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Recycled Children’s Rocker

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Saturday was a beautiful day in Maplewood so we decided to hit the local yard sales. There’s nothing better than stopping at a yard sale on the weekend! They’re always great for a treasure find, or two. And we really lucked out…we found six treasures that are sure to be featured on our blog soon! Read more →

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Rockin’ Lobster Frame

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Earlier this year, Alberto and I found an old wreath at the local Goodwill. It had a wooden Lobster on it… We gave the old wreath a makeover (see it here!), but also we kept the lobster. It was just too funny to throw away!

Fast-forward to last month..while we were in Maine surrounded by lobster shacks, Alberto had the idea of using the old lobster to create a souvenir photo frame for our Maine pictures. What a great idea! And it was easy. Now we have a great way to always remember our trip! Read more →

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Salvage Yard Side Table

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While we were at the salvage yard a couple of months ago, we saw a great wrought iron table frame. It was missing a leg, but we really liked the way it looked. How should we transform it? Well…we are thinking of adding another frame as the missing fourth leg, this one made out of wood, which also gives it a more updated look. Read more →

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Tufted Bench Redux

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We really do love our dogs, and they make us very happy…most of the time. Unfortunately, last Wednesday evening wasn’t one of those times. After letting them back in from outside that evening they all ran into our bedroom before we had a chance to stop them. They immediately jumped right on top of the bench that we did last September and completely covered it with mud. We tried cleaning it but the fabric was stained and thus, ruined.

Se la vie! At least we didn’t need to start from scratch. We only had to recover the top of the bench. One of the great things about doing these projects is that you can always redo it when something like this happens to you. Even if it doesn’t…it’s great to be able to change up the décor of a room without much cost! Read more →

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Old Table/New Candlesticks

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Last week we made a cocktail tray for our friend Jen from an old side table that she wasn’t using anymore.  After finishing that project, we were left with the wooden legs, but Alberto immediately thought of candlesticks! Read more →

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Walnut Baluster Lamps

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Alberto and I went to a salvage yard in Barnegat, NJ a couple of weeks ago. I love salvage yards because you’re only limited by your imagination. They always have lots of great stuff, and the owners are usually willing to negotiate on the price. This time around we actually saw a big concrete relief of Daffy and Porky Pig dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a title of “Mystery.” I wish we had a yard big enough for a garden so that we could make that the centerpiece! (Alberto disagrees) Read more →

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Book Lamp

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While we were at the Goodwill last month, Alberto came up with a few other ideas.  I’ve been wanting to make a lamp, and so Alberto decided to use books as the base for one.  We love books, so it’s little wonder how Alberto came up with this idea.  We found some very old hardcover books selling for a few cents (no first editions, don’t worry!) which were all perfect for the base.  Read more →

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Extreme Makeover: Oil Painting Edition

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Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home.  It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style.  They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames.  One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms.  But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?).  I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house.  Read more →

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Tile Chargers and Candleholders

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We were walking through Home Depot, and Alberto came across a really pretty terracotta-color porcelain tile. We had been looking for chargers for the holidays and realized that the tiles were perfect for what we were looking to do with our Thanksgiving table…and they were like $1 each! This is one of the easiest projects you can do!

In addition, we wanted to bring some natural elements to the table, so we decided to make our own candle holders….out of old logs.  Read more →

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Paisley Tufted Bench

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On the same shopping trip that we found the fabric for the accent chair, we also found a very pretty and colorful paisley. Finally! The perfect fabric for the second coffee table frame we bought over the summer! We’ve been wanting more seating space in the spare bedroom, so we decided to make another tufted bench. But this time we wanted to try doing it using traditional tufting techniques and make a deep tuft with 22 buttons.

I was up for a challenge! And well…it was definitely a BIG challenge!  Let’s make this very clear: this type of project was difficult and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart!  (If you do decide to try it, do it with fewer buttons and a smaller surface.)  Read more →

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