DIY Home Decor, Upcycled DIY

DIY Friday~ Vertical Shelving Made From A Pallet

We have all seen the many different projects you can create from a pallet, specifically shelving. A few months back I found an old pallet on the side of the road that was calling my name! I hauled it home and it’s been sitting under my car port waiting for me to transform it into home decor projects! So far I have made a mail box organizer for inside, and now I added my second item from the scraps of a pallet…vertical shelves! These shelves are narrow, so items like small pots or jars are the perfect items to display on there.

This pallet that I found has so much character, as it’s older and more run down. (which is the best!) The boards are no where near straight, they have more of a curve appeal to the wood, which I LOVE. It adds the simplest details and naturally stands out.

You seriously should have seen me working with this pallet! I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to create, so I just kept cutting away with my jigsaw until I came across this simple masterpiece! 🙂 Finally I turned one of my cut out pieces vertical and saw the end result! I didn’t have to screw anything else into this piece. I simply stained it and had my husband (because I’m terrible at drilling…) screw it into our wall. I decided to go ahead and display this piece outside, as it truly makes a statement when plants are added to it.

Side note-My work area is outside under our car port, which faces the front of the house. It’s always a sight to see me working out there and when people walk by I definitely sense them viewing in on what I’m up to…Hello, I’m the DIY gal in the neighborhood. HAHA! If you’re in the neighborhood stop by on Wednesdays/Thursdays as I’m usually creating things outside!

There are not many steps to this project. It requires cutting, staining, and screwing into the wall. I have to make this post short and sweet because currently Little Johnny is up and pretty much destroying the house, haha. He’s playing in the Tupperware cabinet right now, but who knows how long that will last! Might I add too that it’s 7:30am in the morning and this little guy woke up at 5:30am! WHAT is that about, huh?!  MOTHERHOOD…Anyways onto my DIY project!

Vertical Shelving Made From A Pallet 


 

I could see this displayed inside a home as well. You could also create more than one to add more to the look. Where could you see yourself hanging this?

Enjoy the 4th of July weekend!

Happy DIYing! 

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

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DIY Friday- How to Create a Distressed Look on Wood Using Vaseline

Lately I have been all about the “distressed” look over here. It brings so much character to the furniture, especially when it’s paired with a solid modern piece or accent. I have been playing around with all the different techniques to create this “distressed” look and I have found my favorite way! Vaseline is the magic trick! It’s so easy and it creates the look every time.

Here’s the deal with vaseline, anywhere there is vaseline and you paint over it, the paint won’t stick. It acts as a temporary protective layer, but can easily be rubbed off.

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Quick story about this side table I refinished. I have two side tables that were actually built by my great grandpa Harry. The woodwork is beautiful, but they just needed to be repainted and stained after years of wear and tear. I love that they are displayed within my home.

{Supplies}

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  • stain (I used a dark walnut color)
  • chalky paint (I used the color lace)
  • old rag
  • vaseline
  • spray bottle with water
  • paint brush
  • polyurethane (you can use a spray paint or in a can)

{Steps}

1. First I washed the side tables with soap and water and made sure to let it fully dry. img_5603

2. I used 2 coats of stain and waited for it to dry before moving onto distressing the top.

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3. Then I took the vaseline and used my finger to mark the areas that I want the distressed look to appear (the paint to wear off). There isn’t a right or wrong way in the placement of vaseline, just wherever you would like the distressed look to be. I made sure to place it along the edges and used a streaking stroke on top. Then I used the chalky paint on top.

4. When the paint was still a bit tacky I used an old rag to rub off the vaseline.  Anywhere vaseline is placed is where the paint will rub off. I then used the spray bottle and lightly sprayed on top to get rid of any leftover paint residue.

5. Once the top was fully dried I used the gloss polyurethane spray paint to put a protective layer on top. I used two coats. It takes at least 24 hours to set in and not be tacky.

That’s it! I’ve used this distressing technique on quite a few pieces and it’s never disappointed me. Make sure to visit my “Treasures” page located on my main menu to view another furniture piece I did this same technique to.

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Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Friday~ Beach Treasures Turned into Home Decor

Recently we spent a day at the beach (Ponce Inlet) , which Johnny loved playing in the sand along with finding every stick possible. This DIY project was inspired by my little boy’s exploration. Johnny spotted this beach log that he really enjoyed playing with, and of course with my DIY mindset I knew I could make it into something. So, I took his adventure treasure and turned it into a beautiful home decor. (Yup, I took this beauty home with me.) =)

I’m trying to turn our small place into a home, at least for now until we someday buy our own place (with the biggest front porch ever!) ;). Most of these DIY projects have a sentimental meaning and a story to go along with it. As I sit in my home I truly love looking at everything that I made. As a SAHM I find it to be my job to make our home cozy, comfortable & inviting, which I feel like I’m finally achieving that. It’s my way of contributing to our little family. Plus a fun little hobby for me!

Beach Log Hook 


{Supplies}

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  • beach wood with a hook shape branch
  • Americana chalky paint (in the color lace)
  • mason jar
  • string (or twine)
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • sand paper

{Steps}

1.Sand the beach wood and make sure to round out any sharp edges

2.Run the beach wood under water and scrub off any excess dirt/sand.

3. Paint the beach wood using the chalky paint (one coat is plenty)

4. Let it dry (usually 15-20 minutes) then lightly sand the beach wood to give it a finished look.

5. To make the string hanger for the mason jar, follow these steps below.

img_4420First, wrap the string around the top of the jar 3 times.

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img_4423Last, take the end of the string and loop it under one of the wrapped around strings, then tie a knot.

6. take a screw and picture hanger backing and screw it into the back of the wood.

And, you’re done! Super easy! It looks rustic, bet yet chic. (which, I’m all about these days.)

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What to place in the mason jar?

  • seashells
  • rocks
  • flowers
  • pebbles
  • succulents
  • herbs
  • tea light

Can you see yourself using this in your home? What would you put in the jar?

Wishing You Well,

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