Friday, January 28, 2011

Rosette Wreath!

Third and Last(for awhile) book page wreath! This one I made with a smaller wreath form that I bought from the dollar tree. I learned how to make these cute rosettes (here). They add such a cute touch and are fairly simple to make too!

Goodbye card table, hello new workspace with the new desk! Minus some new hardware for the desk, but that's okay! :) I love it!

This is my next furniture refinish project! This cute little side table/dresser that I purchased the same time as the desk! This one was also half off, making it only 7.49! Still thinking of what color to make it!

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thrift store desk redo!

Remember my oh so cute desk that I found at a thrift store a couple weeks ago? Well here she is completely redone! I decided to go with color this time. I picked a color from Lowe's called Whirlpool. It is a light shade of turquoise and I absolutely love it! I was originally going to have this be my crafting desk in our spare room! I love it so much that I almost don't want to hide it away! :( We'll see if I can figure out where to put it! I'll find a home for it eventually! :)

What do you think?

Have a blessed day!


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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Isn't She lovely?!!

Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful! I found this beauty while out thrifting with a friend(Nicole).
She so graciously talked me into purchasing it! first I told her I wouldn't have a place to put it but then when I found out it was half off the marked price, it had to be mine! I knew I would eventually come up with a spot for it. I think it's going to be my crafting desk so I don't have to use a card table anymore. I'm super excited about starting the refinishing project and still deciding on what color. I love how she looks black, but I also think she'd be gorgeous in antique white! I'm also considering stepping out of my comfort zone and experimenting with color! I was think maybe a light turquoise color or a some shade of light blue. What do you think?

And of course my nosey dogs had to come see what I was doing! :)


Freckled nose Bella
And sweet Maggie

Book Page Projects!

More recycled book projects! I think I'm obsessed!

These paper rosettes are adorable and really easy to make!

Old books tied with hemp. Love the look! I got this idea from another blog!

My first book page wreath! It hangs on the wall in between two vintage windows!

These projects were inspired by Miss Mustard Seed

Furniture Face Lifts!

These are all of my refinishing projects that I did in the second half of 2010. I hope to do many more in 2011!

Before: This was my first furniture refinishing project. My mom taught me how to do it! Thanks mom! I found this lovely side table at a thrift store for 8 bucks!


Before: My mom purchased this side table at a garage sale for me!

After: Love it!

Before: This is an old entertainment center that opens up and has two shelves inside it. I had really been looking out for a piece like this because our kitchen is too small and we needed the extra storage. Bought this from a friend and now it sits in our dining room!


Before: Old Cabinet Door

After: A cute decorative chalkboard!

Before: sorry I had already started priming it when I realized I needed to take a picture!


Before: My 3.99 Goodwill chair


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Page Wreath

I am so in love with all of the different projects and ideas out there using old books. This wreath took me quite a bit longer than my first one but it was well worth my patience and time in the end!

I'll start out with a picture of the final product. From then I'll post some step by step pictures!

Materials Needed:

1. An old book
2. Squiggle scissors (not sure of the technical name) :)
3. Ink pad (optional)
4. Hot glue gun
5. Wreath form
6. Ribbon
7. Pencil

Step 1. Take your wreath form and cover it with ribbon. Depending on what type of wreath you have, you may not have to do this. But since I had this wooden one, I decided to wrap ribbon around it so it would be easier to hot glue the pieces on. (Notice I ran out of ribbon 3 times) Obviously if it was going to show, it would bother me, but since I knew it would be covered, I had to use what I had lol.

Step 2. Using your curvy scissors, cut out circular shapes from your book pages. I did five pages at a time so it would go by faster. Keep cutting until you have a huge stack! This may take awhile.

Step 3. This one is totally optional! Take your cut out pieces and roll the edges on the ink pad. WARNING: this does make the process quite a bit longer! But I felt like it added an extra and simple worn look to the flowers.

Step 4. Take each piece and glue them one by one onto your wreath. Use your pencil by putting it in the middle and bending to make a sort of flower shape. Then after putting a dot of hot glue on it, use your pencil to help push it down onto the wreath. Do this one by one until finished. The key is to put each flower as close to the next one so that no ribbon shows underneath. Once you're done covering it, go back around and check for any holes that needs to be filled in with another flower. This may require some deep breaths! :) Since I decided to use such a big wreath, it took me awhile to finish. So time may very depending on the size too!

Almost done!!!

A detailed close-up!

And ta da! My monster of a wreath is finally done!

Tip: I only did the front side and the inside of the front of it. Since I will eventually be hanging it on a wall somewhere I knew the back wouldn't matter. Just think how much LONGER it would have taken!

I'm in love!

Have a fabulous day!