Month: April 2014

Tin Wall Vase

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Recently, my sister-in-law, Teresa, moved back “home”. She had wanted to do so for probably 30 years, but life wouldn’t let her. Things in life change. She went back to school and became an RN. Her sons are grown men. Life just kinda opened up for her, and home she came. We’ve all been blessed by her return, because she is such a beautiful and fun person. A momentous occasion such as this deserves a monumental gift. But alas, Mr. Matrimony and I are having a moratorium on spending this month. Fortunately for Teresa, I have copious amounts of purple spray paint and purple is her favorite color! Also, I’ve been wanting to do some kind of commemorative crafty venture in celebration of one of the catapults that started me on my blog… my first Pin. Well, it’s the first Pin I remember. I’d be surprised if any Pinterest follower hasn’t Pinned this Pin and was equally impressed by it. Here’s the Pin I’m speaking of….

Wine Bottle Wine Vase

I’m not sure who the original Pinner was, but the idea and picture came from If you haven’t seen their blog, what is wrong with you??? Get on over there and check it out!

Anyways, I really wanted to do something that was my own idea infused with this one. After searching the dungeon basement for some inspiration to go along with my copious amounts of purple spray paint, I stumbled (Quite literally. We really need to clean up down there) across a lid from a brown square biscuit tin. The color of the lid reminded me of these little doohickies I bought at Lowe’s eons ago….


By-the-way, always, always ask at a manager at Lowe’s if they can go any lower on the clearance price. The day I found these doohickies (which are technically “Decorative Corner Plates”, or fancy trim pieces made to look like wood), the manager had just found out he needed to reset an entire aisle two weeks earlier than her previously thought. He had to get rid of stuff FAST! So, he told me any clearance stuff I wanted that day, I could have an additional 90% off. You can guarantee Mr. Matrimony and I were moving around those clearance displays like nobodies business! The doohickies turned out to be .10 cents for a package of four. We bought like two dozen packages. For reals! I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but I knew they needed to go home with me.

Purple Swirl

So, here’s what you’ll need for this project….



  • Tin lid (round, square, any shape will be fine)
  • Small bottle (I found this one at the dollar store
  • Flange
  • Threaded Bolt with No Head
  • 2 Nuts and Bolts to Fit the Flange Outer Holes
  • Decorative Trim (not necessary, but it really adds to the cute factor)
  • Small Wire (not pictured, sorry!)

To make this much easier, take the following picture to your hardware store when you are purchasing supplies. I do not know the technical names and I don’t want you feeling as silly as I would have had I not been with Mr. Matrimony. He translated for me. He speaks Wifeish and Tool Guy. Tell the guy you need to make sure all the pieces fit together. . He’ll make sure they fit for you.

You’re welcome 😉

Take this picture with you!!!
Take this picture with you!!!


Purple Swirl



  • Large Nail
  • Hammer
  • Wire Cutters
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray Paint
  • Icky Paint Brush (not pictured)
  • Epoxy (hot glue may be ok for this project, I just don’t know for certain)

First, decide how you will place the trim and bottle on your tin. Do you want the bottle hanging below the trim? Do you want it symmetrical? I didn’t really even think about how mine would go together, because it just kinda went the way it did. I don’t know how I would’ve placed anything differently. When you are certain of how you want it, Place the flange (the thingie with the 3 holes) where it will be on the lid. Make two marks where the bolts will go. Remove the piece and hammer the big nail all the way through both marks. Remove the nail, it’s only to make the holes.


This is usually something I would say to use a drill with. I decided on a different route for two reasons…

  1. Way too many people have said to me if they have to use a drill on something, they probably won’t make it. I totally get that and I used to be the same way (before Mr. Matrimony and his totally organized tool room). So, even though I am now a drill girl, I thought a different way of making these holes would be appropriate here 🙂
  2. Mr. Matrimony wasn’t home and I couldn’t contact him to ask which drill bit to use on metal :/

Adhere the decorative piece to the lid. Wait for the epoxy (or glue) to dry thoroughly. Next, physically distress the tin piece. Whack it with a hammer, the claw of the hammer, scratch it, dent it, put little nail holes almost all the way through…. whatever you want… like this….


Now give it a good coat of paint. Primer first if you want. I didn’t want the primer showing through when I distressed it. Let the first coat dry all the way. It may take a little extra time with the tin. It did with mine! Here’s what it looks like with one coat….


Quite by accident, I have a new way of distressing. I did this repair job in our sink at our rental house. The brush that came with the kit was not so great (hairs kept coming out!) so I used my nice little brush I use for painting precarious parts of walls and trim. To make sure I keep my nice little brush nice, I bought an expensive brand of brush cleaner. Turns out it wasn’t worth the extra cost! Not intentionally, I left the nice little brush in a container with the cleaner in it for over two weeks. I checked it yesterday, and it is still coated with this enamel stuff that I used to repair the sink. I felt it, and the brushes kinda just all mush together. Ruined!
Or was it???

Nope! I now have a brand new use for my not-so-nice little brush! I simply took it out of the cleaner, wiped it on my painting table to make it not so wet, and brushed it onto the wet paint on the lid. I did it several times until I got the desired look.


It was pretty neato! As a bonus, I don’t even have to clean the brush. It just gets placed back into the container with the cleaner, and my next project will get a whole different patina… I feel next to genius!

Thank me! Thank me very much!!!

Let the whole thing dry until it is super dry, not ADHD dry. Like, even overnight. After it is super dry, you can (finally) attach the hardware. The flangie thing goes on first. Put the bolts through but don’t put the nuts on them yet.


Before you put the nuts on, you are going to make the hanger part that you’ll use to hang it from the wall. Turn the piece over, and wrap the end of your little piece of wire around one of the bolts. Leave the amount of slack you want (about an inch and a half) and wrap the other end of wire around the other bolt. Twist the wire good around itself on either end, so it won’t slip. On top of the wire, place the nuts. Tighten them as tight as you can so the flange won’t move around and so the wire will be super secure. The back will look like this….


Now you can continue putting the hardware on the front together. Here’s how it goes….

wpid-img_9497007682057.jpegwpid-img_9514896154446.jpegThe last piece goes on with bottle. Don’t screw it on too tight. You are dealing with glass here!


NOTE: I will change how I did this project with the next one I do. When I hung mine up, it kind of bent down with the weight of the jar when it was full of water. To make it sturdier, next time I’ll cut a little board to fit into the back side of the lid. I’ll use screws instead of bolts which will not only attach the flangie thing to the lid, but it will also attach the lid to the piece of wood. Also, I’ll use a regular wall hanger or attach a similar wire one with screws going into the board from the back side.

That’s it! Now you have utter cuteness to hang on your own wall! Please people…. share! Share pictures with me of what you have done! I’d so enjoy seeing them. Now, here’s some of mine….






How to Add Color to Your China Cabinet (without spending a fortune)

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My china cabinet was not much to look at, even if it is from IKEA Craig’s List. Have I mentioned I am 5 hours from Ikea, no matter which direction I go? Yes. Sad but true. I do shop at IKEA every chance I get though. On one particular road trip, Mr. Matrimony even planned a stop at a hotel next door to an IKEA. I’m fairly certain his motivation was the food court first, and my joy second. No matter… he’s still a keeper ❤

At IKEA with one of our little friends
At IKEA with one of our little friends

Anyways, on our local Craig’s List, I found a white bookcase with glass doors from IKEA. The people who were selling it had added 3 light fixtures to the underside of 3 of the shelves. I knew a little black spray paint would transform it into something that would look like it somewhat matched my dining room furniture. That is sort of a bonus of having mis-matched furniture… everything matches. By-the-way, I thought I was saving time and money by not painting the inside portions of the doors. As it turns out, the interior frames of the doors are quite visible from the exterior. That part really has nothing to do with this post, but I thought you should know so you won’t do that.

You’re welcome.

Now, as much as my mis-matched cabinet matched my mis-matched dining room furniture, it still looked boring. Aside from Christmas dishes and a few little clearance bowls from Apothecary, our dishes are very plain. As it is, even the Christmas dishes don’t match even in the mis-matchy way for about 11 months out of the year. In fact, leaving them in the cabinet just makes me look lazy(er). Still, I am not one for packing them and unpacking them every year, and traipsing with them down into the dungeon basement for storing. So in the cabinet they stay. Here’s what we had to start with…

Boring….. *yawn*


Not only is it boring, it is not one bit organized. That’s how I first came up with this idea. All I was going to do was sort out the mess, purge a few items, do some dusting, and pile things back in with some sense of organization. Somewhere on the way to the dining room, I passed a turquoise lid from a spray paint can. You probably figured at this point that I’m not too good at putting things away. To some, that is called “disorganized” and “messy”. With experience, I have learned to call it “inspirational”. The truth is, I probably was inspired along the way of painting something turquoise when I got distracted by something else, causing me to leave the turquoise spray paint can somewhere. At least now I know where the lid is, so I can replace it. I’ll find the can some other time when I’m distracted inspired.

Annnnnnny way…

I’ve long wanted to put wall paper on the back inside wall of a cabinet. This one would be ideal for that, if I could get my hands on some worthy wall paper. Until that time, I came up with a clever idea to add color to my boring china cabinet. I painted several chargers (Those big ole plastic plates that go under your place settings. They are often gold leafed. We use them in lieu of place mats.) I found on clearance after Christmas at Wal-Mart. They were only .05 cents each! Here’s a picture of one of them “before”….


I did different colors thinking I would choose which ones I liked best. Surprise! I liked them all. So they all stayed the colors I tested them with. I had a few of those raised plate stands that I painted to match. The cloche I made went in as well (You can find out more about that by using this link… ). A pie display (some may think of it as a plate display) I found at the thrift store and a bowl stack rack from World Market (clearance, of course) were also painted to match. As it turned out, I really only purged about 5 things. More than that amount was actually added. Organizing and sorting actually created a lot of room. The Christmas dishes even stayed! Those are what I started with. I put the Christmas plates on the bottom shelf, evened out on either side. Then I placed one plain white plate on top of each stack. Here’s how that looks….


Next, I placed my white dishes (my main color) and the turquoise (my strongest accent color). That was my foundation. Here’s how it turned out….


Here’s the tray (a buck from the thrift store) before I painted it….


Next, I just started placing the other plates and main pieces. As I did so, I moved around the foundation pieces as needed. I even remembered to take a “during” picture this time… YAY me!!!

I hid my smaller pieces of Christmas settings in that ginormous bowl on the top shelf and the coffee cups are behind my “everyday nice” cups.


Finally, I added the finishing pieces. This step includes all the little random shots of color. Color is my friend, so it may be a little surprising we have white dishes. Don’t fret… our everyday dishes are sort of a neon green 😉 If colors “popped” a little too much (like red or bright blue), I placed them with some of the primary (white, turquoise, and yellow) shades of my color palette for this project. Here are some pictures of the different vignettes I placed in the cabinet as the final layer….

These darling little bowls are from Apothecary. That place is WAY expensive, but always remember to check out their clearance room…. I paid about .50 cents each for these!!!


A fake silver candlestick I painted a pale blue with a cute little greenish-yellow bowl topping it off, placed next to some bowls from Apothecary.
A fake silver candlestick I painted a pale blue with a cute little greenish-yellow bowl topping it off, placed next to some bowls from Apothecary.
I spray painted a flower pot and placed some napkins in it on the left. On the right, I spray painted one of my plate stands on to which I placed a super unique flower vase on.
The yellow chargers are in back. I spray painted a flower pot and placed some napkins in it on the left. On the right, I spray painted one of my plate stands on to which I placed a super unique flower vase on.

Here’s the finished project….

I made both the Moscato sign and the Vino sign. The birdcage I painted blue and place a plate stand in it with an orange candle vase on it.
I made both the Moscato sign and the Vino sign. The birdcage I painted blue and place a plate stand in it with an orange candle vase on it.

Don’t have a china cabinet? We didn’t for quite awhile. Before we purchases this one from IKEA Craig’s List, we used a plain ol’ black fake wood bookcase from Wal-Mart, for years! I think they are like 30 bucks. Maybe even 20… it’s really fake wood, lol 😀 It looked great though. The only problem is dust. You neat people have nothing to worry about there though. But even I made it through the dusty china “cabinet” years.

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Guest Toiletries Container with Chalkboard Labels

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When we go on road trips, I always ask housekeeping for extra coffee and extra toiletries. They’re always so sweet and happily give me handfuls of each. The coffee is because one little package is never enough in a hotel room. I save the toiletries for my guests at home. We no longer have a guest bathroom, or for that matter, a guest bedroom. However, all we need do is banish Mr. Awesome to the dungeon  basement, and voila… guest room! For the guest toiletries I gather on our journeys, I found a fun, wide, pink-tinted vase someplace in the dungeon basement and discovered I could fit quite a few of the little toiletry bottles into it. Here’s how I made the labels….

What you need~

  • Sheet of Plain Stickers (I think my mama bought mine at Office Depot)
  • Flat Black Spray Paint (you can use chalkboard paint, but the .98 generic flat black is way cheaper)
  • White or Silver marker (I recommend Sharpie Brand Oil Paint Marker)



First, spray paint the entire sheet of stickers. I took a picture of mine halfway through. It’s kinda hard to see the outlines of the stickers, but you get the idea…


Next, simply use the marker to write what you like. I did a LOT of practice fails before I got some nailed its! While I was at it, I made some for my coffee canisters….

When you have the stickers just so, simply attach them to your vase. Fill with your pretty little toiletries from the sweet housekeeping people, kick your kid into the dungeon basement, and ask some friends to stay the night! You’ll be ready 😉

My guest toiletries on my towel shelf made from a bicycle basket. Sweet!