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.

Give New Color to Tired Bed Linens

Tempted to throw out your sheets when they start getting dingy? Heather from Woods of Bell Trees gave hers a dye job, with gorgeous shabby chic results!


Heather used a pair of sheets that could no longer handle being bleached and treated them with Rit in the washing machine. She says the “rustic and romantic” look comes from the way the fabric has aged–“the dye will absorb differently throughout the fabric.” Her graying sheets are now a beautiful soft lavender!


 To read up on Heather’s dying technique and to see what color she used to get the lavender (hint: it wasn’t purple) head on over to Woods of Bell Trees!


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.

Pallet Wood Window Box

Over at Crafty in Crosby, Jeanette decided it was time to spruce up the exterior of her backyard storage shed.  She made a window box using materials that she had leftover from other projects.


Jeanette gathered some boards from old pallets and other unused wood scraps, and cut them to the dimensions she needed.  She nailed them together to form a box that she could use to house a plain plastic planter box from Walmart.  Jeanette explains, “As you can see, we weren’t too worried with it being perfect since it was made out of pallets.  I was going for a vintage rustic look!”  Decorative metal brackets hold the new box full of flowers under the shed window.  Beautiful!


Click over to Crafty in Crosby to see how Jeanette built this window box.

Ruffled Refashion for a Simple T-Shirt

I have gotten into the habit of throwing on a pair of jeans, the same pair of flip flops, and a solid scoop-neck tee every day. Boring,” confessed Lisa at Mabey She Made It.  She decided to switch things up a bit by refashioning one of those tees, a red one like the one pictured below.


The refashion was simple.  Lisa cut a long piece of muslin on the bias and ruffled it.  She sewed it around the neckline of her t-shirt for a completely new look.  Easy peasy!  Looks terrific, Lisa!


Visit Mabey She Made It to get all the details on this t-shirt refashion.