From old chair to unique plant stand


So many people have asked about the chair with the fern that I recently shared.


I decided to revise and repost my original post about the chair, especially how I acquired the chair. It’s actually kind of a cool story.

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

He received the chair from a friend of his. You see, my grandpa is named Roy. His friend’s dad, also named Roy, had used this chair in his workshop.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them. They were a bit sharp and I was worried my children might hurt themselves. 

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some wood scraps we already had on hand. 

These wood scraps turned out to be the perfect height for this potted fern I bought a few weeks ago.


I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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New uses for old things: K-cup carousel


Lately we’ve had two organization problems in our house. Our spice cabinet has looked like this:


And our K-Cup carousel has looked like this:


We’ve recently decided to use ground coffee and a reusable K-Cup to save some money and we weren’t really using our carousel.

I decided to make it work for storing our spices.


To my utter surprise, our spice jars fit perfectly.


Problem solved!

What awesome solution have you found while repurposing something else?

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Repurposed: a child’s toy organizer becomes a Christmas card caddy


I love Christmas cards. I love sending them and I love finding the mailbox full of them. I also love holding onto them and looking at how much everyone has changed over the years.

Since sending Christmas cards can be stressful, I decided to make life easier by putting everything in one place. I was looking for a cutlery tray when I happened upon this wooden box in my kids’ playroom. We weren’t using it anymore, and it was once used to organize Melissa and Doug stamps.


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I lined that guy with scrapbook paper first. Then, I covered it with red duct tape and trimmed out the edges with washi tape.


It isn’t perfect. The washi tape is peeling up a bit. But everything I need is at my fingertips.


If you’re one of my more observant readers you noticed that I have not yet bought stamps 😊

Tune in tomorrow for some more talk about simplifying your Christmas card routine. Have a wonderful day!

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Making Pillows from Christmas Placemats

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 A few years ago, I bought these tapestry placemats from the Dollar Tree. 

I bought them because I thought they’d make cute Pillows.  And then to be perfectly honest, I put them up and forgot about them. 

I went to my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving and asked her if she’d help me make the pillows.

 We first  put the pillow cases together, with the backs facing out, and pinned them. 

We sewed them together, leaving just enough opening to stuff the pillow. 

Then,  we turned them right side out and stuffed them. 

And sewed the opening shut by hand.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. 

Best of all, it only cost about $7 for Polyfill. 

What quick and cheap DIYs have you done lately?

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Milkglass and Roses

Remember last week when I wrote about my grandmother and all the milkglass she brought me?

As i was writing that post, I couldn’t help but be inspired by some of the photos I found.

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I also fell in love with this pretty square vase that my grandmother brought.

I remembered I had these gorgeous faux flowers that once were in my daughter’s room.

When I put them together,   it was pure magic. OK, that might be exaggerating just a bit. But i really did love the result.

In what ways have you used family heirlooms in your daily Décor?

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 Distressed Chair Plant Stand 

It all started when my grandpa gave me this old chair:

He gave it to me because I wanted an old chair to put a flower pot in, and hadn’t found anything I liked at the thrift shops.

I liked this chair, though, with its ladder back and its metal slats. I decided I wanted to paint it a color they would stand out. 

I painted it bright yellow and then sanded it down with sandpaper to rough it up.

As you can see, I liked the metal slats but decided to remove them.

I wanted to add some chicken wire and a coconut liner to hold in the potting soil. To save money, we decided to use some landscape fabric instead since we already had it on hand.

I added in these lamb’s ear plants and I really love how much color and cuteness this project added to our greenhouse landing.

It will look a lot better when my plants perk up. It’s really hot here today.

Hope you like my plant chair! 

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Organizing using the Target Dollar Spot 

​ First of all, I apologize for not posting yesterday. Do you ever just need a work day? I needed a work day yesterday to clean my house, do some yard work, and go to the grocery store. By the time I finished all those things, I realized I hadn’t uploaded my post. Sorry about that.

Earlier this week, I went to Target. We do not have a Target nearby,but we do have several within an hour range. I love the Dollar Spot and have found many neat and useful items there in the past few years.

One of the coolest things I found was this ruler framed chalkboard. How neat would this be in my classroom or in a craft room?

These peg board kits are only $5 and I almost bought one myself. I didn’t get it because I didn’t really have a place for it in mind.

Ruler hanging strips? Again, these could be awesome in your classroom, office or craft room.

I can think of lots of ways I’d use this $3 bath caddy.

The hanging pocket organizer and hanging cubbies are useful, too.

There are also jewelry organizers for small items. They had canvas fabric drawers as well but I didn’t get a picture.

I wanted one of these for my desk:

And a few of these for storing paperclips and such:

I came home with some pencils and watercolor note cards. If you’re a college student, a teacher, or an organizing fiend like me, you need to get yourself to Target. You won’t be disappointed. 

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Art on the cheap: greeting card

My husband’s sweet grandmother gave us this cute card for our anniversary. She knows how much I love Mason jars and the quote was sweet, too.

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I sometimes keep cute cards with the intent of framing them and using them for art. I usually don’t follow through with that, but this time I did.

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I may decide to put it in a bigger frame and mat this guy, but for now, I love how it looks on my entry table. What do you think??

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