end tables at the Goodwill on Clements Ferry. They were pretty scratched up, but still very sturdy and well made – and only $24.99 for the set! With the pay and take discount, I received 25% off and spent just over $9 each! What a bargain! And we love the table so much we want to share it with one of you (read to the bottom for details)! Read the rest of this entry ?
While searching for a summer savings project have you ever seen a piece of furniture at Goodwill, a yard sale or even tossed on the side of the road that makes you think to yourself, ” This is great, but I’m not sure if it could ever look new again..”?
Well, my friend Rachel stumbled upon this same situation with a cabinet she spotted on the side of the road! And guess what , she found a quick and easy way to breathe new life in to it!
Check it out!
An astonishing transformation from the drab, beaten-up wooden chest of drawers, huh! If purchased new it’d be at least $200 dollars, what a great summer savings project!
Rachel’s Refurbishing Project required:
- Old chest of drawers
- New knobs
And the kicker, the crafty trick, which provided the backbone to the entire transformation…..
Ingenious, huh?! The wallpaper provides texture, depth and pattern, all qualities which are subtle, yet result in an entire new look for the piece!
How she did it:
- Rachel removed the cabinet handles
- She then sanded down the entire piece
- Measurements for the face of the cabinets were taken. The textured wall paper was then cut out to scale and glued to the face of the cabinets
- The entire piece, including the new cabinet faces, was painted
- New knob were screwed in
Voila, proof that you can turn [almost] anything from drab to fab with a little elbow grease and creativity!
Thanks for sharing with us Rachel!
Do you have any crafty summer savings project, we’d love to share!