Category Archives: Upcycling

I have another lamp makeover to reveal! I sourced a large, battered brass lamp and a decent-sized drum shade from Goodwill. I’ve repainted several brass lamps in the past, but only because they’ve been beyond repair. I’m not totally averse to brass–just allergic to those items that are superrrr grimy. I really liked this lamp in particular because it has great curves at its base. Only had to invest a combined $10.94 for both pieces–$6.97 for the lamp and $3.97 for the drum shade. Not a terrible day’s haul. I decided on spray painting the lamp gold and covering the shade in a 2 inch wide navy ribbon.

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

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I decided to make a Kindle case for a friend. I was pretty happy with the last one I made so I stuck to the same basic materials and structure. I chose a vintage Hardy Boys book. The cover art is cool, and the book is the right size to fit my friend’s e-reader.

Completed Kindle Case

Completed Kindle Case

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I’ve got another big project in the works! Next item on the agenda: painting a campaign nightstand I picked up at Goodwill. I must admit, I’ve fallen victim to the current campaign craze. And fallen hard. I LOVE the style. The drawer pulls are great, and the corner hardware have just the right amount of interest without being overpowering. I have been keeping my eye out for anything campaign-style for a while and found one! The piece is in great shape and isn’t missing anything. I actually found a couple odd Scrabble tiles in the drawers. Bonus. What is the best part, you ask? It only cost $4.97! I’ll have to put some money into the supplies, but I think its a worthy investment.

Campaign Nighstand

Campaign Nightstand

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I had a great handled tray that wasn’t being used to its full potential. The graphic read “May Your Glass Always Be Half Full,” which limited its use to eating and drinking. I already have several kitchen and serving trays, so I set out to makeover this one into an item that could be used throughout the house.

Painted Stenciled Tray

Painted Stenciled Tray

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Just a quick before and after today, fellow craft enthusiasts! I’m always looking to makeover lamps, especially if I can find the lamp and/or shade for free. I found an old lamp in a closet and set out to reinvigorate it. The final product ended up being crisp white and dark pink–my two favorite colors.

Crisp white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Glossy white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Supplies I used: lamp base, shade, damp rag to clean off lamp, painter’s tape and plastic bag to cover light socket, primer, white glossy spray paint, mask to prevent inhalation, fabric, iron, scissors, pencil, and scotch tape. Read More →

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One of my sisters has a huge collection of rings. I wanted to make her a ring box so she could both display them and keep them from being misplaced. I picked up a standard wooden jewelry box from a thrift store.

Retrofitted Ring Box

Retrofitted Ring Box

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I’ve seen loads and loads of craft projects using wine corks, especially on Pinterest. I’ve seen jewelry displays, bulletin boards, coasters, and even bath mats. It took me over a year of saving up corks, but I finally had enough to do a proper project. I set my sights on a trivet that would both protect the table/counter from hot dishes as well as look beautiful. Several of the trivets I’ve seen used frames or shadow boxes as the structure. I had a great wooden art box from my younger years. The depth of the box was the same as corks–definitely meant to be.

Wine Cork Trivet

Wine Cork Trivet

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I always keep birthday and get well cards family and friends have sent me. I used to keep them tucked safely away in a box, but I wanted to find a better way to store them. I’ve seen a few examples where cards are stacked and held together with rings. I wanted mine to be easy to browse through and still look gorgeous when on display.

Greeting Card Keepsake Book

Greeting Card Keepsake Book

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Some of my most rewarding projects have come from unused items found around the house. Given a little ingenuity and a few supplies, I like to transform these sad saps into something useful and beautiful. I love doing lighting projects in particular. This little guy got a major overall with just a few coats of spray paint and a sleek lampshade.

Mighty metallic lamp!

Mighty metallic lamp!

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I’ve seen several of different styles of e-reader cases made from hardcover books. I went to a great craft fair where one artist was selling a bunch of really beautiful cases. Only problem—they were $80! Wayyyy out of my price range, especially since I knew I could make one myself.  I looked all over the house for a hardback book that would be the right size and thickness for a Kindle Fire. I also wanted the book to have interesting cover art and preferably be a book that I’ve read and enjoyed. My sisters and I loved reading Nancy Drew when we were growing up. We had loads of copies, and I had a feeling they would be the right dimensions for a Kindle Fire. After searching the house from top to bottom, I came up empty. I did find a few well-loved copies of the Hardy Boys, but I wanted to make this case for my sister, who was never a fan of those tricksters.

FInished & ready for use!

Finished & ready for use!

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