Side Table Makeover

Side Table Makeover

Primitive Side Table Makeover

I have had this little table for a long time now.  Since it no longer fit in with my current decor it was banned to my “tornado” room (tornado because it usually looks like one hit) and has been a nice little catch all.  Well its time to give it a little makeover.  I cleared it off, gave it a nice little sanding, and painted it black.  Black is pretty much the basic base color for just about every primitive style piece of furniture, but I didn’t need to tell you that, you’ve most likely already been primified.  Now I chose a nice cream color.  I chose this color because I’m wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets this color and I wanted to give it a test run,  I didn’t want to do an entire kitchen and absolutely hate it, so I’m using this table as my tester.  So after the top color was applied and had time to dry I gave it a nice sanding,  really giving it some great distressed character.  Then the grand finale is the Briwax coating on the top.  That really is the secret to getting a geat look.   Well I have to say I am very happy with the way the table came out.  I love the look and I’m convinced that my kitchen cabinets need to be this color despite my hubbs hesitation.  What do you all think?  Yay or Nay?  Let me know in the comments.

Sidetable Makeover

Before Picture of Sidetable


Here is a close up of the primitive detail of this table


And the After Picture Once More



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Makeover Ornaments

I know its not Christmas but now is the time to start looking for cheap plastic ornaments at public sales and flea markets even thrift stores.  And this is the reason why.  I took some really cheap plastic ornaments that kinda look like they would of came out of a vintage mold and then I made it over into something any primitive lover would enjoy.

I simply took the plastic ornaments and sprayed them with flat black paint and immediately sprinkled cinnamon on to it.  Let it dry a little and then sprayed a sealer on it and more cinnamon and then when dry again I sealed it with a clear matte sealer.  Changed out the little gold hang tag with a piece of rope and voila a primitive ornament that looks like a vintage heirloom.  Well to me anyway.

Check out the before and afters below.




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Vanilla Bath Cookies

Vanilla Bath Cookies



I have a great homemade gift idea that is perfect for all the celebrations that are coming up this season. From Mother’s Day to Bridal Showers to Baby Showers and even teachers this is a perfect gift for you to make and give. And the best part it won’t tip the scale and there won’t be any guilt after you indulge.

I’m talking about making Vanilla Bath Cookies. Of course these look real and they smell great but you definitely will want to make sure they are not eaten.

So to make them you will need to gather 2 C. finely ground sea salt, 1/2 C baking soda, 1/2 C cornstarch, 2 Tbsp light oil such as canola or corn oil, 1 tsp vitamin E oil, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla fragrance oil (the kind that is safe for your body or made for soaps). You will also need your oven, electric mixer, cookie sheet, bowls and spatula.

Now this recipe will make about 30 bath cookies.

To make you’ll first want to preheat your oven to 350 F. Next lightly beat your eggs and add in the oil and vanilla and set this aside.

In a separate bowl mix together salt, baking soda, cornstarch. Add these dry ingredients to the egg mixture and combine it until it resembles cookie dough.

Roll the dough gently into 1″ balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Just DO NOT flatten them they will spread nicely on their own as they bake.

Now bake them for a bout 5-7 minutes. Now you don’t need them to be browned just make sure they are melted down and well set. Now take them out and let them cool well before storing them.

You’ll want to keep them in an airtight container. And you will want to let them sit for atleast 24 hours before using them.

To give these as a gift you may want to be creative. You can go to your favorite craft store and purchase containers like those chinese take out style boxes or you could buy the boxes with the handles that resemble a happy meal box. Or if you’re really gung ho you could just recycle the actual happy meal box. You can use some of your favorite scrapbooking paper and decorate the box to meet your style. Use a clear cellophane bag and tie with pretty ribbon and don’t forget to add a personalized tag.

On the tag you’ll want to make sure that you state that these are not to be eaten but to be enjoyed in the bath. And the directions which are: Drop two cookies into a warm bath and allow them to dissolve slowly. And note that if your impatient and break or crumble the cookies too early will cause you to have a “crummy” bath.

I always like to add some alternatives to the fragrance and I certainly encourage you to do the same. Perhaps you could add Almond oil instead of vanilla. Or a mint oil for an energetic charge. Be creative and as always have fun.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 9:41 am  Comments (2)  

All Natural Room Sprays

Room Spray Bottle Idea

I know a lot of people will be doing some spring cleaning and so I thought I’d share a quick recipe for making air fresheners.

To make your own air freshener you will need one cup of distilled water 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, and a spray bottle that has a fine mist spray on it.  And a cute little label.

Basically all you will do is pour the water and add drops of essential oil into the spray bottle.  Shake very well.  And let it sit for a few hours before you use it.  How simple is that??  Make sure you shake well before every use to make sure the oils are distributed evenly.  Now take your label and write on a snazzy name for your scent and place it on your bottle. 

I encourage you to mix and match your own fragrances and be as creative as you want.  But I will share just a few favorites.  And remember the different oils can vary in their fragrance strength so you can add or subtract the amount you use. 

For a pet deodorizing spray you can mix cedarwood and tea tree oils.

For apple spice use cinnamon and clove oils.

To make orange spice use orange and cinnamon.

And my personal favorite is Bedtime bliss using lavender and chamomile oils.  Spray a little in your bedroom about 30 minutes before going to sleep. 

Have fun spring cleaning.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dryer Sachets

Dryer Sachets  

Hello, Michele here from .  I’m so glad that it is officially spring.  I already have flowers popping through the ground and it’s so nice to see a touch of green.  So to celebrate I’ve decided to share directions to make a dryer sachet.  These dryer sachets are great to give a nice natural scent to your laundry.

What you need is some fabric.  This is a great time to use up your leftover fabric.  For one sachet you will need (2) 5” x 5” squares.  And sewing supplies, I use my machine but you can handstitch if you prefer.  And you’ll need some dried lavender buds.

Now just place the 2 squares right sides together and sew up three sides.  Let the fourth side open to turn and stuff.  Now turn the fabric and stuff with about 1 cup of lavender.  Sew the fourth side closed.

These are great to give as gifts you can make a set of three and bundle them together with a pretty coordinating ribbon.  I sell these on my site for $9.99 for a set of three.

The sachets are good for about 10 to 15 loads of laundry and they will scent your laundry with a light lavender scent and it’s a great way to go “green”.  You could also get creative and fill the bags with other natural, pleasingly scented botanicals like rose petals or even try lilacs.  Make sure to toss them in with your bed linens the lavender will help you to drift off into lalaland with plenty of sweet dreams.

Have fun blessing your laundry.

Lavender Dryer Sachet

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  

How to Make a Tipsy Pot


 Spring is just around the corner and I know many of you are getting ready to get your gardens ready.  I know here in PA its still a little early to do anything outside but, I still find this is a good time to do some planning. 

Last year I learned about this really neat garden décor craft that is called “tipsy pot”.  I was so impressed with these when I did a search last summer for directions on how to make them.  And that is the main thing I am going to do in my flower bed this year.  Be sure to check out my blog for updates as I get mine finished. 

Here are some directions on how to make these tipsy pots and also go to my blog at and I will post some pictures of them to give you a better feel of what exactly they are.  I know sometimes it’s hard to visualize over the radio. 

So first off you will need a piece of rebar and you can get this at home stores.  Get one that is about 5 feet long.  You will also need 5 flower pots of varied sizes make sure they have a hole in the bottom.  And you will need potting soil and plants or flowers of your choice. 

Find a nice place in your yard to create your tipsy pot.  And hammer the rebar into the ground about 12 inches to make sure its stable.  Now take your biggest pot and slide it down over the rebar through the drainage hole and then fill it with potting soil.  Take the next pot about a size or two smaller and slide over rebar same way then tilt it so it looks like its tipped over and ready to spill out and fill with soil and you’ll keep doing this until you have as many pots as you want.  I personally like odd numbers so I would go with either 3 or 5.  Make sure that the pots are tilted in different directions.  When they are stacked you can put in your plants.

You can also make the tipsy pots out of trash treasures you may have hanging around your home or that you find while out at yard sales.  You could make one using old wash tubs and old buckets, try using old watering cans for a unique look.  Be creative and let me know how your tipsy pot turned out for you. 

Until next time have fun decorating.

Published in: on March 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm  Comments (10)  

Grubby Jar Technique

my grubby jarHello Michele here from well its really been a busy month with all the changes my business has been going through, but now I am comfortably settled into my home office and beginning my adventure as a work at home mom.

Today I’d like to share a simple technique I like to use to grubby up glass jars. I’m sure you’ve seen primitive grubby jars on line and in prim shops across the country.

To make these grubby jars you will first want to get a jar. This is a great way to recycle those old food jars or even use a new candle jar and use this technique as a way to prim up your favorite candle or give as a gift.

You will also need modge podge, and cinnamon. I simply paint on the modge podge with an old paint brush and then sprinkle heavily with cinnamon, allow it to dry some and repeat these steps until you have it as grubby as you like, its all a matter of personal preference. You could also add in old coffee grounds, nutmeg, any spice you want to really. This is were you can really get creative. Now that you have the jar as dark as you’d like just give it one last coat of modge podge and let dry. Voila! You now have a grubby jar to decorate with.

Now as you know decorating is my specialty so I’m going to share a few ideas I’ve brainstormed for you. You can use your jar as a vase fill it with water and put in some seasonal flowers. Valentine’s day is just around the corner set the empty vase on the table and hint to your dear hubby that its for roses. Wink, Wink, hint, hint. You can fill the jar with craft supplies, dried pantry items like rice or beans. Fill with potpourri to add great fragrance to your house. Put just a light layer of spices on the jar when your making it and then fill the jar with christmas lights for a soft glow or go ahead and make a light out of it using a light adapter. Fill it with those gifts in a jar ideas and give to a friend for valentines day just tie some red homespun around the rim and add a nice handmade tag. Set several out along your sidewalk and put in a tealight to make a great luminary. The possibilities are endless.

I love to see how you’ve been inspired please send me photos of your projects. You can contact me through my site and until next time have fun decorating.

Published in: on February 7, 2008 at 11:58 am  Comments (1)  

How to Make Grubby Paper

Hello, Michele here from Today I’m going to share a quick tip for making some great prim gift cards. This is a really simple trick. What I do is make up a batch of my favorite staining solution and then I take plain card stock, any color is fine, I used an ivory color, but, feel free to use white or any light color you’d like. Then I take a sponge brush, dip it into your staining solution and “paint” it onto your card stock. While your at it go ahead and make up several papers at a time. Now let it dry. To dry you can put in into a low degree oven or use a heat gun. I used my little space heater that blows warm air out, kept me warm while my papers were drying. Once the first side is dry turn it over and then “paint” the other side and let it dry. And voila you have some awesome prim paper to make cards out of or you can make your own hang tags. Use your favorite artist program and print clip art onto it. Or use your card program and make homemade christmas cards for all your friends this year. Hang the tags on your christmas packages, add them to wreaths or garland. Have fun being creative.Until next time have fun decorating and be sure to stop by my site for some last minute christmas gifts its

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