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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.

 

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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:

SUPPLIES

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

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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!

 

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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 @ hotmail.com 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!

Make sure you hop on over and follow The Pink Hammer on Facebook for daily inspiration and tips!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly


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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.

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Metal Flowers; $50.00

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Flower ; $45.oo

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Business card holder; $20.00

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

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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.

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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; Roosterscreations@yahoo.com & make sure to follow Roosters Creations over on Facebook!

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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,

~Kelly


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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
 
Supplies:
-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
-Scissors
-Paint/paintbrush (if desired)
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Instructions:
 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.
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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.
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5.) Fill jar with soap.
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6.) Attach lid & lid ring tightly.
7.) Paint lid/lid ring to match soap pump (if desired)
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7.) Wash your hands to make sure it works good! 😉
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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.
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I love giving new life to old items!  What is something you’ve given new life to lately?
Thanks for reading,
~Kelly


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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.

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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!!!

xoxo,
Kelly


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Upcycled ladder | Bathroom organization DIY

Upcycled Ladder | Bathroom organization DIY

If you are anything like me, than you are likely on a budget.   Times are tough for many of us, and going out and buying new and expensive shelving and storage units aren’t always an option.   So what do we need to do to give ourselves the space we need for storage without going over our budget?!   We need to open our eyes to seeing items we already have (or can find for low cost at a thrift/antique store) in a whole new way.  We need to upcycle something old into something new that will work for us- most of the time, using an item for a purpose it was not intended for – like this ladder I hung up and turned into a bathroom storage unit for my skinny upstairs bathroom.

The idea for this project started brewing early last week, when I found an old red license plate out in our barn.  I brought it into the house knowing I wanted to create something with it.   A little bit later the same day I was cleaning my bathroom, and bothered by the fact we never have anywhere to set our little items or hang towels because of the skinny narrow shape of our bathroom.
Then…. I thought of the idea to turn the ladder on its side, and add some hooks so it will double as a shelf for small items, and as a place to hang a few towels for guests when they step out of the shower.

Here is the ladder before:

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I simply nailed in two small finishing nails to attach the license plate to the ladder to give it some added character:

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Next I attached two oil rubbed bronze Dragonfly hooks I purchased at Target a few years ago and found again in my project supply room today:

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Final step was to hang the ladder on the wall and use!

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As I had mentioned above, this is a great solution for storing smaller items like tp, lotions, makeup, and hanging towels, when you don’t have a large vanity cupboard and  a floor storage unit isn’t an option. The bathroom ladder doesn’t take up much space and doesn’t cost a ton of money!

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Need or want something new in your bathroom or home?!  Take a look around your own home first, looking at everything with a new set of eyes and think ‘how can I use this differently?!’

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly


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DIY Succulent in a mason jar | Think outside the planter

Often times I get the ‘creative bug’ on a day I can’t go anywhere to pick up supplies for new projects, or during a time when I need to watch my budget and can’t spend any $ on extras.  So what do I do on days like that?!

I walk around my house, with my mind wide open to allow any creative ideas to flow in -and I look for supplies I can mix together to create some sort of new project.

Today as I was on my creative thinking walk around my home, I came across a big old mason jar I had found out in our woods last month, and looked at it for a while, like I had expected it to talk to me and tell me what to do with it or something 😉  Although it didn’t talk to me, I did have an idea as I looked around the room once more, mason jar in hand, when my eye stopped on a sad little Succulent plant that  I had bought over the Summer, and hadn’t done anything with-  BAM – instant idea.  Succulent + Mason Jar = new project idea for today!  Yes!  And once again, costing me $0.00 using supplies I already have around the house.

So here it is,

Ready to make your own?!   Grab the following supplies;   Mason Jar, Succulent plant,  soil, little bit of h20, ribbon/yarn if desired .
Instructions:

1.) Fill your mason jar with a small amount of soil. Do not use TOO much soil or your result will end up looking like a jar of dirt and your succulent will stick up out of the top of the jar. I myself, like the look of the plant IN the jar .

2.) Carefully place your succulent plant in the jar and sprinkle in some dirt all around it, shaking the jar lightly so your dirt falls down past your plant and this will help ‘plant’ your succulent in the mason jar.

3.)  Give your beautiful succulent a little drink in its new home, but not too much- succulents do not require a lot of water!

4.)  Wrap ribbon/yarn around the top of your jar for some added color/fun.

5.)  If desired you may drop in a few small rocks, simply for looks.

Simple as that!   Check your local garden centers for succulent plants, and search your local thrift and antique stores for mason jars, if you can not find any – most stores that carry kitchen supplies carry mason jars as well.


Thanks for reading,

~Kelly


A day of hand painting vintage treasures.

One of my favorite memories of visiting my Grandma Shirley in Minnesota when I was a child, was painting rocks.  She would let us go out into her garden, choose a rock , bring it inside and paint on it.  Sometimes we would take the rocks home, but most of the time we would set them back out in her garden and loved looking at them whenever we would come to visit.      I am pretty sure because of my Grandmother, I have a love for painting on random objects, like rocks, driftwood, and even junk as you’ll see in a little bit.     She is now painting with the angels in Heaven, but I had a warm feeling yesterday while I was painting with my children, that she was looking down on us with a big smile on her face.

I have been sick with some sort of horrible cold/influenza bug since last Sunday evening.  I was not even able to get out of bed for 4 days straight except to go the bathroom, eat and take a zillion showers -since that was the only thing to make me feel better.  I am now able to at least get out of bed, and feel like my energy is back, but it is not.  I feel 100% not like myself and  I can not even walk around the house for more than 5 minutes without feeling totally exhausted and feeling a heaviness in my lungs.   I am not used to sitting still for so long- 8 days now!  I was going a little stir crazy Sunday , wanting to go outside hiking or on an adventure, or even grocery shopping -anything , but my body still won’t allow me to.  So, I decided to keep myself busy and paint.. the entire day.

I gathered a few pieces of barn board and driftwood that I had in the barn  and decided I needed more objects to paint on!  I ran out of wood, so scoped out a few pieces from my ‘junk’ pile of stuff I have found in our woods.

When gathering my supplies, I had a few basic ideas I wanted- but still wasn’t set on what scenes I was going to paint.  I grabbed my brush, my paints, and my junk..and just started, going with the flow, painting whatever ideas came to me with each brush stroke and below are the results and photos of pieces I painted, and some my kids painted.    Enjoy!   (Click on photos to enlarge. )

Old pans before:

Old pans after:

Driftwood/barn board paintings:

My kids and their driftwood paintings:

Look at that, I created several new pieces to decorate my home/porch without spending ANY money!  The paint I had in a box from years ago (when I had another side craft business called ‘Driftwood Designs’ ), and the pieces I painted on were all found in the woods or  beach!    Now I have great ‘new’ and fun winter themed pieces in my home and they make me oh so happy, knowing that I spent $0.00 and made them myself!

When painting, creating, decorating your home and even living your life- keep an open mind.  If you have an idea but don’t see a full picture yet, that is okay- just go with it and allow the ideas and life to come to you in time.  Believe in yourself and your ideas and your life will be filled with beauty.
~Kelly