For some reason, I had the strong desire to rearrange the living room. This happens to me every now and then. I guess it is the designer hidden in me. She just wants to get out and play. You know?
So, here is the before…
Sorry about the clarity…it’s an iPhone pic. I realized after I started rearranging everything that I hadn’t taken a before pic. This is a picture I took when we first moved in.
I just realized Molly is on the chair. Stinker..
And here is the after….
Still grainy!! Ugh!! I need a new camera!!
Here’s another picture from the other side… by the TV.
I really like how it opened up the living room, but more importantly, it gave me room to bring in the ottomans for the chairs.
Have I mentioned that I love Craigslist? Everything you see here is a Craigslist purchase. Except the coffee table.. that was a garage sale purchase.
So, after I did that, then I felt the need to clean the whole house! I hate when that happens!! Anyone else go through this, or is it just me?
Once all the rearranging and cleaning were done, I finally got busy crafting. After all, I only have two days left until my first Market Days! Ahhhhh!!!
I have an old pallet in my garage. I saw it by a dumpster one day and so I made Hubby turn around and go get it.
I stare at it each day trying to figure out what to do with it. Finally, I decided to take it apart and use the wood to make some signs.
You know on Pinterest… where they show you all these neat things you can make with pallet wood? I’ve pinned SEVERAL. I’m gonna tell you a little secret.
Ready? It’s a good one…
Taking apart a pallet IS HARD!!!! They aren’t nailed together with regular nails. Oh no! They are nailed together with these spiral looking nails. Kind of like a screw and a nail got busy and these are their offspring.
So, after an HOUR of taking apart four boards, I let the hubby get the rest.
Next, I sanded and stained them.
Once they were completely dry, I painted them using various paint colors I had around the house.
Then, I printed off some sayings that I wanted to paint onto the boards. I cut the paper to size and used a pencil on the BACK to shade over the letters.
Next, I put them on the board facing up, and traced over the letters. This left me with a pencil outline of the letters on my board.
Finally, I painted inside the lines I had made using a black paint marker and then sanded the edges.
For some of the boards, I stained them again with a Dark Walnut stain. For the others, I left them as they were.
Here are a few….
I LOVE how they turned out!!
So, I made another raggy wreath the other day, and was debating what to do with it. Do I make another window like I did before, or do I try something different?
I opted for different.
Hubby had nailed together a few old boards for me the other day. Originally, I was going to make a sign out of it. Instead…I decided to paint these and stain them.
Next, I added my wreath to the boards for a rustic look.
I think this would look super cute on a fireplace mantle, or even just hanging on the wall.