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From Dresser to TV Stand in under 60 minutes

I have been slow on blog posts over the past few months due to a very busy Summer, along with moving into a new house.     Today as I was doing some more unpacking and organizing, I was putting away some DVD movies in the tv stand we have in our upstairs main living room, and I decided it was time to change up the tv stand.

I looked around the house for pieces that I could use as a TV Stand that would give me the storage I needed for DVD’s, playstation games, remotes, and even some board games, when I spotted this beautiful white dresser in our basement (where it still hadn’t found a specific place or use in our new home yet).

I then decided that since my walls in the living room were white, that I needed a touch of color, so I gave myself a timer- set it to 60 minutes, grabbed a random gallon of paint I had in my tool room, and got to painting.

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Dresser after paint;       IMG_8615wm


I kept the original  drawer pulls so I was spending $0.00  today for this project;

The dresser is painted in a very soft green It is hard to tell in these photos the exact color, but I promise you it looks lovely in the corner of my living room, and the TV fits perfectly on top.



DVD’s fit perfectly inside of the dresser drawers.  The dresser helps keep things organized and messy dvd piles out of sight;

So there you have it,  I found myself yet again making a small project , like organizing movies, into a bigger project, like painting a dresser and turning it into the TV Stand,  but by giving myself a no money budget limit and a 60 minute time length, I was not slaving away to a lengthy or pricey project!

How will you re-use a dresser in your home!?  Share with me in the comments.
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Before & After; Purple nursery dresser makeover

Over the Summer I had a potential client come to me with a request to find and makeover a dresser for their (soon to be) bundle of joy that would be arriving sometime in September of this year.

We worked together searching online and in stores to find just the perfect dresser that would fit their needs and style.   She found a wonderful piece on Craigslist, dropped it off at my house- and I got to work! 

Here are the before and after photos from the makeover I did, enjoy!



Dresser Before;



Dresser After;



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After priming, painting, drilling holes & adding new hardware, and lining the drawers- this dresser was all set for a sweet newborns’ nursery!

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From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

One of the great things about being a free-spirited person, is that it also gives you the ability to see things.., as they are not, to see things with an open mind and to use that creativeness inside of you to visualize somethings ability to become something other than what it was originally intended for.

Over the past week as I have been packing for an upcoming move, I have realized how tangled my jewelry has become in my dresser drawer- a serious disaster!     I always loose my earrings, well I really usually loose 1 out of a set-and we all know I’d look plenty silly walking around with mismatched earrings, (or then again, maybe you wouldn’t even notice 😉  ), and those small studs -I loose at least one every couple of weeks, which then sends me back to the store to buy another pair, that I know I will loose again in no time.

Today I decided it was time for some organization!    I found an old cheese grater that was just going to be tossed away by someone else.    I paired it with a can of lime green spray paint, and just like that a new jewelry holder had been born.

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own upcycled cheese grater earring holder:


  • Cheese Grater (I bet you can find one for free, or under $5.00 at a thrift store)

  • Can of spray paint (be creative, pick a fun color!)
  • Earrings/Jewelry of course!


  • Wash your cheese grater with soap and water, rinse and let dry.
  • In a well ventilated place, preferably outside, place your grater on a piece of cardboard and spray nice, gentle and even strokes of spray paint , making sure you cover all sides, top handle and bottom lip.   Wait until completely dry, and repeat this step one more time for best coverage.   At this point you can spray as much of the inside of the grater that you can reach.
  • Let dry and fill your upcycled cheese grater with your favorite earrings and jewelry, using all sides to fit different sizes of jewelry.
  • The best step, sit back and look at a cool project that YOU just created!  Great job!

Don’t feel like making your own?   Great news- you can order a custom cheese grater earring holder, for just $25.00, just contact Kelly at thepinkhammerblog @ to order!

I hope you enjoyed this fun upcycle project!    Check back next week for some great snack ideas to take along on camping trips with kids!

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Introducing ‘Roosters Creations’ | Unique Metal Artist

“Art is a journey. Through this journey the artist has the opportunity to learn about themselves and discover how they fit into this world. A great deal of thought and emotion go into every piece of artwork crafted by Rooster’s Creations. I Hope by passing on my own discoveries, my work will bring beauty to someone else’s ‘journey ” ~’Rooster

I have had the honor of meeting an amazing metal artist recently. After coming across his work online, I knew I just had to get to know him, see his work in person, and take the time to introduce him and his art to my readers as well.

Brandon Roost, known by most as ‘Rooster’ currently resides in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and has a passion for creating art out of pieces of metal.

Rooster’s Creations is a fresh, new & unique business that specializes in handmade scrap metal art, outdoor sculptures, Western Folk art, interior decor, garden art and custom metal art.


Metal Flowers; $50.00


Flower ; $45.oo


Business card holder; $20.00


Double hearts; 20.00 (includes 2 3.5″ horseshoe hearts looped together)


Hay-Rake wheel, 4′ diameter ; $100.00

Rooster himself is a motivated, adventurous, and free-spirited young man who has the talent and gift of seeing art in something most others would see as useless , or see only for one specific use.


He received his first welder at the age of 16 when his friends mother asked him and the friend to make her a metal rooster, and from there, the metal artist was born.

If you ever get the pleasure of meeting Rooster, you will see that he is truly passionate about his creations. His main motivation behind his projects and creations comes from his late Great Grandfather, who was a farmer, electrician,carpenter, small business owner, an overall great man and a strong Christian. “The fact that he did beautiful things with his hands, has always been amazing to me,” says Rooster, GEDC0132_zps7f709e52

“I enjoy how art causes a feeling inside people,” he says, ” that connection with my customers is the main reason why I enjoy what I do.”

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Contact Rooster with questions or custom orders; & make sure to follow Roosters Creations over on Facebook!


Rooster’s Creations ships world wide Via UPS. Shipping cost is based on weight of the item, Email or call for an instant shipping quote.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about this talented metal artist I have recently discovered! Keep an eye out on the blog for more unique creations from this awesome artist!


Thanks for reading,



Before & after; Desk transformation

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” ~ Oscar Wilde

My 9 year old son [R] has been asking me for a desk for his room for about a year now. I finally decided now was the perfect time to grant his request. Now, I could have went out and purchased a brand new desk for hundreds of dollars, but that would defeat the purpose of my budget friendly and original home design style.

I picked up a used, normal-looking desk from Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for about $25.00.

The desk has deep drawers and lots of space on top for him to work on-whatever it is 9 year old boys work on. (Think Legos, drawing, puzzles, games, etc)

Do you see any potential in this desk? I have been blessed with eyes that see beyond what an object is-and can see the shape and size of something and be able to picture the ways it could be upcycled , changed, and used in unique ways.

Here are the changes I made to the desk to make it original and unique for my sons bedroom.

First, I washed the entire desk down, inside and out to remove any dirt and dust, and removed all of the hardware (knobs + drawer pulls).

Next I primed the entire piece, front, back, inside, out, drawers and all with Zinsser primer.

After waiting [very impatiently] for the primer to dry, it was time for the first coat of color!

I let my son pick out the color at Menards, he chose the shade of ‘Crater Lake’ .

I’m such a messy painter- at least you can’t tell by looking at the finished piece, just by looking at me..when finished! (hah!)



Yep, sometimes..I paint barefoot.


After again, waiting very impatiently for the first coat of paint to dry, I repeated the process 2 more times to ensure I had the desk 100% covered nice and thick to stand up to my sons use. (and of course had to quickly test and see how the new hardware looked)

Next was a stage I wasn’t sure if I would do or not. Aging the piece. Because this piece is so straight-not too much detail and character, I felt aging the piece would give it a more ‘used’ look and character, instead of it looking like it was saying ‘Hey! I was just painted!’ Aging it would give it the character that made it feel like it was making the statement of a historical piece that had been through use, abuse and plenty of long hours of work.

With Minwax Polyshades Stain + Polyurithane in the color ‘Espresso’ Satin, I brushed on the stain, working in sections. Letting the stain + poly dry for just 2-3 minutes, I took a lint free rag, and wipe away the portion of the stain, leaving behind a small amount of stain, choosing to leave more around the edges where most likely the desk would have been touched by the previous owner,etc. I repeated this process 1 more time until it looked just right. IMG_4620wm

Once the desk was 100% dry (I let it dry overnight about 12 hours before touching) I added the new hardware (had to bust out the ol’ drill and make the holes a little bit larger to fit the new knobs) …


…and then added a long vintage license plate on the front drawer to cover the flowery design that my son didn’t like. The license plate was cut down to size with tin snips, and attached to the front drawer by drilling holes in the plate where the knobs were able to be placed through and attach the plate securely.

I thought at this point I was done. But as I opened the drawers to look back at my work, I felt something was missing. It needed a bit more character. I searched high and low online and in stores for a drawer liner that would compliment this piece, and also make my son happy. I had found…nothing. I ended buying just plain black contact paper, set it in the drawer to see how it would look- and just wasn’t feeling it. It still, needed something more. I let the entire desk project sit for a few days and was hoping something would come to me if I walked away from the project for some time.

Then I was in my home office, and was looking at a map I framed of Montana, when it hit me, like a bolt of lightning. I would line his drawers with maps!!! Y E S! He was so very excited when I told him my idea.

After measuring, and cutting the Montana & Minnesota maps to size, I sprayed on spray-on adhesive, and place the maps inside each of the drawers. I finished by spraying Krylon Acrylic coating in clear matte finish on top of each map inside the drawer which will then make the maps water-resistant.




My kids and I went and shopped some antique stores, TJ Maxx, and Ashley Furniture Home Store to get some complimentary items for the top of his desk;


Below is the inside cover of the book ‘Cash boy’ that my son picked out at an antique store-;

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Lamp purchased at Ashley Furniture on clearance for $18.00 ($40.00 off!) + added a quick coat of brown Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents paint;


…and now my friends, his desk is complete!!!


(Large map window will be featured on a new blog post later in the week)

So, there you have it. Open your eyes to see beyond what an item is, to see how you can change it and make it unique-and completely YOU!

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Mason + Jelly jar soap dispensers | DIY

DIY Mason + Jelly Jar soap dispensers

I love mason jars!   Especially the blue antique ones. They look so beautiful when used as home decor and there are many ways to use them in your own home.   Last Summer we moved into a new house that sits on 18 beautiful acres, most of it a steep hill, which is full of ‘junk’ from owners of years ago.   While my parents were here late in the Fall, my mom and I set out on a junk hillside adventure to see what we could find.  We had found a rusty metal bucket and as my mom was trying to dig the handle out with a stick, she hit something buried completely under the dirt, we kept digging gently, so we didn’t break whatever it was.   Sure enough, it was a whole antique blue mason jar!    What are the odds that it was still whole?!  Pretty slim! Every other mason jar found on the property was broken to bits and pieces.

Today I had the inspiration to create something out of that old jar and put it back in the home it most likely came out of, years ago.

Mason + Jelly Jar Soap Dispensers
by Kelly Whitman of The Pink Hammer blog
-1 blue mason jar and metal lid
(I used a new metal lid off of a store bought jar, and it fit right on the old blue jar )
-1 jelly jar
-2 soap dispenser tops
-Hammer + Nail
(Or Drill + Drill bit … our drill somehow disappeared, so I found my own way to do it without  a drill.  Plus I think it’s time I buy my own drill so I know where it’s at, at all times 😉 )
-Needle nose pliers
-Hand Soap
-Paint/paintbrush (if desired)
 Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
 1.)  Using your hammer and nail, pound a hole in the center of the metal lid.  Continue to do this about 4-5 times close together.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
2.) Using your needle nose pliers, peel or push the metal under to create a large hole.  Make sure your hole is big enough to fit your entire soap pump , just like it sits in a regular container.  BUT do not make it too big, or it will not sit correctly.  It is best to make it just a tiny bit too small and force the pump into the hole to create a tight hold.
(If you are lucky enough to know where your drill is, that would be much easier.  Just find the correct drill bit – one a little smaller than your soap pump-and go!)
3.) Place the soap pump into the hole you just created in the metal lid.
4.) Cut soap tube at an angle so it fits nicely into the jar.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
5.) Fill jar with soap.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
6.) Attach lid & lid ring tightly.
7.) Paint lid/lid ring to match soap pump (if desired)
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
7.) Wash your hands to make sure it works good! 😉
These mason jar and jelly jar soap dispensers add a nice element to your bathroom or kitchen.  They would also make fun gifts for friends or family.     I am happy I found a new home for my old blue mason jar, that less than 1 year ago was buried under ground.
Mason & jelly jar soap dispensers
I love giving new life to old items!  What is something you’ve given new life to lately?
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Top 12 blog posts of 2012 | First 10 months in review

I can not believe I am sitting here almost exactly one year later from the time that I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea to start up my own diy blog and writing about the end of the year.

When I started this blog, I had not idea where I would be one year from the start, no clue what the result would be, and no real plans or goals in mind, except to share my love for all things vintage and DIY with family and friends.

Almost one year from the start of the blog, (Official start date was Feb of this year, so I am at 10 months of blogging!) and because of the blog,  I have made numerous friends with similar interests and  awesome connections that I am so thankful for.

Looking back at all of 2012, I have come up with a list based on the # of views, of my top 12 projects and blog posts!

Without making you wait any longer, here they are;

Top 12 blog posts by The Pink Hammer blog of 2012

(Please click on link or photo to be taken directly to the original project blog post)

1.) Primitive tipsy pot planter

This is one of my favorite projects to not only complete, but to take photos of.   Being a photographer, I have really enjoyed the photography portion of having a blog.  It has challenged me to step outside of my box of my usual photography subjects.
This project is one that I look forward to completing again in the Spring of 2013, and tweaking it as I re-create it, possibly making several different tipsy pots, using different kinds of pots-just to change things up a bit!
The primitive tipsy pot planter was a huge hit on Home Talk, made the front page of Pinterest a few times, and was shared on several other bloggers sites, bringing in thousands of visits to my website.  This project was also published in the Queen of the Castle Magazine.

Tipsy Pot planters by The Pink Hammer blog
2.) How to paint bathroom vanity

This project took place back in our old home.   We were on a budget, and buying a whole new bathroom vanity was way out of the question, but I knew I wanted a more serene look in my bathroom.  With just a few simple steps I transformed the look of the vanity cupboards and loved the result!   This was also my very first blog post here on The Pink Hammer, and my first project that was published in the Queen of the Castle magazine.

How to paint bathroom vanity by The Pink Hammer blog
3.) Old window to new wall art

This project holds a sweet spot in my heart.   While we were getting ready to move out of our old home, my daughter (3 at the time) started crying because she wanted to take her tree wall art with to our new house, but it was already placed on her wall.  In order to keep my sweet angel feeling connected to her old room, I thought and thought for a way I could bring the wall decal with, without ruining it, when my eyes came across an old window, and it was a perfect match!  I placed the decal on the window, and it came with us to the new house and it is now happily hanging above her bed.

Window wall art by The Pink Hammer blog
4.) Ladder book shelf

I just love ladders!  There are so many different ways one could repurpose a ladder and this is just one of the many ways I have used a ladder in my home.

Ladder bookshelf by The Pink Hammer blog
5.) Office dresser

This dresser was an amazing $10 find at a local thrift store.  I love the curves, the legs, & the old wheels, but felt it needed a more dramatic color.  I transformed it with a darker paint color, adding new hardware and chalkboard paint on the sides and front door creating a home office friendly dresser.

Distressed office dresser redo by The Pink Hammer blog
6.) Rake wine glass holder

A rusty old rake I found laying around and turned into a simple, yet functional wine glass holder!

Rake wine glass holder by The Pink Hammer blog
7.) Bold chair makeover

Green is one of my favorite colors to use in home design.   Even when in a bold color like this chair makeover, it is serene and peaceful for me.   I did a simple makeover, changing this chair from white to a bold tree frog green , which now makes a statement by my front entry door.

Bold chair makeover by The Pink Hammer blog
8.) Ladder plant stand

Home decor doesn’t have to end once you step outside.  I really enjoy decorating in my garden as well. Here is another great use for an old ladder.  I simply painted the ladder a soft blue and added a few potted plants in complimenting colors of the ladder and placed in the garden.

Ladder plant stand by The Pink Hammer blog
9.)Serene bathroom makeover

This project also took place in our first home.  I am in love with simple & serene colors and used the beach and Lake Superior as my inspiration when making over my bathroom.

Serene bathroom by The Pink Hammer blog
10.)Primitive planters DIY

For this project I was a guest blogger for Pretty Handy Girls talent parade.   Using old unwanted items I found or picked up for low costs at antique stores, I made simple yet beautiful primitive planters that were full of character and history.

Primitive planters by The Pink Hammer blog
11.) Door to desk

Working from home as a photographer , I needed a larger desk.  Half of my previous desk was always stacked with camera equipment and my project tools.   When I scored this awesome door (an original door of the exterior of our current home) I knew exactly what I was going to use it for.     With a few coats of Krylon spray paint, I had a brand new correctly sized desk for my home office !   This project was also published in Queen of The Castle Magazine.

Door desk by The Pink Hammer blog12.) Driftwood Christmas Tree

This is my most recent project.  Inspired by another bloggers idea of a driftwood Christmas tree, I took upon the task of creating my own , adding my own touches, like the blue back board and rope hanger.    This is another project that I really love, because it is a great way to bring nature indoors and bring in the serenity of the beach.

Driftwood Tree by The Pink Hammer blog

So there you have it!  The top 12 blog posts by The Pink Hammer blog since the start in February of 2012.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, commented, left love, shared, liked, and taken time out of your life to read about what’s going on in mine.   You are truly the ones inspiring me to keep blogging.

I have many amazing new plans for the blog in 2013 and hope you will join me in a new year of projects and adventures.

I wish you all the best in 2013.

Thanks for reading!!!