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DIY Rope Towel Holder

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finished hangerMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.) 😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…


Hardware I picked up at Lowes


The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple


Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange


The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe

towel holder 2

I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.

towel holder 3

I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.

towel holder 4

I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.

finished hanger

The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.

towel holder 7

DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Key Fob Tutorial

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key fob rowsI’m sure you all have seen key fobs.  They are those cool wrist straps you attach your keys to.  Do you know how easy and inexpensive they are to make?

I will show you in just a sec…

I buy the webbing and key fob hardware from sellers on Etsy.  That is the only place I have ever seen supplies.  (Which is perfectly ok ‘cuz I love Etsy!)  The fabric used is simple cotton/quilter’s fabric.  You could use ribbon as well, but I prefer fabric.

FYI – they make fabulous Christmas gifts for teachers, school faculty and bus drivers.  You can use them as stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or even an attach one to a bow on top of a present.  (I have made the ones below to sell at a Christmas open house a friend is having.)

webbing cutting2

Cut the webbing 10 inches

10 inch strip

Cuts strips of cotton fabric 2 inches wide by 10 inches long

iron in half

Fold in half and press with an iron lightly to make a crease.

folding edges

Unfold and bring both side to the center crease. Iron flat.

stitch witch

Stitch Witchery

stitch witch 2

Tear or cut Stitch Witchery the length of webbing.

ironing fabric to strap

Place fabric strip (folded side down) on top of Stitch Witchery and iron.

sewing fabric

Sew a straight line down each side of the fabric about 1/8 inch in for the side of the fabric.  I used clear thread so I didn’t have to keep switching thread color.

fray check

Fold the key fob in half and sew the short end together. This doesn’t need to be all the way across, just enough to hold it together.
I use Fray Check on the ends of the webbing and the fabric and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the key fob. Not a necessary step, but it prevents the material from fraying.


Use pliers to pinch the key fob hardware shut. Make sure you wrap a towel or some sort of material around the pliers or around the end of the key fob to prevent scratches or dents.

key fob finished sample

The finished product.

key fobs circle

All of these, and then some, were made for around $25.00.  😀

Wood Shim Chrismas Star

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This weekend was spend decorating inside and outside for Christmas.  I did the inside, Hubby did the outside.  And we’re done!  Woohoo!  I needed something for the front door, so in the mist of putting up the tree and decorating the rest of the house, I had an idea for a door ornament/wreath.

I had wood shims left over from who knows what. (Sometimes I wonder why I have some of the things I have!)  I tried for a while to make the “perfect” shaped star, but it kept coming out lop-sided!  Finally it dawned on me that the sides all need to be the same angle.  So after I glued the first two V-shaped pieces together, I stacked the next two shims on top of that “V” to get the exact same shape/angle.  When I had five “V” shapes that were exactly the same, then I glued them all together.  (I hope that made sense.)  Use wood glue.  Hot glue does not hold it together well.


Shim star


My first thought was to wrap the tinsel around the star, but I ran out before it was covered.


Using hot glue, I started outlining the star.


First row completed


I went around the star with tinsel two more time to fill it in.


The finished star

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Music Sheet Christmas Trees

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Happy Friday!

I’m on a kick this year with handmade Christmas trees.  I can’t stop making them.  I’m sure you have seen music sheet Christmas trees on Pinterest.  I was lucky enough to win a vintage music sheet give-a-away from The Modage Cottage.  The music sheets are old and beautifully discolored.  Absolutely lovely!!  Once my package arrived in the mail, I knew what I was going to do with them.

Here’s how I made the trees…

sheet music

This is only SOME of the sheets of music I received. I have oodles left!


I used a 2 inch scalloped paper punch.

paper punched

Punch many, many pieces.

paper with cuts

At each scallop, cut half way up.

rolled up

Roll the paper around a pencil (or crochet hook!) to give the paper a curl.

first paper

I used both paper mache cones and Styrofoam cones. Either one will work. Using a glue gun, start at the bottom and work your way around. Overlap the previous square a bit.

almost finished

When you get closer to the top, it helps to cut the squares in half. This allows the paper to wrap around the smaller part of the cone easier.

trees and deers

Here they are!  I did three, in various sizes. Two of the cones where paper mache, and one was Styrofoam.

close up base

I picked up the wood bases last month at the Metrolina Antique Show here in Charlotte. $2.00 each!!  I believe they were wood feet to a couch or chair.

close up trees

This project was super easy to do and probably one of my favorite Christmas craft project I’ve done in a long time. Thank you, Kristen, for the vintage music sheets!

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DIY Twine Christmas Trees

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I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already making/thinking Christmas decorations.  Tis the Season ya know!

Making Christmas trees is one of the easiest projects to do.  Last year I made these trees from Styrofoam and yarn.

This year I want to add some “natural” looking decorations.  I had twine.  I had Mod Podge.  I did not have Styrofoam trees.  Below you can see my “rough” tree form.  I use plastic sheets I bought for some reason that is no longer in my memory.  It’s the stuff used to make crafts with yarn and a needle.  Anyway, I folded it in a cone shape and used duct tape to hold it together.  Not pretty, but it worked.

My supplies. I had all these things already so technically, it was a “free” project. 😀

I started at the top of the cone, using a paperclip to keep the twine in place. (Yes, that is paint on my hand. Earlier that day I painted my parents garage.)

Still going. It really doesn’t take long at all. I wanted to keep the twine close together, but you can leave gaps if you prefer that look.

When I got to the end, I used another paperclip to hold the twine in place at the bottom.

I placed the tree on top of a glass to glue. That way I can spin the cone around without getting messy with glue.

Using a sponge brush, I “painted” the cone with Mod Podge.

I really put the glue on thick, then left it overnight to dry. Once try, I pried it away from the plastic cone form. And that’s it. I made another tree the same size, and one larger using a larger form.

They look great grouped together. There’s a lot you can add to these. Before the glue dries, you can add glitter or snow flakes. Glue small ornaments, buttons, or add ribbon. Options are endless.

The twine was purchased at Lowes awhile ago. I made these from the same spool and have oodles of twine left. Oooh the possibilities!


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DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

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Happy Friday!

Last weekend, a couple of my girl friends and I went to a big antique show.  It was so exciting!!  (I will have to do a blog on the crazy things I picked up.)  Towards the end of the day, we came across these cool wood doors.  Piles of them.  For only $2.00 each!  I picked up eight of them without having an idea what I was going to do with them.  (That happens a lot!)

One of my friends suggested making hand painted wood signs for the Holidays.  Here’s how I did it.

I printed out the words I wanted to use.  Not having tracing paper, I just took a regular pencil and scribbled on the back side of the letters.  Then I traced the outline of the letters and the pencil mark transferred to the wood door.  Woohoo!

Now the tricky part for me was filling in the letters.  I only had paint and a paint brush, reading glasses and one working eye!  Depth perception is not my strong point!  It took me FOREVER to paint the letters.  Either I thought I was touching the wood with my paint brush and wasn’t or I aimed for the outlines and completely missed.  If it wasn’t so frustrating, it would have been comical!  I would strongly suggest a paint pen.  I didn’t have one.  And two working eyes would be helpful too. 😉

I should mention that before I painted the letters, I gave the center section a coat of off-white chalk paint.  (I still didn’t know what design I was doing at this point.)  After the letters were painted on, I painted the rest of the front with the chalk paint.  Then I taped off diagonals lines with blue tape and painted them red.  After the red paint dried, I sanded everything to distress it a bit then I applied a light-colored wax to seal it and age the off-white paint a little more.

And here it is… This House Believes.  And this house also believes you can Do-It-Yourself.  Had to throw that in! 😉  Just FYI… Doors in many different shapes and sizes can be found at your local Habitat Restore.  Some used, some new, and they cost very little.

I’m going to put eye hooks in the top edge of the sign and use either ribbon or a small chain to hang it outside the front door.  Maybe embellish it a bit with Christmas picks or decorations.

This was really an easy project to do!  And the first Christmas thing I’ve done so far.  I love the Holidays!  Have you started to think about decorating for the Holidays yet?

DIY Cake Stand

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Have you seen the DIY cake/dessert stands made from a candle holder and a plate?  They are so easy!  Get yourself a candle holder, a plate and adhesive (I used E6000) and you’re good to go.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these since last Christmas when I was thinking about handmade gifts.  I never did make any last year, but I just found a rogue candle holder I picked up from Target quite some time ago and while I was at HomeGoods this week, I picked up an inexpensive plate.  I probably spent less than $9.00 total.  Not too shabby!

I chose a neutral colored plate so I can use the stand anywhere in the house I want, but HomeGoods has oodles of beautiful colored plates starting at just $2.99.  Holiday plates are out now, so you could make a cute Thanksgiving and Christmas plate stand.  They’d make great hostess, Bunco, office party or teacher gift.  Especially if you filled the plate with homemade cookies! 😉

Glass, metal, plastic or wood candle holders can be used as the plate stand.  Cake stands, once glued together can be spray painted a solid color for a cohesive look.  This could be addictive.  Friends and family… you may be looking at your next Christmas gift! 😀

Candle holder for Target

Plate from HomeGoods $3.99

The multi-purpose cake stand… Soap dish, Holiday decorations, Dessert stand, Keeper of keys, phone, glasses, etc.

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Halloween Burlap Pillow Tutorial

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Here’s a quick and easy Halloween burlap pillow tutorial.  My friend, Janet, made these cute pillows for her front porch.  All you need is burlap, a sharp marker and a sewing machine.  (Although you can always hand stitch them if you don’t have a sewing machine.)  Enjoy!!

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow


Storage Cabinet Makeover

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Don’t ya just love free?  I do!  A friend of mine had this cabinet sitting in her garage to be thrown away.  Of course I had to have it when she said, “Go ahead and take it”.  Who am I to say to no to a freebie or to a friend? 😀

I put this storage cabinet in my sewing/craft room and left it as-is.  Functional, but not very pretty and definitely not my style.  Shockingly, it’s been this way for a year now!  I know!  I said it was shocking!

Paint is an excellent way to change the look and style of furniture.  As soon as you are brave enough to put that first swipe of paint on, you are on your way.  Fear not my friends.  The ugly can become beautiful, the rejected can be loved again, and the out of date can be updated.  Okay, I’m done now.  You get my point… you can DIY!! 🙂

Storage Cabinet Makeover

Knotty pine is ok if you’re a little bit country, but I’m a little bit Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Storage Cabinet Makeover

I primed a small section of the cabinet before I sanded it to see if the primer would adhere. Sadly, my fingernail scratch test took the primer right off. Boo! No skipping steps! So I lightly sanded the entire piece and applied two coats of primer.

Storage Cabinet Makeover

After the primer dried, I applied two coats of satin white latex paint. Did I mention I already had the primer and white paint? I did! No money went out for this makeover. And I even had the knobs! I love free!!

Now that is definitely better! Why I waited so long to update this cabinet is beyond me. It was so easy to do! Now I want to repaint the room in this beautiful gray I saw on Pinterest. Shhh! Don’t tell my Hubby. I might have to paint the room when he goes out of town! 😉

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Birthday Party Craft Idea

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This weekend we had a birthday party for my daughter.  She is now in the double digits!  How did that happen?

I remember when I turned 10.  I spent the entire day crying because I was TEN!  Ten was sooo old in my head.  And if I was THAT old, them my parent’s days had to be numbered!  I was so sad!  I mean seriously!  Thirty two and 34?!!  How much longer could they possibly have?  (Yes I was a strange sensitive child.)  Thank goodness I outgrew that… right Mom?:)

Happily they are both still here!  And while I am more than 10 years older than my parents were when I turned 10, my daughter doesn’t seem bothered by her age or mine.  Although, if you ask her how old I am, she will support me in my denial and tell you I’m 34. 😉

Back to the birthday…  My daughter wanted to do a craft project at her party.  She decided on decorating flip-flops.  I picked up various sizes of flip-flops from Micheals.  They were only $1.24 a pair!  I grabbed some ribbon, glitter glue, fabric paint and some “bling” for decorating.   A very inexpensive project!

The kids wrapped the ribbon around the straps of the flip-flop.  Glue from a glue gun does not stick to the rubber strap,  so wrapping it with ribbon not only looks cute, but it also gives the bling something to adhere too.  It takes about a yard of ribbon to wrap each flip-flop, depending on the width of the ribbon.

I don’t know if all 10 year olds are like this, but my daughter and her friends were so involved in the project that we literally had nearly an hour of silence while they were decorating their flip-flops.  Silence at a birthday party!  Wow!  Check out the flip-flops.  They turned out adorable!

Console Table Redo

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Another project is finished!  My “ninety percent-itis” is clearing up!

My friend Crys and I traded entry/console tables.  What a cheap way to get new furniture!  She wanted my entry table and offered me her console table she needed to get rid of.  (She needed to get rid of it because she bought this absolutely gorgeous unique piece of furniture at the last antique show we went to.  She always finds the good stuff!  No, I’m not bitter… ha!)  So we switched tables.  She got my black, slightly broken Target console table I picked up years ago at Goodwill for $40.00 and I got her beautiful, full of potential, long console table bought at a real furniture store.  I think I won in this switch, but I’m not telling!

The table she gave me looks similar to a Ballard Design table I have been eyeing for a while.  I love free!

Benedetta 58 inch Console

Sells for $399.99 at Ballard Designs

The wood color on my new piece was not  pretty, kind of redish brown, and it came with a marble green top.  Green marble was popular back in the day when I got married, but that was eons ago and not my current style.  I tackled to table base first, not knowing for sure what I was going to do with the green marble top yet.

Table Before

This is the back side of the green marble. It’s unpolished and full of small holes.

The first thing I did was dust and wipe down the table.  Then I lightly sanded it, wiped it down again, and primed it.  After two coats of primer, I painted it a bright aqua. It looks good on the walls in my Sunroom, but not on this table!

Round two!  I painted over the aqua with a light gray-blue.  Much better!

Second color close up

The edges were distressed with a medium grade sand paper. Because it was primed and painted a couple of times, the distressing showed the wood, white primer, and aqua depending on how hard I sanded.

I took a darker gray-blue and added some “highlights” to the table.  Using a foam brush I blended the color in.

The last step was wax. I started out using a dry paint brush to apply the wax, but switched to a cotton cloth. It was quicker and more consistent.

Not sure if this would even work, I sanded the edges of the table top because the marble was polished there, and then primed the sides and the back side of marble.  I applied 3 coats of primer.

I just went for it. I painted the back and sides of the marble top a dark brown. It took a few coats, but it covered well and the paint did adhere to the sanded marble sides. Woohoo!

Close up of the painted marble top and distressed edges.

Time to accessorize.

It’s finished. Still playing with the accessories, but I’m happy with the table. And no, Crys, you can’t have it back! 😉

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Arm Chair Redo

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Recovering an Arm Chair

Woohoo!  Finally finished one of the projects on my  “almost done” list! 

This is the arm chair I bought at the antique show a couple of weeks ago.  It was in good shape, but it needed a paint redo to freshen it up and it definitely new fabric.   

Chair before

New fabric

It took me five fabric stores before I found the perfect fabric.  It’s hard to shop for something you can only see in your head!  ha!

Cream chalk paint

I bought a quart of Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I have been hearing and reading about it a lot lately.  It’s suppose to cover furniture without prep work.  That’s all I needed to hear!   

Distressed paint

After two coats of paint (and it dries really fast!)  I sanded the edges a bit for a distressed finish.  I’m a novice at this, so I’m just winging it here.  The paint calls for a wax finish.  I wanted to buy clear wax but after searching the world over (a little exaggeration), I settled for a light “natural” wax.  It worked, but I would have preferred clear.  I looked up instructions for using Annie Sloan chalk paint and chuckled at the very easy and straight to the point directions…

The steps in brief
“Paint, paint, wax, wipe. Sand then wax then wipe (dark wax at this point with the clear wax).  Finally polish the piece the next day for a mellow sheen.”  How’s that for simple???  Ha!

covering old fabrics

Before I started recovering the chair, I had to take off the double weld trim.  (Not shown, it’s in the garbage.)  It was done in the same material as the rest of the chair.  I didn’t take the original fabric off the chair before recovering because it’s attached with a million staples.  After pulling off the trim, I had enough of pliers!  I used the original fabric as a guide for doing the corners and rounded edges. 

Getting there!

I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the chair.  Some places I used a little hot glue when I ran out of hands to hold everything.

Double cording

Here is how the double weld cording looks on the chair.  I looked at quite a few fabric stores for ready-made trim to use around the edges.  It never occurred to me to put double weld cording back on the chair.  I didn’t know how and it looked complicated.  NOT SO!  Oh my gosh!  It was so easy and soooo cheap to do.  I had left over fabric and spend $10.00 on the cord.  Ready made trim would have cost me around $30.00.  I went to google for directions and this is the blog I used for directions… Centsational Girl.

Gluing trim


The back of the chair just had fabric on it.  It was pushed up into the frame of the chair.  I folded over the edge of the fabric and glued it on.  I used  a spatula to stuff it in the frame.  Spatulas aren’t just for cooking, ya know!


Ta Da!  It’s finished.  Not too bad for a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl!

Curtains Made Easy

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Sewing was my first “hobby”.  I started sewing when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I couldn’t find a bumper pad and crib skirt I liked, so I made them.  Did I know what I was doing?  Not exactly.  But I just went for it.  What’s the worst that could have happened?

Drapes are the one thing that can really add warmth and style to a room.  If you have ever shopped for them, you will know that the patterns and fabric are not great, prices are expensive and most of the time you can only find 84 inch curtains.  (That makes me crazy!  All my window need 96 inch curtains.)  What’s a girl to do?  DIY!!!!!!!

It’s easy.   And fabric shopping is fun.  A great fabric store is the happiest place on Earth, beside Lowes and Home Depot!  The fabric I used in the pictures below was only $5.00 a yard.  It was reduced because of a printing flaw, but you would never find it.  (It was bought at my favorite fabric store, Tony’s Fabrics.)  With that price, it cost $15.00 per panel!  Woohoo! 

All that is required to make drapes or curtains the “Laurie way” is a sewing machine, being able to sew a straight line, (so no drinking while sewing!) a ruler and an iron and ironing board.  I don’t do rules, by the way.  You will probably hear me say that a lot.  That means there are no patterns used.  They are not lined because these curtains are decorative, the fabric is heavy and it’s white on the back side.  If you were going to close the curtains, they would need lining to protect the fabric from the sun.  That’s for another day.

These drapes are for my BFF’s dining room. The fabric is gorgeous! And happy.


It’s always good to know which side is up.  That applies to more than just fabric.  Ha!  I didn’t cut the salvage off the edge.  I used it as a guide for the first part of the side hem.  It’s about an inch in case your fabric doesn’t have this type of salvage on the side.   Then iron it.  This is the most important part.  You’ll be ironing more than you will be sewing.

The side hem is folded over again, then ironed.  It’s time-consuming, but it makes the seam flat and easier to sew.  Then sew your straight line close to the edge of the seam.

Do the next side of the fabric the same way.  I attached a safety-pin to the top of the fabric so I would know which end was up.

The top hem is folded over twice, just like the sides.  This time though, turn over the first fold 2 1/2 inches, then fold over again 3 inches.

3 inch hem top hem. 

My sewing machine does not have guides for a 3 inch hem so I measured from the needle where I wanted the stitch to be than used blue tape as my edge guide.

In case I haven’t said it before… Ironing is very IMPORTANT.  But it’s boring.  My daughter caught me with a phone to my ear, multi-tasking.  That’s what mom’s do. ; )

The bottom hem was done the same way as the top hem, except I sat on the floor with the curtains hanging and pinned the seam to the right length.  I ironed them while they were still hanging to make sure they were exactly the length I wanted.  Then I took them off the rod and sewed the bottom seam.

Here’s another example of easy to make curtains.  These curtains are in my house. These were super easy to make. I bought a set of white curtains from Ikeas and added “designer” fabric to the top. 


Pottery Barn Knock-Off Candle Pillar

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Inspirations and ideas can come from anywhere, even when you’re not looking for them.  I saw this “Architectural Pillar Holder” while flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog.  It looked interesting and it got me thinking about all the pieces of wood, extra moulding, trim, and old picture frames I have lying around.  What a good way to repurpose some of those “left overs” and make something functional and attractive.  And who doesn’t like a Pottery Barn knock off project?

From Pottery Barn $49.00

I started with this piece of wood I bought at Habitat Restore a while ago.  It was only $1.00, so it had to come home with me.  I believe it is a piece used in stair railings, but I don’t know what it’s call.  The top was cut off to have a flat surface to set a candle on.

I bought this “window” at a junk yard almost two years ago.  Never found a home for it, so I took it apart and it became the base to my pillar.

Miter cutting all these pieces was not the easiest thing for me.  It took awhile to wrap my head around which way to lay the wood down on the saw to get the right cut.  But I got the hang of it.  I kept going, making small squares out of frames and moulding and stacked them up on top of each other.  I used Elmer’s Multi-Purpose All Glue, because that’s what I had on hand.  (It’s not the “school” Elmer’s glue)  If I had wood glue, I would have used that instead.  But since I wanted this project to be “free”, I used only what I already had  Mr. Elmer worked great.  It’s not coming apart.

I continued to stack the moulding and trim until I got the look and height I wanted. After the glue dried for a couple of hours, I sanded and spackled some of the rough edges. Then the whole thing was spray painted a satin white. (took 3 coats) Once the paint dried, I sanded the edges to distress it a bit then rubbed “distress ink” on the edges to give it that “aged” look.  I think it looks pretty cool. 

This was fun to make.  I still have left over trim and old picture frames!  I see more candle pillars in my future. ; )  


Framing a Bathroom Mirror

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My BFF Kerry, and I just finished framing her bathroom mirror.  It’s definitely one of  my favorite DIY project so far!   I have seen moulding put on builder grade mirrors before, but we took this one a little farther.  What a difference it made in that room! 

Here’s a tutorial on how we did it:  (The total cost of the project and the supplies we used are listed at the bottom of the page.)

First, we measured and miter cut the trim (measure TWICE and cut once!) then taped it into place to check out the fit.  There’s nothing like miter cuts coming together perfectly!  A hand miter box would have worked fine, but I used an electric saw for this project.  (Don’t forget to get your level out and check that each piece is straight (level).

Test fitting

The mirror is attached to the wall with clips, which would not allow the trim to lay flat against the mirror.  Not wanting to remove the clips and adhere the mirror directly to the wall, we marked the back of the trim where the clips would be and chiseled out a piece of wood.  This was done (carefully) by scoring the wood with a utility knife and then using a chisel and hammer to tap out the pieces of wood.  It worked great!

This is what the back of the trim looked like.

Next, we glued the back of the trim and put it directly on the mirror.  The frame alone looked good, so we could have stopped there.  But why? ;   )

Used two rows of tile all the way around.

Tiling went surprisingly fast.  Kerry put a line of glue on the mirror and I peeled off each tile to give to her.  We glued them side by side so no grouting was necessary.)  This time I didn’t count how  many tiles we put on the mirror by hand, one by one by one.  I didn’t want to know!

Almost done!

Once the tiles were dry (we waited impatiently over the weekend), the small trim piece of moulding was measured, miter cut and glued to the mirror.  I don’t have a “before” picture of the moulding, but it’s just a thin decorative moulding from HomeDepot.  It finishes off the tile perfectly!  (FYI, Kerry had the outer moulding and the inner moulding painted before we started the project.)

My pictures don’t do the mirror justice. It looks amazing!

A mirror like this would cost hundreds of dollars in a store!

Here is the breakdown of what was spent:  Total $51.91

 Household Goop Tube  $4.57
1/2 inch mosaic tile 8 at $2.94 (23.52)
8 ft., 1/2″ molding trim 2 at $3.98 (7.96)
8 ft., 1 1/4″ molding trim 2 at $7.93 (15.86)

The home improvement stores have so many beautiful tiles.  The design possibilities are countless.  (Yes, my mind is spinning!)  I loved this project so much, I’m going to put all my ugly builders mirrors BACK up!  I hope you enjoyed.

Powder Room Tile Backsplash

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Apparently I wasn’t finished with the powder room redo. : )  (Am I really ever done?)  I decided to tile the wall behind the sink between the two lattices.  It was just a plain wall that gets wet with water.  I actually heard it call out for some tile!  I found exactly what I was looking for at HomeDepot.  The marble/glass “liner”, a 2.3/4 x 12 inch piece, is only $2.94 each!  The color is called MARAZZI Artisan Coco.

I have not tackled a tiling job before, but I made it easy on myself.  I peeled off each 1/2 inch size square and placed it on the wall one by one.  Seven rows of 39 tiles across.  That’s 273 tiles I place by hand.  But who’s counting.  Oh yeah, the “easy” part was not having to grout OR cut any tiles.  Side by side the tiles fit absolutely perfect.  I got lucky on that one! 

I am afraid to tell you what I used for glue.  I did all my research and got names of adhesives that would work on tile, but I’m not a permanent kind of girl.  The thought of never having the option of removing the tiles or completely ruining the wall if I do was just too much for me.  So I used caulk.  Yes, caulk.  I figured I could just get a scrapping tool under there at take the tile right off when the time came.  So while it worked for a powder room that doesn’t get moisture from showers or baths, I’m not going to recommend one type of glue.  Do some research and decide for yourself.  I hereby am not responsible for any of your tile sliding of the wall.  Ha!(Please note:  After 3 days, the tile is still where it should be.  Yeah!)

I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  Trying to work on that.  Just for the record, the sink is white.  It comes across a cream color in the pictures.  (And if you received my last post twice and this post without pictures, Sorry!!  For some reason I keep losing my pictures.)

Back of sink before.

A piece of lattice cut to fit the length of the sink. Helps to keep the tiles level.First tile in place! WooHoo!

Getting there!

Added decor in the powder room.  (CereusArt… Please note the shells! )

I think it’s finished finished!

DIY Candle Holder

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I love to go thrift shopping and treasure hunting.  I would do it everyday if I could.  But as it is, I’ll pick up something while shopping, something I had to have of course, and then I come home and can’t find a place to put it.  (That’s what garages are for, right??!)I have had this old decorative wooden architectural thing for more than a year and it just doesn’t look good anywhere in my house.  So what’s a girl to do?  Take it apart!  The wood on this piece is really cool.  Very distressed and weathered.  So I got my hammer and screwdriver out and took it apart.  I don’t know where the candle holder idea came from, but I did know what I was going to make before I began.  (That doesn’t always happen.)

Oh yeah, the individual glass candle holders are from IKEA and are only $0.49 each! ( NEGLINGE Candlestick/tealight holder)


This piece was held together with small nails so taking it apart was easy.

Removing the nails. Always wear your safety goggles!

Wear safety goggle when using machinery too! I love my saw! : )

Creating the box for the candle holders.

I totally dig perfect miter cuts!  You missed my happy dance. ; )

Drilling holes for the candle holders to fit in. The white board I’m cutting is a left over piece of vertical blinds. It’s the valance piece used to hide the blind’s hardware.

The glass candle holder fits! Woohoo!!

I’m using a dark metallic spray paint. I liked the idea of the old weathered wood with the newer dark-colored wood.

Quarter rounds were cut to border the piece with the holes. That was spray painted as well.

I wrapped painters tape around the holder while the wood glue dries.

I added rock and marbles to the base. I LIKE it!


There you go. Repurpose, Redo, Reuse!

Linked to Blue Cricket Design, Skip to My Lou, Nifty Thrift Things

Scrap Fabric Map

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Being a sewer, I have oodles and oodles of fabric scraps.  I don’t have the heart to throw them out.  But I have a BTDT (Been There Done That) disorder and I’m always looking for something new to try.  (One friend said I have A.D.D., but that’s just mean!  ha!)  I’ve made pillows and bedding, drapes and valances, purses, keyfobs, doll clothes… the list goes on.  So I went on a mission to find something else to do with all the fabric I have.

Ta Da!!!!  I’m so excited about this project.  I found it accidentally on Pinterest (of course).  I wasn’t even looking for it, but there it was.  I was going to look for more fabric projects, and probably will later, but I think this is so cool and clever I had to share it with you now.

See Kate Sew is a lovely blog I just stumbled upon.  Here is her blog site and the project I LOVE!

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Bench Redo

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The holidays are officially over.  The kids are (finally) back at school.  Honestly, a week off from school would have been just fine with me.  Any more than that the kids get bored, pick on each other and drive each other crazy.  (And their Mom too!)   Love them and they’re awesome, but there are those days that if I hear “MOM!” just one more time… well, they are at school now, so all is well! ; )

I went out in the world today to do a little browsing at my favorite stores and guess what??  It’s not Christmas anymore, it’s Valentines Day!  Who knew??  The retail stores certainly did.  Red, pink and white decorations, candy and hearts are everywhere!

Anyway, I started this bench before the holidays and it’s finally complete.  I had an old Kirkland’s bench I bought some years ago and it wasn’t being used.  Not to mention my style has changed and any thing “scrolly” has gotta go.  So, I took the thing apart.  I have always wanted to have a bench at the kitchen table, so that was where the inspiration came from.  I had four table legs I bought at an antique show just lying around, so they were cut to size with my table saw.  I pulled the padding off the bench a bit to drill holes through the seat and into the center of each leg for screws.  The legs and frame are glued as well, and supported with L-brackets.  I love L-brackets!  They come in handy when you don’t have the right nail gun or drill bit.

After paint and fabric I have a new bench!  Oh yeah, I am doing all this (except painting) in my empty dining room.  Since Nate Berkus hasn’t come to my house yet to figure out what to do with a dining room I don’t want to use as a dining room, it’s my workshop!

My old bench


The legs are screwed in from the seat as well as glued.


The support frame is attached with glue and L-brackets.


L-brackets. I used a lot!


I actually painted this thing 3 times! The third time was the charm!


My kids now sit side by side nicely so they can sit on the bench! ha!

More Holiday Decor

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  My family and I definitely did!  I have declared going out for dinner on Thanksgiving our new family tradition.  The restaurant, Red Rocks, had a fantastic buffet with traditional turkey day fixings, plus oodles of other yummy options.  It was perfect.  (And I didn’t have to eat meat!)

I didn’t shop on Black Friday.  Back in the day I would have been out the door at the crack of dawn with a game plan.  These days, my game plan is waking up after the coffee has been made and the kids have been fed.  Sleep has trumped shopping.  I don’t know if that is good or sad. : )

But we did get the Christmas lights up outside, and the house and tree was decorated to the sounds of Trans Siberian Orchestra.  I made a wreath for the door inspired from ideas I have seen on Pinterest.

The wreath started out as pool noodle that I ducted tape together and wrapped with yarn.  The “poinsettia” are made from felt, decorated with small christmas ornaments and dried flowers.  Tis the season!

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