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December 8, 2016

Queen Anne Coffee Table Repurposed Into Upholstered Bench

Friends, you may remember that back in early November I was a vendor at a local holiday market. One of the items I had for sale was this Queen Anne Coffee Table Repurposed into a beautiful upholstered bench. I am happy to report that I could have sold it ten times over and thrilled that it went to a sweet young lady who bought it for a Christmas present to herself.

Queen Anne Ball and Claw Foot Bench

This is what it looked like before as a coffee table...

Queen Anne Coffee Table Before Makeover

I fell in love with the ball and claw foot feet - it's not often you find one with six legs. I don't know if it had a glass top originally but as you can see in the photo, a piece of unfinished plywood was being used.

I knew as soon as I set eyes on it that I would be repurposing it into an upholstered bench. What I didn't know is that I would find the perfect fabric to turn it into either a piano bench or seating in a music room.

Coffee table repurposed into musical upholstered bench

I painted the bench with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in the color Fluff, which has gray undertones. It just made all those details pop.

I couldn't decide if I wanted a timeworn look using a glaze or a distressed look by sanding back some of the areas to reveal the dark wood underneath. The distressed look won...

Queen Anne table chalk painted white

To protect the finish I used Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax and it certainly lives up to its name.

Isn't this sheet music fabric just lovely? Maybe because I was in the Christmas spirit while preparing for the market, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I forgot to get the name and/or manufacturer but for those who may want to purchase it, I bought it at Fabricland (Canadian Retailer).

Queen Anne upholstered sheet music fabric bench

I am not going to share a tutorial on how I upholstered the bench but you can find one here at my 70's Coffee Table Turned Bench post.
My heart melts for furniture with curvy legs, especially ones with ball and claw feet. I would have kept this piece in a heartbeat if we had room for it in our house.

Queen Anne Upholstered Piano Bench

Here is a close-up of the left side...

Ball and Claw Foot Upholstered Bench

...and the right.

Ball and Claw Foot Bench Makeover

If you like my Queen Anne Coffee Table please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Queen Anne Coffee Table to Upholstered Bench Before and After

What would you have done had this fallen into your hands - Bench or Coffee Table?

December 1, 2016

Wooden Snowflake Made From Recycled Chair Spindles

December 1st...let the festivities begin. What a great way to kick start the month of Christmas by bringing you the Kris Kringle Edition of the Power Tool Challenge Team. The challenge this month is to build a holiday project using at least one power tool and gifting our Secret Santa creation to a designated friend on the team. We had so much fun with this challenge last year that our awesome team leader, Wendi from H20 Bungalow decided to bring it back again this year.

Those of you who have been following me are all too familiar with how I've been slowly going through a pile of antique chair parts and repurposing them in interesting and creative ways. Guess what I used to make my Kris Kringle Secret Santa Gift? Here is my rustic Wooden Snowflake Decoration made from recycled chair spindles.

Chair Spindle Snowflake Decoration

You might want to grab a beverage for this one because it's loaded with photos. These are most of the supplies I used to build the wooden snowflake. The only thing missing is the furniture knobs I placed in the center of the medallion.

Materials to make Wooden Snowflake

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how I built the rustic snowflake, those of you who are not familiar with the Power Tool Challenge Team, we are a group of tool savvy, skill sharing blogging friends who encourage and empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zone and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.

Kris Kringle Power Tool Challenge

Back to the snowflake...

DIY Rustic Wooden Snowflake

Materials List

*affiliate links are included so you can see the products I used or suggest to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.


Power Tools

  • Power Drill
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Mouse Sander
  • 2 1/4-inch Hole Saw Cutter Bit
  • 5/16-inch Forstner Drill Bit
  • 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Drill Bit

Snowflake Decoration


How To Make A Rustic Wooden Snowflake Decoration From Chair Spindles


Cutting medallion for wooden snowflake

Step 1 - Making the center medallion

  • Clamp a piece of 3/4-inch plywood onto a work table.
  • Using a 2 1/4-inch hole saw cutter bit on a power drill, cut out the medallion.
  • Drill a hole in the center of the medallion the same diameter as the screw on the furniture. knobs you will be using (more about that step later).

Smoothing DIY medallion for wooden snowflake

Step 2 - Smooth the rough edges

  • Using a mouse sander, smooth the rough edges around the medallion.

Making template for center of  Wooden Snowflake

Marking points for wooden snowflake spindles

Step 3 - Template for marking spindle holes

  • Trace the medallion onto a piece of paper (as pictured above).
  • Cut out the circle.
  • Fold the circle in half four times (this gives you the eight points for each spindle).
  • Tape the template onto the medallion.
  • Mark the sides of the medallion at each fold (as pictured above). 
  • Remove the template and on each line mark the center with a dot (this is where the holes for each spindle will be drilled).

Pilot holes for dowels on Wooden Snowflake

Holes for spindles on DIY Wooden Snowflake

Step 4 - Drill holes for the spindles

  • Place the medallion into a vice to hold firmly in place.
  • Using a 1/16-inch Pilot Hole Bit, drill a small hole on each dot.
  • Using a 5/16-inch Forstner Bit, drill a hole the depth of the dowels on the spindles.

Removing extra dowel on Wooden Snowflake point

Removing extra dowel on Wooden Snowflake point

Step 5 - Cut dowels on opposite end of each spindle

  • Cut the dowels off the opposite end of each spindle (unless you prefer to keep them on) using a miter saw. If you want to get real fancy you could taper them into a point. 
  • Here is where I'm going to keep it real - I wish I would have cut more off the ends of each antique chair spindle so they would be noticeably shorter than the larger spindles. Keep this in mind when making yours.

Glue setting on DIY Wooden Snowflake Decoration

Step 6 - Attaching Spindles to Medallion

  • Add a generous amount of Gorilla Glue to each hole on the medallion and insert the chair spindles. 
  • To prevent the snowflake from warping while the glue sets, place a heavy object on top and let  it dry overnight.

Staining DIY Wooden Snowflake

Step 7 - Staining the Snowflake

  • The antique chair spindles are stained dark brown and to get the same dark brown base on the new spindles, apply one coat of Dark Walnut stain and wipe away excess.

Rustic Wooden Snowflake with faux snow

Step 8 - Painting the Snowflake

  • Once the dark stain is dry, dip just the tips of the brush into white chalk paint and with light pressure, apply long brush strokes over each spindle. You'll notice that more paint will land on the raised parts, which is a good thing.
  • Let it dry. 
  • The trick to achieving a timeworn look is to dry brush the paint in layers, letting each layer dry between coats. Mine took three before I achieved the look I wanted. My friend Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule has a great Layered Dry Brushed Technique tutorial.

Step 9 - Adding Faux Snow

  • Imagine if the snowflake were hanging outside, where would snow naturally accumulate?
  • Using an artist's palette knife (or your fingers) apply layers of Snow-Tex in those areas.
  • Before the Snow-Tex dries sprinkle white glitter over each mound.
  • Let dry overnight.

Wooden Snowflake with furniture knob center

Step 10 - Attaching the hardware

  • Insert the double ended thread screw into the center of the medallion (as mentioned in Step 1).
  • Attach a furniture knob on each side of the screw and thread until tight. 
  • Screw a small eye hook into the top of one of the long chair spindles.
  • Slip bakers twine through the eye hook and tie in a bow.
  • Now you're ready to hang your Snowflake Decoration. 

I hope the recipient of my Secret Santa gift likes what I made. If you like my Wooden Snowflake, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Snowflake Decoration from chair spindles

Other projects I've made with my bucket of old chair parts is an
Antique Chair Back Bird Feeder, Wooden Garden Caddy, and Rustic Wedding Card Box. Last year my Kris Kringle Power Tool Challenge project was these fun Cocktail Hour Wood Slice Coasters.

I am excited to see what my friends from the Power Tool Challenge Team made for their Secret Santa gifts.


Press the links below to see how they made their sweet holiday projects...


Wooden Chair Spindle Snowflake by Interior Frugalista


DIY Cookbook Stand by Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

DIY Pallet Wood Shadow Box by Create And Babble



DIY Cheese and Crackers Serving Board by Virginia Sweet Pea  


November 29, 2016

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Scarves

I wrap gifts like I blog, with the intention of everything but the present being repurposed. Today I'm sharing some ideas and tips on how to wrap Christmas gifts so even the wrapping becomes another gift or can be reused for something else.

Christmas gift wrapping with scarves

Being a family of seven children, gifts from Mom and Dad alone would fill the space under the tree. Once gifts from grandparents, aunts & uncles and godparents were received, our tiny living room would have presents that spread far beyond the tree.

I remember Mom after all the gifts were opened, gathering mounds of wrapping paper and stuffing it into numerous garbage bags. It bothered me, even as a young child, how much money was wasted on all that paper only to end up in the landfill.

As an adult, my goal each year is to come up with creative Eco-friendly Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas that reduce waste and saves money.  In doing so, I often hear friends and family say, "oh this present must be from Martha".

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

This year I decided rather than ribbon I would use scarves so the recipients receive two gifts in one.


Creative Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Scarves 


Christmas Gift Wrapping Supplies

Wrapping Paper Alternatives

I've heard some people wrap gifts with newspaper or brown kraft paper but my favorite is using rolls of white postal paper. It's festive and reminds me of snow and the perfect backdrop for any embellishments to pop.

What I love most is that it can be reused in a number of ways like for children's art paper, or cut into sheets for shopping lists. It's great for lining compost bins or it's intended purpose - to wrap parcels throughout the year. 

Ribbon and Bows

Often I use wired ribbon because it can be reused but who couldn't use a scarf during the winter. It can be an inexpensive alternative if you buy them on sale. Tied in a bow at the top of the gift serves double duty as a ribbon & bow and the recipients will be thrilled to get a second gift.

I used a ladies scarf tied into a bow on the top of one gift...

Christmas Gift Wrapping with ladies scarf

...and a men's scarf on another.

Christmas Gift Wrapping with men's scarf

In keeping with the "winter cozy theme", I used the cutest Christmas Sweater Ribbon on the third...

Holiday Gift Wrapping with Christmas Sweater Ribbon

Embellishment Ideas

The possibilities are endless for adding a special touch on top of your gifts. Christmas ornaments become the third gift. I adore the wooden reindeer ornaments I found at the dollar store and the festive red & white bells from Wal-Mart.

Another option for my winter theme could have been wooden sleighs or ornaments with skis and poles.

Christmas Sweater Ribbon wrapped gift

Red burlap ribbon bows with faux holly berries are a nice touch. My friend Leanna from Faeries and Fauna Blog has a great video tutorial on how to make bows.

Christmas Gift Wrapping with sweaters and ornaments


Gift Tag Ideas

Depending on your budget, you could place a coffee house gift card inside a small mitten as an alternative to a gift tag. For children (depending on their age) place a small toy, movie pass or iTunes card into the mitten and don't forget to add a candy cane.

Christmas Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrapping Theme Ideas

Think of a theme you could create for your gifts like I did with my "Winter Cozy" theme.

Rustic Woodland Theme

Wrap the gifts with brown craft paper and use red and white bakers twine wrapped 2-3 times around the gift tied with a simple bow. To embellish the gift use pine cones or a wooden star ornament and add a sprig of faux greens and cluster of holly berries.

A wood slice ornament would make a great gift tag for this theme. For the wine lover on your list, see my tutorial on how to make Wood Slice Cocktail Hour Coasters that could easily be turned into ornaments using an eye hook and bakers twine.

Winter Wonderland Theme

Wrap the gift with white postal paper and use a white feather boa for the ribbon. A snowflake ornament or mini paper house would be a great embellishment. A mini wooden sleigh could be used for an alternative gift tag or your favorite warm beverage recipe.

Glitz & Glam Theme

Over white craft paper, add silver or gold metallic wired ribbon that could be reused again. Add a pretty mercury glass ornament to embellish or a clear glass ornament with their monogram written in metallic pen, serving double duty as a name tag. 

Children's Theme

Make a paper chain like we did when we were kids and wrap it around the gift. Embellish with a child-friendly ornament or small toy. As I suggested earlier, a great gift tag idea for this theme is an iTunes card or movie passes placed in a small mitten. Don't forget to add a candy cane.


If you like my Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas, please share them with a friend and/or save them on Pinterest.

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas using scarves



November 27, 2016

$1000 Gift Card Giveaway from Rug Expedition

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November 22, 2016

Rustic Handmade Wood Christmas Sign

Good Morning friends! We woke up yesterday to a beautiful winter wonderland. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture. All this snow has me in the Christmas spirit and so today I'm sharing the Rustic Handmade Wood Christmas Signs that I made earlier this month.

After sharing my Countdown to Christmas post, several of you asked how I made the rustic wooden JOY signs and so today I'm sharing a very easy peasy tutorial.

Rustic Handmade Christmas Sign

Do you remember back in August I shared the centerpiece trivets that I made for my daughter's wedding? I didn't want them to be a one trick pony and go to waste and so while building them, I had every intention that they would be repurposed for the holidays.

To view my tutorial on how to build the rustic wood signs, see my Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets post. Be sure to come back here to see how I repurposed them for the holidays.

If building the wooden base for these signs is not your forté, I have included a link to where you can purchase them further down in this post.

Rustic centerpiece trivets to be repurposed for the holidays

How Make Rustic Christmas JOY Signs

*Affiliate links have been added to the bottom of this post so you can see what products I used or recommend to make these Rustic Wood Holiday Signs. See my disclosure policy.

 Materials List

  • 6-inch Wooden Letters J-O-Y
  • 6-inch Grapevine Wreath
  • 1/2-inch wide holiday ribbon
  • Red chalk paint (or Holiday Red Acrylic Craft paint)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Heavy Duty Sawtooth Picture Hanger 
  • Pallet or Pine Fence Boards

Materials to make Rustic JOY Christmas Signs

I resisted including this photo of me holding my handmade rustic Christmas sign but here it is anyway. This gives you an idea of how large the sign is (9" x 20"). 

Handmade Rustic Joy Sign

Step 1 Staining and whitewashing the wood base

  • Whether you build your own wooden sign or purchase one, to get the rustic look first apply a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with a rag and wipe off the excess.
  • After the stain is dry, dip the tip of your paintbrush into white chalk paint and using long and light brush strokes apply a thin layer of paint. The point is to apply a light wash of paint where the stained wood is visible underneath.
TIP: If the paint goes on too thick, dip the tips of your paintbrush into a bucket of water and brush over the paint to thin and move it across the boards. See photo above for inspiration.


Step 2 Painting the wood letters

Paint the letters red using either chalk paint or acrylic craft paint. I applied two coats to get full coverage.

Step 3 Attaching the grapevine wreath

While the red paint is drying, hot glue the grapevine wreath onto the center of the wood slats, adding the glue to the raised sections on the back of the wreath for good contact.

Step 4 Adding a bow to the wreath

Make a small bow with 1/2-inch wide festive ribbon and attach it to the top of the grapevine wreath with hot glue. Cut the tails to your preference.

Step 5 Attaching the wooden letters

Use construction adhesive to attach the J above the grapevine wreath and the Y below it, making sure they are centered with the grapevine O.

Step 6 Attach picture hanger

Attach a heavy duty sawtooth picture hanger onto the back of the sign, centered near the top of the first horizontal wood slat. That's it, I told you it was easy peasy!

I sold several of these signs at the recent holiday market. I realized I hadn't shared a photo on the blog of my booth space so here it is...

Curated Holiday Market Booth Space

I reserved some of these signs for hostess gifts this holiday season. If I'm on your guest list and you're reading this post, Surprise! They would make great teacher gifts too.

If you like my Rustic Handmade Christmas JOY Signs, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Handmade Rustic JOY Christmas Sign

If you're looking for more DIY holiday decorating ideas, I repurposed rustic wooden boxes from my daughter's wedding for the holidays. One of my most popular posts every Christmas is How To Fill Outdoor Planters For The Holidays.




November 17, 2016

Hand-Carved Stacked Books Table Refresh

Today I'm sharing a furniture makeover on a piece that has been in my home for over two decades. I love this unique table and I've seen it advertised for up to $250.00, so it's definitely a keeper. Sadly, it has been collecting dust in our basement for a few years. I've been wanting to give it a refresh because I miss having it in our living room. It's the perfect compact table for our small space and a great conversation piece.

When I learned that the theme this month for Themed Furniture Makeover Day was WORDS, what doesn't say words more than a Hand-Carved Stacked Books Table!

Hand carved Stacking Books Tea Table

This is what the table used to look like...

Stacking Books Table Before

This was such a quick and easy makeover that took only an afternoon to complete but what a difference a can of white paint made! Don't get me wrong, I loved the original finish. It looked great in our formal living room but after we lightened and brightened the space with whites and lime green, this table became the elephant in the room.

Stacking Books Table by the fire

It took three coats of Dixie Belle chalk paint in the color Buttercream, which is a warm white with yellow undertones, to get complete coverage.

Painted Stacked Books Table

In order to give the table a time-worn look, I needed to bring back the layers of dust that used to accumulate in the ridges of the book pages (I can't believe I want to recreate the dirty I worked so hard each week to remove). To do that I brushed Dixie Belle Grunge Glaze using a chip brush and also added it to the ridges in the book spines.

Stacking Books Table Pages

To age the book covers, I brushed a light coat of Grunge Glaze and wiped off the excess. It was that easy!

To protect the paint, especially around the base, from those rambunctious hits with the vacuum, I applied a coat of Dixie Belle's Best Dang Wax and buffed to a matte finish.

I'm so happy to have my hand-carved stacked books table back in the living room and it fits right in with our more casual decorating theme now. If you like my table refresh, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Hand Carved Stacking Books Table Before and After
*affiliate links included so you can see the products I used - see my full disclosure policy.


This is our last Themed Furniture Makeover Day challenge of 2016 and I'm looking forward to sharing more fun themes in the new year. For more Words inspired furniture, be sure to visit my talented friends in the Themed Furniture Makeover Girl group by pressing the links below.