Creative Ideas

Transformation Tuesday

This week for Transformation Tuesday, I want to brag about one of my readers who tackled her own Trash to Treasure project. Deb from Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House was inspired by the finish on my chandelier makeover, so she decided to update the knobs and hinges in her house with a similar finish.  She’s featured her results on a French Door makeover on her blog. I love the angle of Deb’s in-progress photo below. Deb painted the door and then transformed the knobs. You’ll find that you can achieve similar results when you use Rust-O-leum’s oil rubbed bronze (ORB) spray […]

Continue reading

Tuesday Mini-Transformation

Sometimes the best transformations are not the ones that take days and hours to complete. Sometimes, the best trash to treasure projects take no more than an hour, but make a huge difference. Here is an example.  I work with a laptop with a secondary monitor, keyboard and mouse attached. Sometimes, that leaves me with little space to put my papers. And I don’t want to smother my laptop with books and papers. What papers you ask?  I guess I should admit that I cleaned up my desk a little for the photo. So, I figured if I could find […]

Continue reading

Thrifty Thursday Idea

During my office face lift this week, I decided to hang my small bulletin board on the closet door. But it was lacking something and I went scrounging for something to add interest. I had these words that I had picked up at a dollar store, but one of them was broken. Actually, my husband broke it, and I like to tease him that he broke my dream. I figured this dream could be fixed with super glue.  Using that same super glue, I attached this word and the other one to the top of the bulletin board.  Quick, easy, […]

Continue reading

In the Mood to Transform a Space

After painting and decorating some rooms over at the camp where my husband works, I was in the mood to transform something at home. I had about half of a gallon of paint left from the pecan color I used on some of my recent posted projects. I was getting a little bored with the plain off-white in my office. Here’s my work space:  I really wanted to paint the wall behind my desk that has all the book shelves. However, I wasn’t too excited about moving everything. Plus, I knew I’d have to go buy more paint. But then […]

Continue reading

Creative Recycling

I have a basement full, (okay, more of a storage room full) of the old windows that we removed from our house when we did some remodeling last year. I’ve been coming up with art projects for using them. Sometimes the best creative inspiration comes from stuff that you have right on hand.  I used my Silhouette cutting machine to cut out sayings on adhesive vinyl and then I created mat board backs for them that are decorated with scrapbook papers. Now, I’ll be looking for a market for my art. Shipping is a little to expensive to put them […]

Continue reading

Transformation- Faux Finished Cabinets

This summer, I took on a huge project as a volunteer at the Bible camp where my husband works. They’ve been building a new cabin from mostly donated materials that were salvaged from buildings being renovated and torn down. This meant that we needed to come up with a way to make it all look as though it belonged together. Not an easy thing if materials come from multiple sources. The lower level of the cabin is an apartment suite for our guest speakers, so it has a sleeping room, private bath, and an open kitchen and living area. I […]

Continue reading

Low Cost T2T Yard Decoration

I was driving along on my way to a speaking engagement and spotted this trash to treasure idea along the road. I always take my camera with, so I swung over and zoomed in. If you’re the owner and reading this, I hope I didn’t freak you out pointing a zoom lens at your home. Next time you get your tires changed out, maybe you’ll want to use them for a no-cost yard decoration. Or maybe not. But I give it an A+ for creativity. Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Continue reading

What Would You Do Wednesday

Could someone tell me where time goes? Seriously. Where did a whole week go already? It’s definitely time for another What Would You Do Wednesday. And it’s time to announce the winner of the last WWYD, the Tiffany style lamp.   I loved all of the ideas and it was very difficult to choose since each had its own creative merit. But the idea that I thought most brought the lamp up to date in a new way, was the idea from Mattie about mod podge. I could see it with a shabby chic scrapbook paper mod podged over the […]

Continue reading

Transformation Tuesday

In 1992, I was pregnant with our first baby, and I decided it was time to upgrade from the castoff couch that we had inherited from my parents. So, we purchased a sleeper sofa in the ever-so-popular country blue color. Later, I wished I had chosen something more neutral since we ended up keeping the sofa much longer than I had anticipated. Two summers ago, when it was 16 years old, I decided to reupholster it rather than replace it, since we had two teenage boys and I didn’t want to purchase a new one just to have it covered […]

Continue reading

The Need to be Creative

This summer, my time has not worked out as I expected it would. Commitments turned into something bigger than expected, obligations overtook my free time, and everyday life usurped the relax time I anticipated. Lately, I’ve been starved for some creativity time. At the moment, I’m counting down the days to when the guys are all away and I have the house to myself for a whole week. I know I’ll be devoting a good part of that week to creative pursuits. If you’re a creative person, have you ever wondered why you get that hunger to create something? Some […]

Continue reading