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Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Antique Trunk Makeover

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my antique trunk makeover and what a makeover it is! I found this trunk at the Salvation Army for $20. It’s incredibly solid but, as you can see, in really rough shape. I hesitated for a minute on whether or not to get it…LOL, no I didn’t. Who doesn’t need more storage, am I right?? Plus, I love a challenge.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover before in rough shape - Life on Kaydeross Creek - This trunk needed a lot of TLC

 

Look how thick these sides are. I’m sure originally it had a nice cedar smell but now it kinda smells like moth balls.  That newspaper inside is from 1974. 🙂

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Inside - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here’s what I used for this makeover:

  • Baking soda to get the smell out
  • Water/Vinegar mix to get the smell out
  • Chalk Paint (homemade)
  • Bun feet
  • Shelf liner (from the Dollar Store)
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencil brush

First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Getting the smell out - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.

The outside of the trunk had a lot of wholes and divots in it. I filled them in with a lot of spackle. I used a putty knife to smooth it out. It took a few coats with sanding in between each to get it smooth.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in all the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I had it all sanded and wiped down, it was on to paint. I used homemade chalk paint with plaster of Paris mixed with Creamy White paint. It took three coats to really cover.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really wanted to line the inside but didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I picked up this shelf liner at the dollar store. I love the color! It’s so clean and happy :).

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Painted Furniture- Drawer Liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Blogger error here. I didn’t take any pic’s of installing this. I basically opened up the roll and cut it to length with scissors and then placed it inside. I lined it up, bent it along the side I was working on, creased it nd was able to use an X-acto knife to cut along the edge. I removed the handles on the ends to get it smooth on the inside.  Then we added bun feet to give it a bit of height.

Here’s how it came out. I’m using it in my Master Bedroom Closet for addition linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see here.

 

Antique Trunk Makever - Lining the inside with shelf liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a stencil to the outside with our initial and a number that has a special meaning.

 

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Master Bedroom Closet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - More Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover- Extra Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love a good furniture makeover. You can see our Painted Antique Hutch here and our rustic coffee table makeover here.

So this antique trunk makeover was quite the transformation. There’s nothing a good coat of paint can’t fix (or three). Have you seen something in your thrift shop/garage sale travels and thought it was too much work and bought it anyway?  Have you taken on that crazy project? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How To Decorate with Flea Market Finds – Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Who’s up for a road trip?? Meeeeeee! Every year my husband and I head to Brimfield, MA for the Antique Show & Flea Market as a mini get-a-way, just the two of us. We always discover some really cool stuff for home decor and the flea market finds make for the best DIY projects. Today I’d like to share the goodies we found, some of our old DIY projects and how we decorate our home with flea market finds and you can, too.

 

Brimfield May 2017- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield is HUGE. If is exists you can find it here. We usually go on this trip with a few things in mind and this trip was no different. Our main focus, however, was to try to find windows for the new barn. This meant we couldn’t get any really big items because there was not enough room so I was bummed when I saw this…

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There were a few other pieces too. Imagine this in your kitchen?? Love! Not that I could afford this anyway. 🙂

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So, much, storage….

 

 

And other cool stuff…

 

Brimfield May 2017 - great pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Brimfield May 2017 - Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Wouldn’t these big trays be cool to hang on the wall?

 

Brimfield Antique Show & Flea Market - decorating with flea market finds - budget friendly decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Ok, so much stuff, so little time. We ended up finding the windows for the barn which saved us a TON of money. They’ll be a little bit of a project to restore but it will be worth it. We also picked up these cool lights. A new coat of paint and they will look good as new hanging   just outside the barn door.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Lights found at Brimfield Antique and Flea Market - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we got these farmhouse goodies…

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This old bike basket will get a new life with a good cleaning and a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - An old bike basket gets a new life as farmhouse decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I’ve got big plans for this bad boy!
Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market Trip 2017 - Upcycle Projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So Col, what are you going to do with all that stuff? Well, I’m so glad you asked! Here’s how we used these flea market finds to decorate our home. A few pieces found a home on my favorite antique hutch.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Painted Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Styling an Antique Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Tin - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The bike basket was a great upcycle and fits on this ladder perfectly.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Baskets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Style Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

A few ended up on our Industrial shelf…

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Shelf Accessories - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where we made this shelf for less than $20 here (hint – it was a $5 garage sale find to start) and the faux suit case here.

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Farmhouse Accessories - Old Fashioned Lunch Box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there are just a few of the ways we decorated with flea market finds this time around. Here are a few of our projects we have made with our finds from our other Brimfield trips:

 

 

 

Decorating with Flea Market Finds - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you found some cool stuff at garage sales or Flea Markets that you’ve used to decorate your home with? What’s your favorite thrift store or flea market find so far? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - using stencils and distress ink - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Make a Farmhouse Canister Set – A Birch Lane Knock Off

Hey everyone! I love looking through catalogs for cool decor ideas especially Birch Lane, Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. They have great stuff but, unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey. I happened to spot this farmhouse canister set a while back from Birch Lane. I love the color, the patina and the worn farmhouse look.Birch Lane 3 Piece Metal Nesting TinsSo cute but a whopping $122.99 ON SALE.  Can’t do it. What I can do is DIY them! It’s so much easier than you think!

Here’s what you need: 

I picked up these old tins for $2 each at a garage sale.

 

Farmhouse Canister Set - Farmhouse style - Upcycled tins - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I really like the base color of the Birch Lane version so I used a gray Hammered finish spray paint by Rust-oleum to get the look. It gave the tin a bit more depth than just a flat paint.  You can see they have just a little texture.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store tins turned into farmhouse kitchen decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the base coat was dry, I needed to add the block of color that would be the background for each number. I used painters tape to section it off. I didn’t overthink it and measure anything because I wanted it to be on the not so perfect side and a bit rough around the edges.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - craft paint and stencils make these an easy project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see on the bottom of each tin where the tape took some of the paint off because I didn’t let them dry long enough. I didn’t mind, though because it gave them a more shabby look.  Yes, I agree, the smallest tin should have been smaller. 🙂

So then I started stenciling the numbers.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Stencils and craft paint make these knock off tins and easy project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used basic craft paint in espresso and black and a stencil brush to apply the paint to the tin. I tried to skimp on the paint so that the number seemed more worn.  Once the numbers were done, I added the words.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Easy DIY project using craft paint and stencils - Birch Lane knock off - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I like the way the numbers came out but the background seemed to white. I used a cotton rag to apply some distress ink on the square and heavier around the edges. If you would like a cleaner piece, you can skip this step.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - using stencils and distress ink - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

They still didn’t have enough of the character I was looking for so took the stencil brush again and some black paint and dry brushed it in criss-cross motions along the edges of the top and bottom and here and there on the top and sides. I may go back in and add a bit of brownish orange to give a more rusty look.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - distressed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see where the colors from the original tin are sticking out just a bit but I’m OK with that. I considered spraying a bit of the spray paint in a dish and using a brush to apply it as a touch up but I kinda like it.  They’re not exactly like the originals but this farmhouse canister set only cost me $6. The possibilities are endless, too. You could do letters instead of numbers, sayings, pictures of farm animals or whatever you want to match your kitchen.

I like that I can use them together or by themselves. I love the charm this adds to this vignette. The  wall decor was also a DIY project and you can see that HERE.

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store tins become cute farmhouse decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - thrift store finds to farmhouse decor -Birch Lane Knock Off - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse Canister Set - Add Character to your kitchen with DIY Canisters made from thrifted tins and craft paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there you have it. An easy, inexpensive project that adds lots of charm to your space. Talk about bang for your buck! 🙂

Do you have easy projects or pieces that have really made an impact in your home? If you’re looking for more, check back soon.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

DIY Farmhouse Sign - create unique wall decor with a rustic DIY sign - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Make a Rustic DIY Farmhouse Sign

Hellooooo everyone!  I’m super excited to be guest posting today over at my friend Medina’s blog, Grillo Designs,  where I’m sharing a tutorial on how to create an easy, rustic DIY farmhouse sign. Signs are a great way to to add character to your home and they are easier to make than you think. Here’s a sneak peak…

 

How to make a DIY Farmhouse Sign - rustic -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

If you love the farmhouse look, you may also like some of my other projects.

Mini Barn Door –

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - green & blue - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Shutter –

Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter turn fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Shelf –

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - Screen Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Head on over to Grillo Designs to check out the how to,  materials list and to see the full finished DIY Farmhouse Sign. Plus, she has some other great projects to share with you as well.

Thanks so much for stopping today. Coming soon, I have more cool projects planned that will help add character to your home and others to help get you ready for summer. I’m definitely ready for some warmer weather! Are you??

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover on A Budget

Hey everyone! I’m soooo excited because today is the day we finally get to share our master bedroom closet makeover! We’ve been working on it slowly for a couple of months around other projects and, well, life.  It’s been 8 long years living with these pieced together racks so it’s time to get organized. I can’t say that I’m not embarrassed to be showing you this but here’s what needed to happen:

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover organization to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Organizational to do list - Life on Kaydeross Creek

OUCH, holy cow, that hurt. So, here’s what we did to make the most of the space we have. I started by measuring out how many inches of clothes we each have (tops and bottoms) and then added a few inches to be on the safe side. For example, I needed about 60″ of hanging space for my shirts.

We also had stuff in there that does not need to be like heavy fleece jackets that can go downstairs in the mudroom closet. This was also an excellent opportunity to purge the stuff that we don’t wear anymore (let’s be honest, none of us are getting any smaller around here 🙂 ) Once I knew exactly how much space we needed for hanging stuff and folded stuff, I made a plan on paper.  It’s a bit crude, but it was definitely effective! Truth be told, I worked in retail for over 20 years so that may have had an impact on my design. 🙂

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I also drew out plans for the other two corners of the closet but they are much more simple. My brother, Jamie, who is a builder, helped us get started and suggested we build  each section in a cubby or “box” and then attach them all together. We used birch plywood for the boxes, MDF for part of the base and pine for the rest of the trim.  The other thing he suggested was that we use a dado blade (a special blade for a circular saw) to make grooves in the plywood where the shelves would slide in and also connect the corners of the boxes more securely.  As the dado set spins, the two outside blades cut the dado walls (grooves) and the chippers remove the waste material in between and smooth the bottom of the dado (groove).

We wanted the boxes to be 20″ deep so we had someone at Home Depot cut the sheets of plywood that come in 48″ in half for us. That way they were easier to transport and to rip down (cut) at home to 20″. Then hubby measured and marked out where the grooves would need to be. One at the top to connect the pieces and one 12″ down for the top shelf.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Putting the plan on paper - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the pieces were cut we started assembling the first box. You can see the notch at the top where the other piece will fit and be glued and nailed together.

 

Master Bedroom closet makeover - building the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s the first box installed…

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Box assembled and placed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We learned a lesson with this one because we built it downstairs and then had to carry it up. Um, not smart. We decided to build the other three boxes upstairs. Here is the storm before the calm. Holy cow, what a mess!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - The storm before the calm - building the boxes in our room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We added a few more shelves to two of the boxes and then started placing them in the closet. Hubby used 2×4’s to attached them to the floor which also provided a bit of a toe kick.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - installing the boxes - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When all of the boxes were placed, he screwed them all together and to the walls. We’re almost there with this master bedroom closet makeover!

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - boxes installed before trim - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then he added a 1.5 inch pine trim to the front and crown molding to the top. Let’s just say I spent A LOT of time spackling all those nail holes and caulking the edges.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - built in cubbies with the trim added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After it was primed and painted twice (I went through a gallon of paint just on the cubbies and trim and pretty much didn’t leave the closet for what seemed like days) it was time to put the bars in. We bought a long metal bar and then cut it to the size we needed for each hanging section and then I spray painted the pieces to match the cubbies. They were installed with little metal cups.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - side wall completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

OK, so you can see the new light fixture in this picture. I really didn’t want to spend any more money on this project and I had this old fixture in the basement which I had used in my store. It’s the match to the one I used in my daughter’s room.  I just needed to remove the “crystals” and give it a good coat of spray paint.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - new light fixture -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The last thing to address was more storage for linens and a place for the laundry. To make the best use of this space, I decided to go up. We picked up this old TV armoire at the Salvation Army for $20 some time ago.  I planned on using it for storage somewhere and then the closet project came up. I love using these old pieces for storage and you can see one of my other armoire transformations HERE.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Armoire used for storage before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The problem was it was too short. We didn’t need any more shelves so it would have been wasted space above it if we used it as is. Since we still needed a place for the laundry baskets we decided to build a base to put the armoire on top of. That way they are much more accessible on the bottom.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - adding the base for the armoire - birch plywood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made it out of the same birch plywood and trimmed it out with the 1.5″ pine trim to match the cubbies.

 

Master Bedroom Closet makeover - the base for the armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After giving the armoire a good sanding,  a couple of coats of paint and new glass knobs, here’s what it looks like all assembled.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - More storage using an old TV armoire - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I know, right?!? I think it’s my favorite part. 🙂

Here’s the other opposite side.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - Hangbars in for more storage and dresser - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - full view - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I. LOVE. IT! Here’s the best part. We spent less than $500.

The birch plywood, trim, paint and bars/cups cost about $400. We spent $20 on the armoire and I had the dresser that we put in the side cubbie. You can see that project HERE. We also had to purchase the dado blade set which I think was about $55.

I have to admit it was A TON more work than I thought it would be but it was worth it!  I still have to add hooks to the wall for my scarves and a rug but it’s so nice to walk in there and be able to actually find what I am looking for. Now let’s just hope we can keep it neat.

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover - closet organization with built in cabinets - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover for under $500 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Not sure you want to build something but still want organization. Here are my Amazon picks to make the most out of your space:

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today! Do you have major project or mini projects in the works? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

 

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Spring Home Tour 2017

Hey everyone! Welcome to our Spring Home Tour! This winter has seemed like the longest winter evvvverrr up in here in the Northeast so it can be hard to find inspiration when you look out the window and still see snow at the end of March. I figured if I can’t see it outside right now, I’ll surround myself with it on the inside!  Come on in….

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room & Entry - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I started by adding some robin’s egg blue here and there with pillows and then added a few other touches of spring like nests with eggs and, of course, flowers. I tried to keep it subtle and laid back.

This is the view when you enter our front door. I picked up this old dresser at the Salvation Army for $35. I’m still debating on whether or not to paint it. Would you?

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This “Adirondack crate” was a project we did last spring which you can see HERE.  I love the way it frames the giant mason jar and adds texture and a rustic feel.

 

Farmhouse -Spring Home Tour 2017 - Entry Adirondack vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is our family room where we play games at the table and hang out.  For those of you that have been here awhile, you’ll notice that I painted the coffee table white. I have to be honest, I really miss the orange.  What do you think? You can see the table makeover HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I talk a little bit about living in our “season of life” and ours now is with a 11 year old and an 8 year old who still likes to jump on the furniture.  Therefore, we hang on to the old furniture for a bit longer.  Sigh, maybe next year. 

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Pillows - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I picked up this great little corrugated metal container locally at a  cute little shop. I love the mixed metals and color it adds. You can find similar ones HERE.

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room - details Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These flowering branches are from Michaels, the chunky candlestick holders are from Hobby Lobby and I picked up the gold ones from a thrift store.  I made the “P” sign out of leftover MDF we had from the laundry room project.

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room details - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I used the same leaf stencil on the “P” sign as I did on this tray, which is made out of an old frame. It was one of my favorite projects and you can see how we did it HERE.  I couldn’t find pillows that had a print I liked so I made these. I found the cute little bird fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric. The solid pillows are from Marshall’s.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - DIY Tray - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love this corner. My husband made the barn door and we made the ottoman from an old crate. You can see that HERE.  I just recently re-covered it in a old burlap sack I picked up at a thrift store for $1 just in time for the Spring home tour.

Again, that’s not my favorite fabric on the chair but that chair used to belong to my in-laws and hubby and I used to sit together in it back in High School. I don’t know what’s scarier, that it was that long ago or that we both could fit in it at the same time back then. 🙂

 

Farmhouse - pring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Ottoman - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room - Antique Stool - Life on Kaydeross Creek
This room has just started to come together. I picked up the pillows at Pier One and the lamp is from Target. The screen shelf was a recent project and you can see that HERE. I haven’t shared the Farmhouse sign project yet but stay tuned.   I got the coffee table at the Salvation Army for, wait for it, $40. Yes, $40.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Home Tour 2017 - Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This painted antique hutch is one of my favorite pieces. You can see it’s transformation HERE.

 

Spring Home Tour Den - Hutch - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour 2017 - Family Room Fireplace - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We made this mini barn door recently and you can see that project HERE. I love the light blue against the stone on the fireplace and the pops of green.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - color wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This is our foyer which I updated last spring and you can see that HERE.

 

Farmhouse - Spring Tour 2017 -Foyer - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home Tour - Family Room and Den - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s a peak at the kitchen and dining room…

 

Spring Home tour 2017 part 2 - Kitchen - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Home tour 2017 kitchen - old tool box - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Home Tour 2017 - Life on Kaydeross Creek Mixed metals, rustic spring decor

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Thanks so much for stopping by today for our Spring Home Tour. Have you decorated for spring yet?  Do you have some DIY projects to get you started?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

DIY Tray – Upcycle Challenge

Hey everyone! Welcome to another upcycle challenge. For today’s challenge, you’ll never believe this DIY tray makeover!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented

Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main

Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Sue | A Purdy Little House    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs

Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

Medina | Grillo Designs    Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

 

So, this project actually started about 2 years ago. I had this old table in my basement for the longest time and finally decided to pull it out one day to see what I could do with it.

 

DIY Tray made from a 3 tiered table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I decided to take it apart and this was the first thing I made with the top two tiers. You can see this sweet cupcake stand project HERE.

 

DIY Cupcake Stand made from a three tiered table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love it! The leftover bottom tier ended up in my basement again because as a true DIY’er/hoarder, I couldn’t seem to toss it. It ended up getting pretty beat up over time and I was surprised just how much when I went to dig it out for this project.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - before glue - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Needless to say it needed a lot of TLC.  We had to glue the pieces back on and also fill the whole in. We used wood glue to fix the edges and the layers of laminate wood that make up the base. We clamped it and let the glue dry overnight.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - glued and clamped- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then we filled in the hole in the middle with wood filler. We used a wide putty knife to spread it out flat and let that dry overnight as well. It still had some cracks in it when it was dry so I went over that with some spackle.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - wood filler placed - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - wood filler - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once the spackle was dry, I sanded it down with a palm sander in the middle and hand sanded the edges.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - before paint -Upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It was nice and smooth and ready for paint. I didn’t bother priming because I was using chalk paint and wanted it to be fairly worn in spots.

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - Upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Can you believe it?!? So much different, right?  At this point I considered adding handles on this DIY tray but could not find the right thing. I think I may look for some small barn door handles at Brimfield but for now it stays as is. I also tried adding little “feet” but it just didn’t look right. I decided in the long run just to distress the edges and call it a day. Here she is all done…

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - details- upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY tray made from a three tiered table - vignette details - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Tray and Cupcake Stand from Three tiered table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This DIY tray came out so pretty and can be used for any season. It’ll be a great addition to my spring decor. You can see my full Spring Home Tour next week but until then, here’s a sneak peak.

 

Spring Home Tour Sneak Peak - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Lots of robin’s egg blue, mixed metals and farmhouse charm so stay tuned. You can see last year’s tour HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any upcycle projects in the works? For some amazing inspiration, check out my creative friend’s projects below. 🙂

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter turn fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

How to Make Farmhouse Wall Decor – Fixer Upper Style

Hey everyone! I gotta be honest, I’m kinda giddy about today’s farmhouse wall decor project. If you’re anything like me, and are Fixer Upper obsessed, you’ll totally get it.  The wall decor she uses is so unique and farmhouse-y with chippy-pealy paint and great architectural shapes. This project actually started out as a cool find on one of our trips to the Brimfield Antiques Show & Flea Market where I picked up this old shutter for $20.

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Fixer Upper Style Shutter - Before with orange paint- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I liked it because of the depth of the panels and, believe it or not, the color.  At first I left it mostly as is and hung it in my family room to go with the coffee table. Then it got replaced with seasonal decor and tucked away in a closet where I happened to find it recently while looking for something else. SCORE! I pulled it out and decided to give it some new life.

I wanted to lighten it up a bit and make it more versatile so I started with a coat of chalk paint. I didn’t sand it or prep it in any way other than to wipe it clean. I wanted all of the cracks and layers of paint to show through. After it dried, I hit it with the palm sander and really brought out the colors and wood from the other layers.

 

Fixer Upper Inspired Wall Decor - Old Shutter - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter - turned rustic fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to add a bit more depth and character to it by adding another element to this farmhouse wall decor. I thought about hanging little glass jars down on each section for flowers but I wanted something a bit more solid. Then my husband found these in our junk pile.

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Materials for Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor

 

I know what you’re thinking. What could you possibly do with that? Well, I still had the vase idea stuck in my head so we took some pieces of this drain pipe and cut them down with a grinder with a diamond blade. Not necessarily what it’s for but effective.

 

Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Materials - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The edges were a bit sharp so hubby filed them down so they were safe. Then he screwed one to each panel of the shutter.

 

Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter - turned fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Wall Decor - Old Shutter turned wall decor - Fixer Upper Style - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can’t actually see it, but I hot glued some floral styrofoam to the bottom of each one to hold in the flowers.  I have to be honest, that was a pain in the behind! But it worked.

 

Farmhouse Wall decor - Fixer Upper Style Wall Decor - Old Shutter Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Farmhouse Wall decor - Old shutter turned fixer upper style wall decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

You can see the thrift store stool makeover HERE and the Antique sewing table makeover HERE.

So for a project that I kind of made up a long the way, I really like the way this farmhouse wall decor came out in all it’s farmhouse-y, chippy rusty goodness. I love adding these unique pieces to my home. In fact, I may have to look for other shutters to do some more projects with at our annual Brimfield trip in a couple months. That’s the thing, you never know what you’ll find there. I can’t wait!

Do you have a project that you did on the fly and you love how it turned out? Sometimes those are the best kind. For those and all of the planned projects out there…

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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DIY Art - Budget friendly art compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Budget Friendly Art – Compliments of Mother Nature

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous” – Aristotle.  Wow Col, that’s deep for a Thursday.  Kinda,  but have you ever thought of using some of that free beauty to decorate your home? Why not grab your phone or good ole’ fashioned camera and create some budget friendly art? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

 

Budget Friendly Art- Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

One of the things we really enjoy doing as a family is spending time at our camp up in the Adirondacks. It’s a quiet, peaceful place with no internet or cell phone reception.  With no distractions, it’s the one place I’m able to truly relax and can really be in the moment. I can look around outside and take the time to appreciate the beautiful colors of the brown and white bark of the trees mixed with green moss,  the canopy of leaves against the blueberry sky and listen to my kids play. It’s heaven.

 

Kaydeross Creek - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love taking pictures of the kids making memories especially when we’re there with their Grandparents.  The last few times I found myself taking pictures of the landscape like those things I mentioned above. Weird knots on trees, rock piles on the bank of the creek and a rusty old cart used for collecting wood – all because of the color and texture and, I know this is strange, but the quietness of it. The “blueberry” sky…

 

Blue sky through the trees

 

So on a walk awhile back I decided to take the camera and see what I could find on our property. Turns out there were lots of cool things to photograph. I even found a new project, the Fixer Upper inspired wall art, while doing it.  Come on, look at those colors!

 

Rusty Tin Roofing - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here’s our big man on campus, our rooster, and one of the ladies

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The Bridge we built last year. You can see that project HERE.

 

Adirondack Bridge - Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Our old tractor…

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So after finding what I thought was some cool stuff to take pictures of at our house, I played around with them and printed some out and made a wall collage. What’s better than free or at least cheap art? I used a FREE  program called Picasa to adjust the color and size. You can create so many different things with this but I wanted to create a more antique feel so I used the “sepia” tint.  It’s kind of black an white but not so harsh…

 

Budget Friendly Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

There are a million different ways to print pictures these days but I used Walmart.com and had each printed in a 5 x 7 size. It cost me $7 to do it in one hour photo and I picked up 4 frames at Michael’s for $10 each (with the mats). I would have preferred to do a DIY project and spray paint some thrift store frames but after quite a bit of time looking for just the right ones, I decided that it was  worth time and the money to buy them.  Anyway, here they all are in the collage…

 

DIY Art - Budget Friendly art - Compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Budget friendly art compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Budget Friendly Art - compliments of mother nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Art - Easy, Budget friendly art compliments of Mother Nature - Life on Kaydeross Creek

You can see the Industrial shelf project HERE and the Faux Vintage Suitcase project HERE.

Take a few minutes to really look around outside and you’ll be surprised by what you can find.  You could also go to your town park or into your city and take some cool pictures of the architecture. I’m sure once you look around you’ll start to notice the unique things around you. Look for texture, color, cool shadows or simply things that speak to you.

Why not take advantage of your surroundings to create something pretty for your home? This budget friendly art cost less than $50 and 2 peaceful hours outside in the warm sunshine. That’s a price I would pay for some unique art any day. Wouldn’t you?

Here’s to budget friendly art projects and the marvelous beauty of nature!

Happy DIY’ing!

Colleen Life on Kaydeross Creek

Spring Decor - DIY Mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Spring Decor – DIY Mini Barn Door

So I know it’s a bit early but I wanted to share the cutest little spring decor project with you. Partly because I’m so excited about it and partly because we could all use a bit of spring now, right?  If you’re at all like me you spend a bit of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration. Well not that long ago I found this…

 

Blue Rustic Door - Spring Decor inspiration - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Ohhhmmmmmggggg swoon! I just love it but then again what’s not to love?? Amazing paint color, chippy peally goodness, the pitcher with flowers, those hinges?? Right, so naturally I said to my hubby, can we make it (or a version of it anyway)? Of course he said “sure”.

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My version is a DIY mini barn door.

I wanted it just the right size to fit on my mantel so that I could use it to decorate for spring.  Anyone who has a chop saw/miter saw and a drill can make this project.  I measured out exactly what size would be a perfect fit or in this case 34″high and 30″ wide.

We picked up the wood at our local mill and cut it down ourselves but you could buy pre-cut boards at any home improvement store in whatever size you want. The board we got cost us $4 and was 9′ x 10 x 1. We cut it in thirds and then each piece in half so we ended up with (6) 5″ boards which we used for the back.  We love working with this rough saw pine and have used it for book shelves, end tables and furniture makeovers.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - Cutting the board - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

The other pieces which we used for the “Z” to hold it together were left over from other projects. He took all of the pieces and laid them out.

 

Spring Decor - Mini door being put together - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Hubby used drywall screws to fasten it all together. He attached the top and bottom pieces first. Then he took the longer board for the middle of the “z” and marked it with a pencil where it would need to be cut so that it would fit between the two other boards diagonally.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - raw wood - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Now it’s time to add the color.  We’re pretty high tech around here so here’s what I used. Craft paint. Hard to believe, right? I just mixed until I got the colors I like.

 

Spring Decor - DIY mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I was trying to get a kind of blueish grayish with a bit of brown here and there. To start, I used a dry brush with creamy white for a base. By dry brushing I mean you put a very little bit of paint on the end of your brush because your intention is not to soak the pint into the wood to cover it but to just get a bit of color on the wood here and there.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - white with whitewash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I dry brushed on a coat of a color of blue I made by mixing up the craft paints.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - blue wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I added the gray…

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - graywash added - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

It was a bit too bright so I kept repeating the layers and then added some distress ink here and there by rubbing it on with a cotton cloth It helped to tone it down a bit and here’s the result.

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - color wash technique - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the way this DIY mini barn door turned out! I still have to add the hinges and after it’s been up there awhile and I get used to it, I may add some more brown but I really like the character it adds to the room. The nice part is it took about 30 minutes to build and about 45 minutes to paint with a little drying between coats. Easy and inexpensive 🙂

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - green & blue - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - color wash - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The nice part too is that we can use the back side for the fall. It has a naturally rich tan color that would be a great backdrop for a cotton wreath or maybe a great sign. It’s a 2 in one project 🙂

 

Spring Decor - Making a mini barn door - back - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Spring Decor - DIY Mini barn door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to make mini barn door - Spring Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

So super easy and budget friendly. I love all of the blues and greens and can’t wait to get the rest of the house decked out for spring now. Stay tuned for a few more spring projects and then a full house tour. In the mean time, check out last year’s Spring Home Tour and projects. Do you have any spring projects on your to DIY list?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col