Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Window Frame turned Picture Frame

This old, weathered window frame was in my Brother in Law's shed, but don't tell him because he might want it back when he sees how fabulous it turned out.  It was grimy, cobwebby (is that a word) and was a little bit beaten up, but once more I had a vision, and only a little bit of work for handy husband.

Some Murphy's oil soap,and a good scrub and then a fresh coat of white paint, that was left over from another project, and we had turned an old, weathered window frame into a shabby chic picture frame.

I left the window hardware in tact, and the left corner is a little bit beaten up (just adds to the character in my opinion) and had Jeff attach the eye hooks and wire to the back.

I chose family pictures from when the kids were little, up until our recent family vacation, printed them in black and white and had a completed piece for under $10.

This long wall in our family room has been waiting for a focal point for a long time.  This is a great foundation piece that I plan on adding to.  You never know what other treasure is hiding in that shed!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Family Room Finds

Family.  This is what this room truly reflects.  As I said in the Letter Box Tray Revamped post, it is my favourite room in the house, although my Master Bath would be a close second.  Watch for that finished ( finally after 2 years) project coming soon. 
In our family room as mentioned before there are many found treasures.  My sofa table is an ironing board that was my Grandma's.  The neat thing is, my Mom wrote her name on it, probably 75 years ago.  No need for stripping or refinishing it just needed a repurposed place in our home, and I love the way it looks. 

This washstand was a piece that I found many years ago for $10 at our Townwide Yard Sale in St. George Ontario held every Civic Holiday weekend.  This was a great find.  Already stripped, but the doors were in bad shape and it was a little off kilter.  That is what handy husband is for.  He reinforced it and we bought pebbled glass for the doors and found antique hardware at Timeless Materials in Kitchener to complete the piece.  This one is great for candles and bar glasses

My Cheese box was another purchase from Christie's Antique Show, coming up again September 8, 2012, and is a great holder for my first Sampler Block Quilt.

After viewing many posts about styled bookcases on Pinterest  I thought I would add my own. I did post our firplace and bookcases, made from Ikea Kitchen Cabinets, some time ago, but have added a few pieces and wanted to share.   
We moved into this room in February 2010 and I wouldn't change a thing, well yet anyway, even the paint colour which I really do like.  Farrow and Ball- Cooking Apple Green.  It really suits the wood  tones and the natural feel of the room.
Thanks for touring our Family Room.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Letter Press Tray Coffee Table

This is a project completed long before Pinterest even existed and is one of my  favourite pieces in the most used room in our house, our family room.  I love the pieces that we have collected and sometimes repurposed or brought back to life in this room.  It really is an eclectic collection.
I copied this picture from My Crafty Days Blog, where Stephanie has another great use for the tray, as I repurposed mine before I even imagined blogging.  This one is fairly similarto the one I bought, but I think I might have paid $10 as opposed to her bargain at $5.  I bought this in about 2009 at
Aberfoyle Antique Market which is a great spot to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Once I had the letter tray then I needed to find  another piece to go with it.  All along I had plans for a coffee table.  I wandered the Market and as luck would have it, I found a wooden box minus the lid but already refinished. Right place, right time.  Back to the stall with the letter tray with a tape measure and it was a perfect fit for the box. 
The inside is perfect for past issues of magazines

We brought it home, and handy husband had a piece of glass cut for the top.  He made a frame for the glass and hinged it to the box.  Over the years I have added letters to  it as I shop around and  we have the words Laugh Love Live and Family.  Always fun to look for new fonts when we are antiquing.  Hope you like my Revamped Letter Press Tray.