Friday, April 30, 2010

Dollar Store Oars

I happened to be at Dollar Tree today and saw these oars. And I thought to myself, "those could go with my sailboat I have in the bathroom." But what to do with the ugly design on them?Sand it off, of course!
After sanding, I thought they looked to smooth. So I beat them up...
And since the color was hideous, I stained them a walnut color.

What do you think?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cheese Cloche

I originally saw this idea HERE. I thought it was such a cute idea, that I went on the hunt for a cheese cloche and a stand. Again, after one or two trips to the DI, I had what I needed, a stand and a cloche.
Step 1: Gather your supplies...
Step 2: Cover your stand with glue. I used E-6000.
Step 3: Glue your stand to your cheese cloche base.
Step 5: Prime and paint.
Step 6: Find something to display. Since I had lemons, I used lemons.
Step 7: Stand back and admire your handiness and craftiness.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Nest Holder

This post thing was another one of my many DI finds.
The original condition.
After a coat of paint
After some sanding.
After some walnut stain.
Together with all my other various cheap finds. Check out that cute white finial creation next to this creation!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

PB Finial

I've seen these cement finial things all over blog land. Pottery Barn even has one. After reading THIS post, I decided I needed to find a way to make one... as cheap as possible. Since I didn't have a cement finial, I had to improvise. So on a couple of my many thrift store escapades, I found a wood finial, and a bowl. After that, it all came together.
The guts of this project- my bowl and finial.

Drill a hole through the bowl(the screw will go in better and faster) then screw a screw into the finial. It should look like this.
Now, take some spackle and spackle the heck out of the finial. Let the spackle dry. Now, paint the whole thing brown. Don't leave any white showing. Let the paint dry. Next, paint over the brown with white. Be sure to leave some brown showing.

Lastly, enjoy your creation.

Total price: $1.50!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Frame Art

A few weeks ago I was looking for some DIY wall art. Something that was large and inexpensive. After searching for a while, I found this:
Image/tutorial found HERE.
I found some awesome frames at the thrift store. I think I may have actually got two of the same frames My Dear Trash used.
Arrange the frames into any pattern and nail them together.

Hang them on the wall and stand back and admire...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Design Studio

We went to the Design Studio yesterday to make our final plans. Here are our choices we made while there...

Railing. It will be stained toffee to match the cupboards.
Outside lights
Shower hardware.
Carpet and tile.
Cupboards. The white one is the style of the door, and the other will be the stain (maple with a toffee stain.)
Modular Granite. The darker will be in the kitchen. The lighter one will be in the bathrooms.
Shower Stall. It will be brushed nickle.
White Water and trim will be in the shower stall.
Lighting Package. (Not our first choice. Our choice was discontinued.)
Bathroom Faucet. They will be brushed nickle.
Kitchen Faucet.
Interior doors. We are going for the craftman style.
Six Panel Front door. It will be painted black.
This picture shows everything together- Hardward floors will be in the kitchen.
Exterior Colors and rock. The main color is called Evening Blue.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lanterns big and small

I posted a DIY lantern tutorial yesterday. Today, after finding the perfect Mason Jar at our thrift store, I wanted to make one. I looked high and low for our heavy duty wire, but couldn't find it, so I had to use what I had... floral wire. I tried to follow the tutorial's directions, but in the end, I did it my way.
I hung the jar next to two other lanterns (thrift store finds) I had on hand.

CUTE! Maybe I will make some more.