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I can't wait to share my DIY Suitcase Dog Bed with you! Okay, this post is really just a way for me to introduce you to my adorable new puppy! We got him just in time for Easter and the whole family is in love with this little fluff ball. His name is Chancho, as in "I would never leave you Chancho" from the great "Nacho Libre". Can you tell I have all boys and a 13-year-old named him? Oh well, I love it too. Now for the dog bed.
My awesome father in law found this old suitcase for me. When he gave it to me we didn't have a pup yet so I imagined it sitting on a shelf somewhere adding charm to my house. But, once Chancho came in to our lives (literally later that day), I knew it would make the perfect dog bed. This is not a new idea, but new for someone like me with my first dog ever. The sandy colored exterior Read more [...]
What happens when you take someone like me to drop off a sofa at the dump? You end up with a car full of junk bound to be a cool project someday. Well this last weekend became this project's someday, a vintage industrial tray table. I started out with this slightly rusted tray. It looks like a paper tray without a bottom. Or maybe a vintage army tool chest stand. I've Googled it and can't come up with anything else like it. Then I disassembled two pallets I found in a dumpster near my house.
I carefully removed all of the nails by hammering them on the bottom and then pulled them out from the top with the back side of the hammer. The wood was long enough to fill the tray with just one cut on each end, but I thought that a diagonal pattern would be more interesting to look at. I dry fit them together and Read more [...]
On Saturday, June 2, 2012 there was an awesome event. A FREE swap meet put on by Desert Green Goddess. Everyone came to a park in the middle of our town and dropped off unwanted clothes, decor, projects, etc. Almost as soon as it was placed on a table, someone else walked by and snatched it up...for free! My 10 year old and I were really excited. We brought some of our old junk, and took home a bunch too. One of our finds was this tattered, but free backpack.
I loved the surfer feel of the fabric and immediately imagined it into a backpack pillow for his Surfing bedroom. I gave it a quick wash with my intoxicating laundry soap combo knowing that would bet out any stains and make it smell like "us". Then I got to work trimming off all of the stray and unraveling threads. Then whipped out my sewing machine Read more [...]
A while back, long before blogging, my awesome friend Heather called me and asked if I wanted an old door that she had no use for. I knew nothing about the door but of course said "YES!" Come to find out prior to that call, her husband Dan had been at the dump dropping stuff off when he came across a few old doors and took them home from the dump. Apparently he made a few awesome projects out of the other doors, but was at a loss for this one and was tiered of it kicking around in their garage. That's when they called me, and much to my husband's disappointment (ANOTHER project?!),
I jumped at the offer.
This is what the front of the door looked like when I got it. It was a bright peachy color. The back side was weathered, but just stained and varnished. I started this little makeover by scrapping off all Read more [...]
I'm starting a new series called "Dumped & Found". It features pieces that I have found at the dump, in a trash can, or on the side of the road. Things others (crazy people I call them) have "dumped" and I have "found"! The first piece I am sharing was picked up last weekend. Actually, the story began last summer. I bought a huge sectional from our local ReStore with the plan to reupholster it. After it sat in my garage for months my husband had had it with that "project". When we recently purchased a new sofa I promised I'd take the old one to the dump (I had already started taking it apart so I was sure a thrift store would reject it). Well, last Saturday was the day. We packed the sofa in the car and drove out the the city dump. It was my first trip to our dump and I was surprised Read more [...]