What the shelf?

Shanna had the good fortune of finding this antique five-panel door, in the perfect shade of aqua and perfectly distressed.  Like, real-deal distressed.  Like, found in a barn under a filthy layer of 50-year-old-barn-detritus distressed.

She sanitized it as much as possible, then turned it into you’ll never guess.  Unless you guessed ‘coffee table,’ because then you are correct!  Or psychic!  Or already a reader of her blog!  See more about this door-to-table process on her blog Restoration Redoux.

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Here’s another idea if you’ve got some vintage stuff hanging around, but wish it could be more functional and less ‘pile of stuff hanging around.’ Hannah at Young and Crafty wanted to do more than display these suitcases, so she turned them into the display themselves! Suitcase shelves!  Cute cute cute.

Just another one of those things that makes me wonder if our great-great-grandchildren will be nailing our wheeled Samsonites to their walls someday. Ha!

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net

Vintage door and suitcase repurosed into coffee table and shelves on betterafter.net


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Wreath on Earth

No doubt you are busily shoveling snow, or frosting cookies, or stuffing stockings, so I’m just popping in with a quick project I wanted to share before taking some time away to enjoy Christmas with my family.  I’ll be back next week with my favorite Better Afters of 2013!

Til then, please enjoy this festive and earth-friendly makeover from Amanda at Mommy is Coo Coo.  She had a big box of burned out Christmas bulbs, but did she let that darken her holiday spirit?  No sir! Did she let it Ebenezer her Scrooge?  I don’t know what that means.  But no!  She turned them into a wreath to enjoy for years to come.   She even painted a few to match her color scheme.  Such a fun use of something that most would consider totally useless.

Christmas wreath made from burned out bulbs, cute!  betterafter.net

Christmas wreath made from burned out bulbs, cute!  betterafter.net
Happy Holidays to you my friend! Wishing you all the peace and joy in the world and beyond.  Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, for submitting and sharing your work with me, and for your overall total awesomeness.  See you next year!


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Gold Glitter Deer Silhouette Art

This post is in collaboration with 3MDIY.com >>>

You may have noticed a bit of a deer head trend running rampant in bloglandia.  Deer heads are all up in the hizzy, all day errday. Behold:

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I’m not one to snub my nose at a trend, but I did shy away from all things antlered for a while. Probably because I’ve never quite recovered from growing up in a little hunting town where decapitated deer heads were commonplace decor.  Much like this:

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Watching … always watching.

But there are so many great faux incarnations out there these days, that the almighty deer head has finally won me over.  And they’re so cute at Christmas time!

I specifically like the silhouette look, so I set out to recreate some deer silhouette art for myself.  It was a simple project, you can do it too!

gold glitter deer head silhouette art on betterafter.net

Here’s where I started:

3M project supplies

  • a 2′x2′ sheet of 1/4 inch plywood, mine was around $6
  • 12″x 12″ gold glitter scrapbook cardstock
  • paint color of your choice
  • 3M™ Sandpaper with NO-SLIP GRIP™ Backing
  • Holmes Workwear™ Premium Safety Eyewear
  • Corded Reusable Earplugs
  • 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips

I used my skill saw to cut the board down to four 1′x1′ squares, with the help of my 3M™ Safety Products. I’m a safety girl, so I always protect my eyes and ears.  You lose either of those, it’s permanent man.

This was my first time trying out 3M’s no-slip grip sandpaper, and I give it two thumbs way up.  It has a rubbery backing that makes it super easy to handle, and it lasted so much longer than the cheapy sandpaper I usually use.  (Up to seven times longer, according to the product description!)

3M no-slip grip sanding paper

I sanded the boards down, then proceeded to waffle for DAYS on paint color.  I originally wanted white, but then I didn’t think the gold would stand out enough.  Then I tried a gray stain, which didn’t work at all. Then I tried a maple stain, and my eyeballs almost barfed.  Then I just mixed some silver craft paint with a little black for the semi-shiny gray you see before you, and sanded it down a bit so some of the wood grain would show through.  The life of the decision-impaired.  

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After that, it was just a matter of cutting out the deer silhouettes I found online with my Silhouette.  However, the paper I used was actually embedded with real lace (who knew) and my Silhouette was having none of it.  I ended up tracing the silhouettes and cutting them by hand.  So if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine, don’t you worry.

Then I Mod-Podged the deer to the boards and used the picture hanging strips to attach them to the wall, easy peasy.

gold glitter deer head silhouette art on betterafter.net

Frugal Tip: My hanging strips were size large, and could hold up to 16 pounds or something crazy.  Well, this project weighs like half a pound, so I just cut the strips in half!

Another tip: Use a matte Mod Podge.  Mine wasn’t and now it’s much sheenier than I intended. (Sheenier is too a word).

 

gold glitter deer head silhouette art on betterafter.net

Come back later today, and I’ll share a mini-tour of my house and more of my Christmas decor!

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Organized Sublime

A fresh new year is right around the corner, and you know what that means, right?  Time to get organized!  There really is no better time to do it, except maybe the few weeks right before the new year, because then you can roll smugly into the new year feeling completely on top of your game.  Of course, this never ever happens to me thanks to all the holiday hoopla and the laying around eating fudge that occurs during this time, but it’s a nice idea.

Here are some ideas if you want to get a jumpstart on organizing your life in 2014.

You could find a sad looking organizer like Jen at Girl in the Garage did, and fix it up pretty with scrapbook paper.  Perfect for storing your small things!

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Have bigger things?  Here’s one from Jesse at Nine Red,who made over this card catalog cabinet with white, gold and varying shades of blue.  The whole entryway looks refreshed.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Up close … so shiny.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Need a place to store your decoratively rolled sheet music?  I thought you’d never ask.  Here’s a lovely solution from Amanda at One Girl in Pink. (I know, I know, it’s meant for mail!)

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

And if your New Year’s resolution is to stop losing your keys and/or creating a place to hold memos and other paperphanelia, (just made that word up) (just Googled it and realized it’s already a giftshop in Kentucky, dangit!), then you might be inspired by Jennifer’s bulletin board makeover.

She was inspired by a $259 version from Pottery Barn. Her’s cost $15.  Win!  See more at Decorated Chaos.

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Cute AND functional!  Organizer makeovers on betterafter.net

Enter for your chance to win $75 at Linkel Designs!  Easy entry, winner chosen Monday!


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