Friday, May 23, 2014

Repurposed Hall Tree

I have collected or hoarded some pieces for awhile with the intention of building some repurposed furniture and I finally got the nerve to just do it myself, before I always felt like I needed my husband's help.  I am proud to say I built two hall trees without even a consultation, and I love them.  Here is the first one.

Here is a list of the parts I had and used, I didn't buy anything new to make this.
  • bifold doors (taken out of my house during remodel)
  • 2 sets of table legs (I find these at yard sales, thrift stores and take them off cheap furniture found on the roadside)
  • Decorative top (The top was cut from a large mirror frame with no mirror that a friend gave me)
  • Shelf (I cut 2 pieces from a shelf taken out of my house too)
  • Mirror (a thrift store find)

I painted it in Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze and then distressed some and waxed it.

Hall Tree made from Closet doors

 Do you spot my two photo bombers?   Ace and Hank are always curious about my new creations and they end up in lots of photos.

Vintage Brass Hardware

I used vintage brass hardware for places to hang keys, glasses, a purse and more. The mirror is old and has spots, and the silver on the back is crackled in a few places- it is perfectly vintage- you can not create that patina! And from about 10 feet away this mirror makes you look at least 10 pounds thinner, seriously it is awesome!

I love these tiny little feet that came from a broken table I used for parts. I used one on each side of the top shelf for a fun detail.

Here is a sneak peek at Hall Tree #2 and a picture of this one unpainted.  I hope they sell so I can create more, they were fun to make and I would love an excuse to legitimately hoard more junk!

If you need some more inspiration to create your own repurposed hall tree, search repurposed hall trees and potting benches on Pinterest.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pillow Sham Art

I was helping a friend decorate and came across a king sized sham at Goodwill that had all her colors in it. I bought it not knowing what I would do with it, I do that a lot.  When I got it home and played with it, I thought about framing it but it never looked flat or finished in my opinion.  I then noticed the color pieces were stitched on the top and I took my seam  ripper and removed them.   Those top pieces would lay flat so I glued them on top of burlap for a finished look.  Here are some pics...

Here's the sham as I bought it.

Thrift store re do 
I painted the frames to coordinate and made several.  Above are 4 pieces I made or painted for her gallery wall.

Framed fabric
 I did put them under glass but I think they would fine without glass.  I adhered the burlap to rigid cardboard using the method I describe here.

Pillow Sham repurposed

I kept this one and added it to my bathroom. I've made several others but can't find the pics and I still have a little of the sham left to work with.  That is a lot of bang for the buck, I paid $1.99 for the sham.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep your eyes open for unexpected things to make cool stuff from!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Junky Initials Part 2

Here is my latest batch of custom junky initials I made for customers.  I love to make these.  I think it is about time I made some for myself!!  You can see the first batch here.

Monogram Plaque
I can't wait to see the customer's pics with the 3 above, the C and K below belong to her too.  There is one for every member of her family and she has a plan that sounds fun! 

Made from junk
 This was an Etsy cusotm order.  Sometimes curves are hard to do, it just depends on the junk on hand.

Letters from junk
 I joked on instagram that Calvin Klein didn't order custom junk from me, but he should!  Find me on instagram as SELINAGJ

junk sign

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find some inspiration and please share with me if you do, I would love to hear what you make!

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