Monday, January 30, 2012

Antique Tin Ceiling Tile Frame Part Deux

Remember that old ceiling tin tile I bought at the salvage yard? Well I'm back with another project using it! It's the purchase that keeps on giving.

I bought some inexpensive wood frames at Walmart and got to work making them a little more functional.They didn't come with glass or a good way to hold a picture in; so I used some plastic frames and used Epoxy glue to adhere them to the back. Then painted them.

Next up was cutting my ceiling tile down to size. I used the cutting wheel on my Dremel for the job. Then spray painted those~

Then using some small nails/ tacks I hammered the ceiling tin to the frame. I made a blue one and a bronze/ silvery one. Originally the frames could only be used as free standing frames, but I tacked on some small picture hangers so they could be hung on the wall as well.

I think they turned out pretty cute! 

Have you ever bought something that you were able to keep using and using over and over again?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Salvaged Barn Wood Sign

Thanks for all the great replies to my Design Trend post! I myself try to do my own thing when it comes to decorating- I like to think my style is unique. But I love to look at what other people are doing and see what cool new trends come along each year. It's neat to hear how other people feel about it too.

Today I wanted to share a fun project I made out of some salvaged barn wood. I scored it a few months ago when I was searching for some salvaged wood for my coffee table project. I was at my favorite salvage shop when I saw these guys sitting out front:

I asked the owner about them- he said it was pieces of wood from an old barn. I asked how much he wanted for them- and he said I could just have them!! SCORE!

This was back in October and I finally did something with one of the pieces. They are both pretty large and I thought the rectangular one would make a really cool sign I could sell on consignment. I wanted to keep them as rustic as possible because I really like the character it has. So I gave it a light sanding and cleaned up any cobwebs and junk on it.

Then I smeared a bunch of Gorilla Wood Glue on the back to fill in any crevices. I did this to to try and make it more study and strong.

Once the wood was all prepped I used my Silhouette to create a "HOME" cut out and painted it white with some DecoArt paints.

Next I sanded the wording down a little to give it an aged vintage look.

Next to add a little whimsy I again used my Silhouette to cut out a Fleur De Lis and painted it gold.

Then I used some clear sealant and sealed the whole thing. It gave the wood a rich look.

I think it turned out pretty cool and hopefully someone else will too!  

Oh Oh OH! I almost forgot- this past weekend I started work in Con-Man's new Big Boy Bed! I got a lot done in the short amount of time I was there. Check it out!

Those 2 boxes are the bottom part of this:

Oh and guess what else! I'm super pumped because we're are leaving for a family vacation to Disney World tomorrow! The hubs and I haven't been since we were small, and it will be Con-Man's first time going. I can't wait! But not to worry- I have lots of posts lined up in the meantime. So if I don't respond to something right away it's not that I'm ignoring you; it's because I'm schmoozing it up with Mickey Mouse. :D

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Incorporating Design Trends In Your Home?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We actually had some nice weather here in OK (if you discount the major windstorm we had earlier that knocked out our power). I usually like to start the week off with a craft or DIY but thought I'd mix it up a bit and talk about something that I've been thinking about for a while. 

It's the New Year and it's usually a time when I and it seems like a lot of other people reassess their home, clean things out, and change things up. But how much do you really change?

For example, every year Pantone comes out with their "Color of the Year". This year it's Tangerine, last year it was Honeysuckle (I bet a lot of husbands loved that). It's fun, bright and cheery. But do you try and incorporate it into your home or just look at it for fun inspiration?

Or do you try and incorporate it into your wardrobe?

What if you don't like Tangerine? Well did you know that Benjamin Moore comes out with a color of the year as well?!?! Their pick for the year is Wythe Blue. A little easier to incorporate into a home in my opinion.

But which to choose? Orange or Blue? Who is right? Should you go with orange or go with blue. Maybe do both?

And as long as we're incorporating trends, what about Chevrons? Those are cool.

What about pallets? I like the idea of pallet reuse but should I make everything in my house made from them?

Or stenciling? 


What to do? Which to choose? 

Should I stencil an Tangerine Cheveron on my wall and hang a pallet made frame with a picture on a Wythe Blue bird in it? 


That would be a little extreme...

So I guess I'm just wondering how other people deal with the changing trends. 

Do you try and incorporate them in your home each season? 

Do you just look at them for inspiration?

Do you even notice them at all and do your own thing?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Feature Friday: Taking The Side Street

Hey Everyone!! I hope you've all been having a wonderful week. Before we get to Feature Friday today I wanted to talk with you about something that has been on my mind lately: 


I've always been a big eater but with this whole pregnancy thing food has been first on my mind (after my son and family of course....) I've been looking at food, pinning food, ect. Like right now as I am typing this I am eating pumpkin soup that I just had to make and eat right away.

Notice how I am eating it out of a measuring cup? Ya, I thought that if I ate it out of something small I wouldn't eat a lot. Well... 3 cups later and it's a different story.

I've also been making these turkey bacon and egg cups:

High protein low calorie breakfast!!

And of course I've been trying to curb my chocolate cravings with this new discovery:

Mmmm! Chocolaty goodness! Buying it in the box is cheaper than the pre-made cups and you get more for your money. And they are REALLY good! I've been able to go without ice cream for over a week!

So... enough about me and my insane eating habits, let's talk about an awesome blogger who I am totally inspired by~ Anna from Take The Side Street. (Don't you love the name of her blog?) She's a wife and mom with a great sense of humor- just read one of her blog entries and you will smile. She is an awesome DIY'er and has created a lot of cool projects.

The first thing that caught my eye was this super cool sofa table she built from scratch!!

Like it? Want it? You can make it because Anna has been nice enough to include the plans on her blog!

I love her stairwell redo- check out the before and after!

She sanded, worked, and painted it all herself. Dang...

She turned a typical Ikea dresser into a fabulous one with wood trim, paint and new knobs:

And what person couldn't use some closet organization inspiration? She built the closet cubbies on the cheap- move over California Closets!

And I love love love her barn wood art. (I love me some barn wood!) Oh and her guest room makeover ain't to shabby either.

Inspired much? I am! For more great DIY ideas and inspiration head on over to Anna's blog Take The Side Street and check out her other great projects! You Go Girl!

Until next time- have a great weekend and happy DIY'ing!