Category Up-cycled

Yellow Entertainment Center Before and After

Entertainment Center

I picked this hutch bottom up for free from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was damaged, so needed a little TLC. The door detail was what drew me to the piece. I made my own chalk paint using latex paint and Plaster of Paris. Making your own chalk paint is simple and much […]

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Lamp Hack Vase

Lamp Hack

Our new porch was begging for a bit more curb appeal. I looked around the house and gathered up a few items that I felt could use a face lift. I found an old lamp and decided to take it apart. I created a vase by re-attaching the base of the lamp to the top. […]

DIY Sphere Table Lamp Final

DIY Sphere Lamp

I have always loved the modern look of a sphere lamp. The price tag has always been another story. Often times they retail for over $200. The chrome base sphere lamp shown below retails for $238. I reused parts from a ceiling fan I recently removed from the bedroom. I had a small piece of […]


$5 Brass Wall Sconce Makeover

This is a simple weekend project. Head to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and buy a sconce (or two) that has interesting details. For less than $10 and a can of spray paint you can breathe new life into the sconces. Make sure to use a fine grit sandpaper to prep the surface and […]


Ugly Brass Lamp Turned Candle Holder

  For less than $10 you can update and ugly brass lamp by making it into a stylish candle holder. Most brass lamps simply screw apart. All you need to do is remove the screws and take it apart. Remove the light and parts you do not like. Paint the metal pieces the color or […]


Brass Sconce Redo

Hot pink is all the rage! Why not update a cheap wall sconce. It makes a statement in any room!


Wood Trunk Rehab ~ Coffee Table

I bought this green wood trunk several years ago at a local thrift store for $10. It sat on my porch for three years begging for a rehab. When we moved into our new place we were in need of a coffee table, and the trunk was the perfect piece to¬†transform! I decided to use […]

Not bad for $10!

Stool Makeover ~ Vintage Drink Labels

Our new place has a kitchen island, so we needed stools. We had been searching the internet for vintage drafting stools, but could not justify spending over $200 a stool. We stopped at the local Goodwill and found two stools for $7 a piece. To make it even better they were on sale. We spent […]

Admire the finished product!

Re-purposed Jars

Spray painting jar lids is a great way to give your kitchen a cohesive look. I never throw away glass jars, because they have 1,001 uses around the house. This is a twenty minute project that will have you wishing you had never thrown away a glass jar!

The finished product!

Restoration Hardware Lamp Rehab

Several years ago I found a lamp in the Restoration Hardware trash in the parking lot of the shopping mall. It was in great shape. The price tag was still on…$200! Huge score.¬†They had cut the plug off, but that was an easy fix. Four years later it was in need of a new look. […]


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