My $60 Fireplace Wall Makeover

Y’all know by now I am a fan of upcycling and thrift stores and basically picking up trash and trying to make it into treasure. It keeps me happy and doesn’t cost a lot of money, so everyone wins all around.

I have been struggling with my fireplace for about….oh…. seven years? The brick is a rather blah tan color, and the mantel is a bleh builder’s grade cream gloss. I have been trying to convince Hubby to let me paint the brick and mantel, and may just be able to do it before the holidays. Maybe. Jury is still out. But until then, I think I’m satisfied enough with it.

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Jewel in a Dust Heap

Y’all know I am an avid thrift store junkie. There have been times I have gotten lucky and found some beautiful antiques like glassware and china and even a book or two. Most of the time the stuff is in very good condition and only requires a handwashing. Sometimes they are beyond repair but still have charm and beauty in them. Once in a while, I find something that does require a healthy amount of elbow grease but at a loss as to how to go about restoring it. This time I was determined to find a way.

Last week, I was checking out a local antique store and was lucky enough to snag a cute little vintage evening purse. I love the things, though I seldom justify their use. Still, they look cute on a shelf. The owner pointed out a new find she had from an estate sale: a small Lucite purse. I was fascinated but it was very rusty and dirty.

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Yet Another Felt Flower Tutorial

Because you can never have enough felt flowers. Trust me on this.

I ❤ Pinterest. I get a lot of ideas from that site. Sometimes though, I find that an idea or “craft” featured has no tutorial available. It’s rare, but it happens. I have this jones for making felt flowers, and I found one felt flower on a board that looked soooo pretty and easy to do. But alas, it has no tutorial. Time to make my own.

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What you’ll need:

  • One sheet of felt cut into circles of varying sizes (thirteen large, twelve smaller)
  • Hot glue
  • Button or earring for center

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