Monday, May 31, 2010

Getting Organized With A Tool Bucket

Have you met my tool bucket buddy?  He goes everywhere with me.  Let me introduce you.

 While beginning one of my latest projects, I could not find any of my supplies.  That was it!  I was not doing any more projects until I got organized.  This is not an original idea, but I've always thought it was a good one.  It's just a paint bucket from Lowe's and a tool belt.

I gathered all my must have supplies...

And started loading up the tool belt.

I used this craft organizer from Wal-Mart for all my screws and hanging hardware.

I put everything in the bucket and I was ready to go.  The beauty of this is that not only can I find everything, but even I can't find an excuse not to put the stuff away.  Now I'm not saying I put the bucket away, but as long as I can find the bucket, there's no more searching all over the house for my tools.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Because I Loved The Color...

Seven-Up Soda Crate

I found this soda crate? or carrier? for $6.00.The colors and patina were so perfect, I just had to get it.  I'm just not sure what I want to do with it.

I could put it on the dresser in my family room.

Of course I could use it as a serving tray.

And I can always use more storage in the kitchen.

Or how about some candles on the coffee table?

Decisions, decisions.  I love these kinds of decisions.


I will be joining Show and Tell Friday and Frugalicious Friday and Frugal Friday.  I'm also joining SNS for old crates theme party.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Basement Challenge #3 ~ Ladder

Ladder With A French Twist...

When Donna at Funky Junk Interiors announced the theme for her Saturday Nite Special as "Ladders", I thought, "I have an old wooden ladder."  And where else?  In my basement.  So this was the perfect inspiration for Basement Challenge #3.

I brought the ladder up from the basement and gave it a good cleaning.  Added some books, a vintage print, a basket of dried flowers,

And some linens.

It makes a nice backdrop for the great room.

One more thing out of my basement. Yeah!  But the best part of this ladder is that it belonged to my Dad.  The paint splatters are a combination of his projects and paint from my first home after I was married.  Years of memories.

I will also be sharing this at Metamorphosis Monday and Show off Your Cottage Monday at The House In The Roses.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

~Basement Challenge #2 - Footstool~

Well, I'm continuing the challenge to clean out my basement by bringing up one piece at a time.

This was an old footstool from our previous home.

I gave it a coat of stick-to-anything primer.

A coat of paint.

And then, because I wanted it to be poof-y, and plush-y, and posh-y, I added a pillow to the top.

Then I covered it with quilt batting to hold it in place and smooth the edges.

And do you remember my "Faux French Linen"? You can see how I made it here.  I used the extra fabric and the same painting technique to make the slipcover.

So for zero dollars, I have a "new" footstool.

Tea anyone?

I'm going on a trip for a few days, so I haven't decided on challenge #3 yet. 

I'll be sharing at:

Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Metamorphosis Monday