Shelves from Drawers

I hate to throw anything away that might become something really cool, or even just somewhat interesting. After making our bathroom vanity from a treadle sewing machine I had a bunch of “spare” parts and “extra” screws. Right away I knew the drawers were going to need to be displayed as something so I put…

Garden Wine Rack

Last week we had a forecast for a bit of snow here in Manchester, Pennsylvania. So that meant that I finally had to clean out my garage. I had been using the garage for my warm weather projects and hadn’t gotten around to cleaning it out before winter. I needed to get the cars in…

Hall Tree

After I made the bookcase from an early 1900’s door I was looking for another door project. A co-worker had an interior door she had been trying to get rid of. It was an original to her 1940’s house, a closet door. I couldn’t really cut the door to make another bookcase, because of the…

Vintage Ironing Board Drying Rack

On our last visit to my in-laws they gave us an older wooden ironing board. We had no idea what we were going to do with it but we figured it would sit in the basement (with all my other pending projects) until something came to us. The easy decision was that it was going…

Picture Frame Shelving

I have two questions for you. Have you ever had an old picture frame that has some damage to it, but you can’t seem to throw it away? Have you ever need more shelving but didn’t have an interesting idea? Well here is a solution for you. Simply use the frame as a face for…

Door Turned Bookcase

I started to get a little tired of selling my pieces out of my house and was looking for another option. I don’t really want to deal with Etsy or Ebay. I would just rather my clients’ see the piece before they buy it. That and shipping is a pain and expensive. I started using…

Vintage Sewing Machine Table Lamps

When I upcycle a large piece I generally end up with extra parts. I don’t particularly care to throw away perfectly good material.  After finishing the pedestal sink I had the Standard sewing machine left. This thing was in bad shape but I saw some beauty in it. It is cast iron, has a lot of…

Sewing Table Upcycled into a Pedestal Sink

We wanted to finish off our powder-room with a unique vanity. After scrolling through Pinterest Carrie found something she really liked. She wanted me to find an old sewing table and work it into a pedestal sink. I looked around on Facebook yard sale groups and a few yard sale apps and I found one….

Upcycled Dress-Up Station/Repurposed Dresser

I got this dresser at a yard sale and thought it was too good to pass up. It has great bones, tight construction and dovetail joints. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at first. I thought about stripping the paint and restoring it but the veneer wasn’t salvageable. So there…

Vintage Fans Upcycled into Lamps

As with most of my projects and upcycling ventures they all start with a yard sale. About a month ago I found a vintage Westinghouse desk fan in bad shape. My intention was to clean it and repair it. It cleaned up but the motor was completely shot. I looked into getting a new motor…

Corner Queen Headboard Benches

It just occurred to me that a corner bench would be an interesting project. I don’t actually need or really have the space for them so these were made to sell. They had to be made from queen size headboards. Anything smaller wouldn’t have given enough space for sitting. If I made them from twin…

Soda Crate Bathroom Shelf

When we had the house built we decided on a pedestal sink in the powder room. Carrie told me the problem with that is there is no storage for toilet paper and hand towels. I didn’t see a problem. The hand towels are in the linen closet and the toilet paper is in one of…

Headboard Benches

We have a small front porch and were in the need of some simple seating. It’s just somewhere to have a beer and enjoy the sunset. I’ve been batting around a few ideas for a while but never come up with anything I liked. A few weeks ago were checking out the yard sales and…

Succulent Planters

I have never kept succulents before. I was at Lowes the other day and they had packs of immature 6 succulents for about $5. I figure I would give it a shot. I picked up 4 packs and started reading up on them. Every species I looked says about the same thing. Use soil for…

Chalkboard Bottles

So I got bored one Sunday. I got a few hours in on my console playing Fallout 4 and figured I leveled up enough for the day. At that point all of the feral ghouls were starting to look the same. I’ve had enough time sitting around. I needed something to occupy my time so off…

Dutch Door Window Menu Board

This should have been my first post because it was the first project I made with our new home in mind. Like many, we were wasting money of food. Have you ever bought more produce than you needed? We did, way too often. It got so bad we the crisper was renamed the rotter. We…

Lucky Bamboo Propagation

My lucky bamboo (dracaena braunii ) was starting to get pretty tall and needed a trim. I have been growing it, at my cubical under florescent light, for about 4 months. We have zero windows and it is doing very well. I have not propagated lucky bamboo before so I did a little research. As it…

Scrapwood Shelves

  If you have little knick-knacks around the house this is something simple to do. If you’re like me, you have more wood scraps from larger projects than you probably should. You can put them to use with these 2” deep shelves. They are shallow enough to be out of the way but can also…

Birdfeeders

UPDATE MAY 24th, 2016 I changed my design a little bit. This video will show the differences. These bird feeders are fun to make. I started making them with wine bottles but you can use just about any slender bottle. Matching the plates to the bottles is small step that goes the extra mile. I…

Marbled Filled Lamps

I had some smaller bottles that I thought would be interesting. The problem was they didn’t have enough heft to them. I really didn’t want to weigh down the bases either. After making the Cobalt Blue Lamp for my niece I wanted to try a few more filled lamps anyway, this seemed like a good opportunity. I filled them…

Champagne and Humming Birds Table Lamp

This one was fun and a happy accident. I just so happen to find both items in the same place at the same time. It is rare for me to find a shade that goes perfectly with the base in one shot. I found this really neat champagne bottle. Sorry, sparkling wine. It is Spanish….

Cobalt Blue Lamp

When my niece was getting her first apartment her mother mentioned that she planned on decorating one of her rooms in blue. My sister-in-law also hinted that Crystal might like a table lamp. Since her apartment is older, there are no installed lights. So challenged accepted. I started off by finding a cobalt blue liquor…

Man-Cave Lamps

These lamps never get old. If you have hard liquor you prefer it’s akin to being loyal to a car brand or a football team. There is somewhat of a pride issue. If you have a man cave it is represented somewhere. It could be a clock, a vintage advertisement or a neon sign. I…

Pallet Wood Cupboard

Since we went with a sleek contemporary look for our master bath we decided to put the warm details in the accent pieces. As a result this was my first project with pallet wood. It is just a small cupboard for hand towels, wash cloths and knickknacks. The pallet wood I had to work with…

Table Leaves and Black Steel Shelves

  There was this one space in my living room that was really irritating me. It is that space where the thermostat is placed. We tried hanging pictures in the area and the thermostat threw everything off-balance. I put a small shelf up for our mantel clock and my eye was still being drawn to…

DIY: Mirror Install

When the house was built we opted for very little embellishments in the master bath. Mostly because we were not sure what we wanted. We knew what we absolutely did not want and that was brass and tile. I love the look of tile I just hate cleaning and sealing grout. We decided that we…

Knob Necklace Rack

This is a simple and fun project. Carrie showed me some pictures on pinterest and said she would like a Knob Necklace Rack for the glass pendants I gave her at Christmas. So this was my Sunday project. For Carrie the fun thing about this project is that she can be on the lookout for more…

Storage Solutions

Now Christmas is over and most of us are in the process of putting away all of those decorations. Every year we keep telling ourselves we are going to organize all of it better. If you are anything like us you have a few stacks of totes somewhere. In our case they are in the…

Black Steel and Butcher-block Shelves

This was one of my favorite projects. I wanted a strong and bold shelf in my study to display some of my military memorabilia. My shadow box isn’t up there yet but once it is I will update the picture. I knew I wanted a mix of steel piping and wood. I’ve seen examples for…

Wine Bottle Self-Watering Planters

I first started cutting wine bottles to make these self-watering planters. Basically I was looking for a gift for may sister in-law. She has said many times that she just cannot keep plants alive because she forgets to water them. I have seen these kits sold in stores but they were a bit to  plain…

Silverware Windchimes

A while ago I picked up a box of old plated silverware for my projects. I was really after the spoons for garden markers and a hat rack. So I had a free day with no pending projects and a bunch of forks and knives left over. Wind chimes seemed like a good Idea so…

Wine Bottle Candles

  I got to the point that I pretty much perfected cutting wine bottles. When I started I was getting about half of them to cut properly. I’m at about 80% now. I use two methods depending on what my intention is. The first is the hot and cold shock method and the other is…

Key Rack made of Keys

This was one of the first utilitarian projects we came up with. I was getting tired of keys not being in one place. You are getting ready to leave and cannot get out of the door because either you can’t remember where you put your keys or they are not where you left them. We…

Basement Windows Mirrors

This past Thanksgiving we were visiting with Carrie’s family in Connecticut. When we were packing to go back home to Pennsylvania, my father-in-law gave me a parting gift for my Upcycling projects. Over 20 years ago my In-laws bought and 1800’s farm house. The farm is long gone but they have the house, and it was…

Soda Crate End Table

We rearranged our furniture and realized we had a need for an end table. I wanted something unique and functional. So I designed this as an end table that also stores our family’s games in (card games, video games, chess board, ect…) I picked up some soda crates at a flea market with the idea…

Silver Spoon Hat Rack

The last part of the set is a matching hat rack. You may recognize the spoons from another project. I got a box of old silverware from the Williams Grove Flea Market last year in Mechanicsburg, PA. It was nothing of value. They are steel spoons that are silver plated. You could easily make these…

Door Knob Coat Rack

I got tired of all of the coats and hoodies on the back of chairs or never quite making it to the closet so this was good fit for our mud room. My in-laws made one of these for their entry way a while ago and I always thought it was a great idea. When…

Chandelier Upcycled into a Dessert Service Centerpiece

When we moved into our house the first thing we did was replace all of the builder brass light fixtures. It’s just not our style. Apparently it is not the style of many. Yard sale after yard sale nobody was interested. I want to say we put $10 on the chandelier at the last one….

Gift Ideas for Your Upcycler

Are you looking for some last minute gifts or stocking stuffers for your Upcycler/Crafter. Here are few things to look at. Things that you would almost never buy yourself but would be happy to get. Drill Bit Sharpener – Whenever drill bits get dull your DIYer is silently contemplating, “New bits or sharpener”? Pivot Square…

Window Photo Display

At one point we had a wall filled with family photos. After a while I started to get a little tired of looking at it. It was just too busy for me and the collection of cheap mismatched frames just started to be annoying to look at. So we moved the majority to photo albums…

Carrie’s Crafts: Teacup Pin Cushions

Carrie made gifts for her mother and sister for Christmas this year. Since both of them enjoy sewing, she made them pin cushions. Not regular everyday pincushions. She made them out of tea cups and saucers. They enjoyed them and Carrie enjoyed making them so we thought we would share her crafting. For this craft…

Refurbished Vintage Mirror

I’ve always liked the look of an older beveled mirror. It is almost like a window into the past. The vintage plaster work really sets them apart. Slightly degraded silvering also gives them a nice feel. Do you want to make hallway feel like a haunted house? Find one with a lot of silvering missing….