Thrifted wood garden stool before + after!

I am SO excited to share this quick and easy before and after with you today.

Sometimes a dramatic change is simple and does not involve any fancy tools or lengthy amounts of time to complete.

And sometimes…

With a little paint, and some dry time…

Painted garden stool #diy #twelveOeight

 

A beautiful swan emerges from a dark old piece of furniture that is tired and in need of a refresh.

I found this wooden plant stand/garden stool piece for $9.99 at a little thrift store locally that I have not been to before.

It was nice and solid and initially I thought I would make a padded seat for the top, I love the direction it went once the paint began to dry.

Admittedly, I do paint a lot of things white.  But with grey walls and our larger pieces of furniture being fairly dark, a fresh, crisp white gives a space a whole new feel.

I love this Chalky Finish spray paint by Krylon.  I used less than one can and it covered over this dark wood very well. [Read more…]

Thrift Store Redo: a thrift store chair makeover

copper chair 1

 

I am fairly certain I had no dang business thrifting or hitting yard sales this year at all.

Not with the makings of my own thrift store in my garage right now.

But sometimes you have to live on the edge a little, and you see something that strikes a chord (apparently that happens often from the lack of even a decent sized trail to walk in my garage) and you just need too…..

just go for it.

This chair makeover is actually the inspiration behind my home office makeover I am working on right now, I love the mix of the aqua and white fabric against the copper, so pretty!

It was super easy, I began with a sturdy folding metal chair, about 1 yard of stain resistant fabric… [Read more…]

DIY Lamp Makeover Before + After!!

Lamp makeover before

I love a good before and after, don’t you?

It’s like watching someone who loves their denim jumpsuits with Birkenstock’s get a whole new look
and wow us all between commercials and in less than an hour!

Miraculous!

Today I thought I would show you the before first.

I have a feeling my girlfriends and I may end up making the yard sale we had last year an annual event.

It was FUN! And, a few people had things they no longer wanted that didn’t happen to sell, so they were
kind enough to pass them along to yours truly.

This lamp was one of those.  I’m pretty sure the shade was fine before, but a few months in my garage was
enough to tear the shade apart.  So, I searched for a drum shade…ALSO from the garage, so far this is
one thrifty lamp! [Read more…]

Day 5: How to Clean and Update Those Gross Vent Covers

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I have to admit, I had not really gotten down and looked at my floor vents until a couple years ago.
Yeah, it was a little gross! But when I did finally check them out their were really dirty and rusty.

And buying beautiful new vent covers (especially for a whole room or home) can get pricey!

But, I have good news for you, beautiful, clean, modern looking floor vents are within your reach
at pennies on the dollar. [Read more…]

DIY Vintage Copper Marquee Lights

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My boys are finally getting their shared room makeover they have been waiting so long for.

Of course I was so excited to show them the first thing I am making for their rooms, their own Marquee letters for their
initials.  They weren’t super excited about the copper color, or the lights until it all came together.

Aren’t project always like that?

You are kind of unsure until it comes together, and you are able to stand back and really check it out.
The boys were extremely relieved because the copper paint doesn’t look “pink” after all…not sure when it did, but ok.
And the lights aren’t “girly” but they are cool.

So, it’s kid approved and now everyone else wants one and can’t understand why I haven’t made theirs yet.
Sheesh folks, give a girl some time!
But I was secretly smiling as the positive feedback came in, and then tonight they stood behind me in the dark hallway
watching me shoot the final photos.

Hopefully they love everything else I am doing in their room.
It’s going to be very different than what they have had up until now. I can’t wait!

Ok, here is what I used to make my own DIY Vintage Style Copper Marquee Light on the fly: [Read more…]

How to make a Chalkboard Globe {Holiday Edition}

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Do you ever think about how very huge our world is, yet so small at the same time?
We are all part of something so much greater than ourselves, interlinked, equally loved and valued
by our Creator.  On a planet so strong yet so delicately balanced to sustain life.

It’s awesome, and wonderful to think about.

Some of us are very far away from loved ones, and it sure is hard to think about not being with
them when we think of carving turkeys or watching our favorite Holiday movies each year.

Looking at this globe each day, knowing we all stare up at the same moon and stars made me feel
that much closer to loved ones miles away.

I picked up this globe for just under $10 at Goodwill recently, and while that’s more than I usually try
to spend on an upcycle, I had this exact project in mind.

And I didn’t want to paint my grandfather’s globe either, so in the cart she went. [Read more…]

How to Make a Glitter House Village {the easy way}

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Does the thought of having a your own Glitter House Village sound wonderful?

It has to me too for a couple years now.

And I have thought about different ways I could construct cardboard glitter houses,
But schedules are busy this time of year, and it’s hard enough to sometimes
balance it all and have time to create and craft too.

Let alone build a teeny village while keeping little hands from grabbing one
and running around like crazy folk.

So the idea went on the back burner until I came across a pretty but kind of faded
Victorian style house at Goodwill.  It was $6.99, and I brought it home and left it
on the kitchen counter for a couple days. [Read more…]

Glittered letters + flower garlands

It’s been a little quiet this week around twelveOeight.  I promise I didn’t take a tropical vacay, and forget to
snap 1,000 pictures to share.  I’ve been working around the house, purging & cleaning, pricing, did I mention
purging? Ugh, the hoard is insane.  I am glad I like to pick up a good deal when hitting the thrift stores, or
scouring local yard sales, but we have had a supply and demand problem for a couple years now.
Yep, more supply than the demand can handle.
So, a huge purge sale we will have.
I won’t be alone in my sickness however, I’ve joined forces with a few girlfriends, and we plan on filling my
driveway to the brim with all kinds of awesome crap.  A week from tomorrow we will throw on our flip flops,
fill up our coffee mugs, and spend two days wheeling & dealing to make a few bucks and clear out our homes.

[Read more…]

Upcycle a dollar store clipboard

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It has been far too long since we did a dollar store upcycle don’t you think?
Well I am excited about this quick & easy DIY clipboard, it makes such a pretty
spot for notes, ideas, fabric swatches, pictures or anything to land and be seen.

[Read more…]

How to paint patio furniture the easy way

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I mentioned recently that I am doing a quick (well, hopefully quick) makeover on
our back patio for summer.  The challenge is to clean up and restore the existing
patio furniture that has taken quite a beating over the past 5 years.  And add some
accessories, lights & pillows that will make my space feel like a backyard retreat
perfect for a summer evening!

If you are repainting plastic, just make sure and use
a spray paint that adheres to plastic as well as metal, wicker etc… I ended up using
two cans of spray paint.  Better to buy more and have a bit leftover.  The more area
you have to cover the more paint you will need.

[Read more…]