Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Old Door Hall Tree


When hubby sent me a picture of this old door last summer (or was it the summer before?) and asked if I wanted it for $5, I quickly said, "Yes, please!"

The problem is, it got tucked away in the garage and I forgot about it. But, I rediscovered it this fall when we got our third garage bay cleaned to hold a car. 
Old Door Hall Tree
It is a smaller door with great, chippy paint. I knew it would make a great backdrop for a hall tree.
Old Door Hall Tree

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on the Power of our Words
Happy Sunday! I recently saw a saying that said, "If you can't be kind, be quiet." How often do we say something that we later regret? Our words--my words, your words--have power. We can use our words to encourage, soothe, uplift and inspire others. We also can weaponize our words by grumbling, gossiping, disparaging, and lying. Here is the thing that I think many of us don't realize--not only do our words have power, BUT we have power over them. We can indeed be silent when we have nothing nice to say. We have the gift of being able to ask God for help with what we say. We can ask him to guard our words, to speak in such a way that our words give life rather than demean. Before we head out the door, heck, even before we get out of bed, let's ask God to guard our words throughout the day. Let's ask Jesus for help to say what we need to say and to keep our mouths shut when we should. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Rustic Industrial Wall

The space above my kitchen cupboards has been calling for SOMETHING for a few years now, but I have not been sure what. I am a little weird about completely decorating above cupboards. I never want it to feel like a store display, don't want fake plants that get greasy and dusty, never wanted anything too small.
Fusion Mineral Paint
Thus, it has stayed plain, empty, lonely, sad. 
(See how I painted my cabinets HERE.)

I thought I would put pallet wood on the wall, but for some reason, haven't. And then this past week, I decided I wanted tin up there instead.
Rustic Industrial Wall With Corrugated Tin

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Simply Loving Others
Happy Sunday! How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? Did you profess your love with gifts, good food, a special date night? God wants every day to be a type of Valentine's Day--to share and show love to everyone each day. What would happen if every day we chose to simply love each person we interacted with--no judgments, no thinking about past wrongs, no bringing up differences--just paying the debt of love first? We are obligated to love our neighbors and our neighbors are all those that we interact with daily--the store clerk, the person behind the wheel in the car in front of us, the mom complaining on social media. God does not tell us to fulfill his law by judging others, by pointing out each other's faults, or by any of the other ways that aren't loving. When Jesus died on the cross, he unleashed the ability to love without reservations and conditions. Let's practice God's law that is above all others--love well.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Footstool Makeover



Some things are a "no brainer" when it comes to deciding if I should buy them from the thrift store. This little footstool was one of those items.
Footstool Makeover
It looks like it went with the 60's and 70's blonde painted provincial bedroom sets that were in oh so many little girls' rooms. How I loved those sets but alas, never had one. I don't remember any of my friends that were lucky enough to have the matching sets having a little oval footstool. This was sturdy, dirty as heck, and only $3.
Footstool Makeover
I sanded it lightly and painted it a light grey color. I then distressed it on the edges and used stain over the grey paint. This works great as a footstool in front of a favorite chair,
Footstool Makeover
or tucked in the kitchen as a helper to reach the tall cupboard spots.
Footstool Makeover
It makes a great stepstool in a bathroom for littles to reach the sink.
Footstool Makeover
A little paint makes this little footstool current and a perfect little farmhouse piece. Yay for paint and good finds!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Rusted Flour Tin DIY



Oh, how I love throwing things into the fire--tin things that is! This time I put a Christmas popcorn tin with snowmen on it in the fire. This is what it looked like after it came out of the fire.
How to Create Rusty Farmhouse Tins
I then painted it white and rusted it in a tub with hydrogen peroxide and salt. 
How to Create Rusty Farmhouse Tins

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Taking Time to Pause
Happy Sunday! Life is busy, there is always 'something". Life does not and will not stand still, but we can. God talks about pausing, being still, going to a quiet place throughout the Bible. He knows the value in practicing the pause, in rest. God even built in a day of rest into each week and commands us to keep practicing it. We have all mastered busyness so well that we have to actually work at pausing, practice being still. Stillness is the place where we let go and allow God to work, it is where we renew our spirits, where we hear his voice. Today, not matter how much you have to do, take some time (at least 30 minutes) to be quiet, to be still. Turn the phone to silent, the TV off, settle your brain and simply rest.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Rustic Barnwood Hall Tree



One of the privileges of creating and building and having my own business is being able to donate items to various auctions and charities. 

Hubby has been on the YMCA board for five years and they recently had their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Snowball Gala. This year we built (and I say we because although most of the time I do all the building, hubby definitely helped on this one!) a rustic, barnwood hall tree.
Rustic Barnwood Hall Tree
We started with two pieces of weathered, corrugated tin we had. We made the tin back first.
Rustic Barnwood Hall Tree
I made the bench separately, adding storage to it. 
Rustic Barnwood Hall Tree
Hooks were added and the back was attached to the bench. I didn't stain any of it, but used my favorite, brush on clear finish.
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I love this clear coat, you can get it HERE.

Giving back to our community is a priority for us and we are blessed to be able to do so.
Rustic Barnwood Hall Tree

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional About Not Putting off Hope
Happy Sunday! It is January which typically means that our world here in Montana is blanketed in white. This year however, all around us is brown with very little snow. On a recent walk I spied some green popping up through the brown--it was unexpected, but a welcomed sight. It reminded me that there are small, unexpected signs of hope all around us. We often miss the glimpses of hope because we are too busy looking at the bigger picture. We are waiting for the one big "thing" and we forget to notice and appreciate the little encouragements and signs of hope that are in front of us. When we put off hope, when we forget to practice gratitude, when we refuse to notice the everyday positives, we make our hearts sick. Do not defer hope, look for it and take note of the daily hopeful bits of life all around you.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Double Duty Star



Well, it has taken me far longer than I planned, but this is my final 12 Days of Christmas project. 😁 This is a double duty, works for two holidays project so instead of being way behind, we can say I am way ahead.

This star is easy to create and the stenciled tag that flips over makes it perfect decor for both Christmas and the Fourth of July.

Double Duty Star

Monday, January 20, 2020

Farmhouse Shelf Makeover Take Two


Take two on this bookshelf makeover. I can't seem to find a photo of this shelf in the beginning and I am not even sure I remember what it looked like, but this is what it looked like after its first upcycle.

Farmhouse Shelf Makeover Take Two
I got it from a friend's garage and if I remember right, I took the original top off to add to the back and used a barnwood top and stained the whole thing dark.  At any rate, it has been sitting in my booth for more than a year. I am not sure why it didn't sell, I thought it would be perfect for an entry with baskets on it or in a kitchen for cookbooks, towels, bowls.
Farmhouse Shelf Makeover Take Two

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Practicing Gratitude
Happy Sunday! If you read my Sunday Verses regularly you have heard me "preaching" practicing gratitude more than once. That is because I know that being thankful can be life changing. Science shows that people who routinely take the time to be grateful are more positive, have stronger immune systems, sleep better, and are kinder. Nothing turns my day around more than stopping my stinkin' thinkin' by mentally or verbally listing as many things as I can to be thankful for. There are countless verses in the Bible telling us to give thanks. I don't always remember to stop my negative thoughts with gratitude, but when I do there is a noticeable difference in my attitude. Today, this week, put a stop to pessimism by giving thanks and notice how it changes your frame of mind.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thrifty Thursday Rusty Crusty Farmhouse Tins


Oh, the fun I have been having throwing things in the fire.

To be more specific, throwing thrift store tins and such into the fire.

Thrifty Thursday Rusty Crusty Farmhouse Tins
I never know how they will come out, and to be fair, I should tell you some do get ruined in the fire, but the patina I get is worth the risk. I rarely pay more than one dollar for any tin or canister.
Thrifty Thursday Rusty Crusty Farmhouse Tins
These two tins I painted with aqua paint after they came out of the fire.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Wood Crate



There is just something about crates that make me smile. They are an easy build, they are super useful, and they are darn cute.

stencil a wood pallet crate
Someone recently asked if I still use pallet wood. YES, I do!!
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Verses

devotional about opening up our hands to God
Happy Sunday! I recently saw a poster that said: Relax your Shoulders, Unclench your Fists, and Breathe. It stuck with me and made me wonder, how often do we go through life with clenched fists? We clench our fists (and jaws) when we are angry or stressed, when we disagree, when we hold tightly to the things we cherish--our marriages, our families, our finances, in grasping to our ideals and beliefs, in holding on to our grudges and grievances. This year I am working on opening up my clenched fists--opening them to God, unfolding them in prayer, surrendering those things I have held on too tightly to for too long, spreading my fingers to reach out to and help others. Want to join me? I am starting with prayer--open hands turned up toward God, resting, breathing, listening for what Jesus wants to put in my hands.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Repurposed Candlestick



Raise your hand if you appreciate minimal decor and color post Christmas decorating. While I love color and decorate with plenty of it, there is just something about the calmness of white and black and grey and wood that I love in the winter. Perhaps it is because it matches the outdoors. 

This simple, repurposed candlestick fits my winter decor mood perfectly.

Repurposed Candlestick
This is also project eleven for my 12 Days of Christmas posts.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Thrift Store Tray Makeover


One of my new year's goals is to finish or get rid of projects that have been sitting around. One of those was this thrift store tray.
Thrift Store Tray Makeover
I do not have a before picture, I am sure I did take one--it might be on my phone that is at the bottom of a Montana lake. But it was wood and silver, which I loved, BUT the wood was that mahogany color and it had an image on it that I couldn't get sanded off.

The reason I quit making over this tray is because even though I clear coated the wood before painting it, the red stain in the wood kept bleeding through. There was a mahogany colored wood stain used in the 30's and 40's that never dried completely (or something like that) so it bleeds through all paint. Finally, after a few good coats of clear spray (ok, and a couple years of sitting) the red did not come through the white paint.
Thrift Store Tray Makeover
I stenciled a lacy "doily" in the middle of the tray. I love the tarnished silver around the edges with the white paint.
Thrift Store Tray Makeover
It is a great example of a thrift store item that is saved and updated with a little paint and is perfect on ottoman.
PS--I don't remember where I got the stencil from, but you can get a similar one (affiliate link) HERE.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Magic Reindeer Food


Still finishing up those 12 Days of Christmas projects (this is day 10--two to go!). I stenciled up a bunch of these to tuck in my Christmas boxes for next year's Christmas shows as these are great sellers.

Stencil a Small Bag for Gifts or Reindeer Food
I started with some muslin bags I sewed.
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You can get similar bags super inexpensively HERE.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Verses

Prepare for Life's Storms
Happy Sunday! Yesterday we watched as a fast moving squall swept in. We knew it was predicted, but it was 46 degrees and sunny so we didn't quite believe it and decided it was a great day to do errands sans coats. With the wind howling and the snow blowing, we quickly changed our plans and headed home for hot tea, Netflix, and cozy blankets. Friends, storms are going to come. Sometimes we can see them approaching and other times they come in quickly, catching us off guard. With Jesus, with faith and trust and hope we can weather life's troubles and even come through them victoriously. Pray, read God's Word, surround yourself with good, caring people, practice gratitude, and trust that you will survive and even thrive through your life storms. Lean into Jesus and let him protect you and see you through. Oh, and a good cup of tea and a warm blanket help too.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Layered Architectural Salvage Mirror


Do you ever have a project on your mind and finally just have to get it out of your head? That is what happened with this layered mirror I created.
Layered Architectural Salvage Mirror
And, I couldn't wait to share it with you so I am taking a break from finishing up my 12 Days of Christmas posts to show you this beauty.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

How to Create a Chippy Farmhouse Finish on Thrift Store Tins



Happy New Year! This is not a typical new year post--I am not sharing my word for the year or my resolutions, but rather a Christmas project. 

If you are confused, see my previous post below. ↴

Honestly, finishing up my 12 days of Christmas posts does actually work with my business goals for 2020: to finish what I start and to blog more. 
How to Create a Chippy Farmhouse Finish on Thrift Store Tins

Today, I am showing you how to get a really authentic, chippy, aged finish on thrift store tins to make a cute, farmhouse style candy cane holder.