Usually, when I share about a DIY project on here, it is something that Hubby and I do together. But this one, I mentioned I wanted to try and figure it out how to make some rustic wood letters – and he just went and did it.
Actually, he made two sets. One to try and work out the angles and then one with the salvaged wood we still have from my Grandfather’s cottage. I am quite sure my Dad never expected me to come up with so many projects from the old house.
I realize it is very late in the season for a summer mantel.
But this is really not about a mantel.
It is about several stories coming together and resulting in a reclaimed wood whale.
And this whale is special. She even has a name.
Glenda the Happy Whale.
And while she is very happy living on my mantel for now, this is her temporary home. She is really destined to live on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Last year during Hurricane Sandy, my parents small beach placed took on so much damage that it had to be gutted. And while they did get some insurance coverage, the rebuild has far exceeded what they received. So, I am trying to help out by creating budget friendly items – and Glenda is the first one.
And, because as always, I am a sentimental girl, I used the wood from my Grandfather’s house to build her.
Two destroyed homes coming together to make a happy whale. I know a stretch. But like I said, I am a sentimental girl.
If this is your first time visiting from the Junkers United group – welcome! I am so excited to be joining with such a great group of ladies. If you would like to see my past projects that involve "junk", you can visit my upcylced projects or my reclaimed rustic wood DIY projects
And if you are wondering what Junkers United is – it is a group of bloggers sharing what they made with something others might consider “junk”. Today I am sharing a simple and fun project – that conquers one more thing in my garage hoard collections - repurposed milk crate stool.
I found this table in our kitchen, with the stool, at an estate sale a few years ago. I had been considering buying it, with two stools from Pottery Barn, but the price kept me from pulling the trigger. I was ecstatic when I found it and brought it home.
After all the Christmas decorations came down, I have left most of the home un-decorated and simple.
But, slowly, I have been pulling together a corner at a time – and this week, I worked on a corner in our dining room by creating a vintage door plate wall.
I used French cleats to hang the door and an assortment of methods for hanging the plates. But honestly, the hardest part was picking the plates. I originally thought I was going to do a more formal display with transferware. As I started to pull it together, I found myself gravitating towards the more quirky options.
Hence, the odd little fish glue to the white plate…
It reminds me of a good friend, and makes me giggle – and isn’t that what we should do in our homes?
The other night, we were all in the car driving home and it started.
We started to sing Christmas carols.
I know its early. But it was so much fun. And the only one we all remembered all the words to...Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
What is it about him that we all love so much?
And I couldn’t be happier with our version – a reclaimed wood reindeer.
Today I am sharing an idea for bathroom storage solutions.
This is the shared bathroom for my 11 and 12 year old daughters. There is no natural light (which is also why the pictures are a little wonky!), there is no room for a piece of actual furniture, there are no drawers in the double sink vanity and the plumbing takes up so much room there is very little storage underneath.
Add to the equation that we really do not have a linen closet to speak of. Tween girls come with a lot of hair items, potions and lotions – and they all need a place to go.
When I saw this shelving unit, I knew we had found our solutions.
It had a lot of storage possibility, but didn't take up a lot of room. I love the rustic wood, and I might make it like this someday. The style of this room, however, called for a painted finish.
The reality is, this year, our garden challenged us greatly.
We battled too much rain and an attack of squash bugs.
When I started to think about our fall decorating, I knew I wanted to take the few pumpkins and gourds that made it and display them proudly.
Our kitchen garden is right outside of our kitchen and visible from all parts of the kitchen and the family room, so I decided it would be the perfect place for us to enjoy the fruits of my husband’s labor (he really took the lead on the garden this year).
Hello fine friends.
I love nothing better than to create something new that would have otherwise ended up in the trash. And that is truly the case with my reclaimed wood pumpkins.
Do you happen to know what a squash bug is?
They are nasty little creatures that we have battled for years and they destroy all of our vine plants in our garden. And if a pumpkin or two manages to survive the onslaught of these buggers, then the rabbits eat them up.
So this year, I decided to be ready. If no pumpkins make it, no worries, I am making my own.