Hack Job

You know how sometimes you accidentally chainsaw your furniture in half? It happens. (It doesn’t hardly ever happen, but it does happen, and I know this because it happened to me.  Although it wasn’t really an accident, just kind of … unexpected? Remind me to explain this story someday).

Anyway, sometimes you get carried away playing with power tools. You figure, “Hmmm, this old coffee table has been sitting in the garage for way too long. We really need to donate it or haul it away … orrrrrrr … *rnnnnn rnnn rnnn rnnn rrrrNNNNN* <– That is a chainsaw sound in case you can’t tell. I can do a pretty good imitation of a chainsaw if we ever meet in real life, just ask.

And next thing you know, you have two halves of a coffee table. Your next move is obvious.

coffee-table-entry-way-benches-before

 

coffee-table-entryway-after

You turn them into a set of benches for your entryway, of course! That’s exactly what Melissa did. Aren’t they the perfect size? Big enough to store shoes and sit on, narrow enough to squeeze easily into a small space. Pretty brilliant.

See more from Melissa and her coffee table entryway bench on her blog 320 Sycamore.


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Patriotic Projects

This weekend America celebrates her freedom, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of fabulousness. What better way to mark the occasion than with some patriotic projects? Today we shall set free a few everyday items from a lifetime of mediocrity and send them onward and upward in a blaze of (old) glory.

First,  a box of dirty golf balls. Do you see where this is going?

Painted Flag Golf Balls Before

 

Painted Flag Golf Balls

Of course you didn’t! Unless you did. Did you take a look at those golf balls and instantly imagine them painted in stars and stripes, layered in a cute wire basket? If so, pat yourself on the back for me. If not, head over to Laurie’s blog My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies to see more.

 

I hold this truth to be self-evident that this crib spring was headed for the dump. But Julie had a better idea. First she counted the spaces between the rows of wire. Thirteen in all.  Sounds perfect for …

american flag crib spring before

 

american flag crib spring copy

… the thirteen stripes of the American flag, which she made for next to nothing using ribbon. I guess I need to go find an old crib spring somewhere, somehow, because this looks rad and I want one.

See it on her blog Redhead Can Decorate.

 

And lastly, we know that all men are created equal, but I’m not sure if all women are, because when I saw this project that my friend Kristen Duke dreamed up, I wanted to punch myself in the face for not thinking of it first. It’s so simple, but SO COOL!

Before, an eight-foot wide melamine board, plus 180 wood screws. It doesn’t look like much yet … but once you add in that secret American ingredient (carbs), you get:

amercian flag donut wall in progress

 

american flag donut wall

An American flag doughnut wall! Have you ever seen anything better? Seriously, somebody call the president. Tell him to retire. Kristin has GOT THIS.

More to see on her blog Capturing Joy.

Please please have a safe and happy 4th of July!


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What can the humdrum become?

Today I want to inspire you to take a look at all the mundane, ordinary things in your home a little differently.

C’mon, let’s glance around right now. *glancing … glancing* Look! Over there! Your desk fan. Have you ever noticed how boring it is? Of course you haven’t. You don’t notice it at all. All day it sits there, obediently fanning you, asking nothing in return. Here’s one way to show your appreciation:

 

Updated Fan Before

 

Updated Fan

Take it apart and spray paint it a fun color like Anima at This Design Journal did! I’m sure it will sit a little taller and prouder if you do. Unless you don’t put it back together right, then it might malfunction and burn your house down or something. So don’t screw it up.

 

Ok, what’s next?  *glancing … glancing* How about these old window panes you’ve been meaning to do something with? They’ve sat here for so long, your family thinks they’re a physical part of the house.

Vintage Window Panes Before

Vintage Window Panes

… let’s get them up on the wall instead!

Linda had held onto these windows for SEVEN YEARS, always wanting to do something with them and never knowing exactly what. Then she noticed a nearly identical set of mirrors at Pottery Barn for $150 each. Inspired, she recreated the look with her windows and saved a cool $450. And that’s why you should never throw anything away ever.

See more on her blog Burlap & Blue.

 

Hmmm, what’s next?  Oooh, what about this pile of trashy wire hangers?

“OK Lindsey,” you are thinking, “The fan was cool. The window panes look great. But hangers? Get a hold of yourself. These are headed to Garbagetown. What are you going to do, spray paint them gold and … hey, what are you doing with those wire cutters?”

Sunburst Mirror Before 1

 

Sunburst Mirror

BAM! Why don’t you trust me by now? Honestly.

Lindi from Love Create Celebrate is the creative genius behind this project and reports that it was both fun and easy. AND it involved gold spray paint, so it really hits all my buttons. That’s my kind of project!


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How Cool is your Refrigerator?

It’s Fridge Friday, and you know what that means!

You probably don’t know what that means, because we have never, no not once, ever celebrated Fridge Friday. But that changes today. Because today is FRIDGE FRIDAY, so GET EXCITED!

Basically Fridge Friday is me showing you some fridge makeovers. You can observe Fridge Friday yourself by giving your own fridge a makeover, or maybe just cleaning it out. Is there anything better than a freshly cleaned-out fridge? Well, yes, a lot of things. Like buckets of money and free vacations. But a clean fridge is pretty nice. And a boring fridge with a sweet makeover is pretty fun to look at too. So here we go.

First up, Medina had a vision of turning her fridge into a yellow Mason jar. Why? Why not!

Yellow Mason Jar Fridge Before

Yellow Mason Jar Fridge

It’s her fridge and she can turn it into a yellow Mason jar if she wants to. See more, like how she made the raised lettering, on her blog Grillo Designs. (spoiler alert: hot glue!)

 

Tracy’s fridge was old and dated but worked just fine, so she couldn’t justify buying a shiny new one. Then she found a roll of beadboard wallpaper, which got her wheels turning …

Wallpapered Refrigerator Before

 

Wallpapered Refrigerator

Amazing right? Obviously she didn’t just wallpaper right over the entire fridge, that would be crazy.  Actually, now that I think about it, with the right wallpaper, that might be really cool. Somebody do that and send me a picture. But Tracy went further with chunky trim and a fancy handle to finish it off, and you can see her detailed process on her blog General Splendour.

 

Want a temporary fridge fix? Maybe you’re renting or just want to impress a visitor with your cool fridge for a weekend, or whatever it is you do. I don’t know your life.

gold striped fridge makeover before

 

gold striped fridge makeover after

 

Rachel achieved this look with gold foil tape! Inexpensive, effective, and removable. It’s so cool, I want to somehow simultaneously own and wear it.

See more at Rachel Schultz.

 

And finally, why go to all the trouble of writing your dinner menu or grocery list on a piece of paper, then finding a magnet, THEN attaching it to your fridge? WHEW! Who has the time?

chalkboard fridge makeover before

 

chalkboard painted fridge makeover after

Save yourself the extra effort and just paint your fridge with chalkboard paint and never have that hassle again! I also like the added detail of the jute-wrapped handles, clever clever. From Audra at The Kurtz Corner.

 

Hope you enjoyed Fridge Friday! See you next time for Washing Machine Wednesday. That’s not a thing yet, but it should be. Or Lawn Mower Monday? Ok, now you’ve gone too far.


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