How I Built the Baby Greenhouse

I've had so many requests for more information on how to build my little greenhouse that I finally sat down to write up some details for those who want to build their own.

DIY Mini Greenhouse

Calendars and Cards

I personally don't scrapbook, but I do love cards, calendars and photo albums and this software is AWESOME!!  It's not just for scrapbooking, you can create so many things with it. It's easy to use and you can use My Memories Scrapbook Software designs or create your own.  I like to give calendars as stocking stuffers or gifts - and this software helped me create a professional looking calendar with all of my favourite photos.  Or you could give the grandparents a treat with photos of your kids in every season.  Share your garden photos or scenery shots with your friends.  Build photo albums to share.  Cute cards are super easy to make as well - lots & lots of choices of layout.

Here's my Christmas card:

I also created a 2012 calendar using my photographs and some free online calendar downloads:  (this is a Picasa collage I created of my calendar pages)  You can choose any layout you like for your calendar.  I printed mine at the Walmart photo shop, punched a hole in the top center and VOILA!  My calendar for the new year is ready :)

Repurposed Dumpster Finds

I had a very successful summer garage sale'ing this year, but some of my best finds were actually found at the dump!!  I finally had some time to work with some of the treasures I brought home and here is the result of some of my ideas:

Wooden horseshoe box, scrounged from the dump:

I wanted to use it as a tray, so I primed it with Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Primer, thinking I would paint the tray white and put an image on the base of it.  Instead, I mixed half and half BM Night Horizon and water (sort of a brown-wash instead of a white-wash) and painted it all over the box.  I let it dry and then wiped more of it on with a paper towel dipped in the brown-wash.  I did that twice.  I had a handle left over from another project and I attached it to the front.  The screws I had were much too long for the thin wood, so I used some brass screws and decided I liked the look of the brass against the bronze handle.

Here's another wood box I found as a free giveaway at a garage sale.  I painted the outside of it BM Night Horizon without sanding or even cleaning it first. On the inside, I wiped the brown-wash treatment all over and let it dry.

 Now it's in my laundry room :)

Here's my birdfeeder dumpster find.  I spray painted the roof black as soon as I got it home (just a light coat of spray paint, I wanted it to look worn).  I wanted it in my garden but didn't have a place to hang it, so I took an old rusty tomato cage and set it in a garden bed.  The feeder roof is just slightly larger than the tomato cage top, so it sits in there nicely.

My dumpster find coffee table:

It was all knotty pine when I found it, I just forgot to take a before picture!  I primed, painted it, wiped it all over with Minwax Dark Oak stain - twice and then wiped the surface with a paper towel. I wiped it down a third time with the stain and when that dried, I painted the table top with Behr's Almond Cream paint.  Then I rubbed parts of the table top and all the edges with a paper towel to wipe away some of the paint and let the stained paint show through.


In it's place of honour :)
I can't believe the stuff people throw away!!

No before shots of these either, but I wanted some more attractive shelving for the shed that I'm fixing up to be a studio.  I had some old fruit crates and I found a really beat up solid wood dresser at the dump and took two of the drawers that were in good shape.  Then I stacked them all against a wall and used screws to secure them together and to a stud in the wall.  It's not all prettied up, but what do you think??

This was a really busy summer!!

Here's Eloise lounging while I work my butt off!!  Which one of us is smarter do you think?

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Homemaker on a Dime
Coastal Charm
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Cherished Bliss
Clean & Scentsible
DIY by Design
Saavy Southern Style
A Beach Cottage
From My Front Porch to Yours
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
Common Ground
At the Picket Fence
The Charm of Home
A Little Knick Knack
French Country Cottage
My Repurposed Life
My Romantic Home
The Shabby Nest
LaurieAnna's Vintage Home
Perfectly Imperfect
Funky Junk Interiors

Gorgeous Patchwork Pillows

Ness from Marley & Lockyer makes gorgeous pillow covers.
This patchwork cushion cover was made by Ness from samples of material from a company called Cabbages and Roses.  Check out their website, they have the prettiest fabrics.

Meanwhile, I've just found my inspiration for my master bedroom makeover!!  Soooo  happy :)

Free Coffee Table

Last spring I found a solid pine coffee table at the dump.  I snatched it up even though it was a bit big for the space I have in my living room, but the dark brown footstool I was using was too dark and I wanted a change.

So I packed the coffee table home and put it in my shed until I could refinish it - that yellow pine wasn't doing it for me!  Of course, I was in a hurry to do my project and didn't take before shots.  Here's a shot of the underside of the table, every part of it was this same yellow knotty pine:

The table top was dented, scratched and generally beat up.  I sanded the poly coating as much as I could but it didn't come off all that easily and I wound up gouging the surface even more.  Since I lost my enthusiasm for sanding it enough to re-stain it a light brown colour, I decided to paint it.  I didn't have a colour on hand that I wanted to use and since I didn't need much paint I mixed my own.  I added BM Lennox Tan paint to a small container of BM Snow White paint until I got an antique white that I liked.

When the table was painted and put in its new resting place, it seemed out of place.  I didn't have any other white pieces in the room and although I really liked the brightness I got from the white surface, I didn't totally like the look.  I saw all the blog posts on tables with French printing or French signs transferred onto them and I loved that look.  I really wanted something like that for my new/old table.

I began my 2nd attempt at refinishing by sanding down the corners, table and leg edges and some of the table surface.  Then I rubbed Minwax Dark Oak stain all over the painted surface with a rag.  I went back over the surface with a clean rag to wipe up the stain but I wasn't getting a really nice effect.  I put more stain on my rag and went back over the surface, it lifted some of the stain that was there and I began to like the way the legs and apron looked.  The tabletop, however, looked scratched and ugly.  I took some Behr's Almond Cream paint and a foam roller and rolled over the surface, avoiding the edges as much as possible.  I rolled over it and over it and over it and then I took a rag and lightly rubbed the surface in different spots until I got a look that I liked.  Then I took a paper towel dipped in the paint and rubbed it over the corners and edges.  I was really liking the effect now!

When the piece dried, I brought it inside and set it in my living room.

I put the coffee table knickknacks & plants back:

You know what? I don't think I want to put an image on this table after all!  I really like the antiquey, over-washed paint look.  I think I'll settle for finding some new coffee table knickknacks.  Funniest thing of all - I now remember my mom painting furniture one colour and then brushing a brown over the top to get this same kind of look back in the 70s.   Nothing new under the sun...

Post update April, 2012:  If you want to see the cool aqua swirl paint treatment I updated this table with, click HERE

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Garage Sale Saturdays!

Not my best week of finds, but here's what I picked up for a total of $6:

I can never have too many frames!  I love the little blue organizers for my workbench and the little teapot is going to the office with me on Monday.  The little porcelain popcorn bowl was too cute to pass up - besides this stuff was all FREE!! 

Another wood box for my collection and a cute basket I want for my greenhouse.  (Eloise the cat is suspicious of the bushel basket!)

Managed to put the frame to good use immediately for my latest painting  :)

I found this feeder at the dump.  I spray painted the roof black, stuck the feeder in a tomato cage and shoved the whole thing in the ground in my garden.  When the plants grow up around it, I think it will look charming.

A closer look.

Another dump find (I love wood boxes!!!)

Look how cool this is!  Blogpost coming on what I've done with this box & lid.

Another successful day!

Beautiful Turquoise Frame

Look at this gorgeous frame by Mimi at Blue Roof Cabin .

Isn't it the most gorgeous frame?  It's mine now!  Can't wait to hang it in my house.

I love it!

A Baby Greenhouse is Born!

I have wanted a greenhouse forever but never had the time, money, place, whatever - and all the other excuses anyone can think of.

In May, I picked up three storm windows that were exactly the same.  I set them aside and planned to build a cold frame with them, but then I came across a story on Twitter about upright cold frames and I was off and running with a new plan.  I wanted one!

Summer came and went and I was so busy that this project fell by the wayside.  This weekend, I gathered all the windows, scrap lumber I had lying around and my tools and began to plan a structure around the size of the windows.  It was challenging because I only had a couple of 2x4s to work with, the rest of the wood was all sorts of sizes and dimensions as well as rough cuts.  If I had it to do over again, I would have bought two more 2x4s and saved myself a lot of time and agony over how to piece this thing together!  That being said, I did manage to do it all by myself and wound up with a pretty sweet little baby greenhouse to boot!

DIY Greenhouse from Storm Windows
See what you can do with 3 little 'ol windows?

Old Storm Windows
Isn't she a pretty baby greenhouse? I'm so happy!

Little birdhouses from the dollar store, painted to match the door of the greenhouse. :)

All my stuff is well used...
Don't you just love mason jars???

DIY Greenhouse
I used a pallet as the base for the greenhouse.

DIY Mini Greenhouse

Happy September everyone!  Can you believe summer is almost over??!


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