The girls went shopping this week, can you guess where?? That’s right, Earthwise and Seattle’s Surplus Warehouse… we found used street signs for $5 and brass stencils from a grain building that is being dismantled in Moscow, Idaho. Score! What will we do with our treasure? Store it in my basement until we (Heidi and Mary) come up with a brilliant idea…we’ll keep you posted :)
This easy little project has been perfect for posting drawings, ideas or artwork I make or get from my talented friends both short and tall.
I also clip photos, fall leaves, concert tickets, teen idols (Flashback – I did that in high school) or anything else that inspires me. I’m constantly adding and exchanging things I pin up. And sometimes I don’t change anything for several days, weeks or months.
It’s like a real life, olden days, analog non-electronic Pinterest board! :) Continue reading
I couldn’t find a style of hardware for our bathroom that worked/fit. I wanted a simple/industrial look that would work with concrete, wood, and metal. I ended up making towel bars, sets of hooks and a toilet paper holder from a few different things that I found while scrounging around in my favorite salvage yards and hardware stores. A person would never be able to find these exact same parts again (even if a person wanted to), but this shows you how you can make something from not much.
Our kitchen is pretty small, lacking counter/storage space. I looked around for a portable “island” “peninsula” or even an “archipelago”, but couldn’t find one affordable/unique. So of course I went to Hardwick’s, our local funky hardware store swap shop. It is an amazing place, filled with anything you might need – old & new tools, hardware, kitchen ware, plumbing supplies and old furniture. You (I) could spend hours there. I found an old stand from a drill press. It was perfect – small footprint, storage (drawers and doors), and best of all, it was hand-made by some old guy once upon a time, complete with his measurement/pencil markings on the inside. It was mine mine mine for $20.
I took it home and everyone said, “what?”. I was a little discouraged. But I cleaned it up, and went searching for a more substantial top. At my other favorite store, Second Use Building Materials, I found an amazing, thick limestone countertop remnant that just fit. Lucky lucky lucky. I think it was about $20 or so. It was very very heavy. I’ve never attached it to the base, but probably should with “Liquid Nails.”
I wanted casters on this thing, because if I could, I would put casters on everything I own. I was looking for big chunky ones. It is hard to find a matching set of 4 at a salvage yard, so I got them at Home Depot. They were silver metal with rubber wheels, I painted them gray with metal paint. I installed the casters, painted the cabinet a dark charcoal grey and took some sandpaper to it (another thing I like to do to everything I own).
One thing I’ve always obsessed about is organized spice containers. The little drawers are a perfect size for little tins. I made some labels and stuck them on. Now I am very organized, or at least my spices are.
I am very happy with the additional counter space/storage my little island/peninsula provides (although “some people” in my family think it gets in the way, but I don’t listen to him).
See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.
Years ago, I made some curtains from some inexpensive muslin for a temporary fix to cover an opening to a storage area. We weren’t using those curtains any longer and when my daughters needed curtains for their rooms, I thought I could just re-use them. But they wanted more color/fun, so I ended up sewing ribbons and buttons as a border on the bottom to fancy them up. It was pretty easy and probably self explanatory from the picture, but if you want a little more detail:
- buy fun assorted ribbon in your favorite color palette at local fabric/craft store
- arrange in a pattern you like on your curtain. (I did horizontal stripes, didn’t worry about getting them straight/perfect.)
- pin, leaving enough ribbon at the ends to turn under.
- sew perpendicular across the ribbons every 2″ or so. You don’t have to be precise. Extend stitching beyond the ribbon, top and bottom.
- sew buttons top/bottom where the stitching ends.
You can vary this is in so many ways – use folded up fabric or bias tape instead of ribbon, go vertical instead of horizontal, use any color/pattern of curtains, etc… wow, I’m kind of exhausted from thinking of all the possibilities really.
~ See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.