Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Repurposed Garden Bike

For the last few years I have been eyeing this old bike the previous owners left behind as garden art. It was a cute bike but she had glued massive fake flowers on both the seat and inside the adorable little wooden flower box. I of course removed the fake flowers the minute we moved in and even found a small wasp nest inside the flower box. The bike has been sitting against the fence for a few years now empty.  After seeing so many cute one's on Pinterest and various garden blogs I knew I had to pizazz mine up.  I know some  like the natural, rusted look of the bikes for their gardens but in my world I  love bright colors and turning it into art. I pride myself on creating a one of a kind from something everyone has which means... some paint in a pretty color and a touch of acrylic.

Sneak Peak...

Before...
 
After...
 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 



Here's a closer look. I went for a very abstract bohemian look.

 


Well I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe it sparked some inspiration!
 
Peace and Love,
Sneak Peak at my current project... She's gonna be a beauty when I'm done. ; )


 


 

 




 
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A repurposed bench turned pretty planter.

I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not a junk collector because in fact...I have an entire shed full of junk I have received from family members or I just felt I couldn't pass up when scavenging the flea markets. As much as I love finding "things" to turn into other "things" we just don't have the room and we want to purge so that I can turn the shed into an art studio which I'm very thrilled about! Anyway, I'm trying to pick through the things I think I can use. I had purchased this cheap breakfast nook table that sits in a corner at an auction. The only problem? It was very low, cheaply made, and missing connector pieces for the corner benches. I painted them white later on and used just the benches in my kitchen, they looked really cute but everyone in the family hated them. They were a tad to uncomfortable and low. So back into the shed of junk they went until today. I realized I could take the top off of the smaller one and use it as a cute little planter, so that's what I did.

If you have visited my blog before than you know it's no secret I love to paint, and I love to paint on out of the ordinary pieces. I don't have room to get out canvas and make a mess so I like to paint things that I can repurpose and use.. like benches, wheelbarrows, and headboards for my yard. LOL. I keep with a theme of painted flowers so that I don't look to much like the crazy lady on the block. I like it all to flow but with a touch of quirkiness. I took an old cheap bench I had laying around and turned it into what I like to call an art piece that functions for the yard! ; )

Before
 

                                                                           After:
 I've loved painting flowers since I was young. I made this piece a little more bohemian and quirky with a touch of Monet for inspiration. He is my favorite artist.



I took the top off, screwed some holes in the bottom for drainage and added a liner so the wood won't crack. However, I may end up just putting pots inside full of flowers, depending on how well these do in this piece.







Well I hope I have inspired you a bit to think outside the box, do what you love regardless of what others think and create something beautiful from the junk.
Peace and Love,
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Upcycled Wheelbarrow

It's summer vacation in our house, which means life finally begins! LOL. I started working again so it's been crazy busy in our house and because I work at a school I get my summers off with the kids. It's nice to have time to get creative and enjoy the sunshine and beauty of summer. I have tons of projects planned! Today I worked on an old wheelbarrow that was laying around in our junk pile that needed to go to the dump. It was rusted and leftover from the previous owners of the house. I however looked at it and found a opportunity to create something pretty for they yard. I have found that my favorite thing to do these days is creating pretty art in the yard.

Sneak Peak...
 The great thing about a project like this is there is so many different ways you can go about using a wheelbarrow as a planter in the garden. You can use an old rusty wheelbarrow and leave it as is, buy a brand new one and use it as a garden feature or like I did and paint the wheelbarrow to add some quirkiness and fun!

The steps:
1. Paint wheelbarrow or leave as is I used a yellow Valspar spray paint and sprayed the entire wheel-
    barrow, even the tire. ; )
2. Drill a few holes in bottom for drainage
3. Fill bottom with thin layer of rock/gravel
4. Pour soil to you liking and deep enough for flowers to sit in
5. Arrange flowers to your liking
It really is that simple!
 





I hand painted flowers in acrylic and then sprayed a clear protective coat over it.

Well I hope you enjoyed this fun project and maybe it has sparked some creativity in making that junk pretty and useful again!
                                                                             Peace and Love,
                                                                                        

Monday, April 20, 2015

Living Room and Dining Room Makeover on a Budget

 
 

Welcome to my updated living room. This room has gone through sooooo many changes in the last few years we've lived in this house. I had a really large leather sofa and 2 hand me down chairs that were burgundy and gold which DID NOT go with my color scheme I had wanted at all! I would hide them with throws and blankets but it only made the room look unpolished. But you know, my philosophy has always been that you use what you have in your best way possible until you can accumulate and afford all the things you want to make it that "perfect room." Which is exactly what I had done in the years we've been here. I can't say that every time I get the design right, but I remind myself that this room I'm creating is for my family and I to enjoy.


Just for an idea of the before...This is what it looked like when we bought it. The owners were an older couple who kept the home in great shape but it was a little dated.

When we moved in...I was really into reds and yellows and lots of patterns. I was testing out paint colors here.


After many changes in the last few years which is another post I will be writing soon, I finally figured out what vibe I wanted for our living room. Relaxing with pops of uniqueness.
















Greenery should be all over the home. I love plants, in fact I would love to have a sunroom filled with them not that I can actually get them to grow!









The photos in the hall were made with fingernail polish and canvas paper. The large scenic water color painting is actually from Target and the two accent photos next to it were from a wall gallery book full of pictures you can use from Hobby lobby. I found these that looked perfect with the rest of the pictures, cut them up and bought 2 white frames for them.

The coffee table I got from the Goodwill. I painted the bottom white and freshened up the stain on the top.



I love me some pillows and throws!



The entire entryway and living/dining room looks fabulous but "THAT" door! LOL. it's the last thing to go, we just haven't gotten around to it just yet. Just imagine it white with a dark door knob. : )
 
Since my last Ever Evolving living and dining room post, this room has really changed. The sofas I purchased in November. I got a great deal! They were on sale at our local furniture store because they were no longer going to carry that brand in the store. The green accent chair I picked up at Target. The birch trees are hand painted, because I truly believe in every home you should have a quirk that is your own.

We painted and stained our staircase finally and put in a new light fixture.

 I painted the trim around the window and ugly air conditioning unit. I wish I could figure out a way to hide the air conditioner but for now a pretty green plant will do. : )
 







In the back of my mind I had been wanting a new kitchen table, one that would fit our family and the dining room. We had always been given hand me down tables from my parents because they seem to buy new furniture once a year and always gives us kids free dibs before getting rid of them so I accumulated at least 3 tables which were all round, oval, and square but because our dining room is tiny and narrow we really needed a long rectangle style. We were shopping at Sam's club of all places and saw this. My husband loved it which is not like him and of course I loved it so I took advantage of his good mood and we purchased it. It goes so nicely with the rest of the neutral toned furniture.





The rug is our newest purchase, I had bought one from Target and it wasn't very good quality so as I drug my husband around in search of the perfect rug we finally scored one at Home Depot. I LOVE it! It cost a little more but it's great quality and a neutral color so it will never go out of style. I don't mind splurging on something I know I will keep for quite awhile.

So there it is! Lots of changes. This summer we will finally be starting on the kitchen which is my least favorite part of the house. I love my home and I like adding a few quirks to make it my own.
                                                                       Peace and Love Always....