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2015 Project Challenge #2- Thrifted item under $5, craigslist or roadside find

I've had these croquet mallet heads from our old set in the scrap pile for a few years and always thought it would be neat to make something of them. There are many times that I've seen them while cleaning out the garage and thought how neat they might be to use as legs for a step stool. 
So for my project this month I bought this thrifted cutting board under $5 ($2.99 to be exact) 
made of pure maple hardwood.
I started out by cleaning off the stickers and residue using Goo Gone and trimming down the ends of the mallet heads.
Next I pre-drilled a hole in the top of them. 
To stabalize the legs, I used spindles left over from my old changing table turned potting bench. 
(You can read more about that here.)
Making a large enough hole in each head to fit the spindle end. I glued each end for extra reinforcement before screwing the heads into the top (of the cutting board). While the glue is drying  is a good time to paint the top of the step stool. I used some paint I had in my paint stash (lamp black, satin sheen by Glidden).
After the glue was dry {or pretty close ;)} I pre-drilled a hold in the top of the board where each screw would be inserted.
Then secured the legs with drywall screws (around 2to2-1/2" long).
After painting over the whole thing one more time, I had my little girl test it out. 
Satisfied, I sanded the bottom of each leg to smooth them out. Then sanded the whole things a little to clean it up and rough up the edges, and painted the spindles. 
Using my George and Basic Shapes cricket cartridge set at 2-1/2", 
I cut out a stencil. 
Originally my husband and I thought it would be neat to have it say "Step Up Your Game" to go along with the recreational theme, but I didn't feel it at the time...
 so I just went with "Step Up". 
The rest could always be added later if we want.
 Now those mallets are no longer going to be crying out to me from the scrap pile. 
 And the best part is that my children will have an easy step stool to grab so hand washing is in easier reach. Looks like we'll all be stepping it up a notch! ;)
Don't forget to check out these other amazing projects!

One Candle Holder Becomes Two

One day I was hunting at our local Thrift Shop and found this wooden candle holder. I didn't really love the style, though I liked the lines, and it was solid wood. I knew that with a little paint, I could make something I liked better of it. It sat out in the garage for quite a long time...probably a couple years. 
{I know, it takes me awhile to get to some things around here}
(very pixely from being cropped)
I finally pulled it out to display on our Christmas mantel. It was too tall though, because one night when I had blown out all the candles, I couldn't tell it was still lit and left it burning... 
Funny too, because I checked, checked, and re-checked because I was so worried I'd forget one.  We were blessed that all that resulted was a smoke stain. That's what I kept reminding myself when I couldn't clean it all off and realized that in the end I will need to re-paint the ceiling and the trim. 
                                                            Don't love painting ceilings. 
The other day I was in the midst of doing a few projects for my shop space and while waiting for paint to dry and got sick of looking at the thing, so I just took it out to the chop saw and cut it in two.

Much better!
I painted them with Country Chic Paint's Licourice. 

Gave them a quick rough up with the hand sander and some high grit sandpaper 
and tied this ribbon I found at Wal-Mart while waiting for the clerk to cut me some burlap around them. 
Love when I good find comes that easy!
 Sometimes we find something we know we are going to do something with, but the timing's just not right. It's okay to just wait until the inspiration flows.
 I'm glad I did, because now I love my candle holder(s)!
It was worth the wait.
I would love to see what you've been up to! Leave me a link in the comments ;)

The Rustic Nook- Retail space

I've been really busy the last couple of weeks getting things ready for my new business venture. I finally rented a space in a wonderful antique & vintage gift shop called Sweet Salvage  
(click on the link to visit them on facebook). 
If you are ever in the Eugene/Springfield Oregon area, you will not want to pass up the opportunity to stop in! There are extremely talented and amazing people here. 
I absolutely love the owner, she is so sweet, friendly, and great to work with. She's been incredibly encouraging along the way. 

My husband and I named my new retail space "The Rustic Nook".

Everything Goes {Linky Party}

Hello everyone, thank you for joining us again this week for our Everything Goes {Linky Party}!

 We had a lot of really great projects last week that got my creative juices flowing. My co-hosts and I each have the task to pick a project to feature each week. It's such a hard choice to make! 

I finally went with Frug Elegance's DIY Valentine's Decor. Besides the fact that they have some fun and festive, yet very easy to make Valentine decorations, I thought it would help me feel better about not having decorated for Valentine's day around my own home yet. 
I am in the process of moving into my own rental retail space tomorrow and have been hard at work. (More of that to come!) In the meantime, after you link up today, please follow the rules and check out 2 or more other wonderful blogs and leave a sweet comment for them. 

Now...shall we party? 
Let's do it!

Numbered Pillow

I think one of the funnest parts about decorating children's rooms is all the details. Anything they like goes, and there are no mistakes. Since I took many of the boys' old pillows they have outgrown away, I thought it would be fun to make a few new ones. This numbered pillow was inspired by a bean bag I saw in a Restoration Hardware catalog a few years ago. 

Crumpled Paper Bag Banner tutorial and Linky Party

Welcome, welcome! I'm excited to share with you my first EVER linky party. What?! Yeah, never thought I would do this, but I am excited to be teaming up with 4 other bloggers for a weekly "Little bit of Everything" linky Party,  I'll explain more later, so look for that below.
For now, I want to share
a simple project today that I made for my boys room.