Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer "To-Do List" Projects

I L-O-V-E being off work during the summer. I have the ability to start and finish so many projects that I long to do on the weekends, but usually lack the energy and/or time. So, here's a peek at some of the projects I have finished this summer. 

PROJECT #1 - Altered Spice Carousel 
I picked up this 1970's vintage spice rack at a flea market a few years ago and it has been patiently waiting to be altered. I painted it with a coat of turquoise acrylic paint. I only used one coat, because I liked the wood showing through in some places. I created the spice labels using some chalkboard scrapbooking paper and an EK Success punch. I wrote on the spice labels using a chalk pen. 

PROJECT #2 - Scatter Frames 
These frames all came from a flea market and cost only $1 each. I painted them all black and roughed them up with a bit of sandpaper. They are each hung with a tiny nail and have Command poster sticky strips on the back to keep them level.  I love a cheap and cheerful project!

PROJECT #3 - "Uncentered" Towel Bar Dilemma
I've never been a fan of how the builder didn't center the towel bar over our garden tub, so I decided to make it look like it was put there "on purpose." I bought this vinyl saying at Hobby Lobby and scored the scone for $3 at a flea market because the glass votives were missing. No problem there, I just added 2 candlesticks I had around the house. 

PROJECT #4 - Update Master Bedroom Decor 
I painted and distressed this frame and then added a piece of burlap that has been painted using a stencil. 

Random vintage findings from flea markets to accent the dresser. 

I love this lantern I found at a flea market. I added a bird's nest inside for a touch of whimsy! 

PROJECT #5 - Kitchen Decor Change-Up 
I have decided to change my kitchen colors after finding this adorable buffet. The kitchen redo is still going on, but I did hang these plates on the wall. (Total project cost = $10) I used plates from my china cabinet, so all I had to buy were the adhesive plate hangers from Hobby Lobby. New curtains, placemats, and recovered chair pictures coming soon!!! 

PROJECT #6 - Utility Room 
I painted this old frame and distressed it a touch and added some cup hooks to hold keys from.

This frame was painted red and then I sprayed a piece of wood with chalkboard spray paint. Perfect place to add all those projects to hubby's "Honey-Do" list. :)

I still have 3 more projects that I haven't quite finished for the utility room, but will be posting pics of those soon as well. 

PROJECT #7 - Dining Room 
I bought this canvas and it started a complete overhaul of the dining room.  I grabbed a bunch of decorative twigs and bound them with a piece of burlap to accent the corner of the canvas. I also had the table painted and distressed to match the other furniture pieces in the room. Melinda at Figgy Pudding did an amazing job!! 

I picked up this burlap runner at a local flea market, isn't it so adorable? 

4 more weeks left of vacation and I still have almost 25 things left on the master "To-Do" list, better get busy. I will post more project pictures soon. Hope everyone's weekend is filled with Love & Whimsy! HUGS :)