Upcycling a Woodshop Reject


I found unfinished what I can only assume is some sort of tool toting box.I imagine that a young middle school boy made this in the hopes of suprising his dad for Father’s Day. Fortunetly I was able to find this gem at my local thrift store for $1.99.


The first thing I did was to stain the entire box. I just needed a small amont of stain for this project. Buy the smallest container of stain at your local hardware store. Trust me a little goes along way. I just used paper towels and smeared the stain all over the wood. I made sure to rub the stain on going with the natural grain of the wood. Make sure to wipe off any excess stain and then let dry for 1-2 hours.


After the stain has dried I painted the outside of this box. I chose a neutral flat color. I actually got this paint for free by entering a Behr’s online contest. I left the inside unpainted for contrast. After the paint is completelty dry (about 1 hour) I roughed up the edges with sandpaper so the stain would show through, giving this piece a shabby chic look.


I then used a soft cloth and rubbed Feed-N-Wax on the inside and out. I let this sit for about 20 minutes then buffed it out with my rag.


This is the finished project. You could use this as a planter or portable silverware holder. Now I know that you probablly wont find this exact item at your thrift store but keep your eyes open for small wood items that you could use this technique on.

Follow me:

TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook


Geode Inspired Mugs


I took some plain Jane white mugs and turned them into something unique, functional and beautiful to look at it. The process of getting these mugs from plain to fabulous is fairly easy.


First you need plain white mugs. Next you will need a disposable bowl or one you don’t mind destroying and some paper towels. For the coloring of the mug just head to your nail polish stash and pick out a color that makes you smile. Finally, you will need to get a gold leaf kit. They are fairly inexpensive and you can use a 40% off coupon from Michaels or Jo-Ann fabric stores for your purchase.


This is the brand of gold leaf kit I used. Bonus you will have lots left over for other projects.


Once you have gathered all of your supplies the fun begins. Now fill your disposable bowl with hot water, then add a few drops of that stunning nail polish, you know the one that put a smile on your face. Immediately dip a mug in the water. Dip the mug in a way that you would want the polish to cling to it. I chose a side dip on these mugs. Gently blot the mug with a paper towel not too rough or the polish will come off. When done place on a paper towel to dry. Repeat this process with your other mug. You may need to change the water out because for this to  work well the water needs to be hot.


Let the nail polish set for a couple of hours. Once completely dry I use the adhesive in my gold leaf kit and paint small patches on the mugs where I would like the gold to go. After this adhesive becomes tacky lay on your gold leaf. I rub it on with my fingers and then brush of any excess. I then cover the gold leaf and nail polish with the sealer from the gold leaf kit. Once completely dry I place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for an hour.

IMG_2021     IMG_2048

I love giving these mugs as hostess gifts. They are unique and inexpensive. If you would like to purchase these mugs I made then click on the link to my Etsy store.  My Etsy Store, The Upcycled goddess

Follow me on Twitter , Instagram and Pinterest

Like my Facebook page

Upcycled Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to spruce up your home. Much to my husbands dismay I have throw pillows every where; on our bed, on the floor at the end of our bed, various couches, and on a shoe holder in our entry way.

This is the original throw pillow that came with our couch. I HATE it, and by hate I am politely saying that it’s existence makes me cringe every time my gaze falls upon it.


I went to my local thrift store and picked up 2 dusty blue velvet pillow covers for only $0.99 each. Now I know you will not find these exact pillow cases at your local thrift store, but isn’t that the fun of thrifting?  You are like a pirate on a search for his lost treasure, never knowing if your next glorious find will be in the next bin you search. I stuffed that old, hideous pillow, you know the cringe worthy one, inside my new luxurious, velvety soft blue ones.


I then pinned vintage brooches to the front of the pillows. I used my grandmother’s brooches but you can easily find inexpensive jeweled ones at your local thrift store. I had an extra white fur pillow on my bed that I put in the middle of two blue pillows for some contrast. As a side note when decorating it is more appealing to the eye to use odd number groupings.IMG_1609

The finished product cost about $2.00 and 5 minutes of my time. This simple idea made my entryway look cozy and inviting. Now who wouldn’t mind sitting down on this and taking off there shoes?


Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest