Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Make 2015 a Good Story!

Tomorrow is the first blank page quote | Denise on a Whim
Happy New Year's Eve my friends!
I've been pretty busy this Christmas season filling custom sign orders for a bunch of my friends,
as well as celebrating with my loved ones.
But I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a most wonderful 2015!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Log Slice Reindeer

The Cutest DIY Reindeer Made from Log Slices via Denise on a Whim
I asked a friend of mine to cut some log slices for me a short time ago.
When I got a pile of them, these misshapen logs reminded me of reindeer.
The rings in the logs had naturally formed a nose so I saw it pretty easily.
I thought I'd try it out and I love them!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Christmas Gallery Wall

Festive Red Chalkboard from Denise on a Whim
I always decorate the wall in my dining room for the holidays.
This year, I began with a large chalkboard I had made out of a mirror frame.
From that, my dining room wall became a Christmas Gallery Wall!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Twig Stars

DIY Stars Made out of Twigs via Denise on a Whim
 Ready for a sneak peak at my Christmas Gallery Wall?
Today I'm sharing these twig stars
hanging in a vintage frame.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Joy, Peace, Love and Snowmen: Decorating Near Our Tree

Decorating Near Our Christmas Tree via Denise on a Whim
After we put our Christmas tree up, the wall behind it looked a tiny bit bare.
So I grabbed some stuff and added a little more holiday cheer to it!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wooden Angel

Angel Made from Repurposed Shelves and Scrap Wood from Denise on a Whim
A few weekends ago, I had a craft show in my hometown.
It was amazing and I nearly sold out.
It was a 3-day show, so on the morning of the 2nd day,
I was desperately looking through my stuff to figure out
what I could quickly make to restock my booth a bit.
I came up with this wooden angel.

Monday, December 1, 2014

All is Bright Star Shelf

DIY Rustic Star Inspiration | Denise on a Whim
This past weekend, after Thanksgiving, I got all of my Christmas decorating done!
I have a few special areas I want to share with you
and today it's my star-themed shelf.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Count Your Many Blessings

On this Thanksgiving Day,
I'd like to take a moment to say
how blessed I am to be able to do what I love
and share it with you here on my blog!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rustic Trees and Junky Snowmen

Rustic Trees and Junky Snowmen Shelf Decor from Denise on a Whim
With all of the snow we had last week,
I got motivated to get my home a little bit winterized.
Let me show you what I put together!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let It Snow Shovel Sign

Winter Sign from a Shovel by Denise on a Whim
I pulled this shovel out of the trash pile at work.
Who throws away a teal shovel??
Well, the guys I work with do.
I suppose they didn't see any use for it anymore since it's no good for shoveling.
But I think it makes a pretty snazzy winter sign!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cake Pan Snowman Chalkboard

Repurposed Cake Pan Snowman with a Chalkboard from Denise on a Whim
We're in full-out winter now here in Michigan.
I am not excited.
But it certainly does make it a bit easier to get working on Christmas projects.
Today's project is a new snowman I made from cake pans.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wooden Block Snowmen

Wooden Block Snowmen from Denise on a Whim
As I sit at the computer, the snow is blowing outside my window.
I, for one, am not ready for winter weather.
But what do you do?
Especially when you live in Michigan and have lake effect snow on an almost daily basis!

They've been talking about snow for over a week so it comes as no surprise.
And I guess you just have to embrace it and deal!

Well, I'm dealing by making snowmen!
Like the wooden block snowmen I'm sharing with you today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Farm Fresh Eggs Pallet Sign

Farm Fresh Eggs Pallet Sign from Denise on a Whim
I got so busy last weekend making signs and Christmas stuff
for a show this weekend that I forgot to use my time wisely
and take pictures during the daylight hours!

One thing that definitely stinks about setting our clocks back
is that it's dark out when I get home from work in the evenings.
But I did manage to snap a few pictures of this sign
in the 20 minutes of light before I had to leave for work this morning!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Insulator Snowmen Ornaments

Electric Fence Insulators Repurposed into Snowmen Ornaments from Denise on a Whim
It's certainly not easy for me to get in the Christmas mood
at the beginning of November.
Especially when I'm dreading cold weather and snow.
But, as a crafter and blogger, I had to suck it up and get my Christmas on!
And what better way to do it than with a fun repurpose!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ammo Box Table

I'm going to start of today's post by giving myself a nice little pat on the back!
Why, you ask?
Because I built this table. All. By. Myself!
And I'm feeling pretty darn proud!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Vintage Milk Bottle Cap Table Makeover

Table Makeover Using a Vintage Milk Bottle Cap Inspired Design from Denise on a Whim
I bought 2 matching round tables from a yard sale last year.
The tops of the tables have indentations around them and, to me,
they resemble a bottle cap.
So I ran with that idea!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sometimes You Just Need a Nap!

Sometimes You Just Need To Take a Nap Pallet Wood Sign from Denise on a Whim
When I saw this humorous quote on Pinterest,
I just knew it needed to be my next pallet wood sign!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Burlap Table Makeover

Burlap End Table Makeover from Denise on a Whim
As a general rule, I'm not a fan of glass table tops.
But, add a little burlap into the mix, and I can become a fan of anything!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rustic Photo Frame DIY

An Easy Rustic Photo Frame from Denise on a Whim
I took some pretty nice photos of my kids a few weeks back and
thought a nice, rustic frame would be the perfect accompaniment for the 8x10 I had printed.
Using wood from a crate, I made a great little frame for my living room!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Enamelware Tiered Stand

Enamelware Tiered Stand from Denise on a Whim
I just adore enamelware!
So when I realized I had two matching pieces, I knew I needed to get busy making a tiered stand!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Architectural Salvage Wall Hooks

Architectural Salvage Wall Hooks from Denise on a Whim
I've had this wonderful piece of salvaged wood
in my garage for a few years now.
I had a few in things in mind for it but they never seemed
to work out quite right when it came time to use this piece.
Guess it's just been waiting for me to find the right match for it.
And I found that match when I picked up an old brown finial.
Now it's a gorgeous backdrop for wall hooks!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Flea Market Pallet Sign

Fun Retro-Style Pallet Sign  from Denise on a Whim
You must know by now that I love a good flea market!
I mean, really, is there anyone out there doesn't?
Oodles and oodles of junk just waiting to be scooped up and reborn.
What's not to love!?!

Of course, I also love signs.
And pallet wood.
So I figured it was about time I combined all of those loves
and make a flea market pallet sign!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Innovative Broken Chair Upcycles

Upcycled Chair Projects Clipboard on Hometalk from Denise on a Whim
Hometalk recently contacted me to ask if I wanted to curate a board
all about broken chair upycles.
Are you kidding me? Of course!
I love, love, love upcycles and chairs have so many parts to reuse!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fireplace Log Roller Centerpiece

An antique Log Roller Upcycled as a Fall Centerpiece from Denise on a Whim
This antique fire log roller was a recent find at a garage sale.
I picked up this, a bookcase, a chair and a few small items for only $13!
Right now, I'm loving this filled with some autumn colors!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Berry Box Pumpkins

Painted Berry Box Pumpkins from Denise on a Whim
I bought a bunch of berry boxes last year at an auction.
Since then I've used them for various seasons.
They work great this time of year as little painted pumpkins!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Antique Writing Table Makeover

Antique Writing Table and Chair Set from Denise on a Whim
I must be one of the luckiest girls around!
My friends always bring me such fun stuff to work on,
like this sweet, little writing table.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Curvy Antique Table Makeover

Curvy Antique Table Makeover from Denise on a Whim
A friend brought me this fun vintage table
a few weeks ago.
And I gave it a burgundy makeover!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Collecting Beautiful Moments

Collect Beautiful Moments from Denise on a Whim
This weekend I managed to take the kids out,
in semi-dressy clothes,
and snap a few photos.
We spent awhile
collecting beautiful moments together.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Friend Has the Blues!

Blue and Brown Dresser Makeover from Denise on a Whim
I was asked to paint this dresser for my friend.
She's probably my best repeat customer ever!
And she has a tiny, little fixation with the color blue.

Monday, September 15, 2014

From Drab to Fab Bookcase Makeover

Drab to Fab Bookcase Makeover from Denise on a Whim
I've been on a furniture painting frenzy lately!
Truth is, it was necessary as my stock was pretty much non-existent.
And that is not good when you have a booth to fill and shows coming up!
Today's project is a cute little bookcase.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rustic Fall Vignettes

Old Books and Pretty Flowers in a Fall Vignette from Denise on a Whim
I finally got my FALL on!
And just in time, too.
The last few days have been downright chilly in these parts!
Today I'm showing you a couple of small vignettes I created in my living room.

Monday, September 8, 2014

An Instagram Weekend Recap

Awesome vintage furniture finds!
Over the weekend I got lucky!
Lucky with furniture, that is!
These 3 gorgeous pieces got delivered right to my door by a friend!
I've already started working on the table to the left.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rescuing a Little Round Table

This great roadside find gets a cute makeover in coral and blue from Denise on a Whim
It isn't often that I can actually pick up a piece of furniture on  the side of the road.
My car is just too darn small!
But I saw this cute table on my way home from work last week and,
It fit in my car! 
So I scooped it up, brought it home with me and gave it a little makeover!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teal and Lime Green Dry Sink Makeover

A real eye-catcher! Dry Sink Makeover in Teal and Green by Denise On a Whim
This dry sink was nothing special. Just your standard assembly-required piece of furniture with a very dark finish. Because of it's original dark look, I planned on painting it white and distressing the edges. But things took a turn for the better. ( I think anyway!)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

School Days Vignette

A Back To School Vignette with my New Chalkboard Printable from Denise on a Whim
Both of my children have officially met their teachers now. One of them has even already had their school pictures taken! Perfect timing to share my back to school vignette with you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Days Chalkboard Printable

Free Back to School Chalkboard Printable from Denise on a Whim
School starts for my two kiddos next week. Hard to believe the summer is over but Autumn is always a beautiful time of year. I'm looking forward to it.

To celebrate the start of the school year, I made a little chalkboard printable I'm sharing with you today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Autumn Celebration!

Autumn DIY Inspiration from Denise on a Whim
This week I'm taking my kids to meet their teachers for the new school year. They're excited and, frankly, so am I, although it's hard to believe I will have a 4th grader. Makes me feel a tiny bit on the old side!
With the start of school, comes thoughts of fall: sweaters, warm drinks with friends on a cool night, movies under a blanket. And, most of all, beautiful autumn colors!
To get in the mood, I've complied a collection of some past fall projects for you to take a look at today.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cutting Board Kitchen Signs

Garage Sale Cutting Boards Find New Life as Kitchen Signs via Denise on a Whim.
Sometimes you luck into the perfect things at a garage sale. Like these two cutting boards I picked up last weekend. I had nothing fancy in mind. I simply knew they would make fantastic kitchen signs!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pretty Wall Hooks with a Display Ledge

Wall Hook Board with a Display Ledge from Denise on a Whim
I don't know about you, but I love hooks! There's never enough places to hang bags, backpacks, coats and hats in my house! Even with hooks readily available, the kids love to come home from school and just drop everything on the floor. Is it just me or do you have that problem, too? I'm thinking it's universal with kids everywhere!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wooden Bowl Display

A thrifted and salvaged wall organizer for the bathroom via
I'm always picking up various odds and ends at the thrift store. One corner of my house is actually overrun by all the junk I find. I figured I'd better start using some of it or I might as well just call myself a hoarder and be done with it! This project used only one little piece from my stash, a wooden bowl. But hey, at least it's a start!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Be in Love with Life Pallet Sign

Be in Love with Life Pallet Sign by Denise On a Whim
Well hello everyone! It's been forever since I've put out a post and I've sincerely missed interacting with you! I had some changes happen in my life and needed a little time. Then I got preoccupied and couldn't get back into the groove of blogging. I'm seriously hoping to change that now!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Flower Seed Packet Burlap Sign

Seed Company Sign on Burlap
Just a quick post today to check in with everyone and share a burlap sign I made that's pretty great for this wonderful spring weather we've been having lately!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Salvaged Wood Hook Board

Hook Board from Salvaged Drawer Front via
Salvaged wood is one of my favorite things. I found this piece some time ago. But, when I didn't have much energy to create projects these last few weeks, I figured the least I could do was pull out this beauty and make a hook board!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Diamond in the Rough

A Cabinet Redo with a Cat Photo Bomb via
Hello everyone! I've really missed being here! But I needed a little bit of time. Thanks for all of the kind comments and support you all have given to me. It really means so much!
Today's project is a favorite. Of my cat's anyway! Ha ha! There's my little Marco photo bombing. Again!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Little Note

I haven't been around very much lately
and I thought maybe I should let you all know that I'm just dealing with some things.
Things that are taking a little time to adjust to.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Repurposed Spring Bird Nest

Spring Bird Nest Decor from a Repurposed Light Fixture via
Since I picked up this old porch light at a rummage sale last summer, I've always thought it would make the perfect birdhouse. Well, now it's transformed but not quite into a birdhouse. It's a pretty piece of indoor spring decor instead!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vintage Skate Box Chalkboard Shelf

A Vintage Skate Box Is Now and Adorable Shelf and Chalkboard!
Is there anything that doesn't make a great chalkboard? My latest chalkboard creation is a vintage skate box that I made into a chalkboard and shelf!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Printer's Tray Shelf

Make a Shelf Out of a Printer's Tray via
Once again, my living room changes have brought about another project! Today I'm sharing a new shelf I made from a vintage Printer's Tray.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DIY Polaroid Picture Banner

Make Your Own Polaroid Photo Banner via
I've been planning to make this darling Polaroid Banner for some time now. As is often the case for my own projects, necessity lit a fire under me and I finally got it done!
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