DIY: Chalkboard Drawer

August 19, 2015

In what comes as one of the easiest crafts to ever exist, it’s the chalkboard drawer!

I picked up this cool drawer from the Heckled Hen (they had an extensive selection to chose from) and decided I would make this piece!























Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes…

You’ll need:

  • An old drawer
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Hardware for hanging a frame

1. Clean the drawer

I used some soap water to clean out the drawer that had some crumbs, so the paint would stick properly


2. Paint the bottom of the drawer

I was very generous with the amount of paint I put down, and I also had to do two coats. Chalkboard paint comes in several different forms, Lowes has it in a can – Michaels has it in different size bottles, there’s even a spray paint too. I used a small bottle that I got a Michaels, cost about $3.

















3. Add any embelishments

Next, after the paint was dried I added some beautiful gum paste flowers that I found at the Eastwood Garage Sales for $5. The drawer looked like it needed something to complete it, so that’s what I did. Other ideas to add, you could do old broaches, clip on earrings, keys, or buttons.


4. Install hardware

This drawer was a little heavy, so I installed heavy duty frame hardware for it on the back. Instead of using wire to hang it, I used some twine.


5. Draw something & hang it up

The most time I spent on this project was looking for something to draw with chalk. Pinterest is a great time waster. I also used an old piece of glassware to hold the chalk. You could use this as a shelf in the bathroom and put a container of q-tips, or you could use it in the kitchen and use it to hold utensils. The possibilities are endless!


Here’s the final project!


DIY: Picture Frame

August 17, 2015

The Heckled Hen, located in Manlius is an antique store for everyone. Not only do they have several rooms of old treasures, if you step outside they have tents and a backyard area with more finds!

I went to Heckled Hen with a couple re-purposing crafts in mind. Recently on a trip to Michaels Craft Store I saw this:

















It’s one of those trendy picture frames that holds pictures on twine. Not sure if you can see the price, but it says $40! YIKES! I said to myself, I can make that… and so I did.

Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes (+ some drying time)


You’ll need:

  • An old frame (Heckled Hen has a big variety)
  • Twine
  • Staplegun
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Small clothes pins ($2 at craft store)
  • 2 command strips


















1. Spray paint the frame

Pick a color, could be a fun color, I went with a beige – I’m clearly not that fun. Spray paint the front side, let it dry – then spray paint the back side


















2. Sand the frame

Use some higher grained sandpaper (or whatever you have around the house) and give the edges a little sanding. This will give the frame a weathered look.



















3. Cut the twine

You’ll want to cut the twine to be about an inch longer on both sides. Put a knot at each end – this will hold it in place.
















4. Staple the twine

Use your staple gun to attach the twine to the backside of the frame. You’ll have the knot on the outside of it, that way the twine doesn’t pull through the staple.


5. Attach command strips

I’m all for not putting holes in my walls. I have latham plaster in my house and am afraid one day it will all just come crumbling down. So to avoid that, I use command strips like it’s my job. Since the frame isn’t heavy at all, thats what I used to hang the frame.


6. Select your pictures!

The most exciting part of the project is seeing it come to life with pictures, attach them to the frame with the clothes pins


Here’s the final project!


Top 6 Tips for The Bouckville Antique Fest

August 09, 2015
















The Bouckville Antique Week is schedule for August 10th – 16th, located all along the scenic route 20 in Bouckville. If you’re not a regular, and have never been to something like this – we’ve complied a list from our in-house antique experts of advice on attacking Antique Week!



Some people will just take a listed price as it is, but sellers EXPECT you to bargain with them – so do it! Piece of advice though, don’t try to under cut them – because some people might actually take offense to it. I’d recommend if something is listed at $35 – offer $25 – that means they will come down to $30, hopefully. Lead in lines might sound something like…

“Will you take $30 for this?”

“I see there’s a scratch here, how about $30”

“Can you work with me on the price a little?”















It’s always a great idea to go to one of these fests with a plan. Have a list of 5 things that you’re looking for – that way you can scan the booths quickly and cover as much ground in as little amount of time.



You might be tempted to buy the first item you see that’s on your list, but you have to be smart about it! The first one you see might not be the best price or quality. So write down the booth number/area on your list and make a note to come back to it. UNLESS it’s something you think won’t be there when you return, because it’s just THAT cool.














Look at the space you’re entering and choose what way you’ll approach it. Left to right, down and up – I’m a person that needs a clear path and I always want to make sure no antique goes un-turned.



Some dealers appreciate selling their items to people who are passionate about learning the history of what they’re selling. Plus, it will be a better conversation piece in your house if you actually know what it is! And who knows, maybe you’ll get a couple bucks knocked off it you bond with the dealer.














Bring your smartphone with you. If you see something that looks really unique and cheap, look it up online – just in case you’re about to pass up a rare item!

Hydrate with water – nothing worse than getting sick from heat while you’re in the middle of antiquing!

Have a game plan on how you’ll carry all of this stuff you buy without having to go back to the car, maybe a wagon or a strong friend.


Click here to find out all the information you need for this years Madison-Bouckville Antique Week!


DIY: Old into New

August 06, 2015

This re-purpose was 100% inspired by Selma at Behind the Iron Gates. Right when I walked in the door I saw this beautiful piece she had made herself with a piece of old wood and a couple vintage bottles. From that point I went scouring around the store looking for some sort of old piece of wood. That’s when I found an old level, and decided I would make what Selma did, but with this level. What to call this project, I’m not too sure. There’s also over a hundred old bottles to choose from at Behind the Iron Gates.

Here’s how I re-purposed old items into a cool wall piece in literally less than 10 minutes:

You’ll need:

  • E6000 glue
  • old bottles
  • some kind of piece of wood (get creative)
  • flowers for the vases
  • Twine to hang


1. Glue the bottles

Simple as that, spread the glue on the edges that will touch the wood. Lay it in a flat place for a couple hours (just to completely insure it’s dry)












2. Add the flowers

I got these wheat and other dried flowers from the side of the road, not gunna lie. You can also use fresh flowers and change it out (but cleaning the vase might be tricky), or you can use fake flowers from a craft store.


2. Hang the piece

This was heavy enough to need a nail in the wall. Depending on what type of wood you find (maybe a piece of pallet wood?) you can attached twine to the back side and staple it, or this piece had an already built in hole which made it easy to hang.


Here’s the final project!



DIY: Doily Wreath

August 03, 2015

Tasked to come up with a craft from Behind The Iron Gates, I went into the store with some ideas, but walked out with even better inspiration.

First of all Selma, the owner of Behind The Iron Gates, was so friendly and willing to help me conjure up ideas! She’s a creative mind that not only loves antiques, but loves re-purposing them for fun!

Behind the Iron Gates is located at 1818 West Genesee St in Syracuse in a restored historic house, with rooms after rooms of treasures and antiques. The first room that peaked my interest was the linen room where the possibilities were endless!

For today’s craft I came up with a doily wreath with antique broaches, all of which you can buy at Behind the Iron Gates.


Here’s how I made it in literally less than 10 minutes…


You’ll need:

7-10 doilies from Behind the Iron Gates

Straw wreath (Michaels had for $5.99 but don’t forget a coupon!)

Antique broaches from Behind the Iron Gates

Pins (Under $4 at Michaels)

An old white curtain or a half yard of fabric (I used white)












1. Cut the fabric

I had an old sheer curtain in my closet so I cut that into about 5 strips 4” wide. That will make it so the whole wreath is covered under the doilies. It in NO way needs to be completely straight because you’ll end up covering up the edges anyways.












2. Pin the fabric

Just start wrapping the fabric around the wreath. You’ll pin the first two edges, and then pin the last two edges once you’ve wrapped that piece around. Wrap and repeat.












3. Layout the doilies

You’ll wanna map out how you want to doilies to be on the wreath. I didn’t get ALL white doilies because I wanted the texture, so you’ll see I had multiple colors/even stained doilies – doesn’t matter! Once it’s all together, it looks great.


4. Pin the doilies

Once you’ve got them all laid out and a look in mind, start pinning! I pinned down the bigger ones first, and then laid over the more detailed doilies. You’ll use 2-3 pins per doily. Stretch them as far as they’ll go so that you have maximum space covered and they arn’t lose and floppy. I used the pearl pins so if I had to I could have them on the front and it wouldn’t look terrible, but the way it all laid out, I was able to hide all the pins on the back.

























5. Finishing touches

Once you’ve got the whole thing wrapped in doilies, the last step is to add the broaches and how you’ll hang it! To hang this one, I saved one long rectangle doily. I folded it in half and it coincidentally just hung very easily. If you can’t get your hands on a rectangle doily, you could use twine, burlap or a piece of whatever fabric you used underneath. To secure it you can either sew it at the top or maybe even use one of the broaches!

Adding the broaches was literally the hardest part of this whole project. Not actually adding them, because all you do for that is just stick in the These broaches from Behind the Iron Gates were just SO beautiful, I just could NOT figure out where I wanted them. I consulted several craft friends, and we were all as equally puzzled. Here were some of my options…













































I ended up going with this as the result and present to you, my doily wreath!