Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Craft Room

This project was featured on!!!!!!!

Last weekend I worked on putting together a little temporary craft room in our spare bedroom. We use the room for when out-of-town family members come to visit, so I made sure things could be easily removed to accommodate guests.

So here's what I was working with before. Clearly, we still have a lot to do with this room. Doors will be replaced, we'll be putting up new trim and baseboards, refinishing the floors or laying carpet, and possibly repainting.

Here is the room now. This room is very low on our makeover priority list, so I didn't do much to it. Just cleaned, organized, and added some decor and furniture from my stash in our garage. Surprisingly, these minimal changes give the room a whole new look! I'm going to really enjoy working on projects in here!

 I hung an old crib mattress spring that I found in my mom's basement on the wall to use as my inspiration board.

 It's nice having things organized and off the floor!

 I used clothespins and twine to hang this old burlap sack, creating a rustic valance.

So, that's my new craft room! I even have plenty of space to paint in here once it gets too cold outside! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Featured Friday #2

Welcome to the second Featured Friday here at Shabby Love!! I can't wait to show you the amazing projects and inspiration I came across this week! If you were featured today, please feel free to grab a button!


Did you see this amazing transformation over at Maple & Magnolia?!? GORGEOUS!!! Why can't I ever find furniture like this?

 Kara over at Hobbies of a Homemaker redid this grain sack chair. LOVE it!!

Maureen from It's All Connected shared this awesome technique on how to age metal! I will definitely be trying this!!!

Shari from Turnstyle Vogue Design & Styling used these paneled doors to make a headboard for her son! I think they look amazing. They are perfect for a boy's room! 

I love what Erin from Carolina Country Living did with her English inspired cupboard and a little bit of chalk paint!  ♥ ♥ ♥!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Homemade Shutters

For the last several months I've been on the look out for shutters whenever I go to an estate sale, antique stores, or garage sales. I have come across a few, but they were priced pretty high. Since I haven't had much luck, my husband and I decided to make our own from an old bi-fold door he picked up for free! He just cut the doors down to the size I wanted the shutters and then I gave them a good sanding.

 After the shutters were cut and sanded, I stained them with a coat of Dark Walnut Minwax stain.

I let them dry over night. In the morning I took Vaseline and smeared it on different areas, focusing on areas that would typically show wear, like the corners.  

Next I painted them with a coat of light gray paint I already had around the house. 

Once the gray was dry, I painted on a coat of white.

After the last coat of paint was dry, I took steel wool and had fun heavily distressing. The areas where I put Vaseline easily peeled away and gave me just the look I was going for. I wanted them to look extremely worn and weathered.

Here's the wall in my living room before the shutters.

 And after!!!!!

Obviously I need to get more frames, but I'm loving this way of displaying family photos. I think during Christmas I'm going to use the shutters to hold our Christmas cards that we receive.

I love how you can see some of the gray peeking through!

So what do you think of my homemade shutters!?! Do they look like they've been hanging on an old farmhouse for 100 years?

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Award!

I am excited to share with you that I have been given the Versatile Blogger Award again!!!!!

Shari from Turnstyle Vogue Design & Styling AND Melissa from Shabby Loco (sorry Melissa, I'm so behind in posting this) have passed along this award to me. What an honor! Thank you ladies. I am beyond flattered and grateful. Please stop by their blogs. You will not be sorry. 

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must:

1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share seven things about yourself
3. Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs

To read 7 things about me go here.

I'm passing this award onto:
1. Momma Hen's Coop
2. 551 East Furniture Design
3. A Cozy Cottage in the City
4. Design, Dining and Diapers
5. Burlap & Buttons
6. Crafted Niche
7. Mommas Like Me
8. Blissful and Domestic
9. The Bold Abode
10. The Salvage Collection