Jewelry Rack, That Was Once A Chair

I love transforming things into something they weren’t originally intended to be.  Necessity is the mother of invention.   So when my need for a jewelry organizer could wait no longer, a great idea came to my mind.

I had this nice vintage chair I picked up a while ago.  My plans to  fix, paint, and reupholster it, never ended up happening.  My husband had recently been using the chair at his desk.   Once I decided I didn’t want to makeover the chair, I thought to re-purpose it instead.  I have a lot of “fashion” jewelry that I forget I have, because I don’t see it.  One day, I looked at the caning on the chair and thought it would be the perfect way to display my earrings.  I picked up the chair, turned it upside-down and held it against the wall.

And the plan for my new jewelry rack was born!

My plans included the following:

Detaching the back and arms of the chair, from the bottom.

Choosing a new fun Annie Sloan color, to add some femininity to the bedroom.

Go to Anthropologie and find some interesting hardware (i.e. hooks, knobs etc.)

And GO!

With the proper tools and precautions, I got to work separating the chair in two.

After I sanded down the rough area at the severing point, she was ready for painting.

I ended up selecting two shades of purple:  Henrietta and Antoinette.  I also used some Old White I already had, for some detailing.  Adding clear then dark wax on top of these beautiful shades, would create the look of a patina and tone down a little bit of the brightness.

These two ceramic hooks, add interest and a nice contrast because they are a  stark white color.  Both can be purchased at Anthropologie.  In addition to making the perfect loop to my earring hooks, the caning made it very easy to attach my animal hooks.

HERE’S THE FINISHED PRODUCT… MY NEW JEWELRY RACK

THE EASIEST WAY TO BEAUTIFULLY DISPLAY AND EFFICIENTLY ACCESSORIZE YOUR OUTFIT AT THE SAME TIME.

FAB.

THOSE ARMS ARE A GREAT SOLUTION FOR TANGLED NECKLACES.

I’M IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CREATION.

THESE GUYS MAKE ME SMILE.

HERE’S ONE MORE LOOK AT THE TRANSFORMATION

IF YOU CAN THINK IT, YOU CAN DO IT.  I HOPE I’VE INSPIRED YOU TO DO A FUN PROJECT THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR MIND.

HAPPY DIY-ING, TO ALL!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

Five Dollars at a Thrift Store

A recent trip to Savers yielded some good things for me. If you’re not familiar with Savers, it’s a thrift store comparable to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. Among my finds was a $5 candlestick. I saw it and thought the shape was quite attractive. I didn’t like the color; because of the intricate detail I decided I would paint it white to look more clean and uniform. The Annie Sloan paint would create the perfect plaster or bisque look; matte and unglazed. I wasted no time.

I pulled out some of my white paint and delicious/greasy/salty/unhealthy/wonderful chips – for sustenance.

TWO COATS OF PAINT LATER…

HOW ROMANTIC? RIGHT?

A candlestick like this would easily go for $40 at mid-range retailer. Before you think about spending a fortune, stop into a thrift store and see what you can find and make your own for a bargain price.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

China Cabinet: Before & After

Before we moved to Arizona we didn’t have a need, or space, for much furniture. Everything we had was second-hand and random besides our awful couch- which we don’t have anymore, buh-bye! Anyway, we we’re shopping at a local antique … Continue reading

Star-Spangled Banner & Union Jack Wall Hangings

The great thing about 4th of July decorations, is that they don’t necessarily have to be boxed up right after the holiday.  I’m not saying I’d leave out every star and stripe all year long, but something like a custom-made … Continue reading

A Couple of TWO-TONE, Annie Sloan Makeovers

By now, it’s probable you’re aware that I love to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I DO! I DO!  In this case, that’s particularly true, because I wasn’t about to lug my dresser outside for sanding.  No sir! The two … Continue reading

Let’s Talk PAPER

I have a special appreciation for stationery, letterpress, and vintage postcards.  These simple paper items can:  make a desk complete, send happiness in the form of a greeting card, decorate a room, serve as a hub for the next best idea, or announce the most important day in a person’s life.  The variety of uses is endless, I tell ya!

With our lives run by smart phones and online-everything, the days of snail mail and hardcover books may soon be – OVER.  I do hope things like:  the invitation, birthday card, notebook, and letterpress prints will never be forced into retirement by modern technology.

I’m all for reducing the use of paper in most cases and I recycle everything I can, but I love the idea of always having stationery and such tangible novelties – as the standard.

Haha, now that I’ve poured out my heart and soul, allow me to share with you, those who do paper so well…

MINTED.COM

I used minted.com for my first and second wedding invitations.  [If this confuses you, please refer to the “About” section for clarification.]  They do a beautiful job, and you receive a gorgeous online proof before your order is processed.  As far as price, I’d give it 3 out of 5 dollar signs.  I’ve certainly heard of couples spending a significant amount more on invitations, with no avail.

First, was the bird motif - traditional invitation
 with response card(not pictured)

 After the wedding snafu, we sent out wine label save the dates

IMPECCABLE.

HELLO LUCKY

SAVE THE DATES

EVERYTHING  I SAID ABOUT MINTED, GOES FOR HELLO LUCKY.  BEAUTIFUL THICK CARD STOCK. WONDERFUL.

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Anthro is good for so many things; this includes paper goods.  I found these charming recipe cards on clearance.  Now I just have to fill them with the secrets to some delicious dishes.

 SUGARBOO DESIGN, INC.

Based out of Roswell, GA, Sugarboo Designs has made it’s mark in the paper world, with unique spins on basic paper goods.  Black and White. Comfort. Classic.  The  “100 Gathered Thoughts” notepad and tiny quirky greeting cards, are just two examples of the company’s innovation.  I LOVE their products!

 VINTAGE


It’s difficult to replicate the charm of S.A.V.V.Y. post/greeting cards.  I love to read the messages and to see when they were sent.  There’s something so warm and heartfelt about a handwritten hello.  It’s so interesting to see the basic subject matter of these notes.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget, there were no iPhones 100 years ago 🙂

I KNOW I’VE SHOWN THIS BEFORE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO INCLUDE THIS GREAT LOCAL(Phoenix, AZ) LETTERPRESS COMPANY

HAZEL & VIOLET

THIS WAS PRINTED ON A VINTAGE PRESS

ALL THE TITLES ARE LINKED TO THE COMPANY WEBSITES

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE AND OPT FOR PAPERLESS STATEMENTS

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

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VINTAGE DOOR: Decorative, Functional, & Illuminating

I ♥ DOORS. By now, I’m sure you’re aware I love to decorate with my own original creations. So, a few months back, when I found a gorgeous vintage door at the Cave Creek Thieve’s Market – I knew I’d … Continue reading