Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Checkers anyone?

Everyone knows how to play checkers, right?  We needed a game table for our new screened in porch so I decided that checkers would be great.  I was going to paint a checkerboard on a round table top that I had but when I was shopping this weekend I saw the perfect checker board.  I spotted it from the road.  It was only $2.00.  SCORE! 

No need to take the time to paint one.  I just got out my trusty liquid nails and an old table base that my friend Jen,  from over at creating with the J's donated to me, and I went to town.   

What do you think?  Hubby and I played our first game the other night and I decided that I suck stink at checkers too!  We had fun, even if I didn't win.

$2.00 checkerboad + free table base = FUN, FUN, FUN

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Old Yard sticks

I've been collecting old yard sticks for a while now.  I  wanted to copy some of the ideas that I've noticed in blog land.  I found a very nice wooden tray this weekend at a yard sale for $2.00.  I wanted to get rid of the heart and checkerboard theme that it had going on.

I started with a coat of off white home-made chalk paint.

I sanded it just a little and then came the fun part.  I had to get hubby involved in this part.  I asked him if he would cut down some yard sticks for me.  He is never quite sure what I'm going to get him into, but when I explained that I had bought a bunch of yard sticks for 10 cents and I wanted to line the tray with them he cut them all down to the exact size I needed.   

What a fun project.  I love how it turned out.

I'm always amazed at what great projects you can come up with for so little money.  This entire project costs less than $3.00.  I still have yard sticks left over.  I'm seeing a table top in the near future. 

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

personalized baby gift

My friend at work was having her first baby and I wanted to make her a personalized gift.  I bought an unfinished step stool and painted her name on it. 

The stool is painted in a very light pink and the name and polka dots are in purple.  I added some pink tulle to make it pretty.  

She surprised me with this picture of Makaylyn and her stool.  Isn't she the cutest little girl ever?

I'm honored that she used Makaylyn's stool in her recent photo shoot.  Thanks Missy for allowing me to use your beautiful little girl's picture on my blog.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My first chalk paint project

I have been wanting to try the homemade chalk paint that everyone is talking about.  I bought the perfect table this weekend at a yardsale for $5.00 and it was screaming for a makeover.  This is the before and after.

All ready for its makeover

Love it. This is going to the shop for resale. I  have to admit that I did love working with this chalk paint.  It was very easy to paint and even easier to distress.  I sealed it with a rubbed on furniture wax.    I may be addicted.  I painted a few other projects while I was working on this one too.  More posts to come.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Steeler Bar Take II

So I mentioned in my earlier post that hubby was building a cabinet to house his toys electronics.  Well here is the finished product. 

The perfect size to house our small refrigerator, boom box, TV box and his turn table goes on top.  I must have taken the picture before we put the turn table on the top.

There was a space between the bar and the custom cabinet so I added my touch to it.  I had the perfect shelf, it just needed painted and distressed to match the rest.   Hubby says the shelf is for his "Steelers memorabilia."  His first addition was a  bad call brick given to him by our niece for his birthday.  It is sitting proudly on the shelf waiting for football season. 

Did I metion that he bought a flat screen TV so we can watch the Steeler Games in our new porch.  Well here we go, this is how it turned out.

The turn table is in this picture.

The Pirate game is on the flat screen.  Wrong sport but you get the picture.

We are almost done. Last project will be what to add to the top surface of the bar.  We have a few ideas but we aren't in total agreement yet.  I'll be sure to post about it whenever the final reveal is complete.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Transformed Bar for $7.00

Funny story:  My husband and I were driving passed a yard sale on Sunday on our way to Lowes.  I had been to the sale the day before and they had record albums for sale.  I mentioned the sale to him and told him about the albums and he was mad that I didn't buy him any. I said "look honey this is the sale I was telling you about with the albums, do you want to stop?"  He actually said YES!!!!

This is the funny part.  He bought 8 albums, an unfinished bar and a roasting pan for me that he insisted I needed.  The roasting pan was over priced at $10.00 but he was buying so I wasn't saying no.  He spent $1.00 on each album and $7.00 for the unfinished bar.  All the albums work perfect on his 1970's turn table that he just reserected for our new screened in porch.  The bar was redone and is sitting proudly in the porch.  The roasting pan is sitting in the pantry.  I'll use it someday!!!

I over heard him tell the lady who was running the yardsale, "my wife does this every weekend good thing I don't go with her cause I would buy everything!"  I think I finally converted him to the yard sale side of the fence!!!!

Here is the bar just as we purchased it:

totally unfinished

inside view, I already took out the shelves

I stained the bottom of the bar black and added a wooden sign that I had purchased a few years ago at a yard sale for $5.00.

Hubby painted the top of the bar white and added the wooden sign while I was at work.  I think he was pretty excited about his new bar.

Here is the finished product.  

Since I took this picture he has added a big screen TV and all his favorite Steeler pictures.

Stay tuned he is building a cabinet to house all his toys electronics. 

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

wooden tool box redo

I found this unfinished tool box a few months ago at the Salvation Army store for $3.99.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it but I knew it had potential.

I painted the entire tool box gray (sorry I didn't take a picture of it painted gray.)  I decided it looked a little boring so I got out my blue painters tape and made a white stripe in the middle. 

The finished product looks like this............

I'm thinking a silverware caddy for our 4th of July picnic/hubby's birthday party.  

I'm sure I will be using this for alot of different Holidays.

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