Summary of Summer Crafts & Projects

This post provides a summary of summer crafts and projects that were shared on the blog in the last 3 months.

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Summer Crafts Projects

Hello September! How quickly you arrived. As usual, summer went flying by and here we are at falls doorstep. In today’s post, I am going to round up the crafts and projects that were shared in the last 3 months. Every now and then I like to recap what we have been up to and provide a one stop shopping list with links to the projects.

Repurposed Headboard

Repurposed Antique Headboard 4

We found an old headboard in a barn and in the post entitled How to Repurpose an Antique Headboard, I showed you how we gave it a new life.

You won’t believe the “before” .. .

How to Reupholster an Old Sofa

Reupholster back of a sofa

This project was a beast. If you don’t know, I bought an antique sofa in October of last year and it sat in my garage for 6 months before I could work on it. This was a big project that took a lot of time and work so I wrote about the transformation over the course of multiple blog posts. Here are links to the various posts – walking you through the transformation process.

Whew! That was a lot of work. No wonder sofas are so expensive!

antique sofa makeover

As a reminder – here is a photo of the “Before”. Yikes. Right? That sofa definitely needed some love.

Reusing Architectural Salvage – Balusters

Reusing Architectural Salvage Baluster

We also talked about reusing architectural salvage in your home. Specifically, we walked you through this super easy DIY of Reusing Balusters in your home.

Dried Daisies 1

It was during this project that I found these fabulous dried daisies that I fell in love with. (They are less than $20)

5 Plants for your Head Shaped Planter

5 plants for head shaped planters 1

I was at a garden nursery with a friend who said she couldn’t figure out what type of plant to put into her head shaped planter. These head shaped planters are popular and are popping up in all sorts of blogs and social media platforms. I thought she raised a good question and so we spent the afternoon at the garden nursery finding plants for these popular planters. You can read about the 5 Plants for Your Head Shaped Planter that we found.

Napkin Ring Ideas

Napkin Ring Ideas

You may know that I collaborate with the MMS Milk Paint Company. For the last several months I have been sharing ideas on how to use milk paint via a FaceBook live video.

One of the Napkin Ring Ideas I shared on the blog involved using MMS Milk Paint and ferns. Of course this idea can be modified to reflect any season or occasion and these make great gifts.

How to Reupholster an Old Stool

Reupholster Old Stool

When I was writing posts about reupholstering an old sofa, some of you sent messages asking if I could share information on reupholstering “something easier”. I heard you. Totally get it.

With that in mind, there is a post on How to Reupholster an Old Stool, specifically a Victorian Piano Stool. This was a fun project that I was able to complete during a Sunday afternoon.

Small Cabinet DIY

Small Cabinet DIY

This little cabinet was once in my booth but didn’t sell. So, I took it home and gave it a makeover. Its the perfect little cabinet for storing essential oils! It would also be great for storing nail polish and mani/pedi supplies.

Anyway, I painted it using MMS Milk Paint and lined it with contact paper from the Dollar Store. (Seriously, would you ever guess that contact paper was from the Dollar Store?)

You can read about the Small Cabinet DIY and it includes links to the supplies I used.

Painting Flower Pots

Painting Flower Pots 2

These flower pots were found at an outdoor flea market and I paid a whopping $3 for both of them. Since they cost so little, I decided to try to paint them. It worked great! The post Painting Flower Pots has step by step instructions and links to the supplies. This was an easy project and perfect for a weekend afternoon.

Wood Spindle Craft

Wood Spindle Craft 4

These wooden spindles which were salvaged from a historic building, had been sitting in my basement for several years. Finally, I had an idea as to how to use them! In the post Wood Spindle Craft, I walk you through step by step the process I used to convert these spindles into risers/candle holders. This was also an easy craft – the most difficult part was waiting for the glue to dry.

Here is a photo of the spindles “before” they were turned into risers/candle holders.


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  1. Wow! You’ve been one busy girl this summer! You accomplished so many amazing projects! That couch is so beautiful and was a huge job! Can’t wait to see what lovely items you create this fall! Blessings, Donna

    1. Thank you for the kind words Rachel! You also did a lot this past summer! I seem to remember a King size headboard that was redone by you . . .

  2. Love, love, love your style so much, Anna!! That stool is the cutest! The sofa, omgoodness, I feel your pain! It turned out gorgeous! I’ll have to check out each post to see the process! Pinning!

  3. I can’t believe all the amazing things you created, Anna! It’s tons of fun to take a look back at so many fabulous pieces. Your chippy style just melts me every time I see it and I’m thankful to be part of your creative world. Big hugs and keep up the good work, CoCo

    1. Hi CoCo! I am so glad you connect with my style! That makes me happy. My goal is to inspire others! Hugs to you too my friend.

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