Junk to Joy

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I’ve been working on this new little vignette on my back deck. What I really want to do is this:http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/05/21/staining-pressure-treated-wood-railings/?_szp=478801
I’m not sure I can convince Saint to whitewash our stained deck, but I sure love the look, don’t you? At any rate, I did want to do something different. In my pile of leftover junk stash of materials, I had some ridiculous drawers left over from a desk that was “thrown in” when I bought some end tables. Kind of like at an auction when you have to take an entire box of junk when all you wanted was one door handle. We kindled the fire with most of the parts of the desk, but I’ve seen so many uses for odd drawers on Pinterest (and these were definitely odd drawers) that I hoarded hid them away for a later use. I didn’t even bother with a before picture of the wobbly old desk.

So, this week, when my partner in crime, aka soon to be granddaughter, Elle, came over, we first worked on a project for her new room. After the wedding, Kris, Shannon, and the girls will be moving into their new house in the country. Elle said she wanted a giraffe in her new room because that was her favorite animal. Well, who knew that a giraffe is also my favorite wild animal? We didn’t go out and buy a giraffe, but we did work on these cute little canvas frames to which we paper mached (Is there really a past tense form of that word?) giraffe print scrapbook paper to the canvas, let it dry, and hot glued the letters to her name. Simple, but very cute, right? Not as cute as Elle, of course, but we think it will be perfect for the wall above her bed.DSC00212

Next, she helped me with some painted terra cotta pots. We painted chalkboard labels on so I could fill them with herbs and use them in the vignette I was planning with those old drawers. DSC00217
I didn’t get this on film, but Elle painted her pots without getting a drop of paint anywhere except on the pot. I, on the other hand, as usual, yes, the other hand, and the other hand…covered.
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After Elle and I went to a little tea room for lunch, and she had to go home, I worked on the display. Using a color similar to that of the pots, I dry brushed paint across the fronts of the drawers, hardware and all. I filled the drawers with potting soil and began to add plants. I stacked them, first this way and then that, until I had the look I wanted. Next, I added a darling wire cage my daughter brought me for Mother’s Day. To it, I added some crinkled ribbon and a fabric rose and placed the spicy globe basil plant inside.
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This lovely plant that our son gave me for Mother’s Day, along with a cherished plaque given to us by a friend from church fill up the table by the settee.
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And I hung up two old lanterns Saint got at a local farm auction. I can’t decide if I want to keep them here or take them in the camping trailer.
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Yes, it’s a far cry from the loveliness of the porch from Heart and Home, but it’s a nice change of scenery for summer, and I repurposed the old drawers. Sometimes junk can be joyful.

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MOVE THAT BUS!

I miss hearing those words! The work Extreme Makeovers did in Joplin, MO was just short of miraculous. I wish I had something that awesome and helpful to post, but actually, I do have the results of our little camping trailer makeover to share with you…nothing extreme, for sure, but cute as a button, nevertheless. I’ve already shared the painting of the cabinets which lightened up the area considerably, so today,
let me begin with the window treatments. Here are the before pictures:
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The heavy lambrequins have been replaced. In keeping with the coastal tones that I had hoped for, I chose to mix natural and bleached burlap with a blue and white ticking striped fabric. At first, I tried to create the “poufs” I wanted by bunching and tying. That was ok, but not the look I wanted. I remembered the plastic “create a valance” frames I had picked up at a garage sale 3 for a dollar, and yes, I actually found them without any too much trouble. I used the hot glue gun to tack the poufs in place. I made these fabric flowers as accent pieces. I found these cuties here I didn’t follow the tutorial, just made my own by ruffling some with needle and thread and tacking together, and others by ruffling and attaching with hot glue. Either way worked just fine.DSC00060
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I added panels of the striped fabric to the window beside the sofa, but not to the window over the sink.
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Remember what the sofa looked like before? Lots of country blue print fabric. I thought this would be my biggest challenge because I wasn’t sure how to remove or reupholster it. Well, nothing says coastal like slip covers, and I had another brilliant idea. I tried a queen sized fitted sheet. It was too big. I tried a full sized fitted sheet. Still too big. I have no twin beds, but I borrowed a single fitted sheet from my bff, and voila! Just right. A stretchy T shirt sheet set from WalMart for about $15.00 worked perfectly.
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The booth cushions were covered with the same print. Saint helped me cover them with the navy striped fabric (also picked up in the pillow above) and keep them intact by duct taping; a trick learned years ago from Christopher Lowell on HGTV.
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And here it is.
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We covered the blue trim around the booth, under the sofa, above the door with burlap. I repurposed some white sheers and made tie backs with the blue ticking fabric. The ship in the background was one of the few purchases I made for this project.DSC00084
Here is the before picture of the bedroom.
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I’m not too wild about how these window treatments turned out, but the good thing is they untie to block out all the light. I like a dark room for sleeping. Here, I reused the banner from a baby shower above the bed. I’m still looking for a new comforter and shams, but this one is still okay for now.
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I’ll take more pictures when we get this girl on the road, but right now, I kind of like the way she turned out. I think this is still my favorite part.
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The chalkboard paint on the old fridge. Can’t wait to say, “Move that trailer!”