Refreshing the Finish on Vintage Chairs

Over at Clockwork Interiors, Cynthia was looking for a few small projects she could work on.  She remembered her stash of chairs in the garage awaiting TLC, and decided that it was time to breathe a little life into a few of them.  “They are so comfortable, and I love the fact that they came out of someone’s work shop!” she says of this set of three handmade, vintage chairs.


For this refinishing project, Cynthia decided to try an oil-based product that she’d never used before.  She scuff sanded the chairs and simply wiped the stain onto the wood.  After letting the stain soak in for a while, she wiped away the excess.  “That’s it — easiest project yet — and what a difference it makes!” Cynthia exclaims.


Find out which staining product Cynthia used for this project at Clockwork Interiors.

A Wine Cork Craft

Carmel from Our Fifth House share this project at Infarrantly Creative recently, and since it’s a great little recycling project, I thought I’d pass it along to my fellow Rescuers.  To make these pretty boxes, all you need is an old book and some wine corks.


For this project, Carmel removed the book pages from the binding and cover.  She covered the exposed binding with cute washi tape.  Then, she stacked and glued the corks around the edge of one side of the book, to form the edges of the box.  A small strip of leather and a nail form a hook and latch.  Carmel tells us, “Since my husband and I save all of our wine corks and often times write the date to remember a special night these boxes hold some sentimental value as well.”


View the full tutorial for this fun project at Infarrantly Creative.


Book Page Ornament

Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow shares an idea for recycling old books, just in time for Christmas.  She’s using pages from her old books to make Christmas ornaments.

Using the book pages and other craft supplies from around the house, Rebecca crafted these pretty floral ornaments for her tree.  This is a terrific idea to keep on file next time you are invited to an ornament exchange!  It could also make a lovely sentimental present or gift tag, if you used pages from favorite books.

You can check out Rebecca’s tutorial at  Snap Creativity Blog.

Homemade Bath Salts

Hopefully I don’t gross you out too much with this project I recently shared on Infarrantly Creative. When I was out running this summer I came across a major stash of Jack Daniels bottles on the side of the road. Seriously, there were more than 50 bottles there. Pretty nasty, huh?


I cleaned and disinfected them with a bleach bath and a run through the dishwasher until they were sparkling clean. The bottles have a lovely shape and were perfect for my homemade bath salts that I like to give as gifts. I customized the printable label created by my printable designer, Lousia from Flipawoo Designs, to go on the fronts of the jars. Now, what to do with the remaining 40 plus jars…


Find the tutorial at Infarrantly Creative.