Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art October 7, 2014

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I have to be honest, I’ve had a perfectly worn half of a barn door in my garage for about 4 years. FOUR YEARS! It was just waiting for the perfect project.

DIY Barn Door Wall ArtAnd I had the perfect place for it in our cute little guest room.  The room is decorated in tan, grey, yellow and black, so the grey of the barn door would look perfect.  Isn’t that area above the bed just screaming for some decor?

DIY Barn Door Wall ArtHere’s the other side of the room. That dresser and mirror belonged to my grandparents, then I used it growing up and my mom used it for quite awhile but now it’s in my home, probably forever! I think it’s been painted about four different times now!

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

I forgot to take photos of the barn door before, but know that it is this beautiful shade of gray, has just the right amount of chippy white paint on it and incredibly rusted hinges!  It also had a lot of dust and cobwebs on it. So I brushed it down with a deck brush without damaging the white chippy paint, then vacuumed all the nooks and crannies.  I then wanted to seal it because it’s going right above where people will be sleeping, want to avoid any loose pieces falling on them. I chose this Valspar clear sealer in Flat and I think it worked great. it was super easy to spray on and dried quickly.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Next I propped the door up on my painting easel and used some chalk to freehand the word “hello” onto the board. I had to erase it a couple times before I got it right.
DIY Barn Door Wall Art

I covered the chalk with white acrylic paint.DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Then weathered the “hello” a bit with some sand paper.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Oh my, it’s so adorable and fits perfectly!  The hubs helped me hang it because it’s rather heavy. We hammered two long nails into the studs in the wall as well as attaching picture wire through eye screws (I think that’s what they are called!) to the back, so it’s not going anywhere!DIY Barn Door Wall ArtI’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope our guests enjoy it too!

Smiles!

Megan

 

DIY Pumpkins from 4x4s September 23, 2014

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Fall is my most favorite time of year, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors, it’s football season, so many things to enjoy as the season changes. This fall has been really productive and creative for me.  I’m not sure why but I’m thinking it could be because I have so much I want to get done before this little baby boy growing inside of me arrives in December! Yes, you read that right, we’re expecting, it’s a boy and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!

I got to spend a Saturday afternoon with some creative women, well, being creative!  My neighbor found this idea on Pinterest to create pumpkins out of 4x4s and because she has a HUGE SAW she wanted to give it a try. So of course I was up for it!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

See, look at that saw!  We cut the 4x4s into three different sizes according to the directions on the project – 21″, 16″ and 12″. And the good news is you can get two sets out of one 4×4!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we got out the chisels and just kind of experimented with how to create ruts in the 4×4 to emanate the ridges in a pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I found it easiest to use the pointy chisel and just kind of dig ruts along the soft spots in the wood. Another gal preferred the flat chisel and hit it with a hammer to help create the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we sanded down each piece making all the edges nice and smooth.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

The Valspar spray paint is so wonderful, it took about thirty seconds to completely spray the entire block and it was dry within minutes!  Be sure it’s coated well, especially in the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we used my most favorite product, the Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to add some depth to the ruts as well as the entire “pumpkin”.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Next we went on a little adventure in the field next to our house and chopped down some branches that had interesting texture to create the stem of the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

After cutting them down to different sizes, we just hot glued them on to the top of the pumpkin. Looks at those ruts, don’t they look so cute?!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

To curly cue the black wire, we just wrapped it around a metal rod.
DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we cut out some leaf shapes from green canvas, added a jute bow and a black button and hot glued it on to the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

So incredibly adorable!! And so many possibilities for adorning your pumpkins.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I seriously stare at them everyday!DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Of course I went right home and got out my fall decor to update the mantle for the season.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Oh so adorable!

I do have to warn you, this is not a quick project, it probably took 2-3 hours and 75% of that time was spent digging out those ruts, they were tough!

Happy Fall!

Smiles!

Megan

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign September 2, 2014

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I found this old wood at Junkstock. . . not the recent Junkstock this summer, but Junkstock in the fall of 2013! So I’ve had it for quite some time. 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

 

The wood was in really good shape, had some character, and was super inexpensive, which is rare for reclaimed wood these days.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

 

I started with a coat of white paint, then added some olive green paint as I was planning ahead to create that “weathered” look.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

This next part was a bit challenging because I freehand lettered “be awesome” on to the sign.  Next time, I’ll either use stencils or print out the letters and trace them on the sign.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

I then lightly sanded the entire sign to give it that weathered and worn look, then attached a fastener for easy hanging. 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

This now hangs above our coat closet (in a very awkward space to photograph) on our way out to the garage.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

Every morning I get a nice little reminder to take on the day and be awesome!

 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

I have another reclaimed wood project in the works right now, a whole half of a barn door!  So many possibilities, but I’ve got something up my sleeve and can’t wait to share it with you next month.

 

Smiles!

Megan

 

Repurposed Door Frame March 12, 2014

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Repurposed Door Frame

I’ve repurposed a door frame before and it was so fun and so beautiful I wanted to do more!

Repurposed Door Frame

Although this is super cute as is (thank you Karla!), it was screaming for some color!

Repurposed Door Frame

I call it an old door frame but I think it’s really the molding across the top of old doors. This was in really good shape!

Repurposed door frame

Aren’t these paper designs cute? They were perfect to add some texture to this rather flat board.

Repurposed Door Frame

Measuring carefully, I centered the paper cut outs across the board and glued them down.  Then gave the door frame a good sanding which also chipped it up a little. I love chipiness!

Repurposed Door Frame

And of course I painted it turquoise!  I am in LOVE with this color.  After a few coats of paint, I roughed it up with sandpaper then got out my secret weapon, Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to give it that old antiqued look that always adds nice texture. But of course I forgot to document those steps!

Repurposed door frame

Next step was drilling holes in the center of the paper cut outs for the knobs.

Repurposed Door Frame

My idea worked out perfectly! I loved the added texture!

Repurposed door frame

The knobs are longer than the board is thick but it’s nothing a Dremel can’t handle!  I just snapped on my metal cutting wheel and basically sanded off the ends of the knobs.

Repurposed door frame

I’m in love.

Repurposed Door Frame

I stare at it everyday hanging in my office.

Repurposed door frame

It turned out so awesome!

Repurposed Door Frame

Especially this cute little guy!

What have you repurposed lately?

Smiles!

Megan

 

2013 In Review December 31, 2013

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I love how WordPress sends this to me every year and I particularly loved the design this year as well as the first example where they compared views to San Francisco street cars!  Be sure to click through so you can see the awesome design.  What I learned is people really want to know how to repurpose cabinet doors!

 

Smiles and happy new year!

Megan

 

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Holiday Wreath How-To December 8, 2013

We’ll get to the wreath in a second, first I want to show you how I turned the Thanksgiving tray into a Christmas tray!

Frame to tray Christmas

I already had most of this in my house including the paper. The candlestick holders and bowl were beautiful wedding gifts!  And the shiny holiday bulbs. . . well, I bought them for the wreath and luckily had a few left over.

Holiday tray from frame

Simple but cute, right?  Okay, now on to the fun stuff!

Sparkly wreath upgrade

Store-bought wreaths are so expensive! And I never find one where I love every single thing about it so it never feels like it’s worth the cost.  That’s why this year, I wanted to make my own wreath, and it had to be colorful and it had to be sparkly!!

Holiday wreath upgrade

I found this fantastic mess of sparkles and texture at Garden Ridge for $19.99.  What a crazy store!

Holiday Wreath Upgrade

Garden Ridge also had bulbs in all sorts of sizes, colors and textures. I chose orange, turquoise, red and green all sparkly, shiny and a little matte too. Total cost for bulbs was $10.00.

holiday wreath upgrade

First I simply placed the bulbs on the wreath to make sure my vision would work.

holiday wreath upgrade

It seemed  a little plain and needed something to tie it all together so I grabbed this ornament off the tree (thanks Mom)!  Just what it needed!

holiday wreath upgrade

Then I started with the hot glue! I think I used 3 sticks of glue!

holiday wreath upgrade

Can you see all the glue on that bulb? I didn’t even burn myself!

Holiday wreath upgrade

Oh so pretty. I used red tulle to hang the ornament in the middle.

Holiday wreath upgrade

I love how it turned out and that I was able to incorporate the colors orange and turquoise in my Christmas decor!

Holiday wreath upgrade

I tried to clean up all the glitter but I think I will be finding it for years to come.  Good thing I believe the world needs more glitter!

Cheers!

Megan

 

Experience Junkstock 2013 October 27, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — meganodea @ 7:06 pm

Want to know what Junkstock 2013 was like? Then check out my experience over on Her View From Home Omaha!

Junkstock 2013

Then go like Her View From Home Omaha on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. I’ll be posting monthly!

Smiles!

Megan