Fancy Framed Burlap Cork Board

This was a guest post that I shared over at Family Ever After a couple of weeks ago.  I thought you would want to see it here as well!

Today I wanted to share with you a frame that I gave a second chance at life as a bulletin board.

I think the frame used to be a mirror.  I got it for free from my step mom who was cleaning out her home.  Who could pass that up?  For sure not me!

First grab some materials:

Then a couple coats of white spray paint.Can I quickly confess my love for spray paint!  Such a quick cheap fix to anything.  Here and here are a couple more things I have spray painted recently.

While it was drying I worked on the insert.It already had a piece of cardboard inside the frame so I covered that in cork board.  This came in a roll from Hobby Lobby for around $7.  (Don’t forget to take your 40% off coupon!)  You can see the arrow is where I had to piece it together a bit.  You will not see this later when I cover it.

I then pulled out my can of spray adhesive and some left over burlap.  (I was surprised how inexpensive burlap is!  I may have to use this more often.)  I attached the burlap to the card/cork board and even used the spray adhesive to wrap it around the back.

I then sandwiched it all together.  (If you look close you will notice I screwed in the back upside down.  But of course I did not notice until I went to hang it!)

Now before I show you the finished product let me show you the cute pins I made to hand the pictures.  Any cute bulletin board needs fancy pins too right?

This pack of 6 bottle caps came with round double-sided foam circles.  I stuck those on the back and then hot glued thumb tacks on.  Quick, easy and so fun!

So this is what we ended up with:

I think it goes great with my current office remodel.  Go here and here if you want to see more of what is going on the new office/craft/sewing room.


Amazing What a Can of Spray Paint Can Do!

Recently I have been searching for decorating items for my office/craft room.

  While doing this I been thinking about what makes an item that many see as ugly or outdated, catch my eye and beacon for me to take it home and repurpose or freshen it up?

Would this be something that you would stop to take a second look?

This weekend we were helping my step mom clean out her home and have a garage sale.  She has quite a bit of things and when I saw this I knew it could be great.  So I took it home, applied primer spray paint and then a turquoise color.  It was cheap and fast!

I am not exactly sure what it was in its first life.  Maybe a lantern with glass, but for me I love the shape, texture, and now the color.  It is not quite finished.  I am thinking a tall candle or a figurine, but when I see it I will know.

So when you are out at consignment shops, antique stores, or garage sales try to look at items with a new eye and think…can I re-paint it,  it, or sand it?  Do I like the shape, the texture, or the style?

I think that is what true DIY decorators do.  Is they give everything a second look and a second chance.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I am a huge fan of the ladies over at Our Best Bites.  I am a follower of their blog, I own their cookbook and use their recipes multiple times in a week.  I just think their recipes and ingredients are real life.  You do not have to go searching for some weird ingredient you have never heard of, to make these items and the chocolate zucchini bread recipe did not disappoint.

So the first ingredient that you need for zucchini bread is ZUCCHINI.  The other day I was surprise to find these two huge zucchini’s in my garden.  They were seriously hiding and I never saw them until they were this big!  I think they grew over night.

I usually try and pick my zucchini before it gets this large because the skin is tough and the seeds are too big.  But I made it work by peeling some of the skin off and cutting out the seeds like you would with a cucumber.

Here is the link to the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I feel like this is a great way to get my kids to eat some veggies (and my husband)!  They scarf this stuff down as soon as it is out of the oven and the 2 loaves usually do not last more than 24 hours.  I know there is sugar in it as well, but sometimes we have to disguise the green stuff.

Plus it makes my house smell really good.

Is that OK that one of my main motivations for baking is how it makes my house smell?

I always tell myself that I am going to clean up as I cook/bake, but that never really happens…so this is what my kitchen looks like, usually worse.

But I can worry about that later.

Right now we are enoying this…

Also this is my little cowboy running around asking for more “cake”.  I think I have them fooled.