Slip-covering a wing back chair


There are some projects that are just fun, and then there are some that are just necessary. I would place slip cover sewing into any category other than fun. Slip covering a chair that has curves, like a wing back chair, well, now we are talking a tedious test of patience like no other. Perhaps I exaggerate, but only ever so slightly. Next time I decide to invest in three enormously curvy pieces of furniture to slipcover, someone might recommend I try learning on, oh, a square box first. This is experiment number one. For this chair I chose a cream colored home decor weight fabric with a very light plaid print on it. I chose this because, for one, it was a cheap buy at my local salvage shop. And for two, I must have thought that slip covering would just be too boring if I actually picked a … Continue reading

Chalk paint talk and dresser painting


You know what will guarantee a remodel to take way longer than it should? Take a guess.  Budget? Labor? Earthquakes? Bug infestations? All very valid guesses. The answer is furniture. I would recommend to all persons anxious to spend staggering amounts of time working on a house, to not complicate matters by investing in copious amounts of homeless furniture that also needs to be re-done. Not that I would know. Because I totally follow my own advise. Always. See this dresser for instance, it’s not technically an investment because I got it for free. Poor little dear. I can’t say no to free furniture. It’s like turning away a puppy. Who has the heart to do that?? ( I can say that because my kids aren’t old enough to read this blog or kidnap stray animals. I reserve the right to change my opinions on puppies at a later date.) … Continue reading

Yellow, the other Spring color


I’ve been splashing bits of green all over my house to encourage the arrival of Spring as enthusiastically as possible. Yellow is just as good as green in my opinion. It’s bright, it’s sunny, and it looks happy. I may have a lot of black and white going on in this house, but don’t let that fool you. I’m all for an explosion of colors and patterns when it comes to accents! I bought these particularly dowdy looking stools the other day at a resale store. Besides the tragic upholstery job some poor soul had attempted, the fabric was simply horrid. Approximately twenty minutes later, their situation was much improved with new lively yellow seats…and I didn’t even have to spray paint them! What a shocker. I have this awkward little half wall separating my kitchen and dining room where they are currently residing. I’ve made peace with my dislike … Continue reading

Scrap wood picture frame


Picture frame making wasn’t really on my agenda for the day. I was minding my own business mopping floors, when I noticed how dusty my piano looked…naturally, the picture above the piano then caught my attention…and it’s horrid frame which has been bugging me for weeks…and well, you know, you can’t walk on floors when they are wet anyway. It only makes sense to step outside and make a picture frame while they are drying. Wouldn’t you agree? This was the frame that was bothering me tremendously. Ever since I preformed mod-podge magic on it to make it look like a painting, I’ve been itching to do something about the frame. Hanging on to every ratty piece of scrap wood I can get my hands on does have it’s advantages sometimes…namely when random desires for decor I can’t afford strikes. (Just in case you wondering, I’m not in the habit … Continue reading

Make your own oversized Christmas ornaments

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I’ve been staring at these things for months, wondering what on earth I could do with them. Every time I venture out to the salvage shop, there they are….begging me to make them into something beautiful….an entire bin full of broken stair balusters. Pure wood carved goodness just sitting there for a whopping 75 cents a piece. When I happened across this post, my brain nearly exploded. Of course! Christmas ornaments, perfect! I took home a hefty handful and set to work. Some of them I cut into smaller pieces for tree ornaments, but these I left large. I spray painted them metallic silver, then drilled a small hole in one end. I screwed small eye hooks into the holes. I used jute to string them up at different lengths and thumb tacked them to my porch ceiling. I won’t have to worry about these things getting soggy in a rain … Continue reading

Color outside the lines – Cabinet doors to wall shelves

Wall shelves from cabinet doors

I can give you three good reasons why you should never throw away wood cabinet doors. Here they are…one, two and three… Are you convinced?  What if I said I only spent a total of $8 for the entire art nook pictured here? Wood is wood, whether it starts out pretty or not! I hung on to every bit of the stuff we pulled out of the kitchen, knowing I would find something to do with it eventually. As it turns out, these cabinet doors were just exactly perfect for the art corner I’ve been working to finish in the guest room. I took off the hardware, filled in the holes, sanded, spray painted, screwed on brackets, and called it done! Not too shabby for old doors growing mold in the scrap pile! This little art spot for the girls, is coming along just nicely. It’s exactly what I pictured, simple, … Continue reading

How to fake a painting with modpodge

How to fake a painting

I have very random tastes as to what odd little thing I’ll fall in love with and drag home. Random yes, but also very specific. I appreciate a good story, and some things just look how a well written book reads. I found this large train print in a junk store, falling out of its frame and warped. I loved it. It immediately transported me to tales of the old west, the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and the summer I spent as a kid with an Uncle who lives in a place that looks just like this picture. I can taste the dust in the air, and feel the hot breeze in my face, can’t you? The only problem with my little find, it was dull and flat. The colors had faded a bit with age, and it needed something to freshen it up a bit. I decided to try a … Continue reading

2 Ways to make a bunting banner from vintage crochet doilies

Vintage Doily Bunting Two Ways

One of the funnest things about using vintage or “pre-loved” items in my home, is trying to imagine how to use the items in new, fresh, and modern ways. You might have already seen my past post about painted crochet jewelry…and today we’re talking crochet stuff again…hmm yes, this might end up being a reoccurring theme here. I can’t help it, vintage crochet is art work on a textile, what’s not to love? Bunting number one was made for my little girls’ room makeover. I used four mis-matched large crochet doilies that I found a thrift store, and random colors of spray paint I had on hand. ( I switched out the orange for pink later, as the orange looked too red.) I spray painted them thoroughly on both sides and strung them with jute. The paint makes them stiff, which I like. They hold their shape hanging, and can … Continue reading

Feather my nest – 3 ways to use feathers

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If you follow me on pinterest, you may notice I get on “pinning kicks”…which usually is a good hint that a post on that subject is sure to follow! Do you know why I love feathers so much? They are an oxymoron of nature…delicate but fierce, fragile but wild, simple but intricately beautiful. I think they illustrate superbly what a magnificent artist God is. I love to decorate with them, I love to wear them, I love to look at them. Have a look at a few ways you can use feathers… (click on the pictures for the source.) 1. Use them as Art. Feathers inspire my imagination, and I love art that incorporates imaginative things. 2. Use them as Home Decor. Use actual feathers to add instant dimension, texture and interest to your home. 3. Wear them. Feather print fabric or feather jewelry, it’s all beautiful. Feathers just seem … Continue reading

How to make wood bookends from salvaged materials

Wood Bookends Tutorial

I have a thing about books….like the actual paper page, hard back, colorful binder, musty smell, non-virtual kind. You might have guessed I had a thing for them from the name of this blog. Books and shoes…you can never have too many. Our collection of books is rather enormous, and I’m constantly picking up new ones at thrift stores. I just can’t resist when they usually only cost a few cents. Naturally, I rather adore bookends and interesting things to prop up my books. I made this set of wood bookends from some architectural salvage I found at my local salvage shop. The “L” shape of the bookend is two blocks of wood, 6″ x 5″. I used a 1 x 6 and sliced it up with a miter saw. (Miter saws are weirdly addicting…you should try it.) I used wood glue at the bases to put them together. Leave … Continue reading