Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drifting HOME

When I try to think up new titles for my blog posts, I often come up with something that leads me to a topic that has nothing to do with my project.  Such is the case when I chose this title, Drifting Home.  

It made me think of my oldest, and although he is not drifting back at home at this moment, he has a few times since graduating high school.  The late teens, early twenties is a different and at times challenging age to parent.  

My son is still in the process of finding himself (aren't we all) and has yet to decide on a career he wants to pursue.  This has meant that when he has be in between jobs, he has drifted back home to reevaluate.  I am happy it is a safe place for him and that he feels that he can still come home at times.  We recently thought he was going to be drifting our way again, but as of now, he is staying put, working it out--life and the hard questions and we are happy for that too.

And, now that we have digressed, let's get on to the "drifting home" project:
Driftwood Home Coat Hook http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/drifting-home.html
I grabbed my box of driftwood today and started playing with it.  I decided to spell out something and I figured HOME would be pretty easy.  I used wood glue to glue the driftwood on the back board and then the nail gun to secure it.
Driftwood Home Coat Hook http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/drifting-home.html
I joined two reclaimed boards together and painted them with a color I mixed from about 5 others.  Here is a paint HINT--if you want to really rough up a piece and remove a lot of paint while sanding DO NOT sand the wood before painting.  I wanted this whole piece to look like it has spent time in the water, not just the driftwood so that is what I did--paint and then sand when the paint was dry.
Driftwood Home Coat Hook http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/drifting-home.html
Because I have a hard time making only decor items, I decided to add hooks to make this functional as well.  I wanted the hooks to look old too and like they could have spent some time under water.  I used iron hooks that rust really easily with salt and vinegar and paint.
Driftwood Home Coat Hook http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/drifting-home.html

So whether it is a kid drifting home or a coat hook made with driftwood, both are a good thing. 
Linking up at Liz Marie's Blog

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Link Party


Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party! We’re glad you joined us!
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We had an awesome party last week and picking features was no easy job. The features this week were chosen by Angie @ Knick of Time
Your links will show up on all 4 blogs, so we can't wait to see what you have to share!
Let’s take a look at this week’s features!
Penny's Vintage Home repurposed an Antique Ladder as an art easel!
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Vintage Cottage Style filled an old galvanized bucket with roses and added a label to the front, for a beautiful display at her son's wedding rehearsal dinner.
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Chick in the Styx turned a vintage strainer into the coolest lamp!
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Girl in the Garage gave a French theme makeover, with paint and decoupage, to a vintage desk.
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Thoughts from Alice demonstrates that even if you live in a rental, you can still create a beautiful space, like her romantic chic bedroom.
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DD's Cottage was running low on her milk paint, so she mixed together what was left in several packages and created this chippy beauty.

Now, it’s YOUR turn!
This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.
vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.
Link Party Guidelines
- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale. If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!! No food links please.
- Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog.
- Be sure to have a visible link to Beyond The Picket Fence within your post (text link is fine) within your post.
- By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you. We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.
Let’s Get This Party Started!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Easing Into Fall Mantel

If you have read my blog at all, you know I have declared my love for fall and indeed September is not disappointing.  It was a frosty 33 degrees this morning and 70 degrees right now--perfect!  But, while I adore the season, I am not quite ready for pumpkins and gourds, but my mantel (aka, built in shelf) was ready for a little fall decor.
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
 Last year I shared 5 ways to use junk in your decor when I shared my pumpkin filled shelf HERE.  I used those same principles to decorate my "easing into fall" shelf.

1.) Use junk to create height--here I used an overturned apple basket.  

Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html

A vintage cocktail to go case also adds height and reminds me of fall tailgate parties.  My parents had one that was always stored with the brown, wool plaid blanket and I would take it out and place house with it.  I don't think I mixed up pretend martinis, but probably juice or coffee.
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
2.) Reclaimed wood to add texture such as these reclaimed and old wood frames.  I added the globe for a bit of blue and because it is also a great back to school prop.
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
3.)  Rust --A rusty pulley 
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html

holding a goofy picture of me (I must say, it seems weird to display a picture of myself--I don't usually do that, but it did make me smile.),
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
and a rusty metal fry basket full of apples from my trees (the trees are loaded and a lot of these were on the ground) add the perfect touch of industrial.
4.)  Old Books--I love these school books and nothing says fall and back to school like some old text books.
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
Look at this lovely Aesop's Fable book, swoon--I will never get rid of it!
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
5.)  Nature's "Junk"--Apples and branches from an overgrown bush are the perfect natural touches for this time of year.  I added a little water to a mason jar filled with the apples and branches.  Hopefully, it will help them last a few weeks.
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
Look around your home today.  If you are like me, you are bound to find some great junk to use in your fall decor. 
Fall Mantel http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/09/easing-into-fall-mantel.html
 Happy hunting! Linking up at Funky Junk Interiors!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Hello my lovelies, Today is a special day, because We Are Gonna Partieeeeee! We are having a vintage party, at the nest today.   Welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party, where your links will show up on 4 different blogs! 
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This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.
  vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.   

 I have joined up with some awesome vintage treasure hunting ladies, who all do a mean job of upcycling those beauties too. And we have a link party that will be running on all of our blogs. 

Here are some lovely features from last week's party!
 
 Paris themed hutch makeover   
 I love that wallpaper! And what a great idea to repurpose a hutch for a little girls bedroom. Paris Inspired Hutch Makeover by Simply Vintageous   Teenage girls bedroom makeover   
This is an amazing room makeover. You won't the believe the before she started with. From painted furniture to homemade artwork there is so much to see in this teenage girls bedroom makeover by Far Above Rubies 
   
Sette makover in Toile   
Paint and fabric, the miracle workers of the DIY world. I am sure you will marvel at this settee makover in toile by The Heathered Nest
  
   Cutting Board Signs   
From the kitchen for the kitchen. What a lovely repurpose: these cutting boards turned signs by Denise on a Whim 
   
Decorating with vintage trophies   
If you can find a vintage trophy you are in luck because they are so versatile . Look at how Kathleen uses trophies in her vignettes, and she found some great other uses around blogland too. Check out how to decorate with vintage trophies at Charm Bracelet Diva

    From bed to sofa   
Well what do you do when you find a great bed, but nobody wants it because of its awkward size? Well repurpose it of course. The project from bed to sofa was done by Crafty in Canada

   Hutch makeover Coffee bar   
Oh, I love this makeover too. The hutch is great to begin with, but in this lovely blue it truly shines. And as a a coffee station it will just brighten everybody's kitchen. Hutch Makeover by DIY Beautify   

Now let's get this party going. If you want to join and link up your finds and vintage/ upcycled projects go right ahead. But take a moment to browse the rules first.
    
Link Party Guidelines
- You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired. This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale. If it’s been around awhile or just looks that way…share away!! No food links please. - Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog. - Be sure to have a visible link to Beyond The Picket Fence (or the other party throwers) within your post (text link is fine) within your post. - By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you. We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.   Let’s get this party started!  
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

What To Do With A Few Unexpected Hours Of Free Time?


So, in my other life, my non-blogging, non-creating life I substitute from time to time.  Today was one of those days.  

Now mind you, school only started three days ago, but a friend had to be gone to go out of her town for her daughter's soccer game. I got up early, not my forte, had a quick cup of coffee and headed out the door to greet some sweet, albeit squirrely kindergarteners (it is only their second day of school).

And after saying hello in the teacher's lounge I headed down the hall to the classroom only to be greeted by the teacher I was subbing for.  

Oops, miscommunication, I was only needed half a day and did not need to return until 12:30.  She apologized, I said, "Yippee!"

I came home, had a second, more relaxing cup of coffee and perused the internet for a bit.  But, as I am sure you know, a short time perusing can turn into 3 hours later and I did not want that to happen. 

A year or SO ago (okay 5 years ago, FIVE!!) I redid my mudroom.  You can see it HERE.

I was going to leave this hall tree in there for only a short time.  


A mere five years later, an unexpected few hours to myself and I cleaned the hall tree bench out, painted and made a coat hook, and not only gained an extra foot+ of space, but also had it cleaned and organized.


A coat hook 


(See that weird placement of that outlet?  That is why the coat hook is not longer


a milk crate and egg carton crate for shoes and sporting goods,


and a Good Day Sunshine sign freshened up my space. 
A morning well spent!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inspiration Pinspiration

This morning I am feeling the need for a little inspiration.  And where do I most often go for some visual inspiration?  Pinterest!  I have a board entitled Inspiration (HERE) where I pin those pictures that don't necessarily have a single item I want to make or a look I want to recreate, but rather they just make me happy, make me smile, make me say ahhh.

Here are a few that are singing to me this morning:





Where do you find inspiration?  Here's hoping you have an inspirational day!

 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party


Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party (VIP)! So glad to have you join us! Your links will show up on 3 blogs, Knick of Time, My Salvaged Treasures and Beyond The Picket Fence, and next week we have another incredible blog joining us as co-hosts!
I was just thinking about the "initials" VIP, and aside from Vintage Inspiration Party, it could also stand for Very Incredible Projects, because I'm amazed each week at all the creative repurposed and upcycled projects you share , and all the unique ways you incorporate vintage decor in your homes.
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