Vintage Tool Box Planters

Hey guys!

I have a great rescue to share with you this evening.

Shauna, at Satori Design for Living, rescued one of these old tool boxes from the curbside garbage, and the other from the back of her cousin’s truck on its way to the dump!                 ( cousins don’t always know what cool stuff they have in their truck beds, do they?).




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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.

From Paint Cart to Sophisticated Kitchen Island

Needing more counter surface in her kitchen, Meg of Oliver & Rust did some online window shopping for a small island or kitchen cart.  She fell in love with one at William-Sonoma, but the pricetag was way out of reach.  “After not getting or finding what I want, I was huffing in the garage and saw my paint cart–formerly the little island in our first home,”  Meg says.  “The top was covered with paint but the size was perfect.”



The former island was a seven year old Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart.  Meg removed the original, paint splattered butcher block top, replacing it with carrara marble.  She painted the rest of the cart using dark gray milk paint.  A towel bar added to the side is made from vintage brass towel holders and a piece of electrical conduit.  Doesn’t Meg’s new kitchen cart look amazing?



Get all the details on this makeover by visiting Oliver & Rust.

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.

Party Lights with Faux Beach Glass

“We have a big graduation party coming up this month and I wanted to make outdoor lanterns to decorate the tables and provide a little ambiance,” says Susan at Organized 31.  Luckily she has an extensive collection of glass bottles, all ready to recyle.


Don’t have a collection of your own?  Susan recommends asking a few friends to save their bottles for you–you’ll have bottles galore in no time.  Susan painted the outside of her jars with translucent glass paint, which gave them the pretty color and opaque texture of beach glass.  She wrapped them with strips of red and white scrapbooking paper, to tie in the colors the graduate wanted to decorate the party with.  Battery operated tea lights will keep these lanterns shining all night long!


To find out how to make faux beach glass lanterns like these, visit Organized 31.