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Miter Saw Cart

Miter Saw Cart

  Have you visited Ana-White.com?  Do you like to build things like patio furniture, coffee tables, beds, kitchen islands, shelving units? Any of that stuff? Something I didn’t mention? Well, I can almost guarantee that there is a plan for it on that website. Go […]

Metal Fisherman Silverware Craft

Metal Fisherman Silverware Craft

    Have you ever noticed all the old silverware at thrift stores? Yeah, I used to see it there all the time. Then, when I decided I wanted to make some cool stuff with old silverware, all I could find are butter knives. I […]

Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

The Pallet Craze has taken over the crafting world. You can see pallets being transformed into everything from outdoor rustic furniture to a chic farmhouse style bed. I’ve always loved anything rusty, vintage and loved, that’s why I enjoy garage sales so much. It could also be because I spent many Saturdays riding around with my grandparents going from sale to sale. It helped that I was always rewarded by a visit to Grandpa’s favorite BBQ joint where they knew him by name and had his tall glass of sweet tea on his table noless than 2 minutes after sitting down.

 

My sister and Mom generally have not bought into the vintage is better idea, until recently when my sister began decorating the lake house. She has embraced the vintage design style that I so love and has filled that place with so much awesome style that I can’t help but be jealous!

In the bathroom I noticed a fantabulous medicine style cabinet made from an old window. I loved it immediately and asked her where she got it. She said it came from a crafter’s marketplace type of store close to where she lives.

Ah-ha! Light bulb goes on over my head because I remember that I have three or four vintage windows that I picked up somewhere that have been waiting to be transformed.

 

This is how my Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet was born. I also had a few pallets lying around, I mean what crafter doesn’t right? I took the two critical components with me to my parents house and begged my Dad to help me with the building part. It didn’t take any begging at all really, he’s retired so I think he enjoys helping me out with projects, right Dad??  😉

The first step is to get those rustic slats off the pallet. I knew from previous experience that prying them off with a crowbar and hammer is extremely hard work. So, this time I used a circular saw to just cut off the ends where they are attached. Yes, you lose a little bit of the wood, but I didn’t really need long pieces anyway. We built the frame of the medicine cabinet with the pallet pieces to match the size of the window and used a piece of sanded plywood for the back.

A trip to Lowes to buy the hinges and handle was all it took to complete the building part of the project.

After the medicine cabinet was completely put together it was time to paint. I used a creamy white color of paint that I’ve had forever, and then did a dry brush technique with some grey stain to bring out the character.

For the plywood back, I had originally planned to stencil a design on it, or add some pretty patterned paper. But, it would have been easier to do that before I attached it to the frame, so I was lazy and decided to just paint it with a dark gray color and then dry brush some brown stain here and there.

I made this rustic beauty for my own bathroom that I’ve been planning a re-model for. But, I am not quite ready to tackle that project as it will entail ripping out the shower and reconfiguring it.

So, I sadly put the medicine cabinet in my booth at University Pickers and it was snatched up within a week.

I’m sure it looks incredible in someone else’s bathroom!

 

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Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Color Change – Lael’s room (again)

Lael’s room seems to be the one in the house that is constantly evolving. I loved the original color scheme and paint treatment. There were a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into those polka dots!! Alas, my baby girl grew up and out […]

{Dream}catcher Art

{Dream}catcher Art

I’ve always loved dreamcatchers. There is something so mystical and magical about them that just appeals to me on a fundamental level. Dreamcatchers have been around in Native American culture for over a century and there are two legends that explain where they came from. […]

DIY Firepit

DIY Firepit

I have wanted a real fire pit forever! I previously had one of those pre-fab fire pit table thingies, I think from Target. But, somehow it melted a bit. I don’t know if the fire got too hot or what. I don’t really understand that because I mean, it is made for fire, right? For burning things in??  yeah, so – I finally decided to make a real one to go in the yard. We already had a huge blight in the landscaping of our backyard due to an old trampoline that sat there for quite some time after the kids stopped jumping on it. So, I put that sucker on CraigsList as a freebie and somebody snatched it up within a couple of days. Yay!  But, I was left with a huge sort of round circle of weeds and dirt.  Ah-ha!  Perfect place for a fire pit.

I got the stone blocks at Lowe’s. I would link them for you but they don’t carry these particular ones any longer. In fact I got a crazy good deal on them. I was comparing the different choice when a Lowe’s guy asked if I needed help. I told him I was just trying to decide which stone blocks I wanted to buy and he asked if I had the seen the pile of clearance stone at the back of the store, conveniently hidden away in the corner. Ummmm, no sir I have not, but I would love to. I don’t know why they were getting rid of them so cheap, but I got all of that stone for around $35.  Crazy good deal right??  I HEART Lowe’s! I also picked up a couple of bags of river stone for the middle of the fire pit.

After loading the stone blocks in the truck I got them home and delivered the bad news to the kids that they were being “voluntold” to help build a fire pit.  After only about an hour I had a beautiful new fire pit in the backyard.  Can’t wait to roast some marshmallows now!

 

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Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s and Father’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always present a great opportunity to make something cool for my awesome parents. They don’t need anything and if asked will usually say “I don’t want anything.” So, I try to come up with something cool and crafty to make […]

My niece is a graduate!

My niece is a graduate!

I’m so proud of my niece!  She graduated from high school in the top 10 of her class and received a Presidential scholarship to UA.  She is also an amazing athlete, playing tennis and volleyball.  Plus, she’s absolutely beautiful!  Brains and beauty!!  She gets that […]

50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party

CHRIS_szdI have a friend who claims she isn’t crafty but I think ahe’s been holding out on me!  She threw a spectacular 50th birthday party for her sweet hubby.  Not only did she make ALL the scrumptious food but she also decorated like a crafty party pro.  The only thing I got to help with was this.

I made it and then she framed it and had all the guests sign on the mat.  It turned out great!!

Craft Booth

Craft Booth

Finally, getting my craft booth closer to my dream.  Still not quite there, but closer!

Trays, boxes and such

Trays, boxes and such

This is another group post for a bunch of stuff I made for my craft booth.  We have tissue boxes, a ticket souvenir box, serving trays, takeout menu box and a Save/Spend/Give box.  They all started out life as something else, in another form and […]