Creative Ideas

Trash to Treasure Inspiration from Upscale Decorator

Feature article by Leslie Young on The Commercial Appeal:  Thrifty Decorator Furnishes House with Found Objects Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman — when it comes to a good bargain, that is. “I saw a bench on the side of the road in my neighborhood in Dallas, and it couldn’t fit in my car. I stuffed it in the back seat and couldn’t even close the door. I’m sure people were thinking, ‘What in the world is that crazy woman doing?’” said McWhorter, 67, of East Memphis.hat bench, spray-painted a different color and good as […]

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Steampunk: Trash to Treasure Becomes a Family Addiction

The trash to treasure addiction has begun to spread to the rest of the family! My son who is a high school student has an interest in welding. So earlier this year, he created this steampunk sculpture for a welding competition. He got to go all the way to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City this past summer.His sculpture involves different types of metal, thus different types of welds. I know nothing about welding, so he has me trumped in this department. I do however have a high appreciation for his skills.  I know the green doily just […]

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Weekend’s Most Pinteresting

This week, I’m dedicating my “Most Pinteresting” post to home improvement projects that class up outdated elements in the home. I found each project on Pinterest.   The first project is from DIY Design. Do you have ugly bi-fold closet doors that just cream 1970s? I love this solution! Be sure to check out the full post on DIY Design for the tutorial. Hate the color of your outdated cabinets? Try this tutorial from Monica Wants It. Be sure to check out the follow-up Q and A about the project too. Looking for more of a distressed look? Then this […]

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A Decorative Fireplace Mantel with Old Shutters

A few weeks ago, my readers left several great ideas for my WWYD Wednesday post about old shutters. I’d like to share a couple of photos sent to me from reader Julieanne. She says, “I found the old mantle at an auction for $70 and added the shutters and glass handles! Absolutely love the finished result!” Me too Julieanne! Check out this before and after, everyone. Before: After: I love it Julieanne! I think a fake fireplace adds a lot to a room. I have one too, but yours is fabulous! Do you hide anything behind the shutters? I like […]

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Transformation Tuesday – Furniture from…a Box Spring?

Sometimes, the creativity of my readers just amazes me. I received an e-mail from Linn at The Home Project last week with a photo of the new furniture she and her husband made from an old box spring. My husband would likely use the wood for firewood, or toss the whole thing on the brush pile. But not Linn! You’ll have to hop over to her blog to see the full post, but here’s a teaser for you from her photos. This has to be one of my favorite Transformation Tuesday ideas. Linn shows their full tutorial of how they […]

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Weekend’s Most Pinteresting Roundup

This week, I pinned these Trash to Treasure ideas on Pinterest. Here’s a clever idea for a shutter from Buckets of Burlap. Using a rake for a curtain rod? I think so! Love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens. I guess I haven’t been as busy as usual on Pinterest this week, so I have only two favorites to show you this weekend. Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Crafty Fun with Adhesive Vinyl

I was working on a project the other day making sign lettering for my church and got a little carried away with the adhesive vinyl. I’ve always wanted to decorated the top of my laptop (back side of the screen), so I took the plunge. I thought I’d show you the results and catch up a little on the “life” and “creativity” part of the blog. Here’s what it looked like before I messed with it: And after… I have a Silhouette SD machine. It’s the older model and it was much cheaper than the new model, but I love […]

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Easy Office Storage – Transformation Tuesday

Today’s transformation isn’t much of a transformation, but I want to show you anyway. Last week, I showed you my closet door improvised desk. This week, I got to thinking how cluttered my desk is, despite my organizing. I wanted to do something about all the little stuff on top. See what I mean? I remembered that I had these plastic drawer bins from another project that didn’t work out quite they way I had hoped. So, I decided to see if I could attach them somehow under the desk.  By the way, these have decorative scrapbook paper in the […]

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