Monday, October 8, 2012

From Beds to Benches

Debbie, over at Painted Therapy, has a knack for upcycling! 
She turned 3 old beds into 3 fabulous benches {here}. 

She says," If you have a bed frame that is special to you, one that was handed down for generations, or your baby's first big boy bed, but no longer have a use for its intended purpose, re-purpose it to a fabulous bench." 

I love all of the thoughtful details. 

Aren't these distressed stripes just gorgeous?

Head on over to Painted Therapy to see the 3rd bench and all of the before pictures {not to mention a bunch of other fabulous inspiration}. You will be blown away!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Three Signs From Garbage Finds

The wonderfully talented Kelly, from The Lily Pad Cottage, created not one, not two, but THREE gorgeous signs from wood bound for the dump.
This first sign {here} came from perfectly weathered wood she saved when they replaced their dock (Yes, they have a dock... and their house is gorgeous too!)
This second sign {here} is made from a panel she ripped off of an old 5-panel door laying on the side of the road.
And this final sign {here} was one she made out of an old Pallet!
This incredibly talented girl did a great job on her signs, don't you think!?
I love that she said her husband thought she was crazy when she was rescuing wood from the garbage.
I can totally relate!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Card Table Makeover

Raise your hand if you have an old card table sitting around in your garage.

I hate using mine because it is U.G.L.Y. I always have to cover it with a tablecloth and the tablecloth is always too big, and it just never looks right. It's pretty old (and dare I say, vintage), so, I don't use it.

Tanya had the same dilemma, but she came up with a fabulous solution. Recover it!

Reclaimed doesn't necessarily mean "old." It can just be taking something you don't use (like an ugly card table), and turning it into something you can!

For the details on how she did it, check out the whole DIY post at twelveOEight: DIY Card Table Makeover.

Monday, September 24, 2012

From Gun to Fun... Cabinet, That is

 Candace, from Crafty Sisters was not deterred by the rough exterior or intended purpose of this cast off gem.

She turned it from drab gun cabinet, to a fabulous new piece for her home!
Can you believe the change?

I love how the crown moulding balances out the chunkiness of the base and really gives it more of a bookshelf feel.

You can see the full transformation over at Candace and Nicole's Wonderful blog, Crafty Sisters, here. They are unbelievably talented so I know you will enjoy your visit!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I am happy to announce the winner of the very first Reclaimed Bliss Giveaway!!!

To recap, the winner will receive all of these beautiful things -

All gifts from the girls of Reclaimed Bliss, along with our friend Carolyn of Sweet Tea and Linen (absolutely my most favorite shop for linens, especially pillow and table runners!)

The lucky girl who will be feeling like it's Christmas in September, IS.............

Solange from Shaggy Sheep Home!!

I was super excited that her number came up because I think she's such a wonderful person. I've been reading her blog for a while, ever since she hired me to design it for her. Solange is incredibly sweet and has a great love for the Lord which is quite evident in her post today: Keep God in the Picture.

Solange, be sure to email me right away and we'll get your packages shipped out to you as soon as possible!

Stay tuned for more reclaimed goodness later this week!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Beachy Beauty

I am excited to share this fun before and after with you today from one of my favorite blogs, Putting Down Roots. Emily is super talented and totally adorable.

She found this awesome armoire at her next door neighbor's yard sale {along with a few other goodies from other yard sales- good day wouldn't you say!?}

She transformed it into this beachy white gorgeousness using homemade chalk paint.

Seriously, don't you just love this detail?

She gives the full chalk paint recipe and some great tips on her blog here. I have a feeling you will love your visit to her cute blog!

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter the Launch Celebration Giveaway!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Keeping it in the Family - DIY Coffee Table to Coat Rack

If you know me at all, you know that I love to reuse furniture that has been passed down from generations of my family.

My daughter needed a coat rack in her room, and I didn't have the extra pennies to buy one so I knew I had to be creative.

I came across this little coffee table in my storage. My uncle actually made it in his woodshop class in 1960. It was love at first (ok, probably three hundred and first) site. I loved the detail in the top, and to me, it looked like a picture frame.

It was too small to use as a table in my home, so I immediately thought of my pressing need for a coat rack. I removed the legs and painted the table top, then drilled holes to add the knobs.

It was perfect! I hung it at her height and she was able to hang her sweaters and backpack up all by herself.

When I recently made over her room (she requested more "pink" this time around) I simply painted pink over the blue, and added a couple more knobs. It now hold some of her princess dresses in her dress-up corner.

It's not only functional, it serves as a piece of art as well! I know this is one piece that will be with us for a long time.