Wednesday, July 29, 2015

From Rags to Riches

I love the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you don't live near one, I'm feeling kind of bad for you. Walking around there on rainy days and finding steals on hanging lamps and buying up shot glasses I didn't know I needed to have. And all the profits go to building houses in our local area. Love it.

Well, I went there with a purpose one afternoon. We were renovating the lower level to our chalet which included a new bathroom and I needed a vanity. I wanted something solid, but knew I could work magic with it if I had to.

And I had to.


It was a solid oak cabinet but pretty boring. And it had a hole in the side (as you can see), but that part was going against the wall, so it was not a bother.

Abracadabra . . . . . . . .


Trim. That's what made this baby pop. Oh, and paint with glaze too. That kind of helped.
I had scoured Houzz for some inspiration ideas. I came across a vanity with the lovely trim on the side. That's where I got the idea to beef up the cabinet. It is simply attached with glue and brad nails. To highlight the trim, I added glaze after painting. I think it really makes it pop.


I also gave it some new "feet". I wrapped the bottom with baseboard that I cut out in the front to make it kind of fancy.

I love this bathroom. I was going for the clean, in the woods, relaxed by the lake kind of feel. I also built the shelf, the bench, and the doggie decor (missing from pic). Will share on another post I get to in about 6 months! Ugh.


There is always a way to dress up plain Jane. :)



Have a great day,
Debbie


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

More and more signs

So sorry I've been MIA. I guess I can say that I've just been so busy. With lots and lots of custom work. Maybe it was this little piece on NH Chronicle that gave me a bit of exposure.

While I scramble to get my life together, here is a little bit of what has been keeping me away from you. :)


Made this and the following sign for a boy's room . . . . can you guess the theme? Inspiration pics were found from a friend on Pinterest. Gotta love that Pinterest.




This one was created with exact specifications from a customer for their store.


And this baby was massive and I had a lot of fun making it. I grew up on Cape Cod and can find connections to every town on this sign. Can't wait to get a photo of it hanging in the customer's house.


Who says you can't put your house number on a whale? Not me.

There you have it. My full excuse why I've been to busy to write. Promise (**fingers crossed**) that I won't stay away so long next time. 

Have a fabulous day,

Debbie

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Sign from the Heart

I have a friend who is running the Boston Marathon. That just seems crazy to me. I run . . . but it's a struggle to keep my mind off the fact that I'm slamming my feet into the ground, constantly thinking about how many more steps I have until I'm finished.

But this friend is running for a cause . . . kids who have cancer. That hits home for me since my son battled leukemia less than 2 years ago. No child and family should have to battle that horrible disease and the only way to combat it is research, research, research. And that takes money. John is doing his part. And now I'll do mine.

I created these signs, costing $26.20 each with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at Mass General Hospital for Children.


If interested in purchasing a sign for this charity, you can find them here on my Etsy page.

If you would like to donate directly to John's cause, please go to this link.

Thanks everyone and have a great day,
Debbie

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ping Pong Sign

After visiting my sister and her family, I got to see their new basement renovation, featuring a ping pong room. I had forgotten we had one in our basement as a kid. It was very nostalgic and thrilling to see these teenagers enjoy the game as much as I did at their age. They are an athletic family and talked about how cool it would be to have a hockey rink sign, with all it's warnings, but not for hockey, but ping pong. No such sign existed. Until now.



I framed it out and then distressed it a bit. I wanted the sign to look worn, like something you would see from the movie Ice Castles. Yup, I'll admit it right here. Loved that movie.


My niece and nephews are perfect little dorks.


Here they are in action (bet you didn't think I would post this Samantha):

video

Haley came back from the weekend obsessed with ping pong. We don't have the room for a full sized table, but they are happy with this one. :)



I not only need a sign for our room, but a helmet as well.

Have a fabulous day,
Debbie


Monday, December 1, 2014

Racing Bib holder on reclaimed wood

OMG. I just realized that I had no posts in November. Life just got away from me. Honestly, I thought by now, I could be posting 2-3 times a week. HA! I guess I (and you) will just have to be happy with the occasional monthly post. :)

I hate throwing away my running bibs. On down days, I could always look at them and say, "See, you did that." Then I'd have another cupcake. Anyway, they have been stored in between pages of my notebook for years and then I thought they would make a great display.


After deconstructing a pallet, I used some of the larger pieces of wood to make these displays. The hooks along the top left are obviously for holding the running bibs and the hooks along the bottom are for hanging medals (you've scored the jackpot if you get a medal AND a T-shirt).


After sanding down each piece very well, I just used paint and THIS technique for making the lettering.

I love this: I Did It. And I'll do it again. It's so badass.


This sign is one I have to keep reminding friends who worry about their times:


You don't need a Silhouette machine to cut out your fancy fonts either. You can just type it out in a word processing program, shade the back of the paper with pencil, then transfer it onto your board. If you want one for yourself or a friend, and just say the heck with making them on your own, you can purchase them here and here in my shop.


Well, off to sign up for more races to fill up my racing bib holder. Because . . . . you know . . . . I did it . . . . and I'll do it again. :)

Have a splendid day,
Debbie







Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meet Jenna, the hutch

Meet Jenna, the hutch.


She's a solid piece of furniture but a bit outdated, for my tastes anyway. I had to do something about that.


First, I knew the glass had to go. Personally I have no problem with glass, but I've always wanted to add chicken wire to furniture and she is my guinea pig.


I wanted the contrast from the creamy white to the pop of blue, and I continued that throughout the whole piece.


I love furniture that has keys intact. It gives it a bit of historical charm.


I wish I had room for her in my little cape, but alas, someone else will have to dress her up with their books, baskets, plates, and other knick knacks.


Have a great day,
Debbie


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Cornhole Boards (AKA: Making your husband happy)



So, my husband's weekend away with the guys was fast approaching and he decided they must have a cornhole set for their big getaway. Now, I've been to parties where the game was played and remembered the flimsy sets you can buy at the sporting good stores, and knew those bad boys wouldn't hold up to a weekend of drinking beer and tossing bean bags. In so many words, he said to "get on it". That was translated as, "get your butt in the garage and make me a sturdy cornhole game in the limited time you have." :)

Whenever I take on a new DIY project, I scour the internet for tutorials. I read quite a few of them and often take a little bit of information from each. But I settled on one cornhole board tutorial because it was so complete. You can find the link to the tutorial right here.

I have to say . . . . . he was happy.


This particular tutorial had the legs going back at quite the angle to avoid collapsing legs during play. Wouldn't want to mess with the scoring.


Well, I just couldn't keep it white, now could I?!? Some painters tape and you've got stripes.


Handles are necessary as these bad boys are heavy. Making jute rope handles is super easy.


 I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencil for the scorecard. Drilled holes and golf tees got the job done.


I screwed a little storage cup on the underside of one board to store the golf tees for scoring.



I purchased the bean bags from this retailer on Amazon.com


The boys enjoyed themselves, and my husband sent me some camera phone photos as proof.



Now to practice on my cornhole skills. :)

Have a great day,
Debbie