Thursday, May 5, 2011

Old Shutter Becomes a Coat Rack

I've been wanting a place to hang coats and things by my front door for a while.  When I found this old shutter at one of my favorite places to shop, the Gibson Mill Depot in Concord, the light bulb went off...  Why not add hooks and turn it into my own cottage style coat rack?

Don't you just love the rustic edge and chippy blue paint? I can't seem to get enough of that look!

This turned out to be one of the easiest projects ever once I figured out what hooks to buy.  The piece itself was so unique and pretty in itself, I opted for some simple silver hooks from Home Depot.  I think they contrast nice with the shabby look of the shutter.  Only trick is that I had to get different screws, because the ones that came with the hooks were meant to go into a wall, and were too long. 

Once I had the supplies, I just made some quick measurements to make sure my hooks were spaced evenly, and drilled them in.  Then I added a couple d-hooks to the back of the shutter for hanging.  And here is the final outcome - functional and fabulous :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Craft Party {Fun with Moss}

For April, we gathered at Christina's house in Plaza Midwood and had some fun with moss, making topiaries and wreaths....

I created a couple mossy goodies... First, a wreath for my door.  I think it turned out kinda fun, but now that I see it in this pic, it needs more bright green on the left side (one more thing for my to-do list!).

Second, a little moss ball vignette. I couldnt decide where to put this.  I tried several places and liked it by this lamp at first, but felt it was too hard to appreciate all the pretty texture of them from so far away...

In the end, the coffee table in the screened in porch was the perfect spot.  It really tied in with the green color scheme and nature theme going on in there.  What do you think?

For some ideas, inspiration, and instructions, check out these great posts Christina shared with us:

DIY Headboard

I've seen this done so many times in blog world, so I finally decided to give it a try.  With help from my good friend and DIY'r, Susan, we pulled it off!  It was actually pretty easy.  We used the instructions from Centsational Girl that can be found here.  Check it out!