DIY – Artwork Turned Bulletin Board

Often times we have great pieces around the house, it just takes a bit creativity, imagination, and some TLC to morph it into a new piece.  A perfect example is a once art piece that I stumbled upon at Hilary’s house while Erica and I were recently there to help her with her dining room and kitchen accessorizing.

Before – the colors just didn’t work with the space anymore and Hilary was thinking of getting rid of the piece altogether.  She then told me she wanted a bulletin board for her kitchen and the wheels starting turning in my head.  Why not turn the once art work piece into a bulletin board?


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Leaving the frame color the same, using the beautiful coral hue that is in the dining room,  adding a couple cork pieces, and would you look at that?  It looks like a brand new piece.

(DISCLAIMER – these AFTER photos were taken at night – the lighting is awful and the colors are much prettier in real life.)

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Total cost – $9 dollars, some good quality time with left over dining room paint, and a steady hand while free hand painting.

Stop and think – what pieces might be laying around the house that just need a little update or perhaps a new purpose?  You might just be amazed and able to save some money reinventing a tired piece.


Wine Cellar

About six months ago, my husband decided he really wanted to create a wine cellar in our basement. That space stays really cool no matter what time of year, so we wouldn’t need any tempurature control. We have a random small storage room that’s too tight to hold much, so it ended up being the perfect little area for his project.

He did a ton of research to determine the look and feel he wanted – a little rust, a little tin, and some mountable racks. I LOVE the way it’s coming together.

He found the tin on Craigslist. It’s from the wall of an old barn. He decided to layer them on the wall and then mount the racks directly to it. The racks are from Hayneedle. He bought two at first just to test them out, but he’s adding one more in the middle of these.

The next steps are to add the last rack, make sure all the tin is securely attached to the wall, and then make a light fixture. I’ll keep you posted on progress!


Duct Tape DIY’s

So I came across decorative duct tape at Target the other day, and I just kept thinking that I needed to buy one. Why? I have no idea. It just seems like something everyone should have, right? This rediculous need to buy some navy and white chevron duct tape made me do a little searching for ideas on what in the world to do with this stuff.

Of course Pinterest was FULL of ideas. If you found yourself buying one of these handy little gems for no apparent reason at one time as I did, then here are some ideas that can put that puppy to use:

1. Decorate a wall light switch plate. No need to have boring white light switch plates anymore. Cover the ones in your kids’ rooms for some added fun to their decoration.

2. Personalize phone chargers. If chargers in your house are constantly swiped by other family members, you can “mark” each person’s with different colors of duct tape.

3. Spruce up girly accessories. Plastic bangles, head bands, and wallets can get a new life with this sticky invention.

4. Cover a boring picture frame. Simple picture frames can be jazzed-up with chevron stripes, bright colors, or animal prints without having to use any paint.

5. Customize notebook covers. Choose one pattern or go with a variety to make notebook covers stand out and reflect your personal style.

No more using boring grey duct tape! With all these new varieties, there are so many other creative ways to use this multi-purpose innovation. The possibilities are just about endless.