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

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

6 Reasons Why… I Love IKEA

So.

Ikea.

No matter where I may be living, it always seems to be somewhat of a hike to get to, but  always worth the trip.  The great thing about it is – you always know what to expect.  I’ve come to depend on they’re tried and true domestic staples, and the prices can’t be beat.  Sometimes they throw in a couple new products and that’s always a plus, but when I make a trip – I have a specific purpose.

I am particular with the Ikea products I buy.   I certainly “spread the love” among many different retailers when it comes to dressing up my home –  But here are SIX reasons why I love this place…

1.  CLOCKS

Dekad Alarm Clock $5.99 and Pugg Wall Clock $19.99

Basic and classic time pieces at a steal!

I found a similar alarm clock on Amazon.com for $24.99

SAVINGS – $19

2.  CURTAINS

Pair of Lenda Curtains – $19.99    Pair of Ritva Curtains – $24.99

There’s no window behind these curtains, just some unsightly wall cut-outs.  Easily remedied for under $30 with the Lenda curtains and an $8 antique ladder.

Compare at $65 per panel at Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $105

3.  CHALKBOARD

Luns Magnetic Chalkboard – $14.99

and by the way, this stuff is magic!

Similar find at Pottery Barn for $69

SAVINGS – $54

4.  STORAGE

Lidan Set of two Baskets – $9.99

Overstock.com's version for $29.99/each

SAVINGS – $50

5.  PLACE MATS

Soare Place Mat – $3.99 a piece and Silje Place Mat – $2.99 each

This set of 6 goes for $84 @ Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $60

6.  THROW PILLOWS

Gosa Tulpan Pillow Insert – $16.99, Ursula Pillow Cover – $12 and Sanela Pillow Cover – $13

Pottery Barn Pillows - $24 for down insert, and 29.50 for cover

SAVINGS – $24

So there you have it!

I feel compelled to mention, I shop at all the retailers I mentioned in this post;  each having something special to offer.   Sometimes, I do splurge on the “finer” things in life.   Just remember, there are savings to be had without compromising quality and the “look” you want to achieve for your home.

And those are some of the reasons why I love Ikea.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

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

An OVEN in the BATHROOM?

On one of my many trips to Mesa, I stumbled upon something very interesting while shopping at the Antique Plaza. At first I wasn’t sure what it was, but then I read the tag and had an “ah-ha” moment.  Ohhhh, … Continue reading