Last year, my grandpa gave me this chair. He heard I was looking for an old chair and someone had given it to him.
I liked the look of the chair. It was a nice size and I thought it was a cute chair. I just wasn’t too sure about that metal woven seat. The metal was a little sharp and I was worried about my kids cutting their fingers.
So I removed it. I then painted the chair yellow.
I also used a little sandpaper to distress it a bit.
I first tried to use landscape mat to plant a vine plant, but it didn’t work.
So instead, I took some old wood planks and laid them across the bottom rungs of the chair.
I love how cute and unique this chair plant stand is. Plus, if I get tired of it, I can build a new seat for it.
But, the color brightens up our porch, and we get lots of compliments on our “fern chair.”
Our bathrooms in our home are very spacious, but they’re also very boring. They are both very plain and builder-grade. We’ve recently begun to look at them to see how we might add some character without spending a lot of money on them.
We do eventually plan to replace the tubs, tub surround, and flooring, but that will be a costly renovation, and it just isn’t in the budget right now. Instead, we are comparison shopping and trying to decide just what we want when the time comes.
At the present time, though, we can add just a little farmhouse character to our baths without breaking our checkbook.
We have decided to add some sort of rustic shelving, swap out that builder grade mirror for a more farmhouse-styled one, maybe paint or re-stain the vanity, and upgrade that cheap light fixture, but until we do that, we’ve opted to add some rustic shelving. These are the shelves you’ve seen on Fixer Upper, and all over Pinterest. And they’re the perfect project for adding a little industrial farmhouse to your home.
Adding rustic shelving is super easy, and not that expensive. Here’s what you’ll need to get started to make two plumbing pipe shelves.
2X10 pine board
4 3/4 in galvanized pipe nipples
4 3/4 in floor flanges
4 3/4 in pipe caps
your choice wood stain (I used Minwax Walnut)
black spray paint
I didn’t take step by step pics of the prep work, because it’s monotonous and self-explanatory. First, measure the area where you want your shelves to hang. Once you know your needed dimensions, you can cut your board to the appropriate lengths. Remember to measure twice and cut once! Next, use sandpaper, or an orbital sander to sand your boards smooth. Afterward, wipe the sawdust from your boards with a microfiber cloth.Then, apply the wood stain using a rag or brush. Allow each coat to dry at least 24 hours. Using your black spray paint, paint the galvanized pipe parts black. Allow 24 hours to dry. For best results, use a spray paint with a primer included.
After your boards have dried, measure the area once more you want to hang your shelves. Use a level to make sure your boards are level, and mark the wall where you’ll screw the floor flanges. I highly recommend hanging your shelves on a stud to make them more sturdy, but if you can’t, then you’ll need to use dry wall anchors.
After you’ve screwed the flanges to the wall, then you can assemble the pipe nipples and caps.
Repeat this step for each side of your shelves. Then, you simply lay your shelf boards attop the pipes, and you’re done!
Yes, you can totally see where I filledi n the giant holes left behind by the towel bar. They were huge and required lots and lots of spackle.
But, here’s the (mostly) finished product.
I love how these shelves add so much rustic charm and character to our bathroom…plus, they add some much needed storage. Our vanity in this bathroom is rather small and there isn’t much counter space.
Have you made any rustic pipe shelves lately? If so, I’d love for you to show me!
I recently went on a search for captain’s mirrors to hang above our new hallway console table. However, a recent Google search proved that captain’s mirrors are typically expensive.
I began to wonder how I could create my own captain’s mirror. I tried to make one from a stove eye cover, but it was too flimsy and not deep enough.
I decided to try to make one from a round cake pan. To create your own captain’s mirror my way, you will need the following:
2 10-inch round cake pans
2 9-inch beveled edge mirrors
1-inch blocks of wood (four per mirror)
3/4 inch machine screws
Cardboard cut in a circle the same size as the cake pan
D-rings with screws
twine or an old leather belt (your choice. I used twine)
My cake pans were just basic round pans. They were super cheap. I began by drilling holes in the pans, and screwing the wood blocks where I wanted them with the machine screws.
I attached the D-rings to the sides of the pan with the machine screws.
Then, I attached the cardboard round to the pan by screwing it to the wood blocks.
I then painted the cardboard black and allowed it to dry. Next, I attached the mirror with all-purpose adhesive. I attached jute twine to the D-rings, but you could use leather, a chain, or whatever strikes your fancy. I also ended up painting the rest of the pans black with some chalk paint, which I then antiqued.
I think that added a lot of character to these mirrors. Now they are fancying up our otherwise boring hallway.
What could you do with re-purposed cake pans? I bet the possiblities are endless.
It all started when I visited my aunt a few weeks ago. I casually mentioned wanting to make something from stove eye covers, but having a ceramic topped stove, I have not had stove eye covers for quite some time.
As luck would have it, my aunt had some stove eye covers she wanted to get rid of.
I gave those bad boys a coat of silver paint, got some cheap wooden candlesticks, and some all-purpose adhesive.
I then decided exactly where I wanted those candlesticks to be positioned, and I made it happen. You literally just glue the candlesticks to the eye covers- it’s that easy. Although, you may want to use some screws to secure the candlesticks and make the tray a little more stable.
After the glue dried, I popped this little tiered tray into our hall bath and put it to good use!
I’m not done with this yet, but I love how it’s helping curb the clutter in our hall bath. A versatile, cute tiered tray for very little money.