Monday, November 30, 2015

Chalkboards, Shutters, and Signs...Oh My!


Today I'm back, sharing more items 
from MiMi's Boutique Holiday Open House :)
(If you missed my last post, 
my sister-in-law and I held an open house last month 
to sell some items we've made for some extra Christmas cash)

We try to use only reclaimed items,
meaning...we find things at thrift stores 
or yard sales and repurpose them.
We also used pallets, and some old wood from our 
father-in-law's throw away pile.

Here's a few more pictures of our cute stuff :)


 Aren't these chalkboards darling?
My niece did the chalk art on them.
So dang cute!


We rescued some old cupboards from a thrift store,
painted them, and added knobs 
that we also found at a thrift store.



This chicken wire reclaimed wood frame was one of my favorites!
The wreath in the middle just ups the cuteness factor!
The wreaths were made using THIS method.



We made a few of these reclaimed wood JOY signs
and added a wreath in the middle for the 'O'.



Decorative shutters are all over the place right now,
so we had to try our hand at them too!
We made these using pallet wood,
and hung some cute snowflakes
on them that were found at a thrift store.



This is another type of shutter we made.
We added a cute wreath in the middle of this one.



If you've ever gone into a thrift store,
you've noticed there's always LOTS of frames!
We rescued a few and repurposed them 
into these cute button tree frames.
Aren't they adorable?
(sorry about the quality of the pictures...they don't really do these justice!).




We really had a blast making everything!
Our open house went so well,
we've decided to make it a yearly tradition :)

Be sure to check back!
I've got a few more items to share :)






Thursday, November 19, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Christmas Signs


My sister-in-law and I have spent the last couple of months 
making all sorts of cute holiday decor using reclaimed wood.
We have so much fun making things together,
we decided to see if we could make a little extra 
Christmas money by selling the items we've made.

We even came up with a name for our little 'business'.
Her name is Mia, and I'm Misty,
so together we are
MiMi's Boutique.
Pretty cute, right?

We held an open house last weekend at her house,
and it was SO MUCH FUN!

We sold quite a few of our items,
and had a bit left over too.

It was a learning experience,
and we'll know what not to do next time :)

Over the next couple of days, I'll be sharing pictures of the items we made.
I apologize in advance for the low-quality photos.
I didn't think about taking pictures before-hand,
so ended up using my cell phone.
I'll know better for next time ;)

First up.....
our reclaimed wood Christmas signs!


These were some of the smaller items at our open house.
To make them, we found images that we liked,
printed them on paper,
traced them onto the wood,
then used a paint pen to fill the traced images in.




This isn't a great picture,
but our 'Merry & Bright' was my most favorite little sign!
Isn't it so fun?!

Cute stuff, right?
It was REALLY hard to not just keep everything for ourselves :)





Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reclaimed Wood 2x4 Pumpkins


This is the project that started it all for my sister-in-law and I.
2x4 pumpkins.

We were looking for porch decoration ideas, 
saw these, and knew we could make them.

We were right :)

This is the set I made for myself.


Then I made a few more sets like this.
The picture doesn't do the wood justice.
It's SO pretty!



We rescued the wood from our father-in-law's scrap wood pile.
It had been sitting in the sun for years, and he was going to just burn it.


I wanted to wood to show through on these ones, 
so opted to just paint the polka dots, stripes, and chevrons with the orange paint.
After the paint dried, I put just a little bit of stain on them.


LOVE how they turned out!

What projects have you made with 2x4's?
Got any suggestions for us to try?




Monday, September 14, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Arrows


My sister-in-law and I have recently started making 
some fun items out of reclaimed wood.

It all started with Pinterest.
(I'll bet you've never heard that before!)
We saw something that we LOVED and thought,
"We could TOTALLY make that!"

So our adventure has begun....and I actually really love it!

Here's one of our projects that came about by happy accident.
We had a project in mind, but it wasn't going as expected.
After playing around with the wood pieces, I had an 'aha moment' 
and figured that if our other project didn't work out, 
we could salvage the wood and make these.


Aren't they so cute!

I learned how to use a miter saw and a nail gun with this project.

Using power tools and making stuff out of wood
was never something I thought I would enjoy.
I'm glad I was WRONG about it!



We decided to not paint or stain our arrows
because we loved the look of the wood as it was.
I think we made the right call!

These arrows aren't super big.
They only measure approximately 17 inches from tip to tip,
and about 5.5 inches wide.
Lots smaller than others that are floating around on the web.  

We've got more reclaimed wood projects to come!
I'm loving my new hobby!




Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY Burlap Monogram Wall Decor


My husband and I bought our very first home in December.
It was a dream come true for our family!
We went from a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom rental home,
to a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home.
It has been wonderful!

I've been slow to start decorating,
because, to be quite honest,
it seems SUPER daunting!

The hardest part has been trying to figure out my 'style'.
What do I like as far as decor is concerned?
What if I buy something, hang it up, and hate it?

All the 'what if's' have stopped me cold.
Until now.

I'm getting the itch to fill up the walls
and make our home OURS.

Starting with this....


I absolutely love monograms, and I love burlap.
So I decided to combine the two 
and make a cute frame to hang near our stairway.

This frame was my starting point.
I found it at the thrift store for $2.


After taking it apart,
I cut a Ritz cracker box to fit inside the frame,
then cut some burlap a little bigger than the frame opening.

I really wanted to try THIS for my monogram, but didn't have any freezer paper.
So I improvised and printed off the 'R' 
on a regular piece of paper in the size and font that I wanted
(I think the font was 'Georgia', and the size was 400).

Then I taped the paper with the 'R' on a window,
and taped the burlap on top of that.
Next, I got a sharpie and traced the 'R' onto the burlap,
then colored it in.

The last step was using packing tape 
to tape the burlap monogram around the cardboard insert,
then hot glued it inside the frame.

Easy peasy!

The final touch was tying burlap ribbon on it to hang it with.


I just love how it turned out!



What projects have you made for your home?
I'd love to see your ideas!



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