This is my $5 basket I picked up at one of my favorite thrift stores. :) I know I had posted a before picture of it a while back, but here is a refresher. It was a simple kind of pretty as is, but I wanted to get my creative on and try my hand at making my own stencil.
I gave this "craigslisted" rubber plant a new plastic pot that was taller and skinnier, so that it could fit nicely into the basket. Next up was paint. The paint was leftover from another project. The pattern is nothing fancy, but gave it some interest and it was fun to do something quick and crafty. Most projects these days aren't quick, so this was nice!
This is a very awkward wall right now. Everything is clumped together with a mess of instruments to the right of the piano. There isn't much styling yet. I have plans to build a HUGE built in bookshelf along this wall from one side to the other, BUT that's definitely not happening anytime soon, so for now this is it. I am also thinking how fun it would be to paint this wall a dark color, to give it some depth and coziness. Still undecided.
Here is another quick and free craft....driftwood art ;) I had this piece of driftwood lying around and got the idea to mount it on a rod with a wood base. I saw a product from an online shop that looked a lot like this and I decided to replicate it for free. We had a metal rod in the garage, I cut two pieces of wood and glue them together, sanded and stained the base, drilled the holes, and stuck it all together. Yup...really easy project. Sometimes you just need a project that you can get done in an afternoon.
Look at the picture below. Isn't this the saddest piece of marble ever??? I pulled this out from the shed this weekend. We picked this table top up a few years ago for $125 ish. I had saved up some craigslist money and was so excited to bring this beauty home! When we got home we found that the whole top had broken into pieces...still not sure how exactly that happened :( It made me sick. I couldn't even look at the thing. So, we just stored all the pieces away and tried to forget about it. This weekend I was looking in the shed and saw some of the pieces of marble sitting on the floor, so I decided to pull it out and see what I could do with it all. Well, it looks like I have all the pieces except for the one tiny piece on the upper right. So, I am thinking I can salvage this. I plan on adhering it all to a round piece of plywood and then grouting the cracks with a color that matches the veins. We will need to fill in that one missing piece of marble and then buff it and seal it really well. There are some stains that we most likely won't get out, but I don't mind. This table is our "everything" table, so it's going to get messy and stained and will most definitely not look perfect anyways. I am so happy that we saved all of these pieces...even if it took me this long to work up the courage to pull it out again. Maybe I can convince Johnny to make a new base for it...I'm definitely picturing it with a different base ;)
Next blog post I will show you what I started working on last weekend. It is only in the beginning stages, but I am really excited to have started and I am really hoping to work on it some more this weekend. What projects are you working on? I would love to hear about it!!!