Antique, Chippy, Window Frame…..Becomes Burlap covered Pin Board

Shared a photo of this chippy window frame a few weeks ago. I found it at that awesome Paris Street Market.


Wasnt sure quite what I was going to do with her. I have been wanting to create a burlap covered board and already had my hubby working on making the frames for these boards that I am giving as gifts. (Instructions for creating those are on that post.)


Had enough foam insulation board left to cut to size for the window frame, covered it in the same process as the other boards, used nails from behind to brace/secure the foam piece in there…….it was a good snug fit to begin with also, so that helped. Then I added some twine that I wrapped around bronze colored tacks and actually hot glued those into place so that they would not wiggle around, as I pulled the twine as taught as possible, so that I can clip and hang pictures and what not from it. Now, where to put her? I decided to hang it up above my chippy table at our front door entry. So sweet….



The Big ‘Frame Up’ for Our Flat Screen

For years we have wanted to frame out the flat screen in our main family/tv room. We had a friend, and licensed contractor, frame out our 55 inch flat screen in our basement. We have always loved this finished look.

Lately, my most amazing and handy hubby has been busting a move with all of his tools. I’ve put him to work on a few simple things and he decided it was time to tackle not only our master bedroom flat screen, but also the big one in our family room.

Because the center of our ‘built in’ (where we had the tv sitting) is hollow….. No studs behind the wall, my husband built a wood frame with 2 x4’s so that we could mount the tv in the center of that area.

We knew that we needed very large trim to create the frame, as we wanted to cover the entire hole. So we ended up purchasing 5 13/16 inch, pre primed trim that is actually ‘macked out’ baseboard trim. My husband miter cut the corners beautifully to create the frame and hung it up like you would a picture.

End result………..FAB U LOUSSSSS!!!!!!

This is how it use to look……

Here is the tv mounted to the wood framing……


Here is the amazing frame in place. All I need to do is paint it. LOVE IT! Below is the one in the master.



Barn Door Bliss

Today, my husband and I mounted these lovely, chippy barn doors up on the ledges above our built-ins. While they are leaning on the ledges, my husband drilled them to the wall just to be sure. I’m thinking I may need a little something inside the center decorative panel. Hmmmmm????




Barn Doors With Wrought Iron Accent

A few weeks back I went to the very fabulous Paris Street Market with a girlfriend. I found these incredibly ‘chippy’ old barn doors there. Best part was, it was a set of 2, which is exactly what I needed. Also, I loved that the old rusted hardware was still intact.

I had a vision for these doors, to go up above our built-ins that surround our tv. This wall is almost 20 feet tall and its been bare since we moved in……over 4 yrs ago.

While they were perfectly ‘chic’ all on their own, I decided that they needed a little extra element of something, another material or dimension. So, while perusing Hobby Lobby yesterday, I came across these neat looking wrought iron wall decor items. And guess what??? They were all marked 50% off. SCORE! I didn’t want it to cover the entire barn door, rather just accent it. So, handy hubby mounted them on top of the doors for me.

Then, I coated them good with a spray Polycrylic so that I could preserve the natural ‘chippy ness’ and patina of these cool doors.

So here is the before……..


And here they are ready to be mounted up on our walls…….(that post to come later).




Festive Fall Front Door Wreath

Easy, DIY, festive wreath. Glued some beaded garland onto a pre wrapped grapevine wreath, added some ruffled burlap and raffia here & there, touches of acorns, apples and gords………front door decor, done. The sweet little ‘sho thankful’ sign was attached to a small fall gift that my precious mother gave me years ago. Adds such a sweet touch on this wreath.


Festive table scape


Framed out burlap covered pin board

So, remember I said that I bought a bunch of burlap at Hobby Lobby…..well I decided to finally make some message/pin boards. I have seen bazillions of burlap covered boards in various shapes, sizes, designs…etc, on Pinterest. With my sweet hubby willing to help and cut the wood, here is what we did.

Materials were:
Burlap of course
Cheap 1×3 wood trim pieces (or whatever you prefer)
Thin canvas drop cloth (or muslin)
1 thin sheet of backer board, similar to bead board but smooth
1 piece of foam board/ insulation (ours was 2ft x 4ft)
-it runs about $2.65 at Home Depot and my husband cut it
in half so that I could create 2, 2 x 2 boards.
Primer, paint, hot glue gun/or staple gun, sand paper…

Mister handy cut the wood to create a simple 2 x 2 frame, then he scored and cut the foam insulation board. Because the insulation in silver on one side and printed on the other, I needed to first cover it with something thin to go under the burlap, since it too is a bit see through. So here is what I used.

I cut this to size and glued this onto the board then wrapped it with burlap tight and stapled it down.

My husband finished up the frames and created a back board so that the framing could be attached to it for added stability and that way we can also attach hardware for hanging them.

Here they are all framed out, but unpainted. Center board is not permanently affixed inside, popped it in for the picture.

Primed, sanded smooth and painted with 2 coats of a creamy white, but not quite finished.
I am going to add some twine across the front I think. An extra dimension and it will add a bit of whimsy.


The twine is so divine!!!! Did I mention these are gifts…..


Burlap and Lace Table Runner

So, I love burlap and I love sweet lacey type things. This table runner is the perfect combination of both……and super duper easy. I purchased a bunch of the natural burlap from Hobby Lobby today (LOVE that place, and that 40% off coupon) and some pretty lace ribbon.
FYI – there is a big difference in the ‘smell’ of some burlaps. For whatever reason, some of the burlap at JoAnn’s has a very strong odor, sort of like kerosene????? I’m not sure why, but the burlap at Hobby Lobby has no odor….if any. In fact, it smells earthy, like natural fabric should. Did you know that burlap (not the synthetic kind) is Eco-friendly? Sweet!

Anyway, I have been wanting to create a runner for my dining room table and that is what I did today. Measure your table length and decide how much overhang you want on each end (i decided on 9 inches) add that to the length, plus about an extra inch. I like a wider runner, so I made mine 15 inches wide. Again, cutting a good inch or so wider to allow for the seams.

I cut the burlap outside on my deck since its a bit messy. I measured and found the thread that would create my straight line cut for the length. If you pull that thread a bit it will slide all the way out of the weave and allow you to cut the perfect line.

Initially, I was going to sew the seams, but got lazy after ironing the seams in place and didn’t feel like getting out my sewing machine. So here are the seems all ironed….


I used stitch witchery to seal all of the seems, and it worked famously.


I let it cool a bit and checked all the seams to make sure that they were very secure and then I got my glue gun ready. That is how I attached the pretty lace, flowery ribbon.


45 minutes later, and…….waa laa. Rustic chic runner is all in place.


Sitting Chairs – Elegant Chic

I love upholstered furniture pieces. I love fabrics. I love a good staple gun, especially the new electric one that my husband got for me. I have reupholstered several stools, ottomans, dining room/kitchen chair seat cushions in my day, but never have I completely rehabbed a sitting chair… I finally did. I found a set of 2 sitting chairs. They have a solid wood frame and arms, fabric seat, fabric front and back, and great bones to the design/look of the chair…….and that’s why I grabbed em’. I had a vision for these babies. As it turns out, they became way more work than I had anticipated. Because of the way the seat cushion fits around portions of the frame, it was impossible to get the seat out to recover it. My sweet hubby had to basically disassemble multiple bolts in various locations to loosen the structure of the chair so that I could remove the seat. He’s the brains in this operation. Also, it took forever to rip away the old piping and yank out the bazillion staples used to tack it down. I was ‘over’ the needle nose pliers after that ridiculousness. So here is how they looked when I got them.

They aren’t horrible, but they lack a little something special. Because the foam portion of the seat was worn down under the fabric, I had to restuff with batting and fill in so that the seat portion looked and felt uniform again when you sit on it. Finally, I was able to upholster the seats. I took the chairs outside, covered the front and back fabric areas with paper and sprayed the chairs black. Then I distressed them a bit, antiqued them with a bit of dark stain and gave them a spray coat of poly. Back to the fabric – I cut and strategically hot glued the fabric onto the front and back part of the chair…….sore, burnt fingers. After that, I used a pretty, black, braided trim to glue all around the edges of the fabric for a professional/ finished looked. I had no desire to sew piping at this point. And the result………



1 completed and 1 left to finish.