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 poof...it's gorgeous. The best surprise is when I turned on the light the smokey shade blew me away!
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!
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
miniature lemon cedar trees
Drill five holes into the wood beam.You can randomly place the holes apart or
measure them equally apart.
With hammer and a flat-head screwdriver, chisel
out the wood inside the hole you’ve created.
It's December again and I'm sure you have lots of ideas for decorating your home, and lots of reasons why you're too busy to do them. Well, here are two of my favorite DIY wreaths made from items you's normally toss in the trash. They're easy to make and they look amazing Get ready to wow your friends and family with your awesome upcycled decor!
Lath it Up
If you have
ever torn down interior walls of an old wood framed house you’re familiar with
lath.Haven’t heard of it before?Let’s ask a few questions.When hanging artwork on the wall does the
nail bounce back when you are trying to hammer it in?Do you hear a crumbling sound of
plaster?Does the small nail hole
instantly become bigger?Congratulations.You have lath.
with plaster, lath is what creates your interior walls.It’s rows and rows of long thin boards nailed
horizontally to the framework of the house and then plastic is installed on
top.Sadly much of this material is
tossed into the dump during phases of remodeling.It’s very messy to work with but it can be
deconstruction of our home, we had what seemed to be a never ending supply of
lath. Am proud to say we reused,
recycled, and renewed it all. And every
holiday season when it’s time to decorate, friends and family all have
something I made for them. A pretty wood
red wreath. Yep, I had lath, lots of
Red Spray paint
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Miter saw, commonly known as a chop
Set the miter saw to a 45 degree angle cut.
When cutting the lath make sure each end cut is parallel with the other. Meaning, if you cut one end at a 45 degree angle, cut the other end in the same direction.
There are a total of 25 pieces of lath needed. The list of lengths follows.
Using the drinking glass to act as the center opening of the wreath, start gluing the longest to the shortest pieces together, overlapping the corners. It will look like a sloppy triangle at first. As you continue, you will be wrapping the wood pieces around the drinking glass. This helps prevent the wreath from looking lopsided and creates a circular center opening.
Spray paint the wreath red and let dry.
Hang and enjoy. Great for use indoors or out.
Optional: you can spray paint the wreath different colors so you can use it year round.
Lengths of lath needed:
a)4 at 2ft
b)2 at 18”
c)3 at 16”
d)2 at 14”
e)2 at 12”
f)3 at 10”
g)2 at 8”
h)3 at 6”
i)2 at 4”
j)2 at 3”
Light Bulb Wreath One of the few situations where being a dim bulb isn't such a bad thing. This wreath is super easy to make and you are keeping all of those burnt out light bulbs from the landfill. Score! Supplies
Light bulbs (I used 48)
Styrofoam wreath, 10" circle
Green floral wire
two cans of red latex spray paint
hot glue gun & glue sticks
Miniature silk fern plant
Cut two pieces of wire, approximately 1' long
Twist one end of the wire around the neck of the light bulb.
On the opposite side of the neck of the light bulb, twist the other wire around.
Pull the remaining pieces of wire straight down and away from the light bulb so they look like prongs.
Repeat the same process on all of the bulbs
Starting with the first bulb, poke both pieces of wire through the top side of the wreath form until they poke out the back side of the form.
From the back, pull the wire until the bulb is firmly touching the form.
Twist the wire together to prevent the bulb from sliding.
Cut away any extra-long pieces of wire and press the wire flat against the backside of the form.
Continue the same process all around the wreath from start to finish.
Spray paint the entire wreath, making sure that every surface is covered. Let dry.
Add strips of duct tape to the back of the wreath form to cover all of the wire.
Of course, you can modify either of these wreaths with ribbon, pine cones, string lights- whatever makes it your own. If you do, please share photos of your version on my Facebook page. Happy holiday DIYing!
One of my favorite DIY projects is a sign my good friend, Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets, made. It’s a new sign from an old piece of wood. It inspired me to try and make my own holiday sign from a vintage kitchen cabinet door that had been painted red on one side. In just a few hours, the standard door with no appeal was repurposed into new festive décor. The true sign of creativity, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Cupboard Door (this door was already painted red; you can add a top coat of red paint)
150 grit sandpaper
White paint (I used Yolo Colorhouse AIR.01)
Three pieces of paper, each with your choice of font of each letter, spelling JOY
Saw tooth hanger
Option: Shellac Sealer
Apply one coat of red paint on the door and let dry
Sand red paint, just enough so you can see some of the under coat color showing
Wipe down door dust with a damp ragCreate a template for your letters. I made a trip to a Copy Center store with three letters on a standard 8”x 10 ½” size piece of paper and enlarged them to the size I preferred which was 9” x 10”. Your font will determine the letter’s dimension
Cut out letters and position them on the board
Tape letters down and trace them with a pencil
Remove templates and with utility knife cut along the letter outlines. You might need to trace a few times over
Paint letters using the white paint. Two coats. Let dry in between coats
With sandpaper, sand the letters to expose some of the undercoat paint color
Wipe dust off with damp rag
Apply a coat of shellac on both side of the board if you intend to mount it outside
Center and hammer in a saw tooth hanger on the back of the board
Mount the sign, sit back and enjoy your new DIY holiday sign