Upcycling an Old Calendar for Chic Wall Art

Over at Life on the Bay Bush, Amanda has been sprucing up her laundry room.  When she needed some artwork for one wall, she was having some difficulty finding something that worked for the room and that she liked.  So she got a little help from Barbie.

Life on the Bay Bush calendar before

Actually, she got a little help from a Barbie calendar.  Amanda simply used glass from one of the frames she was using as a template, cutting out the calendar pages to just the right size and shape.  She framed the cutout calendar pictures and arranged them on the wall, gallery style.  Barbie’s dress sketches are the perfect art for a room devoted to the care of clothing, don’t you think?

Life on the Bay Bush calendar after

For more details on this whimsical art project, visit Life on the Bay Bush.

Quirky Light Gets a Makeover that Makes Sense

Tracie from Cleverly Inspired picked up this light at the local Re-Store years ago.  It had sat in her garage for so long that she had almost decided to donate at it back to Re-Store!  ” I am so happy I decided to be patient until this idea popped in my head,” Tracie tells us.

Cleverly Inspired lamp before

The light originally came with 25 rectangular glass panels.  Wanting to introduce a little texture into all that metal, what Tracie realized was that wood rectangles could potentially look really good with this light fixture.  She cut and stained 25 rectangular pieces of lightweight balsa wood.  The brassy metal light fixture got sprayed down with red paint for an updated look, then the wood panels were attached.  It’s the perfect addition to Tracie’s new guest bedroom!

Cleverly Inspired light after

Find out more about this light makeover at Cleverly Inspired.

Junky Cabinet Shifts Continents for a Completely New Look

Deb blogs at India Pied-a-Terre.  This little cabinet was a contribution to their household from her husband’s bachelor days.  “I’ve hated this Danish style cabinet and was ready it get rid of it and replace it.  The cabinet shook when you opened and closed the doors and the doors were always crooked.  Plus it was boring!” she exclaims.

India Pied a Terre danish mod cabinet before

What Deb hoped to replace the cabinet with was an antique Chinese sideboard, but that was pricey!  Instead of forking out all that money, she decided to see what she could do with the cabinet they already had, first.  To make the old cabinet a bit more substantial, Deb covered the particle board with plywood.  She applied a print of Chinese wallpaper purchased from a museum shop to the doors and painted the cabinet with a custom mix of Bayberry Green and Driftwood from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  The finishing touch was finding reproduction “antique” Chinese hardware for the cabinet pulls.  The results are amazing!  Deb says, “I got the Chinese cabinet I always wanted! It’s staying with me forever now!”

India Pied a Terra danish mod cabinet after

Deb provides a detailed tutorial for how she remade this cabinet at India Pied-a-Terre.

Beat Up Dining Set Goes Glam

At Art is Beauty, Karin got a call from a relative saying another relative was clearing out all the old furniture in his basement.  She scored a couple of good freebies, and she also got this dining set that had seen better days.  The table and chairs were in such bad shape that Karin didn’t work on it right away.

Art is Beauty dining set before

“Much like Humpty Dumpty, I had to put them back together again,” Karin laughs.  “This ended up being a 4 chair set, because I need parts from 2 of the chairs to fix 4 of the chairs.”  After making structural repairs to chairs and table, the painting began.  She used three colors of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint to create a warm, weathered look for the tabletop.  For the chairs and the table base, Karin chose a creamy yellow color.  She recovered the seats with a pretty, new fabric.  You’d never guess now that this table was almost a throw-away!

Art is Beauty dining set after

Learn more about this dining set rescue at Art is Beauty.

Sport a Trend This Fall With Ombre Pumpkins!

Last year, Karen of A Stylish Interior bought some craft pumpkins and had some fun painting them with turquoise stripes.  As you know, craft pumpkins stick around for a while, so this year Karen decided to give hers a new look.

A Stylish Interior ombre pumpkins before

Instead of bright stripes this year, she went with a muted ombre effect.  To get this look, Karen used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg, Old White, and a mixture of both.  She painted the classic shaded look onto her pumpkins by layering the colors.  What a fun way to give a nod to a favorite trend via seasonal decor!

A Stylish Interior ombre pumpkins after

You can find out more about this project at A Stylish Interior.

Switching Up the Look of a Cloche with Chalkboard Paint

Over at Cherished Bliss, Ashley had a little cloche that she’d picked up at a thrift store a while ago, but hadn’t figured out how to use it, yet.  She decided that since she gets excited about decorating for different seasons, she should turn this cloche into something that would work for a number of different seasons, holidays, and occasions.

Cherished Bliss chalkboard cloche after

This project turned out to be really simple, and Ashley gives credit to Plaid’s new FolkArt Multi Surface Paint  and Plaid’s Chalk Anything paint for that.  She was able to use the same paint for both the wood and the glass cover.  Both surfaces were turned into chalkboards, with the glass getting just a stenciled banner for its chalk friendly surface.  Isn’t that fun?  I’m thinking this idea would be super fun for displaying and labeling cheeses or other treats at a tasting party!

Cherished Bliss chalkboard cloche before

Find out how Ashley applied a stencil to glass for this project over at Cherished Bliss.

Old Shutter Makes a Pretty Jewelry Organizer

“I found a pile of shutters on the side of the road, and gleefully chucked them into my car (no doubt at the surprise of my neighbours),” Tara from Suburble tells us.

Suburble old shutters before

Tara realized their were dozens of things a DIYer with a little imagination could do with these shutters, so she was glad to be the one to find them.  For her first shutter project, she started by sanding one of the long shutters.  Knowing she wouldn’t need a large quantity of paint for this, she purchased a test pot of Martha Stewart Living’s “Tailor’s Chalk”, and painted the shutter.  After the paint dried and she’d distressed it a bit, Tara added some pretty knobs to one length of the shutter and hung it horizontally in her daughter’s bedroom.  Now it serves as a pretty place to hang jewelry and display pictures!
Suburble old shutters after

Find out more about this shutter rescue at Suburble.

Turning an Old Cabinet Door Into Useful Office Furniture

“I went to buy a monitor shelf a couple of weeks ago and was surprised at the cost, ” says Rhonda from Obsessive and Creative.  Desperately needing the desk space  that a platform shelf would offer, she decided to make one of her own.

Obsessive and Creative shelf before

Looking around in her garage, Rhonda was able to find an old cabinet door that she realized would be perfect for this project.  She added some short legs (leftovers from another project) to the underside of the door to raise it up and offer extra stability.  Rhonda painted the little desk riser in a fun shade of turquoise and added some pretty rope trim to it.  It was the perfect solution for helping her to become better organized!

Obsessive and Creative shelf after

Learn more about how to make a desktop riser like this one at Obsessive and Creative.