Recent Reclaimed and Upcycled Wood Projects

Brett’s been enjoying a new hobby of making stuff.  I look outside and he has headphones on, his shirt off….the chop saw and nail gun spread all over the driveway. He says it’s therapeutic. He’s constantly picking up discarded wood and old pallets to take apart to make containers, furniture and wood canvases.  A resourceful hobby/hubby:

DIY Upcycled Wood Projects - Rustic home decor ideas

I came home the other day and he had made us some new furniture from a few old wood pallets. He has since added arm rests but I’m too lazy to walk outside and take a new photo:

diy pallet furniture - furniture made from pallets

They are really comfortable! Here’s Boo watching the sunset from her new chair:

diy pallet furniture - pallet patio furniture

 

The signs and posts at the inn were in need of a fresh coat of paint so he spent some of the week working on those to help the innkeepers out a bit as they prepare for their son’s wedding.

Before:

woodysignbefore

After:

woodysign

The rocking chairs are also looking a little tired and are in need of paint.  This little chair is over 35 years old:

chair

I know that because of the photo my mother took of me in it when I was around 3:

chair1982

Inspired by a bench at the Biltmore, he made me this:

bench

These are just cows. Nothing to see here except that Brett took the photo. And I love these cows.

cows

He found an old table and some barn wood and used it to make…..

rustic home decor ideas - reclaimed table to computer desk

This awesome skinny computer desk for me:

DIY rustic home decor ideas - reclaimed old table to computer desk

The desk today:

rustic flea market style computer desk - DIY project

He’s cut me lots and lots of wood to make things with. Like this “Mountain Dew” painting:

How to make a hand painted rustic sign

 

And these “Mr and Mrs” signs for the inn’s wedding coming up:

mr and mrs handpainted barn wood signs for rustic wedding

And just one more for today….this old sign was rotting on one side and ready for the dump.  I saw a little potential in it:

oldsign

Brett cut it off and secured the remaining top pieces and now it hangs above our fireplace:

rustic industrial home decor

It feels good to get creative again.  I’ve been itching to do some painting again too and Brett has made me a ton of small wood pieces that are just sitting there waiting for me.  Now I just need the inspiration to hit.

How to Make Chalk Paint Books

I love this decor from my sister’s house, probably because of my love for a muted palette:

How to Make Chalk Paint Books via lilblueboo.com #diy #decor #homedecor #anniesloan  (annie sloan chalk paint tutorial)

The books were purchased from the thrift store:

Ideas for using Thrift Store Books via lilblueboo.com

 

The dust jackets were removed, and the outsides carefully painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint:

Chalk Paint Book Tutorial via lilblueboo.com #chalkpaint

 

I love the matte, sueded look of them:

how to decorate book shelves via lilblueboo.com

 

These will go great with almost any type of decor too: [Read more...]

How to Make Altered Thrift Store Pop Art

How to Make Altered Thrift Store Pop Art via lilblueboo.com

 

There’s nothing I love more than scooping up something that someone else doesn’t want anymore….and making it my own.  My friend was selling this HUGE dinosaur at her yard sale and I couldn’t resist.  I knew I’d either paint over it to reuse the canvas….or maybe change it up a bit.  Mr. LBB loved the dino but Boo thought it was too scary.  So I changed him up a bit to be more of a pop art dino!

Here’s the before:

thrift store painting BEFORE via lilblueboo.com #upcycled

 

The first thing I did was use a pencil and some acrylic paint to add polka dots….or pixelate the dino: [Read more...]

Organizing and Recycling Junk Drawer Contents

 

Organizing and Recycling Junk Drawer Contents via lilblueboo.com #recycle #organization #organizing #diy

I can’t stand clutter around the house….so my junk drawers can tend to get out of control.  I also have more than one. They are located around the house.

 

The first thing I do is consolidate all the drawers in one place…..with a large work area.   I use paper plates to sort through everything.  Then I split the items up by drawer and return everything else to it’s right place.  Anything I’m not quite sure what to do with goes in the JUNK JAR. (see the junk jar tutorial here)

steps to organize a kitchen junk drawer via lilblueboo.com #organization #organizing

 

I like for the containers to match the insides of the drawer if possible (makes the drawer look less cluttered)….so I use spray paint to paint various boxes and containers that will fit well:

how to make drawer organizers via lilblueboo.com

 

My newly organized junk drawers:

how to organize your junk drawer via lilblueboo.com #organization #organizing

 

I went through every single marker, pen, highlighter etc to see which were working and then sorted them into bins within these large wood caddies:

organizing art supplies via lilblueboo.com

 

The hardest part about my junk drawers is that I don’t like to throw anything away because I know it will end up in a landfill.  I found everything under the kitchen sink: medications, over 50 dried up pens, tons of old batteries. These are things I don’t want to throw in the trash because:

:: Over 10 billion writing instruments are sent to landfills every year.

:: Over 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world.

:: 3 billion batteries are bought a year…and contain harmful metals that leak into our water and soil.

 

It takes a little more work to recycle and donate….but it’s worth it.  I created a little recycling station in our laundry room to make it easy on the rest of the family. I painted large coffee tins and added a simple paper label:

create a recycling station for batteries and other items via lilblueboo.com #recycle #tutorial #DIY

 

This can is for random items that need sorting: writing instruments, old blades, medications etc:

 

 

Here’s where you can easily recycle items from your junk drawer….the links are below the images.  For office supplies that are still working and in good condition consider finding a local non-profit to donate them to!

 

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Recycled Tie Photo Album

 

How to make mini memory albums using upcycled ties (from my Dad's ties!) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #ties

It’s been almost two years since my dad passed away and I’ve been saving all of his ties to make something from.  I wanted to make something for my mom, sister and brother.  My dad’s ties represented so many different parts of his life….from special events to all of his favorite golf clubs and important tournaments he played in.   I came up with the idea of making a photo album using bits and pieces of each tie so that everyone would have a patch:

 

How to recycle old ties via liblueboo.com

 

I added a little tag into the front of each album: Made from the neckties of Norman Virgil Swenson Jr., 1947 – 2011, “Golf’s Ultimate Gentleman”:

Alternative to memory bear via lilblueboo.com

 

Every tie reminds me of some part of my dad’s life….like the pretty blue tie he wore in my sister’s wedding:

Upcycle old ties to remember loved ones via lilblueboo.com

 

To make the albums I purchased simple 4″x6″ albums from the craft store:

Mini Photo Album via lilblueboo.com

Other supplies you may need: sew-on snaps, fusible interfacing, etc.

Here are the ties I used:

I even took the ribbon off of this belt to work the DeBordieu design into it. We used to own a house at DeBordieu beach when we were little….it’s where most of my childhood summers were spent:

Here’s how I made the albums…..they only took me a few hours with an assembly line:

Step 1: Cut apart the ties and press them flat with an iron. Add fusible (iron-on) interfacing to the back of each tie.  Begin cutting pieces of the ties into random angles and piece them together until you have a large enough piece to cut for the main piece of the album (approx. 11″ x 7.25″ for my album).  Iron all your seams open and flat. Apply fusible interfacing to the back of the finished patchwork.

how to make a kindle cover or photo album out of fabric via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: Cut the front of the album (approx. 11″ x 7.25″ for my album).  Cut two pieces (with fusible interfacing) for the front and back inside cover (approximately 5.5″ x 7.25″). If you would like a personalized tag in the front, create text and print onto iron-on transfer paper.

upcycled necktie photo album via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Turn over the inside edge of each of the inside covers, iron flat and sew with a 1/4″ seam. For a tab closure, cut the end of a tie off and sew it to one side of the front to keep it in place as you assemble the rest of your album cover.  Finish the top and bottom edge of the front cover with a serger or zig zag stitch.

how to make a fabric covered photo album using ties via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Lay the two inside cover pieces onto the top of the outside cover piece and sew the seams using a 1/4″ seam.  Your album covers should look like the ones in the 2nd photo below.  Use some fusible web or a few pins to secure your “tag” to the inside front cover and stitch it into place.

how to make a photo album from ties via lilblueboo.com

Step 5:  Stitch the top and bottom seams of the cover as shown in the first photo with a 1/4″ seam.  Carefully trim your corners and turn the cover right side out using a small pencil or stick to push out the corners.  Sew your snaps into place on the “tab” and the cover”.

how to make a photo album cover via lilblueboo.com

 

Your finished album! Use an iron to carefully press the piece flat.

how to make a handmade photo album via lilblueboo.com

Everyone that opens these albums will know where the ties came from….it makes a nice family hierloom.

tie wallet diy or photo album diy via lilblueboo.com

They all look so pretty together:

how to make a tie wallet or photo album via lilblueboo.com

I know that Boo will love keeping ours forever and probably pass it down to her children:

upcycled clothing via lilblueboo.com

I love the idea of “memory” bears….but this is a great way to make something for the whole family:

repurposing mens ties via lilblueboo.com

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Simple Round Situpons (Sit-Upons) from Vinyl Tablecloth

How to Make Simple Situpons (sit-upons) using vinyl table cloths (for girls scouts) via lilblueboo.com #girlscouts #diy

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The Making of a Printing Table

How to Make a printing or silk screening table (and over-sized ironing board!) via lilblueboo.com

It’s about time to retire the cover from my oversized silk screening table:

Silk Screened Table cloth via lilblueboo.com

the silk screening process via lilblueboo.com

It holds little pieces of every screen print I’ve done over that last 2 years:

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Make a Button Art Collage

Boo and I finished her Cinderella button collage this weekend!  I made a time lapse process video filled with our tips and tricks and where to buy buttons:

(here’s the direct video link if you have trouble viewing)

 

Here’s the finished piece:

Cinderella Button Art Collage via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

 

Now we’ve got three…..I have a few others in mind right now for the next installment.

Button Project Ideas via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

Here are some closeups of the collage so you can see some of the cool little buttons we used: (click continue to read more….)

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DIY Reclaimed Wood American Flag

DIY American Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

Here’s another painting I did last weekend from reclaimed wood….a rustic American Flag for our outdoor living area. It took under 45 minutes to paint:

Flag Home Decor from Reclaimed Wood Pallet via liblueboo.com

 

The only labor intensive part was making the canvas from a reclaimed wood pallet. First, the pallet was dismantled and then the pieces were attached to two boards: [Read more...]

Carving Rocks with a Dremel

How to carve and drill holes through rocks with a Dremel via lilblueboo.com

There is something very gratifying about carving into a rock.  This project was kind of therapeutic. I was thinking I’d carve some words into rocks and maybe start leaving them around Palm Desert to see if people find them…. [Read more...]

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