Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fruit Crate Fun

Here is my latest Pinterest inspiration.  I got this old fruit crate from a local farmer for free.  Right away I knew what I wanted to do with it.  Ever since we moved into our current home (6 years ago), my girls have needed some shelving above the toilet in their bathroom.  Unfortunately for them, it was never high on my priority list. 

First we sanded it a bit.  Not a lot, just enough to get rid of the sliver factor.  Then I painted it with extra wall paint I had left over from one of the bedrooms, hung it on the wall and let the girls help me decorate it.  Here is the end result:

They are very happy with the result and so am I.  You can't beat free! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Painted Jars

I have been slightly addicted to Pinterest lately.  I have pinned so many craft, DIY and re-decorating ideas I want to do that if I attempt them all I'll be busy for the next couple years.  Here is one that I recently tried:  painted jars.

First, I found some jars that I wasn't using and cleaned them up.  Most of them were mason jars, but I had a few other kinds of glass jars sitting around, too.

I used several different kinds of spray paint on the jars:  matte, gloss, and satin.  I even used a textured paint, just for kicks.  I found out the hard way to do several light coats instead of one heavy coat.  With one heavy coat, the paint got drippy and ran down the sides of the jar.  *ugh*

These are the jars drying on a ladder in the garage.

Once they were dry I brought them all in and got the ribbon and lids out (I waited 24 hours to make sure they were completely dry).  Here are a few of the combinations I came up with:

I really like the way the tan color turned out.  My daughter already claimed the black one.

Christmas colors!

Different sizes for different uses.

I used textured spray paint for the brown one in this pic.

This one is my favorite.  :)

Just think of all the different styles of jars and colors of spray paint out there.  And then add different ribbons, twine, candles, lids, etc.  Oh my, the possibilities are endless!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Adoption Auction

Baruch's Lullaby is hosting an online auction on Facebook!  The proceeds go to help them adopt two children.  There are some beautiful items listed.....and one of them is from yours truly!  Feel free to go check it out, these auctions can be so much fun!