Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

Before and After File Cabinet Makeover

 


file cabinet makeover before and after

I almost called this post “what I found at the auction: the sequel.”

I found this filing cabinet at that same auction and bought it for $5.00.

Surprisingly no one else bid on it.

They were too busy focusing on the tractor equipment and power tools to pay attention the beautiful lines of this filing cabinet.

But not me.

I was so excited I almost bid against myself.Continue reading



Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

Laundry Room Refresh Without a Side of High Heels

 
laundry room

Yesterday when my husband was installing the new cornice board over the shower in the laundry room….

….I went all I Love Lucy on him.

Didn’t she always putter around the house wearing red lipstick and high heels?

Valiantly trying with only the best intentions and the best heart and the best ideas to help Ricky with something.

Just so she could tell Ethel all about it later.Continue reading



How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

How to Paint a Wood Sign (and Build a Frame, too)

 
how to paint a wood sign graphic

You were right.

Of course you were.

Why didn’t I listen to you earlier?  Lark Rise to Candleford is wonderful.

I’m not even through the first season, but I want to live there.  Well, I really want to live in Candleford and marry the squire.

I want to be friend with Bates….I mean Robert Timmins…..the intelligent, but somewhat opinionated and difficult stonemason.

I want to walk those back pastures and roads and wander through the English countryside and work at the post office.

Oh….and wear one of those hats.

However, I live in 2015 in the Kentucky countryside where we don’t have squires or thatched roofs or opinionated stonemasons.

But we do paint signs.

Want to make one of your own?  Here’s the DIY on how to build the frame and paint the sign.Continue reading



A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

A Little Farmhouse Decorating and a Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Idea

 

farmhouse kitchen

I cleaned my kitchen for you today.

Just for you, my friend.

I couldn’t help it.  This brilliant sunlight was dancing across these old pine floors, streaming in from behind the shutters and I just got a brand new HD card for the camera and I wanted to see if it made a difference with the pictures of the kitchen and the sunlight….but of course….

….I had to clean it up first.

I do not in any way want to destroy the illusion that it always looks like this. :)Continue reading



How To Make a Folding Screen From Old Doors

How To Make a Folding Screen From Old Doors

 
Door Shelf Project

Have you been to a salvage yard or junk store lately?

They really like their stuff.

I mean really really like it.

I’ve seen stacks of windows and doors and architectural pieces left out in the rain and worn and tired and rusted with giant holes in them that look like they are destined for a life of gloom and misery…..

…..with a price tag higher than the Hope diamond.

I think they charge extra for chippy and rickety.Continue reading



Stained Deer Head DIY

Stained Deer Head DIY

 
stained deer head diy project

If you only knew all the projects that I thought up in my head….

….that never work out.

Truly.

Does that ever happen to anyone else?  Am I the only one?

I think I have a 95% almost-make-it-but-not-quite-because-what-was-I-thinking rate.

But sometimes all the stars align and the cherubs sing and tiny bluebirds fly by in a crystal blue sky and a project jumps perfectly from my brain into fruition.

And sometimes it turns out even better than I imagined.

Here’s one that did.Continue reading



Six Simple (and Some Not So Simple) Pallet Projects

Six Simple (and Some Not So Simple) Pallet Projects

 
Pallet-Stacks

To quote Barbara Mandrell, one of the greatest philosophers from 1970….

….I was pallet wood before pallet wood was cool.

Seriously.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a piece of pallet wood I didn’t like.

And just when I thought I had seen everything you could create from pallet wood, my brother came along and inspired me even more.

Here are some of my favorite pallet projects ever created….

…and a pallet joke for the road just to make you smile.

Did you hear about the scientist who used pallet wood to build a rocket?

He had a few loose screws. :)Continue reading



Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

Jute Twine Nest and Chalkboard Eggs

 

chalkboard eggs and nest

Because it’s officially spring and because I have a question for you….

….it’s nest day here at Thistlewood.

The other day I was going home from the ballpark when I saw a nest perched high atop the bridge over the river.

And not only was there a nest….there was a bird there too.

Here’s the nest and the bird.

bird's nest

It’s kind of blurry….but can you tell what type of bird it is?

And if so….do they normally build nests on bridges?

I was a little worried for the bird so high up there.

But then my husband reminded me….that birds can fly. :)

chalkboard eggs

In on the ground nest news….

….I made this one out of jute twine and filled it with chalkboard eggs.

It was an easy project that took only about an hour.

Want to make your own?

Here’s the DIY.

supplies

How to Make a Jute Twine Nest

Supplies:

jute twine

Elmer’s Glue-All

balloon

wooden craft eggs

how to make a nest

Step 1:  Blow up balloon and insert it into a container

Here’s mine in a milk glass urn.

(total aside:  everything looks better in a milk glass urn)

decoupage

Step 2:  Make your own decoupage mix

This is the perfect inexpensive way to make your own decoupage.

Mix 3 parts Elmer’s Glue-All to one part water.

how to make a jute twine nest

Step 3:  Dip twine in decoupage mix

I dunked my twine and soaked it for just a little bit.

Then I started criss-crossing it on top of the balloon.

jute twine nest

Step 4:  Continue adding twine

I kept adding twine in a random pattern until it looked like this.

Turn the balloon so you make sure you get even random coverage.

No pattern.

Just criss-cross it until it looks right.

Let dry thoroughly.

chalkboard eggs and nest

Step 5:  Pop the balloon

Once your nest has dried, pop the balloon.  Once the balloon is popped, it just pulls away to reveal a perfect (or a little random) jute nest.

Trim the edges of the nest and any extra glue strings.

I added chalkboard eggs to the nest with a tiny crossword puzzle.

Easy.

Simple.

Happy spring.

PS  Now I’m off to check on my new feathered friends on the bridge.

Gotta fly. :)

This post was sponsored by Elmer’s Products.  All ideas and opinions on nests and glue and jute twine are completely my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.