Dresser Rehab

Unfortunately, shortly after Brad and I got engaged his grandmother passed away. The family decided to give her furniture and housewares to get us started.

Fast forward to many years later, we still have and use much of that furniture, however some pieces were in better shape that others. Our dressers for example:

Before

The set included a tall dresser that was in decent shape, with a few scratches and marks on it. There are also a low dresser with a broken off drawer front, cracked legs and lot of nicks and scratches. There was also a mirror that attached to the back of the dresser to make it a sort of vanity/dresser combo, but the supports were broken. Since our bedroom was furnished in black, white and gray, the wood tones of the dressers weren’t really working.

I decided not to work on the mirror at the same time as the dressers.

The first step in the dresser rehab project was fixing the low dresser. Continue reading

Pumpkins And Wine {Fall Craft}

What do you do when you have a whole pile of wine corks?

You invited your friend over and make some pumpkins.

It actually all started when my sister shared this photo from My Gourmet Connection to my Facebook page.

My friend Brooke and I tried making our own pumpkins.

First, you gather your supplies: Continue reading

Unique Jewelry Gift Ideas

Sponsored post.

If you’ve been a reader for awhile, you know that I like giving old things new life, particularly by refashioning them. Which is why Howard’s Jewelry Center, a Cleveland area chain, was a good fit for this post. Howard specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind refurbished jewelry, the one-of-a-kind jewelry that would make a great gift for the person on your list who you want to give a little bling.

Howard and the team are GIA-certified, which lets you know that you’re getting genuine, thoroughly graded diamonds. I think when it comes to refashioning fine jewelry, the professionals are the ones to go with. And the folks at Howard’s pride themselves on providing quality jewelry at great prices.

Although I think refurbished jewelry would make an excellent gift because the jewelry was given new life and already has a history, they also have completely new pieces to choose from. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from the various collections at Howard’s:

diamond_necklace 

HowardsJewelryCenter.com also has color-specific collections, perfect for someone who has an obsessive love of a certain color… the way I love green. As a plus, the halo-style setting (available in all the shops) is a classic style. The collections are titled: Blue Mood, Go Green, Red Hot and Hot Chocolate. Continue reading

Weekend Wrap Up: Bricklaying, Cleveland Flea & House Update

We had an interesting and fun weekend, it involved bricklaying, food trucks, flea market browsing, upcycled awesomeness and a trip to the house.

Saturday morning started with the Bricklayer 500 regionals at St. Mary’s Cement Terminal. One of my clients was involved with the event. This particular event is a speed bricklaying competition.

The masons competing were all very talented craftsmen. I got to be a little crafty myself and adhered stone on lath. Continue reading

Yellow Bag Refashion

I swear the color yellow follows me around.

Exhibit A: The yellow dining room

Exhibit B: The yellow tiled bathroom at our apartment

Someone gave me this layered yellow skirt. It was cute but a little on the short side. 

After eight years in my closet and only four total wears, I decided this skirt should become something else. Watson wasn’t keen on letting me get started on a project. Continue reading