Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cabinet Do-Over

My daughter makes and sells her own nail polish.  As you can imagine, she has a LOT of nail polish bottles.  For over a year, we've been talking about some sort of rack/cabinet to hold all of those bottles.  I spent some time 'trolling' her Pinterest boards to see what she liked and, low and behold, I found a little cabinet at a yard sale that needed a do-over.  Here's what I did:

This little beauty started out off-white with a plastic window and knob.  
Cute, but not the look I was going for...

As I 'trolled' my daughter's Pinterest boards, I noticed she liked 'distressed-black'. So, I got to work.  The first thing to do was remove all the hardware and that plastic window.  The window was hot-glued in and I thought I would have to heat-up the glue.  My husband gave it a little push and it popped right out!  Problem solved!
I gave the entire cabinet 2 coats of black chalk paint.  The hardest part was getting all the nooks and crannies inside the the cabinet.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I turned it over, around, and upside down! Once the paint dried, it was sanded to let some of the off-white peek through and then it was given 2 coats of polycrylic.  
A old lace curtain was cut apart for the window.  Since the wood on the door was so thin, I used a stapler to attach the lace.  The rough edges were finished with seam binding.
Since the knob was plastic, I planned to replace it.  The problem was the fact that the wood on the door was very thin and every knob I looked at was too long to bolt through it.  So, the old knob was reused.  I had some silver spray paint leftover from the hutch hardware.  Just a quick spray and it looked brand new!
This cabinet doesn't begin to hold all of her polish, but she uses it to hold her favorites.  I gave it to her for Christmas and she tells me it was a hit with all of her nail polish friends!  

If you're interested in her polish, which is hand-made without all of those harmful chemicals, you can find her Etsy Shop HERE.
Vixen Lacquers is also on Facebook.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rope-Handle Pallet Box

The holidays are over and it's a brand new year.  We've been rather busy with some big news here at the Cottage.  In a few weeks I'll be able to share, but for now, let me share another project that was a Christmas gift.
I made this box for my daughter's boyfriend.  After making the wrench-handled one (see that one HERE), I decided it was time to use some rope.  I'm starting to run low on pallet wood, so I've been using up my scraps...man, am I glad I saved them - they're perfect for the ends!
After cutting all the pieces and adding the paint/stain finish, I drilled holes in the ends for the rope.  This is the easiest handle since all you have to do is tie a knot!
For Christmas, I filled it with some favorite 'goodies' and a gift card.  
There are so many ways to use these boxes:  Gift-giving, table centerpieces, flower boxes, mail collector, the list goes on and on.  

I still have a few more scraps waiting for me, along with a new Dremel SawMax that I got for Christmas, so stop back again soon to see what else I can create!

Happy New Year from The Cottage.  Be sure to stop back again soon. You won't want to miss our big news!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas at the Cottage

It's been a busy couple of weeks at the Cottage - we'll talk about that in a later post, but, for now, here are a few pics of our holiday decorations:
Keeping it simple with a wreath, sled, pine-bough swag, and a handmade kissing ball.

Lenox Santa Cookie Jar

Charlie Brown Tree - my favorite!

This bowl is always displayed at Christmas.

The dining room in non-traditional colors.

Ornaments that bring back so many memories!

It wouldn't be Christmas without (at least) one pig decoration!

There is so much more, but, for now, Merry Christmas from our house to yours!



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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Wreath My Daughter Made

OK, I might have helped a little... 😉
We spent Thanksgiving at our daughter's house this year and she always wants to try to do one 'crafty project' while we're together. This year, she wanted to make an ornament wreath, and if you ask me, she 'knocked it out of the park'.
We headed out to the discount store and chose these ornaments:
Let me give you one word of advice.  Take the time to remove the caps from your ornaments and hot-glue them back on.  I made an ornament wreath a few years ago and left out that important step. Many of the ornaments fell off and I had to re-make the wreath. Save yourself some trouble!
Take a wire hanger and bend it into a circle - here's how we started:
Then open up the top of the hanger and you're ready to start adding ornaments.


Let give you 2 more tips.  
First, when you hot-glue the caps on the ornaments, wear rubber     gloves.  Many people don't have finger caps for protection and, believe me, you don't want to get hot glue on your fingers!  

Second, use a binder clip so the ornaments don't slip off the other end while you are adding and arranging them.  See the arrow in the above picture.  The binder clip is a little difficult to see.

When your hanger is full, twist the ends of the hanger back together, add a pretty bow, and hang your wreath.
Didn't she do a great job?
I love how the colors look against the door!


This is an easy project that can be completed in very little time.  If you still need a holiday wreath, this could be your answer!

Have a wonderful week - don't forget to pin/share!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Of course he is, it's December!  The jigsaw has been getting a workout creating Christmas goodies and today I want to show you Santa.
I am loving my pallet wood and things you can make with it.  I wanted a Santa so I started searching on Pinterest for ideas.  After looking at several options, I created a pattern (using the various ideas) to create my own original design.  I wanted the main piece to be 4 boards wide and I wanted to fit 2 of them on the full-length of the board.  Does that make sense?  Since my pallet wood is about 40" long, I made each Santa 19" in height. Here are the pattern pieces I drew on newsprint:
After tracing them on the wood with a marker, the jigsaw got to work:
You'll notice I chose 2 lighter-colored boards for the center pieces. That way I didn't have to paint Santa's face.  After sanding to smooth the wood, I used super glue to attach the 4 main pieces and finishing nails to give it more support.  
Time to paint:
The red is acrylic craft paint and the white is leftover house paint. Yes, I use whatever I have around the house!  The edges got a little distressing and it was time to assemble.
Attaching the brim, pom-pom, and mustache was easy with some Liquid Nails.  I painted the eyes by hand using the stencil I made as a guide.  The blue dot was added with a pencil eraser dipped in blue craft paint.  
Santa was done.  He was sprayed with Krylon for a little protection and a piece of twine was stapled to the back for hanging.
I made two.  My neighbor has one hanging in her house and I have one. I think they're kinda cute!
I hope you're off to a wonderful start this holiday season. Please pin, share, follow...whatever you do, and thanks for stopping by the Cottage!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cider Donut Muffins

I want to share this recipe with you before all the apple cider disappears. I made them a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit. I can't take credit for this one, though, because I found it over at Baked By Rachel. Be sure to stop over and send her some love, OK?
Doesn't that look delicious?  Here's the recipe:

Muffin Ingredients:
  • 1 & 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 C apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Topping Ingredients:
  • 7 tbsp. unsalted butter - melted
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease muffin pan.
Combine apple cider, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Slowly add wet to dry ingredients with mixer on low.  
Once combined, pour batter into muffin pan.  I used a 1/4 cup measure for this step.
Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
While baking, melt the butter.  Combine the sugar, and cinnamon in another bowl.
Remove muffins from the pan and roll each one in melted butter and then in  sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Cool on wire rack.

Now, take a bite...is that the best fall treat you've ever tasted??

Since the weather is starting to get cooler, this is a great excuse to turn on the oven, warm-up the kitchen, and make your home smell wonderful!
Give this one a try - you won't be disappointed...and don''t forget to visit Rachel.

I'm so glad you stopped by, have a wonderful week!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

The "Tool" Box

This idea has been rattling around my brain for a while, and I finally made it happen.  I wanted to make something special for my son and since he loves to work on trucks, it had to be tool-related.  I found an old wrench at the flea-market for $1 and decided to combine it with some pallet wood.
I wanted the wrench to be the handle and that was the tricky part. The ends had to be built from two pieces of wood notched to fit around the wrench.  I used my jigsaw to notch the wood little-by-little until the wrench fit.  Here's how they looked before assembly:
The pallet wood was cut, dry-brushed with white paint and rubbed with dark stain.  The pieces, in the above picture, had just been dry-brushed.
A piece of scrap wood was used for the bottom and more pallet wood was cut for the sides.


Once everything was cut, sanded, dry-brushed, stained, and sanded again, it was assembly time.  I don't have pictures of this part because I needed both hands!  After fitting the end pieces around the wrench I used super glue to adhere them together.  
Once both ends were done, it was simply a matter of nailing the box together and adding wooden 'caps' for the ends.
Obviously this is not a real toolbox, but I'm sure my son will find something to put in it.  This is his Christmas present, so don't say anything!!!!  I hope he likes it!

This project was a little tricky so I don't think I'll be making another one anytime soon, but I do like it's uniqueness!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll let you know what he thinks of it when I give it to him.

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