Refurbished Shelf Cabinet

BLOGRefurbished shelf cabinet

I found this online the other day on the polka dot closet blog and just had to share it with you all. See how pretty you can make something with just a little elbow grease, paint and wallpaper?
SO pretty!

What a major difference!!!I think it is so pretty!Taking an unlikely,old,plain cabinet and turning it into something beautiful…

I hope to get some new items up very soon in my Etsy shop. If you would like to be emailed when new items appear, just send me an email with your email address included and title it “email list”. I won’t give out your email address to anyone,and only plan on sending an email when I get new items on my webshop.I promise not to bombard you with unwanted emails!!Just send to: creekwater01@hotmail.com.

WEBSITE:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

Thanks for looking! now GO CREATE SOMETHING…:)
Did I mention how much I love and appreciate all my blog readers?
I LOVE hearing from you all!Thanks for your support and your comments.
If there is anything you would like to see, or see more of, just let me know and I will find it for you!

Have fun!
Peggy

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MORE WINDOWS AND DOORS IDEAS

HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS  I FOUND FOR YOU!

thanks for visiting!!

old window with either paint or vinyl lettering

old door made into hall tree with seating added

flat ocean fans behind glass

old frame with letters..you can buy these letters at Walmart and other stores

 

door with mirror insert

Next post, I will change up some,and show you some great ideas for making your own home decor…the easy way! Please dont forget to visit my etsy shop!www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage Please do not hesitiate to comment on other things you would like to see! Thanks again…and have a wonderful day everyone!Peggy

LOTS of pics of both window and door repurposing

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Sorry about that, some posted twice!!
If they aren’t big enough, just click on the picture and it will make it bigger.
ENJOY these and come up with some of your own ideas!

I also have some NEW listings in my Etsy shop.Please stop by there for a looksee!!I have posted a vintage Wasabi set,and a NEW beach picture assemblage in/on a frame!
Have fun!
Thanks for all of your comments!I LOVE to hear from you, what you would like to see more of, etc.
Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th everyone!!!

Fall Idea for Old windows

It’s Fall Ya’ll!
I hope this finds everyone in good spirits, and enjoying this wonderfall Fall weather. It was REALLY hot in Northwest Florida this summer, and it is SO wonderful to be able to turn off the air conditioner and open the windows…

Today, I have a picture from a post I thought you might like, since MANY of you find my blog looking for old window ideas. This is a nice and simple decorating project for Fall. You could also use the idea in the entrance table, living room, or on a mantle as shown.I found this picture on walnutandvine.blogspot.com

I also have several new listings in my shop, and several new ones for Fall as well, so please pop in there too!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

http://www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage
(sorry everyone, having trouble with this blog!!!)

Have a wonderful day everyone! And remember,Please, let me know what all YOU would like to find, or are looking for, and I will be happy to post it on my blog for you!

ANOTHER IDEA FOR AN OLD WINDOW

BIRD PRINT ON OLD WINDOW

Hello all!

HERE’S ANOTHER NEW IDEA I FOUND ONLINE FOR YOU….I GET ALOT OF LANDINGS ON MY BLOG FOR THESE, SO I LIKE TO SHARE NEW ONES WITH YOU AS I FIND THEM.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT EITHER DON’T WANT TO DO OTHER TREATMENTS, OR THOSE THAT WANT A NICE LOOK EVEN IF YOU CAN’T PAINT, THIS ONE LOOKS PRETTY SIMPLE……

THIS OLD WINDOW HAS NO DIVIDERS, HAS ONLY ONE LARGE “PANE”, SO IT  WILL BE REAL EASY FOR YOU TO GET THIS LOOK.

 LOOK IN FLEA MARKETS, GOODWILL,YARD SALES,ESTATE SALES,ETC., FOR LARGER PRINTS THAT YOU LIKE,WHETHER VINTAGE OR NEW, WHATEVER PRINT OR PICTURE THAT APPEALS TO YOU, OR…. DOWNLOAD CLIP ART FROM YOUR COMPUTER AND PRINT OUT WITH YOUR PRINTER.

 THIS ONE LOOKS TO HAVE AN OLD BOTANICAL PRINT  OF BIRDS AND NEST WITH EGGS, SIMPLY GLUED AT THE CORNERS AND SIDES ON THE BACK OF THE OLD WINDOW.

MAKE SURE TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS OF THE INSIDE GLASS PORTION OF YOUR WINDOW TO KEEP WITH YOU WHEN YOU SHOP, AND THEN MEASURE YOUR PRINT TO SEE IF IT WILL FIT AS YOU WANT IT TO. YOU COULD ALSO TAKE A SMALLER PRINT TO A PRINT SHOP LIKE KINKO’S, ETC.,AND FOR A SMALL FEE, THEY CAN MAKE IT THE EXACT SIZE THAT YOU WANT. MOST PUBLIC LIBRARIES HAVE COPIERS ON HAND AS WELL, THAT YOU  CAN USE FOR A SMALL FEE , AND MAKE IT THE SIZE YOU WANT FOR YOUR WINDOW.

HAVE FUN!

PEGGY

www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

 

Vintage Furniture Restoration

Can you believe this was headed to the dump?!

It pays off sometimes to look beyond the dirt, dust,and grime of an otherwise unwanted piece of furniture,and see a good solid wood stucture of possibility.Never mind the nicks,scrapes, and scratches….these are all part of  being “used” in every day life, and only adds to the character of a vintage piece of furniture….

I wish I could have shown you a before picture of this one.

I swept it, cleaned it really well with a clorox bleach based cleaner (it had a heavy paint job underneath, so I didn’t worry about the bleach,and it also killed any bacteria that could have been lurking), sanded it after it was fully dry,cleaned off the wood dust, and used a few cans of quality white spray paint.

Since most vintage furniture drawer pulls measure only 2- 3/4 inches, I had to special order the pulls,since everything nowadays is an “even” 3 inches.Check out flea markets, antique shops or auctions to find vintage drawer pulls, and always keep any hardware that you can get off of unsalvageable pieces. I scored these nice Antique English Chippendale Style drawer pulls on sale from www.dlawlesshardware.com.

These are a nice bunch of folks, with a huge selection of any kind of drawer pulls or knobs you could ever imagine.Excellent customer service, and fast shipping. 

With some cleaning supplies, sandpaper, paint, imagination, and some good old fashioned elbow grease, you can turn a cast off into a really nice, functional piece of furniture.

This was probably sold “new” as a vanity , but it would also make a VERY nice desk. The right side has room for a chair, and behind the false drawer is a roomy storage area, where the top lifts up and has a mirror attached to the lid. It has beautiful lines, and a nice curvature on the drawers, and it’s a very attractive piece of furniture now that it was rescued! I have this for sale in my shop priced at $65.99.

What beauty and possibility  that was underneath all that neglect…trash to treasure indeed!

Refurbished Vintage Treasure

Faux painted Ash tray stand

Refurbished Ash Tray Stand

I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO REDOING THIS ASH TRAY STAND. AT THE SUGGESTION OF A FRIEND, I AM GOING TO PUT IN A BIRDS NEST WITH EGG AND BIRDIE ON TOP!YOU CAN DO THIS FAUX PAINTING, IT KIND OF LOOKS LIKE  MARBLE. YOU CAN ALWAYS PRACTICE ON A PIECE OF CARDBOARD UNTIL YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE SIMPLE PROCESS.

SAND OFF ANY RUST, CLEAN WELL, PRIMER AND  GET SPRAY PAINT COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE. I CHOSE A NEUTRAL MEDIUM TAN COLOR. LET DRY. MAKE SURE TO GET IN ALL THE CRACKS,UNDERSIDE,ETC.

LET DRY COMPLETLY.

A SEA SPONGE WORKS BEST FOR THIS, AS IT GIVES/MAKES A NICE TEXTURE. DIP SPONGE IN WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT, DAB OFF EXCESS ON RAG OR PAPER. GENTLY DAB RANDOMLY ALL OVER, EVEN INTENTIONALLY SMUDGING SOME LIGHTLY.

A FEATHER IS THEN NEEDED. SLIDE sides of FEATHER ACROSS SAME WHITE PAINT, THEN SLIDE ACROSS RAG OR PAPER TO REMOVE EXCESS. RANDOMLY STROKE ACROSS IN DIFFERENT PLACES UNTIL YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE LOOK.

LET DRY COMPLETELY. USE CLEAR COAT SPRAY ACRYLIC TO PROTECT PAINT PROJECT.  

DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY IT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE LOOK, SPRAY PAINT OVER, LET DRY, AND START AGAIN.PRACTICE ON SCRAP CARDBOARD,ETC. AND BE LOOSE WITH IT, NOT CONFINED. YOU WANT A RANDOM LOOK, NOT A PLANNED ONE. IT REALLY IS VERY EASY TO DO.

THIS HANDPAINTED STAND IS FOR SALE IN MY SHOP . IT IS VINTAGE, AND HAS A NICE ART DECO STYLE. IT IS PRICED AT $49.95. (this price does not include shipping).

OLD LIGHT COVER “CLOCHE”

THIS IS A COOL IDEA I FOUND THAT GIVES A OLD LIGHT PROTECTOR NEW LIFE AS A PRETTY HOME DECOR ITEM!

THIS IS A PRETTY NEAT RECYCLING PROJECT

MAKE SURE TO SAND OFF ANY RUST,CLEAN WELL, THEN PRIME WITH A SPRAY PRIMER USED TO KILL RUST,( MAKING SURE TO ALSO GET IT IN THE ‘UNDERSIDE’AREAS),THEN SPRAY  PAINT THE COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE.

NICE WAY TO MAKE A DESIGNER LOOK OUT OF SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE GONE IN THE HEAP PILE, DON’T YOU THINK?

THIS ONE IS TOPPED WITH A PRETTY BOW AND A TAG. YOU COULD PUT IT OVER A SMALL LIVE PLANT,LIKE THIS WITH A NEST AND EGG.

YOU CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOOK UNDERNEATH TO FIT INTO YOUR HOME DECOR, PLUS, YOU CAN CHANGE THE LITTLE VIGNETTE OUT FOR EACH HOLIDAY,SEASON,ETC.

I’LL BET THIS SAME LOOK WOULD COST YOU A SMALL FORTUNE IN ONE OF THOSE HIGH END HOME DECOR STORES!

ALWAYS THINK,AND THINK AGAIN BEFORE YOU DISMISS OR DISCARD SOMETHING. YOU MAY ALWAYS THINK OF AN IDEA FOR IT AT A LATER DATE……BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR INTERESTING ITEMS SUCH AS THIS.

Chic Lampshade Re-do

This is a small Vintage lamp that needed something additional to make it more interesting, and it is very simple to do.

I currently have it in my “Paris Apartment” display, but it looks great with my Shabby Chic display as well. It would work in your “boudoir”, go well with a Chic style decor as a desk lamp, and would also work in a “powder room”, or a girls room.

This lamp looks white, but it is a very light pink swirled glass, and it sits on a marble pedestal .The wiring works fine, even though the plug is one of the vintage round ones. (It is available for purchase for $15.00 plus shipping.)

I had to find a small shade for it, as the one with it was not workable, but I finally found one at a local flea market.(It’s one of those that has a dual wire that fits on the bulb).

The shade I found was kind of discolored, so I got the idea to spray paint it white, and it worked perfectly. I just let it dry/cure for a week or so, and it didn’t give off any fumes of any kind when burning the bulb.(You may want to find a spray paint for fabric instead, but only the pleated part is fabric.Underneath the fabric is plastic). I have a low 40 watt bulb in it, and have never had any problems with the shade.

I had some pretty ribbon edging with crystal droplets in pastel iridescent pinks,etc.sewn into it that I had purchased before, just because I loved it, and knew I would find the perfect use for it down the road.

I measured the length that I needed, for the top rim, and the bottom rim, and simply used glue to attach it. I think it was Aleene’s Tacky glue, or either SOBO fabric glue, I can’t remember which, but either would work. I had a bit of trouble at first until I realized it would be much easier to glue small sections at the time, and used some small clamps(like the old hair roller type) to hold it until the section I had glued adhered.(You also need another clamp to hold the piece that is yet to be glued to keep it out of the way while you work,because the crystals have weight). 

It took some trial and error to do it, but I think it was just what it needed to “pretty it up”! (I have seen these in big retail stores, and they are NOT cheap!).

Chic Lampshade re-do

Chic Lampshade re-do

Don’t be afraid to use different style edgings to rehab lamp shades. The ones with feather edgings are good sellers as well, but you can also save yourself some money and do this yourself!The possibilites are only limited by your imagination! Lamps at fleas/goodwill, as long as the wiring is intact (unless you want to rewire it), are good candidates for re-doing.(It’s always a good idea to rewire very old lamps, just to be on the safe side).

 There are alot of paint techniques that you can apply to the BASES of older lamps that can update them to match your decor or style, and give them a whole new look! Just remember, if you don’t like your paint job/style, you can always paint over it and start again. When you get it how you want it,(make sure to cover any wiring/sockets), and then spray with an acrylic spray to protect your work. 

HAVE FUN!

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