IKEA furniture: Customizing a Kitchen Cart

 I have such a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love IKEA furniture. I hate putting it together. I love their chocolate. I hate how much I love their chocolate. A few years ago, we bought a kitchen cart and I loved having the extra storage space but I hated how plain it was. After having the piece for over a year it just dawned on me a few weeks ago to actually paint it. Odd considering there aren’t many things that go unpainted around these parts.

customize ikea kitchen cart with paint

Customizing an IKEA furniture with paint.


Since we move a lot, I never know how much storage space I’ll have in the next house. Our house in Texas (two houses ago) had tons of kitchen cabinet space. Our last house seriously lacked in the storage area. We didn’t even have space to put our pots and pans. Insert IKEA furniture to the rescue. We got this kitchen cart to supplement some storage space for pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets. For years it sat naked (well maybe a little dust sometimes) until a few weeks ago.

blue buffet

First, I got the itch to stain the kitchen cart. I’ve been staining a bunch of stuff lately (see bathroom shelves, rustic shelves, chalkboard for proof) so I thought I better settle down or else I’m going to look around and see just a sea of stained wood.

How to spruce up basic IKEA furniture

I ended up compromising with myself and just stained the top. I loved the stained top because it’s really shows off the butcher block wood – so pretty. Then, I painted the rest a really beautiful shade of blue/gray (Behr Calligraphy).

Customize a basic IKEA Buffet

And because it appears that I’m monograming everything these days, I also added a white monogram to the top. I used the same techniques as I did on the monogram photo clipboard.

transform basic ikea buffet

The kitchen cart has a whole new look. It’s remarkable what a little paint can do to a piece of IKEA furniture. Between this and all the IKEA bed hacks from last week I’m not going to be able to stay out of IKEA.

Such a bummer with the yummy chocolate and all… ha who am I kidding??

I’m sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style and Best of the Nest


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Thrift Store End Table Makeover

I love a good furniture makeover, my reigning favorite is the mint nightstand. I also love junk so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect trash to treasure piece. This is one of those trash to treasure pieces. The story of this end table is kind of like a fairy tale. Once upon a time there was this ugly, hideous end table at Salvation Army. My husband (the knight) rescued it for $14 and together, we brought it back to life… oh, and it lived happily ever after in my living room. The end.

Thrift Store End Table MakeoverThrift Store End Table Makeover

We are such thrift store junkies. Anytime we are in the area of Salvation Army on half off day we have to stop in. And you know for every 4 or so bad trips you get one good one. Well we were about due for a good one a few weeks ago when my husband just popped in to the store really quickly. He had been there a few days before and saw this end table with a high price tag of $30. It must have been his lucky day because he was able to scoop up the same table for only $14 just a few days later! He brought it home as a surprise for me (that’s right folks, some women like flowers, maybe diamonds. Bring me furniture and you have my heart).

We busted out the Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and got working.

Thrift Store End Table MakeoverEnough this table was really bad when we got it – I love the brass hardware. Polished up it looks even better.
Thrift Store End Table MakeoverThen we distressed it a little bit to get the perfect shabby look.Thrift Store End Table Makeover And then it really lived happily ever after. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. For $14? You can’t beat it! So there you have, a thrift store story tale, I mean a thrift store end table makeover. The end.

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I’m sharing this project at: House of Rose Blog, and My Repurposed Life


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Succulent Centerpiece from a Flea Market Bundt Pan

Last weekend we hit up one of my favorite places on the planet… The flea market! It is a vintage lovers paradise. I love searching for gems and getting a deal. It’s just so much fun! I got lots of goodies including a junky old tool box, a vintage rolling pin, and a few vintage bundt pans just to name a few. Of course I could use those bundt pans to make delicious bundt cakes like my Grandma’s famous sour cream pound cake, but I had other plans for my newly acquired pans… a succulent centerpiece

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

That’s right, a planter, for my succulent centerpiece.

I love succulents. Truly. They are the only plant around here that sticks with me even when I don’t water it. My poor plants out front have seen better days and I’m certain they are only hanging on because my husband has been rescuing them and nursing them back.

Succulents, though, can survive just fine without getting watered regularly. Perfect for me!

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

Here’s my awesome flea market find! Can you even handle that gorgeous copper color?

The succulent centerpiece planter came together very easily. I decided not to drill holes in the pan because I wanted to use this as a centerpiece and I didn’t want it draining all over my table. Also, in the future if I want to use the pan for something else, I still can.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

The pan had enough space for eight mini succulents. I arranged them while they were still in their containers that way I could rearrange if necessary. Once I liked their positioning, I was ready to pot them.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

For the potting of the succulents, I used potting soil made specifically for succulents. It’s a more absorbent soil so the plants don’t get too saturated because they need very little water. This is what it looked like once they were planted.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

I felt like it needed something more so I added a mason jar filled with driftwood to the center. Then it was perfect! It’s such a fun succulent centerpiece for summer! I could even see a similar version being displayed as a wedding centerpiece!

What do you think? Have you repurposed something unconventional into a planter? I’d love to hear about it!

I’m sharing this project to these parties, and Savvy Southern Style, Liz Marie Blog

Big thanks to a reader who let me know that my new beautiful copper planter is really a jello mold, not a bundt pan! Good thing for you sweet readers or else I may have actually tried to bake my Grandma’s famous sour cream bundt cake in it…whoops :)


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Fabric Scrap West Elm Knock Off Wall Art

Happy Friday everyone!

I have to tell you how excited I am for MAY to be here! There are several really exciting events coming up this month for my family. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

For today,  I want to share a fun knock off project. My West Elm knock off wall art.

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

Last week, I guest posted for Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage. (I know, right??) I shared my knock West Elm knock off wall art. I love it so much, that I want to share it with you guys today!

West Elm Wall Art

 I love a good knock off project. It’s so rewarding to see something you love and be able to recreate it for a fraction of the price. A few weeks ago, while looking for some decor for my master bedroom makeover, I came across this fabric scrap wall art from West Elm. The simplicity of it caught my eye. It’s just lovely. The colors didn’t work for my color scheme but I knew I could DIY it to work for the space.

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

You won’t believe how easy it was to create. With a RIBBA frame from Ikea I was already half way there. I grabbed a few coordinating fabric scraps from my scraps bins (which totally reminded me why it is I save every little scrap. You just never know when you can use them). I also grabbed a scrap of burlap to fit the frame. I didn’t bother trimming them. I used them as is for the “scrappy” look.

I sewed the scraps onto the burlap. It look less than five minutes to sew the pieces on. All there was left to do was to place it in the frame. BAM! Gorgeous fabric scrap wall art, in minutes!

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

I absolutely love the way it turned out. The yellow and gray are perfect for my master bedroom. And my favorite part is that the West Elm version cost $49.00 but my West Elm knock off version cost $5.00! How’s that for a knock off?

 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Linking up to these great parties and Funky Junk InteriorsLolly Jane, Coastal Charm, The Shabby Creek Cottage


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Thrift Store Find Turned Chalkboard Tray

You know when you get something from the thrift store and you aren’t exactly sure what you are going to do with it but it’s so cheap and cool that you just can’t pass it up? Okay, that happens to me so often that I’m beginning to feel like a hoarder.

Anyone else?

Just me?

That’s cool.

Chalkboard Tray Making Home Base

That’s where the story of this little baby starts. Isn’t she pretty? Well she is now.

Tray Upcycle

That tray used to look like this. Picked her up from the thrift store for $.50. I saw that price and it went straight into my cart. Then of course it took it’s proper place in the garage (hoarder status) until I decided what I was going to do with it.

Chalkboard Painted Tray

I don’t know about you but I love me some chalkboard paint :) It’s so fun!

I painted the whole tray white, then painted the inside with chalkboard paint. The bright white against the black chalkboard is a lovely contrast don’t you think?

Thrift Store Painted Tray

This cute little tray has already been used in several rooms in my house. Here it’s being used on my coffee table. That didn’t last long because I have an 11 month old that doesn’t believe anything belongs on the table :)

Chalkboard Tray

I imagine my fresh chalkboard tray will get a lot of use around here. I’m so excited about it. And hello, 50 cents! You all know how I love a cheap transformation! Yay!

Want to see another chalkboard paint project? Be sure to check out my Chalkboard Countdown Sign

I’m sharing this project with some of these great parties, and Inspire Me Please Link Party, My Repurposed Life


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Color Block Recipe Box Recycle

Hi ya friends! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I have a long list of projects to complete (anyone else?). I was sluggish getting back to my routine but I’m so glad to be chipping away at my project “to do” list.
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Circle Mirror Before and After: Upcycle old Wall Art into Something New

Friends you are in for a treat. I have a super fun before and after DIY for you today.I’m going to show you how I upcycled my Pier 1 circle mirror into a nautical inspired sisal rope mirror.

Do you ever get sick of your wall art? Where you are just over it… You can’t imagine it being on your wall for one more moment…? Me too.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

This post is a little story about a mirror I gave up on how I brought it back to life. With sisal rope. And a glue gun…

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle


I bought this hanging mirror about seven years ago. I paid full price for this piece at Pier 1, long before I knew anything about my home decor style, or how much things should cost. I was a new wife, with a new [empty] home and I was desperate to fill it up.

So seven years later I was still hanging on to this thing. I had tried to get rid of it but for some reason it still sat in my garage for close to a year before I decided it was time to make it over.

I recently decided to decorate my powder room with a somewhat nautical/beachy theme. One day while I was out in the garage a light bulb went off in my head when I saw this mirror. How about a sweet sisal roped port hole looking mirror to hang in the bathroom?

Done. It was time to make it happen.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

This mirror was super easy to update because the little circle mirrors just pop right out.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

I cut out a cardboard circle as the backing for my port hole. After centering the mirror on the cardboard, I used gorilla glue to secure the mirror on the cardboard.
Sisal Rope Circle Mirror Upcycle Making Home Base

This is where the fun starts! I wrapped sisal rope around the mirror securing it with hot glue all the way around until it covered the entire cardboard circle.

I added a wall hanging hook to the back to prepare it for hanging.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

I decided to make two and hung them in the powder room. The rest of the room is bare still but not for long.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle


I am in LOVE with the result of these sisal rope circle mirrors! And the best part is that I still have seven more little mirrors to repurpose. I can’t wait to figure out how to use the others!

Linking up to some of these parties and Knock Our Socks Off, Savvy Southern Style, The Shabby Creek Cottage, House of Rose


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DIY Canvas Entry Table Sign [Tutorial]

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was a doozy! My little one thinks sleep is overrated. Silly girl.

So, I’ve been working on my little entry way the last couple of weeks and I am putting the finishing touches on it now (I can’t wait to show you the whole thing). For now, I want to show you this little sign I made for the entry table.

I needed a little sign on the entry table as a reminder of how good we have it. We really do, I woke up this morning and my family is healthy. I sometimes catch myself dwelling on the negative (shame shame). And too often, I’m rushing us out the door without even remembering how blessed we are to have another beautiful day. This little sign is my family’s reminder to be thankful for each day!

entry table sign making home base

Now, how it’s made! By now I’m sure you have figured out that I have tons of old picture frames lying around. Well here’s another use for one!

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Valentine’s Day Sweater Baby Leg Warmers

Happy Friday friends! I hope you guys are having a great week. Mine has been wonderful! My little miss turned EIGHT months old today. Seriously, where does the time go? It seems like yesterday she was trying to get the hang of rolling over and now she pulling herself up on everything. It is so fun to see her discovering new stuff each day. She is just such a joy.

I know we are starting to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit around here. I’ve already shared a couple projects including my Floating Heart Wall Art, and some delicious Valentine’s Candy Bark. How about you? Have you started any fun projects for the day of love? Valentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays (if you can call it that), not because of the chocolates and flowers but because it’s so fun to craft for! I’m a sucker for some pink and red hearts and anything glittery. And since it’s my little girl’s first one, I’m going all out around here! I shared this project last week at Mom 4 Real, but I wanted to share it with you guys too! I made these super cute Sweater Upcycle Valentine’s Day Baby Leg Warmers!

Making Home Base Sweater Upcycle Valentines Day Leg Warmers

If you love Valentine’s Day as much as I do then you’ll love these sweet little baby leg warmers (look at those chunky little legs! I die) I’m going to share with you. And to make them even sweeter; they cost little to nothing to make! Shall we get started?


Old Sweater


Sewing Machine

Felt (1 sheet)

Needle and Thread (embroidery thread works best)

Making Home Base Valentines Day Leg Warmers

As I mentioned, this is going to cost you little to nothing to make! If you don’t have an old sweater in your own closet you can pick one up for cheap at any local thrift store. I had this one sitting in my closet.

makinghomebase sweater leggings tutorial

To start out, cut off the sleeves. If possible, try the leggings on your baby model to get an idea of the length. I cut my sleeve down to about 12 inches for my 7 month old.

sweater leg warmer with heart patch making homebase

Now that you have the length you want, cut off half of the sleeve cuff. For me, that was 2 1/2 inches.

sweater leggings heart patch tutorial

Take the cuff you just cut and pin it right sides together to the opposite end of the sleeve. Sew together with 1/4 inch seam. Now you have one completed leg warmer. Follow those steps to finish your second leg warmer.

makinghomebase sweater leggings with heart patch

Here’s the fun part! Grab your felt and cut out two little hearts. I used red felt but I think pink or purple would be just as fun. Tip: My hearts are about 2 1/2 in x 3 in in size. I used the top of a heart shaped paper mache box I had as my stencil but good old pen and paper would work just fine.

heart patch sweater leg warmers tutorial

Pin your heart in place and grab your needle and thread to sew on your heart patch. I hand stitched the heart on because I love the homemade look. It didn’t take any time at all to sew the hearts on. Probably about 10 minutes for each heart. If you aren’t crazy about hand stitching, you can use your sewing machine.

Heart patch sweater leg warmers

Now, all that’s left to do is try them on your model! Here they are on my 7 month old’s adorable chubby little legs! Cute right? She’s all ready for Valentine’s Day! I’m sending pictures of her in these little leg warmers to her Daddy. I know he is just going to melt seeing his little Valentine in these cuties!

Thanks for visiting with me today, friends. Have a great weekend, xo.

If you like this project you may want to pin these other holiday outfits I’ve made for baby: Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie and Pumpkin Applique Onesie.



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[DIY] Chalkboard Countdown Sign

Hi friends! Are you still with me? I hope so! Please excuse my absence. I just spent 10 days back home visiting family. It was a great trip but of course, I needed a vacation from my vacation. I took a few extra days off to get my house back in order and my kiddo back on schedule. How about you guys, how was your weekend? I hope all of you had a fabulous VETERAN’S DAY holiday!

I’m excited to share a new project with you guys! This fun and simple DIY Chalkboard Countdown Sign is just too easy and functional not to share.

In my house, it seems like we are always counting down to something. Holidays, birthdays, visitors, vacations, HOMECOMING. And with deployments it’s always easier to count down to one event at a time. Small milestones makes 7-8 months seem more manageable. Mil spouses, am I right?

This cute little countdown sign is for everyone and for all occasions!

I had been wanting to play with chalkboard paint for awhile so I ended up painting an old wooden sign we had laying around the house with chalkboard paint. I originally hung it up in our gallery wall plain. I wrote little notes on it here and there but it needed something more.

The old wooden sign had white lettering on it so it took about three coats of chalkboard paint to cover.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the countdown graphic.

It’s such a quick and simple project but it’s really a lot of fun!

For now, we are are counting down to Christmas, but there is a big ol’ day next year we’re pretty excited about.

What are you counting down to?






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Kate Spade Inspired Vase

Hi there everyone! I want to share with you my Kate Spade inspired vase, DIY style.

I love Kate Spade and I especially love this vase we got six years ago as a wedding gift. The only problem is that it’s a bit small and well I’m really sentimental about it. I love the look but it doesn’t fit my farmer’s market bouquets, and I’m terrified of it getting broken.

I love the vase so much. I love the little polka dots. I love the thick beautiful glass. It’s too small to hold a whole bouquet, but it carries lots of value. For example, it’s been through six moves. That, in itself seems pretty amazing! It was also one of my favorite wedding gifts and I’m kind of clingy to anything that reminds me of my wedding day (sappy, I know!).

So here it is. The inspiration for this project. The Kate Spade vase. I love it. It’s great for a flower or two and I usually keep it in my bedroom (remember: sentimental).

This plain glass vase was $.49 at a local thrift store. It’s been hanging out in a cabinet for at least a month now while I tried to decide what to do with it. I’m so glad I held onto it for just the right project because this was it!

I created a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo, by filling the sheet with circles and then deleted every other one to stagger them. I cut it out on vinyl.

To replicate the etched glass look of the Kate Spade vase, I used Martha Stewart Frost Etching Cream. I got mine from Michael’s. I smoothed out the vinyl around the dots then, using a small paint brush (a stencil brush is recommended but not required) I lightly painted the cream onto the dots. It dried fairly quickly, then I removed the vinyl and washed the vase.

That’s all there is to it. And now I have a larger vase with the same adorable polka dot look!

And this week’s flowers look lovely in it… and remember when I said the vase only costs $.49? How cool is that?



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Tin Ceiling Tiles Wall Art

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I want to share with you my vintage ceiling tiles wall art.

A few weeks back while my mom was in town visiting, we stumbled into this awesome architectural salvage shop. They had anything you could dream of from old rustic solid wood doors, to gorgeous brass door knobs, to old vintage ceiling tiles.

These little babies were $8.00 each. I honestly thought they looked perfect just the way they were. If I didn’t have such stark white walls I would have hung them up just like that. I love that you can see the tin showing through and little bit of rust around the edges. It just screams vintage. I spray painted them navy and grey and that really allowed them to stand out.

To hang them up I just hot glued some sawtooth hangers to the back. I love the way they turned out. These little vintage pieces really give the room a great look. Have you come across any great vintage pieces? Tell me about it!

Linking up to these great parties: The Shabby Nest, I Heart Nap Time, Making The World Cuter, Tatertots and Jello, Not Just A Housewife, Cherished Bliss, House of Hepworths, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, 52 Mantels, The 36th Avenue, Skip To My Lou, Yesterday on Tuesday, Somewhat Simple, Happy Hour Projects, The Frugal Girls, Happy Hour, 504 Main, My Repurposed Life


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Upcycle Key Holder

upcycle key holderHi there. For my debut project I wanted to share with you something quick and simple, and very inexpensive, my upcycle key holder. I keep a little table by the front door of my home to drop keys, sunglasses, mail, sometimes toys, whatever I might be carrying in my hands that I need to drop when I get in the door to free up a hand.

upcycle key holder I found this cute little pedestal bowl at the thrift store for $.98. Total steal and the perfect key holder. I brought it home and spray painted it brown and used it like that for several months.

upcycle key holder

Recently, I decided it could use a bit of a facelift. Keeping it simple, I just added some vinyl lettering before spray painting it white. After allowing it dry for about 20 minutes I carefully removed the letters. Simple as that.

upcycle key holder

I loved the way it turned out. Fresh and clean and perfect for keys or whatever you like to drop at the front door.



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