DIY Projects

Dyeing Fabric

I love DIY projects! I remember when I was a teenager I bought a skirt that I loved but not the color. I bought Rit liquid dye and I got the color I wanted. This dye has been around forever and I wanted to try it with something new. I will show you how I transformed this crochet spread I recently bought for  $10 at a local thrift store.  Here is a before picture…

First, I purchased the color I wanted. Rit Pearl Grey.

Then, I followed directions on the bottle and filled a bucket of hot water and the dye. I mixed with a wooden spoon. *note* you will see purple but don’t freak out like I did.

Next,  let it sit there as directions state. ( up to 30 min.) Please excuse my dead grass.

Finally, rinse, wash and dry. ( I dried it on low settings in dryer)

I absolutely love how it came out! I love the color and it’s a nice change for the summer in my bedroom. I will definitely try something else.  Showing my own daughter how to do it was fun too! I hope this inspires you to do something too! Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think! Comment below.

Mason Jar Chandelier DIY

Have you seen this on Pinterest and wondered how to make it? This week I will show you how I made this cute mason jar chandelier. You can make it too! Here are the steps.

Gather all materials : Chandelier, jute, mod podge, spray paint, mason jars, round light bulbs, glass pendant, Goop glue.

  1. Find a chandelier and make sure it works. I found one that has the extension to plug in the wall.
  2. Spray paint any color you wish. I painted this one in satin white.
  3. Wrap jute around with mod podge. I used a paint brush to cover the area first and then add the jute tightly around. This requires lots of patience.  image image image

4. Next, spray paint the mason jar lids in the same color as the chandelier.

5. Glue the jar lids on the bottom where the light rests. I used Goop glue. You screw in the mason jar onto these.

image 6. Let everything dry overnight. The next day screw in the round light bulbs and mason jar. Add the glass pendant for a chic look. I used jewelry pliers to attach it to the bottom. Now it’s ready!

This is for sale! Going to Wagon wheel! I love making things that you can’t go buy at the store and not everyone has! I can’t wait for someone to enjoy this in their home. Thanks for reading!

DIY jewelry displays

New year means new projects around here! Recently I had the opportunity to expand my boutique area. I started with a small wall in a boutique and now I have a bigger space to offer really cute boutique items and clothes along with my painted furniture. I’m going to show you how to make your own jewelry displays with things you may have around your home.

First, with any project I like to challenge myself with “use what you have” mentality. I went to my backyard and found small branches.


Second, I took gold spray paint (which I had from a previous project) and sprayed all the branches gold and let dry.



Third, I took a jar I had from my kitchen. I used a strand of pearls from Christmas decorations and filled the jar. My first jewelry display was done!


Fourth, I found a scrap piece of wood that I painted and added a back of a frame with small nails.


Last, I nailed wire brads on top of scrap of wood to hold jewelry.


Both projects took about an hour total to complete. I’m very happy with the results. I can’t wait to put it my new section of the boutique with cool jewelry.


Thanks for reading. I hope this inspires you to make your own display! Check out my current items for sale in my gallery. Just keep scrolling down!


3 things to do with an empty frame

As we approach a new season I wanted to share 3 ideas you can do with frames. I personally love frames! All shapes and sizes! I love creating with frames. I also sell them in my booth at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall & My Anchored Soul Boutique. image

  1. This frame was painted white and distressed lightly. Staple twine in the back and add art work of your choice. (Curbside Design sells these bible page art at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall) Right now this frame is in my home!

image 2. This was an unwanted shadow box frame. I added burlap and lace. I screwed in white hooks to hold jewelry. Makes a great jewelry organizer!


3.  Add fencing wire or chicken wire to a frame and instant organizer! This frame is currently for sale at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall for only $7!

There are unlimited ideas. If you follow me on FB or IG you will see I’m always posting frame ideas. I hope this inspires you to do something with frames. Thank you for reading. Share your ideas! I would love to hear from you.


How I made my own King sized headboard

I’m going to show you how I made my own headboard! I was able to snatch these wood closet doors that were thrown away! I cleaned them real good and were just sitting in my back porch ready for a future project. I decided to make a headboard with them for myself. I have been living without a headboard for years! Here is a before picture of my bed without a headboard.image

imageimageThe doors were plain white when I got them. I made sure everything was clean before I started painting. I chose french linen (gray) & Florence (turquoise) with old white mixed in. I painted a pattern. There are 6 doors all together. This was perfect for my king sized bed.

After all the doors were dry I sanded all the doors especially where I painted.image The next thing  was putting all the doors behind my bed. I did not have to secure them on the wall. My bed is tall from the ground and supports the doors as is. They added light in the room and made my ceiling look taller. I am super happy how they turned out. I’m going to distress a little more for that chippy look. I also refreshed my pillows with covers from Hobby Lobby. My duvet cover is from Anthropologie a few years ago which I still love! The S frame that I added was in my living room and I just decided to bring it in my bedroom. I used the command strips to mount on the headboard. the cost of this was under $20. I already had the paint from left over projects. The doors were FREE!  The pillow covers were $18 altogether. (I used the 40% off coupon) the project took about 4-5 hours to complete. What do you think? Would you try to make your own headboard? Let me know! Thank you for reading my blog! Scroll down below to see some of the furniture for sale at Wagon Wheel. I also just started up my etsy store (Blackpearlupcycled) for my small Upcycled art that I also enjoy making. Check it out!


Making Upcycled Signs

I’m going to show you how to make cute signs from recycled materials.

First, gather some wood. I was able to get some great reclaimed wood from a local wood artist. Farm Fresh Collections sells scraps of wood at Wagon Wheel Antique Mall.

Next, collect items that can become letters. I have been collecting for awhile so I had some items ready. For example I had frames that I cut and made them the letter L. I also had rope that I glued to make an e.

Depending on the look you want you can paint the wood before adding the items. Leaving the natural wood works well too.

Using the correct glue for the project is key. I used Gorilla glue for this project. One type is for wood and another type is for metal. You can purchase this at any hardware store.

The last step is to even space your items to spell out your word. Glue and let dry overnight.

Here are the signs I ended up making. I hope this inspires you to make some. These signs are for sale in my booth from $19-$22. They make great gifts!                                     imageimage


Sign painting class

This week I was able to attend a sign painting class from Farm Fresh Collections located right here in Ocala, FL. They have a Facebook page where you can see their work and stay in touch for classes in the future. I got to make a cool Christmas sign. I chose the stencil and color and they show you one of many techniques on how to make cool vintage signs. You will come home with a masterpiece and a feeling of accomplishment! I will definitely be going to future classes and I hope to see you there!


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Side table makeover

I’m going to show you how to transform a simple side table into a beach/cottage table with a few layers of paint.

First, make sure the piece is clean and dry. I used a wet cloth to wipe any dirt off the piece.

imageSecond, I started with a coco color over the white.


Next, I started painted over the coco color a blue color called Provence.



After everything was dry I used started distressing with sand paper randomly exposing the colors underneath. This technique is fun because different layers of colors add so much character to the piece.

image*Painting tip* turn the piece upside down to make sure you get the legs and all the odd places painted properly.

imageFinally, it is time to seal the piece with a clear wax. Wipe on the wax with a brush and wipe off excess with a clean cotton rag. Then buff all around by wiping with another clean rag.

This piece will be going to my booth at Wagon Wheel. It will be for sale for $39.00. It would look great in a sun room or a bedroom as a night stand.


Thank you for reading my blog.

*note* Annie Sloan colors & wax were used in this project.





How to make a Chicken wire frame

This week I decided to work on small projects.  I decided to try a chicken wire frame since I have a small collection of open back frames. There is different ways to make a wire frame. I’m going to show you how I made one and maybe inspire you to try one too.

First, I had to get chicken wire. I went to the local hardware store and found a roll for about $10. They come in different sizes so measure your frame to make sure you are getting the right size. I also bought a small tool to cut the wire since I did not have one already.

Next, I took the wire and placed it over the frame. This is tricky because the wire bounces back and does not lay flat. I started stapling on the side of the frame. You want to go all around. This takes some time and patience.



Finally, cut away any extra wire and discard properly. Twist the sharp edges so they won’t scratch anyone.

I ended up making three different kinds. One with fabric on the back.( I used hot glue around the border to secure fabric) Another one I painted with a new Annie Sloan color called burgundy. The last one is shabby white distressed.

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These frames are versatile because you can hang jewelry, cards, and photos. It’s a neat way of displaying your treasured items. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope this inspires you to make a project! These frames are for sale at my booth at Wagon Wheel Antiques located in Ocala, Florida.


DIY Painted kitchen cabinets

I’m going to show you how you can paint your own cabinets. Let me start by saying that this is not a weekend project! Even if you had an army of people to help! I did a lot of research on how to paint cabinets and it was overwhelming. After gathering all information I took a big leap and went for it! I have done plenty of painting projects before but not cabinets so I was up for the challenge! This project took me two weeks to complete. The owners wanted crisp white cabinets and that is exactly what I tried to aim for. I admit I was a little nervous and all I thought is if I messed up I would not have friends anymore! It’s amazing how your mind just goes there. Here is a before photo.

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The owners took the hinges out and numbered the first set of cabinets which was a big help! The first thing was cleaning the cabinets with TSP. The guy at the hardware store recommended this to me when I was purchasing primer. I had to use gloves with this and it really cleaned the cabinets real good!

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When I was done cleaning I started sanding with a medium grit hand held sander. It was a workout for sure! Make sure you use a breathing mask when sanding.

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Next, I laid out the cabinets doors in order on a cloth canvas and plastic tarp and they were ready to start priming. I used Kilz premium primer. I used two coats on each side and let dry overnight and sanded between coats. I used special rollers for cabinets that you may get at your favorite hardware store. This helped tremendously because it did not leave any brush strokes. I used an angle brush for the sides and indentations.

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While these cabinets dried I  worked in the kitchen area doing the same process cleaning, sanding and (26)

Next it was time to paint the color. The owners chose Valspar in Bistro White. I chose satin finish because it really has a natural look for the kitchen. I noticed after applying primer some gaps that needed caulking. I have never done this but took on the challenge. You can now call me the caulking queen! It really made a difference!

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I also learned that propping the cabinets up instead of laying them flat is best for painting. Two pairs of saw horses helped and I used plastic buckets that the owners had and it worked wonders!

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After applying two coats on each side and letting dry overnight it was time to take the painter’s tape off. This time I ran into a minor set back. The tape was not coming off completely. I had to use a razor a putty knife to remove and it worked.

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The final stage is the clear coat. I used two clear coats on everything front and back. I used clear satin polycrylic. I wanted to use this because polyurethane gets yellow over time.  I also suggested not to put hardware up for at least a week. The paint needs to cure. It takes up to 30 days for paint to cure. Here’s a sneak peek of the cabinets.imageimage


Overall I’m happy how they came out. They are beautiful! I am inspired to do my own too! Best of all the owners love them! That makes me super happy! All that hard work was worth it! Have you wanted to paint your cabinets? I will be painting some cabinets with chalk paint soon for a customer. I will let you know how that will turn out.