Friday, July 20, 2012

TCU Pride

A little tribute to TCU - where Justin and I met, and our favorite football team!! 

Blue Vintage Mason Jar Soap Dispensers, Tutorial

I have an addiction to vintage blue mason jars - every antique store and flea market I go to I seem to buy one. I wanted to use a few in a unique way, so I decided to make soap dispensers for the kitchen and bathroom sinks. 

I started with two mason jars, and some soap dispensers from Lowes. The total cost was about $10 per finished dispenser - not bad for a custom item. 

I used a heavy duty drill bit -- the largest I could find -- and drilled holes in the tops of each lid. There is a ceramic layer beneath the metal, so I would suggest doing this outside on your driveway or sidewalk, as when you drill through the ceramic it shatters. Be sure to wear safety glasses! Stop drilling once you have a hole large enough through which to fit the dispenser. Place the dispenser through the hole in each lid. At that point, it should look something like this:

Lastly, just fill with your choice of soap. I used a cream-colored vanilla soap, so it looks a little green - which is perfect because the accents in the kitchen will be green. 
Simple enough!

Vintage Industrial, Rustic DIY Projects

I've been busy trying to complete a million projects for the house, and I'm not even close to being done.  ;)  I thought I'd share a few updates with you all though.

The first is the old, vintage window I bought from a flea market in May. One side has the original glass, the other has chicken wire - I love it!


I added some photos with mini clothespins, and used a chalkboard marker to write a quote on the glass. 

Also in the living room, I used a vintage explosives crate to hold shoes by the front door. Justin is always complaining that my shoes are lying around, so I decided to make something to house them. I found the Atlas Powder crate at the Fredericksburg Flea Market (along with the one I converted into the coffee table), and of course I couldn't pass it up! 

I added a few coats of polyurethane and some casters I purchased at Lowes, and voila!

On the other side of the front door I have a wall devoted to vintage industrial, and rustic wall art. I've picked up several things from flea markets, and a few from Hobby Lobby. Also, I got a vintage cash register key (.08) and a photo of a rusty cash register from Etsy. I still need to find one more small item for the left side, and a few trinkets to put in the shelves. The shelves are small ruler boxes I got from Hobby Lobby for $5 total! I added some picture hangers to the back, then hung them on the wall. 

Vintage Mason Jar Invitations for Garden Party

Happy Friday!  :)  Thought I'd share a new line of invitation in my Etsy shop which feature vintage mason jars and chevron. They can be used for a baby shower, bridal or wedding shower, couple's shower, bridesmaid's luncheon, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, anniversary party, or a garden party. Additionally, there is a wedding save the date card available. The text for each is completely customizable. If you're interested, you can find them in my shop here.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Vintage Industrial Living Room

Our living room is finally complete!! Well....aside from the old window I still have to hang on the wall. But we finally got our dream couch!! It fits the space perfectly. :) Let us know what you think....