Mini Bar Makes More Progress

March 24, 2009 at 8:15 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think the mini bar project is almost done (the mini bar we made out of a re-purposed vintage TV armoire).  We are going to leave the wood as-is, at least until we see what it looks like next to the black desk (which is still in progress).  We are planning on changing out the handles, but haven’t found the perfect Hollywood Regency looking pair yet.  Yesterday we got the mirror for the back and the glass for the bottom cut and installed.  We also hung a stemware rack under the top and I lined the drawer with some fabulous material.  I would like to find a very simple mountable wine rack to hang under the top on the other side, so if you have one of those to recommend…!  So, here it is, looking gorgeous!

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Chandelier For The Porch

March 24, 2009 at 8:12 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here it is.  This is the fancy project I completely with the ugly, little, pink basket. 

Here is the before picture:

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Here is what I made:

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I took a 75cent basket from the Salvation Army and spray painted it black.  I hung crystals and beads on it and added a length of chain.  I added some mini candles in jars and viola!  We now have a chandelier above the ice cream table on the porch!  I found this idea on Apartment Therapy and think its super cute.  What do you think?

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Waste Not

March 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Inspiration, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night I stopped at my mom’s house and she was telling me about how my great-grandma used to save everything. She said that it their time people never wasted, and reused everything imaginable. I am pretty much a pack rat and always try to find new uses for old things too, but she had a couple of cool ideas I never thought of.

One no-brainer that she mentioned my great-grandma did was save her bread bags. She would shake or rinse them out and reuse them as baggies. Really? We use baggies for everything, so why had I never thought of this? You could use them as a cheaper alternative on dog walks, or even to bundle or store the items you normally use a baggy for! So simple, yet so green and effective!

She also mentioned that they often saved the same bread bags for making rugs. I have seen these in my grandparent’s old house. Here is a picture. Visit her site to see instructions for crocheting the round version here: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2008/09/27/recycled-round-plarn-rug/

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I think these could be really fun and funky. Now I need to learn how to crochet!

Other things that my great-grandma saved were more common, and things that we already frequently save, but still great reminders nonetheless. Cool-whip containers, coffee cans, other plastic, cardboard, or metal containers. These can be reused in so many different ways in the home. You can even recover or paint them to match! One more thing that she saved was the little plastic eggs her pantyhose came in. I had to laugh. My mom said she had tons of them. Hmm… what would you use those for?

Especially in hard economic times, but always to be healthier for our planet, its great practice to reuse such commonplace items. What other ideas do you have?

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Bookend Project

March 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have said it before, but I love repurposing items. Especially in these times, finding new life for old items is the greenest option. Some things you hate to ruin by transforming them, but for the most part I believe that reusing old or obsolete items is a far better choice than letting them waste away in some one’s unloving basement, or worse yet, a landfill. Plus, repurposing is often much cheaper than buying new items, as well as healthier for the planet. So, when I get the chance to make a new addition to our home, and at the same time get a new project with old items, I jump on it!

In college I made bowls out of records as a dorm floor project. I still have mine in our office on the book shelf. The other day I saw a project online where book ends were being made out of old records, and decided that would be a perfect addition to the shelves, and even fit in with our music themed office.

I made a stop yesterday at the Salvation Army and picked up two records. They weren’t anything special, just old records in decent shape and with pretty labels. Last night we boiled some water and dumped it in the kitchen sink. The water softens the record and you use a utensil to bend it.

Overall the project was easy and turned out pretty cute!

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Cooling off under a box.

Cooling off under a box.

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Mini Bar Update

March 3, 2009 at 10:19 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have had the old TV armoire we found on Craigslist home for a couple of weeks now. I haven’t posted about it because we are having a change of heart. We had wanted to strip the wood and stain it black. But, when we got the cabinet home we thought it was so gorgeous we couldn’t bear to do that! I thought that going black and adding some shiny handles and mirrors would add some Hollywood Regency to the cabinet, more suiting it to become a mini bar. I just don’t know if we can bring ourselves to touch the beautiful wood. We did add a stemware rack to the top and filled it with our lovely bar glasses and goods. It is really gorgeous in our dining room, and it has already served it’s purpose. We do still plan on adding another shelf in glass and also a pull out shelf for more mixing and pouring space.

What do you think? Should we restain the cabinet black or leave it as it is?

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You can't see it here because there is no stemware in it, but there is a clear stemware rack on the right side.

You can't see it here because there is no stemware in it, but there is a clear stemware rack on the right side.

We really do need your advice, opinions and ideas!!

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The Start Of A New Project

February 17, 2009 at 9:34 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I wrote about how we wanted to make a mini bar area in our home.  I showed pictures of other people’s re-purposed bar areas that we loved.  But, after much discussion we decided we liked the look of a closed cabinet for this kind of thing a little better.  With all of my inspiration in hand, I set out to plan my own mini bar project.  Yes, we found the perfect (we hope!) cabinet for the job!  A Craigslist post led us to the Maple TV Cabinet.

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I see much potential in the armoire!  (We don’t actually pick it up until Thursday.) I plan on first painting it a high gloss black.  The back inside of the cabinet with be lined with mirror and wine and stemware racks will be hung from the inside.  The inside has one shelf, but we are guessing we will make a few new shelves from glass.  I am going for a bit of Hollywood regency here.  Overall, we think this beauty should have plenty of space for our entertainment needs!

We do have one small question, however.  I think there needs to be a flat space large enough to mix the actual drinks incorporated into the cabinet somehow.  I was wondering if the drawer could be used for that.  It might be a bit too low to be comfortable, though.  I was also wondering about making a sort of pull-out shelf inside the cabinet.  Is this even possible?  When I see the cabinet in person I will know if more space is necessary.  Until then, does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

We are very excited to get the project rolling, so stay tuned for updates!

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Making A Mini Bar

February 4, 2009 at 11:48 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Currently we hold all of our drink glasses, servers, shakers and wine and liqueurs in one of our kitchen cupboards.  But, I have always wanted to do something different with these items.  I would like to have some sort of mini bar in the kitchen or dining room.  This would be such easy access for entertaining.  Also, it would free up more cupboard space in the kitchen, which for us is at a premium!

I have recently seen a few photos of DIY bars and am in planning process for making one of our own.

This redone shelf unit was posted on Apartment Therapy.  I think this is great inspiration for our project.  A simple shelf unit like this would be easy to find and probably affordable.  I really love the wine racks and glass holders.  I also like the idea of lining the backs of cabinets with colorful ,fun paper.  Here is another picture of a mini bar with beautiful paper:

I also like the idea of using a bar cart or serving tray with a few bottles and glasses, but options like the cabinets in the pictures would give us much more space and probably be safer with pets, especially if there are doors.

I am very excited to get started on this project, and will keep you posted!

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A Little Industrial

February 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of my big obsessions right now is industrial furniture and decor. I know that some of you are probably thinking industrial seems too cold and uninviting. But, mixed carefully with the warm colors and textures of your home, even industrial items can be cozy! I have been looking for the perfect industrial cabinet for our kitchen. Right now prices seem to be soring for these items on Ebay and other websites, but come auction season, I bet we can snatch one up for a deal!

One website that I found with some very funky items is http://www.ergstore.com. This site has some great inspiration for industrial funiture, but also has some pretty steep prices. Some of the items I am currently loving:

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair.  I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1920's-30's doctor's chair. I know, I love all crazy chairs, but this one would be a real conversation piece!

A 1940's wheeled cart.  This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1940's wheeled cart. This would be great for a kitchen island!

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would repurpose as a great lamp.

A 1930's- 1940's theater light. This would re-purpose as a great lamp.

Another site with some very amazing pieces is Get Back, Inc. at http://www.getbackinc.com. Some of my favorites there are:

A metal and glass medical cart.  So what I am looking for!

A metal and glass medical cart. So what I am looking for!

A metal cabinet.  This would be cute in almost any room.

A metal cabinet. This would be cute in almost any room.

A scissor wall light.  A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

A scissor wall light. A pair of these would make great bedside lamps.

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All Things Can Become New Again

January 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have talked about this before, but just can’t get enough.  Old things becoming new again.  I love this idea.  I especially love repurposing items when the new purpose is something completely different than its previous use.  This has actually become pretty popular lately, so there is a lot of inspiration out there.  I thought I would compile some of my favorite repurpose finds.  I might even have to start a new project soon!

 

 

 

 

These ideas are all great.  The first picture is water skis made into a chair.  I have also seen old surf boards used as shelves.  The second is a shopping cart made into a chair.  These would be totally cute on a deck or around a camp fire.  The next photo is a library card catalog with added legs used as a coffee table.  Then there is the side board dresser turned into a bathroom sink vanity.  I love this idea.  More storage and totally unique.  The last is a side table made from suitcases.  Great because storage is built right in!

Try thinking of new uses for old objects.  Not only will your home be more unique and express your personality and taste, but it is greener for our world to recycle old items.  Its a win win!

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Trends? Psh.

December 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is the end of the year and every one starts rounding up the “best ofs”  lists.  I have been seeing a lot of lists of trend that people would either like to see more of or never see again.  The lists made me ponder.  I came to the conclusion that I do not care what is considered “trendy” or “in style”.  I like what I like and could care less what others think.  Actually, I think that I prefer things that were never in style (both clothing and home decor), because then it can never be considered out of style.  Also, if I like something, it is because it speaks to me.  It shouldn’t matter what list it is on.  I change my mind all the time, but not based upon what other people believe is “cool”.  I, personally, never fit into one category anyways, because I mix pieces from all different styles.  There should be no rules when it comes to your own tastes and your own home.  If you truly love it, go for it.

Whew.  With that said, I will step off of my soap box and show you all a visual list of the things that I have loved this year.  Not because they are trends or not, but because that was what was speaking to me this year.  I hope some one can find this inspirational, but in no way am I saying go out there and copy every picture.  (Would that make it a “trend”?)  Here goes:

1. The first thing that I have loved this year is collections.  They can be utilitarian or completely useless. To me, collections can be like art.  Some people think that if objects don’t function, they just sit there taking up space, but I think they can be beautiful.  Here is a group of cameras and a small group of stereos. 

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 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-framed-vintage-camera-collection-on-the-cheap-072111

2.  This brings me to my number two- bright colored walls.  I love this blue and I also love a great red accent wall. Some of my fav online finds:

3.  This is a little strange for me, but this year I have love all clear, or acrylic, furniture.  There are so many great pictures, but here is a gllimpse of one that I am wanting:

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This one even contrasts well with the cabin decor. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-modern-cabin-071787

 

4.  No matter what anyone says, I love love love both empty frames and leaning frames.  I lean frames as opposed to hanging them all the time.  Against a wall, on a desk, on the floor…  Just a couple examples:

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5.  I love alll things industrial in the home.  There have been some very good examples recently.  I wish I could do a little bit more of this style in my home.  Some cool pieces:

 

 

6.  I am loving repurposed decor and furniture.  I have always been a fan of old, vintage, or antique items, but it more recently has occured to me how great it can be to repurpose some items into new things in the home.  Some of my favrite ideas below:

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Mail box used for laundry. Patrick's World of Wonder. http://gallery.apartmenttherapy.com/photo/121808patrick/001h

 

This is a vintage sign remade into a sliding door.  I'm sorry, but I do not find where the image came from!

This is a vintage sign remade into a sliding door. I'm sorry, but I do not find where the image came from!

 7.  I am also a fan of decorating in black and white.  Don’t get me wrong, I love punches of color, but black and white can make a huge statment and go with so many additional colors.  Some great black and white pictures:

I'm not sure where this picture came from, but it is gorgeous!

I'm not sure where this picture came from, but it is gorgeous!

 

 

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