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Mar 05, 2012 | Post by: janine rose 2 Comments

Upcycled Electronics

I spent way too much time on Etsy today and found these great upcycled electronics projects. My favorite? The pink tube radio turned mp3 player. Swoon.

Vintage Suitcase Boombox via BoxofMusic 1950's Tube Radio / MP3 Player via VintageSounds Light Blue Recycled Geek Gear Blank Floppy Disk Mini Notebook via Fishstikks Kindle or Nook Cover made from a Recycled Vintage Book via ReboundDesigns

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Mar 01, 2012 | Post by: janine rose 15 Comments

Vintage Leg-o-Matic Chairs Rehab | Via Salvage Love

I came across these two amazing foldable chairs at a thrift shop and instantly fell in love with them. I had never seen anything like them before and I couldn't figure out how to unfold them. After playing with them for 10 minutes and feeling like a complete  moron, I turned  them upside down I found out they were Leg-o-Matic chairs which had directions on how to open and close them and were stamped with the date JUN 1962.  I didn't know anything about them, but I knew I had to have them.  So, in 90 degree heat I carried these babies home and did some research. These chairs were manufactured by the Leg-o-Matic Company which produced folding tables and chairs from the 1940's until the 1970's and were heavily used in Airstream Trailers for their ease of storage. I just love the look and fun folding nature off them. If you are interested in getting your hands on some Leg-o-Matic's, they sometimes pop up on eBay and Etsy and I have seen them at a couple of flea markets. For this tutorial, I show the process of re-doing the fabric on one chair, but did both. I decided to re-cover the seat pads with one of my favorite fabric designer's, Jessica Jones of How About Orange, Outside Olso Picket Dust fabric for a fresh rehab.


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Feb 29, 2012 | Post by: janine rose 3 Comments

Salvage Rug

Let's face it,  stylish, fun and colorful rugs are ridiculously expensive. I have a boring plain rug I bought  from IKEA years ago, little did I know with some inspiration, imagination and some paint, I could have a high-end looking one of a kind rug! So take that boring rug or piece of plywood (how cool?!),  go to your local flooring store for some highly discounted remnants, or check the thrift store and craigslist and get to painting your rugs!  Check out the following for some great DIY painted rug ideas.  

                         Stenciled Circle Rug Tutorial via tatertots & jello

                         An Ikea Rug Makeover via a little bite of everything

                        Painted Striped Rug via jandjhome

                        DIY Chevron Rug via Cape27

                        Plywood Rug via Sugar Bee Crafts

                        Pink Geometric Painted Rug via adventures of an almost 40 year old intern

                        Adventures in Rug Painting via BirdHouse

  Renew a Rug via La Factoria Plastica

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Feb 22, 2012 | Post by: janine rose 3 Comments

The Ultimate in Salvage Love: Earthships

Some very dear friends of mine have traveled and lived out in Taos, New Mexico learning how to build these amazing homes known as Earthships for Earthship Biotecture. These beautiful and sustainable homes are made out of everyday materials such as tires, glass bottles, recycled cans as well as organic materials. Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide you with what you need to survive, with 'modern' amenities, if desired. They have even traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake to teach the locals how to build Earthships in their communities.   What is an EarthShip? An earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, the homes are primarily constructed to work as autonomous buildings and are generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. Earthships are generally Off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. The thick, dense inner walls provide thermal mass that naturally regulates the interior temperature during both cold and hot outside temperatures.   For more information on getting involved with this fanstastic organization, to join their academy, to rent an Earthship or get more information on buying one, visit

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Feb 10, 2012 | Post by: janine rose 2 Comments

Inspiration from Nature

Sometimes what we need for inspiration may be right in our backyard (or in the park down the street). I love the simplicity and beauty of these nature inspired DIYs. Don't have any pinecones around you? This may or may not surprise you, but eBay has 'em! d.i.y candle holder tutorial via blog Framed Vintage Necklace Wall Holder via Shelterness yarn wrapped twig tutorial via aesthetic outburst Tree Branch Decorations via houzz Yarn Pinecones via Family Chic  

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Feb 09, 2012 | Post by: janine rose No Comments

Silhouette Wall Art Tutorial via Lowes Creative Ideas

I adore this Silhouette Wall Art Tutorial from Lowes!  I love the raw pattern of the plywood inside the outline of the silhouette. It would even be fun to try different surface mediums for different effects. Or you could stain the piece before you paint the outer part, the possibilities are really endless.  So grab a loved one, a pet, even a stuffed animal and take their photo and try this!

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Feb 07, 2012 | Post by: janine rose No Comments

Countdown to Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is a week away. You know what that means? You have no excuse to not make some one of a kind Valentine's Day Gifts. Who wants generic store bought cards!? Not me. (sorry Hallmark)

You can use some ordinary items you may already have to create some unique, fun and meaningful Valentine's Day gifts. So get to it and share with me some of your creations!

Spool Heart via Paper Sparrow


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Feb 01, 2012 | Post by: janine rose No Comments

Paint Chip Art Inspiration

Every time I buy paint, I end up taking a ridiculous amount of paint chips to the point I feel like I am stealing.

If you happen to have some stashed, great!  If not...while I don't condone theft, next time you are at your hardware store, pick up some of these bad boys and see what you can create!

Pantone Chip Wall via unstitched


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Feb 01, 2012 | Post by: janine rose No Comments

The Wonders of Chalkboard Paint

I have been seeing all these great chalkboard paint projects and decided to give it a try. I picked up this beer mug at my local Goodwill, taped off a square, painted a THIN coat, waited 20 minutes for it to dry. I gave it five coats total, waited an hour for it to fully dry, peeled off the tape and I was done! Awesome beer mug for my awesome boyfriend.  

  Chalkboard paint is truly amazing, you can use it on almost any surface, you can also make your own custom color chalkboard paint, the color possibilities are endless! So, get some chalkboard paint (or make your own) and start painting it on!

Need some more chalkboard paint inspriation? From chalkboard walls to found items, read on for fabulous eye candy.


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Jan 30, 2012 | Post by: janine rose No Comments

Rags to Riches: Recycled T-Shirt Tutorials

We all have way too many T-shirts lying around that we don't wear because they are out of style, don't fit well, or we should have never bought in the first place (or grabbed at that charity event) Don't throw them away, no matter how bad you think they are. You can donate them to your local thrift shop, someone will appreciate them, OR you can turn them into something completely new and fun! Have any great recycled T-shirt tips? Share them in the comment section below!

t-shirt pom poms tutorial via Craftaholics Anonymous


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