Upcycled

DIY: Queen Bed with Reclaimed Wood Headboard and Footboard

This is my biggest custom build yet! I don’t know how to use sketch up/designs software for images, so I’ll list out the supplies and steps.. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to show pretty computer graphic designs for you. Ask questions and I can provide more detail or...Read More »


Reclaimed Fence Boards, Silhouette's and White Paint

Our lovely neighbors took down part of their fence a while back and I was the lucky recipient of the wood. I’ve been inspired by a lot of the silhouette art I’ve been seeing and am very happy with how these turned out!

Since I am incapable of drawing...Read More »


Reclaimed Lath Wood & License Plate Wall Art

I’ve been really enjoying finding uses for some reclaimed lath from a wall we tore down in our 100 year old home. I had some left over license plat scraps from the United States license plate project, so I combined the two into this!

 

without the frame:

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DIY Stained Glass "Mosaic" on an Old Salvaged Window

I can honestly say, even I was surprised out nice this turned out, I wasn’t sure I’d get the right effect as I was a bit skeptical with glue and thick glass pieces, but I truly love how this turned out! Most of all, I love that 3 of my kids...Read More »


DIY Tutorial - License Plate Map of the United States

Hands down the longest project I’ve made to date (aside from the latch hook rug I did on bedrest for 5 weeks straight pregnant with my twins).  Massive Kudo’s to my patient husband who totally helped figure out how to get all these states cut without me slicing...Read More »


DIY Gym Floor Desks With Industrial / Plumbing Fixture Legs

Finding the perfect desk that isn’t a gazillon dollars is a bit tough. I actually didn’t want any drawers (we did shelving and rolling drawers instead) and needed 2 desk that were extra long!

I also love the look of two tone colors and industrial legs as well, so I...Read More »


Double Tilt-Out Trash & Recycle Bin - DIY

When we built our small mudroom and pantry addition, I new I needed a tilt out trash bin, nothing on the market fit the space the way I wanted. So I of course went to Ana-White.com and found a plan that I liked. I needed to...Read More »


Scroll Saw Fun! Space Needle Cut out Art

YEAY! we just got a scroll saw to make our united states map out of license plates (will post that project once it’s complete). In the meantime for practice I made a Space needle cutout art!

My favorite part of this was using vintage stamps that my late grandmother...Read More »


Ikea Tarva Hack into 1 Shaker Style-ish Dresser with Leather Pulls

First things first, this is NOT a proper photo heavy tutorial, I was so project focused, I didn’t take enough pictures to make a proper tutorial, but I’ll walk you through what I did.

When we moved into our 1928 Seattle bungalow, our room, true to the era is quite small. ...Read More »


Build a Unique Mudroom from Salvaged Building Materials!

There is just something extra rewarding about not only building things, but using salvage materials to do it. I love the feeling of knowing I’ve used something creatively that otherwise would have been trash. It’s also fun to know that your piece is definitely one of a kind!

This...Read More »


Making Coasters out of Vinyl Records (only scratched ones of course!)

I just started doing instructional videos for ehow.com and the first set of videos was just posted.  I’ll add them to the blog each week with additional info and some fun extra tips.

The first project I want to feature is making coasters out of vinyl records. When recording...Read More »


DIY Barn Door from Simple 2x6's

I’ve been seeing barn doors all over pinterest lately and I just had to make one. I wanted one that had a vintage rustic vibe with a bit of industrial grittiness to it. So that meant, I had to make it (custom built doors are stupid spendy!).

The previous...Read More »


DIY Refurbished Vintage Schoolhouse Lights

I L -O-V-E Schoolhouse lights.. I still have 2 more I need to refurbish. we have 4 in our  house now and I’d be happy with every single light as a schoolhouse light, but that’s just a tad overkill 😉

I thrifted and ebay’ed (is...Read More »


My Kitchen Nook: DIY Upcycled Industrial Light fixture

I can’t take credit for this idea, I was inspired by Mandi over at Vintage Revivals in one of her room makeovers with her awesome industrial light fixture. You can tell by some of my latest posts that I’m digging industrial.

Note: Get the...Read More »


Super Simple Sewing Project Tutorial: Cutoff Jeans with Doily

I got the inspiration for this project from pinterest, I’ve seen lots of jeans with doilies on them. I didn’t follow one particular tutorial, I just winged it, but there are a ton of variations on pinterest in addition to mine 😉

K knew right off I didnt’...Read More »


Make your "Beach Towel With Purchase" Gift into a Non-Branded Cute Beach Bag

Ever get a free beach towel with purchase but it’s branded all over with the said company. Well right now Victoria’s Secret has a beach towel promotion that you get a free beach towel with purchase, cute pink and white colors, crappy huge “Victoria’s Secret” words across...Read More »


Locker Hack - Bring New Life to a Vintage School Locker as a Funky Sideboard

I have several furniture projects that in my blog pipeline 🙂 After finding Ana-white.com a while back and getting inspired by some of her projects.  I’m tackling all sorts of my own DIY furniture projects!  This straightforward locker transformation is one of my fav’s!  Ward and...Read More »


Tutorial: Industrial Plumbing Pipe Curtain Rods

Lately I’ve been totally digging an industrial look, with a girly edge to it. Too much industrial and it feels cold and uninviting, just the right amount and touch of industrial and it feels cozy and inviting.

I’ve seen others use plumbing pipes as curtain rods and figured...Read More »


Tutorial: Turn a Vinyl Record Into a Unique Notebook

 

Ever since I made the Rockin’ Desk lamp, I’ve been noodling around with fun ideas to make from old Vinyl records. I’ve also managed to love the sound of music on Vinyl and now have a record player … so I only use...Read More »


DIY Lego Ikea "Alang" Lamp Hack!

Working on remodeling a 1928 Bungalow, I’ve grown a bit obsessed with lighting fixtures, which has now carried into table and floor lamps 🙂 add that to a childhood love of Lego’s and you get this Ikea Alang Lamp Hack with Lego’s!

This was such a...Read More »


How to: Make Your own Sassy Glitter shoes on the cheap! (and what NOT to do!)

I have a holiday party this weekend for work and I have this fabulous electric blue dress and sparkly cardigan that were screaming for glitter shoes! I refused to spend an exorbinant amount of money on heals that are way to high for my 36 year old...Read More »


Tutorial: Rockin' Desk Lamp: Upcycled Vinyl Record & Old Desk Lamp - $4.50

DIY project Love Rant…

I LOVED this project; Costs under $5 and took a whopping 30 minutes WITH my trial and error versions (Yes, you’ll see 2 different records used throughout the tutorial as it took me 2 tries ;)). Plus, I absolutely love the end product and...Read More »


Collection of 10 Great and Simple Sewing Tutorials for Toddler Clothing

If you’ve read this blog lately, you’ll see I’m trending HEAVILY towards sewing, (my latest obsession). I thought I’d recap my favorite 10 tutorials for sewing toddler clothes.These are in no particular “favorite” order, all are great, and all have really good tutorials!

  1.  Baby Shortall From...Read More »

Bar Top Epoxy Love: Sailboat Table Redo With Regional Map Encased in Bar Top Epoxy.

Bar top epoxy map table laminated sail boat

I am kind of obsessed with all the creative options of using Bar Top Epoxy. the latest project being theSailboat convertible table covered in dark brown laminate faux wood.. EW!  Yet again, burdened by the nasty faux wood laminate.. I had to cover it! (see related...Read More »


DIY Rainbow Unicorn Costume... with BLING!

rainbow unicorn costume diy make halloween

Here is  Mackenzie’s Rainbow Unicorn Bling Costume.. When I say bling.. I mean BLING… It was a bit tough getting pictures though as she ran around like a unicorn, vs. posing.. Alas, trying to photograph a 4 year old, never easy  😉

Some fun pics of her costume BEFORE...Read More »


Upcycled: Jersey Turtleneck into Comfy Toddler Yoga Pants

upcycled turtleneck into toddler yoga pants

Ok so I’ve mentioned in some past posts that I am playing around with up cycling old clothes into “new” toddler clothes. I am having quite a blast getting creative with this.

My latest epiphany when going through my goodwill bin was these awesome Jersey Turtlenecks I no...Read More »


DIY Upcycled Sail into Beach Tote with pockets and coordinating lining

Sail Bag upcycled sail cloth beach tote bag DIY

I’ve seen bags made from sails lately all over the place. Most of them are crazily priced and frankly look like they are made from sail cloth vs. actual sails as I rarely see wear on them. I wanted a simple tote great for carrying around kids...Read More »


Twofer: Comfy Jammy Pants and Strapless Jumper all for $5.95

Love this! You can’t beat thrift-ed fabric (both the purple fabric and waistband fabric I got at the goodwill). I spent a whopping $5.95 on this project and still have enough fabric left over to make another pair. So REALLY I spent just under $3.00 on these.....Read More »


Upcycled: Refinished Vintage Frame and Kids Fingerpainted Art.

I love vintage frames, the ornate designs, and shapes. However, the colors of the frames leave much to be desired, rarely have I found an old frame that I like “as is.” So this project was all about using a couple of frames I found at the...Read More »


Upcycled: Thrifted Jersey Cotton Sheet into Cowl Neck Dolman Top for $3.99

For this project, you need an old jersey knit sheet, if you get a queen or larger you can get 2 shirts out of it! I spent $7.98 on my sheet at goodwill, so each shirt cost me $3.99 to make.

I loved doing this project. I’m having...Read More »


Upcycled: Wine Bottle Into Cozy Twine Covered Branchy Light Thingy...

Yes, I had fun with the title of this post.. 🙂

My mom got me these great battery lighted branch thingies. I couldn’t find a vase that worked the way I wanted for the branches and I didn’t like the battery pack for the branches just sitting...Read More »


Round Crochet Rag Rug Tutorial - A Whopping $28 and 15 hours

Ok it’s official, I am slightly obsessed with re-using items. Lately my re-use obsession has been making Crochet rag rugs. I love the way they look and feel. They are the thickest rugs and have a great texture!. I’m going to attempt rag bowls next.. 😉 This...Read More »


Can't find the bedding pattern you want? Then make it!

I have been really drawn lately to the grey/yellow/cream colors. I looked and looked and just couldn’t find a pre made duvet cover in the pattern I like. But the colors I had to have. PLUS I am sooooo completely over the “duvet crammed in the corner...Read More »


Upcycled No-Sew Curtains for $3.98

I have a new office and even though it comes with the oh-so-fabulous cheep metal blinds, I just  had to spice it up a bit.  I love a challenge with budget and creativeness and so I made these curtains for my office… I love them! they match the...Read More »


Upcycled Project: Tshirt Yarn Crocheted Into Bathroom Rug


I’ve always been a fan of rag rugs. But often if you aren’t selecting a color scheme they look a bit to country style for what I wanted. I wanted to make a rag rug by upcycling materials and have it be a fun...Read More »


Refinish Hand-Me-Down plastic chairs to Look Like New!

We got these great plastic Adirondack chairs from our neighbors when their kiddo’s outgrew them. Our girls love them and use them all the time, but they were quite worn and faded. I was at Home Depot a while back and saw that they have “plastic spray...Read More »


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