Easy DIY wood block shelves/hat hangers

I must admit I have a few obsessions in life.  Fashion and home decor are two of them,  among many others, but these 2 fell in love and had a baby for this DIY inspiration. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

For those of you who know me I am a big time 🎩 πŸ‘’πŸŽ“πŸ‘‘β›‘fanatic! I wear a hat probably six days a week. My hat collection has been stuck on a shelf in my packed out closet and hasn’t been the easiest to access. 

I want these beauties to be on display and to become more than something I wear, I want them to be art! 

DIY time!!!!!

I found this left over 4×4 post from a project my husband did outside and decided to chop it up and make blocks out of it.  I just marked how thick I wanted each block to be and cut it with the miter saw.
Then I whipped out the battery powered sander and sanded down all the rough edges.So far this project has only taken me 5 to 10 minutes for 8 blocks!

I wanted the grain of the wood to face different directions on the wall so I laid them out like this.

Then I determined what size nail I was going to use to hang them and drilled a hole in the back of each block just large enough and deep enough for the nail head to fit. (I drilled in the upper-center section of each block. I just eye-balled it.)


Since the wood post had been sitting outside for quite some time it had some weathered coloring to it already which I love, so I didn’t have to stain them or anything. Huge time saver! πŸ˜‰

Now to determine how to hang them!

 I used some putty to hang my hats on the wall in a pattern that I liked first so I knew exactly where to hang my new shelves/hat hangers. I didn’t want a million holes in my wall trying to figure it out! 

Then I went back and nailed my shelves onto the wall…

That’s it!! This project from start to finish took less than an hour! 

If I ever grow tired of my hats on the wall these wood, block shelves would work great to display some of my little treasures. 

So, what do you think?!?!

Easy huh?!?!

Painting Patterns on Furniture…

Refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do. I have worked on numerous pieces over the years, but I would say painting bohemian/tribal prints on different types of furniture has been the most fun.

I first saw this done on a chest of drawers on Pinterest and instantly knew I had to try it! A very talented lady from www.Howdy-Honey.com refinished this piece. A girl after my own heart!

Here is the version I created for my son’s bedroom. After it turned out so beautifully I knew I was hooked!

I found my next piece of furniture to tackle with a similar style, which happened to be a dresser that had been sitting in my garage for years. I never cared for this dresser, so it sat, pushed aside with no use other than to take up space. I’m so glad I gave it a chance rather than going out and buying a different piece to complete my boys’ bedroom.

I forgot to take a before pic, but just imagine this image without the blue painters tape all over it and with round, wooden knobs….. To get started, I took off all the knobs and then taped off the design I wanted with painters tape. I had to use a ruler and do some good measuring to make sure my pattern fit properly and my angles were consistent.

The first piece I painted with the tribal pattern was raw wood with black so I knew I wanted to make this piece a little different. I mixed it up a bit by using  grey and black on the raw wood. I decided not to paint the top of the dresser because my boys are rough on furniture and I didn’t want it to get all scratched up.  

After I finished painting, I distressed it a  little and added knew knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.

I am so happy with how it turned out!

My next furniture tackle was a chair I had bought at a yard sale for $10. I purchased it to complete the office makeover I did for the One Room Challenge hosted by www.CallingItHome.com with media partner House Beautiful magazine. This is the side of the chair where I decided to give painting patterns another go.

Just like the dresser, I taped it off to be sure I had straight and accurate lines and angles. Then I painted it with a creamy white chalk paint.

Here is a close up of the finished product after I painted the wood frame of the chair and sanded everything down to give it an aged look.

The pattern painting didn’t end there. I scored this old, wooden curio wall shelf for $1 at a yard sale and decided to liven it up. I painted it with a coat of Fuchsia spray paint I had left over from another project. This took no time at all and was so much easier than trying to brush on paint in all those little cubicles. As if Fuchsia wasn’t bold enough, I had to add the boho pattern to it as well. I free handed this with a white paint pen. Paint pens are my new best friend.

So now this little beauty hangs in my craft nook as my personal glitter holder!

Don’t be scared to step outside the box and take your creativity to the next level! I hope these pieces inspired you to  painting a pattern of your own.

Be bold and dreamers keep on dreaming….

 

Who I am, Where I come from and Why a Blog…

I must admit, I never thought I would start a blog. However, I have been doing so many new crafts, DIY’s, and busting out some pretty awesome home decor ideas as of lately, I felt like I needed a way to showcase what I’ve been up to. My grammar might not be perfect and sometimes I might not make a whole lot of sense, but I hope to share some cool ideas and inspire you with bohemian style.

So let me introduce myself. My name is Samantha, I’m a TN girl, wife and mommy of 5.

I’m a dreamer by design. My creative brain overpowers all rational or factual thoughts. I’m an optimist, a chance taker and a fast mover. Why analyze and plan when you can just dive in and swim? I’m a little eccentric  and lean toward the bohemian look when it comes to my style.

When I was a kid my role model was Clarissa from “Clarissa Explains It All” a Nickelodeon program.

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img_9176Do you remember her?

Melissa Joan Hart, you made a great Clarissa! She had a style all her own and didn’t care what other people thought. I thought she was the best and that’s when I decided I wanted to be my own person. When I got into high school I remember a senior guy telling me that if I didn’t dress so weird I could be really popular. Of course as a freshman girl I wanted to be popular, but I wasn’t willing to compromise who I was for it.

Little did I know, I would grow up to be a hobby fashion designer turned hard core business woman and start my own children’s clothing line that would be sold in boutiques throughout the US. For 8 years I lived, breathed and dreamed all things fashion! Here are a couple shots from my clothing line.

Five kids later, and after a whole lot of life changes, the Lord has made it very clear that running my own business in the fashion industry is not what he has planned for me right now. It was a dream that I got to live out for a season and I am thankful for the opportunities it allowed me, but I am glad to be home with my children again.

Who knows, God might allow me to enter back into the field at some point in my life but for now I’m happy to focus on my faith, my family and finding out what else the Lord has for me.

Since returning home from the business world I have finally been able to start working on all the crafts and projects I didn’t have time for before. I was so busy back then, I didn’t even have a chance to decorate my own house! I am happy to say the house is coming along slowly and I have enjoyed the process.

A quick glimpse of how it’s coming along:

I am a full-fledged yard sale junkie and live for Friday and Saturday mornings when I can take the kids out and go find incredible deals in my own community. So many design elements in my home have come from yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets. I love getting my hands dirty and being creative with the treasures I find. Rarely do I not repurpose, remake or redesign the things I find. Like these two identical beds I found for $20 each at a local thrift store. (Only 1 pictured below)


Wait till you see what they look like now! Coming soon in another post…

Also check out this antique couch my grandma gave me! I can’t wait to show you the transformation after tackling my first reupholstering project!

img_8876These are just a couple examples of some recent “before” images of some fun DIY’s I’ve been tackling.

My husband has been teaching me the world of woodworking and I have picked up some pretty nice skills thanks to him. I’ve put these new skills to the test by turning some old furniture into new, functional and highly unrecognizable pieces that finally fit our needs and style. I’ll give you a peak soon!

All in all, I just have a lot to say and a lot to share about my new journey. I’m still dreaming and still believing the Lord has great things for me. When one door closes another door opens!

I hope you will join me and keep tabs on being creative boho style! Until next time….. Dreamers keep on dreaming!