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Trash To Treasure: Upcycled Light To Vase

Sometimes the most unlikely objects can turn from trash to treasure.

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

As we’ve been changing the light fixtures throughout our home over the last 3 years (I’m pretty sure every. single. one. has now been updated), most went straight to the curb.  A few weekends ago when the last old, brassy light came down in the upstairs hallway, it was half way to the trash, until I had a thought…

Could I upcycle it into something else?  But what?? A cloak?  Another light?  A vase?  Should I spray paint it or leave it brass?  Lots of thoughts were brewing.

Of course, I forgot to take a pick of the light in it’s old home, but here’s what it looked like right after taken down from the ceiling.

Dust and all…

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

After giving it a good scrubbing, I decided to leave the brassy finish (I liked the warm hue) and use it as an accessory to hold a vase.  A vase within a vase.  Yes!  Perfect!

I removed the base (which I was going to you as a candle stick, but it all fell apart), as well as the wires.

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

And then within minutes it went from ugly to this treasure…

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

O, you know how I love to spend $0 and shop my home!

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

I’m in love! Such a silly thing made into something spectacular.  For now it sits on the coffee table, but I’ve got other ideas for my new found treasure.  We’ll see where my thoughts and ideas take me…

What items have you upcycled in your home?  How have you made treasure out of trash?

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie


How-To Make a Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard walls are not just for kids.  They are super fun & functional for everyone, at any age.  While the kids are busy creating new drawings, us moms are making lists so nothing’s forgotten at the store.  The need for a chalkboard wall in a home can also change and evolve as your family changes and grows.

Another plus about chalkboard walls is that with the use of chalkboard paint, they are super easy to create.  For less than $10 and a few spare hours, a new wall can be created anywhere in your home (or office)!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

Earlier this week, I shared my revamped CCC {Central Command Center}.  This 30″ wide spot in our home has had about 6 (or maybe more) makeovers, but it’s an intracle spot that keeps our family on track day-to-day.

For this new CCC, I decided to add a chalkboard backdrop.  To create this fun, yet important part of the wall, I used chalkboard paint.

chalkboard paint

This lil’ old can has been around for almost 2 years and has been used on a ton of projects.  The largest before this project was the chalkboard wall we created in the basement for the kids a couple of years back.  Anyway, this can has lasted a long time!

Before starting the chalkboard wall, I decided I wanted to create a “frame” surround.  There really is no “frame” on the wall, but by leaving 3″ of the yellow wall color, a “frame” surround was created.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

To create the frame, I applied two layers (two rows of tape side-by-side) of FrogTape.  This was my first time using FrogTape and I’m in love!  It was great.  Y’all know what a pain of a time I had when I painted the mouldings white, well this stuff would have come in handy.  Basically this tape has a sealer that when applied to the wall it doesn’t let paint seep underneath.  I had a few spots that the paint went under, but for the most part, it was great!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger, SASinteriors.netI wasn’t provided product from FrogTape.  I bought it myself because I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time.  It gets my seal of approval!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

Once I applied the FrogTape and “burnished” it (pressed down really hard at the edges), I was able to start painting.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

I applied 3-4 coats of the chalkboard paint so the surface was fully covered and no wall color from underneath came through.

Once I knew no more coats were needed, I removed the paint.  If the paint is still wet, that’s okay.  As you peel away the tape, you’ll see your crisp, clean line! What a beauty.

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

And then you’re ready to stand back and admire!

Inexpensive & Easy-To-Create "Framed" Chalkboard Wall using @frogtape by @Jenna_Burger,

Once your chalkboard wall is complete, the fun of either drawing or layering can begin! Since this is more of a functional spot than a fun spot, I created a Family Central Command Center.  This is how it resulted…  And you can learn more about it {here}.

Central Command Center_11a

Have you ever used chalkboard paint before? If so, what have you created?

Want to see more of my chalkboard projects (using this one can of paint)?
New Years Sparkly Tablescape with Chalkboard Candles
Kids Play Kitchen
Framed Chalkboard Medicine Cabinet
Chalkboard Platter

DIY: 3 in 1 Kids Play Tent – A Lowe’s Creative Idea

I hope you’re having a great week and I want to thank all of you who left such kind comments about my daughter’s room makeover. I already shared one DIY creation in the room (the washi tape initial) and I’m back today to share another part of the space for my first challenge as a Lowe’s Creative Team Member (learn more about that here).

One of my favorite parts of the room was creating a play tent. My kids, as most kids do, love creating forts and tents with blankets and pillows. They love the idea of a hidden place to play, read books, and tell stories. When embarking on this makeover, I thought a play tent would be the perfect addition for a small space in the corner of her room.  I didn’t want to make the tent dominate the space, but I also didn’t want it to be too small because what fun is that?!

My solution for the dilemma… A 3-in-1 tent with long panels to allow room for 1 child or 5.

Kids love options – am I right?!  You never know if they want to play by themselves in a little cocoon or if they want all their friends around to have a tea party, play barbies, or battle like droids (parents of Star War fans know what I’m talking about).

When starting this project, I of course, headed to Lowe’s to gather my supplies.

  • 1 x 6 board
  • flexible wood board (I ended up using a 4″ wide x 8′ long) wood toe kick thanks to the suggestion by a Lowe’s sales person)
  • nails, screws, and anchors
  • fabric of your choice
  • ribbon of your choice
  • drapery panels

To start off, I headed to my favorite home improvement store, Lowe’s, to gather my supplies.

1. Once home, I cut the 1″ x 6″ board into a 38″ piece and a 26″ piece (Lowe’s will also cut your wood pieces to size).  The nailed the two ends together.

2. Using anchors and screws ( I always use the self-screwing kind), I attached to the two pieces of wood to the corner space.  Then for the curve, I cut the 4″ wide x 8′ long toe kick in half.  Using finishing nails, I attached the flexible curved wood to the end of each 1″ x 6″ to finish the canopy base.

The curved wood was a little flimsy (obviously so it can bend), so I secured it in the back by hot gluing on paint sticks.

Once the base was done, the fun part started… adding the fabric.

In knowing that I was going to use white long panels, I wanted to add a bit of whimsy and fun to the valance, so I used a fun Duralee Ikea fabric along with drop cloth and a white pom-pom trim.

3. I cut a piece of drop cloth that was slightly larger that the valance, then wrapped it around the front of the valance and secured it in the back with hot glue.  The curved front sits about 1/2″ from the ceiling so I was able to wrap the fabric at the top as well.

Time to jazz it up!

4. After the drop cloth was in place, I added the colorful Ikat fabric.  I determined that I wanted to have a 3″ band of the fabric and marked it along the valance.  Then once again, I hot glued on the fabric.  Easy-Peasy!

secured the fabric in the front…

secured the fabric on the back…

5. Then I added the cute white pom-pom trim. Of course with hot glue… again.

For the last part of this 3-in-1 Kids Play Tent, are the panels.

Ok, so let’s take a step back and let me explain how and why I created these panels. Because of the dynamic fuschia in the room, I thought white panels would be a quieter, fresh contrast.  I also wanted them to feel light and airy, so decided on a sheer panel with a small pattern (sheers from Target).  The overall length was only 84″ and needed to be much longer, so I added a solid white cotton fabric (used from Ikea window panels) to the bottom.  They look pretty for the tent, but could also be used as drapery panels at a later date – I love creating things that can be used now AND later.

6. With right sides together, I sewed the two short ends of the panels.  I wasn’t worried about the length because the longer the better – this is how the large canopy is created.

7. Once the two panels were created, I attached them with staples to the ceiling on the inside of the valance.  I also overlapped the two panels creating a natural opening / closure.

8. Lastly, I added metal tie backs that I purchased at Lowe’s.  These tiebacks are perfect to pull back the panels and have the space wide open – like a stage for the kids to put on a play.


And it’s done. An exciting 3-in-1 Kids Play Tent.

1 – Panels completely pulled back

2 – A cozy hidden nook with panels drawn

3 – Panels pulled out creating a larger “tent”

What a fun spot! Within minutes of having this space done, my kids had all their stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows tucked away inside.

Well my little girl is calling me to go back into her tent – I gotta go!

To see more on this space, click over to see the Big Girl Bedroom {Reveal}

You can find more DIY creations in the Lowe’s Creative Magazine or the Lowe’s Ipad App for FREE!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie