Friday, August 24, 2012

Getting Back My Mojo - Part Two...and a Giveaway!

Earlier this week I told you that Don and I both had finally gotten our creative mojo back after our move to Kansas.  We have SO many great projects in the works (that I think we will actually finish!) so throughout the next few months I'll share them as we go.  Today - one big project that we hope to finish this weekend, and one that Crafty Sharron and I finished in less than an hour!

Since we moved in to a much smaller place, our giant leather headboard and footboard just wouldn't fit in our master bedroom comfortably. We also have a guest room that I am in love with, but I've always thought it needed a headboard to finish it off.  How do we kill two birds with one stone AND not spend a fortune on something just to "make it fit" in our smaller place?  Make our own headboards!

Of course our first stop was Pinterest, where I had been storing headboard ideas on my Home Sweet Home board. We picked out a design we both liked which fortunately was from Ana White.  If you are AT ALL interested in your own home projects you MUST check out her page.  She designs the most amazing furniture (many times inspired by very expensive pieces from stores such as Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, etc) and then gives you the plans, supply list and instructions FOR FREE! So - with an idea in hand we headed out to the local architectural salvage store. We expected to come home with some reclaimed wood, but were SO lucky to find two fabulous old doors instead that were the perfect size!

Don is going to be a guest blogger later on in the month and will provide directions and measurements for these, but essentially he used Ana's directions as a guideline and created a "frame" around each door (all photos below are of the queen).


It took less than an afternoon to frame both doors, then he took the queen headboard outside and spray painted the front (he used Rustoleum in Gloss Black), and once it dries completely we are going to use some steel wool in the center panels to bring out a little of the dark brown color underneath.  We are hoping to finish this weekend (if we can keep away the rain), so I'll post photos of the completed project next week!



The second project was purely for organizational rather than asthetic purposes - but it turned out pretty darn cute!

I have been helping some friends launch a jewelry company - Jane & Me, but had been keeping everything in a big ol' tupperware bin and just pulling it out when I needed it.  Honestly - it was out of sight, out of mind.  When we moved to Kansas I knew I wanted to have everything out, but because we were in such a small space I was totally stumped for ideas. Enter Bizzy's GIANORMOUS dog crate!

We keep it in our bedroom (and it is NOT pretty - clearly) and it takes up a lot of space, but that also means it has a LOT of flat surface.  We went to Home Depot and had a sheet of plywood cut to fit the dimensions of the top of the crate, then Crafty Sharron and I covered it with a cute fabric using a non-Xyron (if you can believe it!) adhesive product that I love - Crafter's Companion Stick & Spray!

This is definitely a two-person job - unless you are doing smaller pieces. Lay the board on the table and cover with fabric (wash and iron fabric beforehand).

Lift up one side of the board, spray adhesive along the top back edge of the board, fold down fabric and press to adhere.


Flip board so fabric covered side is on the bottom, fold in the corner (use spray adhesive to hold in place) and repeat on all remaining edges of the board.


Be sure to pull your fabric tight each time so you don't end up with any wrinkles.  The best part of the adhesive is it is repositionable so you can peel the fabric up if you need to make any adjustments.


The board was immediately dry - and look at the cute result! Now the jewelry is easily displayed, it takes away from the huge-ness of the crate a little bit, and I am a lot more organized!


So while I can't send you a giant piece of fabric covered plywood, how about if I send someone a necklace from Jane & Me's new fall collection?  Just leave a comment here (deadline to enter is midnight PDT on Sunday) and I'll post a winner on my Facebook page first thing Monday morning. Have a great weekend everybody!  Get out there and create something - and the Kingstons will do the same!

70 comments:

  1. I love the head board you made! We have some old doors around! Great idea!

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  2. OK you know I love some jewelry. So my project this weekend is going to be redoing our camper. Yep, I am getting new fabric and recovering cushions and making new curtains for the popup.

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  3. I love both of these projects! You are fabulously crafty, Beth.

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  4. guess what I am doing this weekend??? Makin' a headboard!!!! Great ideas!!!

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  5. Good job! It looks fantastic.

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  6. I would LOVE it!! I'm a totally necklace freak. Well, freak anyway. And I like necklaces.

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  7. AWWWW! I hope BIzzy like the new decor!

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  8. Love the headboard!!! You sure are a Crafty Couple!

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  9. Love the idea using the dog crate. I've been looking for a table for my cricut. I have a dog crate that Bear no longer uses. I could cover it with plywood like you did yours. The cricut would go on top and I can store my supplies in the crate. Two uses from one project. Bear will be happy to donate one of her unused items to my craft projects.

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  10. Your space looks great. You have given us some fantastic ideas. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  11. Can't wait to see the completed projects!

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  12. I love the headboard idea. I can't wait to see the completed photos!

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  13. Beth, you always have clever simple ideas !!!

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  14. Laughing over this one! The same crate lives in our bedroom also.Definitely not too pretty here-right now the dirty clothes baskets live on top of ours.It frees up much needed floor space-but I like your take a whole lot better!

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  15. I loved the bedboard but then when I saw what you did tot he dog cage I got excited. We have 2 of those in our home and now I have an idea on how to create more space. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Nice job Don did on the spray painting of the headboard and great ideas on the Sticky Spray product. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Love to see people repurpose items. Great ideas. I have been trying to come up with a headboard and never thought about using an old door. Seen it used for other things but not the headboard. Looks good. Amazing what our imaginations can do.

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  18. Fantastic ides! Love the headboard but the fabric covered board is genius. It's one of those projects that make me DUH! I should have thought of that! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  19. I love how you look at something and not only see what it is, but what it can become. You are so creative! Your projects are always amazing and even makes us beginners want to try doing. Glad to hear that all went well with your move. I enjoy hearing what is making your house into a home.

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  20. Great ideas!! Loved both of them. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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  21. You are sooo creative. It's amazing that you took these two items and transformed them to someting useful & decorative!! Amazing and beautiful! Thanks for the chance to the giveaway.

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  22. I love love love the headboard! Wish there was one of those yards by me! I'd love to have Crafty Sharon live by me too! ;) Still loving your space, and the jewelry looks cool too!

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  23. Well, my craft room looks like the tornado from Oz has been through it. Can't use this dog crate idea(mine crate holds a 9 lb Yorkie), but hopefully something will come to me.

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  24. I have an old door just waiting to be repurposed.Love what you did with yours! So guess what we're doing this weekend!!!

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    1. Hey Kim! Congratulations!! You are the winner of the Jane & Me necklace! If you'll shoot me your address to aintshecrafty@gmail.com I'll get it in the mail to you! Happy Monday!!

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  25. I love the idea of using the door as part of the headboard. How pretty it is with the designs in it. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Great idea !! Thanks for a chance.

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  27. Love the headboard idea, looks great. I know it will look even better after you some distressing on them. I love the distressed look,I have repainted some of my furniture and distressed it. I have done both black & red, love it.

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  28. That is a great use of space. I really love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Glad you are settling in. Moving is so hard!!! Love the crate top idea - thanks fro sharing.

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  30. I LOVE the projects that use such creative ideas and appreciate that you shared with us...question for you......
    Is that spray adhesive a low odor product, safe without mask product? I worry about you all but then I'm also wonder if I've been too protective with spray adhesive ;)
    Keep sharin'

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    1. oh gosh....I should have proofed what I wrote before publishing it - sorry for the terrible typing which means terrible grammar!!

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    2. Hey Candice! Good question - and thanks for looking out for us! :) We had the window in my studio open to deal with the fumes, 'cause they can get stinky!

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  31. Awesome! Gotta love those DIY projects :)

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  32. I love the repurposed doors as headboards. Looks so nice. Good job!!!!

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  33. I love both the doors and the jewelry display! your creativity is endless!!!
    Kay

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  34. Love the headboard-I am gong to pass it on to my daughter who just moved into her first house.

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  35. Such kool projects. Keep that Mojo flowing!!!!

    Sandy~ turtlelover@firehousemail.com

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  36. I always enjoy your blog. Thanks.

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  37. It's so much fun being able to use things for more than one purpose such as your new jewelry stand and I love the headboard. Love being able to reuse and recycle items and the headboard idea is so cute. Great job. Can't wait to see what comes next now that the MOJO is flowing!

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  38. Love both projects. Great idea of the fabric on the plywood - now is there really a dog that lives in the crate?

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    1. Hey Eunice! There sure is...an 11-month old mastidane (great dane/mastiff) puppy named Bizzy! :) She just lives in there when we aren't home though - otherwise she rules the house!

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  39. Oh my freakin' goodness!!! That headboard is STUNNING!!! And I love how you are making the most of your small space by adding the plywood to the dog crate. Super cute! Now you need to take a photo of all that beautiful jewelry WITH the dog inside the crate. :)

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  40. Wow! What a stunning result for little money and time.

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  41. I'm needing a couple of headboards so I'm finding this very interesting, thanks for sharing. Thanks also for the chance to win a necklace :)

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  42. Great headboard and definitely a great way to take advantage of a crate!

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  43. Wow!! What a wonderful idea--- all the crafters can really enjoy this! I have a closet full of "out of sight-out of mind"! I guess I could cover every flat surface in my house! LOL Thanks for the inspiration.

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  44. So in love with the door headboard! Such a great project ~ would love to win a necklace and would wear it proudly!!!! :) Thanks for the chance to win ~

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  45. I love that headboard - oh my!!! You are both SOOOO crafty!!

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  46. I am using this idea!! Thanks for sharing and so glad you are happy!!

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  47. I want to do this for my classroom office. Great idea. Thx

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  48. I started my projects for Stampin' Night. Have one done - two to make up yet.
    Today is my birthday so I'm not doing much work.

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  49. I have lots of old furniture out in the garage, so I have a bunch of projects when one mojo gets stuck, I can jump into another one. I have a couple of nice wooden chairs to be sanded and painted and partially upholstered, but will save it for when it gets a little cooler. Love what you do !

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  50. This looks wonderful! I can understand your excitement. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I love the headboard idea. I'd love to win. Thanks for the ideas and the opportunity to win some jewelry.Thanks

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  52. Now that is creative! Thanks for the chance at your give-away.

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  53. What a great upcycling idea! That fabric is so cute, too. Our last weekend before school starts Tuesday and it was high 80's the entire time.

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  54. Great use of available,but previously wasted space. A woman after my own heart. I can so seeing myself doing something similar. Thanks for the super tutorial. I love making jewelry,as it takes up less space than previous hobbies!

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  55. The headboard is fabulous! What a great idea!

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  56. You sure come up with some great decorating ideas! LOVE the headboard. Thanks for the great give away.

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  57. Love Love Love that headboard! I want one just like it! And your jewelry display board is so fun! One of my favorite colors!

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  58. My post is not for the giveaway since I was gone this past weekend and only just read the post, but I wanted to tell you that I love your idea of covering a piece of plywood with fabric for the top of the dog crate. How creative and cute, besides. I will definitely keep this idea in mind.

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  59. You really did an amazing job on everything! Love the headboard!!! Great ideas! Love me some Pinterest inspiration!

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