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I’m a Hard Core Auntie because…


I Encourage My Nieces and Nephews to Make!  Okay, sometimes I Make them Make!


But not with cooking or Drawing!

This is my Mirror Identical Twin Nieces Drawing a Picture, Together, at the Same Exact Time.

Isn’t that cool?  (PS…I did not teach them to cook or drawer, but I encourage it.)

I have taught them other Creative Things….

By way of Helping this Aunt Upcycle, Rehab and/or Fix!

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I got these old, Ratty, painted gold Chairs for Free. I thought this would make a Good Learning project for my Brother’s Kids!


I was surprised, because ALL three, even the 15-year-old brother, got into it!

The took Apart the ratty seats with disintegrated Foam and weakened zig-zag Wire coils.


And with the h=Help of Uncle, they Built the Seats back up Again!


They Added Batting to the new foam, again, with the help of Uncle, and of course, Under my Direction.  I was solely Only the Project Manager on This Remake!


Then the new Upholstery was added to the fixed seats!

But we Were Not Done Yet!


After a Full, but light Sanding, they spray painted the Chairs!


When Dried, they Put the chairs all back Together again.

They were so Proud of Their own work!!


So Proud, I just Gave the Chairs to them to use at Home!

And their Creativity has not Stopped There!

My Brother was Gifted a box of old scratched up 45 Records.


My 15-year-old Nephew was inspired by Them!


He added Record Decor Along to his growing broken Skateboard Collection.


He Came up with this on his Own and I am one Proud Aunt!

And his 12 years Sisters make this Upcycling Aunt Just as Proud!

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It started with a Curb Alert Free Stuff Pile where I got to Teach my Nieces Picking 101.  Stop the Car. Get Out of the Car. Take a Real Close Look.  My nieces Loved a couple of Wood Boxes in the Pile.  And Of course I eyed a Mid Century-ish Metal Stand or Table Base.


They put the wire table together with one of the wood boxes and made a table.


Then they added a Lower Shelf!  Now they have a Bedroom Side Table that Holds their Pet Rat’s, Ink Spot and Einstein, Cage.

And Speaking of Ink Spot and Einstein…


The Twins looked up Online How to Make a Rat Cage Hammock and They Made one All on Their Own.

Look Close at the Stitching…Isn’t that so Cute.

Then there was this…


We Took her Camping and she Whittled a little Man and then added the Moss Hair.

Her Idea and Her Work.

I Love seeing the Creativity Grow in Young People and am Fortunate to be Able to see it First Hand in Some of my Nieces and Nephews.  I can’t wait until my next project with them!

Also, I Feel my Very Own Creating Mode Coming Up.                                                                So, Stay Tuned for my Next Creative Blog!

Thanks for Visiting and Do Please Come Again!





Our bed is now…

That is!

This project has history and of course, chatty me has to tell you about it!

But I will make it fun…

I swear!

It All Started with This:

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Oh, Yes It Did!

The huge white shelves on the right in the garage came with the house when we bought it.

For some reason, the husband, had to tear them down and they were monsters!

Mind you, there now are metal shelves exactly where these used to be? Don’t ask me!

Anyway, they were monsters because each section is at least 7.5″ long and made of at least 1.5″ thick plywood, with little pieces of woods attached to both sides (to place shelves)!

Can you say super heavy and awkward?

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What is worse, the husband would not let the contractor take them away!

So my mind went to work!

What could I do with these???

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Aha! We did not have a bed frame!

So, I decided I could use the Monsters for a Platform Bed Frame!

The husband nixed this idea for almost a year!

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But I finally went forward with my design vision!

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Yes, we are in our 40’s and our bed is now sitting on cement blocks, or should I say…

Cool Industrial style legs!

After cleaning…

I sprayed painted!

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And kept on painting! Those suckers are big, even if I did not have to paint the full sides!

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After painting, had to transport the monsters to the bedroom.

Huff Puff, Ouch, Oooh, Wait, Okay, Got It!

For some reason these monster garage shelves had trim on them, who puts trim on a garage shelf?

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I had to take some trim off (or shall I say, “The husband had to take the trim off), to use it for the end to make for a more finished look.

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I thought those funky little pieces of wood that stick out (which I like to call “nobbies”) would make the Monsters look cool as a Platform Bed Frame.

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And I was right! It does look cool!

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But I have to admit…

The vision of this whole bed was kind of like this:

What I forgot is that we have a box spring!

Which makes ours just, ha, a tad bit higher!

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But I still like it!

There needs to be some tweaking on the end part that sticks out at the end.  Tweaking,  not to be confused with twerking (which by the way that area is perfect for dancing on top of, you know).

In my design mind’s eye, it was supposed to be a seating area, but now we lovingly refer to it as “The Diving Board!”

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Picture this…running through the house, sliding around the corner into the bedroom trying not to lose speed, continuing toward the bed stepping up with one foot up on that end part, giving just the right thrust to DIVE into the bed!

Yes, we really are in our 40s!  And ahem, we have both tested the diving board and my platform bed frame is that strong!

But no, I am thinking a long thin bench style cushion for that area in complimentary colors would make for that nice low seating area I had in mind.

Do you have any other ideas I could do with that area (maybe steps for our aging cat)??

If so send me some suggestions in the comment area please!
I can’t wait to read them!

Okay, I should have made sure the bed looked a bit better for these photos, but you get the point!

PS…Even though the husband was not into this particular design idea, even with the nay saying, he kept on helping out! I now thank him for the trim removal, trim adding, monster lugging and block carrying help he did provide! We are kind of getting good at The GnoMAD PAD team projects! Click here to see our House Number Team Project: PROJECT FOR TWO!

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