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Up Cycled Vintage Train Case Suitcase

I found this avocado green vintage train case at a thrift shop for .50! I decided to shabby chic it and use it for storage inside my tv console.

I knew it’s not going to be heavily used so I decided to paint it.

Here’s the paint I used. I picked outdoor acrylic hoping it will have a little more lasting coverage, although I don’t mind if it gets nicked here and there at all. I picked daffodil yellow because it jumped out at me at the craft store.

First coat. I did two coats and a third touch up coat.

I used nail polish remover and a Q-tip to remove paint that I got on the hardware.

After it dried, I brushed chalk wax on it to help seal it.

I let it dry for a couple of days…

Then I made a vinyl sticker with my cricut and stuck it on.

I’m using it to store my grandsons games and controllers for the Xbox.

It looks so cheery and makes me smile every time I look at it.

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Fourth of July Porch Sign Flag Stars and Stripes

I just got a cricut and I am so addicted! I made this porch sign today. I used acrylic paint from Walmart, the 2oz bottles, a four foot board, some wood stain to antique it a bit, and rope.

I painted the flag, taping off areas so I could get the lines. I didn’t want it perfect but still used tape as my guideline. I made a stencil with my cricut of the stars and painted them on. After the paint dried, I rubbed the stain on in various places then used sandpaper to distress it some. I made the vinyl decal and stuck it on last. I hot glued the rope.

I did this in just a couple of hours. It was a fun project! I can post cricut instructionals if anyone is interested.

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Shabby Chic Thrift Store Tiered Serving Tray

I love Shabby Chic, I love thrift stores, I love crafting. Put them all together and you can make some pretty cool stuff!

I picked up this this plate and bowl set and ceramic candle holders all from the thrift store.

I painted the candle holders with chalk paint and used E6000 to glue them all together. Find it here

This is what the candle stands looked like. I glued them before painting then decided to change the color.

I’m currently using it to display fruit. This would work great for a wedding or baby shower for fruit or desserts. You could do mismatched dishes as well.

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Painting Fabric DIY Vintage Ottoman Painted with Chalk Paint

This is the first time I have painted fabric furniture. I bought this ottom at a thrift store for $5 and I love it! It’s a cute style and it’s very sturdy. The gold color didn’t go to well with my decor and it had some stains on it but still! I decided to paint it. I figured if it didn’t work out, I could always reupholster it.

This was before I did anything to it.

My supplies:

  • Chalk paint
  • Chalk paint brushes
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Fine grit sandpaper

I started by spraying the fabric with water, one section at a time, saturating it.

Then with this round chalk paint brush:

 “I applied the paint to the wet area in a circular pattern. When the chalk paint mixes with the water, it acts like a dye. I really worked it in. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and white for the legs.

I covered the whole fabric area with one coat and let it dry, then I went around with a second coat.

I painted the legs white. It’s a bit of a contrast here but I applied dark wax over the two coats of white paint.

After the fabric dried, I took a fine grit sanding block and rubbed it lightly over the surface of the paint. This is what softens the fabric back up. I also scuffed the legs. I love a shabby chic look.

Here’s the final piece. It’s so adorable!

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Using Thrift Store Canvas Art For Farmhouse Sign Projects Repurpose

Here’s a thrifty Craft tip. Don’t pass up canvas art from thrift stores and garage sales.

I bought these large canvas art pictures at a thrift store for .75! I’m going to do something different with each one.

I took this one and painted it with chalk paint.

I brushed these three colors on in layers.

After this dried, I stenciled the words with acrylic craft paint in black.

It’s not perfect, but I feel like farmhouse decor needs some imperfections sometimes. Now, what to make with the other two??

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Wood Bead Hoop Floral Wreath DIY Craft

I just painted my front door. It was red for years. I needed a change. I went with a dark grey called graphite. I still have to polyurethane it so it still looks a little dull but it looks so much more dramatic. With the red door, my wreaths never stood out, now with the graphite, this wreath pops!

Here is my take on the wood bead wreath. It was so simple to make! I used a wire coat hanger (FREE), one inch wood beads from Amazon:

Flowers I had in my craft stash from Dollar Tree. Have you priced wreathes lately? I can’t bring myself to buy a pre-made one at those prices.

I started by shaping the wire coat hanger into a circle. This was the hardest part of the whole project. I used a pair of wire cutter pliers to help with the bends. Then I threaded on the beads. I bought pre-drilled beads, saves a lot of labor. I chose not to paint the beads. I liked the natural look of them.

The next part was to close the wreath. I had to make sure it was tight, no one wants spilled beads everywhere.

I used my pliers for this.

I glued on some daisies and burlap ribbon…I love daisies! I used my hot glue gun for this.

All finished!! I used a piece of twine for the hanger. I think this is a great wreath for summer. I’ll post more pics of my door when I get it completely finished. Follow my blog for new posts and leave me a comment if you’d like!

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Dollar Tree Pizza Pan Craft DIY Wall Hanging Farmhouse Decor

This is an easy Diy craft and it is one of my most pinned on Pinterest! It’s amazing what a pizza pan and a placemat can transform into.

I started with a round silver pizza pan from Dollar Tree.

I spray painted it and distressed it with some sandpaper.

This placemat is from Dollar Tree. They have lots of different ones with different sayings.

I bought this grease splatter screen from Dollar Tree. It’s perfect size to fit inside the pan and it already has the knob on it so you can hold it in place while you cut out the circle. A utility knife is easiest.

Here’s the circle. The words fit perfectly inside.

I use mod podge to glue it down. I tried hot glue before and it came out lumpy. This works best.

All ready

See how it fits inside? The splatter screen works great!

You can leave it plain but I like to fill in with rope. Got mine at Dollar Tree.

There is plenty to spare on this roll of rope. You will have left over.

Cut the rope to fit then hot glue it around.

This needs something more…

A burlap wired ribbon and a Gerber daisy…perfect!

Last thing, I glued a piece of rope to the back with hot glue so I could hang it up.

There are many possibilities with colors and ribbons that you can do with this craft to make it your own. Try it!

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Dollar Tree Crafts Tic Tac Toe Farmhouse Decor Games Rustic

How I made this Farmhouse, Rustic, Distressed Faux Wood Block Tic Tac Toe game.

I used the large foam dice from Dollar Tree. You need nine for this craft. They come in a two pack. I painted them with waverly chalk paint. I used three coats of the paint in Plaster.

Dollar Tree Foam Dice
Paint drying

After they dried, I used Truffle to lightly brush on areas to make the blocks look like old, distressed wood. I used a stencil to brush on the X and O’s. I did one side of all nine with X’s and the opposite side with O’s. I didn’t press hard when painting the letters because I wanted to give them an old worn look.

Next I used a Dollar Tree 8×8 canvas wall art to display the blocks in. I painted it inside and out with waverly chalk paint in Truffle. I lightly brushed the Plaster color here and there to give it a wood box look.

Dollar Tree 8×8 Canvas Art

This was such a fun project! It will be a cute addition to our game room. Decor that is functional too! Hope everyone is well and have a blessed day!

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Shabby Chic Vintage Window Farmhouse Decor

I love old windows! I have made several different home decor items with some that I have collected. I’ve had this old window in my collection for sometime now. I decided to use it in my guest room at our lake house.

Since we are in a “stay at home” order because of the corona virus and I can’t get to the stores for supplies, I used what I had in my craft stash.

I had this two pack of doilies from Dollar Tree. They have the perfect shabby chic look and they fit perfectly inside the window panes.

I used Modge Podge to glue the doilies to the glass. The glue goes on white but dries clear. I glued them to the back of the glass.

I used a wall decal sticker like the one above from Dollar Tree. Just peel and stick to the front of the glass.

To finish it off, I hot glued a flower to the front of the top window pane.

Sadly, this is my last window in my collection. I guess it’s time to hunt for some more! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Dollar Tree Diy Rope Tray Craft

We are in quarantine! Our state has called a Shelter in Place. We’re fighting the Corona Virus. Our household is thankfully ok. I hope whoever is reading this is doing well also. Hopefully we beat this global pandemic soon and it will be a thing of the past. I needed something to take my mind off of this stressful situation..

I needed to craft. Since I haven’t been out to Dollar Tree in a few weeks, I am low on craft supplies. I went through my craft stash and found some rope and decided to make this tray.

I used four 9ft rolls of rope from Dollar Tree and hot glue. That’s it.

I started by making a circle with the rope, gluing as I went.

I just keep going around and around.

The circle took 21ft (3 rolls), I know! It doesn’t look like that much. It ended up being 11” diameter.

Then I started the walls of the trays. I glued 9ft around the topside of the edge of the rope, cutting it to fit perfectly each layer.

I had a small piece left. I cut it in half and glued handles to the inside of the tray.

I will be putting this in my lake house because rope reminds me of nautical decor. It would be cool to have three different sizes, you could hang them on a wall. Hmmmm, I might just do that..

This satisfied my urge to craft during this stressful time. I hope you all stay safe!! We’ll get through this! God Bless!!