Pine Cone Easter Decor

Because they’re free….

After picking up rotten oranges and pine cones that made their way onto my lawn I decided to toss the oranges but not the cones. I needed something to fill terra-cotta pots for my centerpieces and I recently saw a wreath made of painted pine cone bottoms. Just in case you didn’t know it the bottom of a pine cone looks like a flower when painted. So I pulled out some happy paint colors and a paint brush and went to work. Then I added chalk paint to the pots so I can write funny stuff on them for the party. You know, Hoppy Easter, For peeps sake, egg-cellent etc….  Did I say funny

Funky Vintage Furniture Upcycles

Upcycling everyday items into unique pieces of furniture has been a practice used by the crafty and handy, as well as interior and furniture designers, for many years.

Well the tables have turned! I found some fabulous Upcycles where furniture has been transformed into something spectacular and functional.

Enjoy!

Piano fountain

Piano fountain


Coffee table turned into a bench

Coffee table turned into a bench

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Fish tank in a vintage TV

Fish tank in a vintage TV

 

Piano bookshelf

Vintage sewing machine frame transformed into a vanity

Vintage sewing machine frame transformed into a vanity

Small chest kitchen island.  Just add paint a counter-top of choice

Small chest kitchen island. Just add paint a counter-top of choice

Nightstand reinvented

Nightstand reinvented

Posterbed swing

Posterbed swing

DIY Wooden Picture Frame

Awesome idea posted by DecoratedChaos blogspot.com. Take a simple piece of wood, paint and distress edges with sandpaper. Add a photo with upholstery tacks and a strip of lace. Love it!

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Repurposed Button Shirt Upcycle Pillow Cover

Here’s a creative new use for those old button-down shirts that have been hanging in your closets for years because they just don’t fit or have a small stain or hole in them. You know exactly what I’m talking about, so pull them out of your closets along with your sewing machine and recreate! 

Simply button up he shirt, measure the size of your pillow insert (if you have one) then cut and sew. It’s that easy.

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Vintage Book Upcycle Ideas

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Use pages to wrap gifts

Don’t give away those old books ladies and gentlemen! Let your imaginations run wild and put those pages and hard covers, that have a great vintage vibe, to use.

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Make a holiday wreath

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Paper flowers make a cute garland

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Cute birdhouse made from children’s books

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Stack colorful books in unique shapes

Simply Stacked Vintage Bench Shelves

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I love this idea for repurposing distressed, vintage benches. BHG.com has awesome ideas on DIY which is where I found this great look.  Simply stack benches and add your own fabulous finds.  They did attach them to the wall for safety.  

You can also get this look by stacking  rectangular coffee and end tables. I can’t wait to try this!

 

Repurpose CD’s as Party Invitations

I found a simple way to make unique party or wedding invitations using cd’s and labels. Print or order labels, attach them to a cd and mail them out to friends and family.
I purchased a huge stack of cd’s, five years ago, with every intention of using them ALL by burning all of my favorite songs on to them. Of course, like many of you, I still have a pile of them stacked next to my computer, and what a great way to make use of them.
There are labels you can purchase and print anything you want on to them, then just peel and stick to your cd. You can also order cd labels online with different themes some of which are shown here. If your ambitious enough add songs that coordinate with your party theme.
Simple, easy and great way to repurpose those left-over cd’s!
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Vanity stool t-shirt upcycle

I found this vanity stool at a thrift shop for only $10.00! It’s tarnished gold frame and it’s bland fabric seat was crying for help. I had a great vintage looking t-shirt that was given to me as a gift, and a can of black spray paint. I removed the seat, painted the base and stapled the shirt on the bottom of the seat. Attached top back to base and I had a “wow” moment. I love it and it will look great in my sons room as our small tribute to the Beatles.

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Bathroom mirror frame

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Replacing that big, old-fashioned landscape mirror in a bathroom seems to be our first temptation when remodeling or updating a bathroom. It is usually replaced with a smaller, uniquely shaped mirror, or mirrors, with a great frame that compliments the rest of our decor.
Well I say keep that old mirror. It provides more coverage than almost anything you’ll find out there. All it needs is some sprucing up. I found this great, simple idea of adding molding to the outside of the mirror, and they look fabulous. Customizing it with different shapes of molding and adding your own paint color or stain is half the fun. When complete it looks like an high dollar custom job.

Easy DIY craft desk

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What an easy, inexpensive project. I found this on Pinterest a few months ago and wanted to share it again. Two simple shelves units are being used to support the top made out of painted plywood, cut to size, and added molding. It’s the perfect size for large and small projects and has storage to boot. Love this!