Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Filing Cabinet Bed

It seems like every kid dreams of a loft bed.  Mine is no exception.  But I wasn't too crazy about the idea of a big bulky expensive, soon to grow out of loft bed, so my son Chase and I compromised.  We bought six filing cabinets (all for $42.00), spray paint, parts from a metal twin bed frame, sprinkled it with a little design imagination and when our DIY project was done Chase was high as a kite (well almost) and happy with the results.  Bonus...the storage!  He just tosses his clothes in the drawers and the room is clean.  That make a happy mom too!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

IKEA Duct Tape Table Top

Table space- it's the one thing you can never have too much of, especially if you're entertaining. This project is a super easy way to brighten up an old table or even match it to a specific party theme, with minimal effort. The secret? Duct tape!

Here's what you'll need and how to to do it:

Square side table (I found this one at IKEA)
Red colored duct tape

How To:
1. There is no particular pattern to follow if you choose. Have fun adding tape wherever you want on the table. This is just one idea.

2. Measure the length of the table including the sides and add a couple inches on top of that.

3. Cut eight strips of duct tape the length you have measured.

4. Stretch the tape over the table and then attach it onto the table, making sure there is enough tape to wrap under the under the table.

5. Continue to add strips of tape in various directions on the table until you feel your creative decorating is complete.

6. Sit back and admire your work.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

DIY Furniture... Floor Grate Coffee Table

 One of my favorite DIY projects I made.  A coffee table made from a floor grate!  Whatcha Think?

I love the see through!  And trust me, no need for coasters!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Recycled Home, the REX Project

 The Eugene Register-Guard is featuring our house the REX Project!  How cool is that!  Hope to see you at the Good Earth Home,Garden & Living Show at my seminar about how we built a home without a dumpster!

 The little bungalow that couldn't be saved. But we did save every board, nail and crap that went along with it. 

The end result of our home, the REX Project....

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Salvaged Bathroom Design Featured on Funky Junk Interiors!

I am fired up! Donna Williams of  Funky Junk Interiors featured two of my latest salvaged designed remodels I have done.  How cool is that.  Yes her blog put mine to shame, but dang, my work looks good on her site.  Thanks Soooo much Donna!

 This is ceiling tin I bought over 20 years ago. It originally was on my ceiling, but I thought what the heck, how about the new tub surround. 


Notice the trim edging?  Just a fluke. I bought a bundle of this at a garage sale, also years ago.  They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Perfect!

 This was a ground cover plate I found on the side of the road. Actually there were six of them.  Scrubbed it, painted it, mounted it.  Presto change-o, a towel bar.

 This electrical insulator was outside on the house. Five minutes later...TP holder.  And Yep, the insulator just turns loose.

 Artist and my friend, Joy Corgain, hand painted the floor.  Not an easy task, considering nothing is square or level.  She did an amazing job!!!  Joy...big hug to you!

The ceiling mount light fixture was a whopping $5.00.  The base and finial was brass plated.  Same spray paint and's gorgeous.  The best surprise is when I turned on the light the smokey shade blew me away!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Salvage DIY Presentations!

Count Down! Less than two weeks before I have a blast speaking at the Eugene Home Shows Good Earth Home, Garden & Living show. Thank you YOLO Colorhouse, PACT, Simply Spray, Better Homes & Gardens, Harris Publications, and The Rebuilding Center for contributing your amazing sustainable product, salvage design, decor and DIY ideas. Remember to come to my seminars, everything is FREE including admission and so are all the goodies from these incredible and generous companies!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Revisiting Former Thrift Store Finds

So, back in September I was driving through the tiny town of Madras, Oregon, when I stumbled upon the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. There were so many treasures to be found, and I left with a car chock full of goodies, including a 5' rustic wooden beam (for only $2.00). 

I knew I could do something with it, I just wasn't sure what. Inspiration struck. Instead of using a plain everyday ol’ pot for your greenery, why not transform the salvaged wood beam into a planter?  Using a very large drill bit, that makes holes big enough to plant in, you can instantly create an original planter box that can be easily moved from one spot to another, inside or out. 

Evergreens add a nice touch of color on gloomy winter days, but most mature trees or shrubs cannot be moved during the cold weather, so I chose miniature lemon cedar trees. They smell amazing and their bright shade of green brings a burst of nature’s sunshine to any dreary location. The best part? You can repot it with tulips, hydrangea or daffodils in the spring and summer months. Use it as a table centerpiece, a mantle piece or to line a walkway. The possibilities really are endless.

  • An old wood beam.  The one I used was 5½” by 5’.  You can find one at your local salvage yard
  • 4” drill hole bit
  • Electric Drill
  • Hammer
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Five miniature lemon cedar trees

How To

  1. Drill five holes into the wood beam.  You can randomly place the holes apart or measure them equally apart.
  2. With hammer and a flat-head screwdriver, chisel out the wood inside the hole you’ve created.
  3.  Plant the lemon cedar trees in the holes