Candlelit Romance from Chippy Barn Wood

Sara, A.K.A “Mrs. Major Hoff” blogs at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.  She tells us, ” My friend just happened to find this fabulous chippy painted barn wood when she was out strolling through a pasture. Okay, so she is a veterinarian, and maybe is out in pastures more than the rest of us–but holy smokes! What a score!”

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood before

While most of the wood was set to be turned into picture frames, one piece was a little chunkier than the others, so Sara had the chance to get creative with it.  By drilling four round holes into it, she created a beautiful votive candle holder for her friend’s breakfast table.  How lovely!

Major Hoff Takes a Wife old wood after

Get all the details on this project at Major Hoff Takes a Wife.

Castaway Dresser Gets Ombre-fied

Over at Restoration Redoux, Shanna’s friend gave her a few pieces of furniture that the didn’t want anymore, including this dresser.  “This was the first piece I’ve completed that didn’t have any hardware, so since the fronts were so plain to begin with, I decided to focus on the color,” Shanna explains.

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser before

The finish was free of dents and scratches, so the first step in this makeover was to give it a quick coat of ivory shaded paint.  Then, Shanna went for the ombre effect on the drawers.  Starting at the top, she added a little more turquoise paint to the ivory paint she had already used with each successive drawers.  The graduated shading looks especially lovely on this piece.  It reminds me of a swimming pool!

Restoration Redoux ombre dresser after

Get more details on this project by clicking over to Restoration Redoux.

Vintage Folding Chair Makes a Great Command Center

Over at Nalle’s House, Anu asks, “A folding chair is great for small spaces, parties and as additional seating, but what do you do with it while it’s not in use?  I decided to make my vintage folding chair serve double duty as seating and as a command center in my front entry.”

Nalle's House folding chair before

Wait–did Anu just say she turned a folding chair into a command center?  That’s right!  With the chair folded up, she painted the bottom of the seat with chalkboard paint, to serve as a message center.  She hung a handy little rectangular bucket from the crossbar of the chair with s-hooks.  “The tray at the bottom is perfect for holding sunglasses, keys, cellphone, etc. and even for adding a little greenery or flowers to the space,” Anu notes.  Hung up on the wall, the chair pulls double duty as stored extra seating and a commend center!  Not to mention, it’s completely beautiful in this space.

Nalle's House folding chair after

Read more about how this folding chair was repurposed at Nalle’s House.

Spiffing Up Old Books

Over at her blog, Two Twenty-One, Chelsea has come up with a fun way to add a little pizzazz to old books.  She covers them with fabric!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books before

Don’t let the mention of fabric scare you away from this project since there’s no sewing involved.  Chelsea simply cuts a rectangle of fabric and uses adhesive spray to attach it to the cover of the book.  The sky’s the limit on this one–you can use any fabric you like to achieve this look.  Keep this tip in mind for styling bookshelves.  You could have a lot of fun with that!

Two Twenty One fabric covered books after

Do see a detailed tutorial on this process, visit Two Twenty-One.

Headboard from Reclaimed Fence

The talented Emily is showing off a fabulous new headboard made from reclaimed wood over at Elizabeth Joan Designs! She “spotted an old 6′ stockade fence tossed to the curb” one night and knew she’d found the perfect piece to complement her son’s bed.

stockade fenceAfter taking the fence apart and removing lots (and lots and lots) of nails, Emily sanded and stained the boards, then added a protective finish. She screwed several boards to the back of the planks for stability and for attaching the hanging hardware. And then she accidentally ran the headboard over with her car, which as we all know is the preferred way to add character. As you can see, the final result is amazing, tire marks and all!

reclaimed wood headboard

To see the step-by-step instructions, go to Elizabeth Joan Designs.

Coffee Table Redo

At Lolly Jane, Kelli reveals that all her neighbors know just how much she loves “junk”.  They call her when they have stuff to get rid of, and that’s how Kelli acquired this heavy-duty coffee table top.

That’s right–just the top.  Kelli added the legs and a fresh coat of pretty blue paint.  Now it looks great and offers a terrific storage option for her living room!

Visit Lolly Jane to learn all about how Kelli redid this coffee table.

Too Many T-Shirts? Make a Dress!

I shared a project recently over at one of my other blogs, Infarrantly Creative, that was super fun to make.  If you have piles of old t-shirts like I do, this is the refashion for you!

old t-shirts

To make this dress for my little girl, Kayla, I started with a top that fitted her already and was in pretty good shape.  I sewed on horizonatal strips of fabric cut out of the t-shirts to add a skirt.  One of my favorite things about this dress is the embellishments I added to give the dress more visual interest, like screen printing flowers on to one piece of fabric, and adding rhinestones to another.  Kayla loved it!

DIY upcycled t-shirt dress

Click over to Infarrantly Creative to get all the details on how to make an upcycled t-shirt dress of your own.

Pretty Yarn Wrapped Vases

Katie from View from the Fridge had a great idea for upcycling her glass soda bottles.  “Better than throwing them in the overflowing recycling bin, right?” Katie asks with a laugh.

empty glass soda bottles

Her brilliant idea was to turn her old glass bottles into pretty yarn-wrapped vases.  This was a simple project.  Along with the vases, she just needed two coordinating colors of yarn.  Katie chose yarn in shades of aqua blue and raspberry pink.  She wrapped the yarn around the bottles, sometimes switching colors for a striped effect.  The vases are the perfect addition to her winter mantel.

yarn wrapped soda bottle vases

Find out more about this cute upcycling project at View from the Fridge.