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DIY Tiled Planter Box

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finished closeupWhat do you do with left over wood?  You make a planter box.  Then you let the planter box sit on your porch for a couple of months, completely out of mind.  Next you go to Habitat Restore and discover sheets of stone tile for only $2.50 and buy it just because it’s only $2.50.  After that, it dawns on you to add the tile to the planter box you just remembered you forgot, and then get excited to have a new project to work on.

This is how I operate.  Not always cohesive.  Not always with a plan.  Somehow it works out. 😉

This planter/flower box cost less than $10.00.  I had the wood already.  I only bought the tile and the stencil.  Cheap Cheap Cheap.

And just a note:  My hope in sharing projects and ideas with you is to inspire you to try something new.  I’m not an expert at this crafting/DIY stuff.  I’m just a girl whose mind is always turning and thinking, and for whatever reason, thinks she can do what she sets her mind to.  I believe you can too.  😀

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Left over wood I had. I can’t remember how I decided on the size, but it must have been based on how much wood I had. I can’t be responsible for what I forget. LOL

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The finished box. Very easy. No mitering.

box plain

Apparently I painted it white. Wish I could remember what the original plan was! 😉

box of tile

I bought the whole box of tile. It came four sheets to a box. The piece you see in the picture is actually folded in half.  A sheet and a half was enough to cover the whole box.

beginning tiling

I cut off rows of tile. The tile came pretty much butted against each other so I didn’t have to pull off one piece at a time to get them close. That made me happy because I didn’t want to mess with grout.


Moving a long. Occasionally I had to pull off some individual pieces and trade it with a smaller or larger piece to make the row end neatly at the sides.

box tiled

I used silicon adhesive to adhere the tile to the wood. I would suggest something stronger though. The tile is not falling off, but I could pull it off if I wanted to. I just used what I had.


I picked up this template at Hobby Lobby.

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I used black acrylic craft paint to “stencil” with. Since I haven’t stenciled much before, I didn’t have the proper brush. I just gave an old, small paint brush a trim and made the bristles shorter. I worked pretty well for “pouncing”.

finished closeup

I need to get more flowers (hydrangea?). I picked these up at Michaels, but my mind couldn’t remember how big the box was. But you get the picture.
Also, I added trim to the top of the box and painted it white, to give it a finished look. I didn’t take a picture of that though. I used the trim left over from my latest Bathroom Makeover.

Linking up to:
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
House on the Way – Twirl and Take a Bow
Made in a Day – Made U Look
Someday Crafts – Whatever Goes Wednesday
Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
DIY by Design – Winter Blues Wednesday
Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday


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?

Ideas for Old Books

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Old books can be found everywhere.  From Goodwill and Habitat Restore to used Book Stores and garage sales.  Libraries even sell out of date books for very little money.

I have been wanting to make my last name initial from a book to put in my bookcase.  I had seen it on Pinterest, where they used a jigsaw and a template made from a large cutout printed font.  While looking for that particular project, I came across oodles of  ideas for projects using old books.  They are so clever!  Who knew??  Many of these would make great gift ideas.  The holidays are just around the corner, ya know.   Take a look…

Click on pictures for source and instructions.

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

Pinned Image

Book Binding Wall Art

Repurposed Book Frame

Re-purposed Book Frame

Wreath Using Book Pages

Book Shelves

Recycled Book Clock

My Favorite… Book Initial

unconsumption:    Here’s a tutorial from Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on how to make a stacked-book table lamp using hardcover books, a lamp kit, lamp shade, drill, and screwdriver.   (Even though new uses for old books is a recurring theme here on Unconsumption, if you’ve got books you no longer want, but think could be of interest to other readers, then consider selling them or giving them away instead of using them as raw material for lamps or other projects!)

Book Lamp

Simple Fall Crafts - Book Pumpkins

Book Pumpkins

Re-purposed Book Letter Storage

Book cover purse

Book Cover Purse

DIY Dining Tables

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I was out thrift store shopping with my friend and neighbor, looking for a dining room table.  Not for me, I don’t do dining rooms, but for my friend.  She actually uses her dining room. 😉 

We found a GORGEOUS dining set at our favorite Habitat Restore, but shockingly, it was $2,000!  TWO THOUSAND!  The table was amazing!  Beautiful wood!  We drooled over it for a while, but had to moved on.  Two thousand dollars isn’t exactly thrifty shopping for us.

Then making a table came to mind.  My friend and I are very like-minded when it comes to “I can do that!”.  When she told me she was thinking about making a table, my response was “Woohoo!”

I found some inspiring DIY dining table ideas.  (Click picture for SOURCE)  I have a favorite.  Which one is yours??


Table After

how to build a farmhouse table

created at: 05/24/2012

Laundry Room Makeover

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One of my Home Goals for 2012 is to get organized.  From the picture below, you can see why!  I probably should be horrified to show you this “before” picture, but this is my life.  To know me is to love me with all my messy, unorganized flaws.

I decided I wanted to do the laundry room make over on a budget, using materials I already had.  My BFF gave me almost a whole gallon of paint that was left over from a project I helped her with.  I had shutters in my garage that I picked up from Habitat Restore for $5.00 and last week I purchased metal brackets from Habitat just ‘cuz they were $2.00 each.  I’m ready to roll!

I keep paint cans in the laundry room so they don’t dry out from heat or cold in the garage. Not pretty to look at!

More paint stored on top of the cabinet. This cabinet is the only storage in the laundry room.

Ugh! More junk. All the pool paraphernalia are stored in here.

Not sure what I was thinking with this paint color and the valance. And how lovely are those baseball hats!??

The walls are repainted a light blue.  So much happier than the green.   Looks very fresh and clean.

This is one of the shutters I purchased at Habitat Restore. It’s 15 inches wide. Perfect for a shelf.

My $2.00 brackets from Habitat. I saw the same ones at Lowes for $7.00 each! I love a bargain!!

See?? $2.00!

I attached the brackets on each end of the shutter and one in the middle. The brackets are attached to the wall with anchors.

I found an old curtain rod and put it through the scrollies in the brackets. Woohoo! Now I have a rod to hang clothes on. This was an unexpected bonus!

Yeah! The hangers fit!

My paint collection doesn’t look so awful up high and in plastic containers.  Home Depot has plastic containers in various sizes to store left over paint.  And yes, that is Gatorade bottles filled with paint.  Just trying to do my part in recycling!  My car trunk is now full of paint cans ready to be disposed of properly.

Still need to get a few things for the laundry room.  More shelves would be wonderful and maybe some storage bins and artwork.  Do I love my laundry room now?  YES!  Does it make me want to do laundry?  HECK NO!  Laundry still sucks no matter what your laundry room looks like!  But at least it looks more organized and inviting to walk into.

If you have any brilliant ideas on how to organize a laundry room, I would love to hear!  Still have oodles of shoes to contend with, and all my mops and brooms are shoved in a corner right now.  I don’t want to resort to my old ways… if a messy room has a door, then shut it and run! ; )

Habitat Desk Redo

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Happy Halloween y’all!  I have something frightening to share with you…  this hideous, scary looking desk.  I picked it up from my Habitat Restore for $30.  I have been looking for a desk to use in my sewing/craft room.  I could see the potential.  (Hubby, however, walked right passed it without seeing the desk in the garage.  Maybe  he was just not paying attention, or MAYBE I have too many unfinished projects in the garage that he didn’t notice the addition!)


After removing the hardware and cleaning the desk, I lightly sanded the piece before applying a coat of primer.  The primer I bought said it would seal on glossy surfaces, but after doing a test patch, I could scratch the primer off.  No short cuts.  Sanding was necessary.  Two coats of Decorator White from Home Depot and the dresser was done.  I did sand the edges for a distressed look.  Not bad for $30 and a little elbow grease!  I highly recommend wandering your local thrift store.  Finding something unloved and bringing it back to life is fun and you will be proud of yourself with the results!  Happy shopping!


Habitat Restore – Cheap Chair Redo

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Some bargains you just can’t pass up.  Like a chair for $2.00.  Oh my goodness!  My girlfriend had been looking for a desk chair for her daughter’s room for a while now.  Browsing our local Habitat Restore, she came across this chair.  It was in pretty good shape except for the cushion cover.  The fabric was a little… no, a lot… scary looking so it had to go away immediately.  (Be thankful I don’t have a picture of it! Ha!)  But did I mention it was only $2.00??

After a quick sanding, I sprayed painted the chair Satin White then added new padding and fabric.  Ta Daa!  An almost new looking chair for $2.00!

The finished chair…

Habitat Restore Finds

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It’s Memorial Day weekend and my daughter’s birthday weekend too.  All she wanted for her birthday was Just Dance 2 for the Wii.  So WE were dancing to the game, and let me tell you…  I will just let her dance and Mom will just stick to her blog!

Here are the pictures of my latest finds from the Habitat Restore.  The chair may stay just as it is, with minor repairs to the structure.  I’m not sure about the end table yet, but I can’t wait to get started on it!  May do some research to see how old it is.  But for $15.oo it was a steal.

More Habitat Restore Finds

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There’s nothing like finding great treasures to put you in a good mood!  I stopped at two Restores today and picked up a chair, an end table (that needs lots of work!) and various pieces of wood items.  I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with them yet, but I had to have them!  I will post some pictures of the “before” soon.  : )

Habitat for Humanities Find

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On one of my weekly runs to my local Habitat Restore, I found a pair of worn out rattan chairs in need of a lot of love.   So for $15.00 dollars each they came home with me.   (I almost walked right by them, I’m embarrassed to admit!)

I gave the chairs a light sanding and a coat of spray primer and white paint.  The fabric I used I already had at home.  And TA DAA!!  Love it!

So as I’m typing up this post, I received the Ballard Design catalog in the mail.  I about fell over when I saw this chair in the magazine.

And then I saw the pillow on the couch.  Same fabric I put on my chairs!!  My chairs were 30 dollars total, Ballard chairs are $459.00 each!  Woohoo Oh Yeah!  (That’s me doing the happy dance!)


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