Re-purpose an old window into a shabby chic message board

If you follow my Instagram (taketimetocreate) then I am sure you have already seen the reveal of this repurposed window. For those of you who don’t follow me there here the shabby chic message board!

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I have to say I do love the way it turned out! This all started when my friend asked me to paint a window for a silent auction for mental health awareness. At first I wasn’t too interested, not because I didn’t believe in the cause (because this is one cause I totally support) it was because I wasn’t sure I had a design that would work. Most everyone else did a more traditional painted window with flowers on the glass and things like that. Well of course I didn’t follow the crowd. So I did my own thing and hopefully it will bring in a lot of money for the charity!

Here is how I did the repurposing.

Materials:
~ old window (for this to work you for magnets you will need one with a metal screen)
~ sandpaper, tape, cleaning supplies
~ paint and brush
~ cork
~ flowers, magnets, tacks, and clothes pins
~ ribbon and burlap

Instructions:
~ The first thing you will need to do is sand down all the rough edges and smooth it out. Once you like the feel of the window then give it a good cleaning.

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~ Now you are ready to paint. I taped around the edges to help cut down on how much paint went on the screen, and this seemed to help.
Paint a couple coats until you get it to how you like it. I used this white acrylic paint that I had on hand.

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~ Cut your cork down to size and glue it on to the screen. I just glued the edges with a metal glue and that seems to hold it pretty well.

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~Then I went to work decorating the edge. Shabby chic is all about layers so that is what I did. I put down a layer of burlap, the layered on a layer of crochet ribbon that I had in my stash.

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That looked good, but I felt like it was missing something, so I added a ribbon on top and flowers in the corners.

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Then I added ribbon to the bottom of the screen and to the bottom of the window. Once that was done it was time to add the flower decorations.

~ For the flowers add a magnet the back of some and tack to the others. For the clothes pins I just added ribbon to a plain clothes pin I got from the dollar store.

glue magnets to flowers

And that is it. This is a very fun project that is easy to do and I loved using what I had on hand. I can’t wait for the auction and hopefully they will make a lot of money for their cause!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Years Day is always a fun one for me. Not only is it a start to a new year, but it is my birthday. I find it is nice to reflect on the year that has passed, but it is fun to wonder and speculate about the upcoming year.

This blog has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see where it goes next year! You guys are the best, I thoroughly enjoy all the comments and suggestions you give me. You guys make me want to create more, you inspire me.

I have big plans for the blog this year. I want to do 2 projects a week (ambitious I know, but I think I can make it happen most of the time) and I will feature new and old products so you guys can see what I use and what is out there for your projects.

It is going to be a fun year and I am excited that you will make the journey with me.

Linda

Here is a sneak peak of next week’s projects. I wore this outfit for my birthday dinner with my hubby. I am wearing an altered necklace and I added lace to my shirt. I will show you how next week.

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DIY Shirt and altered necklace

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DIY Shirt and altered necklace

DIY Shirt and altered necklace

 

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Easy Cross Stitch Necklace

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When I travel (and I do travel a lot for work) I like to keep my hands busy with some kind of craft or needle point. Well, recently I took a trip and I decided to do this little cross stitch kit I picked up a few months ago. I loved the wood pendant and the design was great. The original colors were black and white, but I am not a huge fan of black and white so I opted to do black and gray instead. I finished it on the return flight, so it was my kind of project- quick and easy.

Materials needed:

Cross stitch kit (I used one from Dimensions, I picked it up at Hobby Lobby)

Scissors

Everything else is included, unless you what to change the color then you will need to get the colors you want.

I opted to change the necklace to a cord rather than the ball chain that is included, but of course that is optional

 

Instructions

Here is what the kit looks like and everything that is included. Please forgive these pictures, I took them while I was on the flight and the lighting on the airplane is terrible. The kit comes with needle, thread, pendant, chain, jump ring, and instructions.

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Then all you do is follow the easy instructions and start to cross stitch the pendant. If you don’t know how to cross stitch there are a ton of videos on YouTube that can help you and tons of websites as well.

Here is the start of the pendant. (Don’t you just love my safety scissors I have in the background. I wasn’t sure scissors were allowed, so I took my son’s safety scissors he used in kindergarten. Then I trimmed it better when I got home)

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Then I did gray instead of white and added the jump ring then I put it on a black cord rather than the ball chain that was included. And that was it, very easy to complete and I love it. I wear it all the time.

Have any of you done a cross stitch kit? I would love to see what you have done.

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog. I will be transitioning things over from my previous blog, TheSampsonHome.blogspot.com, because I realized that I wanted to share more than just my home projects, I wanted to share everything I create. I invite you to follow along with me as I try new things, some successfully and some not so much, and as I do things I have been doing for many years. It is all about creating, whether it is photographs, needle art, scrapbooking, sewing, clay, or even cooking. I love trying to do new things, and I will try almost anything once. So I say welcome, come and play and join me on my journey, I am very excited for you to join me!

DIY Outdoor Ottomans

Since it is spring I wanted to spruce up my front porch. So I started looking around for outdoor ottomans. This is where the problem started, the store bought ones are expensive! $40-$60 each! So, I got to thinking… I think I can make these on my own. I had a couple of rules, they had to stand up the outdoor weather, and it has to double as a chair for additional seating. I went online and looked around for something I liked, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but it gave me a good start.

Before I explain what I did, here is picture of the finished ottomans. I think they turned out great, what do you think?

To start I found these great planters at Target. They were $20 each, so that is the most expensive part of the project.  I bought 2 for my porch. They are made of a sturdy plastic with thick walls, so it should hold up.

The rest of the project I used left over material, except the fabric. So my total for each ottoman was about $25. I am sure you can find cheaper planters, but I liked these well enough to pay $20

Then I had my husband cut 2 pieces of left over plywood to the shape and size of the openings to the planters. Then I took leftover foam, batting, and new outdoor fabric to wrap and staple the cushion. Just layer the fabric on bottom, then the batting, then the foam and last the plywood, pull tight and staple together. I found the fabric at JoAnne’s and it was on sale, so that made it even better 🙂

All stapled!

 Top view

 Then I had my husband cut 2 boards for each cushion and screwed them into the cushion. This is to help hold it in place so the cushion won’t come off when you put your feet up.

 That’s it, not much to this project! We love how it turned out, and there even storage in the planter, just take the top off and there is hidden storage!

Then I got ambitious and made pillows out of the leftover fabric, so now everything matches.

 Here is a pic of our porch with our lanterns that we hung. Here is the post for that project: Porch Lanterns
We love our porch so much now that we spend most evenings out there.

What do you think? Did you decorate your porch? Send pics, I would love to see them!

Entryway Closet Makeover

Whew, it is finally done! Our entryway closet is now a mudroom! I call it a mudroom, but it could be called a nook, landing area, entryway closet. Mudroom may not be the technical term, but it works for us.

Before we dive into what we did and why, here is a pic of the finished mudroom! We are in love with it! It works perfectly for us and it makes our home feel more open welcoming!

I got the idea from a  pin on Pinterest, it is a wonderful example of turning a closet into a beautiful nook.  House of Smiths did a fabulous job of transforming their entryway closet into a wonderful, functional entry way nook! It was love at first sight! Here is how theirs turned out:

 
Fantastic, right? Well I had my work cut out for me.  My DH was not as enthusiastic, but he was on board. Our closet is right next to a bathroom and the stairs. Everyone in the house would just throw their coats on the newel post rather than open the closet door and hang up their coat (including me). So I thought hooks and a bench and baskets would be a great solution. Warning, this will be a long post, so hang in there 🙂
Before I get into how we did everything here is a photo of the before and after:

As you can see, we had a standard, small entry way closet. In fact, it was so small that a hanger couldn’t even fit, when the door closed the hangers would turn sideways. We had to work around the bathroom the right of the closet and the wall ended to the left. (no room for expansion to the left because it would interfere with the kitchen) So we had to work with what we had.
Here are some more before pics:
 
What a horrible mess! Everything was jammed packed!
After emptying out the closet, we took the doors off and took the trim off. We saved it to use for later.

 Then we cut out the door frame and expanded the closet to the studs on each side, making it as wide as possible for out small space. Then we cut up, towards the ceiling. We gave ourselves almost 2 more feet of vertical space!

Then came the drywall work. I will be honest, that is not a favorite for me or DH, but we pushed through. We dry walled the new top of the closet and the edges. Then mud, sand, and texture. You know the drill…

Then we added the trim. I failed on the picture taking at this point. We were working on this for a few weekends and I just forgot to take more pics. Sorry. But I will try and explain what we did. 
First: we added bead board to the entire closet. Top to bottom
Second: we added trim to the edges. We used the trim from the original closet.  But what you say, we expanded the closet and made it taller, how did you get it it fit? Great question, we had some other door trim from a different project we worked on. So we put 2 door trims together and made one really great mudroom. 
Third: We added a decorative trim to the top. You can see it in the after pics
Forth: We added 2 top shelves, they are 12″ deep and a seat that is 24″ deep.
Fifth: After everything was installed it was time to prime and paint. ( I love this part, because it means we are almost done) One coat of primer and 2 coats of paint and we were done. I also painted the wall around the mudroom. The white color is Kwal Aspen White and the wall color is Glidden Warm Caramel .

 Ok, we aren’t exactly done here, but I was too excited to wait, I had to put some jackets on the hooks.  We added hooks and baskets, but no cushion yet. And as you can see the thermometer and door bell are not quite right. We had to adjust them during construction, but as you can see in the final pic they are put back where they belong.

 Before we can finish, I had to make a cushion. Since I don’t sew, I did the staple method. Fabric, then foam then a board and staple it all together.  I found the fabric at JoAnnes, but I am not sure what it is called. But I love the colors and it works perfectly in our entry.

 The finished mudroom! We are in love with it! The hooks are working out great, no more coats on the newel post 🙂 We decided not to put baskets on the ground, instead we put a shoe tray on the floor.


 What do you think? Are you doing a closet makeover as well. I would love to see your closet!

Lessons learned:
1. Projects like this will always take longer than you originally planned
2. Be flexible. You may have to change things mid project.
3. Patience with painting bead board. In order for it to look right you have to paint in all the grooves, so have patience.

Update:
After receiving a comment about the bench I thought I would add some pictures on how the bench was built.

 This is a close up of the bench. You can see that there is a 1×4 board supporting the front of the bench.

Here a pic of the under side of the bench. You can see that we added a 1×4 board along the sides and that is what the bench rests on. Then DH added additional 1×4 going lengthwise for support. The boards were attached with “L” brackets.  Hope this help, let me know if you have any other questions!

Porch Lanterns

Here is my inspiration, from Pottery Barn! Isn’t this just beautiful.

So I decided to try my hand at a lantern filled porch!

Here is my version:

We wanted a simpler, more refined look, but warm and inviting. Also, we didn’t want it too nautical looking, so we changed it up a little bit. and, our view isn’t as nice as the Pottery Barn version, but I guess you work with what you got.

I found lanterns online at: Wholesale Mart.com
I bought 12 so I would have plenty for my porch.  Then we spaced the lanterns and hung them with chains. Now, in our area we can get some strong winds, so we added fishing line horizontally through all the chains. Hopefully that will keep everything in place… I will keep you updated on if that works or not.

Here it is at night. Isn’t it pretty? We love how it turned out. 
BTW, we added battery powered candles (with remotes!) to make it easier to turn on and enjoy. 
 

 What do you think?
Do you have hanging lanterns that you would like to share? I would love to see them!

Lesson learned:
1. plan on weather. I didn’t plan on the wind until we had everything up. Luckliy we had a good soluiotn, but it could have been bad.
2. Inspiration is everywhere. Even though my final version is not like the inspiration, it works for us and without the inspiration we wouldn’t have even thought of doing this…