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Creative Apron Display



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A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom when I found this horseshoe towel rack. Of course I had to buy it given my dreams of one day owning a horse and all! It makes perfect sense right? Between college and the Navy, I have been living in rentals and as you can figure – all have towel racks. So my awesome horseshoe towel rack sat wrapped up in paper in the closet until one day I would have a home where I could use it. After my husband and I got transferred to our current duty station I was determined to figure out how I could put my towel rack to use when I unpacked it from the moving boxes. I loved it hence why I bought it; therefore, I wanted to use it. It had sat wrapped up in the closet for too long! Of course it took me a while to figure out what alternative use a towel rack could serve until one day it hit me! As we were unpacking and hanging things up I stared at a blank wall in our kitchen wondering what on earth to do with it because it had THIS….. *cue horror music*



That’s right folks, a telephone jack AT EYE LEVEL for a wall mounted phone (or at least that’s what we think it is!). I did not know they even made phones like that anymore?? Why housing installed this in a home only seven years old is beyond me. And of course the jack is in the worst location possible – smack dab in the middle of the wall – but I digress. My solution to hiding the phone jack was with our “HOME” canvas picture my mom gave us as a wedding gift. It was a magical moment seeing the beauty of canvas wall art cover up the ever so dreaded phone jack. No one ever has to know that jack exists… minus the fact I am announcing its existence with this post, shh. 🙂



Our “HOME” canvas was looking pretty lonely on the wall by itself and I was unpacking kitchen boxes when I stumbled across my aprons. My aprons have always been neatly folded and stored in a kitchen drawer in hopes of being used; nevertheless I manage to forget they are there. So instead of my aprons taking up valuable kitchen drawer space and never being used, I realized I had found the purpose for my towel rack!


Noticing not all of the aprons tied around the neck, I needed a quick and easy way to hang them on to the rack; otherwise once again they would not get used because it would be hassle to get them on and off the rack. Plus, it sometimes takes a few tries to tie the neck of the apron just right to where it lays perfectly in place on you and you don’t want to mess that up. 😉 Can you guess what I used to hang the aprons with? That’s right – shower curtain hooks! We previously lived in an apartment with two showers which required shower curtains. In our current house we have two showers but only one requires a shower curtain. Therefore, we had the extra shower curtain hooks sitting in a bag in the linen closet not being used. Well, why not use them to hang the aprons? The color of them worked well enough to go with the towel rack so the decision was made! My hooks have a ball at the end of them to hold up the aprons, but other styles of shower curtain hooks will work too. If you have small children who might knock the aprons off onto the floor then I would recommend using a ring style or “S” style hook.



Lastly, you may have noticed there are five aprons to the two humans who live in this house. Let’s just say aprons are like shoes, you need one for every occasion. 🙂 Here is my reasoning to each apron:

  • Orange Daisies: It was my first apron and it was cute, not to mention perfect for Spring, Summer, and even Fall given the color.
  • Black and White Floral: Every woman needs an apron with her initial on it.
  • Little Black Dress: You need a “fancy” apron for hosting dinner parties! It even has “real” pearls on it. 😉
  • His + Her Texas Flag: This one needs no explanation – it’s what every Texan needs! (Want one? You can find them here: His + Hers)


Our kitchen apron display has led us to wear our aprons now more than we ever have in the last few years. It is a fun way to add functionality and décor into your kitchen!


I hope you have enjoyed my detailed story of our one kitchen wall! Thanks for reading! 🙂



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A Gift for Him



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My husband, Chris, was on his first deployment when I made this military rank box for him. I wanted to make something special as a gift for when he got home and came up with the idea several months before he even deployed. Since I would never be able to hide it when he is home, I knew I had to wait until he was away to work on it!


After commissioning, he had been talking about needing to get some sort of box to store his ranks in, but the idea he managed to come up with was a plastic CD box… such a boy. 😉 I knew that wasn’t going to work because I wanted his ranks to have a special place for two different reasons. Not only will the contents of this box signify the time he spent serving our country, but it will also house the ranks my mother passed down to him from one of our fallen, LTJG Cole Patrick O’Neil. Chris was completely shocked when I presented him with my gift after he got back home, he had no idea I was making it! This rustic rank box was honestly the most exciting gift for me to give to my husband; it was sentimental for both being handmade for him by his wife and for what resides inside. 🙂




Unfinished Wood Shadow Box w/ Glass Top

Painters Tape (if laser etching glass)

Wood Stain

Staining Rag or Paper Towels

Gloves + Mask

Peel + Stick Craft Felt

Polyester Fiber Fill



Needle + Thread

Sewing Machine (Optional)

Glass Engraver (Optional)

Box Knife (Optional)



If you plan to get the glass engraved, begin with this step first and remove the lid from the box. I was in school when I made this project for my husband; therefore, I had access to a laser cutter within the architecture wood shop to laser etch the glass for me. If you have a very steady hand or want a handwritten look, you could try a handheld diamond-tipped engraver, but be sure to practice on a scrap piece of glass first! Otherwise, you could go to a glass engraving shop and have them professionally engrave the lid. Tip: Some architecture colleges allow non-students access to the laser cutter for a fee in addition to completing a safety test.


Note: If a laser is being used to etch the glass, cover the wooden edges of the lid with painter’s tape. The tape prevents the wood from getting any burn marks.


Before the stain is applied, remove any wood dividers in the box that might be in the way for what it is meant to store. For example, I removed one divider on the right side of the box to create a larger space for Chris’s shoulder boards to fit in. You may want to do the same if watches are going to be stored in the box. Be very careful when removing any of the dividers – you don’t want to break the ones you want to keep! Use a box knife to gradually wedge down between the pieces. I admit this is when my dad stepped in to help! I needed some pure manpower because the dividers in my box had been, what I think was, industrially adhered together! Once the pieces are detached, use the box knife to shave down any glue or wood residue to get a flat surface.


Select your color of stain, I used special walnut, and remove any hardware from the box and lid. Use your staining rag or paper towels to apply the stain to the exterior and interior of the box. Apply additional coats until you reach the desired color, allow for adequate drying time between each coat. I decided against applying polyurethane since the box will not come in contact with anything that would require it to be sealed. Also, I loved the unsealed look that the special walnut stain gave the wood; the color has a dry and slightly weathered vintage look. 🙂 Apply the polyurethane at this time if you want a glossy or more finished appearance. I recommend using a sponge brush to apply thin coats of polyurethane, allow for adequate drying time between each coat.


Note: Read all the directions on each product before use. Remember to stir the stain and polyurethane before use, do not shake. If using paper towels to apply stain, make sure the paper towels are not too soft and leave paper remnants on the project. Always wear a mask and gloves when applying stain or polyurethane along with working in a well-ventilated space. A well-ventilated space creates a cleaner workspace to breathe in and faster drying time.







Use a ruler to measure the interior surfaces you want to cover with felt, taking into account the thickness of the felt. Cut out the felt pieces, remove the paper backing, and adhere the felt inside the spaces. The peel and stick felt makes this quick and easy!


Add 1” to both the length and width measurements of each space to get the dimensions for your cushions. This 1” addition accounts for ¼” seam around and ½” extra material both ways to make your cushions fluffy. Cut two pieces of fabric for each cushion and lay them face-to-face. Hand stitch or use a sewing machine to sew your ¼” seam around. Leave a 1” opening and pull the fabric through the opening to flip the fabric correct side out. Fill the cushion with polyester fill to the desired thickness and complete your seam across the opening. Place the cushions in their spots and reattach the hardware onto the box and lid.



You’re done! Whether you made this for a service member to store his ranks or a husband to store his watches and cuff links, you now have a handmade gift any man is sure to love! 🙂



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A Chili Bowl Display



When I was in college, I found these adorable $1 chili bowls (yes, a dollar!!) at my local grocery store. I loved their western, vintage flair and knew I had to display them in my apartment somehow! I did not have a wall shelf at the time, but I did have a pallet and some tools! I chose to do a basic construction, but added the chains for a special feature and enhanced stability. By keeping the construction of the shelf simple, it enhances the vintage aesthetics of both the shelf and the chili bowls. This cute little shelf is the perfect quick and easy project to add some rustic flair into your home. 🙂 Plus, the size of this shelf makes it easy to find a wall to hang it on in any home or apartment!


Be sure to check out our post, A Country Arrangement, if you are looking for the perfect dining room set up to go with your new shelf! Are you ready to start making your own rustic shelf?!




1×8 Wood Board

2×4 Wood Board

2’ #14 Black Jack Chain

(4) #8 Steel Screw Eyes

(4) 1” Steel Cup Hooks

(3) 2” Black Screws

(2) 4” Black Screws

Black Paint or Nail Polish

Long Nose Pliers

Electric Saw

Electric Drill

2 Bar Clamps (optional)


1×8 board at 32″ with 1″ overhang on top of 2×4 board at 30″



Begin by retrieving and cutting your pieces of wood to size. You will need a 1×8 board cut to 32” and a 2×4 board cut to 30”. Next, use pliers to detach the links of the jack chain and create two 9½” long strands. Lastly, paint the steel screw eyes and cup hooks with either black paint or black nail polish.


Note: I was able to get my hands on a very unique and gorgeous wood pallet that was used to deliver some furniture. I honestly do not know what kind of wood this pallet was made of, but I know that it has a red tone on the inside and did not require staining – yay! I have since not seen another pallet made of these quality 1×8 planks instead of the typical 1×4 pine. Therefore, you may have to use other scrap wood or purchase new boards and stain them.




Lay your 1×8 board with the top facing up. Drill pilot holes where two of the steel screw eyes will be, mine are located ¾” by ¾” from the two front corners, and hand screw the eyes into the holes. Use pliers to open the end links on the chains and attach them to each eye. Be careful to not chip the black coating of the chain. Do not worry if you do, simply use the black paint or nail polish from earlier to touch it up.


Clamp or have someone hold the back of the 1×8 to the top off the 2×4. Evenly space your three 2” screws along the back of the 1×8, drill pilot holes, and drill in the screws to attach the two boards. You can choose to add more screws depending on the anticipated weight of décor. Remove any clamps used. Next, lay your shelf with the topside facing down and evenly space your four cup hooks across the underside of the 1×8. Drill pilot holes and hand screw the cup hooks into the holes. You’re shelf is done and all that’s left to do is to hang it up!





Hold your finished shelf against the wall, check to make sure it is level, and drill two pilot holes through the 2×4 and into the wall. Drill the two 4” screws into the pilot holes to hang your shelf on the wall. You can choose to add more screws depending on the anticipated weight of décor. Finally, take your chain and extend it towards the wall until taut. To ensure a tight tension, leave a small space between the wall and the end of your chain to allow for the screw eye to fit in between. Mark the location of your two screw eyes, drill small pilot holes, and hand screw the eyes into the wall. Use your pliers once more to open the end links on the chains and attach them to each eye.



It’s decorating time! Hang your favorite chili bowls or coffee cups and enjoy your new pallet and chain shelf! Are you looking to make a handmade whimsical flower vase to go on your new shelf? Head on over to our post, Hand Picked (post coming soon!), for the tutorial.



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