It’s Not Slim Shady, but Guess Who’s Back?

My family has a saying – If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVERdoing! But I’m taking a different approach – if it’s worth doing, it’s worth REdoing. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do with this here blog-type-deal. It has languished too long and I hope there are a couple of you out there glad to hear from me again!

I just finished a little jewelry box makeover and I’ll post those pics shortly (promises, promises), but I want to talk a little about the direction of this blog. I am still going to have a lot of before and afters, but I’m also going to throw in some information about various topics – tiny houses, selling on eBay, thrift store shopping, et cetera.

I also plan to use my (also languishing) certification as a Life Coach to give back. If you have any issues weighing on your mind, please send them to me at howdy@redopalooza.com or post them anonymously in the comments and I will issue a thoughtful, sensitive, and properly punctuated response. I’d love to hear what you have to say and help in any way I can! I’d also like to see if I’m actually any GOOD at life coaching . . . I’ll let you guys be the judges of that!

So here’s to the future – I hope you’ll stick around and see what happens here on the ole ‘Palooza! Thanks for stopping by!

Best of Both Worlds

 

I’ve never been accused of being “on trend,” so bear with me as I add my globe light fixtures to the masses already clogging up the interwebz.  I wanted to have a fresh project to share with you but it just hasn’t happened, so in the interest of appeasing the tens of people who follow my blog, behold the hemispheres!

?????????????????

As an avid globe collector, I don’t normally advocate ripping one apart for decorating pleasure, but this globe was already coming apart at the equator, so it was a perfect candidate for my experiment.  It had slight damage around the edges, so I had to come up with a disguise and I found the perfect thing!

DOOR TRIM

This stuff is called door trim and can be had at an auto supply store or (of course) the source of all life…the internet.  It cuts easily with scissors and then just slides around the edge of whatever you want to put it on!  I think the craft possibilities of this stuff have yet to be explored fully.

???????????????????????????????Once I had the edges taken care of, I wanted to finish the inside of the globes; the plain cardboard interior just wasn’t rocking my world.  I tried two different approaches:

???????????????????????????????

Left is Rub n’Buff and right is Silver Leaf.  I prefer the Rub n’Buff but I’m not sure I did the Silver Leaf justice – it’s tricky to apply.  I think either will look nice with a light bulb inside!

I hope you enjoyed another globe light fixture.  Thanks for stopping by!

New Year, New Directions

No project today, just the beginning of a whole new year.  I could spend this first paragraph explaining all my “reasons” (a.k.a. excuses) for the extended hiatus between posts on this blog, but I’m going to skip that and tell you where it is going from here.

I love to make things and most of them are before and after-type projects, but I’ve found that I will go weeks without completing one and that keeps me from posting.  I also love decorating my home, thrift store shopping, and selling some thrift store finds on eBay.  I would love to share a little of everything with you and going forward, that’s what you’ll find here at Redopalooza.

This year is starting off in really exciting fashion for me, as I am moving in to a new house!  I live in the St. Louis metro area and bought a place closer to my job.  It is cute as it is, but one of the reasons I chose to buy it is the abundance of DIY projects I can tackle within.  First was refinishing the wood floors, about which I will post in the very near future.  Meanwhile, I’m going to rest after a full day of packing and moving.

10000 EBD OMO

Happy New Year!

Happy New (Fiscal) Year!

What can I say, I’m an accountant at heart. :0)

Since I last posted, I have relocated back to my beloved Midwest. You should come to St. Louis and see me! Or, uhhh, see the Arch! Yeah! :0)

Here’s a little project that I couldn’t walk away from at my new favorite thrift store, St. Vincent de Paul. I got this sturdy, but kinda sad, little cart for THREE DOLLARS!

I administered the usual treatments (paint, bright fabric, elbow grease) et voila!

 

Hope you like it and are looking forward to a fantastic fiscal year!

Chic but Not Shabby

I’ve been at it again, and you won’t be surprised to hear it involved spray paint and colorful paper!  This little set of frames was hidden on a shelf at my favorite thrift store, and I didn’t even give them a second thought before I put them in my cart – I knew I could do something with them.  Plus, I think they were a buck each and it was 25% off day!

What’s really strange about the “before” frames is that the framed images were not paper or photos or needlework.  They were printed pictures on fabric, with a tiny little piece of foam behind them – like very shallow pincushions!  So I ripped that stuff out, took a toothbrush and some dish soap to them and then they headed for the spray booth.  As I was thinking of what to put in them to make the finished product SUPER cute, I opened my “patterned scraps” drawer of paper and right on top was this floral pattern with all the exact colors in it!  Craft kismet.  See for yourself!

They really make me smile now!  I think they’ll be in my (poor, sad, neglected) etsy shop soon – check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

I otter post more often….

Hi there, everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely fall.  It’s hard to tell it’s fall in Las Vegas, but the fact that my steering wheel no longer gives me third-degree burns when I drive to lunch is a good indication!

I have added another friend to my family of Ceranimals!  This little guy was patiently waiting for me at the thrift store and I scooped him up the instant I saw him.  And now you will, too!  Uhhh, SEE him, not SCOOP him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would love to visit this factory where they label each animal as it’s produced.  I don’t know why but I just think it’s so funny to turn over a creature and see its name like it’s an autograph or something!

Anyway, I’ve got lots of half-finished projects, so let’s be optimists and say that that means I’ll post another “Redo” sometime soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keepin’ it Clean

In my opinion, ANY en suite laundry room is a GOOD laundry room.  And in light of some of the damp, freezing, ammonia-scented places I’ve done laundry in my life, even my “before” laundry room was pretty dang good!

But a bunch of “before” pictures does not a good RedoPalooza post make!  And I wasn’t terribly fond of the exposed shelf as the only storage in the room – it seems to be a junk magnet, and once I do a few loads, it’s a lint-covered-junk magnet!  So I whipped out my paintbrush, picked up a few thrift store art pieces, and had a handyman install a couple cabinets, and now my laundry room is a happier place.

How about those wood finials on the shelf?  Those are more thrift store bargains – TWENTY BUCKS for the WHOLE SET!  I almost fell over when I saw those price tags and then I elbowed a couple people in the face on my way to the register to make them MINE.  I regularly toy with the idea of painting them each a different, bright, glossy color, but for right now, I think they look good in their natural state.

 

 

This is looking to the left in the room.  The two signs were resale bargains (of course).   The top one says “Believe in today – Your life is Now,” and the bottom one says “Hope for Tomorrow and Make Things Happen.”  Maybe the set originally had one about the past, too, but I’ll just keep looking forward!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right side of the room is this piece I made from an old travel calendar.  I just love all the colors in it and travel-themed stuff has long been a favorite of mine.  PS – Betcha didn’t know there’s an electrical panel behind it!  Mmm hmm – Camoflauge!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just inside the door you’ll find one of the best purchases I’ve ever made – the litter box end table!  It is so handy for setting laundry baskets on, and it keeps the kitty box out of sight and the odor to a minimum.  I think I got mine here, but just search “litter box end table” and you’ll find all kinds of options.  Warning – they’re not cheap!  But this one is well-made and I’ve never regretted buying it.

 

 

 

 

I’ll leave you with a little tip if you’re redoing a laundry room.  When you install a shelf over your top-load washer, make sure you leave enough room for the top to open all the way!  I ended up scooting both my washer & dryer a little ways out from the wall ’cause I don’t want to worry about holding open the washer while I’m stuffing in my dirty duds.  After the adventure of installing the shelf where it is now, I preferred to lose a few inches of floor space rather than take it down and reinstall it.

So that’s the latest development at the Redo HQ – I’d love to hear what you think!  Happy New Year to everyone!

Making the Season Bright(er)

I’m using my Christmas break to finish a few of the 1.7 million unfinished projects I have around the house.  So today my eye fell upon the brass lamp that gave me so much trouble a few months ago.

This time, I decided to, like, get some directions on how to cover the lampshade right!  These were the ones that worked best for me.  As I read the instructions, I was thinking, “It can’t be that easy.”  But it was!  I used a fairly forgiving spray adhesive, and here’s the result!

 

If you decide to cover a lampshade yourself, here are a couple tips:

  • The directions on the link say to make a paper pattern.  If you do this before you shop for fabric, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need.
  • It does take a fair bit of fabric, especially if the angle from the top to bottom of your shade is wide.  However, you will have a decent amount leftover, so you could make a matching accessory for your room!
  • I actually didn’t make a pattern (I didn’t have big enough paper) – I just drew right on the fabric.  This worked out okay but I should have erased the pencil marks after I cut it out!  Oops!
  • After you’ve stuck the fabric to the shade, you may want to go around the top & bottom with scissors and even out the parts you’ll fold over.

And no matter what you celebrate, I hope you are all warm, happy, fed, loved, and peaceful today and every day!  Thanks for stopping by and best wishes from RedoPalooza!

Green with Amy

One of my favorite ways to start a project is with a piece that’s already not hideous.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s fun to take a crime against humanity and attempt a reformation on it.  I mean, there’s nowhere to go but up in those cases, and if I screw it up, I haven’t committed some mortal decor sin.  But the ante is upped when I come across a little item like this set of shelves, that is already pretty cute by itself:

But I couldn’t leave well enough alone, now could I?  What kind of blog would this be if I didn’t do anything to gems such as this?  It would be a shopping blog.  And frankly, I can’t muster up much more than “Look what I bought!” when it comes to writing about shopping, so lucky for all of us, I went to town on this bad boy!

I’ve been painting by hand lately and I’m kind of liking it.  Please don’t tell spray paint that I’m seeing paint in a can on the side, but we’ve got something special, I think.  I feel more connected to pieces that I paint by hand, and I don’t look like a doorknob, standing in my garage in my spray painting getup for all the world to see.  Spray painting getup = flannel pants, sweatshirt, slippers, crazy morning hair, and mask.  I think it’s the reason I don’t know any of my neighbors…!

At any rate, I painted these shelves “Gilded Pesto” by Valspar and then introduced them to Amy Butler in the form of scrapbook paper.  Of course, our friend Mod Podge came to the party, sealing the paper on the back of each shelf.  Et voila!

And then we had a couple knickknacks get in on the action:  my little Asian guy who is a salt shaker without his mate (I wonder if he was seeing Cayenne on the side and Black Pepper ditched him!), and a singing bowl.  If you’ve never seen or heard a singing bowl, I highly recommend them.  I love to just close my eyes, strike the bowl, and listen to the ringing, which will go on what seems like forever.  It’s very soothing!  And decorative!  🙂

I like to think I improved upon an already cute little set of shelves.  They didn’t need much help and easily could have gone other design directions (shabby chic, anyone?  Or shabby “sheik,” as I saw it referred to recently?!), but I am of the opinion that adding Amy Butler to a project is always a step in the right direction!

Thanks for stopping by!