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Jun 24, 2014With Summer in full swing; there are parties that need to be planned, vacations to be scheduled, and projects to be completed. How about creating these darling vintage clipboards to keep us a little more on-task and organized?MATERIALS:Read more →
Pen for tracing
Big vintage clips
Slab of thin wood (cut to desired size)
Glue (Gorilla Glue wood glue works wonders)
Oil painting or other inspired art...
May 27, 2014We've all got 'em, right? Those flea market finds we had big plans for. The broken table we thought we'd fix last Summer, the vintage wheels we were gonna turn into a chandelier and the old dresser we meant to refinish for the guest bedroom. Ki Nassauer has a whole trunk full (as you can see in the above photo) and her garage happens to be pretty packed too! Lockers, end tables, old boards and more! Maybe if we all made a pact to finish one project a month, these cool items wouldn't...Read more →
May 19, 2014We know it's not Thursday (#tbt), but here's a throwback blog from when I was creating projects for the Bachman's Ideas House:The Bachman's Ideas House is filled with clever and practical uses for vintage objects - most that can be found easily and purchased for next to nothing. Here's a couple of my favorite projects.In the upstairs bathroom, I repurposed two old wooden hangers as towel bars. By anchoring a scrap piece of dowel to the wall before the hanger was attached with 2 screws,...Read more →
Mar 03, 2014We had this cool vintage lamp that we spray painted white for Taylor's wedding. She used the lamps to display table numbers. (See the newest issue of Flea Market Style magazine Spring 2014 for the wedding story) It's now post-wedding and we've decided to re-purpose the lamp yet again. Taylor needs a lamp on her nightstand in the guest bedroom- but she prefers a more industrial look. We chose to use the Rust-Oleum hammered metal spray paint.We noticed that...Read more →
Feb 17, 2014Vintage salt and pepper shakers can easily be picked up at the flea market. They are inexpensive and come in all sorts of fun shapes! We're going to show you a super cute way to display photos, business cards or place settings using these shakers. Here we go!What you'll need:Vintage salt and pepper shakersSpray paintWireWire cutterThick pen or markerSpray your shakers and...Read more →
Feb 12, 2013
Did you somehow miss the suitcase shelve project in the Flea Market Style magazine Fall/Winter 2011 issue? We highly doubt it, but if so- you're in luck! Here's the skinny on how to re-create Ki Nassauer's suitcase shevles (from her very own living room!) in your home:
You'll need to start with a drab, blank wall like this.
Then, you'll need to grab some super cool hard-sided vintage suitcases like this.
Other materials needed...
Oct 12, 2009
I am not sure what is wrong with me. I have never gotten terribly excited about Halloween. I know I am in the minority as surveys confirm Halloween is the 2ND largest holiday in the USA and growing in popularity every year! With that said, two of my favorite stories for Country Home Magazine were Halloween projects...go figure!
You may remember some of my projects from 2006 & 2008 Country Home.
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Aug 13, 2009
My house is neat as a pin. My office/workroom usually looks like it was hit by a tornado. That tornado would be me! I have piles of junk on every chair, table top, and cabinet, and in every corner of the room. Inspiration junk piles!
I pull curious scraps and pieces out of bins for projects and when I'm finished...I can't bear to put them back in the bin out of sight. I need to just look at them for a while. Interesting junk comes...
Jul 16, 2009
May 21, 2009
Meet Oliver! Oliver is a beloved member of my sister's family. Today he is a happy cat! With the help of Gail, my brother-in-law, and my sister, Karla, Oliver has a new bed.
I acquired this old table almost a year ago. I immediately had the idea of turning it into a dog bed and just never got around to it. I suspect you have a few ugly ducklings lurking in your garage...