Repurposed Book End into Shell Covered Door Stop

I have another simple project to share. There are only two steps and all you need is a plain bookend, white paint, a paint brush, a glue gun, and shells. I painted the brown wood colored bookend white so any open space or crack between shells wouldn't stand out.As you can see, I did a quick paint job. It doesn't need to be perfect. Just give the end a quick coverage of white paint if your book end is a dark color.Use your glue gun to cover the end with shells.Here is how it came out. You don't have to use it as a door stopper. You can do two ends and use them for books.I like the book end used as a door stopper. It works very well.It would make a nice gift. It's fun to make things with shells. I have two other shell projects on the blog you can make if you like; a seashell wreath and driftwood crosses. Both projects are simple to make and make nice gifts. … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Look Alike Desk

This desk that I made over was the bargain of the century. It cost $50 and with a few supplies and a little effort it looks very similar to a Pottery Barn desk you can find in their catalogue for $1169.00 (below). I actually like the way my desk came out better than the Pottery Barn one. This desk below is in the Pottery Barn Catalogue for $899. I didn't get a great before picture because I forgot to take one. This is the best one I got. While it was on its side, I applied feet. The feet had screws already in them. I used a drill to create a hole on each of the bottom of the legs to screw the feet into.Here you can see all the feet are attached.I used a non toxic stripper to remove as much of the paint that was already on the desk as I could.Once the top of the desk was stripped down to the grain wood, I applied two coats of a dark brown stain to the top.Next, I painted the legs and feet black.After the legs and feet were finished, I applied the black paint to the rest of the body.I taped around the edges of the drawers to prevent from getting paint on the actual drawer and then painted the face of the drawers.Here is how the desk looked after the top was stained and the body and legs were painted.I let it sit to dry for about two days. It still needs knobs for the drawers. I think it looks just as good if not better than the Pottery Barn desks above. I really like the way it came out. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Fabric Covered Diaper Wipe Cases

Yesterday I realized it had been days since my last DIY project. I know this sounds kind of silly. I can't imagine saying something like that a year ago. I was never really into craft projects until Sophia. Anyway, I've mentioned this before that these simple little projects I do on here really do something for me. They are fulfilling. It's fun creating things and I like sharing my projects on here because I hope to inspire others to create as well. So yesterday I felt the need to create. I came up with these fabric covered diaper wipe cases. I didn't have any expectations. I just thought I'd give it a shot. I really like the way they came out. And very little effort was involved. I think that's what pleased me the most. It was a quick and easy project with pretty good results. Anyone could make these, seriously. You should give it a shot and let me know how they come out. A Few Supplies Needed glue gun, scissors, fabric, travel size diaper wipe case, and some sort of trim like ribbon.I forgot to take pictures of the first step but it's basic. Cut 2 pieces of fabric about 9 in x 4 1/2 in. As you can see in the bottom left picture I made the pieces a little bit smaller. They don't reach the edge of the case. I did this because I used ribbon to trim the edges and it came out better this way than having the trim go all the way to the edge. It was too thick when I put the ribbon on top when I  had the fabric reach the edge. Once the fabric is cut, use your glue gun to glue … [Read more...]

Driftwood Crosses

Last time I was down south at the beach I collected a bunch of driftwood. I was thinking about framing a mirror with layered pieces of driftwood. I didn't have enough to do this though. Maybe I'll make one in the future. Anyway, I like simple so I came up with driftwood crosses decorated with sea shells. These are very simple to make. I feel like I say that with almost every project I post on here. It's true most of my projects are simple and these crosses definitely fall into that category. What You Will NeedDriftwood, Seashells, Rope or Twine, Glue Gun There isn't much to this. Just cross two pieces of driftwood and tie the rope around the middle to hold them together. Tie a knot in the back or create a loop for hanging purposes. Use a glue gun to attach shells to the center. You can use store bought shells and coral as seen in this one above. You can use a bunch of shells and layer them or just lay a few shells across the front. I think they came out pretty and would make a nice gift. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Linen Matted Photos

I love the look of these framed pictures. I especially like the look of the linen mattes around the pictures. I came across these on Pinterest the other day and was inspired to make something like this myself.I think these are really pretty linen matted photos.I used two large Ikea frames I used the same spray paint I used for the hamper basket makeover project. It is Rust-Oleum gloss protective French Roast.I sprayed the frames with 2 coats and allowed them to dry about 24 hours.Using poster board, the 8x10 photo, and a tape measure I created a rectangle opening slightly smaller than the size of the photo.I cut the opening out with a razor blade.As you can see above, I cut drop cloth (a material I use often because it looks similar to linen) around the cut poster board.I used glue stick and some masking tape to tape the drop cloth down on the back of the matte.Here is the finished product.They actually came out a lot better than they look and were very easy to do.Something else you could try is to use the same drop cloth material for the matte but make the pictures black and white rather than sepia and paint the frames black.I really like the way they came out. Like I said, they look better in person than in these photos. … [Read more...]

All You Need Is Love Sign

I haven't gotten this project right yet but I'm going to share it with you guys anyway. I really like this frame. It suits the rustic decor that goes with living in the mountains. Originally, my mom made this sign for our wedding we had here in Mammoth. She stenciled the letters of our names on a piece burlap, painted the letters white and framed it. After the wedding, I decided I wanted to stencil "all you need is love" on drop cloth and use the frame. Rather than using stencils, I printed out my own letters using Georgia font (size 400). I was going to trace them on the drop cloth and paint the letters the same way I did the monogrammed pillows I made recently. My husband thought that sounded like too much work and suggested he spray paint the letters I had printed then glue them on the drop cloth. He talked me into and it ended up looking pretty good. This is before I glued the letters down. I wasn't crazy about the drop cloth. It was too light in contrast with the color of the frame. I don't know, I just didn't like it. So I pulled all the letters off the drop cloth, stapled a piece of burlap over the board and glued the letters back on. I know it sounds a little crazy but I do like the burlap better. And now, I'm still not in love with it! I like it, but I think it would look better if the letters were painted on! I'll give it a few days to see if I really like it. I may have to sneak a quick paint job in without my husband seeing (I don't want to hurt his … [Read more...]

Hamper Basket Makeover

I like having a good project to work on- something to paint or re cover is always fun. I enjoy looking around thrift stores for something I can re do. This may seem weird to some people but it is sort of therapeutic for me and gratifying to see the transformation. When I spotted this old hamper at a thrift store, I knew it would be fun and easy to re do. Actually, if I had the right style of house, this would have been a cool vintage piece to fix up. I would have re painted it the same yellow and cleaned it up a bit. My house is not ecletic at all though. It wouldn't work in our house as a vintage piece.  All I needed to do with this was wash it off with a hose and give it two coats of spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum gloss protective French Roast.Once the paint was all dry (I gave it 24 hours), I unscrewed the top and used a staple gun to cover it with my favorite material- drop cloth! I say favorite, because I've done a bunch of projects using drop cloth you can find here. I like it because it is sturdy and it looks like linen.Here is how it looked once it was painted and the top was covered. It needed something extra, so I trimmed the lid with smooth nickel furniture nails. I think it gave it the finishing touch it needed. Before and After Total Cost- $20 Hamper- $5 Spray Paint & Furniture Nails- $15This was so simple to do and came out pretty good. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Embroidered Pillow

I must have a thing for pillows and monograms. A couple weeks ago I made pillows with painted monograms on them you can find here and the other day I embroidered a monogram on another pillow. I do like pillows. They are an easy way to give a couch, bed, or chair a finishing touch. It's also an easy way to add color and style to a room. I like monograms because they personalize a space and I think it makes a nice gift to give someone something personalized with a monogram. First, I traced a circular bowl (the size I wanted the monogram and design to be) onto a solid colored linen pillow cover. Next, I penciled the design and monogram onto the pillow cover. Last, I embroidered over the penciled design. Embroidery is not hard. If you don't know how, I found a tutorial on Pinterest you can go to here. Turned out pretty good. What do you think?   … [Read more...]

Sea Shell Wreath

This is another simple DIY project. I have a large collection of shells from when I lived at the beach that I thought I would use to make  sea shell wreaths. I bought a couple of these wreaths at the dollar tree and simply hot glued shells to it. I made one for my mom and one for a friend. They both live at the beach so sea shell wreaths will be appropriate for their homes. All you need are shells, a wreath, and hot glue. I also used sea glass. You can buy shells at a craft store if you don't live near the beach or have a collection. This is how the first one came out. I only put the shells on the face of the wreath, not on the inside or outside. This is the second wreath I made. I put a few more shells around the outside and inside of the wreath. I like the way this one came out. You can't mess these up. First, I glued shells all over the wreath. Then I went back and filled in the open spaces with smaller shells and sea glass. It's not perfect which is what I like. And each one you make is unique. There you go- a simple sea shell wreath you can make for yourself or a friend. It's very easy! … [Read more...]

Craft Organization Inspiration

I wish I had the before picture of this closet but since I don't, you can imagine what it would look like. Basically it was  a standard closet with a hanging bar for clothes across the top. We built in shelves and table space to create a place to organize craft supplies. Baskets are hung on the inside of the doors to store supplies. A decorative wire rack for magazines, letters, and paper is hung on the other door. We're going to put cork on the inside of the doors to pin pictures up on. Plastic containers hold spools of ribbon, thread, buttons, stamps, and miscellaneous craft items. Boxes of stationary and more baskets for storage. More plastic containers for pens and other supplies. If you don't have an extra room for craft supplies, a closet is a good option. In a small area you can create many places to store your supplies.   Having a specific place where all your craft items are organized makes it fun to do projects. At least for me this is the case. If you don't have a place yet, maybe this will give you a little inspiration. … [Read more...]