Megan O'Dea Jenkins

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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!




Repurposed Door Frame March 12, 2014

Filed under: decorating,Handmade Artists,Omaha,Repurposed,Wall Art — meganodea @ 6:54 pm
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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?




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!




Bridget Jones & Her Enchanting Home February 27, 2012

Isn’t this such a romantic mantle perfect for Valentine’s month? Only my good friend Karla could create this.  I was able to spend a whole day with her a couple weeks ago and it was just wonderful!

Here she is with her little ones and her main squeeze. She’s just adorable and always makes me laugh. She’s definitely got some Bridget Jones in her, always has and probably always will. In fact, during our day together we decided to load the kids up in the mini van and head over to a garage sale that her sister had called her about. Okay, I was kind of thinking garage sale in the middle of winter? hmmm.  We stopped for a coffee and hot chocolate on our way (that’s a whole other story) and headed over to the house.  We pulled up to a nice house, 4-5 cars in the driveway and a FSBO sign in the yard.  So we tromped down the steep driveway and up to the house where Karla opened the front door, walked in and peeked around the corner then stopped in her tracks and said “HELLO???”. I’m behind her with the kids on the porch and all we hear is a teenager-ish boy saying “hello”? Then Karla asks if this is where the garage sale is and he says ummm, let me go find my parents.  So Karla turns around and says okay, we’ll meet you at the garage (the garage doors that were closed should have been our first sign). She shuts the door, busts out laughing then says, “well that was awkward” and next thing I know her little ones are giggling like no other and repeating “that was awkward”!! So incredibly cute.  So we hang out for a few seconds, the garage door opens and the kid says, “umm, my parents said the garage sale is next weekend!!!!”  Low and behold, we check the posting online when we get home and true to what he said, the ad is dated for the following weekend! Bridget Jones strikes again!

Oh how I love her for making me laugh!! And not at her, it’s always with her. Karla blogs over at Back At Ya Babe. Over the last year or so she has been repurposing old sweaters into beautiful scarves and shawls. Yes, she’s amazing and so is her house.  It’s an old arts & crafts house and is just gorgeous, her style fits perfectly with it and I was able to snap a few photos of it to share with you! Her house was recently featured on the “Christmas Walk” so she did a few posts on her blog with many photos of her house during the holidays, please be sure to check it out!

It’s all in the details, sparkly details that is.

And look at that repurposed piece of artwork above her piano, she made that out of an old broken down piano!  If you look close you can see the very cute pieces created at Pink-a-bella. See, Karla’s sister Lynn is also amazingly creative and each year they take their daughters out of town, stay in a hotel and craft and create all weekend long and they’ve named their weekend Pink-a-bella! Very special.

Not to brag about this one or anything but Karla did say I inspired this one, she spray painted this piece that used to be a nasty old dirty gold color!

She sanded it a bit to make it look weathered and worn.

Looks perfect adorning the wall in her creative space now, doesn’t it?

Lots of fun and eclectic details in her creative space.

Who would have thought an old door, with a crystal door know, set against a wall and decorated with a wonderful deep mustard rose vine would turn into such beautiful wall decor?

Even her old mason jars hold cute, random things that just work together!

Thank you for always inspiring my creativity Karla!

Where do you get your creative inspiration?




Mirror, Oh Funky Mirror, On The Wall January 10, 2012

Filed under: decorating,Handmade Artists,Omaha,Wall Art — meganodea @ 8:19 pm
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As you know, I’m OBSESSED with funky shaped frames and that also includes mirrors.  Here’s a couple I found on the cheap, I mean really cheap, like both for less than $10.00!  Throw a little spray paint on them and their transformed!

I dug deep, to the bottom of the pile of mirrors and mirrors to find this gold gem!

There was something about her that was reminiscent of Beauty & The Beast, which just happens to be my favorite Disney movie!

But that textured oval thing is so strange isn’t it? I wonder what the person who designed this mirror meant for it to be?

Nothing a little sparkly brooch and some silver spray paint couldn’t fix though.

I added a bright pink ribbon, this one just happens to be from the LOFT bags. . . I always save those ribbons from LOFT shopping bags because they are the most gorgeous colors, I have a big old jar full!

Didn’t she turn out so beautiful? I think it’s a mirror you would totally see in Beauty and The Beast, or Snow White or one of those Disney princess movies!

I also found this beast!

It’s a little too gothic looking for my taste but I knew some bright spray paint could fix that!

I went bright cobalt blue!

And flipped it upside down. I think that softened it up a bit.

GORGEOUS!  Well, maybe not gorgeous, but fun, right?

Don’t be afraid to buy something a little ugly and throw a fun color of spray paint on it.  You’ll probably create a masterpiece and love it!




What a HOOT! December 29, 2011

Filed under: decorating,Gifts,Handmade Artists — meganodea @ 10:21 pm
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Oh geez, what a headline!!  It’s just proof. . .I’ve become obsessed. . . with OWLS!

It started with this ring I saw on Etsy.

Then this fabulous necklace I purchased from a boutique while on a girls trip to Denver.

And now I can’t stop, owls are everywhere and I can’t stop photographing them or “pinning” them! I’m in love! These cuties were at my favorite thrift/junk/antique store, Back In The Day, in Omaha.

And so were these awful things but I think they are so cute!

There’s “Owls on a Branch”.

And an owl on a branch made to be a jewelry holder from Urban Outfitters.

They also had an owl photo frame (not found on their website). . .

. . . and another owl jewelry holder, I mean just search “OWLS” on their website and soak in the goodness. So cute!

There were glass blown owls at the Hot Shops Holiday Open House. . .

and original vinyl and wood art owls too.

I even found very scary owls at Goodwill.

And flying owls on lamps at The Afternoon.

And all you hunters know where to find these owls. . . that’s right, your local Cabela’s!

An owl and Christmas themed luggage tag, oh my stars!

How adorable are these handmade felt owl ornaments?

I even found owl ornaments made out of toilet paper rolls! Feliz Navidad!

This is just precious, found on one of the DIY blogs I follow and now I can’t find the actual post!

I saw these at Anthropologie. . .

. . . and absolutely fell in love with this guy.  The colors are gorgeous and he’s winking, how clever!  If I had a million dollars I’d own all of these but I just own one, and taking photos of all others suffices. . . for now!  Happy Whoolidays!




Pretty Packaging Makes the Gift November 17, 2011

Filed under: Buttons,Gifts,Handmade Artists,Omaha,Paper Arts — meganodea @ 8:00 am
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I’ve posted on packaging before where I showed packaging of purchases from some of my favorite handmade artists and bloggers including Funky Vintage Lovely and Allora Handmade. So I thought I’d share a little packaging I created recently for some cute little gifts.

I love these little sautered pendents with clever sayings that you see everywhere. And I love smiley faces, do you remember this post about the smiley face cookie jar? 🙂

These look great as necklaces or could be fun as key chains or maybe even incorporated into some piece of creative work so I wanted to let my friend decide what to do with it!

I had all the supplies already in my stash, it was just a matter of picking out fun ribbon and matching different textured papers with it. I glued the papers together, poked 2 holes to run the ribbon through, tied it up cute and cut the ends, that’s a trick my Mom taught me. It’s a good way to “finish” ribbon or bows.

I loved the ribbon and paper colors so much I didn’t want to hide them in the wrapping so  I just used some brown bag paper, wrote a little note on the inside, folded it over and hot glued colorful buttons on. Fun, cheery and made from scraps of things I already had on hand!

How do you use your scraps from all your creative projects?