DIY Update

December 8, 2016

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know that I love repurposing things.  You’ve probably seen pictures of the “treasure” stashes that are behind our house… where no one else can see them, but where I can walk out at any time and envision what they will become one day.



But I want you to know that I actually DO work with some of my “treasure finds,” rather than simply collect them, so I thought I’d show you a few pieces today to actually prove it.

This is a golden oak cabinet door that I picked up at one of my “junk stores.”


I chalk painted it yellow, then blue. I sanded away some of the blue paint to reveal some of the yellow, then spattered it with white paint.  I found some HOT and COLD water handles at an antique store, and used those as “hooks,” utilizing the original window hinges in the hanging process.  This piece hangs in the bathroom next to my office.


In the same bathroom, I used the bottom of an antique chair as a towel holder. (I think I may have shown this one to you before though.)


I bought a vintage door that someone else had already put a chalkboard in… (so cute, and saved me work!)…. and I had that installed as the door to my office.  Okay, I can’t take credit for that… except for the find and the call to the contractor.


See the old redwood planks that are in the first photograph? Those were taken from a hundred-year-old barn.  Some of the pieces were splitting because of their age and exposure to the elements, so I utilized the natural splits to get a piece of wood the size I wanted it (although I did have to saw one end of it) and made a sign for Rick to celebrate the completion of his first year of Streak Running. (Run, Rick, Run.)


It hangs over a doorway he walks through on his way out to run every day.


Right now I am working on a desk. I’ll show you pictures of that later… before and after are much more interesting!

If you are interested in D.I.Y. projects, I have some fun projects on my Pinterest Boards!  I would LOVE to see what you have done in this area!  Please share via Facebook, email, or Pinterest!

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  1. Carol

    Oh my gosh, you are just too talented. Now I know why I never have as much fun looking at all those junk items. There is no way my eyes could find the creative spot in my brain to visualize something as something else–a thing of beauty. That old saying that another person’s junk is another person’s treasure is really shown beautifully in what you do. Bet the creative spot in you is running in full motion all of the time. It is no wonder why you are my favorite scrapbook designer.

  2. Steph

    You are a very busy lady! I wish I was as productive. I waste too much time surfing the web, unfortunately.

  3. Gloria

    Karen, I love the creative things you have done. My eye went immediately to that stack bookcase. I found 3 of these in oak at a church many many years ago – I think I bought for $10 each (they are about $300 new) . I covered the glass with shelf liner at one time, I am using some with clear glass for curio cabinets for Byers Choice Carolers. Love them!


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