Ditch your Hand Towel for a Stainless Steel Paper Towel Dispenser

This is my guest bathroom.  I have made a few changes from the original "builder basic" bath it started as (read about the vanity and ceiling  HERE).  One of my favorite additions is the stainless steel industrial paper towel dispenser.  You've seen the commercials for the Kleenex brand disposable paper towel dispenser.  The one where they show how disgusting the guest bath hand towel can be.  That is why I have always bought white towels for hand towels.  I like that you can bleach them, but they still seem stained after a few months and seem icky to me.  Well I have bought and enjoyed the Kleenex paper boxed towels but... they are expensive, they didn't blend with my bath style and aren't wall mountable in my bath.  So when I saw this used stainless steel paper towel dispenser for $10 at ReStore, I jumped on it. Read more [...]
Nov 3, 2013 - Parties, Printables    6 Comments

How to Throw a Great Pirate Party

Last week my youngest child turned 4!  Wow, how time flies.  My Will is all boy and of course loves Pirates.  He was Jack Sparrow for Halloween and could watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies over and over again.  So, when I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted he said "I want a PIRATE PARTY!"  His excitement for his upcoming party made me want to amp things up for him.  We invited 11 friends, way too much for a four-year old, but as long as we were going all out, why not!?! For the table, I pulled together as much piraty stuff as I could from around the house.  I included beachy stuff too since I have a lot of it.  (I printed this cute AHOY hanging banner HERE) As the kids arrived, we did a gathering activity, a pirate puzzle from a dollar store.  This was a great way to keep the kids interested while Read more [...]

Recycled Craft Storage and Organization

I've just finished my craft room!  I shared it HERE.  Now I want to get down to the nitty-gritty of how I recycled boxes and other junk to organize the heck out of all those crafting supplies.  So here is my recycled craft storage and organization: The vintage shopping cart.  My father in law saved this from the dump, just for me.  I love the turquoise wheels!  I just whipped up a little bag out of this leftover pink striped fabric.  I stuffed it full with sewing projects that I need to work on. An old curio wall cabinet holds all kinds of crafting goodies. Old glass jars from Biscoff, caramel and all kinds of eats were washed out, labels cleaned off and filled up with chalk, sequins, confetti, pop tops and embroidery floss.  The clear glass cabinet and glass jars make finding stuff a snap.  Plus the fun colors Read more [...]
Oct 27, 2013 - Open House    10 Comments

Creative Craft Room Organization

I have finally set up a craft room in my basement!  I am so excited to share my design studio space with you.  If you know me well, then you know with four boys, a husband and a boy dog, my house has ended up pretty masculine.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE it that way, but with this space just for me, I added some bright fun colors including pink and turquoise and a more feminine touch.  Here is my creative craft room organization station: I have a huge old table with a large leaf.  It holds two paper sorters with scrapbook supplies. I LOVE this giant chalkboard I picked up at ReStore for $15!  Just below it is my fab Pffaf sewing machine sitting on a thrift store desk with bamboo detail that I painted white.  I added a shelf and wrapped it in one of my all time favorite fabrics, pink paisley. An alcove by the Read more [...]

Vintage Schoolhouse Chairs from an online auction

I am always on the hunt for vintage industrial furniture, especially mid-century.  You know, the pastel greens and blues that used to be in your elementary school?  Well I had heard about PublicSurplus.com where anything old that government offices such as schools, city offices, etc. aren't using are auctioned off on-line.  You can search by the area in which you live, by the type of items available, even a specific school or agency.  I couldn't wait to try it out and my first time was a success!  Check out these vintage schoolhouse chairs that I bought! Here they are in my craft room where I plan to keep them. I bid on two sets of chairs in order to get the right mix of pastel seats that I was looking for.  I won a total of two bids for $24 for 12 chairs.  That's only $2 a chair!  Because they were not in mint Read more [...]
Oct 12, 2013 - Travel    10 Comments

The Village of Downton Abbey

As you may or may not be aware, my bestie, my sister, my (we wish we were) twin sister Amy moved to Oxford, UK this summer.  I am in the middle of seizing a fabulous opportunity to visit her.  One of the first things we did when I arrived was to visit the village of Downton Abbey.  There is a city just outside of Oxfordshire named Bampton where they film the village scenes from the Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey.  I'm a huge fan of the show so I couldn't wait to see where the filming was done (unfortunately the Highclere Castle was closed during my visit so I just saw the village).  I'll take you on a tour of the Downton sights in Bampton: This is the village chapel.  It is Saint Mary's and has a lovely congregation and preacher.  We went to their Sunday service and chatted with the locals. They couldn't have Read more [...]

Tips to Reupholster a Chair

I'm so excited to introduce Lindsay from My Creative Days!  She is going to share this great tutorial on how to Reupholster a chair that she fell in love with.  Check out her blog below: Do you believe in love at first sight? I absolutely do! This past weekend, I fell in love at the first sight of this AMAZING chair ! The wood.... the shape....... the red velvet... (okay, maybe not the red velvet). Hello, Mr. Chair. Where have you been all my life? The drab part of the chair was definitely the red velvet seat. I knew that had to go immediately, but I also knew that was the only thing I had to change. Easy makeover (love those)! The velvet was stapled on the seat and then it was trimmed with a piece of the same fabric and some upholstery tacks. It was very easy to remove. Now, I was left with a small, flat, tired Read more [...]
Oct 6, 2013 - Churchy Stuff, Printables    8 Comments

We Need Women Who Are…

Once again I loved LDS General Conference that was on again this weekend.  One of the speakers, Elder Christofferson gave a fantastic talk on women of the world.  He talked about keeping women feminine and women of the world.  He quoted former Relief Society President Margaret Nadauld and I absolutely adored this quote.  "The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.  There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.  We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.  We have enough greed we need more goodness.  We have enough vanity we need more virtue.  We have enough popularity, we need more purity."  I made it into a little printable but couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I uploaded them all.  Feel free to copy, download, or pass out in a Read more [...]
Oct 1, 2013 - Home Improvement    109 Comments

Stain a Wood Playset to Make it Look New Again

Eight years ago when we moved into our home, there was one big-ticket item that I dreamed about and was ready to make a reality.  A backyard playset.  Once our fence was installed and our landscaping complete I couldn't wait to purchase one of these monsters.  You know, the kind that are in 10 boxes from Costco, Sam's club or Rainbow?  We chose the one from Sam's Club because I liked the brown wood and green accents.  I liked how they blended into the landscape of our yard.  After a week of assembly (yes, it took a full week) the kids couldn't get enough. Well eight years later it's wear was showing and becoming a bit of an eyesore.  I think that most people think that because it was built to be outside, it must weather the elements great!  Or they think "It's made of cedar, so there shouldn't be any upkeep."   Well Read more [...]
Sep 26, 2013 - Crafts, Trending    3 Comments

Make a Wish: 16 Wishbone Decor Ideas

With fall's arrival I think of Thanksgiving, which brings me to turkey, and then to the wishbone of course!  I recently purchased a pair of wishbone earrings and have loved the whimsy it has brought to my wardrobe.  There is just something about wishbones that I think are adorable.  If you like them too then today is your lucky day because I am sharing 16 wishbones in art, decor, furniture or fashion. This adorable vintage style greeting card is from Papaya. This adorable "Oh Snap" graphic has been sold out on Etsy.  I love the quote. The Lucky Break company sells faux wishbones for all your crafting or party needs!  Way easier than cleaning a bunch of chicken or turkey bones. Becky from Cup Half Full hand painted this adorable wishbone and framed it. And then there is the classic wishbone chair.  This one Read more [...]
Sep 20, 2013 - Crafts, Friend Show Off    20 Comments

Tutorial to Make a Rope Basket

I was recently cruising around my friend Cecily's website CeciBean.  She has some adorable stuff.  Her latest post on how to make a rope basket caught my attention so I asked her if I could share it here on Burlap and Denim.  Check it out!  Amazing, right?  I love how cozy, folk artsy, and fall it is.  And now check out the supplies that she used to make it!  I have this sitting around in storage in my basement!  So here is a warning to friends, you may be getting one of these for Christmas! What a great finished product, Thanks for sharing Cecily! Click HERE for the whole tutorial on CeciBean. Linked Up: Funky Junk, Tatertots and Jello     Read more [...]

Tips for Getting FREE Posters From Store Displays

Guess what everyone, I got ANOTHER FREE poster!  This time I was at an outlet mall nearby and saw this beauty hanging in one of the store windows.  I fell in love immediately.  I love anything nautical/beachy (okay, it has to be classy too) Who doesn't love a little ombre in your house It is gray, turquoise and navy, three of my favorite colors It had no branding for the store I found it in! So, as I shopped the shop and was purchasing a cute nautical navy and white boat neck sweater and a pair of fresh new pink flip-flops, I asked to be "put on the list" of people who were interested in having it when they rotated out their window display.  The clerk obliged even though she didn't know such a list existed.  She jotted down my name and number and we left figuring I'd never hear from her.  Well we right, Read more [...]
Sep 13, 2013 - Recycle & Reuse    12 Comments

Retro Outdoor Furniture Makeover

I am excited to share my retro outdoor furniture makeover!  When my husband's grandmother passed, we inherited her retro patio sofa.  It had seen better days, probably in the 50' or 60's when she purchased it.  It was upholstered in a funky green floral plastic, similar to an outdoor table-cloth.  The foam of the seat had torn and tiny chunks of deteriorated foam came cascading out.  My husband duck taped the worse of the two cushions to help keep the mess to a minimum.  It was a very funky upholstery job to say the least.  BUT, the sofa had such fun retro lines and was quite comfortable so I decided to give the whole thing a makeover. I started by looking at outdoor fabrics.  There is a huge selection of fabrics made for outdoors but they are still quite pricy.  Most were between $12-$25 a yard.  I knew I wanted Read more [...]