4 posts categorized "DIY"

this and that

I've been wanting to redo my bathroom.  Other than the outside wall which are logs, this is the only place in the house that I can paint and give color to.  I have wanted to either get a new bathroom cabinet or paint it with Annie Sloan paint, so I decided to paint it.  I want to replace the counter top, but right now that will have to wait.

Bathroom cabinet redo

This morning as the sun was coming up it really shined beautifully on the side yard.

Side yard sun

I finally got some window clings that will hopefully help the birds from flying into the window.  I picked maple leafs to put on the window.  So far we haven't had any causalities only stunned birds that after some time eventually flew away, and I want to keep it that way.


So I have a couple of questions for you all.

Did you wear green today?


Did you have corned beef and cabbage?


barn wood candle holders

Barn wood candle holder

I found this idea on Pinterest.  I had made the candles back in September and this is one use for them.  I hung these in the bathroom.  Mr made the barn wood for the candles.  Mr had acquired the barn wood from an ex-Amish man who had taken a barn down on his property. 

I put the tree up this weekend and I have some decorating ideas running through my head.  I can't wait to get started on them.


a .99 cent find

I was too pumped the other day when I went into the Goodwill store and found a neat find.  I should have take a photo of how this picture looked like when I bought it.  It was pretty much falling out of the frame.  I just couldn't pass it up, I could see that I could either fix it and put it back in the frame or get another frame.  I decided to put it back in the frame it came in.


After taking the picture out I had to clean up the frame.  The picture was duct taped and who knows how long the tape was on the frame because it was not easy to get off.  I had some Goo Gone and figured that it would clean it off and it did.

Goo gone

Then I needed some teeny tiny nails to nail it back into the frame.  I can always count on my hubby to help me out with any kind of project I work on.

Looking for nails

When we were first married I would save all the tuna cans I opened up for Jim's box, he wanted the cans to hold all the nails, nuts, bolts and screws in, and by the looks of the can and nails these have been around a long time.

Tin can

Doesn't it look great hanging over the rack that holds just some of my cook books?  I say "some" because I have many :)

Hanging up
For .99 cents this picture found a new home, and the fun thing about it is if I get tired of it and don't want it any more I won't feel guilty about getting rid of it.  The man who painted this painting was Robert Chailloux and it's called Still Life with Grapes.  But then again maybe I'll hang on to it.


turning an old chair into something fun

I have an old chair that I had on my front porch in Illinois, and when we moved here I packed it up and it found a place on our front porch here.  The weather had taken it's toll on the chair and I contemplated throwing it out.  That is until I found this neat idea to turn something old and falling apart, ready for the burn pile, into something totally cute.

Vines and chair

I found this neat idea to do this to an old chair that I had sitting on my porch.  The chair was getting pretty weathered and the seat was totally gone.  The vines we had growing in our woods are thicker than the vines on the chairs I saw in the cute shop in Prairie Du Chein, but I think they worked pretty good.  I added an old birdhouse that also was in our Illinois yard that we recently brought back here, I almost had Jim put the birdhouse up in the backyard, so glad he didn't.

I can't wait to show you the next thing I'm going to start working on, which is this old stump.

Old stump

This may take a while so be patient.  I've been on Pinterest getting wonderful ideas for my gardens and yard.  I just love this time of year and being outside.