I was inspired a few years ago with a chair that I saw in a artsy shop made with leather belts and so I started my own belt collection.
Vintage leather belts are a dime a dozen at a lot of thrift stores. I pick them up when I see them. They don’t have to be in great condition and they don’t need to have buckles for these types of projects, you cut them off anyway.
This was my pile. I went through them and cut off the ends. I used fabric shears.
I picked this foot stool up from Goodwill for $2 and thought it would be the piece for this project. It was already painted this a avocado green with a distressed look to it. I did want to change it. It was perfect!
The only things I did to it was remove the seat, four screws and wash it up.
This is my absolute favorite tool. A Ryobi Airstrike. I don’t think I could have done this project without this. I’m a weakling lol. I used 1-1/4” staples. They went through the thick leather belts like butter!
I separated the short belts from the long belts and went to work. I stapled all the long belts on first, both ends.
Then I started weaving the short belts through the long belts. It was easy until I got to the end. It got pretty snug but I got it. The tooled leather belts are my favorite.
This is what the underneath looked like when it was finished. I put two staples in each belt.
Here it is…I’m not sure how much weight this will hold but it is so sturdy! I’m not sure we’re I’ll put it yet but I tucked it in this corner to get some pictures. I’m in love!
My husband curb shopped this amazing antique cabinet. He knows I love to restore old furniture and thought I would like this piece…well…I LOVE it! We decided it would be a perfect piece for our mud room. We needed a place to put the things we grab on the way out the door. Hats, scarves, mittens, ponchos, dog leashes etc. It is absolutely perfect for the space.
The first thing we did was remove all the hardware and clean it out. The hardware had previously been painted and I wanted to strip them back to their original brass. It was a lot easier then we thought. Here’s how we did it.
I put hot water and a squirt of dish soap in a crock pot that I will only use for crafting. I don’t recommend using a crock pot for cooking food after doing this. I turned the crockpot on high and put all the hardware inside and let it sit while we worked on the cabinet.
We had a lot of fun working on this project together. Look how rough this cabinet looked!
We knew it would take a lot of work to make this perfect so we decided to make it more of a shabby chic, farmhouse style. We scraped and sanded all the loose paint off. We discovered some interesting things while taking this thing apart.
There were three layers of paint. I had already decided on the paint color before we found out what the original color was. I could not believe how close my paint color was to the original color!
I flipped over a drawer while cleaning it and found this date and initials. We figured this cabinet is almost 100 years old!
I painted the year and my initials next to it. Look how close the paint color is..
The original blue.
The color I already had on hand. Annie Sloan paint is my favorite chalk paint.
After we painted the cabinet, we checked on the hardware. They had been soaking for a couple of hours.
The paint peeled off rather easily. There was a little residue left so we put them back in the water for a bit to soak.
We used very fine steel wool to buff off the remaining paint. We were very happy with how they came out. They look perfect on the cabinet.
We decided we didn’t want this cabinet to be perfect. You can see here that there are some rough looking spots. It’s gives the cabinet a lot of character. The hardware isn’t perfect either and I think they compliment each other very well, just like me and my hubby.
Here is the finished product. The handles are not straight, that’s how the person that built it installed them, we just left it just like it was…I am in love with it. I get very emotionally attached to furniture that I redo. Does anyone else?
Here it is in its place. It fits perfectly. I put contact paper in the drawers to finish it off. It is so sturdy and well made, I’m sure we will get use out of it for many years. We are still in the process of decorating our mud room. This is a great addition.
The one I’m most proud of so far is this produce storage wall hanging. I made it from one 1x6x6 common wood board, one 1x4x4 common wood board and two wire baskets I got from Walmart. I will be blogging my future projects from now on. I was so excited I forgot to take step by step photos.
I have requests for the produce hanger, so when I make more, I will be sure to blog how I made it. Be sure to subscribe!
I just received this Black & Decker 425 Work Bench to assist me while using my tools. I can’t wait to get started on my next project!
I have been tinkering around with some small wood crafts and when my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas, my response? Power tools…
He did not disappoint. He bought me a Ryobi cordless power tool set. This set is perfect for what I do. I don’t do very heavy duty projects and I have issues with my wrists so I didn’t need heavy duty tools. I can handle these quite well. I’m so excited to make projects with these!
I made my first project, a farmhouse style sign for my office. I used a precut thin sheet of plywood and a 1×2 6ft board. I painted the sign and made the vinyl letters with my cricut. With my husband’s help, I have a few things to learn, I measured and cut the 1×2 board to fit around the plywood. I stained them after I cut them. Then I used my new Ryobi air strike brad nailer to attach the boards to the plywood. I stapled through the back. I added a little metal picture hanger and hung it up.
I love how it came out! It’s a perfect fit for the wall above my desk. I am on to my next project!
If you can use a hot glue gun, you can make these pillows. There is no sewing involved. You can also do without the decal if you don’t own a cricut machine.
I used cloth table napkins from Hobby Lobby. They are the perfect size for throw pillows. They were $2.99 a piece but I found them at 50% off! You need two for each pillow and a bag of poly-fil which I found for $2.99 and a hot glue gun. Great price for a throw pillow don’t you think?
Measure the cloth so you know how big to make your decal.
I found a couple of svg files that I liked and sized them to fit the pillows. Make sure to mirror it before you cut!
After the decal was cut, I weeded them and then centered them onto the cloth.
Always use a barrier between the easy press and the heat transfer vinyl.
I used my easy press to iron on the decal. My heat setting was a little high at first. I had to adjust it down to 295 after I made the deer. You may be able to see some of the red bled through. I think it’s because the material has a lot of polyester in it…no biggie.
I used a white glitter HTV. They came out so pretty against the plaid.
I put the pillow together. I used my hot glue gun to glue the edges of the pillow together.
I left an opening to stuff with the poly-fil. I stuffed the pillow. Each pillow took an entire bag of poly-fil. Then I glued the opening together and that’s it! I’m doing a woodland rustic theme this year and these colors are great!
This Welcome Porch sign is perfect for the “feeling social” and the “not feeling social” days, lol! I am trying to find all kinds of excuses to use my Cricut. I love it! I had this piece of wood, so I decided to make one of those famous “Welcome” porch signs but with a funny twist. I stained the wood and cut out the letters with my Cricut and here ya go…
Here is the front. All traditional and Fallish looking. I can change the flower and peel off the pumpkin and add an ornament for Christmas or a flower for Springtime…
And here is the back…lol. This is for the next time I see a solicitor coming.. haha
Here is a quick little craft I made today with a Dollar Tree picture frame, a sheet of card stock, a decal I made on my cricut and some spray paint.
I made the decal but you can buy different sayings at dollar tree if you don’t have a cricut. I had card stock that I got from Michaels, I cut down to an 8×10 size. I picked up the frame from dollar tree. I liked the shape but wanted black so I spray painted it with a semi gloss.
I transferred the decal onto the cardstock while the paint was drying on the frame.
Here’s my finished project. It was a quick easy craft that only took a couple of hours. I’ve seen similar ones like this selling for $15-$20. My flannel pumpkins are from Dollar Tree as well.
I was walking my dog the other day and someone had thrown out this old board. I looked at it and immediately knew I wanted to make something from it. I walked on past planning on picking it up on the way back then quickly decided to turn around and get it, thinking someone else might grab it before me.
I’m often found doing that, walking down the street with something in my hands I’ve curb shopped. I could tell you of a few treasures I have found that way…
This piece was so cool though. It is perfectly weathered. It is also perfectly sized for a porch sign. I decided the best place for it was at the lake.
I didn’t take step by step pictures this time, I think because I was so excited to get it done, but here is my before and after.
I used light gray chalk paint and lightly brushed it on the wood here and there just to make it a little more interesting.
I made stencils on my cricut and taped them to the wood. I used black oil based paint to paint the letters. Since we are in the woods, I made a deer stencil for the “O” in welcome.
Then I just wrapped some rope around the top from dollar tree.
It looks old and rustic! I was thinking I might flip it around and paint something on the other side “LAKE LIFE” perhaps and flip it around once in awhile.
I’m always on the lookout for pieces like this and I’m so happy when I come across them.