What To Do With An Old Bicycle

I love bike riding. We used to bike for miles and miles during the summer months. I especially loved riding the long trails that are refurbished old railroad beds here in Wisconsin. You can bike through the entire state on those flat, groomed trails. They are well maintained and take you through some of the pretty countryside in the Midwest. There is no better way to see the state than to bike through it. However, it’s been years since I owned a bike, and even longer since I took the time to go for a ride. Until now. #Iamcheap   One of my girl friends passed this bike on to me. She doesn’t ride it anymore and it was just collecting dust in her garage. It was over all in good shape, but had a bit of rust here and there. I loved the old fashioned character of it. However, it was just sort of a blah color. It needed PIZAZZ. You know me, I have a basement full of PIZAZZ fixers, including a ton of spray paint. I rummaged around and came up with some Rustoleum Spray paint in Gloss Key Lime Green and Seaside Blue. By the way, if you spray paint at all, you simply must have one of these Comfort Grip tools to add to your spray can, it makes a nice even coat and saves your fingers from getting tired. It also gives you a very streamlined jet of paint, which is a lifesaver for doing fine detail work on such as this bike. Trust…
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DIY Glow in the Dark Shoes

 I decided to jazz up some old shoes into something new and fancy.  DIY Glow in the Dark Shoes! I can’t wait to wear these out dancing. It’s been years since we went out dancing. In college we would put on our dancing clothes and go out to the disco every Friday night after work. I always wore heels, and I don’t remember ever having sore feet. My how things have changed! I have no idea where to go dancing, I never wear heels, and going out on Fridays just doesn’t happen any more. I found these beautiful red pumps in my size at a thrift store last summer. I loved them immediately, and they actually fit really well. I have put them on two or three times to wear to different events, somehow they never make it out the door, I feel conspicuous in them for some reason. So, I decided to paint them. I came across these great glow in the dark paints,from Folk Art. How fun! There might be a dance floor in my future after all.   I gave the shoes two coats of paint, letting them dry completely in between coats. The paint has a matte finish so they aren’t quite as shines as they were before, but I can’t wait to wear them. See you on the dance floor!   Pin this post for later!    Posted with Blogsy

Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen

  I was scoping out Craig’s List recently, looking for a new project. I happen to come across a pile of free pallets, and I was thrilled to pick them up. I have had this Pallet Planter and Privacy Screen idea in mind for quite some time, just needed the right materials to make it all happen! The idea came to me last summer. We were walking through some side streets of Chicago and I notice a number of outdoor cafes that had privacy screen type planters along the street. Not only were they beautiful, but they were made from simple materials. The plantings were simple as well, I love the look of ferns or other leafy green plants for privacy. As lovely as these planters are, I had a simpler solution, to make them out of pallets. I brought home 2 full size pallets for each privacy screen, plus a few half pieces to use for extra wood here and there. I also picked up a 30″ plastic planter box at the local home improvement center, along with an 8 ft. 2″ X 6″ and some 4″ coated screws for assembly. The 2 x 6 was cut into 6 7/8″ pieces, 3 for each side of the planter. The pallet was marked along the edge 4″ from the side for even assembly. We also had a broken board or two on the pallets. These were removed and replaced with boards from one of the half size scrap pallets that I brought home. We assembled the pallets in sandwich style,…
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Reusable Gift Bags

When we were kids my Grandmother always reused her gift wrap. She would patiently open each gift, gently removing the tape piece by piece. Then she would fold it up and store it away for the next year to reuse. This made the gift opening process take forever, as opening gifts in this manner is very, very slow. It’s also nearly impossible when you have little children. This year, I decided to go tiny with Christmas. Tiny decorations, and tiny gifts. Then I decided that Thrifty was almost as good as Tiny, and I spent my day making a few Reusable Gift Bags for Tiny gifts. They were very easy to make, and inexpensive. The great thing, is that you can reuse them and they essentially become a practical part of the gift. Just think how much money you could save without buying ribbon, tape, paper, boxes and tissue each year! These bags are sewn from scraps of fabric, or fat quarters that I had lying around. I cut the fabric pieces 7″ wide by 18″ long.   With right sides of fabric together, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side. Turn down the top edge of the bag 1/4″ and stitch (FIY the sewing foot is about 1/4″ wide, so you can line your fabric up with it). Turn the new seam edge down further, to 1″. Sew again, on top of your first line of stitching. This way you have a nice neat seam, and you won’t have to measure or pin each time. Leave about 1/2″ of…
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Reed Stool Update

I found this little Reed Stool in the trash.  Some poor soul didn’t appreciate it’s fine charm and worn patina. I loved it right away. Oddly enough, the home that threw it away was having a garage sale. I thought the things they were selling were not even worthy of being in the trash, yet they threw away this adorable stool. I will never understand some people. The stool must have been stored in the basement. It had a bit of green mold on the legs when I brought it home. I scrubbed the legs with warm water and ammonia, then left it out in the sun for a couple of days to dry. The finish on the legs was refreshed with a bit of Ebony Minwax gel stain. They are now as good as new. The top of the stool needed a bit of help too. I debated for quite a while as to whether or not I even wanted to cover the faded colors that the stool had. I am just not a big fan of orange, so I opted to paint it. I pulled out some leftover paints from my stash of products. I used Yesteryear and White Chalky Finish paint by Americana Decor, and a bit of Folk Art Acrylic paint. The painting part was easy. I love to use recycled containers for pallets, here I used a plastic jar lid for mixing paint and water until it was a smooth but watery consistency. I wanted the paint to soak into the reed material instead of…
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Milk Crate Fabric Cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything. This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more! This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate. My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!   For this project you will need: A sturdy plastic milk crate 6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares 8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces A box of 3″ screws 4 medium size castors 1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric 1 bag any size polyester quilt batting Staple gun and staples   Directions: Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may…
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DIY Trash Can Lamp

Recently, I made a Trash Can Lamp for my craft area. Although it was a bit harder than I expected, it was completely worth it.  Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to make this project easier for yourself!  I have had this trash can for over two years. I originally recall seeing them being sold at Target, but I happened to find this one at the thrift store.   The trash can was chrome and floral, two of my favorite things! What more could you ask for in a $2.00 trash can? Shortly after I brought it home, I discovered why it was discontinued from Target. The floral design was too large, and it didn’t hold trash very well. Items easily slipped through the sides and made a mess all over the floor. I used a trash can liner in it for a while, but I dislike seeing so much of the trash bag. This was a complete designer fail. Perhaps they never intended it to hold trash, but just look pretty in your office.  I have seen a number of stupendous trash can to lamp projects on the internet lately. They are all so beautiful! I love how simple they are. One day, the light bulb went on in my mind. Literally. I have been struggling with this project for several days. You have no idea how difficult it was to cut a hole in this trash can. I tried my husband’s high power drill with a 1 1/2″ attachment. I melted it. Sparks flew. It was glowing red…
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