Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Hello my lovelies, Today is a special day, because We Are Gonna Partieeeeee! We are having a vintage party, at the nest today.   Welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party, where your links will show up on 4 different blogs! 
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This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.
  vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.   

 I have joined up with some awesome vintage treasure hunting ladies, who all do a mean job of upcycling those beauties too. And we have a link party that will be running on all of our blogs. 

Here are some lovely features from last week's party!
 
 Paris themed hutch makeover   
 I love that wallpaper! And what a great idea to repurpose a hutch for a little girls bedroom. Paris Inspired Hutch Makeover by Simply Vintageous   Teenage girls bedroom makeover   
This is an amazing room makeover. You won't the believe the before she started with. From painted furniture to homemade artwork there is so much to see in this teenage girls bedroom makeover by Far Above Rubies 
   
Sette makover in Toile   
Paint and fabric, the miracle workers of the DIY world. I am sure you will marvel at this settee makover in toile by The Heathered Nest
  
   Cutting Board Signs   
From the kitchen for the kitchen. What a lovely repurpose: these cutting boards turned signs by Denise on a Whim 
   
Decorating with vintage trophies   
If you can find a vintage trophy you are in luck because they are so versatile . Look at how Kathleen uses trophies in her vignettes, and she found some great other uses around blogland too. Check out how to decorate with vintage trophies at Charm Bracelet Diva

    From bed to sofa   
Well what do you do when you find a great bed, but nobody wants it because of its awkward size? Well repurpose it of course. The project from bed to sofa was done by Crafty in Canada

   Hutch makeover Coffee bar   
Oh, I love this makeover too. The hutch is great to begin with, but in this lovely blue it truly shines. And as a a coffee station it will just brighten everybody's kitchen. Hutch Makeover by DIY Beautify   

Now let's get this party going. If you want to join and link up your finds and vintage/ upcycled projects go right ahead. But take a moment to browse the rules first.
    
Link Party Guidelines
- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale. If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!! No food links please. - Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog. - Be sure to have a visible link to Beyond The Picket Fence (or the other party throwers) within your post (text link is fine) within your post. - By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you. We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.   Let’s get this party started!  
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

What To Do With A Few Unexpected Hours Of Free Time?


So, in my other life, my non-blogging, non-creating life I substitute from time to time.  Today was one of those days.  

Now mind you, school only started three days ago, but a friend had to be gone to go out of her town for her daughter's soccer game. I got up early, not my forte, had a quick cup of coffee and headed out the door to greet some sweet, albeit squirrely kindergarteners (it is only their second day of school).

And after saying hello in the teacher's lounge I headed down the hall to the classroom only to be greeted by the teacher I was subbing for.  

Oops, miscommunication, I was only needed half a day and did not need to return until 12:30.  She apologized, I said, "Yippee!"

I came home, had a second, more relaxing cup of coffee and perused the internet for a bit.  But, as I am sure you know, a short time perusing can turn into 3 hours later and I did not want that to happen. 

A year or SO ago (okay 5 years ago, FIVE!!) I redid my mudroom.  You can see it HERE.

I was going to leave this hall tree in there for only a short time.  


A mere five years later, an unexpected few hours to myself and I cleaned the hall tree bench out, painted and made a coat hook, and not only gained an extra foot+ of space, but also had it cleaned and organized.


A coat hook 


(See that weird placement of that outlet?  That is why the coat hook is not longer


a milk crate and egg carton crate for shoes and sporting goods,


and a Good Day Sunshine sign freshened up my space. 
A morning well spent!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inspiration Pinspiration

This morning I am feeling the need for a little inspiration.  And where do I most often go for some visual inspiration?  Pinterest!  I have a board entitled Inspiration (HERE) where I pin those pictures that don't necessarily have a single item I want to make or a look I want to recreate, but rather they just make me happy, make me smile, make me say ahhh.

Here are a few that are singing to me this morning:





Where do you find inspiration?  Here's hoping you have an inspirational day!

 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party


Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party (VIP)! So glad to have you join us! Your links will show up on 3 blogs, Knick of Time, My Salvaged Treasures and Beyond The Picket Fence, and next week we have another incredible blog joining us as co-hosts!
I was just thinking about the "initials" VIP, and aside from Vintage Inspiration Party, it could also stand for Very Incredible Projects, because I'm amazed each week at all the creative repurposed and upcycled projects you share , and all the unique ways you incorporate vintage decor in your homes.
Vintage Inspiration Link Party

Monday, August 25, 2014

Reclaimed Oak Cow Urine Serving Tray

Well there's an attention grabbing title...or not.  But sometimes you just have to say it like it is, and cow urine it part of what this is.
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html
I told you last week HERE about the lovely reclaimed oak I have.  I made a simple tray with a chunk of it.
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html
It is cracked, but oh so beautiful and heavy.  But, here is something else you probably didn't know about reclaimed barn wood:  it often has parts that have turned pink from the cow urine.  People call it "cow piss" wood--but that is a word I do not like so I prefer cow urine or pee.  See the pink on this tray I made?
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html
I have sanded and sealed it with Annie Sloan wax (which is food safe) and coconut oil and would have absolutely no qualms about serving food on it.  My family is not so sure--phoey, I am sure I have fed them worse things.
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html
I added some leather belt handles.
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html
I love the beauty of this wood--cow pee and all!
Reclaimed Wood Tray http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/reclaimed-oak-cow-urine-serving-tray.html

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Reclaimed Oak Barnwood Bench

I am blessed to get scrap wood from a friend who is a cabinet maker.  Recently I got a nice pile of reclaimed oak barnwood.  Yep, folks made their barns out of oak years and years ago.  Most of the oak I got is split and cracking, but that doesn't mean I don't love it.

I made this quick and easy (20 minute build time) bench with some of that lovely reclaimed oak. 
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
I know, I know, why did I paint it?  Because, painted benches sell.  I used a bright green with a teal over the top.
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
The top was cracked and split, but by attaching the "legs", it holds the top together.  Don't we all need a little help holding it together from time to time?  I toenailed screws underneath to hold the legs in place
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
and then added screws down through the top to secure them.  When I am painting a bench I don't mind the screws being through the top.
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
Next, I attached braces for a bottom shelf.  Very quick, very easy, very heavy being it is oak!
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
Oh, and look at the new "props" my kind brother-in-law saved from the garbage for me--a milk can with lovely patina
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
and a milk box.  See the label that was on the milk box--LOVE! 
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
What would you do with reclaimed oak barnwood?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Naval Training Case Table

Well, there's an odd title.  But when I picked up a Naval Training Device box or case I knew it would make a fun table with some storage.
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
I am sure the US Navy did not ever think whatever this originally was would end up as a table.  I hope they are okay with it ;).
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
I don't have a lot of process pictures, but I used 4 spindles (purchased at the same garage sale) and some reclaimed oak to make a frame or base for the case.  I measured on the spindles about half way up so the case could rest on the top of the spindles.
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
I secured the frame to the legs.
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
I then wedged the case into the base--it is a tight fit so I didn't secure it any other way.  I painted the case and frame white, the spindles 4 different colors.
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
I think it would be fun in the kitchen opened up as a bar.
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
But would work well in any room that needs a little storage. 
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html
The dog approves!
Naval Case Storage Table http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/naval-training-case-table.html

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party



vin-tage (adj.)  1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.  2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

I want to thank everyone for sharing their vintage treasures at last week's first official Vintage Inspiration Party.  When you link up with Vintage Inspiration Party you get triple the exposure because your link will also be seen at Knick of Time Interiors and My Salvaged Treasures.  It was really difficult for me to choose the features from last week because there were so many creative and inspirational links.  Here's a small sample of what caught Betsy's eye (we take turns picking features). 


Laura from Paint Scribbles shared a tutorial on how she transformed this antique secretary.  The color is so yummy!

Diane from Adirondack Girl @ Heart took us on a tour of the Shaker Heritage Society.  This post is full of interesting history.

Audrey from Timeless Treasures shared these three gorgeous stained glass windows that are hung in front of a large window in her home.  Stunning!

Connie from Crafty Goodies tells us how she prettied up a plain old galvanized bucket.  I love the embellishments.

How clever is this?  Faye from Wild Rose Vintage used an old box spring to display photos and other vintage treasures.

Sally from Salmagundi shared some of her vintage sewing collectibles including this sweet toy Singer sewing machine that was given to her years ago.

We can't wait to see your vintage inspired links!!

Vintage Inspiration Link Party Guidelines
-  You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired.  This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale.  If it's been around awhile or just looks that way...share away!!  No food links please.
-  Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog.
-  Be sure to have a visible link to Beyond The Picket Fence(text link is fine) within your post.
-  By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites.  You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you.  We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.

Let's get this party started!