I was surfing Pinterest and saw some rock art. Animals and people were created on paper and looked very interesting. The dog ones caught my eye, so I decided to give it a shot. Of course the rock art needs a frame. At a former job, we all got boxes of candy for Christmas and I collected boxes from anyone that didn’t want them. I thought they would make great shadow box frames. Three and a half years later, I am using them.
I painted one black, it took a couple of coats but dried pretty fast using acrylic paint.
Then comes the rock art, with some punched shapes and a butterfly on one of the dogs head.
Slipped into the frame, it now looks like this. This took hardly anytime to create, mostly waited for the paint to dry.
Hubby has been turned on to the Industrial look, wants it all over the house, but will settle for the bedroom, so I am putting a small sitting area there. Of course, I need an accent table. As I have said before, I don’t plan to spend alot of money for a little table that probably takes 2 bucks for a furniture store to have made. Looking around for awhile now for one of those “barrel” type metal tables. Well, $60 is just too much, so, I was at the dollar store one day and saw these Chinese garden stools, and wow! $15! SOLD! I still had one round wooden piece for the table top. YAY!
So, for a whopping $20, I have my industrial accent table! Here it is sitting next to Grandma’s Roseback chair. (Gotta do something about that fabric)!
For awhile now, I have been combing Pinterest for ideas on a coat rack for the front door area. I bought a small hat rack from Hobby Lobby and hung it by the front door, but it’s where our coats and jackets have ended up. So, I began getting serious about this area.
I thought a good sized piece of wood with some crown molding would be cool, but I wanted something fast and easy. Then…
I still had some pallet planks in the garage, so I headed to Hobby Lobby to find something that would go nicely with the wood. I cut the two pieces to about 30 inches. Then with the two small pieces that were left, I attached them to both ends as shown. The metal rack I purchased fit in the center perfectly. It’s finish is a brownish rusty color, just right to match up with the pallet planks. I did virtually nothing to the wood, leaving it’s industrial look. Took me a whopping half an hour! Looks great on my wall.
Nothing works like a good coat of paint to make things look new again. I have had this triple decker plant stand for awhile, as I tend to hang onto things for quite some time and this plant stand is no exception. It was a tannish gold color with rusty tops, I think made of a dense plastic or resin. The tops were glued to the stand, but became loose over time. Worn and tired, it was ready for a second life, so I gave it one. The base is now a Canyon Black and the tops (shelves) are Ivory. I think it looks great!!!
I needed a few accent tables in different areas of my house. Pricing these little gems is like pulling teeth. I absolutely will not pay $200 or more for a table. not gonna happen.
In our area there is a St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop where I found the plant stand for $8. It was a dirty yellowish- gold color, so I painted it with Rust-oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in Oil Rubbed Bronze. I bought the wooden circle- cut wood from Home Depot for a little over $5 and I have LOTS of the stain left from the Dog Paw organizer I made awhile back. I need more paint, not quite enough to finish the plant stand, but I like the color so well, I am sure there will be another project to use it on.
There are a couple of places that this will go well. Now I need to decide which place will get it!
If you have ever searched the web for making your own laundry soap, I have found there are quite a few sites out there. My go-to site for all things natural and homemade is One Good Thing by Jillee (No, not Pinterest this time, LOL). I have gotten many ideas for homemade cleaners and how-to’s on her site. Today, I am making a new batch of laundry soap. Let me tell you, the cost of this is MUCH less than buying detergent at the store.
The 4 ingredients I use are 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda) 1 bar of Ivory Soap or Fels Naptha bar soap (I tried Fels once, it was so hard to grate, but Ivory is a good substitution), and 1/3 cup of baking soda. Now, I put a bit of the baking soda in because of extra dirty clothes and musty smells in the towels. So far, it works pretty well. You may not need to do this, just try making one batch and see if you need the extra baking soda. Today, I tripled the ingredients to make 2 quarts, and this will last a VERY long time. Just think, not having to put laundry soap on your grocery list for about 3 months! This batch will last longer than that for me, since there are only 2 of us, 2 dogs and a very messy bird.
I urge you to at least give this a try, I also use the fragrance softeners in the store, but there is a recipe for those too! I intend to try that as well, first I must get some essential oils. The only ingredients are essential oils and Epsom Salts! (I think I will order some essential oils today, since those fabric softeners are really expensive!!)
If you are really not crazy about grating or cooking soap, there are certainly other alternatives out there. You will be amazed how little time it takes and how much money you will save!
As, I said before, Pinterest is a great inspiration and motivator for me. I saw a nice way to hang the ironing board and I just happened to have the perfect spot for mine. Hooks are fairly inexpensive and I got mine at Hobby Lobby last week while on sale at 50% off. YAY!! All done in about 10 minutes, so pretty easy. Here it is:
Looks pretty darn good, huh? I liked how it came out. I thought I needed anchors in the wall, so I included those as well. I also plan to make a shelf to go above the hooks for the iron. Will post when done. Easy Peasy!
While looking at many different online storage ideas, I saw one that struck me as a pretty good idea. I had seen it a time or two before deciding it would be a great choice. After all, I am quite frugal and hate spending lots of money on a project.
So, these are those cheapie $2 curtain rods you get at the dollar store, I got mine at Meijer for $1.99 each. Not bad really. Also, it was one of those weekends that MPerks gives you 15% off general merchandise PLUS they were on sale 20% off!
I think I have a lot of punches, although I am sure some folks have lots more than me. This isn’t all of them, and I will need to put 2 more rods up for the rest, but, it looks pretty good and I think will be functional. I already had 2 white ones, so I can paint them with some black paint that I have in the garage. My Martha Stewart punches (the last two rows), lay back on the wall a bit too far and one fell back onto the floor. I cannot have that! So……..
I placed a small dowel on the wall (I had these for rolls of ribbon at one time, but had not planned to use them for ribbon anymore) centered between the two hanger hardware that came with the rods. A couple of nails hold them to the wall, as the only function they serve is to keep the punches from falling backward.
And there they are, organized, a place just for them, and looking decent. Glad they are up and ready to get to work!
Here’s a brief update on the lamp. I am finished painting it, and still have the shade to figure out what to do with. I have a couple of ideas and will update the post when I decide.. For now, here’s how the lamp turned out.
The blanket on the right is from the Animal Rescue Site and is the color scheme I am using for the room, not so much black though. I found fabric that will match pretty well, but thinking of doing more than one on each panel of the lamp shade. I will probably pick up some fabric this week. Even if the fabric doesn’t work, I can find a pillow around here somewhere to cover, lol.
The lamp doesn’t look like it, but it is actually close to the blue in the blanket, only shiny. Very happy with those results!
My grandfather was a Carpenter in his day, and I have a couple of things he made in his spare time. One of them being this really beautiful cutting board. I thought it had seen it’s better days, and decided to hang it instead of using it. (He made it in 1954 which is carved on the back) A company I used to work for had this great oil and cream for keeping cutting boards from drying out so much, so I bought them and began using them. The board has spaces that occurred as a result of the wood drying out, but the oil and cream have been helping. It needs a new coat, so I will do that now.
I used the oil first, then wiped off after 5 minutes. Then I used the board cream, which needs to be rubbed in by hand and allowed to set overnight. In the meantime, just look at the beautiful grain of the wood.
I have no idea what types of wood he used, but it’s just beautiful! I will post more pics after it has set for 24 hours so you can see how gorgeous it turns out.
Ok, it’s done and hanging back on the wall:
Keep in mind, this board is very old and neglected. The spaces in the center of the board should improve over time as long as I keep treating it. Giving the wood the much needed moisture will help tremendously. I will research online any other things I can do in the meantime to speed up the process, but for now, let’s just look at the beautiful pattern, wood and the overall gorgeousness of my Grandpa’s handiwork.