Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle

Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle

Today's Thrifty Thursday project is a simple upcycle and a testament to the power of paint. I found this wood bin at our local Restore. It is solid wood, but it had a very scratched top and was quite orange. Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle

I knew I could make it over and use it next to the vanity in our Air BNB bathroom.
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
I gave the wood bin a good sanding, sanding the top completely. I removed the hinged top and cut it down two inches so that it would fit in this spot in the bathroom. I then painted the base with Wise Owl One Hour Enamel. It is the same paint I used on the vanity that I bought for $25 on FB Marketplace. I used the primer first and then painted two quick, thin coats. This is not an affiliate link, but I do really like this paint and this color. You can buy it from my friend Tina HERE.
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
This bin opens up and has a plywood back with holes in it. I think I will use it for a hamper for guests to put towels and sheets in when they leave. Another thought is it is a great place to store extra towels.
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
I left the top natural and finished it with a clear, brush on poly. (affiliate link) I like this TRIPLE Thick one that you can get HERE.
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
I am using a thrift store wine rack for rolled guest towels. It will be easy enough for guests to lift it up to get in the bin.
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
The mirror is from Ross and the light is from Lowes. The wood towel hooks are from Amazon HERE and the HERE is the shower curtain you can see in the mirror.
Air BNB Bathroom
I am still looking for a counter height metal cart or metal topped shelf for the right side of the vanity. There are a couple bathroom outlets on this side and I want a metal item for guests to sit hot curling irons on. 
Thrifty Thursday Wood Bin Upcycle
This thrift store piece was a perfect and useful addition to the bathroom and is a great example of how thrift store furniture can be freshened up with a little sanding and paint.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Make it Monday Easy DIY Plant Hanger

Make it Monday Easy DIY Plant Hanger

Today's Make it Monday project couldn't be easier. It only takes a couple supplies, an old leather belt, some rope or jute or macrame cord,
Make it Monday Easy DIY Plant Hanger
and 30 minutes or less to create a fantastic, sturdy plant hanger.
Make it Monday Easy DIY Plant Hanger
I definitely will be making more. Keep reading to see the quick how to on this fun and useful project.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thrifty Thursday How to Create a Summer Centerpiece

Thrifty Thursday How to Create a Summer Centerpiece

I am ready for summer days--long hours of bright sunlight, vibrant colors in nature, casual and laid back days. Honestly, summer has not quite arrived in Montana and won't for awhile. I do realize the first official day of summer is more than a month away. BUT, nonetheless, I am preparing for it and one way I bring the seasons into my home is with a seasonal centerpiece for my kitchen table. 

Everything except the geranium (which was given to me from our local nursery) in this boho, eclectic summer centerpiece is from the thrift store. 
Thrifty Thursday How to Create a Summer Centerpiece
Keep reading for step by step directions on how YOU can put together a centerpiece from thrift store finds that fits your style.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Make and Stencil a Wood Tray

If you read this week's Make it Monday post, I shared a colorful vase that will be part of my summer centerpiece on my kitchen table. I don't do a lot of holiday decorating (except at Christmas time), but I do seasonally change out a few decor items such as blankets and pillows and my kitchen table centerpiece. I am ready to put away the soft colors, the pinks and greens and lavender, and bring out brighter colors. I found this tablecloth at the thrift store for my inspiration.
Color Inspiration for a Summer Centerpiece
Tomorrow I will reveal the whole summery centerpiece set-up. Today I am sharing the tray I made for the centerpiece.
Make and Stencil a Wood Tray

Keep reading to see how I turned a $2,99 thrift store cutting board into a fresh and colorful cutting board.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Make It Monday Colorful Vase for a Summer Centerpiece

Make It Monday Colorful Vase for a Summer Centerpiece

Happy Monday! Even though it is a snowy day here in Montana (yes, snow on May 9th), I am thinking all things summer. It is time for me to take down the springy, softer colors so that I can add more vibrant, sunny colors for summer. I am working on a new centerpiece for the kitchen table and today's project will be a part of that centerpiece.

If you are new here or just have forgotten, I wanted to share what my Make it Monday projects are all about. It is my goal on Mondays to share simple, inexpensive projects for your home that you can create with easy to find supplies. I often use things that I have on hand and try to teach you how to make something in a short amount of time.

Today's project started with a washed food jar, some cotton macramé cord, and food coloring. You will also need some white glue, white vinegar, and some beads and wire if you want to add a beaded collar.
Make It Monday Colorful Vase for a Summer Centerpiece
After dying the cord, I wrapped a jar (different than the one pictured because I found one I liked better) with the colorful, macramé cord, and planted a geranium in the colorful vase.
Make It Monday Colorful Vase for a Summer Centerpiece
Keep reading to see the easy how-to to create your own colorful, boho styled vase.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Rustic Modern Dining Set

Thrifty Thursday Rustic Modern Dining Set

Today's Thrifty Thursday project is a cute, rustic, modern dining set that I fixed up for our studio Air BNB. I got the table and the chairs at our Habitat for Humanity Restore. The table was a little rough, but I loved the base and the round top, and the smaller size.Thrift Store Table BeforeSome sanding and paint and two modern, new, pleather chairs also from the Restore and it is the perfect table for our Air BNB.Thrifty Thursday Rustic Modern Dining Set

Keep reading to see how I upcycled this $5 table and created a great eating area in a small space.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Make It Monday Funky Boho Art in an Antique Frame

Make It Monday

I found a fantastic, antique frame for only $3 at the thrift store. I loved the wood and that it definitely isn't perfect, but it was almost too pretty and antique for my home and style. I decided to give it a funky, boho, organic, artsy look by adding some twigs and embroidery floss.

Make It Monday Funky Boho Art in an Antique Frame
Now, if you are freaking out that I "ruined" an antique frame--no need to, everything I did is temporary. I love the juxtaposition of the old wood frame, the natural element with the branches, and the pop of color added with the embroidery floss.
Make It Monday Funky Boho Art in an Antique Frame
Keep reading to see the how-to and how YOU can personalize this idea to make it yours!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Make It Monday Wall Plant Propagation Station

Make It Monday Wall Plant Propagation Station

I am becoming a plant lover. Call it a result of old age and an empty nest, but I want all the plants these days. Propagating your own plants is easy and saves money. But, who wants or has space for a bunch of jars sitting around on horizontal spaces cluttering things up? Today's Make it Monday project is an easy, DIY wall plant propagation station. It adds a bit of color and life to any wall.

Make It Monday Wall Plant Propagation Station
This is very quick and easy to make. Keep reading for the how-to and to see ideas on how you can change it up to fit your home and design aesthetic. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Wall Bookshelves From Wood Frames

Thrifty Thursday Easy DIY Project
I am excited to share today's extremely easy and quick project made from thrift store finds. It can be completed in about 15 minutes and can be used in so many different spaces and spots. It starts with two wood frames from the thrift store, one 5x7 and one 8x10. Frames are plentiful at thrift stores and I always look through them.
Thrift Store Wood Frames
Attach the frames to the wall for great bookshelves for a small space. I added these to the wall in our sunroom.
Make Easy Wall Bookshelves from Old Frames
Keep reading for the super, duper, easy DIY, including what NOT to do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

How to Curate an Art Wall from the Thrift Store

There are folks who secretly shop at thrift stores and garage sales because they are embarrassed to be buying second-hand bargains...I am not one of them. As a matter of fact, I am proud of my thrift store and garage sale finds. I love sharing how little I paid for something. 

This curated wall of vintage art that surrounds the black box (more of a black rectangle these days rather than a box) brings me joy. 
How to Curate an Art Wall from the Thrift Store
The most expensive thing in this picture and the ONLY item (well, besides the sound bar under the TV) purchased at retail price was the plant on the right, $7.99 at Home Depot. Keep reading for tips on how to curate art from thrift stores and garage sales.