School’s in Session

How is it that our kids grow up so quickly? One day, it’s their first day of elementary school, and the next, you’re moving them into their college dorm. Yes, it happens that fast–or so it seems.

Were you surprised to find out how small the dorms room are? There isn’t much space for extra furniture or much-needed storage. However, you’ll probably be able to squeeze a narrow nightstand in, which happens to be painted in their school colors!

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Starting with this old nightstand, I sketched out my idea for this makeover.

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Repurposed Tray & City Map

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This old tray was perfect for serving up my inspiration for its new look. Although the picture is quite pretty, it wasn’t part of my plan.  Continue reading “Repurposed Tray & City Map”

Find Those Potatoes or my Vegetable Bin Makeover

Potatoes enjoy being stored in a dry, dark place. But they are also easily forgotten until you later find them in the back of the pantry growing the latest science experiment.

When I spotted this really old vegetable bin, I quickly grabbed slowly lugged it back to the car. It became my next makeover.

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Sew On & Sew Forth

 

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You know I love a good flea-to-fab makeover. What you might not know about me is that I also sew. My Mom taught me when I was six years old. She bought me one of those mini metal singer machines–the perfect size to create doll clothes.

OMG! Blog post update: My Mom just gave me a batch of old photos, and look what I found, a photo of me sewing on the mini sewing machine just as I remember. Even though this is a b&w photo, believe me, it was a beautiful bright red.

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It was a grand day when I got promoted to use her vintage Singer treadle machine, that my Mom and Dad brought with them when they moved from London to California. It still runs better than any machine built today!

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Beachy Furniture Makeover

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This vintage magazine table is one of my favorite makeovers, so I thought I would share my tutorial on my new blog.  Continue reading “Beachy Furniture Makeover”

Nesting Canisters Get Nautical Makeover

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Do you agree these vintage nesting canisters are a throwback to the 70’s? Picked up for $5, I knew they screamed for a makeover.

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Summer-inspired Tray Makeovers

Our monthly local vintage flea market is only a 15-minute drive from home. Vendors line the aisles with wonderful “trash to treasures.” A few months ago, I bought these two lap trays, with the short metal foldout legs. We used trays like this when we were kids when we were sick and got to eat in bed.

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Click through to see the tutorial and after pics!

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