If you had a project to complete this summer, and managed to finish it, hooray for you!!
I have had a challenging summer getting things done, but what mom doesn’t? What took me a weekend to complete before having a baby, has taken me months to get done. I have had to work mostly from 9pm to 2am or within her afternoon naps to get the most basic of projects completed.
The summer is just weeks away to being completed, and fall will soon begin. My little girl is now starting to sit up, and in a couple months she will be walking, so I knew, what I needed to get done, needed to get done in a hurry!
One of the projects I was hoping to get done was a wall rack to hang cloth diapers, and dry laundry that would normally sit on top of our washing machine in our laundry room.
I had a number of closet rods left over, so I decided to make something simple out of wood which could be bolted behind our door. I was inspired by this picture, which a blogger hung parts of a crib to the wall using a plant holder.
Here you can see I drilled holes which hold the rods in place
Here you see it completed. The rods were all painted with a oil paint in a rustic dark shade of yellow, and hung behind the door in our small laundry room
I loved how it turned out. Perfect for hanging my daughters clothes to dry!
Check out a project I did last summer with pot plates and plaster molds. I re-positioned them on my wall, and they make simple art for my walls. Check out the post here
With extra shelf brackets laying in our shed, and 2×4’s I had left over, I made shelving for the side of our shed to hold pots we had used in previous years for flowers. Lesson learned, – never let wood sit out in the rain… they end up warping! Ok, that one was pretty obvious!
I bought this pretty venetian chest in Virginia, and planned on updating it with fabric applied with mod podge. In the picture in the left, I was in the process of that project, by painting several of the gilded areas white.
After the project didn’t look quite right, I decided to paint the entire chest green. I used a darker green for the base paint, and then used satin oil paint in light yellow ochre, which I painted on, and removed with a cloth. It gives this chest a layered paint finish.
I found these lamps for only $5 FIVE DOLLARS at a local second hand store. I scraped the paint off to reveal the pretty wood underneath. I then covered lampshades from $8 dollar drum shade you can buy at walmart. They happen to be my favorite piece in my house now!
Create simple shelving from corbels you can buy at Home Depot for only $1.98. A table we have in our bathroom was given extra storage capacity by creating a simple shelf using three of these corbels.
Here are some shelves I made for my daughters room using the corbels found at Home Depot for $1.98 each.
I am loving the raw look of pine! The little box was actually a tool box found at our local recycling center. Someone threw it out. I cut the top off and sanded it down to reveal the natural wood, and added hardware. The drawer keeps art pencils and crayons, and the top portion holds dolls. It works so nicely with the wood shelves. Look at more of what I did with her room here
I was able to put up an identical rack on the back of her closet door. This comes in handy for washed bibs and hanging her clothes after I remove stains. This rack was made from extra closet rods I had, and window hardware I no longer needed. The wood closet rod holders were drilled and held into place on wood which was framed. It was then bolted to the back of her door.
A basket was painted in the same color, and is used to h0ld her dirty laundry. A wood platform was made to hold her books at the bottom of her closet. Simple wood was used to create a box to hold the books, and extra hardware was used to dress up the box.
With the rooms being switched around, I had an extra box spring we no longer needed. Of course, I could have sold it, but no, I decided to turn it into another project! I have to admit, this was a project that I didn’t need to do. I started stripping off the fabric, and found myself over my head, and couldn’t then just throw it in the trash. I used the excess wood we had from left over projects to built out a frame, and today it sits outside holding pots. It could work as a platform bed, and overall, it turned out quite nice.
What it looks like today
Another shot of the bench
If you are looking for something to hang on your garage walls, look at recycling picture frames with peg board. Second hand stores always have over-sized frames with out dated art. The art can be taken out, and peg board can be measured to fit. This large frame once was a piece of art from the 80’s given away for FREE at a garage sale in Seattle. Score for me! This can easily be something you can hang in kids rooms. Pegboard attachments make it easy to hang their art, toys or jewelry.
Who needs a baby changing table unless you have a baby? I took this baby changing table and turned it into a 3 tier table for my deck. I bet you could use one of these for your home too. This would make great bathroom storage, or a lovely table in the living room. These changing tables second hand are so cheap too! I bought mine for $20 dollars.
These burl wood tables at one time were quite expensive. I bought them in Virgina, and hauled them all the way across the country. I was into the mahogany look for a long time, but since changed my mind. Above is a picture when I was trying to sell them. After not finding any round tables online to replace them, I figured I would paint them. I hate to paint burl veneer, but if you already own it, why not use what you have, and update it so you love it? That is what I did. I painted them a gray, and sanded the tops down. I sealed them, and love them now. Why not love what you already own?
Here is the top without the dark stain. I adore them now!
I found a daybed at a local second hand store for $10 dollars. It was missing the rails, and all the hardware. Hoping to make it into an outdoor bench, I bought 2×4’s for the base at the bottom and the seat. Looking back, it was entirely too heavy with all the wood, but works nicely for our concrete patio.
I bought some bunk beds on our local facebook buy and sell page, and wanted to turn them into benches. I wanted them to still function as twin sized beds if we needed them some day. Here you can see I removed the headboard slats, and worked with the wood posts. With a compressor and a staple gun, I stapled the wood into place. Today they sit on our deck, and they are ready to use for a day reading, or if company comes, they can function as beds again.
Here you can see two of the bunkbeds in progress
Here they are today on our deck. The design works nicely with the existing wood railing.
Here is a antique doll house I found while I was pregnant, and wanted a table for it to sit on. A good friend in the area sold me the stand, which was a table. I then cut to size to fit the doll house. It was painted white, with an orange roof, and coral shutters.
So many people bypass vintage headboards in second hand stores, thinking they are outdated. Any vintage headboard with nice lines can be upholstered and covered in fabric. This is what I did to a set of twin French Provincial headboards. These headboards have been since re-covered, and are paired with a king size headboard to make a day bed in my daughters room. Check out this bed, which costs thousands of dollars. The look can easily be replicated with a vintage french headboard.
I had left over fabric from the drapes I hung in my master bedroom. I decided to update my cats bed. Seems silly, but the three of them do look out the window the majority of the day, so I figured….why not make something special for them? I had some extra foam, which I used to create the bed itself. A long piece of fabric was folded, sewn and stuffed with pillow stuffing. The pillow edging was then stapled in place. A box frame finished the edge, and extra drawer hardware was used to decorate the casing.
It turned out great! They can all snuggle together and watch the birds
I had a bunch of copper molds I had been collecting over the years. I displayed them on a piece of plywood, but wanted to change it up. I simply took the idea of a pot rack, but instead hung a rod with a wood curtain rod bracket. If you love copper molds like I do, you might want to see how Martha Stewart decorated with her collection.
Here you can see it looks so nice!
So what did you get done this summer?