Easy Accessory Wall

This morning I woke up, looked around, and decided it was time to organize and pick up. Water cups were brought to the kitchen, laundry was put away, more laundry was thrown in the washer and dryer, dishwasher was started and then I stopped and realized I had all these necklaces. They were just sitting in this, albeit nice, container and were always tangled together. I really needed a better system.

I forgot about it, walked down stairs with a basket of laundry and saw hooks on the table. The same hooks I’ve been carrying around with me for multiple moves and the ones I recently re-found while cleaning the office a few nights ago.

With laundry on hip, I picked up the hooks and looked at them. Two seconds later laundry was dropped by the washer and I was back upstairs hooks in hand.

This was, by far, the easiest project in the world. Next to my little table I get ready at in the morning is a small wall. I decided to put the hooks in the wall and hang necklaces on them. Sort of make a visually appealing accessory wall. You can find hooks like these just about anywhere for only a couple bucks.

Next step will be to make a few lace frame earring holders and post them on either side of the mirror.

Nothing quite like cheap and easy DIY organization.

Happy Crafting,


Paint Bucket Flower Pot

I needed a vase for some flowers upstairs, but didn’t want a traditional one.  I walked past this on the table and thought it would work perfectly. So, this one is pretty simple to overstate it.

Step 1. Get an old paint bucket.

Step 2. Get some flowers.

Step 3. Fill bucket with water and flowers.

Step 4. Strategically Place.

Super easy, gives character and looks nice. If you only have 2 minutes to your day to do something, this gives a great pop to an area. It would be beautiful  jazzed up with a vintage treatment or decor, but I liked mine just as it was!

Reclaimed Window Chalkboard

Last month we took down our old barn. I had decided, coincidentally during the tear down, I wanted to make a chalk menu board for our wedding. While Andy took the barn down piece by piece I noticed an old double pane window, which was drafty and broken. It had a natural rustic look to it so I decided give it a new life.

Here is the simple “how to” turn an old window into a chalkboard. Even though this will eventually hang in my office, I’ve decided to cover the back with fabric. As it is actually for our wedding,  and it will be propped outside., I wanted to make sure the back looked nice.


  • Chalkboard paint
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper (100 grit or so)
  • Any cleaner that won’t leave a residue (alcohol, paint thinner, acetone, etc – BE CAREFUL HANDLING THIS STUFF)
  • Gloves to protect your hands against glass removal and any cleaners
  • Something to prop the frame off the ground, I used an old crate
  • Window frame & glass/plexi or plywood that fits in the window

Reclaimed Chalkboard Window

  1. Put your gloves on
  2. Put your gloves on. Seriously.
  3. If possible and easy, start by taking the glass out of the window. Set the glass aside.
  4. Prop the glass up on your crate or other item. This will make it a lot easier to paint. I used a piece of original glass from the window, and a piece of Plexiglas from another window. If you cannot take the window out, make sure to tape around the frame so you don’t paint on it!
  5. With the 100 grit sandpaper, light buff the window pane to scour both sides. This will help the paint hold. If you don’t do this, the chalk paint will peel off of the glass – I figured this out first hand.

  1. Wipe down the window pane with your cleaner, to get the dust particles off and let dry.
  2. Put down your first thin layer of chalk paint, let it completely dry and lightly scour the top with sand paper again. Make sure to wipe off the dust from sanding between layers. Keep adding layers until you can no longer see through the glass and it’s smooth. I did 3-4 coats.

  1. Paint one coat, unless you want it dual use, on the back (if you want both sides chalk ready, then layer each side the same) This will help keep plexi or wood from warping. I only did one coat since I was covering the back with fabric.

  1. Insert the panes back into the wood frame when dry and attach as necessary for your window.

Fabric Backing : optional

  1. Cut piece of material to fit behind the window pane.
  2. Fold down edges and staple to frame. Every window is different, so you’re going to have to play around with what works best. It’s easy to pull the staples out and retry. I did 2 other styles before I came up with how I really liked it. Thankfully my frame is rustic looking anyway so I wasn’t concerned with staple holes. If you have a nicely painted frame you’re doing this with, lay it out ahead of time so you can make sure you get it to fit your window the first time. Remember – you can touch up your paint if you have to, no biggie.

Update: Want to see how the frame turned out for the wedding? Check it out here!

Happy Reclaimed Lovin,


Bringing Down The Barn

This weekend we hit near perfect inexplicable weather to welcome spring to the countryside of Maine. The air brought birds, the occasional early mosquito – and the drive to get renovations started. The blue barn on our property used to serve as housing for pigs and chickens, but when we moved in it had long been vacant of any farm life, with the foundation in rough shape. We did find some cool things in the barn however, like old pipe which we saved, as well as some old rusted toys.

We nursed some storage use out of it for a few years but, in the end, with some of the outer wood rotting, it was time to come down. Though we’re building a new barn for our equipment on another part of the property, there will *something* odd about not seeing that old piece on our property.

Mr. A was able to salvage almost all of the wood from this barn for our future equipment shed we’ll be building on a different part of our property. It will be great to keep a little of the “old barn” in with the new one. My favorite part to salvage was the old rooster topped weather-vane. Though it’s long past it’s prime, I look forward to putting it my home as a display piece when we finish the house.

If there’s one thing I can say, now that the barn is officially down and the site is cleared, the view is absolutely stunning!

Mr. A gives two thumbs up for a completed demolition and reclaiming of materials


Happy Homesteading,