Thrift store remakes: how to make a faux ironstone planter

I absolutely love thrift stores. While some people see them as a junk store filled with other people’s useless castoffs, I see it as a treasure hunt. One man’s trash really is another person’s treasure.

I love to shop resale stores and thrift stores to find gently used clothes for my family, but I also love finding unique treasures and projects. Recently, I’ve been on an ironstone kick. I love how it looks but I don’t love the price. You can fake it fairly easily.

I spotted this Christmas planter not long after I arrived at the store. I loved the size and shape of it.

I used two coats of antique white spray paint to make it look like ironstone and I loved how it turned out.

I even used it in a fall display with a mum and some pumpkins.

I also sprayed this pitcher to make it look like ironstone too.

What are your recent thrift store remakes?

Make Something Monday: Three Burlap Crafts To Make Before Spring

I love anything burlap. I love burlap almost as much as I love farmhouse signs and quotes. As I was thinking of January post ideas, I thought I’d share some easy, cheap and adorable burlap crafts with you.

1. Framed burlap initial print

All you need are some old picture frames, some 8×10 burlap sheets, a printer and a graphic from The Graphics Fairy or WeddingChics.com (this is where I got mine).

Cute and easy! And it makes a fantastic wedding gift.

2. Clip photo displays

For this one, you just need 8×10 picture frames with no glass, 8×10 burlap sheets, hot glue gun and a small binder clip or clothes pin.

See it on the bottom? I have two of these and they match my initial print.

3. Burlap candle wraps

All you need for this one is burlap ribbon or 8×10 burlap sheets cut into strips, pillar candles, lace and hot glue.

Wrap your burlap around the candle and glue it. Then, do the same way with the lace. I position my candles so you can’t see the lace but I photographed them so you could the seam.

4. Fake grain sack

All you need is a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, some 8×10 burlap sheets, a printer, and a picture frame. You can read more about this one here.

5. Burlap covered books

Get some burlap fabric or burlap 8×10 sheets and cover some old books with it. Such a cute, versatile look!!

I hope you enjoyed this project idea gallery! Happy crafting!

Six Wood Signs You Can Make Right Now!

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Things are continuing with our remodel and we are right on track to be finished with the project by the end of October. I’ll post an update next week, but for now, I want to share some simple and easy wood signs that you can make yourself!

I have made each of these and I love how they all turned out!

1. Bible verse pallet signs

We purchased ready-made wood pallet signs from Hobby Lobby and created stencils using a Silhouette Cameo. We then painted the stencils and hung them above our bed. We love how they turned out!

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Read about how we made these signs here.

2. Fixer Upper inspired “bakery” sign

I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper and all things Magnolia and Joanna Gaines. I wanted a sign that she sells, but it made more sense to create it instead of buy it. I made my own version and I loved it!

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Want to copy a beautiful sign for free using materials you already have? Read all about it here!

3. Faux vintage sign

I love metal signs, and while I can’t create an antique metal sign, I can fake something that looks like the real deal.

And if you click here and read the post, you can too.

4. IKEA Tray Sign

My mom once gave me a cute IKEA metal tray. I used a Silhouette Cameo to create a vinyl sign. It was easy to do and I enjoyed doing it. You can read all about it here!

I hope you have enjoyed these farmhouse signs! Happy creating!

Scrap Wood Challenge: Finishing the Adirondack Chairs and Tables

This page is not a building plan, or even a tutorial. Think of it as more like an “update.” Remember these chairs?

And do you remember these tables?

Technically only two of our chairs are scrap wood builds, as we actually purchased the lumber to build the other two. The tables are scrap wood builds as well.

I always knew once these chairs and tables were finished, I wanted to paint them a bright color. Since we have a gray house with black shutters, I envisioned a bright red or a navy blue. But before I painted them, I filled in the holes with wood filler, sanded the chairs with 40 grit sandpaper and an orbital sander, and I put two coats of primer.

I learned something while painting these chairs: if you’re painting something that is raw wood and has never been painted or stained, you will need to use a good primer first. I applied two coats of primer to my chairs and tables prior to painting them. You also only need about 45 minutes drying time between both coats.

I let the two coats of primer dry for about 24 hours, and then I applied the red. I just love this color. It’s Benjamin Moore outdoor paint and it’s called “million dollar red.”

I ended up applying two coats to each piece of furniture, and allowing 24 hours drying time between the coats.

Our cute little firepit area is far from finished, but I can’t help but love the way these tables and chairs turned out. The coolest thing is about the whole area is that we built the furniture ourselves. I can’t wait to show you the finished patio. Stay tuned!

Scrap Wood Challenge: Adirondack tables

This week we are once again sharing a scrap Wood challenge, but as my husband pointed out, is it really a challenge to build something from an Ana White plan? After all, she makes it so easy.

And what is a group of Adirondack chairs without a side table? I truly did challenge myself with this one, as I did not use any kind of plan. I simply figured out how big I wanted the table and went from there. I didn’t really think I’d need a plan, as a table really isn’t hard to build.

You will need:

4 2×4’s cut to 15 inches (45 degree angle on each side)

5 1×4’s cut at 17 inches

4 2×2’s at 18 inches

2” wood screws

1. I began by cutting my 2x4s to 15 inches at 45 degrees on each end.

You will want your cuts to be in the opposite direction.

2. Make a “picture frame.”

Then, drive your screws at an angle to join the edges.

2. Flip it over and attach the slats at 1/4 inch apart.

A little imperfection is ok.

3. Flip it back over and attach the four table legs.

Almost done!

4. Flip your table over

You have just built a table!!

And now you can sand or paint it any way you like!! Hope you enjoyed!