19 Vintage Furniture Flips

We are so excited to share today’s post with you. Hometalk has asked us to curate a board for them, and we were feeling more than honored to do so. After searching all of the wonderful projects everyone has shared on their site, we have clipped our favorite 19 Vintage Furniture Flips. Be sure to check out each one of these amazing transformations!


Pegboard Luminary

Pegboard Luminary

It’s time again for The Home Depot Gift Challenge and April’s item is pegboard. The idea behind this is to purchase the named item at The Home Depot and then use it to create a gift (which is also wrapped with a product from THD.) We previously made an Industrial Book Rack and a Wood Box Caddy. Since I was already planning to use pegboard in an upcoming project, I told Emily I would volunteer to take on the challenge and make a pegboard luminary.

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This challenge is in no way associated with The Home Depot. We just love their stuff!

To start out, I headed to The Home Depot and grabbed my supplies. For this project, you will need:

Pegboard cut to size (4 – 4″x 8.5″ pieces)
1 piece of 4.75″ x 4.75″ plywood
14 Gauge Galvanized Wire
Wood Glue
Corner Clamps
Needle Nose Pliers
Sander or Sand Paper

I had my pegboard and plywood cut at the store and mistakenly gave them wonky measurements that were way to big. Oops! Luckily, with the help of my Dad and Hubby, we were able to fix the sizes. Thanks Guys!

Pegboard Safety Glasses

Start by gluing the edges of two pieces of pegboard together with wood glue and then clamping them so they can dry. Repeat with the other two pieces.

Pegboard Clamps

Once all of that is dry, glue the remaining edges together to form a box. Below you can see the excessive clamping job that the Hubs did to keep everything snug. I think it kind of looks like a torture device. Yikes!

Build Pegboard Luminary

Next, attach the bottom plywood piece to the pegboard box with wood glue and put something on top to keep it in place (like a book) until it is dry. Then sand any rough or uneven areas and paint everything with your chosen color, being careful not to fill the holes with paint.

Glue Pegboard

At this point, it is starting to look like a luminary or a cheese grater or a tiny little sky scraper. If you pop a glass hurricane and lit candle in, it definitely looks more luminary-ish.

Pegboard Candle Holder

To make the handle, feed some wire through one of the holes on the top and bend it around inside with pliers so it won’t come out.

Wire In Pegboard

Estimate how big you may want the handle to be and cut the wire to the appropriate length. Run the new end through a hole on the opposite side of the luminary and bend it around.

Use Pliers Pegboard Wire

And that is it! Doesn’t it look cute sitting on the console table?

Pegboard Lantern

For the wrapping part of the project, I decided to keep things simple and just add a sandpaper bow.

Sandpaper Bow

I still need to figure out who is going to receive this gift, but for now, we are enjoying the gentle glow on our patio in the evenings!

Pegboard Luminary Candle

Check out what all of the other talented participates made for this month’s challenge. (Click the photo to view their blogs.) These projects are pretty amazing!

22 Spring Cleaning & Organization Ideas

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Spring is here and it is time to clean! Today we are sharing 22 Spring Cleaning & organization ideas to help get you in the mood. Enjoy!

Spring Cleaning Checklist
Spring Cleaning 5

Remove Oil Based Primer
Remove Oil Based Primer 1

File Cabinet Turned Garage Storage
File Cabinet Garage Storage 1

Tips for Cleaning Your Clothes Iron

Industrial Numbered Storage
Industrial Numbered Storage 16

Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Spring Cleaning 4

Numbered Wooden Crates

Chalkboard Clothes Pins
Chalkboard Clothes Pins 5

Weekly Cleaning List
April 2014 Printables 1

Toy Organization Toy Organization 4

Mason Jar Paint Storage
mason jar paint storage 7

Closet Organization
Closet Organization 9

Getting Rid of the Excess
Get Rid Of Things 4

Moving Tips
moving tips 1

Toy Rotaion
Toy Rotation 1

Paint Dipped Box Baskets
Paint Dipped Box Baskets 1

Pet Food Canister
Pet Food Canister 1

Workspace Organization
Vanity/Workspace 6

Turn Boxes into Baskets

Easy DIY Apothecary Jars
apothecary jars 4

How to Clean Your Make-up Bushes
clean brushes 4

Entertainment Stand Dresser Entertainment Stand Dresser 4

Portable Lego Activity Kit

When I would tell people we were driving nineteen hours with our two very active preschool aged boys for our family vacation, they all looked at me like I was nuts. Maybe I am, but I also prepared for such a crazy adventure. The portable Lego activity kit I put together for my kids was a life saver. So much that I am here today to show you how I made it.

First, I went through my sons’ “extra” Legos bin and pulled out twelve blocks in different shapes, colors, and sizes.


Next, my husband and I played with set up the Legos in all different configurations and snapped shots with our camera of each design.

Lego activity photos copy

After that, the designs were printed on card-stock and cut out to serve as activity sheets for our sons to mimic. There were eighteen designs in total.

Lego Activity

Finally, I placed the cards and blocks in a plastic sandwich sized dish with lid. This worked perfect for keeping the Legos contained to one area rather than constantly dropping on the floor of the car.

Our little guys went through and matched each diagram with the blocks, before inventing their own models. They had a blast and my husband and I had a few minutes in the car to carry on an uninterrupted conversation of our own. Win, win for everyone!



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Brush Stroke Pots

We are so excited to have our sweet friend, Amanda, from Dwelling in Happiness, guest posting on the blog today!

Happy Wednesday, Elizabeth Joan Design readers! I’m Amanda and I blog over at Dwelling in Happiness. I was SO excited when Erin and Emily asked if I would guest post on their blog, and today, I’m sharing a fun little spring craft!

SONY DSCI’ve been in love with succulents lately, but because I tend to kill all plants in my care; I had never gotten any for myself. But, I’ve been told they are really easy to grow and maintain; so, I figured I’d give it a try! When I saw a 2 pack of little terra cotta pots at the Dollar Tree, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

I’ve seen a couple of “brush stroke” type crafts on Pinterest, and I wanted to do something similar on my pots. They turned out to be the perfect little home for my new succulents, too!

To make your own brush stroke pots, you’ll need:


  • 3 Terra Cotta pots (I got mine at the Dollar Store in packs of 2!)
  • Small or medium paint brush (your preference)
  • White acrylic paint
  • 4-6 different colored acrylic paint (I did 5 colors)
  • Succulents, herbs, or anything you’d like to plant!

I started by painting all 3 pots with my white acrylic paint, except the top rim.

SONY DSCI chose 3 colors from my 5, and painted the rims of the pots each of the colors. Make sure to paint inside the pot about an inch down, just in case you can still see inside when you put the dirt in.

SONY DSCFor the brush strokes, start with a color and simply brush on paint in random spots around the pot (1). Let it dry a few minutes, and do the next color, brushing on paint randomly around (2). Continue with each color, overlapping on some (2 & 3). Make sure to let the paint dry a little before going to the next color, or the colors will mix together and it’ll be a mess!

Brush Stroke CollageContinue adding brush strokes with different colors and overlapping them until most of the white of the pot is gone, or until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Repeat the process for the remaining two pots.

SONY DSCI used a smaller brush for two, and a medium brush for the third. However, I think I like how the smaller brush strokes turned out instead! I just love how different they are, even though it’s the same technique for all 3.

SONY DSCAfter the paint was completely dry on all three, I planted my adorable little succulents, and gave them a new home in my kitchen window sill! They’ll get plenty of sun, and the bright colors from the pots totally make me happy every time I look up from doing the dishes. Perfect spring colors!

SONY DSCNow, let’s see if I can actually keep these little guys alive!

SONY DSCI love how the brush strokes turned out so much that I’m debating doing the same to some larger pots for other flowers outside. I’ll have the brightest yard on the block!

Thank you all for having me here today! I hope this “brush stroke” technique can brighten up your plain pots this spring, too. Also a huge thank you to Emily and Erin for having me over here today!

Amanda Fettig is a wife and a stay at home momma to a 16 month old little girl. She is usually found outdoors enjoying the sunshine and trying to keep up with a very active toddler. She blogs at Dwelling in Happiness about DIY Home decor and crafts, organization, tips and tricks, and other crafty things! Follow Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’, or Google+!

If you haven’t already, hop on over to Amanda’s blog and check out some more of her fun and creative ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with our readers, Amanda!

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