Shelf Re-VAMP: Take 2!

I guess I’m in a SHELFY mood this week, since this is the second one I’ve done!! Well, this one is an even better deal than the first one.  Let me tell you why … First off it’s not a built-in so I can move it wherever I want and second it was FREE!! My cousin’s neighbor was having a yard sale and she had TWO of these little ladies that didn’t sell, she also had 5 or 6 grapevine wreaths and she GAVE them all to me!!! WOO-HOO!! I’m on the lookout for ideas to do with the wreath’s but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of the shelves. I promise if you stay with me through all these ugly before pics, you will see the pretty afters!!Before

Before #1

The shelf had a weird stone texture on it, it was unevenly applied so I could tell that it was just a spray and I could sand it down.  Well, it took A LOT of sanding and it was nearly impossible to get in between the little squares so I left some of the texture on it and I really like the way it turned out.  So I guess my laziness was really just me being BRILLIANT!! HAHA

Before #2

The lighting is weird, but you can really see the weird texture on it (no wonder nobody bought them at the yard sale) And I like this shelf because it has the little cut-out thingy, I know that sounds intelligent, for pictures or plates or whateva. Oh I should also tell you that these puppies had the original price tags from the store on the back.  Wanna guess how much?? $29.99 … UHHH kinda pricey, but it makes my FREE price tag that much cooler!!!

So, after 27 hours of sanding, okay not really that long, I went to work on painting.  Of course I chose black, I mean that’s one of my favorite colors, and if you saw my house you would know.

Anyway,  I spray painted it but the only black paint I had was flat and I wanted it to be somewhat shiny.  So, after that dried I used my trusty Apple Barrel Indoor/Outdoor Acrylic/Enamel glossy black paint, and gave shelfy a few coats and let her dry.  I’m uber impatient, so waiting for paint to dry is torture!! I know it’s necessary, and I think that makes it even more unbearable.  ARGH!!! So I played with Bucket for a while and then when she was ready for me I sanded her down on all the straight edges.  I sprayed her with a good coat of sealant and had to wait a bit more for drying time. I was checking on it every 15 minutes, seriously, I’m a 4-year-old!! I really liked being able to see some of the natural wood through the paint, but it would look JUST as lovely and classy if you chose not to sand.  Don’t ask me why I didn’t take pictures during the painting and sanding process, my brain sometimes is one tracked and I don’t realize until it’s too late.  Sooo … you get to see after shots with her all decorated up and looking FINE!!


Here she is all dolled up and ready!! The “amour” plaque I made with some scrap wood I had in the garage.  I was originally just going to paint “LOVE” but then I thought it would be more whimsical to use a different language.  I chose French, since I sort of know like 4 words from 2 years of French in High School.  I also thought about Love in Portuguese, since the hubs is of Brazilian descent, but that’s just “AMO” NOT PRETTY AT ALL!! So, French won … I Painted it black, sanded the edges DUH!!.

I printed the letters off using Word.  At first I did the whole pencil rubbing on the back and then traced over the letters with a pencil to leave the mark on the wood. But, when I started to paint it I realized my hands weren’t that steady to keep the lines straight.  So, I decided to cut the letters out with an exacto knife.  It actually didn’t take too long.  I gave the back of the stencil a LIGHT spray of adhesive so it wouldn’t move around but not too much to permamently attach to the wood.  I used my stippling brush and just sort of dabbed the paint on to help prevent bleeding.  I let it dry in between coats and I think i did about 3 total.  Once the last coat was dry I pulled off the stencil and then touched up any smudges or bleed marks with a fine brush … SUPA DUPA EASY!

Ok, now for the finished lady:


I figured since this shelf is centered around “love” that I would throw a little heart in.  It was in my wood stash so I painted it up and put him up there next to the plaque.  I also tied a bit of feather boa around a black candle to make her feel a bit more special 🙂 I already had the candle, the vase and the frames so this project cost me nothing.  DANG I love decorating for nothing!!


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Shelf Re-VAMP

The landing going downstairs to the basement has this weird built in shelf.  It’s about 6 inches deep and I’ve never known what to do with it.  I had a big basket on the wall and a few candle holders, but it just wasn’t quite doing it for me.  In comes my obsessive blog stalking reading, and I got some great ideas. The clock face idea is from Alchemy Junk, a super awesome site that has TONS of inspiration. I made mine a bit differently and I messed up a few of the numbers and didn’t notice until I was all done …. GRRRR!!!  I don’t want to talk about it anymore because I may cry, SERIOUSLY… so, let me show you what I did:
The Topiary I made  myself with 2 lrg decorative wicker balls I had around the house, a little bucket from the thrift store and some moss from the dollar store.  I already had the dowel, the rocks and the wooden knobs I made the finnial out of so this project cost me $3.00
Cute blue bucket received a light sanding and then a few coats of flat black spraypaint.  I first tried to use my acrylic paint and a sponge brush, but the strokes were visible and it was nasty, then I remembered I had spray paint in the garage.
I had a bunch of these wicker balls from when I worked at Pier 1 and they were on sale for dirt cheap … They’ve been in a box for years and I’ve never really known how to use them, but I’m glad I kept them.
Now for attaching the moss, I tried hot glue and that just wasn’t working because the moss isn’t one big piece.  So out comes the spray glue and then I rolled both balls in the moss and pressed it down to help it stay on.  After they were both covered I sprayed them with a sealant to give the moss a better chance of not falling off, it seemed to do the trick.  Then I painted the dowel to a creamy white color (same as the color I used on the clock) and stuck it in some foam in the bucket, then I glued in some more moss and rocks.  I stuck the balls on the dowel and then hot glued them so they wouldn’t slide down.  Then, I painted an oval on the fron of the bucket using the same creamy paint then painted a black S (for our last name) in the mdidle.
After It was all put together I decided I wanted some sort of finial on top, so I glued 2 smaller knobs to a large one and painted them the creamy white and glued it to the top of the dowel.  Tied a black ribbon around it and called it good.
The finished product

The glass candle holders are just 2 glass $1 thrift store vases glued to 2 $.75 thrift store taper candle holders. I know this isn’t  a new idea, everyone does it but I’m so glad my stalking reading led me to find the idea!!  The little frame is from Dollar Tree.  It started out a brick red color, but I painted it black, then the creamy white and sanded it down to show some of the black through the white (everyone knows how to do that).  I’m sure most of you remember the Literate Pumpkins that were EVERYWHERE last year. I kept them and just took the stems out of them and stacked them on the shelf.  The Eiffel tower candle holder is a $5 thrift store find, a bit pricey in my mind, but I had to have it just for this!!  Then I threw in an old Wire topiary that I spray painted black, it use to be silver and was filled with decorative Eggs. Added 2 more candle holders (again from Pier 1 days) and same black and white candles and that was all the wrote.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!! The best part of the project was the cost, you ready for this??!! Ok, it’s too much to handle, so make sure you are sitting down:  Since I already had some of the stuff at the house the total price tag for EVERYTHING was about $17 and that’s including paint, sandpaper, glue etc.  AWESOME!!!


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Tutorial: Framed Book Page Valentines Heart Decor

I honestly have no VALENTINES DECORATIONS, totally sad right? I know. Anyway, I was looking around at my usual blog sites and came across a couple great ideas HERE and HERE, I decided to mix the two together and this is what I came up with:

Super Cute and Super Easy!!!

This is my very first TUTORIAL, so hopefully I don’t mess anything up 🙂

I started out by sanding and spray painting an old frame black. Since I wanted this to be for VALENTINES DAY I chose a red pin dot fabric and cut it 1 inch larger than the cardboard backing of the frame (make sense). My frame hangs, but if you have a frame with the easel that works too, just make sure to cover the side without the easel 🙂 I then cut a piece of thin batting about a 1/2 inch bigger than the cardboard. You don’t have to use the batting, I don’t think it makes a difference really, i just wanted it to be a little poofy. Using spray adhesive I attached the batting to the cardboard and the fabric to the batting.

Starting with the middle on one side I folded the fabric over to give me a clean edge and then glued it down using my hot glue gun. Then I did the same for the opposite side and then the last 2 sides as well.

I Did the corners by folding the fabric and then gluing down the center and then folding and gluing the side flaps down.
I tore the cover off an old paperback book and cut the rough margin (from the spine) off and then cut the page into 2×2 squares. I printed a heart off using Word and traced it onto fusible interfacing, cut it own and then ironed it down to my fabric covered board.

Now for the FUN part …

You all remember elementary school and making fabulous creations out of tissue paper and glue? Well, that’s what you are going to do here, only with the book pages. I’m not gonna lie, it’s rather time consuming, but totally worth it. I started by using white glue, but it wasn’t drying fast enough so I switched over to my glue gun. One of those hot glue melting pots would have been FABULOUS to have but I don’t have one 😦 Anyway, I started with the center and worked my way out to the edges. I chose to put mine fairly close together, but you don’t have to and it will still look darling.

I’m thinking this could be great for a child’s room, just use their initial and maybe some cute scrapbook paper and fabric that coordinates with their bedroom. Or super classy in an entry way with the initial of your last name and maybe a nice damask fabric.. OOH I think I’m going to do that next!!

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Allow me to introduce …


For the LONGEST time I’ve been in extreme need of something to hold all of my ribbon. I was so tired of digging through boxes trying to find what I needed. I’ve seen ribbon holders at the craft stores but they seemed so ridiculously overpriced nor do they seem to hold very many spools.

My extremely kind and talented dad decided that he would whip this little baby up for me. I think he used 3 (maybe 4) 1×4’s, they were around $2 or $3 each at Home Depot. You may want to get something thats maybe 5 or 6 inches, if you have a lot of large spools. But 4 inches does the trick for the standard sizes. Originally he wanted it to be freestanding but with the Bucket crawling around it needed to be on the wall, and this way it takes up less space.

I put the spools on wooden dowels from the craft store, ( less than $1 each) and bought a pack of knobs for a couple bucks. Make sure to get the size knob that will fit on the end of the dowel. Both knobs are removable so its easy to access the empty spool or to add more.

Using his router he made the slots at a diagonal so the dowels are easily removable. I think all together this was around $15, not too shabby for a custom made ribbon holder!! I know that these aren’t really detailed instructions, but if anyone would like to make one of these let me know and I can get you some plans 🙂

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Fun Dice Blocks

So, I’m SURE that these have been created 100’s of times out there in blogland and I’m also sure that I could do a quick google search and see all of them in their beauty … but, I like to feel like my idea was my own, so I’m not going to do that 🙂 sorry, the pic is a little bit blurry … Still haven’t got the settings right on this camera.

I’ve been trying to decide what to put on this shelf (without spending any money) and for the life of me nothing I had was working. So, I looked at my color scheme (Red, Black, White/Cream) and looked at my supplies. I have lots of wood blocks from this project so I thought that I would make dice out of them.

These blocks started out as a 4×4 (which is really 3.5×3.5) and I cut them down to 3.5 blocks. Sanded the heck out of them and then painted them a creamy ivory color. I cut a few 1 inch circles on the heaviest cardstock I had on the cricut machine and that was my stencil. I drybrushed the dots with some black paint and then did some drybrushing on the edges and over the face of the dice. Then, I finished up with a coat of clear finish and VOILA!! Super easy, super cute, and super cheap!!

* I just got my camera back tonight so I didn’t take any “step by step” pictures. But, I have a feeling that I will be making more of these in the near future, so I will be sure to take some then.

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Seriously like the CUTEST thing I have ever made … besides my son of course :)

Ok, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this turned out!!! I’ve had my eye on the set of 5 paper mache nesting boxes but I never really knew what I would do with them. Anyway, I went to JoAnn’s today with the intentions of getting the material for Bucket’s skunk costume and while I was gathering it all up I realized that the costume was way too intense and expensive for a 7 month old, so I scrapped it and walked around. I had my 40% and 50% off coupons so I decided to spring for the boxes (usually $20 but only $10 with the coupon, SCORE, I’m going back for another set with my other coupon).I love Halloween but have never really had a lot of decorations for it so I decided these boxes would become something SPOOKTACULAR!! The scrapbook paper at JoAnn’s is horrifying (and I really mean it, they have one little aisle). So, I went to Roberts and picked up the paper and some of the little things that I used to embellish. All of the Halloween Decor was 50% off, ANOTHER SCHORE!! I bought the skulls at the Dollar store, great find!!I started by covering all the boxes in the paper AND lots of decoupage and then went to work stacking and decorating!! The googly eyes on the Bottom Box are SUPER FUN … Kinda time consuming to wrap all the paper and then to put a few good coats of decoupage but super easy!! Seriously, my mom is trying to talk me into letting her have it so she can decorate her office with it … I am totally going to make some Christmas ones and probably even Thanksgiving, just because I love how these turned out.


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Spooky Monsters

Funny story about these guys … I was doing my usual late night craft blog reading and I came across these cute little guys, at this site. They are just empty jars, tissue paper, mod-podge and black paper TOTALLY EASY. Click here for the HOWTO. Anyway, I knew that I was going to make them and seriously the next day I got an email from the Relief Society saying that we were making these for an upcoming craft night. HAHA funny right? Well maybe not really, but I thought it was.

Anyway, she shows them with white twinkle ligts strung in them but I like the tea-lite idea better because I can move them wherever I want and I don’t have to worry about the cord sticking out. Seriously, you should make these, they would even be a cute little neighbor gift or something.

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