Monday, May 21, 2018

Repurpose DIY Restyle Solar Yard Lamps


Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurposed DIY Restyled Upcycled Solar Yard Lamps. Now, I've mentioned it before how I really adore different projects with repurpose, DIY, restyle, upcycle, reuse, and etc. I like to find pieces of all kinds that I feel I can work with. Some of them can just get a little cleaning, and they are good to go. Some need some minor work with maybe some gluing, painting, replacing things, etc. Maybe it's with glass, wood, furniture, and sometimes vintage collectibles too. That's what makes it so much fun because it could be anything really. Something for you, for your home, for a friend/family, and maybe it's something to resell too. 

One item I am going to share is using a table lamp that is constructed into a solar yard lamp. This is something I have wanted to do for a while myself. Either I can't find what I think will work for me, maybe I only find 1 when I would like to have 2 matching lamps, I'm being too picky, or I guess I'll know it when I see it, right?

For this particular project I had read about using 2 matching table lamps. Just something you can find at a garage sale, thrift store, something someone is throwing out, etc. Once you find what you are looking for you need to remove all of the electrical from the lamp, the cord, etc. Once you have done that you want to clean them up good. Then, you will want to paint them. While that's drying unless you have some on hand you will want to get some solar lights you can use. In the light socket portion of the lamp is where you will put the solar light into. Consider using some glue to hold them in place a little more securely. 

This is your finished project. It isn't going to take real long to do this one. Depends on what you would all like done for any extras. Wouldn't these look great sitting outside on each side of the door, maybe on each side of the porch staircase, and the possibilities are endless. 

Below is a before, and after picture of what I have described to you. I feel horrid because I cannot find in my notes where I found it from to give the proper credit due. I am thinking it was something from pinterest, but I can not be completely sure of that. I apologize for that, and I mean no disrespect in doing this. 

Isn't that a really neat idea to do with a used lamp? I think it is, and I am excited to get this project completed with all the nice weather we are having now too. 

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. Maybe you learned something, or better yet maybe it gave you some ideas to work with on some projects too. I would be happy to hear from you, and have you share with us here. I love seeing creations of others. 

Thank you for visiting with LilacsNDreams! See you again soon. Toodles......

  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Drawers


Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY is something I have really grown fond of over time. I enjoy the uniqueness, creativity, no rules, and the things that people create. Many times pieces are used that are salvagable, that were going to be thrown, things that are useless to one person but can be born again with someone elses imagination. Some pieces are combined to create what is being visioned, sometimes they are painted, glued, and the possibilities are endless of what you can do. The item I will be discussing with you today is going to be Drawers.

LOL! Yes, you are reading it correctly Drawers....can be used from an old dresser, maybe an old desk, even smaller ones from like a sewing machine, and etc can be used. There is quite a list of things that can be done with Drawers. Once you see a few possibilities your mind may wander into some other creative ideas, and I hope it does. Something you can use, something you can make to sell, a gift for someone, and better yet is the fun you can having doing this too. 

With drawers you can make small cabinets with them that either hang or can be stood, attach a rod to it with some shelves and it could be used in the bathroom maybe, attach and stack some drawers to make a floor shelf, use the draw fronts only with knobs for hanging, use a small portion of drawer fronts to make small shelves/flower like boxes, and I think you're getting the picture of the possibilities that you can do. 

                                     Plastic Wrap Station 


Organizing the Bathroom


Display Books



Decorate Your Walls



Hang Up Jackets or Whatever


Store Your Dishes

   


                                                                 Build a Book Shelf

Above you will see a few pictures along with the web address that they are from. Please bare with me as I try to make sure I am giving the correct acknowledgement for all the pics being shared here. I got all of them from the same blog at www.lovethispic.com/blog/7117/her-dresser-broke,-so-she-took-out-all-the-drawers!-who-knew-they-could-be-used-for-this-! Visit with them over there to view these pictures, and a few more that were shared for ideas too.

I hope you are able to get the idea of what is being shared today. I also hope that maybe it will help some of those creative juices stir a little bit, and help you with a project you are not quite sure about. I sooo enjoy this myself, and I am happy to share along with all of you. Would love to hear more ideas too. Please share if you would like. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and I hope to see y'all again soon. Take care. 



Monday, May 7, 2018

Repurpose, Upcycle, Handmade, DIY, Vintage Collectibles


Welcome to LilacsNDreams! Repurpose, Upcycle, Restore, Handmade, DIY, Vintage Collectibles, and many many more words I could use that we can all relate to in one way, or another for our interests. I love to Junk, Thrift Stores, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Curb side pick up, Dumpster diving once in a great while, and wherever a treasure can be found. Sometimes it's in front of you in a store, and sometimes you have to do a little digging for it too. That is all within the fun of the hunt. 

I Love painted furniture, wood, etc! If it's junk, cheap pine, damaged is where the joy of restoring, or repurposing is done instead of throwing it away. It's something that can be treasured by you. If you happen to get a piece that is already beautiful keep it and treasure it, or sell it so someone else that can enjoy it the same way. 

Now, when you find some of the pieces that you are going to keep for yourself, or maybe resell them you have some decisions to make. Did you happen to find a valuable antique? I am no expert myself, and the best thing to do is a little research before you decide what you will be doing. Some of your pieces will lose value if the original finish is not preserved. Wood grain, some aged patina, warm wood tones, and sometimes pieces are in great condition that they just need a little cleaning. Nothing else. Ok, so again is it a valuable antique, is the wood in good condition, will painting improve the value, and will painting make the piece more beautiful, or desirable for resale? Just a few questions to consider, and ask yourself when you are deciding whether or not to paint.

Is the wood in good condition? A lot of your pieces found can be in fair condition to poor, or very poor condition. Sometimes you'll see pieces of veneer missing maybe extremely scuffed finish, scratched, worn, etc. With these kind of cases painting would probably be a great option. Also, some pieces may just need a good cleaning with a bit of a restore of a finish to make it shine again. Many pieces can look fabulous painted, and sometimes the original finish is the best too. These are decisions that you will have to make. 

I, myself, like a mix of painting, and natural wood within each room of a home. Doing a mix like this can add some interest with the wood tones, provide some warmth, and adds a little depth to a natural or a white room too. 

It's like an art deciding whether the wood is beautiful, or not. This would be a personal decision on your part. What I may consider beautiful others might not like. Remember that sometimes just a simple cleaning can be good enough to bring an item to life too. 

Some pieces are really stunning in person, they are in amazing condition inside and out. You might feel that painting it would diminish the value, and of course the beauty too. Again, how the item is beautified is entirely subjective. Many pieces can be either way really. It truly can be a tough call when restoring, repurposing, upcycling, and so on. If it's for my own personal use I would consider what would look best with the space it is to be used in. Now, if you intend to sell a piece you need to consider if painting will make it easier to sell. Most of the finds we come across need some kind of help to live again, and I am willing to revive it too! 

These are just a few thoughts I am sharing with you about painting versus a no paint decision. It can be a tough call. So, what do you think?

I shared a few thoughts pertaining to painting of items. There is sooo much more that can be discussed when we get into this area of repurposing, restoring, restyling, handmade, diy, and all of the above. It excites me as it does many others. Unfortunately, I cannot cover everything all at once. I hope to cover a little bit of this, little bit of that, and am willing to have you offer some ideas too. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams, and don't be afraid to leave a comment if you feel like doing so. All are welcome. I just ask that everyone plays nice, and enjoy sharing things with each other please.