Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

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

 

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.

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

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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!

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

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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

 

Repurposed Frame & Screen October 6, 2013

Filed under: decorating,Holidays,Inspiration,Omaha — meganodea @ 9:09 pm
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My creative juices are overflowing, finally!! I started and finished two projects today AND I’m blogging about them both!

Ornate gold frame

I bought this frame as a set. You may remember this sign I made for my then boyfriend and now husband!! woohoo!!

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Yes, I’ve had this in my closet for over three years and it even moved to our new house with me. I knew I’d find a brilliant project to use it for!

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I took the back off and pulled out the print, it’s mounted on a board so I just set them aside. . . you’ll see why in a bit.

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I sanded the frame very lightly to give the paint something to stick to.

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Then I started painting.

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I love these Valspar samples and lately I’ve been obsessed with the color Tropical Oasis. So obsessed that when I showed my Hubs the two projects I was working on today he called me Marie. (Those of you Breaking Bad fans know how much Marie loved her purple. . . well I love turquoise!)

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I’m also obsessed with the Valspar Antiquing Glaze!  It’s like adding a fun scarf to your outfit, it just ties it all together and finishes the outfit perfectly!

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Remember the print and board I set aside? Yep, I wrapped it with some fun paper.

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Then inserted the piece of glass I had cut at the local hardware store.  . . can you see it?

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I couldn’t even wait for the glaze to dry, I had to finish it tonight because I knew it was going to be so cute!

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TADAAA!!!   All of these items I had around the house.  The glass cylinder on the left is just filled with green lentils and wrapped with jute. So simple but super cute!

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The frame-turned-tray turned out just how I wanted! For Christmas I will switch out the paper and the decor. . . I’m going for a turquoise, green and red theme this year, can not wait until Christmas!

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I also painted up this little screen since I wanted to paint it. . . . you guessed it. . . .turquoise, Valspar Tropical Oasis to be exact!

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There is a screen there, can you see it?

 

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I’ve had this screen about three years as well so it was a bit dirty, gave it a good wipe down with a damp cloth.



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Then got to painting!  It only took a couple of coats.





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Eventually I’ll hang a holiday themed wreath on this screen but for now it added another layer to our mantle.  I’ve been Pinning mantles like crazy on Pinterest! Come follow me!

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That sign right there was painted by Susie Harris,

one of my most favorite bloggers.  I love her work.

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I’m loving today’s projects! My old house had every wall painted a color!  Now, all my walls are “Latte” so I’m using color in other ways. It’s definitely been a challenge, but I’m slowly figuring out.  Next challenge is what to do with those windows!

If you have any ideas, let me know!

Cheers!

Megan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Headoord! May 21, 2012

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My sister has been coming up with a lot of projects for me lately and I’m loving it! We were out junking the other weekend and she said she wanted a headboard and I said I have a door you can use and she was instantly sold!! So we created this Saturday and hung it on Sunday!

Clean it up Kate!

I got this door and an old screen door for $10 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore so one of them was free, I just can’t remember which! This one was marked $1.00 on the tag but also had $10 written on it, so we’re going to say it was $10.

She wanted gray, but we couldn’t find gray spray paint but we could find gray spray paint PRIMER so we used that and it worked great. One can was about $5.00.

Usually I wipe on a stain and work it so the piece looks antiqued but we found this Valspar glaze for $8 at Lowe’s and decided to give it a try hoping the dry-time would be a lot less than when using stain.

It didn’t take much, and it was so easy to just wipe on, let it dry a little for just a couple minutes, then work it and wipe off as you like! The bottle says you have about 15 minutes until it dries and you can’t work it anymore and I would say that’s very accurate!

I didn’t notice that “C” until we antiqued it up! C is for CUTE!

Brian was so kind to help us hang this beast!

We purchased these picture hangers, $12 for 2 (links to 18″ but we got the 6″). They hold a lot of weight! And they worked awesome! As you can see here, we didn’t paint the back of the door, we were too anxious to see how it would turn out!

Brian measured perfectly, it’s level!

And there’s the headoord!

Pretty cute, huh? I like that she picked a softer neutral color and not black.

Looks old and dirty, huh? Just how we like our creations!

Super cute, can’t wait to see what she does with the space above the headboard.

Kate’s a good decorator, she always picks really fun fabrics and knows how to use color without putting it everywhere like I do! Her lime green duvet is from Target and my Mom made the pillow. My Mom also made the wall hanging with the different fabrics. Cute, huh?

Kate was VERY EXCITED!! And she only spent $35 on a headoord!!

When I do this again, I will probably buy a wider door, this one was only 2 feet and I think 4 feet would be perfect. I would also use a door with a symmetrical design, but that’s just my neurosis! I also don’t mind that it is longer than the bed is wide, I think if you had side tables and nice lamps or something tall it would be easy to blend the ends in.

Thanks for asking me to help you with this Kate! Can’t wait to make another one!

What new technique or project have you created lately?

Smiles!

Megan

 

Seeing Green – More Repurposed Wall Art May 13, 2012

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And now a little break from the nature hikes!

My very good friend Nicole found this gem while she was out “junkin”!

Beautiful gold and chippy frame.

And this beautiful gem I picked up at Shabby Chic Picker Chick but sadly she has closed her storefront but still sells online.

Another beautiful gold beauty!

(oops, I forgot to round the corners on this photo! Oh well.) I chose the Martha Stewart paint samples I got from Home Depot in Okra.

And I had a spill. . .. oops!!

It took about 4 coats to cover that nasty goldness!  You can see it shining through here.

I’ve had that green paintbrush since college. . . 14 years. . . yikes!!

I roughed up the frame after I painted it to look worn. But you can see here, the gold really showed through.

I like the white showing through, but not the gold.

So I tried to paint it with watered down white acrylic.

It looks pretty good. . . from a distance 🙂

Isn’t she lovely? I picked up  a few botanical prints at The Humble Home for only $2 each! I love botanicals but only when they are in a bright funky frame!

You may remember this beautiful shelf I made from this post. I propped my new artwork up on it, looks lovely.

But a little sparse.

So I added a couple other pieces of repurposed art! Now it makes me smile every time I walk by.

Doesn’t the shelf look so sweet?

I’m in love with this repurposed project too!  Green and pretty.  The white vase is also from The Humble Home. The doily is from a junk store in Eureka Springs, AK. And the yellow iris’, well, their from my garden!

What have you repurposed lately?

Smiles!

Megan

 

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?

Smiles!

Megan

 

Perfectable Spectacle February 13, 2012

What a title, huh?  My sister, who is so creative herself, messaged me on Facebook a week or so ago and said she’s looking for a print of glasses but couldn’t find one. Of course I said, I can make you one! Easiest project ever and it turned out just perfect. Here’s a little step by step.

I told her to send me a few photos off the inter webs of styles that she likes.  This one happened to come from Warby Parker, which my sister just purchased from, are you familiar with them? Warby Parker sells vintage inspired glasses, very good prices, and for every pair purchased, they donate a pair of glasses to one of their non-profit partners.   The other cool thing is they send you glasses to try on at home in a fancy box, then you send them all back and let them know which one you chose! Very good experience.

Anyway, I took the image into Photoshop, simplified it, sized it to final painting size  and printed it out.

I had a 9×12 canvas board in my closet so I measured it off to 8×10 as that’s the size of frame my sister had.

Got out my tub of paints even though I only needed black and white!

I wanted the white background to be warm so I mixed in a little yellow and brown paint.

You can see the difference here between the original gesso canvas board and the warmer white that I painted.

I centered the print out on the canvas and taped it down.

Next step was tracing the image using graphite paper.

Graphite paper worked pretty good!

Because the painting was so small and I had to be precise, the paint needed to be really easy to work with so I mixed it with matte medium. It just makes the paint a little thinner and not as sticky so therefore easier to work with in small spaces.

And there you go!

Not exactly precise but looks pretty good.

Kate loved it!  Easiest project ever for me!

It looks good above her desk. See that chalkboard? That was an old cabinet door, and a Christmas present from me last year!  (can you tell I upgraded my camera? Now i just need to be better about lighting, I should have turned off that desk lamp!)

Her apartment is super cute, she’s a really good decorator.  See that “Work hard and Be Nice” sign? She found that at one of our favorite stores, Voila!

This is a painting in her apartment that only took me 3 years to complete :). Well, I started it about 3 years ago as it was going to be a birthday present for her, then I got tired of it when I was 75% of the way through and it just sat on my easel in my art room for 3 years before I finally picked up my paintbrushes again and finished it up!  Merry Christmas to Kate this year!

I’m lucky to have Kate as my sister because she loves decorating with my artwork!  This is one of my favorite paintings from my art school days at Iowa State.  We had to take  a painting we like, this is a Georgia O’Keefe and paint it in a different style than the original artist. I can’t for the life of me remember what style I was trying to attempt!  But I think it turned out super cool.

Back to the glasses, what do you think? I love them and so does Kate which is all that matters!

Smiles!

Megan