Saturday, July 28, 2012

headboard bench

In case you dont know, i run another blog for card making and it was never really my intent to get started on any other hobbies.  I used to own a largish scrapbooking shop and teach aswell, then the cardmaking took over my life, i also liked to dabble in a bit of sewin however not very good at that.  I then stumbled across a whole new dimension of diy bloggers and often thought "when i start on my new home, i wanna be able to do this that and the next thing that i had seen these amazing diyers do"
Well one of them is Gail, hell what can i say about this amazing diy G"dess, she makes it all look so easy, when in fact i am sure that it is just cos she is SO CLEVER!!!  you have to see what she makes so head over i will see you in about two months, lmbo
She inspired me not to give up on my dream of being able to do the things i dream of doing.  Go and check out her amazing tutorial on Headboard benches and you will understand why i am in such awe of this lady.
So last week while my sister was visiting we decided to unpack my new mitre saw and table saw.  I gotta say, these are scary ass machines.  Nonetheless, we took the bull by the horns and tried our hand at making magic.  unfortunately we didnt follow the turorial done by Gail, we just did our own thing on a wing and a prayer.  Oh yes lots of prayers cos as i said those power tools can be very scary, you may read in future of a few missing appendages from these i gotta remember to always be careful.
So we started with this headboard, knocked together a box that we attached to the headboard and now i gotta make cushions for the seat.  I LOVE IT!! i am still in shock that i managed to actually make something that one can sit on without it calapsing, lol.

wheelbarrow planter

The same friend who gave me the side table that i gave a new lease on life was gonna throw out this wheel barrow.  As you can see it was full of cement and one of the arms was badly rusted, in fact while revamping this sad old guy, it fell off.
Never mind i told myself, just keep going its gonna be fine!
I hammered most of the cement off, gave the rusty ol devil a coat of rustproof to try and prevent any further rusting.  Once it was half way there, my husband said "you not putting that anywhere in our garden"
what?  i sure had news for him.  I gave this ol trusty a bit of love with some paint, and made a trip to the nursery, and i have to add here that green fingers i do not have!!  I added two and a half bags of potting soil and all these flowers that i bought at the nursery, i am now pleased to say that the flowers are flourishing and my wheel barrow that i brought back from the destined for the dump takes pride of place in the very front of our house, with the welcome sign that i placed in front of it.  the welcome sign i made from the back of an old chair that missed the same fate as the wheel barrow.  I havent made anything out of the ol chair yet, but believe me i do have plans for it.
 sorry about the glare, it was late afternoon when i took these pics and my camera doesnt like the afternoon sun for picture taking.
If you decide to use an old wheelbarrow for a planter, dont forget to drill additional drainage holes in it, some plants dont like being water logged, the luck i had was that the bottom was already quite damaged, however i did add additional drainage holes.  Yes i know it still looks a little sad with the missing arm, but i am overall pleased with it.  Hubster is still uncertain as he says "Its purple and doesnt match the house"  i had to laught at that, KWIM. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

a Rail into a blazing MS trail

I found this cot rail, what to do?  it was so cheap i thought i will find a use for it.
I did too.  I turned it and mounted it onto my studio wall and now it houses all my Martha Stewart craft punches.
A repurposed cot rail, so pleased with it, now i dont have to scratch in a drawer for a punch!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

from junk to funk

A friend of mine was gonna throw this little table out, i mean she had left it to rot in the rain for who knows how long.  The top was warped and had popped off the sides, the drawer no longer worked, it sure looked a sorry sight.
i have this weakness for wood, so i brought it home, glued and clamped it, restained the top, removed the handle, gave that a touch of paint.  It now has pride of place in my sons room.
I cant believe that i lost the before pictures, grrrrrr!!!!!
 All of the this was accomplished in one day!!!  I still need to do the new desk chair, maybe tomorrow.
I'm sharing this little tit bit on the Shabby creek cottage