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4.19.2018

a Tale of Two Tables...

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 what do you do with a broken table?  i hang the tabletops on walls!

i came across a pair of oval end tables at a garage sale - and both had broken legs.
thing was, i loved the scalloped shape of them and the ogee edges, so i bought them -
and then took 'em home and removed all of the legs and the aprons.
now simply a flat surface, they were perfect for transforming into wall art...

one of them, shown above, got a few coats of eggshell white paint, a quick sanding, 
and a large picture hanger attached to the back to hang vertically - 
ready for whatever came next.

what came next was a yard sale where i stumbled across a very large hornet's nest on a branch.
no, it wasn't in a tree - it was lying on a table. and it was for sale. (and yes, it was empty!!)
(it wins the prize for the most unusual thing i've ever found while junking!)

i bought it and took it back to the shop, where i glued it onto the tabletop.
and, voila', i had the most unique art piece i have ever created - and sold. 
which i guess goes to show that art is indeed in the eye of the beholder. 

i hope you'll leave a comment and tell me what the most unusual thing you've ever hung on your wall is!
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the second identical tabletop was painted with ivory paint and sanded, 
then i hand-painted the word 'flowers' onto it, as shown above, with layers of grey paint washes.
two hooks in the top made it ready to hang horizontally.

(i don't remember who bought it from me, but i have always pictured it in my mind as 
hanging outside of a small florist shoppe on a tiny back alleyway in Victoria, BC.)

i share these projects because i hope you will remember to see cast-off items as materials,
rather than only what they actually are. a table isn't necessarily a table
it's project wood that you can do anything with!

shared online:

sincerely paula | no rules weekend blog party #281

4.16.2018

Rustic Signpost from Scrap Wood

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one of the projects i undertook this weekend was a refresh of something i created a year ago...
and those two lower boards shown above are the reason why.

this was inspired by fun directional signs in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure,
and i used scraps of wood left over from my Dad's workshop to create it. 
(there's a photo of the entire structure later in the post)
i needed a few more pieces of wood to add two new locations,
and i discovered a SUPER cheap supply secret at my local diy store!

continue reading to find out where you can find cheap wood for rustic signs...

4.12.2018

diy Vintage Lamp Makeover - in 1 Step!

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paint is by far my favorite decorating tool...
it's inexpensive (sometimes FREE). it's easy to find. it's not hard to store.
and the possibilities of what it can DO are astounding!

sometimes a paint project requires additional elements and many steps
(like the faux concrete treatment i've shared - and the faux rust treatment that i HAVEN'T shared)
but sometimes, it's one step easy-peasy. that was this project... 
and just WAIT until you see the 'before'!!!

continue reading for the Before & After - AND my secret for a perfect gloss finish...

4.09.2018

Tablecloth as Patio Umbrella Cover!

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last week, i showed you what i did with a glass round 'tabletop'
 that used to sit on top of the tablecloth on one of my Mom's pressboard 'accent tables'.
tables that i threw OUT when we moved. because... well... i really don't have to tell you WHY, right?! 

today, i'm going to show you what i did with a tablecloth that she used to have on that table!
continue reading to see how it moved up in the world...

4.05.2018

Mirror, Mirror... Not at All!

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a number of years ago, i found this mirror frame in a thrift store...
it had been separated from the dresser it belonged to, and the mirror glass was missing,
so it was basically just an empty frame. a beautiful empty frame!
i couldn't pass up the $2 price tag, so i took it home...
and with a few easy steps and one super-cheap secret, it became what you see here:
a lovely framed bulletin board!

i made and sold that bulletin board as shown above, without a dresser.
to give you an idea of what it would look like if you did this to a mirror frame WITH a dresser:
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DISCLAIMER: these are not my dressers. these are not my photos, either - they were on a defunct sales site.
i've edited them to add
a burlap-covered bulletin board to the mirror frames to illustrate my idea.

ok, wanna' know my secret?
i use large acoustic ceiling tiles as bulletin boards!

* they are inexpensive, and their white color works behind any fabric OR can be painted.
* they are lightweight and easy to work with - just cut with an electric knife!
* they come in large rectangular sizes, so they'll fit just about any frame -
a dresser mirror, like this, or a door with a window opening, or a window frame.
and get some tips for making your own version of this project!

shared online:

funky junk interiors | diy salvaged junk projects #422

yesterday on tuesday |  project inspire{d} #268
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4.02.2018

Tripping Was NOT in My Plan...

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you know those bloggers that create a plan for their blog posts?
like, a three month list of what gets published when - and including what content ?
that must be nice.
i plan my seasonal content ahead, i do - but more often than not 
i find myself putting an unscheduled project together on the fly at the last minute, for one reason or another, 
and it turns out SO GOOD that i just have to share it. today's post is a great example.

oh, yeah, that 'last minute' part? you could add 'by accident' to that, too.
because i nearly had an accident in my studio - and that's how this particular project came about...

continue reading to find out how my klutziness worked in my favor!