Archive | March 2013

A Medicine Cabinet Remodel…a what?

You look in it everyday.  It holds some of your most important daily items.  It’s neglected.

Our bathroom is very neutral in color, so I figured adding a little surprise splash of color in the medicine cabinet is a great way to sneak some in.  Color helps create energy and, Lord knows, I can use a little assistance with that in the morning!  I painted the inside of the door with chalkboard paint, so I can leave notes to my family and leave myself reminders of products we are running low on, if I took my vitamins, and anything else that pops into my head.  I used a ‘Tiffany Blue’ acrylic paint for the back of the cabinet and for the thin wood trim I used to frame in the chalkboard.  A few organizers from The Container Store tidied up my products and my mornings just got a little bit happier!

Here is the ordinary cabinet before:

Here it is after:

What you’ll need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • A small amount of colored latex or acrylic (I just bought a small $2 bottle from the art store, so I didn’t have to pay for a full quart).  It doesn’t take much paint for this small project.
  • Thin wood trim.  I bought mine at the hobby store (in the section where tons of very thin and small strips of wood are sold to be used for architectural models).  The wood needs to be thin, so the cabinet door will shut all the way.  If you don’t want to deal with a wood frame you can simply paint a stripe around the chalkboard or not have any edging around it at all.
  • Paintbrush, tape, and glue (if you use a wood trim around the chalkboard)

Tape the edge of your cabinet to protect it and apply 2 coats of chalkboard paint.

If you make a wood frame: paint the trim first (so you don’t have to be careful once it’s installed), measure the size of your chalkboard and glue the pieces up (I taped them together on the back first, applied all the glue, and then adhered it in one piece.

Sparkle Blossoms Necklace


Materials List

  • Metal and Glass Flower Petal Slider – Gold-tone (7) *Petal Slider*
  • Metal and Glass Flower Round Slider – Gold-tone (6) *Round Flower Slider*
  • Eye Pins, 2″ – Antique Gold-tone (23)
  • Head Pins, 2″ – Antique Gold-tone (2)
  • Jump Rings, 4mm – Antique Gold-tone (10)
  • Jump Rings, 6mm – Antique Gold-tone (4)
  • Oval Chain, 3″ – Matte Gold
  • Vintage-style Filigree Box Clasp
  • Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Project Instructions

Step 1 Using a 2″ eye pin, string petal slider and form a simple loop. Set aside. (Center pendant.)

Step 2 Using 2″ eye pin, string round flower slider and form a simple loop. Using 2″ head pin, string seed bead, top left side of slider, and form a simple loop. Set aside.

Step 3 Using 2″ eye pin, string round flower slider and form a simple loop. Using 2″ head pin, string seed bead, top left side of slider, and form a simple loop. Set aside.

Step 4 Using 4mm jump ring, attach center pendant to slider in Step 2. Repeat on other side with slider in Step 3.

Step 5 Using 2″ eye pin, string petal slider and form a simple loop. Repeat one time on other side of slider. Repeat five times. Set aside.

Step 6 Using 2″ eye pin, string round flower slider and form a simple loop. Repeat one time on other side of slider. Repeat three times. Set aside.

Step 7 Connect flower sliders in the following order on the left side of necklace: Using 4mm jump ring, connect bottom right flower petal slider to round flower slider top left. Open loop on top right flower petal slider and connect to round flower slider top right. Repeat three times, alternating round flower slider and flower petal slider. Using two 6mm jump rings, connect flower petal slider to round flower slider. Repeat process one time on right side of necklace.

Step 8 Separate chain into four strands of three links. Connect two chains to top left side of necklace. Remove small rings from vintage style clasp. Using two 4mm jump rings, connect chain to each side of box slider. Repeat process one time on right side of necklace.

Share the Love Spring Floral Burlap Vase

Share the Love Spring Floral Burlap Vase

Materials List

■  Ashland™ Natural Inspiration Burlap Covered Vase
■  Flowers – Peachy/Orange Peonies, Peachy/Orange Hydrangea and Peachy/Orange Roses
■  Jewelry Piece – Design of Choice
■  Twine
■  E-6000® Adhesive
■  Floral Foam
■  Reindeer Moss
■  Wire Cutters
■  Scissors
■  Low Heat Glue Gun

Project Instructions

Fill vase with floral foam.

Cover with reindeer moss.

Cut floral stems to desired height for vase.

Wrap vase with twine three times. Secure with glue.

Cut off bail or any back the jewelry piece may have and glue it over center of twine. Use image as a guide.

Vintage Costume Jewelry: Upcycled & Repurposed (Shared)

Vintage costume jewelry is one of those things that’s really fun to upcycle into something new. Why? Because…well, they’re pretty, and sparkly, and girlie… and if you’re lucky enough to inherit some from your family, the pieces have a special meaning, since they are a connection not only to the past, but to the past of someone you love.

Enamel flower pins, rhinestone brooches, orphaned earrings with clusters of pearls – even shoe clips have new life once they’re upcycled into something new. Broken jewelry? There’s a reason you kept it, isn’t there? Check out the photos below and see what some creative folks have done with vintage costume jewelry and maybe you’ll be inspired to go on an old jewelry treasure hunt of your own!

*One final note: Before you disassemble or repurpose any vintage jewelry, make sure it’s not valuable! 

A few more versions of a vintage brooch bouquets…

vintage brooch bouquets

Deposit for a gray brooch posy -- made to order
Deposit on a ruby red heirloom brooch bridal bouquet -- made-to-order bridal bouquet

Not a bouquet type? How about a simple arrangement…

vintage brooch bouquet

Pretty packaging…

Great use for old costume jewelry...

wrapping paper and old costume jewelry

Or redesign them into something entirely new…

Vintage Brooch Necklace

Handmade necklace from old costume jewelry.

Vintage White Wedding & Gold Rhinestone Bridal Bracelet, Heirloom Floral Cluster Earring Bracelet OOAK

buckle using vintage jewelry Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry
Cute vintage jewelry belt buckle (above) and embellished purse (below) by Georgia Peachez

repurposed purse Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry

How about some home decor?

Jewelry tree

cheap costume jewelry = fabulous chandelier! will start collecting old baubles now...

Victorian Embellished Metal Picture Frames covered in Vintage and Costume Jewelry Pearls and Handpainted Charms

Sparkling Baby Blue Crystal and Rhinestone Jeweled Picture Frame OOAK

Vintage Sparkle Wreath

Gold and Pearl Vintage Jewelry Christmas by BrendaKristieandToni, $149.99

TO DO: Gather broken pieces, old beaded necklaces, and other vintage jewelry to embellish small wall mirror for the hallway  Costume jewelry mirror by georgiapeachez

 vintage jewelry brooches on handbag
Handbag covered with costume jewelry

junk jewelry windchime

Napkin rings from old costume jewelry
What do you think?

Decorating with “Junk”

Decorating With “Junk”

I just discovered a blog with amazingly unique, beautiful and jealousy-inducing ideas. Funky Junk Interiors is a blog that you need to visit and peruse through the posts. (I’m NOT getting paid to do this!!! The author of this blog doesn’t even know I exist.) Here are some of my favorites! Let’s play a game!!! Where are the big, ugly speakers in this picture? Can’t find them? That’s because they are INSIDE the lovely wooden trunk!!! Seriously! How classy to hide those speakers in something so rustic and beautiful!!! What’s missing in this picture? THE CORD to the clock, silly! Yes, she hid it using the lattice and other “junk.” Get this, it is not only cute, it’s functional. Hooks for keys, box for pens, papers, etc. Love it!!! This crazy headboard nade from an old sign may not be for everyone, but it certainly is the bomb for many!!! Think of a teenage boy or rebellious daughter. Would they not be the teen with the coolest decorated room out of all their friends? I think so!!! Maybe this would make them want to keep their room clean so everyone could see it. Your decorating dilemma is now solved. I’ve always loved how people use ladders as decor. This is one of the reasons why! So dainty, petite and lovely. May I have a used wooden step ladder, please? Why not use your old rusty canning lids to make a unique wreath? It sounds like a great idea to me. Doesn’t this make you want to build a rustic outbuilding in your yard? It does me! Old windows, flower boxes with an old gate, weathered wood, coca-cola sign, rusty tools, tin lid wreath, gorgeous dog! This has it all. Where is the spot for this baby? Have you ever thought to use an old horse gate for a coat rack? Probably not, but I bet you are rethinking that idea after seeing this. The bench over the shoes is to die for. Can I please find junk like this!!! I knew my husband was saving old tires for something! Now I know what it is! Isn’t he thoughtful to want to make me these tire plant boxes(?) for me? Yummy!Board and batten backsplash? I would know what that is unless somebody told me it was this sophisticated look. She’s is nice enough to share the secret of how to do this in your kitchen.

I think that is enough of the inspiration and beauty I can share with you from this blog about decorating with funky junk. If you weren’t inspired and in awe by that, you have a problem. Give Donna a shout out! I’m going to look for more junk for my already junky house!!!