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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Gallon Bucket Table DIY

You know the drill by now. I wanted something but didn't want to spend any money. 
In this case, a nice little side table for our front deck....just a pretty little place to put things when we're sitting out there visiting or enjoying the sun.

I knew we had to have something in all of our stuff that I could use for this project.

We have a stack of five gallon buckets in storage. Sure, they smell like pickles but 
they are free and they are also the perfect height! In this case, 13" tall.

Here is the spray paint I keep on hand for our plastic patio chairs that are still sturdy and I am too cheap to replace. Painted this beautiful turquoise blue they even
 look good. I also used this spray paint when I painted the deck rug. The link for THAT is below.

The bucket is now Lagoon blue. And soon the boards will be, too.

Pallet wood scraps, baby!
I knew if I rummaged around enough in the scrap barrel I'd find enough to cover this bucket.
Yeah, they look rough but they're scraps and they're free and it was starting to get hot....

Okay, used air nailer to attach boards to bucket. 
Easy peasy.

Checking the kitchen I found this 15" microwave plate under the counter. We've never had a microwave large enough for this plate so I must have bought it at some point,
 but hey, serendipity! Perfect for the table top I have in mind.

Yeah, I have a stash of blue gems from the Dollar Store and thrift stores and yard sales. Don't judge me, I use these all the time! Shhh, they're pretty and they're cheap and perfect for this next step.

I laid them out in different ways and decided I liked the random look. A caulking gun and that tube of silicone sealer and in a bit I was looking at.....

A five gallon bucket table with a blingy glass top! 

I made this photo all gauzy and glamorous on purpose. Because I'm not quite sure if the style
 of the top goes with the style of the base, even after I painted the base turquoise blue.


Look! All's well that ends well! 

This pretty little FREE table is perfect for the purpose I had in mind. With a bit
 of ingenuity and time and a bit of work, I now have a blingy blue glass table for our front deck. Not only is it FREE, but it is totally waterproof and can stay outside all year long. 

Plastic bucket.
Reclaimed pallet boards.
Silicone sealant.
Blue glass gems.
ALL totally weatherproof.

I am calling this a win win, even if I'm not completely satisfied that the top goes with the bottom. But I've got a few ideas, and a few more five gallon buckets, to try and change things up.

Stay tuned!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Glass Garden Balls DIY

By special and numerous requests, here you are, the tutorial for my glass garden balls ....originally posted in 2013!

My blog header shows my love of cobalt blue glass and I've added that love of blue glass to my garden art.

Years ago my family got me a big blue gazing ball for my daisy flowerbed and I knew I wanted more, more, more! But hey, those gazing balls are not cheap and they are surprisingly fragile. Basically they are just giant glass Christmas balls. So they break if they fall over.What to do?

My first idea involved a bowling ball and lots of glass half marbles from the Dollar Store. I got this idea from the Garden Junk forum over at Garden Web. I used Silicone II adhesive for half of the ball and E6000 jewelry adhesive for the other half. I prefer the jewelry adhesive. And I LOVE how this came out!!! The bowling ball cost me $4 at a thrift store and I used about 6 bags of glass marbles, more or less. A 40% off coupon from Michael's snagged the E6000 and voila!!! My first blue glass garden ball for about $14. I was hooked!

I snagged this round glass light fixture for 25 cents and knew it would be my next ball project. Dollar Store half marbles and garage sale finds gave me the blue glass I needed. I decided to go with this Amazing Goop silicone adhesive because it was CHEAP. It is basically the same formula as the E 6000 and the Silicone II. The total cost on this pretty ball is less than $10.

This is definitely an OUTSIDE project since all the glues I've mentioned are incredibly smelly. Even outside I have a fan blowing across my work area to avoid the fumes. I settled on my front porch and started gluing. Put a small blob of glue on each individual marble, you do not have to goop it on. Smear a layer on your big ball and put your marble in place. I twist them a bit to make sure they stick together.

IMPORTANT! The adhesive does not set up quickly so you will have to do small areas of your ball and let it dry for several hours then turn it over to do the other sides. Try to skip this step and you'll have glass marbles falling off all over the place! In this project patience will reward you with a beautiful art piece.

And done!!

Here she is (of course she's a lady! LOL!) nestled in a soft bed of creeping Jenny. A hot pink petunia will join her soon. I love the bright blue glass against my blue deck railings and house color.

Oooh ahhh!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Page Decorating Obsession

When it comes to my favorite decor material, book pages are my number one go to  solution.

I hate to get rid of my old books so using them on projects to decorate and organize my home is a great solution for me!

In my craft room I've used book pages on bankers boxes and other containers to coordinate my storage. Whenever I run across black and white gift wrap or contact paper I use them on other boxes since I really like the way the book pages and the prints complement each other.

Insanely Creative Christy restyled this $1 bathroom cabinet using dictionary pages while I was laid low by chemo. This is still one of  my favorite book page projects ever!

Of course I had to try book pages for Christmas decor and I REALLY LOVE the way the recycled pages look on the balls, snowflake garlands and "post it note" origami flowers.

And, of course, I restyled/disguised the brass and glass dining room light that The Welding Man loves so much. I'm really liking the shapes and different layers of lights in this recycled chandelier.

The Welding Man made me a wrought iron bakers rack some years ago and I decorate it all year long for the seasons. This year I made this book page wreath with a little nest in the middle for the wall above the bakers rack. I added leaves from various books, the book page covered vase and also the long legged birds. Along the edge you can see the book page leaf garland I made for this display. I love how it all comes together!

My family knows I will restyle just about anything with old book pages. I am always on the look out for vintage dictionaries that are damaged beyond use that have some wonderfully aged paper.

Here's another close look at the book page leaf garland. I really like it! Now I'm thinking that if I dyed the pages in shades of green they would make a gorgeous leaf garland. I'll have to try it!

And here's a new project......art on a book page background. I used colored pencils, paint and ink to make this tattoo design which includes most of my creative tools plus a wonderful quote from my sister.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Page Chandelier Lamp Shade

Here is the next chapter of the brass and glass dining room light. The Welding Man luvs it 
and  I keep decorating it and disguising it's wonderfulness.

Yes. The glass panels need cleaned.
I've used these two ideas for Christmas and Autumn.

Then I made this drum shade from a much larger lamp shade. 
It was okay but looked a bit too amber. 
And when lighted the uneven trims really stood out. 

 Several years back I made this book page chandelier for my craft room. 
It totally goes with the book page vibe I've used
in there for many of my storage containers.


I punched out about 400 circles from an old dictionary. 
It had water damage and was 25 cents at the thrift store. Score!

I sewed many many strings of 7 circles and hot glued them to 
a metal ring which fit the top of the hanging lamp. 


Oooh aaaah, I like it!

I like it alot!

This project is definitely a keeper. It cost me nothing but time and energy. I may add a few more circle strings, perhaps in a different size, and see how it looks.

But for now, I'm calling this a win win!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DIY Wax Paper Twinkle Lantern

My idea for this lantern involved some twinkle lights a
and a pretty inside display on my bakers' rack.

I removed the candle and scrubbed it thoroughly...
 then put a string of white Christmas lights inside.

This is NOT the look I was going for. 
Even with glass marbles and beautiful sea glass filling up the bottom, 
the string of lights just looks awkward and a bit dumb.

I can't change the look of the lights but I can change
 how they look through the lantern glass.

I figured out how to frost the glass sides using crumpled up 
wax paper from the Dollar Store.

I used Mod Podge to adhere each wax paper sheet on the glass.

The wax paper makes the glass look frosted and crackled. 
I LOVE how soft the light is coming through the semi opaque glass.

Ooh aah!
Now the lights looks soft and glowing and this lantern is exactly
 what I pictured for decor on my baker's rack.
It is just right to use as a night light and as a focal point
 for each season's decor.

And here's the baker's rack all glammed up for last Christmas. 
LOVE how that lantern accents the silver and blue perfectly!

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Made a Barrel Shade

Here is the 90's dining room light which The Welding Man luvs.

I keep decorating it and embellishing it through the seasons to play up my decor and add a bit of color and whimsy. Last year I used Dollar Store snowflakes and fake Autumn garlands.

So I thought I'd go with a different look and hang a drum, or barrel, lamp shade.
Then I went shopping.

Um, when did lamp shades get so freakin' expensive?

After Googling DIY lamp shades I figured I could restyle 
a tall vintage shade into a shorter drum shade. 

I started with this 28" tall shade on sale at the thrift store for $2.99.

I cut it 10" tall using a razor knife and sharp scissors.

 The Welding Man helped me remove the metal rim and braces. 
I re purposed the ring for my new shade after cutting off the brackets.

 I hot glued the metal ring to the top inside edge of the new shade, then hot glued mixed trims around the outside edge. I used muslin bias binding, strips of burlap and then dressmaker's trim. 
I also added the dressmaker's trim to the bottom of the shade.

At this point I'm okay with the result and hoping it looks good once I install it.

 Well, okay, it looks fine. It's a  little too yellow and the light really shows up
 every little imperfection in the trims on both rims.

It is a little too amber for me and the uneven trims are
 just making me really itchy. Mentally, that is.

It looks alright. 

But now I have another idea involving garlands! So stay tuned.