Monday, June 18, 2012

Framed and Organized a re-purpose

Father's Day was a nice and quiet day for us.  We did B.B.Q. and just took things easy all day.  I hope all the fathers out there were treated extra special.  

Today I have a small easy tutorial to share with you.
After years of looking at my dated office I decided to re-organize my room/office space.  I had purchased a large desk unit awhile back and it just wasn't working anymore. 
I began by drawing a layout of the space that I had and started there to work with it.  I measured it and measured the pieces of furniture I wanted to use. Some I had already in my room.  I needed storage.  I look all around to find something that would really hold a lot of stuff for me and that is when I found my cabinet. The one that I posted earlier this month. (Shown below) 


I keep a close eye on my thrift stores and bargains anywhere I could find them but with just a small amount of  results. I didn't know at the time that a frame I saw at the thrift store would be the main decorative piece to the new office.

 When I purchased this frame I was a bit hesitant since it was on the higher side of what I thought it was worth and really a mess, but I loved the design and the embellishments it had on it so I bought it. This is what it looked like.

I decided to paint the whole thing in the dark red so it would match the red border I had painted in my room.  There isn't a lot of red in there but it would bring it out for sure.  I have a very light blue at the top of my border on the walls so I used a light blue to highlight the embellishments around the frame.  It looks so elegant.

I placed a sheet of  1/4 inch plywood to the back, the size of the picture frame insert and nailed it down and then taped the sides as well. 

 I then added a rub on weekly calendar that is a dry board.  I purchased this from JoAnns Fabric Store for $1.00 in their dollar bins.  This lets me add notes for the weeks when I need to keep track of anything in particular, and save it for when it is needed.

I added cork board in one bottom corner, for posted notes. (note: the supplies here aren't complete. This is just a few items I used.  I purchased the small cork boards at Beverly's but they didn't work for me.  They are about $1.25 each in a package of 4. The sheet metal was purchased at a close by hardware store for about $9.00)
I placed in the other bottom corner a sheet of metal that I covered with a gorgeous piece of paper.  It has beautiful roses and what looks like old hand writing.  I also added a stripped paper to match.  I love the way it looks.

I painted black chalk paint in the last corner and under where the dry erase stick on didn't cover all the way down to meet the cork board.  Prepped the chalk when it was dry so I could make notes on it too.
To finish it off I glued various pieces of jewelry on the frame and in some of the sections.  They are awesome!
I went to Walmart to get the cork boards, but I also found these magnetic, dry erase, moveable squares.  These come in very handy for me.  I use them to keep track of my orders.  When an order is shipped I erase it and start with another order.  Super handy.

My daughter-in-law found little Paris stick pins a long time ago and gave them to me.  
They are great for the cork board.
When I was finished putting everything together I placed the board on the back of my desk   It hides the wires that go to my computer.  
It is perfect.
If you have a frame and are looking to use it some how, maybe you will make your own board.  These are just a few ideas...
Thanks for your interest, and remember to 
Aspire to Inspire!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Door Pull Back Plates are NEW!

 Hi Everyone,
After making the cabinet and figuring out what I needed to do to replace the handles I went a step further and designed my new Back Plates for all the knobs I offer on my Etsy. (  I love the way they add to the knobs designs.  Take a look at some of them if ya like.   I hope you do.

  I also wanted to share what some of my customers are saying after buying their door pulls.  Here is what they had to say:

"These are beautiful! Just perfect for my newly remodeled kitchen...Thank you so much...excellent craftsmanship! Will send picture as soon as possible/ D."

"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these knobs! Beautifully done! Shipping was relatively quick."

"These are beautiful knobs, absolutely breathtaking in their quality. I love them on my refurbished 1920's  nightstand!! Thank you :D"

"Beautiful workmanship, fast ship. Thank you"

"I love the door pulls and great service thank you very much *:-)"

"I love the door pulls. they are just perfect. Thank you so much. I will be back for more. Great timely shipping as well."

" Thank you so much! They are beautiful "

"Wonderful! Thank you so much for your excellent and speedy work!! :)"

"These knobs are gorgeous! Great quality and lovely design. My order was sent promptly, too- which is much appreciated. Thank you so much!!"

"Absolutely beautiful. Will be ordering more for me kitchen drawers and cupboards once puppy has grown up and stopped chewing current brass ones!!!"

"Got the knobs, after a trip to the Bear Creek PO. and installed them! They are terrific!!! You do great work, rapidly!!! And thank you for the pack of notecards - I'll use them in my infrequent letters to folks. Now, everything goes by email!!!
I have each "family" of horses together on groups of cupboards, so they are united, once again. It certainly makes my kitchen MINE"

" Kimberly is the best! She took the time to create one of a kind knobs for our daughter's closet that are so cute. Her quick response and turn around time was incredible. We look forward to working with her again. I even recommended her to several of my friends for re-doing their kids room :)"

These are my sweet customers and I want to say THANK YOU for your business! The world is a better place that you are in it!
 If you would like to read more, you can see them all at:

Until next time,
God Bless you and Keep YOU and YOURS,

Monday, June 11, 2012

20 Drawer Cabinet Vintage Re-Do part 2

Well I have finished installing the cabinet  pulls.  They look famous!  I love them!

I need to add the rest of the Vintage jewels I selected and then it will be completely done.  I will be gluing them on with E-6000 glue.  Using some scotch tape to hold them in place until it sets a bit works great.
I haven't decided if I want to add some Vintage notes in the slots shown on front.  I think they would add some more interesting quality to the piece but I am waiting to see.  If I do I will post it too.  Thanks for looking.  Happy decorating!