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Trash to Treasure -Antique Sewing Table Makeover

We picked up this poor little antique sewing table at the Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market last year for  $30. It was in really rough shape but it had such character I knew we could make it pretty again. What a great project for the thrift store (in this case, flea market) upcycle challenge?

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    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles   Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation Ann Duct Tape and Denim

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Lindsay | Crazy Organized Megan Come on Get Crafty

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay   Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main

Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made   Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled

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

  Denise | My Thrifty House   Toni | Small Home Soul

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

And a challenge it was…

 

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First we remove the sewing machine…

 

Antique Sewing table - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We found all of these cool parts in a compartment on the top that dated back to the 1940’s. We started by cleaning it up with some good old fashioned soap and water to remove the grime that had built up.  We had originally thought that much of the grime would come off to reveal this cool gray/blue rustic kind of look but it didn’t clean up like I had hoped and just looked dirty. I reluctantly decided to paint it. Unfortunately, I kind got ahead of myself here and had my husband add the top to it before I decided what to do about the color.

 

Antique Sewing Table makeover thrift store upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

We used our go to wood, rough saw pine from the mill, because we had a few pieces left over from another project.  I sanded the pieces down until they were smooth and stained them with Watco stain.

 

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Then it was time to prep the piece for paint. I used regular spackle to touch up all of the holes.

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I removed the hardware and door. I placed the hardware in a plastic dish and soaked them in lemon juice and salt to remove the rust and grime.

 

Sewing table hardware - Life on Kaydeross Creek

All sanded down and ready for paint…

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Upcycle Challenge -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I wanted to try to get the color close to what it was originally. I made chalk paint with some plaster of Paris and mixed black craft paint with Benjamin Moore Green Winter I had picked up in a sample. It was more blue than I wanted but I went with it.

 

Antique Sewing Table Makeover - Upcycle Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added the hardware and door back on and gave it another coat of stain to darken it up a bit. I also sanded here and there to make it look more worn and rustic.

 

Antique sewing table makeover - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once I saw it all put back together I didn’t like the gap at the top of the table under the wood so I asked my husband to add another layer of wood.  And this antique sewing table makeover is complete…

 

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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Farmhouse Shelf – Project Challenge

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing a DIY farmhouse shelf as part of our monthly Project challenge. It’s a sweet transformation of something someone else might have tossed in the junk heap.  A friend offered to give me this old screen and I hesitated at first because it was in such rough shape. Being the hoarder that I am, I, of course, said yes thinking I would do something with it.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - screen before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Pretty rough shape, right?? It sat in my garage for awhile until our Project Challenge came up this month which happened to be working with screens. Check out the other lovely bloggers and their transformations at the end of the post.

 

Project Challenge - working with screens - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So I pulled out the dusty old screen and got to thinking. I’ve been on the lookout for some cool stuff to hang on my walls and thought this might do the trick if I turn it into a shelf. First things first, it needed some TLC. We had to tighten up some of the wire brackets to make it more sturdy where it was coming apart and bend the screen back into place.

Once it was more solid, I wipe it down inside and out with some cleaner and a cotton rag just to get the dirt and grease off of it. After I did that, I could see that the screen had some rust and knew I had to spray paint it.  I taped off the wooden part and used Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Flat Chestnut.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - screen ready for paint - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So much better…

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - screen before mineral oil - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

After the screen was painted, the wood looked so bleached out and brittle. I used mineral oil all over it and in the cracks to bring out a richer color in the wood. I love mineral oil and have used it on other projects like my Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor.  It’s an inexpensive way to bring out the darker tones of wood.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - screen painted - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I had originally wanted to use a piece of reclaimed wood for 2 different size shelves but it turned out to be too thick and didn’t look right. We found this old board that was the bottom of an old dresser and it was just the right thickness. We cut it down to the  right width to match the size of the surround and I stained it to match the color. The DIY Farmhouse shelf was coming together.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelf - painting shelf - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When it was dry we attached it to the inside of the screen. I tried adding another small shelf on the bottom but it just looked too busy and I ended up cutting down the bigger shelf to sit lower in the circle instead.  I think it came out cute…

 

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

 

I love the character it adds to the space. We didn’t fully attached the shelf so it’s versatile too, I can always put a wreath in the middle if I wanted to mix it up a bit.

 

DIY Farmhouse shelf made from and old screen - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

DIY Farmhouse shelf and wall decor made from and old screen - Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

DIY Farmhouse shelf - wall decor made from and old screen -Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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What a transformation this farmhouse shelf turned out to be! I love taking something that otherwise would have gone in the trash and making something cool out of it.  What’s your next DIY project?Does it involve turning trash into treasure??  Whatever it may be…

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Check out my blogger friends and their transformations using screens…

Michelle from Shelstring

 

Molly From Just A Little Creativity

 

Karen Somewhat Quirky Designs

 

Emily Domestic Deadline

 

5 easy and inexpensive ways to decorate with old books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

5 Easy Ways to Upcycle and Decorate with Vintage Books

One of my favorite ways to add color, texture and height when I am decorating my home is to use old books. I find them at the salvation army and thrift stores for like $1 or less so they are crazy budget friendly, too.  You can use them stacked like I’ve done on this painted hutch or create something totally different with a little creativity.

 

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On this industrial shelf I used books to add depth and texture by stacking some facing forward mixed with some turned backward.  You can see the industrial shelf project here and the suitcase project here.

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Here are 5 easy and inexpensive ways to decorate with books that add even more personality to your space.

  1. Wrap it up  –  Remember back in the day when kids covered their text books with paper grocery bags?  Who knew the idea would be on Pinterest some day? Whether it’s good old fashioned brown paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper,  drawer liner, burlap or other fabric, you can use it to wrap books to create something totally unique for your home.

Here are some books wrapped in scrapbook paper.  So pretty for spring!

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Elderberry Street

These books wrapped in Script paper are so pretty and would be beautiful during the holidays.

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

French Hen Farm

 These books covered in wrapping paper would make such a pretty display at Christmas.

5 Easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Romancing the Home

For fall,  I wrapped one in a thrift store plaid shirt. You can see that project here.

 

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How pretty are these books wrapped in beautiful fabric?? What a great way to add color to a space.

 

5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with books

Two Twenty One

 

What a cute idea to cover them in maps.

 

5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with old books

Tumbler

 

2. Paint it – Painting the outside of the books allows you to create whatever you want. Here they used chalk paint for a more weathered look.

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Knick of Time

 

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books

Jennifer Rizzo

Why not try chalkboard paint? You can change it out for any room or any season.

 

Easy ways to decorate with vintage books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

HGTV

These books from the Savvy Apron are beautifully painted with metallic paint.

5 easy and inexpensive ways to upcycle and decorate with books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

3. Go naked – If you have some books that aren’t in great shape and maybe the covers are just too gone to save, why not take them off?  They are farmhouse pretty tied with twine or fabric.

Here they are neatly tied in bundles from My Sweet Savannah.

 

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Make an even bigger impact with a bunch of bundles grouped together. I love the warmth of the brown and white. This is perfect for winter decor mixed with greens.

 

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4. Tie it all together – ribbon, twine, torn fabric or rope make pretty statements tied around old books. I’m in LOVE with this look with an old belt from Knick of Time.  You may see this in my home soon 🙂

 

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Knick of Time

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Pinterest

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Vintage Rose Garden

5. Embellish – You can add even more personality with dried flowers , feathers, old keys, vintage post cards and antique jewelry to name a few things.

  

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Snow flake embellished books from Live Live DIY

5. Go monochromatic – You can add beautiful color and character to a room with colorful, rustic vintage books.

 

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From 52Flea

 

Easy ways to decorate with vintage books

Mish Mash

5 easy ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books

French Country Cottage

Whether you try one of these creative ideas or combine a couple of them, it’s a great way to add something unique and petty to any room in your home.   I have a few of these projects line up and will share soon. Which one(s) will you try?

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Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Thrift Store Upcycle – Faux Vintage Suitcase

Today I’m sharing a fun thrift store upcycle project. It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more creative ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy here

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    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation

Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom

    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main

Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled

Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty

Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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

 

On to the project!

Whenever I’m out at thrift stores or garage sales I’m always drawn to crates and wooden boxes. They’re great for storage and I just love the warmth and character they add to a space. I came across this little gem one day for $5 and, although I had no idea what I would do with it, I scooped it up anyway.

Thrift store upcycle challenge - thrifted box turned faux suitcase - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Fast forward 6 months and I spotted this cute little vintage suit case at Hobby Lobby. What a cute way to store things…

Faux wood suit case found at Hobby Lobby - Inspiration for a new project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

The set was $79.99 and it was on sale for %50 off but I thought, as many of us DIY’ers do, I can make that!!  Turns out, I had the perfect piece to use!  As soon as I got home I got the thrift store box out and started thinking about what I would need for this project including what materials I would use for the straps, rivets and a handle. Here’s what I came up with:

I gathered all of my supplies for this thrift store upcycle and got going. First, I decided I wanted the box to be white so it would be more versatile. I gave it a couple of coats of creamy white chalk paint.

Thrift Store Upcycle project - faux suitcase decor - wooden box painted - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Now for the straps. I used a hot glue gun to attach pieces of ribbon where the straps would be, about 3 inches in from each side.

 

Thrift Store Upcycle - Wooden box - faux suitcase project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Then I added the “rivets” using a hammer.

 

Thrift Store Upcycle - Wooden box - faux suitcase tacks - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Thrift Store Upcycle - faux suitcase project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Somewhere along the lines I thought the black ribbon was too dark so I decided to paint it white to tone it down and match the color of the box. I wasn’t crazy about it but went with it because I wanted to see what it looked like all put together so I moved on to the handle.

The old leather strap was easy to cut with scissors and was also attached with the tacks.

 

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Once the handle was on I realized I definitely didn’t like the white straps. It was just too plain so I painted them espresso brown. So much better! Not as dark as the black and matched the handle and the worn spots of the wood. It did look a bit too new, though, so I hit it with the sand paper in places it would “wear” and then with some Vintage Photo distress ink. It was exactly what I was looking for…

 

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Thrift Store Upcycle Project - Faux suit case vignette - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love it mixed in with the globe, antique binoculars and old books. It’s got a vintage travel feel.

The Pottery Barn Inspired Shelf that is sits on was also a project and you can see that here. The key art just below was another thrift store upcycle and you can see that here.

 

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This thrift store upcycle went from an old wooden box that cost $5 to a faux vintage suit case. It adds personality to the space, is great for storing things and is versatile enough to be used in any season. I actually had the ribbon, the tacks and chalk paint on hand from other projects but it still would have been about $15 to make it if I had to buy everything. It’s not exactly “theirs” but it’s exactly what I wanted.

 

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I hope this post gets your creative juices flowing! Do you see past what things are to what they could be? Do you have an upcycle project in mind? If so,

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Reclaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe Towel Bar - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Reclaimed Wood & Pipe Towel Rack

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our Reclaimed Wood & Pipe Towel Rack and it’s as easy-peasy as it gets.  I was so excited to find out that our Project Challenge this month happened to be to use reclaimed wood because I love the color, texture and character it has. I knew exactly what I would do with it. I’m joining four other bloggers for this challenge and you can see their creative projects below too!

 

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For me, choosing a project for this challenge was a “no-brainer”. Seems like I was always looking for a towel to dry my hands on after I used the kitchen sink. I would pull one out of the drawer, walk around the kitchen with it (multi-tasking of course) and put it down somewhere and the next time I needed it, couldn’t find it. So I decided to create a place to hang one right by the sink.

 

Relaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe Towel Bar - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I knew I wanted to use plumbing pipe because I love that industrial look and feel so I picked up the pieces I needed at Home Depot:

  • (2) 1/2 ” flanges
  • (2) 1/2″ elbows
  • (2) 1/2″ x 2″  black steel nipples
  • (1) 1/2″ x 12″  black steel nipple

For the back, I chose this old piece of reclaimed wood we had out in our stash in all its weathered glory.

 

Reclaimed Wood & Pipe Towel Rack - Project Challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I assembled the pieces and scrubbed them down with soap and water to remove any grease. Then I spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze to a darker uniform color.

 

Reclaimed Wood & Pipe Towel Rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We then screwed the flanges to the wood. We could have adding hangers to the back, but decided to screw it directly to the wall because it’s a bit on the heavy side.

Reclaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe & Wood Towel Rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once it was up on the wall, the silver screws we used to attach the bar to the reclaimed wood stood out like a sore thumb. I covered them up with some black craft paint.

 

Relaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe Towel Bar = Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Good as new. So this project literally took about an hour to do and that included the spray paint drying. It cost me about $20 for all of the pieces of pipe. I’m sure I could find a plain towel rack for cheaper but who wants a boring old, run of the mill towel rack??

 

Reclaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe towel rack - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Give me something with character any day! 🙂

The coffee sign was a project a few months ago and you can see that here.

 

Reclaimed Wood Project Challenge - Pipe Towel Bar - Upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Do you have a love of reclaimed wood like me?  What type of project would you do with it? Don’t forget to check out my lovely blogger friends and their reclaimed wood projects below for more inspiration.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Molly from Just a Little Creativity

project challenge wooden box

 

Michelle from Shelstring

Project Challenge Reclaimed Wood Projects

Emily from Domestic Deadline

project challenge wooden menu board

 

Karen from Somewhat Quirky Designs

project challenge wooden sign

 

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Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover

Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing our rustic coffee table makeover. I picked up this poor little table at a garage sale a couple of years ago and gave it it’s original makeover then. You can see that here.  It’s gotten pretty beat up in two years and the top has finally had it or maybe I’ve just had it with looking at all those scratches and wait, is that an excuse for a new project??? I think so…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - table before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I absolutely adore the color of the bottom of this table so that will stay as is. It’s just happy. I really wanted to do something more rustic with the top so we decided to add planks. We wanted to use the same rough saw pine we used in our Pottery Barn inspired shelf and end table.

I wanted to make it a bit bigger and planned to have the edges hang over one inch on all sides so we needed 38 inches across total. To break it up a bit, we used (6) 5 inch boards and (2) 4 inch boards.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover using rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I sanded each board a bit especially on the edges so that they would fit tightly together and then screwed them on from the bottom so you can’t see it. What a difference already, right?!?

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once they were secured, I used the palm sander to go over the entire top with 120 grit sandpaper to get a nice smooth surface without losing too much of the character of the wood.  Then I used Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Golden Oak and this rustic coffee table makeover is almost done.

Nice pic, thanks Kev…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with stained rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So the color was so rich when it was still wet and I knew it may dry lighter so I may have to do another coat. Here it is with the first coat..

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Stain Completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love that it’s not perfect and that is has knots and grooves and rough patches and the stain emphasizes the saw marks. It just feels like it has so much more life now.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw pine with character - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here it is in it’s spot in the family room.  You can see how it’s lightened up so I will definitely be doing another coat of stain to make it a bit darker. I love how the colors in the wood still play off the colors in the stone of the fireplace.

 

Rustic Coffee Table - Rough saw pine added to an old table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - with a new rough saw pine top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the way it turned out ! It definitely is a more rustic than before and has a lot more personality.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of giving new life to an old piece. Do you have a re-do project in mind for a piece of furniture you have?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

Laundry Room Organization For Under $100

Today I’m sharing our long overdue laundry room organization for, believe it or not, under $100! When we were building the house almost 10 years ago, a huge beautiful laundry room just wasn’t in the budget. It’s more of a laundry closet really. Regardless, I still spend quite a bit of my time in that space so why not have it be enjoyable, am I right? So after looking at a not-so-inspirational space for so long, it was time.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Eeekk. So not only was it a bit dreary and boring but it was also not the best use of space. Here’s what we did to make it crazy functional and much more interesting. First things first, a new coat of paint.  I had this paint left over from a project we had done a few years ago. I think it’s called Embarcadero by Valspar.  It was just what the space needed to brighten it up. It looks a bit purple-y in this picture but it’s really like a cement block gray.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

To add a bit more personality and interest, I decided on stripes. I used a 4 foot level and a ruler to outline 8 inch stripes in pencil on the wall and then used painters tape to mark off the lines

 

Laundry Room Organization - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding personality with stripes

 

Truth be told, I ran out of painters tape and had to free hand some of the stripes. That is when a really good quality brush comes in handy 🙂  This shade of white is called Creamy White by Behr and it is the trim color you see throughout our house.

Here are the completed stripes. Crazy better, right?!

 

Laundry Room Organization Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So to make better use of the space we wanted to take advantage of the height and added more shelves. We used MDF which comes pre-cut in 12″ x 8′ boards from Home Depot. I think they are in the closet section. We’ve used MDF on prior projects like our Mudroom. Now, the thing about MDF is it bubbles when it gets really wet so I gave the boards a thick coat of primer and then 2 coats of the Creamy White paint just in case the laundry detergent leaks or something.

For the shelf brackets, I picked up these inexpensive white ones at Home Depot and spray painted them Oil Rubbed Bronze for some contrast.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Add Shelves to make better use of space

 

Here they are spray painted…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - Adding the shelves

 

I also wanted to add a space to hang shirts straight from the dryer so I used an inexpensive wooden towel bar I picked up at Walmart mounted upside down on the top shelf. It was a bit too long at 18″ so we cut it down to fit the space and then I painted it to match the stripes/shelves.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Hanging space using an inexpensive towel bar

 

The space would not be complete without a DIY sign so I made this cute little sign out of an old piece of wood and some stencils. I always write it out on paper before I paint so that I can make sure it will fit and the spacing is correct.

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Another key element of good laundry room organization is storage so I added some baskets for storing cleaning supplies. I threw in something pretty for a pop of color and with everything installed, here’s the final product…

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Life on Kaydeross Creek - DIY Laundry Sign

 

So much nicer to open the doors and see a bright cheery space when you have to do a chore. I thought about adding cute beverage dispensers with the little spout for the detergent but, honestly, I have read that they just get clogged and I really didn’t want to spend the money. Here is the breakdown of what this update cost:

  • (2) 8′ MDF boards – $22  (I already had the short one)
  • (6) metal shelf bracket $24
  • Wooden towel rack $10
  • Paint – Free – had it
  • DIY Laundry Sign – Free
  • Washboard – Free
  • Baskets – already had these but if you had to purchase them at Michaels you can get them at 50% off for like $10.
  • Glass jar with chalkboard label – had it but if you had to purchase it you could find it here.

So even if I had to buy the baskets, the entire project would have cost $76. What it really cost me was time. It took about 12 hours to complete but it was worth every minute. 🙂

 

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Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint and Creative DIY Project plus Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100!

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Using Paint and Creative DIY projects - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Laundry Room Organization for Under $100 - Paint, DIY Projects and Farmhouse Touches - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have any room updates on a budget in your future? How do you save money on your projects?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Top 10 favorite projects from Life on Kaydeross Creek - furniture re-dos, upcycled projects and Room updates

My Top 10 Posts of 2016 & A Couple Fails, Too

Just in case you missed it or if you’re new here (Welcome!), I wanted to share my top 10 posts of 2016. I’d also like to share a couple of not so great projects that didn’t make it on the blog at all .  Yes, that happens, and if you need a good laugh, you can see a few from last year here. 2016 was a very productive year for us here on Kaydeross Creek. Here we go…

10.  DIY Farmhouse Tray & Display Box – I love this project because it can be used in any room for any season. It’s easy to style and functional, too.

 

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9. Decorating with Garage Sale Finds, How to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck I’m all about decorating for less so this one was a favorite to write. I love the thrill of the hunt!

 

Top 10 Posts - Garage Sale Tips - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

8. Rustic Wall Decor Project – This was such a fun and easy, not to mention inexpensive, project. It was one I immediately could picture when I found that grater.

 

Top 10 Posts - Upcycle Challenge - Rustic Wall Art - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

7. Upcycled Tin Wall Vase – This project was not something I originally planned but was a pleasant surprise. I think it turned out cuter than I expected.

 

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6. Painted Antique Hutch  – The top 10 posts list would not be complete without a big furniture transformation. When I found this piece a the Salvation army for, wait for it, $35, I knew it had to come home with me. I love the new life it found with a couple of coats of the prettiest shade of gray paint.

 

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5. Old Frame Becomes a New Tray – I loved this project! What a wonderful use for an old frame.

 

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4. Industrial Style Bookshelf – Talk about a transformation. From a rusty shelf in someone’s garage to a stylish piece of furniture you could find a Pottery Barn.

 

Top 10 Posts - Industrial Style bookshelf - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

3. Mudroom Organization – This was a labor of love and a long time coming but the result was exactly what we pictured and what we needed to keep organized, farmhouse style.

 

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2. Fixer Upper Metal Wall Decor –  I love doing things a bit out of the ordinary and this one is definitely different! Such a cool piece it had to make the top 10 posts. 🙂

 

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and the #1 spot goes to….. drum roll please…..

The Adirondack Style Hot Cocoa Bar – This was actually a few projects rolled into one. First we started with the Lean-to and then I made the signs. It all came together in the Ultimate Adirondack hot cocoa bar. Stay tuned with this one as there are more plans in the works for 2017 🙂

 

Top 10 Posts - How to create the ultimate hot cocoa bar - Adirondack Style. With some simple projects and cute details

 

 

Honorable mention: Decorating with Meaning

 

Top 10 Posts - Decorating with Meaning - Family Heirlooms and Memorable pieces to decorate your home - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So there are my top 10 posts from 2016. There are those projects that I just can’t wait to share and then there are the ones that, well, I know are not gonna make the blog at some point while I’m working on them. Here’s one…

 

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So I thought “how cute would it be if I simply tied bits of an old shirt and burlap together on a grape vine wreath?” Turns out, not so cute. It just didn’t work for me.

Then there’s this…

 

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The idea was to “age” the bottles a bit using some brown paint but they just came out looking like dirty bottles.

And then there was this paint technique I tried. The product ended up working great on another project but this piece was definitely the wrong one to try it on. You can see the bumps all over it. Awful!

 

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Ick! So, there you have it. There are also quite a few half finished ones that I am on the fence about. Maybe you’ll see some of those this year. Here’s what you’ll definitely see this year just to name a few…

  • We’re building a barn!
  • Updated Master Bedroom walk-in closet on a budget in just a couple weeks
  • Updated laundry area on a budget
  • Lots of furniture re-dos
  • Lots of upcycled projects
  • Finish the basement playroom for the kids
  • Added pantry storage in the kitchen

Thank you so much for spending some of your time with me today. I hope you’ll come back and check out some of the other projects coming up! Do you have some of your own projects lined up? I’d love to hear about them!!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

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Christmas Kitchen – Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour – Part 2

Last week I shared my Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour  to kick off the season with a lovely group of ladies as part of a Christmas blog hop. Today I’m sharing part 2 of my Christmas Home Tour, the Christmas kitchen, dining room and mudroom.  Truth be told, it’s a lot of work to put one of these bad boys together and was just too much to do all at once.

So since I love the red and black accents mixed with the greens, I carried over the same Adirondack, rustic touches mixed with lots of vintage, farmhouse pieces and DIY projects.

 

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Ok so first thing first, it never looks like this or stays like this anyway. You know it. I know it. I mean we live here right??  In a few hours the counter will be covered with back backs, school papers, snack wrappers etc. so you know I feel your pain. In the mean time, let’s just enjoy the calm, shall we??  If you were here, we could sit and have coffee or whatever you like to sip 🙂

So, on with the tour. The white tray on the island above, which comes in handy for every season, was a DIY project a few months ago. You can see that here. The recipe below is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. You know the one with the red and white checkered cover. It’s my favorite go-to when I actually feel like cooking. I simply printed it out on card stock and rubbed  it with some antiquing ink and a cotton rag. Free and easy.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Trees, trees, everywhere!  I love my mini trees and I love them even more in cute little tins like this one…

 

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The pieces in the tray were either found at my go to antique store in my town, thrift store or at Brimfield. I added the bells to the candle just because they’re cute.

 

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Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love the pops of red everywhere!  To me, red is just warm and feels like Christmas.

 

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Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Our dining room is all windows (no curtains needed here in the woods) so the only thing to decorate really is the table. I kept it simple this year with my favorite tray from American Farmhouse and, of course, reds and greens. The colors just pop off of the gray walls and the white snow outside. The cute little pillows are from Target.

 

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The pitcher in the tray is from HomeGoods,  the candlestick holders are from Michaels and the antlers are from Target.

 

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Last year my cute little tree was in the dining room but I switched things up this year and put it in the kitchen. The butcher block that it sits on is one of my oldest and very favorite pieces.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We just recently finished the mudroom and you can see that here. I love it all decked out for Christmas!

 

Christmas Kitchen and Mudroom - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Christmas Kitchen and Mudroom - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

We picked this sled up in Brimfield last year. It weighs a ton and Poor hubby had to carry it like a mile back to the car. He’s a trooper 🙂 I can’t wait to go again in the Spring to see what unique things we can find!

 

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I use the Pepsi tray below to corral different things throughout the year. The antique measuring cup that the little tree sits in I picked up at an antique store and the other tin is from Michaels.

 

Christmas Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So some simple farmhouse and vintage finds mixed with red and green accents make for a cozy Christmas Kitchen space. Only a few more weeks until the big day to enjoy it all and probably only few hours left for me to enjoy the clean kitchen. Time to grab a cup of coffee and stare at the pretty lights in peace for awhile before I can’t see the counter again. Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful Christmas!!

 

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And as always, Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

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A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

Hello my friends and welcome to the 2016 Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour! I”m so thrilled to be joining 15 other lovely bloggers for a wonderful collection of Christmas home tours and beautiful decor inspiration shared over 4 days this week.  Thank you to Christina from Christina’s Adventures for organizing the tour this year.  She shared her space yesterday so stop on over and say Hi! Here is a sneak peak of all of the tours. The links are at the bottom of this post so inspiration is just a click away. Enjoy 🙂

 

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If this is your first time visiting me on Life on Kaydeross Creek, Welcome!!  I’m so glad you’re here and hope you’ll find some inspiration for some new projects. You can get to know me a little by checking our our story here.

So let’s get started on this Farmhouse Christmas Home tour, shall we? I’ll start with our family room. It’s my favorite room in the house and also the center of our home. We live close to the Adirondacks so the style influences my decor throughout the year and there are touches of it everywhere including the faux deer heads and antlers. I love the mix of different plaids and the warmth of the red and black scattered with the greens of the mini trees and faux branches. I used some of the same elements from last year and you can see that tour here.

 

Family Room all decked out for Christmas - Farmhouse Christmas Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I always leave the task of choosing our tree to my husband because he has a great eye for it. He did a great job as always this year. 🙂  The ornaments are a mis-matched bunch of handmade pieces made by our kids and lovingly given to each of us as gifts or things we have collected on family vacations. I love that each one has meaning.

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The shelf in the family room is something we made from 2 corbels and barn wood years ago. The ski’s I picked up in Brimfield. You can see one of those trips here.  The wreath is from Target but you can find one here. The deer head and smaller mini tree are from Michaels and the rest is garage sale or thrift store finds.

 

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A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

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I made all of the gift tags this year from simple white tags, Chrismtas stamps/ink and scrapbook paper all from Michaels.  The matching ribbon and twine are from Micheals as well.

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

These tags are just made from small cut out sections of a piece of scrapbook paper outlined with a fine tip paint pen from Michaels.

 

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The other tags are simple wooden slices my husband cut for me from small branches. I used the same fine tip paint pen to write Merry Christmas and then a larger tip gold paint pen for the dots.

 

DIY Christmas Gift Tags - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Family Room & Christmas Tree - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Across from the tree is our fireplace. You can see where we completed that last summer here.

 

Family Room Fireplace - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

The decorations on the mantel are a collection of things from thrift stores and fleamarkets. The screen and metal milk can I picked up in Brimfield this year. The Santa I got at the Salvation Army and the crock I have had for years. I love the way the silver, white and green play off of the blues and browns of the stone. I made the Believe sign from a an old piece of barnwood and a homemade stencil. I share that project soon.

 

Christmas Mantel - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This old tool caddy we found out in the barn at our old house over 20 years ago. What better way to display candles and greens for a Farmhouse Christmas Home tour? 🙂

 

Family Room Fireplace - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Just past the Christmas tree is our play/kids TV room…

 

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I made this sign from an old cabinet door and stencils.

 

Fresh Cut Christmas Tree sign - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This sled is one of my favorite things. There’s a great story behind it and you can read about that here.

 

Christmas Tree in an Antique Sled - A Very Farmhouse Christmas Tour - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

This hutch was a project from this summer. You can see that transformation here.

 

Antique Hutch Vignette - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Playroom Decorated for Christmas - A Very Farmhouse Christmas - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Many of the things I have decorated with have come from thrift store or garage sales or I have made it myself.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look beautiful. I recently shared 20 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget and you can read that here.  Next up I’ll be sharing the Christmas Tour of my Kitchen, Dining room and Mudroom so stay tuned!!

 

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Now that you’ve seen my house, continue on to Unexpected Elegance‘s blog to see their beautiful Christmas house tour!

Monday

Christina’s Adventures

A House and a Dog

Postcards From the Ridge

The Design Twins

Tuesday

Burlap Bow Decor

MisDIY Blog

My Life on Kaydeross Creek

Unexpected Elegance

Wednesday

The Rustic Life

Seeking Lavender Lane

Lehman Lane

Craftivity Designs

 

Thursday

The Hamby Home

Nesting Blissfully Interiors

Twelve on Main

 

Thank you so much for sharing some of your time with me this busy Holiday season. I hope you found some inspiration and that you have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family!

Happy DIY’ing!

Col