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Repurposed Desk Organizer

July 7, 2014

Repurposed Desk Organizer

If you are looking for a way to freshen up your space this summer, then plants are the way to go! They are simple, cheap and instantly add life to any room. Not to mention, you can have a lot of fun finding unique vases to display them in. Yep, even a repurposed desk organizer! 

Repurposed Desk Organizer

I went to Home Goods last week to escape the crazy hot weather we’ve been having lately. I spotted this simple desk organizer and thought it was too perfect for the cacti I just picked up!

Materials:

Desk Organizer

Sander

Cloth

Paint

Paint Brush

Plants or Succulents

Repurposed Desk Organizer

Directions:

1.  Gather your supplies 2. Sand your desk organizer and take a damp cloth to wipe clean 3. Apply your first layer of paint and let dry 4. Continue until you have the shade or color you want and let dry completely 5. Play around with how you would like to display your plants or cacti 6. Place carefully  in your new vase and enjoy! Tip: Leaving your plants in the pots allow you to easily remove and water for proper drainage.

Repurposed Desk Organizer

I love the pop of color, not only from the green cacti, but that bright blue! I think the colors work great together and it definitely adds personality to our shelves. They look perfect next to our vintage paint by numbers post cards!

Repurposed Desk Organizer

I’ve always loved the color green, but I’ve never been a big fan of decorating with it oddly enough. I just couldn’t find the right shade that didn’t come off as too tacky. For me, plants are a great way to incorporate green in a natural and classy way!

Repurposed Desk Organizer

Happy decorating friends! What kind of non-conventional things have you used to display your plants in? Be sure to check out my Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter for another fun way to display plants in your space!

XOXO, Lidy

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Basket Planter

March 6, 2014

Basket Planter

The other day, I found some super cute baskets at Target, much like this. I grabbed a couple and brought them home to use for the kids laundry hampers. But I just loved the black and white combo so much, I didn’t just want them hiding in their rooms. I decided to repurpose my basket and use it as a cute planter! 

Basket Planter

It was such an easy transition! I didn’t even have to take my plant out of the old planter, I just sat it in the basket and it instantly got revamped! It’s a great way to change up patterns and colors in a non-fuss way! 

Basket Planter

Luckily, the basket is waterproof, so I can keep the plant in while watering it. I don’t have to worry about messes, since it’s easy to wipe down. Not to mention, the handles make it super easy to transport if I want to place the plant in another area of the home! 

Basket Planter

If I get tired of the color combo or pattern, I can always switch it back to my previous planter. Or use it as a laundry basket again! For now, I’m having some fun using it as a non-traditional planter! 

What do you think? Is this just too weird?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Accordion Light Fixture

February 24, 2014

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

I had a lot of fun making this little eclectic light fixture! We thrifted this old dish rack a while ago, so I decided to repurpose it over the weekend and create this quirky accordion light fixture! 

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

I simply took a light and cord we had hanging around and intertwined it with the rack. It was such an easy project and it adds a lot of personality to that space. It’s super easy to move too, so if I find another place more suitable it won’t be a big fuss!

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

You can really play around with the hight of the light, since it easily folds. It’s nice and sturdy, so I’m not too worried about it tipping over! This could also look great with a wood dish rack or even coat rack if you want! Sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got and a little imagination! 

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

We can never have enough light in our home. It was built in the 40s, so there is hardly any overhead lighting. I like the option of turning on different lamps, depending where I am. It sets a nice and relaxing mood in the evenings! 

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

What do you think of making your own accordion light with thrifted pieces? What would you use the dish rack for?

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurpose A Flag Display Case As A Triangle Shelf

February 20, 2014

Triangle Shelf

While wandering around Target a few weeks ago, I came across a flag display case that was on sale. It was the only one left and I thought it would be fun to convert it into something fun for the home! 

Triangle Shelf

What to do:

1. Purchase your flag display case 2. Flip over the case and unlatch the back hooks 3. Remove the backing and glass 4. Clean off the frame and hang as your new triangle shelf! 

Triangle Shelf

It’s SO easy and no fuss at all! You can play around with the placement of the triangle by hanging it straight on or off to the side for a funky look! It’s a great way to display those fun little trinkets in a clever little way! You could easily paint the shelf a different color to go with your home, but I kept mine black since it goes with the rest of our decor. 

Triangle Shelf

I wish I could have grabbed a few more to create a fun design on the wall – I will have to keep my eyes open! If you didn’t want to hang it as a shelf, you could always use it as a shadow box to display other decorative pieces and have it sit on a shelf. 

Triangle Shelf

I do love the look of geometric shelving in the home! I would love to build a custom honeycomb shelving unit, but that’s for another day. For now, this will do just fine! 

Triangle Shelf

What do you think of this repurposed triangle shelf?

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurposed: Birch Wood Hurricane Candle Holder

December 10, 2012

Yesterday, I mentioned that I took a trip to LA. Well, more like two trips: Friday and Saturday – there and back. It was one of those weekends I kicked myself for not just staying somewhere for the night! Nonetheless, I was happy to get out of town and have some time away.

I spotted this beautiful piece of birch wood at a little booth at The Grove. Not something you would expect to see there in the middle of all those big name brand retail stores. I couldn’t resist, I knew I could use it for something. Birch wood is just too lovely to pass up. 

I decided to repurpose this section of a hollowed out birch tree. I loved this particular one because of the gorgeous texture and huge opening from perhaps some rotting. It just created this perfect little window. I thought it would be fabulous as a hurricane candle holder! Yes, I am aware that this could be a fire hazard. Fear not, I have experimented and so far no problems! I also use LED candles, so that may give some of you peace of mind!

It brings the perfect look to any space! I love bringing the whole nature theme indoors once again. That will never get old to me. It goes perfectly side by side with these antlers I picked up at the antique store. Bring me woodsy-natural anything this season – I am obsessed!  

What do you think about this piece of birch wood? What would you have done differently? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurposing Vintage Finds

May 24, 2012

My husband and I both love to spend time together looking for wonderful vintage pieces for our home! We often make special trips to the coast to hit up thrift stores and antique malls, because that’s where we have the most luck! 

A couple years ago, I decided I wanted to start a vintage camera collection. I am an avid picture taker (I dare not call myself a professional photographer though)! I love to take pictures everywhere we go! Not only to capture our life adventures, but because it brings me great joy! My brother actually got me into it and ever since then, I’ve been hooked! 

I have quite a few vintage cameras now, but wanted to display them in our home in a fun way. At first, I had them all bunched together on a shelf, which was painful to look at! Way too much going on. I finally decided that I would take a vintage soda crate to see if I could repurpose it!

So, next time you are in an antique mall or thrift store, keep your eyes peeled for vintage soda crates! They are great for all kinds of things! I simply took my crate, turned it onto its side and hung it on our wall! The little compartments inside now acted like shelves, perfect for displaying my cameras! I love how it goes with the rest of our home and helps our living space flow nicely together! I am planning on using some other crates we have for our nursery! You will just have to wait and see what for! 

Do you have any vintage pieces you have repurposed for your home? Feel free to share or leave a link to your post! I’d be happy to check it out! 

XOXO, Lidy