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Corner ladder shelf | DIY Upcycle

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” ~ Oscar Wilde

There are days when I just get a huge burst of motivation and inspiration for upcycling.  So much so, that if I don’t find something to create, build, reuse in some way, that I think I would most likely go crazy (ok friends I hear you…, crazier than I already am 😉 )   On these days, you may think I would run out to my nearest thrift store, junk store, or antique shop to find something to re-create, but I actually shop my own home & outbuildings & ‘junk’ piles.    I simply walk around my home, yard, & outbuildings looking for something that jumps out at me, and tells me to use it, and when I find the item I instantly know how I’m going to use it!   Really.  I don’t know how or why I was blessed with eyes that are able to do this, but they do, and for that I am very thankful.

A few weeks ago, I was doing that exact thing, and walking around my chicken coop and barn where I have some items that I haven’t used for anything yet, when I came across a beautiful blue/green wood ladder, and I told it “You are going in my house, right now.”  (ok, so I talk to my stuff sometimes, admit it, you do it too!) I put it up over my shoulder, and hauled it inside, placed it behind the brown chair in the living room, where there was a lonely empty corner on the wall, and boom, the corner ladder shelf was born.

Just.  Like. That.

Easy as , 1.) Pick from your own house/location , 2.) Place item in new spot for a new use , &  3.) You have successfully upcycled!

I bet y’all are more than ready to see my ladder shelf right?!    You’ve been patient, so here it is;

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I just love the way the ladder looks in the corner, it adds some great height to the room, and draws your eyes up.   It also adds great texture, character, and I feel it tells a story when you look at it by triggering thoughts about its history.

Open your eyes to see things in ways other than what they really are.  Once your eyes are wide open, and you use them more in this way, you will be entering into a whole new world of upcycling, and appreciating beauty in items that others may just toss away.

Thanks for reading,
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DIY Before & After

From dresser to tv stand in under 60 minutes

I have been slow on blog posts over the past few months due to a very busy Summer, along with moving into a new house.     Today as I was doing some more unpacking and organizing, I was putting away some DVD movies in the tv stand we have in our upstairs main living room, and I decided it was time to change up the tv stand.

I looked around the house for pieces that I could use as a TV Stand that would give me the storage I needed for DVD’s, playstation games, remotes, and even some board games, when I spotted this beautiful white dresser in our basement (where it still hadn’t found a specific place or use in our new home yet).

I then decided that since my walls in the living room were white, that I needed a touch of color, so I gave myself a timer- set it to 60 minutes, grabbed a random gallon of paint I had in my tool room, and got to painting.

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I kept the original  drawer pulls so I was spending $0.00  today for this project;
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The dresser is painted in a very soft green It is hard to tell in these photos the exact color, but I promise you it looks lovely in the corner of my living room, and the TV fits perfectly on top.

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DVD’s fit perfectly inside of the dresser drawers.  The dresser helps keep things organized and messy dvd piles out of sight;

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So there you have it,  I found myself yet again making a small project , like organizing movies, into a bigger project, like painting a dresser and turning it into the TV Stand,  but by giving myself a no money budget limit and a 60 minute time length, I was not slaving away to a lengthy or pricey project!

How will you re-use a dresser in your home!?  Share with me in the comments.
Thanks for reading,
~Kelly

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Purple nursery dresser transformation | DIY Before & After

Over the Summer I had a potential client come to me with a request to find and makeover a dresser for their (soon to be) bundle of joy that would be arriving sometime in September of this year.

We worked together searching online and in stores to find just the perfect dresser that would fit their needs and style.   She found a wonderful piece on Craigslist, dropped it off at my house- and I got to work!

Here are the before and after photos from the makeover I did, enjoy!

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After priming, painting, drilling holes & adding new hardware, and lining the drawers- this dresser was all set for a sweet newborns’ nursery!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY Upcycle

Tire planters | DIY Upcycle

DIY Tire planters by Kelly Whitman of The Pink Hammer blog. Visit the blog for full step by step tutorial and quality images.   http://www.thepinkhammerblog.comDIY Tire Planter

Project Cost;  (My cost = $0.00 with re=use of old tires  and Menards Rebate $ for the flowers) Average cost = Under $20.00 or cost of plants.

Project Level; Medium

Project Supplies; Old tires, dirt/soil, flowers, drill/ drill bit.

Steps:

1.) Choose you tires and clean them if desired.  If you do not have any old tires laying around, check Craigslist or Freecycle , there are always people wanting to throw out old tires without having to pay fees.

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2.)  Decide which way you want the tire to be facing and stand it upright.   Placing the tire slightly between your legs to hold it in place, drill several holes into the sunken parts of the tire tread.    I placed about 15 smaller holes into the bottom of each tire, using a 9/16 size drill bit.

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3.)  Place a small layer of gravel topped with dirt or potting soil into the tire.

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4.) Carefully add in flowers of choice into the tire.

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5.)  Hang in desired location using L shaped  mounting brackets or hooks that can hold the weight of the tire planter.

6.) Look back on a project well done and enjoy what you just created!

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A Tire Planter is a great way to upcycle  while  adding  unique beauty and character to your garden and yard!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

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*Flowers used in Tire Planters; Snap dragons, Marguerite Sweet Potato Vinem Verbena, & Petunias.

DIY Upcycle

Cheese grater jewelry holder | DIY Upcycle

From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

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One of the great things about being a free-spirited person, is that it also gives you the ability to see things.., as they are not, to see things with an open mind and to use that creativeness inside of you to visualize somethings ability to become something other than what it was originally intended for.

Over the past week as I have been packing for an upcoming move, I have realized how tangled my jewelry has become in my dresser drawer- a serious disaster!     I always loose my earrings, well I really usually loose 1 out of a set-and we all know I’d look plenty silly walking around with mismatched earrings, (or then again, maybe you wouldn’t even notice 😉  ), and those small studs -I loose at least one every couple of weeks, which then sends me back to the store to buy another pair, that I know I will loose again in no time.

Today I decided it was time for some organization!    I found an old cheese grater that was just going to be tossed away by someone else.    I paired it with a can of lime green spray paint, and just like that a new jewelry holder had been born.

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own upcycled cheese grater earring holder:

SUPPLIES

  • Cheese Grater (I bet you can find one for free, or under $5.00 at a thrift store)

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  • Can of spray paint (be creative, pick a fun color!)
  • Earrings/Jewelry of course!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your cheese grater with soap and water, rinse and let dry.
  • In a well ventilated place, preferably outside, place your grater on a piece of cardboard and spray nice, gentle and even strokes of spray paint , making sure you cover all sides, top handle and bottom lip.   Wait until completely dry, and repeat this step one more time for best coverage.   At this point you can spray as much of the inside of the grater that you can reach.
  • Let dry and fill your upcycled cheese grater with your favorite earrings and jewelry, using all sides to fit different sizes of jewelry.
  • The best step, sit back and look at a cool project that YOU just created!  Great job!

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Don’t feel like making your own?   Great news- you can order a custom cheese grater earring holder, for just $25.00, just contact Kelly at endlessacres@live.com  to order!

I hope you enjoyed this fun upcycle project!    Check back next week for some great snack ideas to take along on camping trips with kids!

Make sure you hop on over and follow Endless Acres Farmtiquesfor daily inspiration and tips!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY Before & After

Blue & Yellow vanity makeover | DIY Before & After

Before & after; Vanity revival/makeover

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Vanity Before:

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What was done;

* Primed

*Painted (Exterior is painted a soft blue , drawers are painted yellow – entire piece has stain applied to give it an aged look)

* Stained

* Polyurethane

*New floral glass knobs

*Drawer lining

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Hidden quote behind/under the mirror, just for fun 🙂

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Such a beautiful piece of furniture, that would look great in any home or business.  The uses for it are endless, it would be useful in your bedroom, kids bedroom, bathroom or even your dining room .

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY Upcycle, Home Decor Inspiration

Upcycled farmhouse window | DIY Upcycle

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~Henry Van Dyke
Spring is in the air- I can feel it!  Even though our green grass and our tulip bulbs are buried under the white snow, we all know- Spring will come, it always does.   Spring makes me think of  birds, and birds make me think of my Grandma Shirley, she loved birds, and that, makes me want to create something that says ‘Spring!’  Over the past few days I’ve been working on a project using an old window out of a 1924 farm house and I am finally done!  This window is now for sale & on display at The Living Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, WI .
www.thepinkhammerblog.comI started with a little old white window from a 1924 Farm house.  To some of you, this probably doesn’t  look like too much, but to me…when I came across this window, it gave me a feeling- I knew it needed a second chance at life-another opportunity to tell it’s story and fill someones home with a story.www.thepinkhammerblog.comI cleaned the window-glass & frame, front & back.  Then gave it a nice coat of yellow paint.   Allowed the paint to dry (completely), and brushed it with some Minwax Poly + Stain in the shade of ‘Espresso’ and wiped off a majority of the stain, leaving it darker only in places that had dents/dings, and around the edges to give it an aged look.

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I once again washed the glass part of the window and applied a wall decal , then drilled holes and placed eye hooks & an old chain from a dairy farm on top of the window, and now it is ready to be hung in a new owners home!

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This beautiful one of a kind upcycled window is for sale!  It can be viewed and purchased at The Living Room Coffee House on Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

If you are interested in purchasing this window , please purchase at The Living Room, or contact Kelly at  endlessacres @ live.com  .  I also take custom orders!

Thanks for reading, have a beautiful afternoon,

~Kelly