Beverage Stand From A Changing Table

 

 
Since we are fixing up our backyard on a dime, I am re-purposing old stuff into new stuff.
 
And saving A LOT.
 
Not to mention how fun it is to stand back and see how far you have come, one thrifty DIY
at a time.  Here is what I did…

 
We have a patio table, chairs, planters etc… that I can paint and refinish to update
them for summer entertaining (and a wedding too!) but we had no area for drinks
until now.
 
Different than a buffet table you would set up for serving food, or your general eating area, a 
designated area to serve drinks seems to help the flow and keep people chatting and visiting.
 
Not to mention it looks really cute.
 
So I decided to repaint an old changing table I picked up about five years ago for $15.00
off of Craigslist.
 
I started by cleaning the table well, and painting it with two coats of aqua blue spray paint 
(Krylon Ocean Breeze.)  Next I found some scrapbook paper that looked like old barn wood
or pallet pieces, using some Mod Podge I applied the paper to both shelves of the table.
 
I used bright red bins I found at Dollar Tree to hold chips, snacks, extra drinks etc…
The top is a great area for a beverage dispenser, glasses, pitcher, napkins and straws.  I used
red & white gingham napkins, also from the Dollar Tree, a glass decanter from a local thrift
store, and IKEA drinking glasses.  
 
A large basket on the bottom can hold extra snacks, pop, or even some outdoor games.  
You could also add casters to your stand, I opted not to as it will be sitting on a cobblestone
patio, and casters would have not been as stable.
 
Some chalkboard love, a summer banner here and there, and you can add a bright, fun 
piece of patio furniture that can serve many purposes and pull together an eclectic 
Summer vibe.
 
Fun, relaxed, easy, thrifty, just a few things I love about Summer ūüôā  Do you have any 
backyard projects in the works right now?
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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DIY Country Pillow and Front Porch Mini-Makeover Has Begun

While we completed many of our home improvement goals last year, tackling
much of anything outside just did not get accomplished.
With a broken foot and two kiddos in diapers, I spent half the summer last
year hobbling around with ice wishing I had not tripped in my kitchen
and was perhaps a bit more graceful.

But, this year the pressure is on.
Our daughter is getting married in our backyard in less than 4 weeks, and
while we are working hard on cleaning it up and making it pretty, the front
porch could use a little freshening up too.

Sometimes that all that’s needed to make you feel really good when you pull
into your driveway and the first thing that greets you is a welcoming porch.

A new pot or two (or fifteen) with some pretty summer flowers.
A new doormat.
And a few lovely things to make it homey and you.

Initially I saw a similar pillow by Joss And Main and saved the picture for
what would eventually be the inspiration to get the ball rolling on my
porch mini-makeover.

Here is what I used to make a sweet little country pillow…
Canvas fabric from JoAnn’s (about 1/2 yard depending on pillow form)
Stencil from Hobby Lobby
Plaid acrylic craft paint & sponge pouncer
pillow form, scissors, thread, needle and sewing machine if available
Iron on steam setting to smooth out wrinkles in canvas before cutting
Plain white sheets of paper, pen

I measured the pillow form and stayed well within those measurements 
while I traced my wording out before I began to stencil.
Next I used my sponge paint pouncer to apply black acrylic paint to stencil
on the letters. As I moved from letter to letter, I placed a few sheets of blank
copy paper over each area I had just stenciled to protect it from smearing.
Once I was done I let the paint dry and stitched together the front and back 
of my pillow with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Turning the cover right side out
and putting the pillow form in was next.  The last step was to simply whip stitch 
the last seam across the bottom shut and my y’all pillow was complete!

Having family in the South, I understand that I am only addressing a small 
group of people when I refer to them as y’all.
If addressing a larger group (3+ people) I would then have referred to them
as all y’all.¬† If I am mistaken on this, forgive me as I am from the North.
That may be my next pillow for larger functions.
For now y’all seems more personal.
I just ran out of iced tea and my flowers are wilting in the heat so it looks 
like it’s time to get out there and do some damage control.
And when I am done I plan on sitting a spell and putting my feet up.
To enjoy my gazillion little flower pots and new pillow.
Do y’all like it too?¬†
Are you working on the exterior of your home right now too on maybe a 
large or small DIY project?
Until next time,


 

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Friday 

Mason Jar Chandelier

how to make a chandelier, mason jar, jar, upcycle, recycle, repurpose

¬†When I bought this lampshade for it’s shape
(and price!) while thrifting a while ago, I didn’t¬†
intend on using it for anything other than
a lampshade to recover.
 I have had this idea for a while that I wanted
to try making an outdoor chandelier for my patio 
and garden.  

 But I just had not found the right
base to use.  I thought about something 
square or round.  Using some sort of wreath,
but I wanted it to be safe for use with real
candles should I want to do so.  I will probably 
use the wick less candles while the kids are
little.   While cleaning looking at stuff
 around my work space, 
I  came across  the humble lampshade.  
Perfect base!

So, after removing the fabric and lining, 
I discovered that these little guys are well made.
Each end required a long soak in hot water to 
release the adhesive that had been used on the
top and bottom.  I gave it a good scrub with 
a Brillo pad, and gathered up my supplies.
Here is what I used:
-mid sized lampshade with all fabric removed
-six medium mason jars
-two packages of plant hanging chain
(includes the “s” hooks you will need)
-19 (or so) gauge wire 
-needle nose pliers with a wire snip at the base
-Extra lengths of glass beaded chain or 
the equivalent to use around the edges 
to make it pretty.
I began by attaching 12 links of chain to the top
of the lampshade in each of the three spots where
the metal pieces met.  (See picture below)
Next I wrapped the wire snugly around
the top of each jar under the lip, and attached
another 12 link length of chain to each side 
creating a hanger for each jar.
Using the metal jump rings that were already
part of the glass beaded chandelier chain
I looped each around the top of the 
lampshade, connecting the ends to each
metal rod around the top edge.
After that I used the “s” hooks that came
in the packages of hanging chain
to hang each of the mason jars evenly
around the bottom edge of the 
chandelier. The weight was distributed
evenly and here is a picture of my 
Mason Jar Chandelier.

We have a ways to go before the yard
is bursting with flowers since April 
has just begun.  But all of that rain will
pay off in a beautiful summer.

In the meantime, I think I may use 
this inside for now.  My little faded
lampshade, now a pretty chandelier.
 
 
 Happy thrifting, junking & creating this week
hugs & blessings 
xo, Tanya  

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DIY Recycled And Pretty Gardens

 
I have a few garden projects in the works right now,
but they are not quite ready. I can’t wait to share¬†
them with you,  in the meantime I thought
we could pour a cup of coffee
{go ahead, I will get one too
ok, ready?}
and look at some beautiful ideas out there for
creating a lovely garden on a budget.
I decided to focus today on recycling one of my
favorite things in the world when it comes to junk.
Cans. 
 They are perfect to craft with, organize, and 
plant a pretty garden in too!
Let’s drink our coffee and look at a few ways
we can turn junk into something lovely…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Repurpose tin cans; Make these lovely outdoor luminaries from Grow Creative...for the backyard
Tin Can Flower Pots 3
via Trend Hunter

Do you have Spring fever yet? I sure do, especially 
now that the first daffodils and blossoms have opened
here in the Northwest.  
I may not have enough time to dedicate to a huge 
garden, but I can manage some of these
gorgeous container garden ideas. 
And half the fun is creating the pretty containers
to fill with flowers to enjoy all season long.

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French Country Bucket

It’s hard for me to pass up a great deal when I see potential, this was definitely the case with what I assume was a promotional item donated to the local thrift store.¬† I¬†found some¬†spray paint with a hammered metal finish that can be used on plastic and other surfaces as well, and had some leftover from another project earlier this year.¬† The paint looks very close to galvanized steel when dry so I knew I could cover up the logos easily.¬† They would have been fun to leave as they are too and fill with ice and drinks for summer bbq’s but I really wanted this to look super pretty.

I used a couple coats of the hammered finish spray paint, and after it dried added some lettering and a damask stencil off center using black and white acrylic paints and a sponge pouncer.  I seem to be on a French Country kick which has picked up speed after having a wonderful visit with my sister who just returned from France.  She is amazing, and I adore her, and so enjoyed every minute of our time together. 

After the stenciling dried I used a sea sponge dipped in a bit of moss green acrylic paint and sponged lightly all over, especially around the edges.  Being from the Northwest, I am well versed on how moss grows.  Fact: Moss usually grows on the North side of a tree, lost in the forest? (hopefully you read this first) and need to know which direction is North, you are set.  Additionally, if one stands still for a long time here they also will find moss growing on them.  So if you visit Oregon or Washington, just keep moving about and you should be ok.

My little helper was cutting flowers in our garden with me and found a pretty yellow dandelion for our bucket.  Our hydrangeas are blooming (finally!) and I am a bit impatient so I pretty much cut anything with a bloom.  I have four of them so there are more to follow.

I used a layer of clear matte polyurethane to seal the paint so it won’t fade in the sun.¬† I placed two large pickle jars (you know those huge ones you hate to throw out because you just know that you can use them someday?) filled them with water and our Jardin bucket is sitting on our patio full of happy flowers that make me smile.¬†

Hoping you are able to enjoy some fresh flowers and sun today, they are good for the soul ūüôā
xoxo, Tanya
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Shabby Planter Box How-to

Shabby Planter Box How-to
I had sooo much fun with this planter box redo this weekend! I found it a few weeks ago at a local thrift store for less than two dollars (originally $3.49, but I found it on the half off sale day woot woot!) I knew I wanted to start out with painting it black, but I had to figure out if I wanted it to have a more modern look or shabby. 
I used black spray paint, allowing it to dry for about 30 minutes between coats.  It took three coats to cover the green plastic well.  I did not use any primer or sand it at all, just used the type of spray-paint that works on plastic too.
I used a little bit of acrylic paint and a sponge-tipped brush to dab the green paint on (I used a light olive green) and allowed the stenciled areas to dry.
The planter box was coming together, and I usually like to sand the edges down a bit on a piece, but this is plastic.  So, I used white acrylic paint to distress the planter by blotting the foam-tipped brush after loading with some white paint, and lightly brushed the edges and random areas to age the planter.
I used a coat of sealant so it would be safe to use outside and not lose it’s shabby fabulousness.¬† And here is how it turned out.¬† I really like the colors, and since my patio furniture is black, with black and white pillows, I think it will look really pretty. Now I just need to get to the nursery and begin planting!
Hope this brings some inspiration to you as you spruce up your nest on a dime!
Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties