A Dresser Makeover Inspired by the Rocky Mountains

When Deb’s friend brought a dresser to her to be refinished, the dresser had been recently dug out of a basement.  Her friend wanted it refinished for her home in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  At Lake Girl Paints, Deb shares the makeover.

Lake Girl Paints old dresser

The first step in refinishing this dresser was giving it a thorough cleaning, inside and out.  Deb was inspired by the colors of the mountains for this makeover, wanting the dresser to blend seemlessly into it’s mountain home.  Wanting the top of the dresser and the drawer knobs to have a wood tone, she carefully stripped off the old paint and touched them up with brown paint and glaze before sealing them with polyacrylic.  For the rest of the dresser, she wanted to go with two-tone paint.  She painted the body of the dresser gray and the drawers white, but worked her brush magic to give both colors depth.  Peaceful!

Lake Girl Paints painted dresser gray white natural wood

Visit Lake Girl Paints to find out more about this rescued dresser.

Whimsical Squirrel Pins from Scraps

Nicole from The Felted Fox shares a problem that many crafters will be familiar with.  “When I first started to sew, every piece of fabric seemed important.  After each project I would end up with a pile of scrap fabric that I just couldn’t bring myself to throw out,” she says.

felt fabric scraps

Recently, Nicole came up with a cute way to use up some of the small pieces of scrap felt that she’d stockpiled.  These adorable squirrel pins are made from white and gray felt fabric.  Nicole embroidered faces on them.  See the hearts that make up the ears and nose?  That makes them extra cute for Valentine’s Day!  After stuffing them for added dimension, Nicole attached safety pins to the back of these little squirrels to turn them into pins.  What a fun way to use up those scraps!

The Felted Fox scrap felt squirrel pins

Visit The Felted Fox to access Nicole’s free pattern so that you can turn your own scraps into squirrels.

Using Salvaged Wood To Get a Vintage Look

Over at Crafts By Amanda, Amanda shares an adorable sign that she made herself.  She was able to get the look of a vintage sign–like somthing you’d find at an antique shop–by selecting the right piece of salvaged wood for the base of the sign.

Crafts By Amanda salvaged wood plank

“Making something look vintage or distressed really isn’t that hard, but starting with the right surface can make all the difference in the world,” Amanda explains.  For this project, she selected a plank that had a lot of raised grains, which she knew would show up and really look great when it was distressed.  Next, she layered a couple of colors of craft paint onto the board.  When the paint was dry, she transferred the outline of the letters she wanted on her sign, and painted over them.  After the paint had dried completely, Amanda went over the sign with a sanding block, making the paint job fade and in some places disappear completely for a naturally distressed finish.  Now, Amanda has a sign in her kitchen that could easily pass for a flea market or antique store find.

Crafts By Amanda faux vintage egg sign

Visit Crafts By Amanda to learn more about this faux vintage sign.

Love Letters: Book Page Wreath

At Restoration Redoux, Shanna has made wreaths from book pages before.  This time, however, she decided to make one of them in a heart shape, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Restoration Redoux cardboard heart form

Shanna needed a form for this wreath, so she cut a heart shape piece of cardboard from a cereal box.  She had a vintage book that she wasn’t planning on reading that she pulled the pages out of.  Each page was rolled diagonally and sealed with glue before Shanna glued it to the cardboard heart.  In the center of the wreath, Shanna repurposed the top of a gift box that looked like a vintage valentine and put it there.  With a ribbon on the back, the wreath was ready for display.  Isn’t it pretty?

Restoration Redoux book page heart wreath

Visit Restoration Redoux for full instructions on making this wreath from book pages.

Gift Box from Christmas Becomes Keepsake

Jessica blogs at Homespun Elegance.  This past Christmas, she was almost as excited about the gift box she received as she was about the perfume inside of it.  “This is a box most people would throw out after opening. I just couldn’t bear to part with it and knew I wanted to create something beautiful with it!” she says.

Homespun Elegance daisy marc jacobs perfume gift box

After Christmas, Jessica used this box as the foundation for a lovely family keepsake box.  She covered the box with decorative paper to hide the original perfume packaging.  Then, she embellished it with all kinds of decorative trims and accessories.  A pretty framed picture on the top of the box helps to label it as something special.  This will be a fun way to store momentos, and it’s pretty enough to keep out on display.

Homespun Elegance family keepsake box from gift box

Visit Homespun Elegance to read more about this perfume box makeover.

Fun Idea for Upcycling Girl Scout Cookie Boxes

Do we have any Girl Scout families out there?  Here’s a fun way for your girl scouts to advertise their cookie sales AND do a little upcycling project while they are at it.  It comes to us from Girl Scout mom and upcycler extraordinaire, Laura of Laura Kelly’s Inklings.

Laura Kelly Designs girl scout cookie boxes

To help sell their cookie quota, Laura and her Girl Scout came up with the idea to create a cookie photo booth!  They cut a frame from a piece of foam board, and decorated it with pictures of the cookies cut out from the boxes.  Then, they made fun photo booth props, like glasses on a stick, by cutting the shapes out of more of the empty cookie boxes.  The boxes are good, stiff cardboard, making them just the right weight for props on a stick.  Looks like the Girl Scouts had tons of fun making and using this fun photo booth!

Laura Kelly Designs girl scout cookie box photo booth

Visit Laura Kelly’s Inklings to find out more about this upcycling project.

Rustic Hearts from Salvage

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away.  Are you ready?  If pink and ruffles aren’t the way you like to decorate for the day of love, then Donna from Funky Junk Interiors has a great project for you!  And the best part is, these decorations can be make out of items you already have on hand.

Funky Junk Interiors bark yarn buttons

Donna made these hearts starting with a simple base of cardboard.  Easy to find, right?  To make the hearts look extra rustic, she freehand drew them before cutting them out, so they wouldn’t have a perfectly symmetrical shape.  Next, she recommends looking for any fun textures that you might enjoy looking at tohot glue onto the cardboard hearts.  “Moss, bark, mop string, buttons, dried hydrangeas, burlap, anything goes,” Donna says.  “As long as you can glue it onto something small, it’ll work.”  The hearts are just neutral enough, Donna points out, that they can be tucked just about anywhere for year round decor.

Funky Junk Interiors salvage hearts

Go over to Funky Junk Interiors to get all the details on these hearts made from salvaged materials.

Technicolor Carousel Horses

At Makely School for Girls, Lindsay came up with a fun solution for making a dated collection relevant and ready for display.  The collection?  Carousel horse figurines that her mother used to collect, back in the 80’s.

Makely School for Girls ceramic carousel horses

Lindsay rescued the collection of carousel horses when she realized her mom was packing them up for a Goodwill donation.  “They were a part of my childhood, and now my three-year old Emma loved looking at them at my parents’ house before they moved.  I couldn’t bear for them to be given away,” Lindsay confesses, explaining why she brought them to her own home.  The only trouble with this sentimental gesture is that Lindsay’s home is anything but pastel.  Her solution was to unscrew the horses from their bases and give them each a coat of glossy spray paint in colors that are part of her decor.  Now, the brightly colored horses have a new home, proudly displayed in Emma’s bedroom.

Makely School for Girls painted ceramic carousel collectibles

Get more details on these rescued collectibles at Makely School for Girls.