Thrifty Thursdays: Repurposed cabinet doors

IMG_2440I haven’t worked on any restoration projects in a while, and I was starting to get in a slump. So I was excited to learn that my generous stepsister (who gifted me the barn windows I worked with earlier) had some cabinet doors and old frames that she wasn’t going to use. After I find out what I can and can’t paint with during my pregnancy, I’m excited to get to work on them!

I searched for some projects on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and I found a couple of really cool tutorials!

Photo belongs to Autie from iCandy

Photo from Autie at iCandy

First, there is this repurposed cabinet door art table for the kiddos, which I love. I don’t think it will work for the cabinets I have, but it’s definitely something I want to try in the future! The tutorial is written by Autie from iCandy on U Create, and it’s complete with instructions and photos!

Photo from The Elli Blog

Photo from The Elli Blog

Sometimes I think I’m over all the chalkboard stuff, but then I find beautiful designs like this, and I decide that I love it all over again. I’ve seen cabinet doors turned into chalkboards before, but I really just like how nice it looks when it’s done. I wanted to put up a little chalkboard in the corner by our dinner table and this would be perfect! The entire tutorial with photos is written by Lia on The Elli Blog, a beautiful blog that focuses on weddings but also has tutorials for everyday living!

Photo from DIY Inspired

Photo from DIY Inspired

And finally, a beautiful jewelry organizer from Dinah on DIY Inspired. Now, I don’t wear jewelry a lot. I don’t go out very often, and the my daughter broke the necklace that my boyfriend got me literally days after I got it. But I do have a lot of jewelry (and not all of it is costume) and when I do go out, I like to get all gussied up since it probably won’t happen again for another year. So this repurposed cabinet door would be nice to put up in our room or bathroom!

Have you restored a cabinet door and want to share your project? Did you follow one of these tutorials and want to share? Post in the comments and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest! I’m always up for new ideas and inspiration so share em if you got em!

Stay thrifty, my friends.

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

It is very rare for me to not be attached to my computer or phone at any given time of day. As a work at home mom, I am always checking on something while I’m rocking my daughter or just hanging out on the couch. I barely ever check the clock for the time, because it’s always on the device of choice to which I am glued.

Here’s the thing, though. When you try to “multi-task,” you end up missing out on a lot. I’ll be watching TV and realize that I missed the entire show because I was looking up something on my phone/computer. So what else am I missing? I’ve decided that while I’m just hanging out with my daughter, I’m going to put the phone and computer down more often so I can become completely involved in what she’s doing.

The break from technology is nice, but how else do I know what time it is? By clocks, of course! So, here are some cute ideas for making a clock on your own. Now, I have tried making vinyl record clocks several times and the clock never worked for me, so hopefully this will give me some new ideas.

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Image belongs to U Create

DIY Hexagon Clock from Ucreate: This clock would be really cute in a craft room, or in a nursery/ kids room. And if you’re like me, your craft room happens to also be the nursery/kids room. You can use whatever colors you want for the fabric and you could probably even do one with old shirts.

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Image belongs to Maker Mama

Thrifted Clock Redo, from Maker Mama: I was guided to this wonderful craft by Apartment Therapy. Have an old pot lid that is missing its respective pot or pan? Put it to good use by turning it into a clock. If you are missing the pan lid, you can find cute ones at any thrift or antique store or yard sale. You can also buy a clock kit, or take one from an old clock. This would be the perfect clock to have in your kitchen!

Image belongs to Tribal Times

Image belongs to Tribal Times

Silkscreened clock, from Tribal Times: This clock was made with a doily silkscreen, acrylic paint and an embroidery hoop. It’s another clock that would be cute in a craft/baby room and the entire tutorial is posted on her site. This would be fun to give as a homewarming gift too! Like, if I were to get a house, I would be happy to get this as a present.  This project was part of 10 DIY Clock Projects from Curbly. Check out that post for more inspiration and projects.

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Image belongs to Ever Kelly

DIY Cuckoo Clock from Ever Kelly: Kelly Lee-Creel offers a free download for this cuckoo clock project. Now, we happen to have a lot of birdhouses here that aren’t being used, so I’m wondering if I could turn these into clocks! They would be cute to have around the house, in the front room perhaps. Not that you need a whole bunch of clocks in the front room – that might be a little weird. But if you have family or friends that live in a different time zone, you could set one for each time zone! How cute would that be. Super cute, if you ask me.

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Image belongs to Epheriell Designs

My Button Clock, from Epheriell Designs. This clock is made with some fabric, an embroidery hoop, buttons, and of course, a clock kit. I happen to have a lot of beads left over from the 1000 times I tried to make bracelets and necklaces but it never worked out. I’m sure the beads would also work, but they aren’t flat so it might be hard to make them stick. I’ll have to check it out.

You can find more clock project inspirations on my Pinterest and you can also share your clock projects with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by posting a picture of your project and using #diyclock. Want to share a project on the blog? Just post in the comments!

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

If I could buy my mom everything in the world, I would. She has put up with more from me in the last 30 years than people should have to put up with in a lifetime. There’s not a whole lot I could say other than she’s probably the most understanding and caring person I have ever met. Luckily for me, she is is also my mom. She listens to all my insane ideas and tries her hardest to support every one of them, no matter how dumb they sound.

This is why, if I could, I would give her a $1,000,000 dollar gift card to both Macys and Nordstroms…so she could get all the Estee Lauder and comfortable shoes her heart could desire. But, let’s face it. As a stay-at-home mom with no real sign of employment in sight, that’s probably not going to happen for a while.

I’m sure most of you are in the same boat (or you clearly would not be reading a post titled “Thrifty Thursdays” right now), here are some inexpensive Mothers Day gifts that you could make yourself, and that she will actually use. Because, as much as she said she loved that macaroni necklace I made for her, I never once saw her wear it outside the house.

DIY_Gift_Terrarium_Kit1Terranium kit, by Wit & Whistle. Found project through Creative Home

She also sells her own homemade goods on her site, and they’re pretty awesome

herbal-foot-soak-1Herbal foot soak, by My Own Labels. Found this one through Garden Therapy.

Both sites are new to me, and are equally awesome.

apron-inajar-2Apron in a jar! Another project found at Garden Therapy, by My Own Labels!

DIY-Mother's-Day-Vase_thumb[2]Mothers Days vases for the green thumbs in your life, by Ucreate

momlockettMothers Day locket, by the plunge project

8724090111_460fa0b116_bAnd if your mom lives afar, party in a box! by delightfully tacky, one of my very favorite blogs

I pinned a whole bunch of DIY Mothers Day ideas and you can find them here. I try to keep the amount of projects to five, unless I can’t help myself and need to post more. I just don’t want to bombard and overwhelm you with all these awesome projects! I also try to limit the sources to either blogs or small businesses who need our love.

If you have a Mothers Day idea you would like to share, please leave it in the comments. Thank you!