Monday, October 24, 2011

Small Redo's, So Fun


  We have a pretty office, but we don't use it all that much and since I haven't had any place to take out my scrap booking, sewing, or painting stuff and leave it, well,  whats a girl to do?  This girl found a wall in the office that wasn't being used that would be a  perfect place for a counter top.  We had a nice book shelf in there also, but once I evaluated all the space, I came up with a plan.  We had plenty of bookshelves in the family room, so I emptied all the books into them.  That left me with a whole book shelf for my craft stuff, why hadn't I seen this before.  The pictures are horrible but it really is a cool space.  I cut dividers for the millions of pieces of paper I have so that I can now see it all.  I used an old door (from Restore for 3 bucks)for my counter top until my hubby made me some nicer one's


Here's the nice one's.  We got these at Home Depot for fifteen dollars on clearance!  What a deal.


Isn't it fun to find things at second hand stores or at yard sales that you know will make such a good redo?  I had a lot of luck finding accessories for my craft "counter".  These are a few things I found here and there to fix up, and store my stuff in.   
I found this really neat metal can wrapped in white and blue rope, just the right color and size for some of my scrap booking punches.  Next to it are Dollar Store plastic trays, three for a dollar, again, just the right color.


I saw this really cute idea out in blog land somewhere and I wished I could remember where, so sorry not to give credit where it's due.  It was to use old fashioned clothes pins to wrap your ribbon around and store it that way.  I got the bottles from the Dollar Store also.


I found this bulletin board at a second hand store.  I didn't have to repaint it but did have to replace the fabric and ribbon.   It's right above where I sit and craft so I have put some pictures there that make me smile every time I see them.


I wished I had a before picture of this mail holder because it really has been transformed.  The sides weren't indented like they are now, I cut it this way.  It was all drab brown and straight up and down, very boring.  I cut the sides out, painted it black, added the paper with modge podge, then a metal "m" for mail, and a ribbon.  It really did turn out fun.




I saved one of the funnest redo's that I have done for last.  I love it so much because I use it all the time.  This is and old sewing box, it was all brown and in a shambles.  I took it apart, and believe me, there are dozens of teeny, tiny, pieces and screws.  I painted the wood a fresh white and then found this really refreshing blue paper.  I didn't paint the inside because I knew with all the tight fits I would run into problems with it sticking.


Didn't it turn out nice?  I have had a lot of fun doing smaller projects for my craft and sewing space that has helped me be more organized.  Now when I want to leave my scrapping out, or if I'm in the middle of a sewing project, I can just leave it where it is and close the door. 


                                    I usually post about the furniture that I do, which I love doing,
but it's nice to take a break once and awhile.  But now it's crunch time because I have a show coming up in two and a half weeks.  I have 2 dressers, a server, a huge buffet, a small secretary, and two end tables to get done by then.  I have been so lucky in finding some of the neatest pieces for this show, can't wait to get them done and share them with you.

                       Thanks so much for stopping by, I love your comments and followers as well.
                                                                          Sandi

21 comments:

  1. OMG! Both my Grandmother and my mother had/have brown sewing boxes just like yours! I love the redo.

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  2. The sewing box is awesome! I also like the metal pail with rope--what a great find.

    I hope you can share your post on the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

    Erika

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  3. Sweet!! I just love this old sewing box!! Must keep my eye out for one of these...so handy!! You did a beautiful job..thanks!

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  4. I have one of those sewing boxes to, but I have not been brave enough to take it apart yet. But seeing yours really gave me some motivation in the right direction. It looks stunning. Liked all you other redoes aswell :)

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  5. Love it, Sandi! That's wonderful! The clothespins are such a great idea too! Especially since all my ribbon is shoved into an old ice cream container. LOL! And I'm seriously jealous over that old sewing box!

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  6. Great ideas for me since I'm in the process of redoing a former bedroom into a craft room. I love the idea that you showed with the ribbon on the clothespins. I have so many pieces of ribbon and always wonder what to do with them.

    I'd love to see larger photos, especially of the mail bin to see more detail. You have such great ideas and I'd love to copycat :)

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  7. Ooohhh, it's so VERY chic! Beautifully graduated colours! I really enjoy upcycling small projects too.

    Deborah ♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/... hope you’ll drop by and say hi!)

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  8. Love the sewing box! I just bought one just like it at a garage sale. It is in need of a makeover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. This entire redo is fantastic. I love the idea of using the old-fashioned clothes pins for ribbon. I just might steal that idea. Also love that sweet sewing box. Nice job with everything.

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  10. Love everything--the sewing box is great--also love the rope on the bucket

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  11. I am currently in the process of creating myself what I like to call my "Craft Corner" b/c it's just a corner in my bedroom. We have been in our home for 3 years and if I was working on a craft I would have to run up to the attic to get what I needed....we just don't have the space. Now I'm making myself a space....momma needs space too! So thank you so much for the ideas and I LOVE the mail holder....could be used to hold things other than mail too! Following!

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  12. This is darling!! Would love it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-10.html

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  13. So cute! Hope you will come share at my linky party!

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  14. What a fun room! I have a sewing box just like that, but yours is so much cuter now. Good job!

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  15. pretty, fun, practical
    like the freshened up sewing box

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  16. Everything looks wonderful!!! I esp love the mail holder and old sewing box! You did a wonderful job! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  17. First of all, I love your style and I'm going to come back for more! Second, I saw your link on Simply Designing for the adorable sewing box (which I am definitely going to copy!) Third, I'm a newbie and not very computer savvy but I'm determined to learn how to navigate in the blogworld. You are so creative, thanks for sharing!

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  18. I love your ideas. Gosh that sewing box turned our great! I love the colors and the paper you chose for it.
    www.keepitsimpleyay.blogspot.com

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  19. I have this same old brown sewing box. It was my moms & I love it. What a great idea!

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  20. Hi Sandi, I also like to re-purpose just about anything before allowing mu husband to toss it. Borderline hoarder?

    You shared lot of really good ideas this week at the party, thanks!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

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  21. you've been busy! super job on the sewing chest! I bet that was a LOT of work!
    gail

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