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

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today for part one of this Spring Home Tour. Part two is coming up and will feature the kitchen, dining room and mudroom so I hope you’ll stay tuned. 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

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 it 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

Pinterest

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”.

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 it! 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

 

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.

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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

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And a challenge it was…

 

Antique Sewing Machine Makeover - thrift store upcycle challenge Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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!

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

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.

 

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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.

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

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.

 

5 Easy Ways to upcycle and decorate with vintage books - books covered in fabric - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

15 simple ways to decorate with books - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

 

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

Desire to Inspire

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

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

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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.

 

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

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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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.

 

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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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