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.

A Dresser Goes Ombre

At Divine Lifestyle, Stacie demonstrates just how fun and easy it can be to add a trendy ombre effect to your home.  It’s a perfect decorating technique for summer, since, as Stacie explains, “Ombre colored pieces give a water color effect, where the color starts off light and trickles down to a bolder hue.”  Her ombre project started with a dresser that was rescued from the curb.


The dresser wasn’t very pretty, but was actually in pretty good condition.  Stacie cleaned off the dresser and painted it white, first.  Next, she picked a sample jar of paint in a shade of turquoise that she loved.  To achieve the ombre effect, she painted one drawer with the turquoise paint first, then added a little more white paint to her sample jar to paint each successive drawer.  It was that easy!  The tall, stacked drawers in shades of turquoise are dressed and ready for summer, now!


Check out the full makeover of this dresser at Divine Lifestyle.

Message Board from an Old Frame

April, who blogs at House By Hoff, happens to be a teacher.  She’s been sprucing up her classroom, lately.  “I needed a special piece that would catch the kids’ attention and motivate them,” she says, explaining how she came up with this message board.


The message board started with a vintage frame that April’s grandmother gave her years ago.  ” It’s been spray-painted about 3 different times since it’s been in my ownership,” she laughs.  April was happy with the current shade of blue, so she didn’t pick up a can of spray paint.  Instead, she added a couple of rows of twine across the frame.  Letter stickers were added to tags and clipped onto the twine with clothespins, spelling out a motivating statement for the students.  I love this!


Visit House By Hoff to get all the details on this project.

Laundry Room Tip Jar

The empty spaghetti sauce jar after a recent dinner inspired Katie at Little House of Four to start a quick project.  Looking at the jar, she realized that it would be just right for storing all of the pocket change she finds while doing laundry.


To turn the jar into something more than ordinary, Katie started by spray painting it a pretty shade of turquoise.  She added a pretty crystal knob to the lid for a bit of sparkle.  Next, Katie printed off a cute label for her change jar and applied it to the front of the jar.  It’s just right for her laundry room!

Laundry room tip jar

Visit Little House of Four to learn more about this easy organization project.

Upcycled Cardboard Make a Great Earring Display

Over at Blah to Tada, Claire came up with an inexpensive and eye catching way to display earrings.  It’s a great idea for anyone who sells jewelry–especially if they want to keep their expenses down at craft fairs and other venues, since it starts with a very easy-to-find material: cardboard.


Claire cut two pieces of cardboard out to the sizes she wanted, and painted them in a fun color, turquoise.  On one piece of cardboard, she used a Sharpie marker to doodle all kinds of frames.  Cutting an opening into the other piece of cardboard, she created a stand.  The final step was to simply poke the earrings through the cardboard and display them inside the doodle frames.  Too cute!


Get the full tutorial for this handy upcycling project at Blah to Tada.

Salvaged Chairs to Family Bench

Over at My Repurposed Life, Mindi of My Love 2 Create put together an amazing piece of furniture, using chairs that she found on the curb during her city’s spring clean up.  The chairs were in bad shape, with ugly upholstery and a broken spindle or two.


While Mindi could remedy the old upholstery, she realized there was not way to repair the spindles.  Instead, she removed both upholstery and spindles.  She used additional wood to frame the two chairs into a single bench.  She replaced the vertical spindles with horizontal boards.  Mindi painted the new bench bright blue before adding stained boards to make a seat for the bench.  What an incredible transformation!


To learn more about how Mindi turned two old chairs into a very nice, new bench, visit My Repurposed Life.

DIY Painted Area Rug

At Upcycled Treasures, Katie had fabric medium in her craft stash that she’d purchased for a craft project and didn’t use.  So, when she came across a fantastic looking area rug that she couldn’t afford, Katie had a light-bulb moment.  Why not make a rug?


Katie purchased an discounted, light-colored remnant rug from the local hardware store.  She mixed the fabric medium she had with turquoise and navy paints.  She created design templates using pieces of cardboard from her recycling bin, and traced the designs onto her rug with a Sharpie pen.  Then, Katie filled in the designs with her paint, creating her own version of the brand-name rug that sparked her imagination.  Isn’t it gorgeous?



Click over to Upcycled Treasures to view the tutorial for this project.

Tube Television Turned Dog House

“I got this old TV for free at a yard sale, ” says Shanna of Restoration Redoux.  “My hubby didn’t understand why we were bringing home something that ugly or heavy.”  We rescuers are evil geniuses with plans up our sleeves all the time, are we not?


Shanna admits that she and her husband were both a little worried that he would electrocute himself while taking out the guts..but he made it through it.  Once the TV was gone, Shanna cleaned off the wood box and went to work painting it with plaster paint.  They covered the empty hole in the back with a board that Shanna painted bright pink and white with shape tape, and she painted the old hardware pink, too.  A curtain for the front and a pillow make this the perfect little hideaway for the family dog.


Click over to Restoration Redoux to get all the details on this tube television makeover.