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Dresser Becomes a Wine Bar

Dresser Becomes a Wine Bar

My dear sister saw a post on CraigsList for free furniture.  She knows how I love to makeover furniture, especially free furniture!!  So, she insisted that her hubby go with her to pick up a load of furniture just for me.  I know, she’s awesome, […]

Christmas is on the way

Christmas is on the way

This is prime shopping season for Christmas gifts. I decided to make a few crafty things for my booth that are specifically Christmas theme to add to what’s already there.

New Stuff – Lakauai

New Stuff – Lakauai

I have decided that there are three types of materials I primarily like to work with: wood, metal and glass. I’ve been collecting ideas for crafty projects on Pinterest made with all three.  Check out my boards if you want some inspiration!

For this project I used two of my favorites – wood and glass. These Barn Wood Wall Vases were insanely easy to make and also inexpensive. Plus, they sold really well! Double Win!! I dug through my stash of random wood pieces to find barn wood that would work first. These were mostly small end pieces that were cut off from a bigger project. I NEVER toss any unused wood! That means that they are random sizes and widths, but that’s ok – because that is kinda the look I was going for. After selecting the pieces, I dry brushed some paint on the wood. I used black, a beautiful turquoise color, a soft buttery yellow and grey.

These small glass vases/jars I found at the Dollar Store. They only had 2, I wish there were more. They are pretty small at the neck so I wasn’t sure what I was going to attach them to the wooden board with. Strangely enough, I had these metal thingies just hanging out in my tool cabinet that were the perfect size. I didn’t know what they were called, nor where they came from. But, here is a link to them at Lowe’s. I spray painted them bronze and then screwed them onto the wooden board with the vase clamped inside.

I used glass jars I already had on hand for these wall vases. I painted them a creamy white and lightly distressed them so you could see the detail on the jars. Then I needed something to attach them and couldn’t find anything that would work that aI already had. A trip to my favorite home improvement store – Lowe’s was the answer.  I knew what I was looking for, but had no idea what they were called, nor which department to look in. I’m sure I looked like I was lost because one of the always helpful Lowe’s guys, asked if I needed help finding something.  Yes sir, I do! Instead of trying to explain what I was looking for, I just showed him a picture. He led me over to the plumbing section and there were there – Stainless Steel Adjustable Clamps.   But, they came in a multitude of sizes. Hmmmmm, I didn’t know what size I needed to go around the neck of the jar, so I just bought a variety.  I brought them home and spray painted them bronze like the other type of clamps. I attached these to the board with a screw in the middle which is hidden by the glass jar. Then all I did was ratchet the clamp closed until the glass jar was snug against the wooden board.

I made this Mason Jar Crate after seeing it on Pinterest. The pin is from the fabulous Shanty Chic website, one of my absolute favorites for crafty goodness! She has an awesome tutorial for making this, much better than I could ever do!  Check it out here. l

While I was perusing her website, another great project jumped out at me. She calls it a Planter Box Centerpiece. There is another fantastic tutorial on how to make it there. I didn’t get a great picture of mine, but I love the way it turned out. I guess a customer did too, because it sold in less than a week. I used the last of the glass vases/jars I found at the Dollar Tree and just modified the dimensions of the box so that the 9 vases would fit nicely.

This bookcase was an awesome find at a thrift store. I only paid $5 for it!! FIVE dollars people! It was in sad shape, but it was solid wood, so I snatched it up. The back was that flimsy pressboard stuff that I totally despise so I ripped it off and replaced it with some 1″x2″s purchased at Lowe’s. I stained these a gorgeous chocolate brown, attached them to the back and painted the bookcase white.

Ahhhh, my beautiful, quirky, totally transformed chandelier. I’ve had this chandelier for a long time. It used to live in my old craft booth and got lots of compliments, but no buyers. I was sad because I loved it, and if I had a place in my own home I could have used it I would have just taken it home. But, I don’t. So, off it went to my new craft booth.  It started out life as a brassy gold chandelier that I picked up at a thrift store for $10. I spray painted it and added the colorful beads, strung on wire and wrapped around the globes. Hopefully, somebody who isn’t afraid of a little color will pick up this beauty and give it some love.

 

 

 

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Restocked Craft Booth

Restocked Craft Booth

I added a few new things to my craft booth today. It was mostly little things, filler type stuff on the shelves and some hanging items on the pegboard. Stuff like that is really where my heart is. I like to take something old and […]

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

I found this fantastic vintage sewing machine base at a little picker’s heaven store near Ardmore, AL.  It’s just a little ways down the road from the guy who has a building full of stuff I mentioned earlier. I’m not even sure if the place […]

Craft Booth Update

Craft Booth Update

I’ve been crafting like crazy over here. I want to pack as much stuff as possible into my little space at University Pickers. I want people to walk in and just fall in love with that special something, or somethings! I love those booths that are so full of crafty goodness that your eye just doesn’t know what to stop on or go to next. That’s what I want! I apologize if some of these pictures are repeats. I forget what I have already photographed, and sometimes I have to move stuff around to get a new piece in and shown to its best advantage so that will result in some items being photographed on multiple days. Anyway, take a look and drop me a line to tell me what you think. And stop in at University Pickers if you are in the area!

OH! I have a sign now! I love it, it perfectly sums up my style and the stuff in my booth. Lael said it’s kind of hard to read with the “L” covered in flowers, but people always stumble over Lakauai anyway!

Craft Booth Update

Craft Booth Update

Since I ran out of time yesterday getting my booth set up, I came back today to add some more pretties. A lot of this stuff was left over from an older craft booth I had at another store with a few new things I’ve […]

New Craft Booth – Lakauai

New Craft Booth – Lakauai

I’m starting a new venture and I’m so excited about it!!! I will now have a craft booth at University Pickers, one of my absolute favorite stores. If you live in the Huntsville area, you are in luck!  This store has the best of the […]

Kitchen Table Makeover

Kitchen Table Makeover

 

This is the first piece of furniture I did a makeover on for my new craft booth at University Pickers. I got the table from CraigsList for $25!  What a steal!!  I did have to drive about 35 minutes to get it, but it was definitely worth it. I was 99% sure it would fit in the back of my car, but we had to work for about 1/2 hour to get that sucker in there.  The table was in pretty bad shape with lots of scuffs on the top and the edges, but I knew I could make it beautiful. When I saw those chunky legs connected to the trestle type base I was sold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It did not come with any chairs, but I found some for $12 a piece at a little place in Ardmore, AL. There’s a guy there who has a huge building beside his house chock full of awesome stuff.  It’s right on Highway 53, so if you’re ever in North AL stop by if you’re in the mood for some pickin’!

Not a lot to say on technique here, basically I just painted the table and chairs white, distressed the heck out of them and then added some brown stain to bring out the character.

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Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

  This piece of furniture has been hanging around our house for ages. It started out as our very first entertainment center and I remember measuring the big space to make sure that our tv would fit in it. Not the width of it, but […]

Caeden Room Make-over

Caeden Room Make-over

If Lael’s room is the one that is constantly changing, Caeden’s room never changes – except for the dirty cups and bowls that accumulate! But now change has come. He has a new bed, desk and shelves, all built by me with my always helpful […]