Category Archives: Creative Projects

Mud:Storage Bench

Tutorial: How to Make A Grocery Tote Bag

Mud:Storage Bench

I love bags. I’m not a purse girl but I love bags.  All shapes and sizes and purposes.

If I’m honest, this obsession could get out of hand.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own, inexpensive if not free, tote bag!

A few months ago I came across the black and white striped wedding runner we used in Kaleigh and Jared’s wedding and surprise, surprise decided to make a tote bag.

Actually, I made 2 bags and a pair of curtains for Kaleigh’s apartment! (see end of post)
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Dixie Bell Paint - Armoire

$100 Dixie Belle Paint Giveaway & My New Armoire

Armoire Painted with Dixie Bell Paint

Painting this armoire has been on my to-do list for about 4 years. Maybe more. If it had been a smaller project I probably would have finished it long before now.

When the lovely ladies at Dixie Belle Paint contacted me to review their paint I decided it was time to tackle this big guy and transform him once and for all.

Now for the details, how to’s and before shots, when I thought I had an EPIC FAIL on my hands, how I fixed that epic fail PLUS a $100 Dixie Belle Paint Giveaway! Continue reading

Gray Painted Chest Mecury Glass Knobs

Painted Entry Hall Chest Reveal

Gray Painted Chest Mecury Glass Knobs On the day I painted this chest I declared I was going to do something for myself.
I could have chosen to go shopping. Or get a massage. Or a manicure.
But I was in a stay-at-home-and-check-something-off-my-mental-to-do-list mood.
So I chose to paint furniture.
A piece I’ve been wanting to paint for a very long time.
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Painted Chest with Harlequin Pattern

The Story of a Little Painted Chest’s Transformation

Painted Chest with Harlequin Pattern

For the past several years this little chest has resided in my entry hall. I honestly can’t even remember how long I’ve had it. I’m trying to picture it in my previous home…but I can’t…so I guess that means less than 10 years since that’s how long we’ve lived in this home. Almost.

EDIT: MY sweet sis-in-law reminded me that is was at my previous house so I’ve had it longer than 10 years! LOL! And of course, once she reminded me where it was I remembered!

My memory is so crazy these days. I remember the most random of inconsequential things but can’t seem to recall important details. But that’s a post for another day. If I remember.

My brother Matt built this chest for me. I sent him a drawing plus dimensions, he built it and I painted it. Let’s say 9 years ago.

Like most projects around here, I’ve been ready to repaint this little guy for several years. Well, I finally got around to it! Continue reading

Rustic Wood Shelves

Rustic Kitchen Shelves

Rustic Wood Shelves

When you remodel a kitchen the decisions can be overwhelming. For every decision that needs to be made there seems to be 1,000 options not to mention cost concerns.

What color to paint the walls? Reuse existing cabinets or buy new? What color to paint the existing cabinets? If new, do we stain the cabinets? Which counter top to purchase? Tile for the backsplash? Tile floor? Wood floor? Appliances..white? black? stainless? Lighting? Fixtures? Hardware? Refinish wood floors? Are they salvageable? Install new floors?

And if you’re using wood for any of these projects, which wood is the best option?

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Multi fabric table square

A Pair of Ruffled Table Toppers

Multi fabric runner

This month marks my 5th year as a blogger! Beyond the Screen Door is 5 years old!

Very early in my blogging career I met Robin. Robin was one of my first ~ might have been my very first ~ online customer. I’ve made several items for her over the years including pillows and a shower curtain.

Our latest collaboration is a table runner and table topper/square for her dining room all in shades of ivory, cream, tan and black.

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