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Milk Crate Shoe Organizer

April 8, 2013 in Bedrooms, Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Living Room

I’m on a milk crate roll!  First the milk crate wine caddy, then the milk crate dog bed… and now, a milk crate shoe organizer!

Milk Crate Shoe Organizer

Confession – I may… or may not… be hoarding a stack of milk crates in my shed. Ok, maybe that was a non-committal confession, but the first (half) step is admitting you (may or may not) have a problem, right!?!

Today’s post will be short and sweet… less babble, more pictures. Sound good? Yeah, I thought so.

I had this idea over the weekend and in a matter of minutes, realized it was PERFECT for what I needed!

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And for those of you with elephant memory, you might have noticed that my antique armoire has been replaced with a pie safe. My Mom brought it up this weekend for me to use. She’s owned it since the early 90′s… and as it was born in the 90′s – it of COURSE started out with heart cut-outs! My Mom gave it a facelift a couple years back and swapped the hearts for squares. (…and she’s given me permission to give it an updo! So stay tuned for that!)

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Nightstand Makeover – Furniture by the Numbers

January 31, 2013 in Bedrooms, Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Gettin' Crafty, Thrifty Thursday

Time for another Thrifty Thursday!

The Big Guy celebrated a birthday last month and I thought it might be fun to MAKE something for him. (Does this seem like a recurring theme for me?) 

I mulled around a couple ideas… and then it hit me. Brilliance. Perfectly HIM.

Today… you see the outside. …and in my next post you see the INSIDE!

…because as well all know…

It’s what’s inside that counts, right?

It all started with Craigslist. (another recurring theme for me!)  I saw an ad for a piece of furniture (shocker). Turns out it was close to where The Big Guy lives… so I sent him a text to see if he could go pick it up.  …and yes. He picked up his own birthday present and didn’t even know it. Yeah… he’s pretty nice like that.

Anywhooo… once I got my hands on it, I got to work! I turned this nightstand from a shabby Craigslist Castaway to a Front-and-Center HANDY piece of furniture!

Want to know how I got there? Well… I’ll explain:

First I painted him (the nightstand, not The Big Guy) head to toe in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.

Then I fired up my trusty $5 projector. I grabbed the same transparency I used for Christy’s Pottery Barn Knock-Off Numbered Wall Art and lined it up. Using a pencil, I traced the outline of the numbers ever so carefully.

I sat (for a couple hours) painting inside the lines with a homemade chalk paint.

I decided to go with super simple hardware. Busy-looking drawer pulls would have competed with the numbers. Better to keep it simple!

After everything was dry, I gave it a solid sanding all over. For some reason it felt too perfect and I wanted it to have a little more edge… so I used my sanding block to knock off the paint on some of the edges and corners.

Final to-do – Give it a good wax and buff!

I was so excited to give it to him that I totally forgot to take any good “beauty” shots. Sorry ladies, no perfectly staged pictures of this one to share. Instead, you get to see it the same way HE did for the first time – With his beer cake on top!

When all was said and done, I thought he looked pretty darn nice… but like I said earlier – it’s what’s INSIDE that counts. Stop back by and see what I did on the inside to make this one-of-a-kind nightstand perfectly unique for The Big Guy.

Remember – it’s what’s INSIDE that counts!

Update – I spilled the beans!  Click Here to see the INSIDE of the nightstand!

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Barn Door Headboard?

September 11, 2012 in Bedrooms

I sold my bedroom furniture… and now I need your help!

I can’t decide what kind of headboard I want to build. For a while I thought about Ana White’s Farmhouse Bed, but now I think I’d like to stick with just a headboard rather than a headboard/footboard. Hmmmm Decisions decisions!

I’m leaning towards building a headboard to look like a barn door. Easy, breezy and just the right touch of ME.  Yes? No?

Here are some inspirations I’m mulling over… but please, please, please visit the original source and PIN from there. Let’s be sure credit is given where credit is due!

Barn Door Inspired Bed

Poorly Pinned - Does anyone know the ORIGINAL source?

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Ummm yea… can I have that side table… and the yellow table at the end… and the wall-mounted lamps… and the natural fiber floor…. and the yellow ceiling. Okay, Okay… can I have it all?!

Sweet French Toast - Barn Door Headboard

Sweet French Toast

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Sweet French Toast actually pulled these two barn doors OFF A REAL BARN. Ok… now THAT makes me jealous. Love their perfectly worn planks. Visit her site for a step-by-step on how to safely (and thoroughly) clean barn wood!

Our Vintage Home Love

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Have you met Our Vintage Home Love?  I SWOON over everything she creates. So incredibly talented. My sister was lucky enough to win a set of her handcrafted Walnut Breadboards. Ugh… lucky!  Her boards are also authentically old, but I think I could recreate the look.

Lively Grace

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Lively Grace used this barn door in her son’s room. I’m thinking something like this would fit perfectly under the window.

Down to Earth Style

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Down to Earth Style created this bold red headboard out of real barn doors. I think I’ll stick with a weathered white or wood tone, but I like the lines of these doors.

Okay, so those are just some photos to get your opinions flowing. Here’s my concern…. I’m a “horse person”… and I don’t want people to confuse my barn door headboard with a love for all things western. That’s definitely not the case. I don’t want fringe… or 80′s Western Decor… or anything really that resembles southwestern decor. I just like a rustic touch… maybe with a twist of industrial. Hmm Maybe I should rethink this whole headboard and come up with an industrial twist?

Ugh! See! I’m completely torn.

Opinions… please! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. This gal needs some help!

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