Monday, February 28, 2011

Letter Perfect

I couldn't resist picking up a couple of these paint stir sticks when I was in Home Depot this weekend.
 These are extra long stir sticks (approximately 21") and are 1/4" thick making them a solid material for a craft project.
I was inspired by one of the articles in the most recent Flea Market Style magazine.   
I'm not going to give too much away if you haven't seen the magazine yet, but one project in the magazine used an old folding yardstick to create a decorative letter.

I did a couple of yardstick projects around the holiday (you can see those posts here and here) and have pretty much depleted my stash of yardsticks.  
So I decided to make a decorative letter from the paint stir sticks.  

Not all letters will obviously work for this project but I collect "E"s and the straight lines of this letter made it a good choice for the project.
I used two stir sticks for my letter and the finished letter is about 12" tall.

I cut the four pieces I needed to make an "E" and laid the letter out.
I drilled holes at the connecting points and inserted a nut and bolt to secure the pieces.
I like the look of the exposed bolts but if you don't you could glue your pieces or use a small nail to attach.
 I painted the letter white, sanded the edges to distress and applied a wood stain to antique the piece.
There are so many ways you could decorate the letter....old sheet music, book pages, scrapbook paper or painted and then stamped.

A super simple project and a nice addition to my growing collection.
I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for her Monday party, Metamorphosis Monday
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Have a great week.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lock Love

I picked these old locks up at an antique store this week.

I really like them grouped together but I think they'll be fun to use as picture holders too.
All this took was a lock, a magnet and a photo.  It couldn't get any easier!

I'm linking with two of my favorite parties:

Vintage Inspiration Friday with Deb @ Common Ground
Junkin Finds Friday with Linda @ A La Carte

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Old Drawer Turned Organizer

Happy Wednesday!

I found this old drawer at a junk store recently.
I really liked the keyhole and the front panel but I thought the details would be better highlighted if the drawer was painted.

Luckily we had a pretty nice day over the weekend and I was able to spray paint the drawer Heirloom White.
I liked how it looked but I wanted to make it more useful.

So I dug out these old painted hinge pins.
I drilled six holes in the bottom of the drawer and inserted the pins.

It's now an organizer for my old postcards, cabinet cards and ephemera.

As I looked at the finished project another idea came to mind.
Ribbon storage.

Either way, this is going to get a lot of use!

I'm joining two great Wednesday parties:

White Wednesday with Kathleen @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday with Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

Hope you're having a wonderful week.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Trading Up

I made a great trade with my Dad last weekend.

Dad has been using this gorgeous old office chair at his home desk for the past few years.
He spends a lot of time at his desk reading, doing the daily crossword puzzle, and keeping my Mom company while she sews.

Well, at 81 years of age, my Dad was finding this wasn't the most comfortable chair.  
As luck would have it I had an office chair in my basement that was not being used (sorry, no picture, but just imagine a typical fabric covered office chair.  Not pretty, but comfortable).  

So we negotiated a friendly trade.  Dad got my chair and I got his.
And the great part.......we both feel like we got the best end of the deal!

Look at the old leather on this chair.
Aged to perfection!

I'm linking up with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday because this trade was both nifty and thrifty!

Happy Tuesday.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Printer's Drawer Bulletin Board

Another Saturday night.....
and that means it's time to party with Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors.
Every week Donna hosts her Saturday Nite Special party and this weeks theme is bulletin boards.

My newest bulletin board was created from an old printer's drawer with the dividers removed.
And if you're thinking you've seen me use this printer's drawer before, you would be right.  My previous project (posted here) proved to be a disaster (Velcro failure) so on to Plan B.....a bulletin board.

I had a large sheet of cork and cut it to fit inside the compartments of the drawer.
I then added a few embellishments to the bulletin board.

An old yardstick to create a storage ledge.
Three vintage hooks on the bottom for hanging items.
Eye hooks and wire to hang photos and ephemera.

And a piece of paper from a piano roll as a backdrop for some old family photos (easily removable when I want to change the look).
I plan on hanging this in my studio tomorrow.
I'm off to go visit some of the other blogs linked to the party.  Always lots of inspiration!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Silver Sunburst

Last week one of my local thrift stores had boxes (and boxes) of mismatched silverware for 50 cents apiece.
I stood in the store picking out knives and placing them in a circle on the table.  I got some strange looks from some of the other shoppers but I was trying to decide how many knives I needed to create this sunburst mirror.
I already had the vintage beveled mirror for this project.
The silver rim on the mirror was a perfect match to the silver handles of the knives.
There were very few steps to creating this piece.
I turned the mirror over and began gluing the knife blades on the back.  I placed a weighted cup on top of the blades while the glue was drying to keep the blades from shifting.
Once the first knives were secure I glued the remainder of the knives in place.
I let this dry for several hours to insure everything was secure.  
My original plan was to hang the mirror on the wall but it is pretty heavy and I haven't come up with a good way to hang it yet.  
So, in the meantime I'm using it as part of a centerpiece on my dining room table.

It's Friday and that means it's Vintage Inspiration Friday with Deb @ Common Grounds
Junkin Finds Friday with Linda @ A La Carte
Hop on over and check out the great projects being linked.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kitchen Display Shelf

 I hope everyone had a good weekend.
We had a lot of sunshine and warmer temps around here which made for a very nice couple of days.

Besides spending a little time outdoors I also found some time for a project.

I purchased this wood dish mat at a thrift store last week for 50 cents.  The same thrift store threw in the piece of scrap lumber for free.
I painted both pieces and then lightly distressed them with sandpaper.
I then nailed the scrap piece of wood to the bottom of the wood mat.
This is now going to be a little display shelf that I plan on hanging in my kitchen. 

Now comes the fun part......decorating the shelf.
I first added this old wood level.  I like the contrast of the dark wood against the white shelf.
I placed a small ironstone plate in the center.
And then added my small collection of wood mashers.
Two on the right side of the plate.
And two on the left side.
The finished display.
I really like the finished project.  It combines what I am loving right now, wood and ironstone.  And it was very inexpensive, what could be better?

I'm joining some great parties today:
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Make It 4 Monday @ Cottage Instincts
Amaze My Monday @ Dittle Dattle

Have a wonderful week.