Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Two For Tuesday On Pinterest

It has been a busy week around here. We had a softball tournament all last weekend, school started yesterday and Mike went back to work also.

It feels like summer should be slowing down, but it's still so hot outside here that fall is still a long way off. Not that we really have one in Florida!

So for this week's Two For Tuesday I'm sharing from my Beach Bum and few summer Words To Remember.

PLEASE if you are going to re-pin go to the ORIGINAL source to give credit where credit is due.

 Just click on the link given.

I will always go back and pin from the original source when I can. It's an extra step or two but the original source should be credited. There have been many pins that I could not find a source so I just didn't pin it.

For all those shells that have been collected, Completely Coastal has some great display ideas.

Shells added to a serving tray for those last drinks of summer can be found at

Who doesn't need a few words to remember this summer??

I must admit that I can usually be found in flip flops most of the time!!

This was probably my first pin for this board, I love it.

Hope your summer has been great!!

Happy Pinning!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Taking The Long Way Home: My First Headboard Bench

This project actually has a little story and a moral behind it.

Do you always go the same way home of do you alter your route? For me I usually travel the same roads in and out of my neighborhood, but a few weeks back I took the long way  home coming back from the grocery store. Something caught my eye ( by the curb of course) so I stopped to investigate...

It was a pretty green twin size headboard and foot board. I loved it already and it was screaming "Make me into a bench" so that is exactly what we did!

Unfortunately I can't find any before pictures, I might have even forgot to take some. But this is the finished bench and it looks awesome.

We combined the headboard with a piece of  an old metal shelving unit that we had to cut down.

The wood on the shelving unit was warped and dirty from sitting outside, so we just removed it.

The headboard fit perfectly to the shelf. We also removed the backing on the headboard and replaced it with a metal one cut to size.

For the seat we used wood cut to size and then stained from another piece that we had hanging around. This was originally a futon frame.

The green color that it was painted was a little to bright for me so I sanded it down some then added a stain over the entire headboard the same color as the seat slats.

The front of the headboard had this great little detail to it. 
Perfect for a garden bench.

Mike added scrolls to the sides for armrests and then we just bolted the headboard to the metal shelf creating the bench.

The metal was re spray painted black along with the new metal back. We then attached the wood slats back on the shelf piece using the 2 holes that were previously there and creating 2 new ones.

A few coats of poly on the seat slats and the wood from the headboard and this bench is ready for the garden or a front porch.

Or maybe a cute photo op with Murphy and Molly.

A few more looks at the details.

So the moral of the story is to take the long way home every now and then.

You never know what you might find!!

And we still have the foot board to use in a future project.

Have a wonderful week.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Way Back Wednesday And A Blog Anniversary

Well the past year has flown by and I just realized that I've been writing this little ole blog for a year! I can't believe that it has been that long. I have come so far and have learned so much both about blogging and about myself. I have even made a few new "friends" along the way.

To think I didn't even know what Pinterest, Hometalk, Bloglovin and Twitter were back then. I have learned a lot about Facebook too. I'm still working my way up to Instagram though, just not enough time in the day for all this "SOCIAL" media stuff, especially since I work a full time job also.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite projects starting with this one. It was my first try at building a table. I'm happy to say that it also sold very quickly!

These pictures are not so great. In the beginning I knew nothing about editing, cropping, lighting and so forth.

My pictures are slowly improving hopefully thanks to PicMonkey and a few tips I have acquired along the way. My goal for this year is a better camera then my point and shoot, but I'm trying my best with what I got.

I have completed many projects using pallets. This was one of my first.

Pictures still not the greatest yet, but the coffee table is! My feet are on it right now and it has gained a special place in our home. maybe because it can hold a lot of stuff and still looks good.

My most popular post to date hands down is ....

I think the picture is so much better and I even added my blog name! That's progress. Now I just need to take the time to make an official watermark.

Of course I couldn't do all this without the encouragement and support from my partner in crime, Mike. 
He is always there with ideas, inspiration and a helping hand. It is great to have someone to share projects with and give you encouragement to try something new. Some projects have gone more smoothly then others, but we always work them out together and love them in the end. 

This was one of the first projects we have completed together. I love the way it turned out.

Mike also makes many pieces on his own. All from recycled metals. 

His favorite thing to make are bar stools/ man cave chairs. Gotta admit they are pretty cool!

One of the biggest changes in the past year was a new blog design that I love.

If you look back at some of the older posts (and I hope you do) they make look a little quirky. But it was fun to go back and see just how far I have come in the past year.

If you are visiting for the first time, WELCOME!! I'm so glad you are here!

If you have been here before and came back, A BIG THANK YOU to you!!

I hope to bring more inspiration and unique ideas your way. I also would love to grow both with blogging and in my DIY skills. 

I think of myself as a DIYer in training and after my first year I think I have learned a few new skills and techniques. Maybe I can promote myself soon and get rid of the training wheels and ride with the big girls!!

Enjoy your day and THANKS for stopping by,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Two For Tuesday On Hometalk

For this week's two for Tuesday I thought I would change it up a little and highlight a few clips from my HOMETALK profile.

I love the ideas that are found on Hometalk and you can clip your favorites to your profile, much like Pinterest, but on Hometalk there is also expert advise from professionals if you ever need it for one of your projects.

Now I'm not an expert by any means, but I do love to recycle and re purpose almost anything. So here are two of my favorites from my Pallets And Scrap Wood board and my Repurpose board.

I love these wooden boxes that were used as planters, and the lids were joined with hinges to create a hanging sign. These were made by Irene and you can view her Hometalk post HERE.

This harvest cart was made by combining big iron wheels and pallets!
Find out how with Serendipity Refined.

Must have metal on my mind today because I picked two metal, industrial ideas for this week.
Both were re-purposed using metal.

This cute tin can project can be used in so many different ways. Really simple but pretty.
These were made by North Shore Days. She does a great tutorial also.

When I saw these industrial candle holders by Rustic Crafts And Chic Decor I instantly wanted a few of my own. Here's hoping that Mike will make a few for me too!

Speaking of Mike I'm happy to say that he has recovered from his surgery and will be going back to work next week. That also means we can finally get rocking on some long awaited big projects that were put on the back- burner for awhile. 

If you would like to follow me on HOMETALK go HERE.

Leave a link so I can follow you back too!!

Enjoy you day!

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My New Bar Cart

I'm so excited to share this makeover project today! I love the way it turned out and it was a really simple project. Here is the before and after.

As you can see it started out as a baby changing table that Mike found by the curb.

A little paint update and some added scrolls and wheels make it a totally different piece of furniture!

I first started by taking it apart since I wanted the shelf color to be different from the frame.

I used KRYLON Color Master spray paint in Satin Almond for the frame. It did take 2 cans to get the coverage I wanted, but I tend to paint heavy especially with spray paint. This paint worked very well and I love the color.

For the shelves I rolled on black latex paint. No picture of this step, but while all this was drying I spotted a wooden wine rack that we found by the curb also. It had a frame around it so I just took the frame off and it fit perfectly in the middle shelf with just a little trimming. I used the same Almond color for the wine rack.

Then it was just re-assembling the table into the new bar cart. 

The wine rack fit perfectly and we just added a few small nails with the staple gun to give it more support. 

We decided to remove the top two bars so that area would be open and look less like the changing table. 

Then Mike added a few scrolls to the sides and created a handle using one of the bars we removed cut to size.

The other end was to plain so he added another scroll to create a towel rack.

Lastly wheels were added so it can be easily moved from space to space.

A coat of wax to protect the finish and we were ready for cocktails!!

Yes all my wine bottles are empty... again. I just can't keep full ones around the house for some reason.

Hope you have a wonderful day, CHEERS!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Two For Tuesday On Pinterest

Another couple of weeks have flown by again this summer.

School is getting ready to start in a few weeks and Melissa will be a SENIOR this fall at Greensboro College. We are heading out this weekend to get her settled in her first apartment. She is very excited to be living off campus this year... with a few room mates of course.

Still looking for a few thrifty finds of things that she still needs so I thought I would share my Flea Market Finds and a few Trash To Treasure pins this week.

We really love going to Flea Markets, so much fun and you never know what you will find.

This board is new for me so don't have that many pins on it yet but these have already grabbed my attention.

A chippy door and rusty table fit perfectly together by The Vintage Dormer.

A vintage bottle drying rack with herbs and flowers make a pretty summer table display.

Who doesn't like re-purposing something that was broken or missing pieces, maybe even thrown away
into something new and useful. 

Trash To Treasure is where it's at.

Madcap Frenzy found a metal cart and re-purposed it into a bar cart.

This bread drawer was turned into a cabinet for the bathroom.

There are a lot of furniture makeovers for ideas and inspiration on this board.

And if you need a little help dumpster diving check out this post by Eclectically Vintage.

Happy Hunting!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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