Monthly Archives: March 2013

Memory Blankets for Brothers

Carsten and Nolan's Blankets


What better gift for your loved one than their favorite tees in blanket form?

Make it easy for your kids to clean out their drawers.  They don’t have to give up all those treasured memories…let us transform them into a memory blanket to be enjoyed for many years to come:)

Happy Easter!



Linen and Burlap Valance

Linen and Burlap Valance

Welcome to Window Wednesday! We have been in our “new” house for over two years and our windows are still bare. Please join me for a window treatment journey as I attempt to frugally cover them all:)

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Super Simple Spring Mantel

Here in the Northeast we cannot wait for spring.  Spotted these tulips at the grocery store and just had to bring them home.

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Vintage Kitchen

White pitchers, old glass bottles, wire baskets and glass storage add vintage charm to any kitchen.    All these things are easy to find and usually inexpensive.

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Luck of the Irish Special

luck of the irish special

Old Trunk Rehab

One of the reasons I love repurposing is that all the pieces have a story.  An old trunk is a great example.  Where has it been?  Who has it served? How many generations has it met?

I graciously accepted this trunk when a family friend downsized.  She used it to house her kids’ dress-up clothes.  That was about 30 years ago.  Although I am not sure of its actual age, I know it has seen many more years than that. Wonder where it was before.  Did it originally belong to her mother, her grandmother???

This trunk needed some serious TLC. The top was sanded with an orbital sander, wiped down, and a coat of Early American stain applied.  The letter and numbers were added with stencils and black craft paint. The “A” is for Anderson, our last name, and 32 is our street address.  After sanding the black paint a bit, the entire trunk was sprayed with a satin finish polyurethane. The result is such a huge improvement.

The orbital sander I use is from DeWalt.  These go on sale around the holidays so keep an eye out and a good deal can be found.  Sometimes the best buys can be found at your local Ace or TruValue.  I just love power tools and ask for one almost every holiday.  Asking for tools as gifts is a great way to amass your building powerhouse.  My dad and father-in-law just love it!

Have fun finding your trunk to rehab. Once you start looking you’ll find them everywhere…usually on the curb just waiting to be rescued!

Before the Rehab

The Shabby Nest

DIY Slate Countertop

slate countertop

Reusing materials can save you tons of money on any room redo.  This cabinet and countertop added NOTHING to our kitchen budget.  Gotta love something for nothing!

We reused all the original cabinets in our kitchen remodel. With some paint and glaze, they were transformed. Visit this previous post about our cabinet finishing.

Putting the slate countertop together was super easy (considering we had already learned how to tile by doing the floor).  All the materials were leftover from other parts of the kitchen.  We cut a 3/4 inch piece of plywood to size, picked out the slate pieces we wanted to use and decided on the pattern.  We cut the slate using a wet saw.  This may sound a bit scary, but it is so easy once you get used to it (just very messy!)  After the tiles were set and dry, we grouted the seams and the front.  The front edge is just grout, but it looks like a thick piece of stone. After all was dry we finished with a food grade mineral oil.

This countertop is a workhorse. It can handle anything we throw at it including hot pots and spilled spaghetti sauce.

It is amazing what you can do with leftover materials.  Our best ideas come to us over a glass of wine:)  Give yourself kudos, repurposing is great for the environment and your wallet!

slate countertop mineral oil  slate countertop close-up

Wall Air Conditioner Cover

Wall Air Conditioner Cover

An uncovered wall air conditioner can be quite an eyesore.  Looking at ours in our main living area used to drive me nuts, especially in the winter!

This cover was built from an old cabinet door and pine boards.  I honestly do not remember where this door came from, but it has served me well through many projects.  Think it has finally found its calling.

Old cabinet doors are great because they are lighter and easier to work with than larger interior wood doors as they are usually only 3/4 to 1 inch thick.  Scoring some with vintage hardware is a huge bonus.

Vintage hardware is something worth collecting.  If you see an old hinge or knob that you like, just buy it.  Adding vintage hardware enhances any project.  This cover still needs a latch, but haven’t come across just the right one yet:)

For this project and most of our trim, we use Behr Premium Ivory Lace.  Love the antique white color and it covers really well.

If you would like more info about building one of these, just let me know.  Would love to help.

hinge aire conditioner cover open


Game Table

Dust off those board games and give them a new home…

I love small tables.  Just can’t resist them…they take up little space, are very functional, and come in so many shapes and styles. Small tables can be used for end tables in the living room, as nightstands, hall pieces, and the list goes on. The best part is you can find them inexpensively at yard sales, consignment stores and thrift shops.

We were lucky to receive this table from my aunt and uncle when they moved.  Just love the shape, but the top was a bit worn.  After a little sanding, some leftover paint (Behr Baja), and a satin finish (Minwax Polycrylic), our little table has a new look.

The game board and pieces were part of an old set given to us by my in-laws.  It fits so well on this table.  The best part about using what you already own to create a new look is that it cost absolutely nothing!

You would be surprised about all the hidden treasures you have around the house.  Need an idea about what to do with a piece of furniture you have at home?  Just ask, I’d be happy to help.

checker table before