Overall Projects

One of my favorite things to do is repurpose furniture. I am always in consignment shops, Good Will or yard sales looking for a bargain that I can play with and tweak. Here in town we have a store called Vintage Values. Vintage Values has two locations where you can donate your household items or clothing that are in good condition. The profits from the shop are then utilized at our local Domestic Violence Shelter. Gotta love that! I am in there at least twice a week scrounging around.

See the cute storage stool above? $6.99. Now that is a TICKLED find πŸ™‚

It did however look like this when I found it. I adore black and white as you know but not on my furniture and not in harlequin print. Also this fabric was old and dingy it had to go. Would you like to see how easy it is to transform this top? Trust me anyone can do this if you haven’t done something similar already.

Remove the fabric that is already on there and see what you are working with. Usually this is just a simple process of removing some staples.

As you can see someone had the same idea as me only they covered over the damaged original basket weave. The problem with covering over the damage is that you can feel the broken section through the fabric when you use the stool for a seat.

If you look closely you can see that the basket weave goes down into a braid wrapping around the edge of the lid. It is for all intents and purposes separate.

This is where I make my cut and remove the damaged top. Cut close to the braid all the way around the lid.

I was going to leave the braid exposed but as you will see once you start playing around with a piece, it will dictate what you can and can not do. The braiding was just barley holding the cushion on. If I had left the braid exposed the cushion would eventually shift over time with use and be a disfigured lumpy mess. No can do my friends.

Choose your fabric, lay it out flat and pin it along the top and bottom edge of the lid first. I went with a Schumacher fabric that I have had lying around for a while. It is also upholstery grade so it will be perfect for all of the wear and tear from my monkeys and my darlin’.

Flip it over and make sure that the fabric pattern is lined up exactly how you want it to be. Okay now we will be getting technical but it is still not that difficult.You will be working one side at a time. Start with a side that is not pinned.

First: Pull the fabric taut and hot glue it along the top edge of the lid from corner to corner leaving approx.Β  one inch from the corners not glued. If you glued the fabric to the interior it would not be able to fit the bottom any longer.

Second: Staple along the same edge with an industrial staple gun (not aΒ  neumatic one, we aren’t building houses here) for extra reinforcement.

Third: Make a cut in the fabric at the corners.

Fourth: Tuck and fold the fabric evenly around the corner.

Fifth: Staple securely.

Sixth: Move on to the next corner. Repeat. Move on to the next side and repeat all of the above steps.

When you are done trim away the excess fabric around the edge and vacuum up the stray threads lying around.

This guy now holds a multitude of my magazines for me. My surfer is ecstatic to have them hidden and out of the way. I also get to put my heels up at the end of the day in comfort πŸ™‚ Voila! $6.99 worth of storage and comfort.

You can use the same steps with dining room chairs or foot stools.

Let me know what you have repurposed, reused or recycled. I would love to know.


Tickled Red


I apologize for not posting. Things have been a little over the top with getting ready for Christmas andΒ  school wrapping up. Speaking of which, what to do with the monkeys while they are out of school? After they have used up their allotted amount of time deemed acceptable for the leakage of their grey matter, due to video games. Once they have built an entire populated city out of Legos.Β  When all of the board games have been exhausted. Should I have them sit down with their very creative, very quiet Etch A Sketch? Quiet. That would TICKLE me. Although seeing as how there is only one, that might entice a debate as to who gets to go first and for how long. There would go the quiet.

Instead of Etch A Sketch, we did some etching. Okay… I did some etching, they watched and learned how to etch. Advising me on design choices and cheering me on. It worked out great for all around. Learn first, etch next time. Which is what this is all about, showing you how to etch. If you already know how, I would love to hear about your creations. If this is new to you, I hope that you take a chance. This is super easy.

Etching Glass

Glass ornaments (or what you happen to choose: wine glasses,vase, dish, etc…)

Armour Etching Cream


Reinforcement Label circles

paint brush


* You can find your supplies at Michael’s *

First make sure that your glass is clean. Then start placing your stencil/circles.

We did both πŸ™‚

Read the directions and warnings on the Armour bottle. Apply the Armour Etching Cream thickly.

*Now the back says you leave the paste on for around a minute before you rinse. I have found that the longer it is on the better. Especially with the letter stencils. I had to go over mine again even after 10 min.; 30min should work.*

Now that you have applied the paste and you are holding your ornament,Β  you are probably saying to yourself,Β  “TR said that I have to hold this for how long!? What!”. This is where the ribbon comes in. Tye your ribbon any where that you like in order to make a line.Then string your ornaments along it. I did mine between two chairs. This way you will not have to hold it and it speeds up your process.

Rinse the paste off thoroughly, and wipe the glass clean. Your etch will show up once the glass has fully dried.

It will look like this πŸ™‚

I love them. Stripes are next, maybe even wavy lines, fish or shells. The sky is the limit.

I wish that my pics had been better for you. I am still working on my lighting issues. Have fun making these. If we can do them, so can you πŸ™‚ Let me know if you come up with a neat design.

Tickled Red

Cork It! I am sure that this phrase has you wondering. Who needs to cork it? What needs a cork? What does she mean? Is this another funny story about the monkeys? Isn’t this lady supposed to be talking about what TICKLES her? Did the surfer tell his lovely, hyper, over talkative, loud, beautiful redhead to Cork It!? Not a chance. Though on occasion he does say very discretely ” Hon, you’re talking a bit to much?”.

So Cork It! What does it mean? This is actually a little craft project that I have been doing. I have had a blast with these and I truly want to keep them all for myself, in a basket with shells as darlin’ little treasures.

Mmmm Hmmm, my surfer will not be going for that, I already have plenty of shells strewn around the house. Fortunately for him these will be moving on. I am working on a home for them and when it is done I will update you. In the meantime here are my Cork Treasures? Tickled Treasures? Wine Knobs? Tickled Knobs? Oh I give up, I can’t think of a good name. Maybe some of you can help me out? I might even make a contest out of it πŸ™‚ Best liked name wins a prize…a custom little treasure for a Christmas gift.Β  Deadline Friday at 5pm. How about it?

They are antique drawer pulls/ knobs. So there are only two or three (sometimes just one) of the same design at the most. I am also working on some modern pulls/knobs as well, for those of you that like a more sleek, modern,urban look in your decorating. I hope that you like them. IΒ  do πŸ™‚

My little wine cork treasures…they so need a good name.

Antique Aqua glass knob with star fish (Swarovski crystals)

Antique Lions Head pull.

Antique Cherub pull. I am working on a white distressed one.

Antique Urn filigree pull.

Antique Scallop Shell pull. I am working on a sea blue one.

Barley Twist Ring pull. This one is new, but went so well with this group.

Antique Terracotta distressed metal knob. Heavy!

Have fun coming up with a name everyone. I am off to do some more art projects. πŸ™‚

Tickled Red