DIY Painting Key Holder Before and After Photos

Before and After Turquoise Key Holder | DuctTapeAndDenim.comJust a short post today since I’m in Texas for Antique Alley.   I found this cute old key at the Salvation Army last year for a dollar.  I love keys and couldn’t wait to paint it my favorite color… TURQUOISE!

After removing the cup hooks, I painted one thin layer of Turquoise Bay from Ace Hardware, roughed it up with some 220 grit sandpaper, and finished it with one coat of Minwax polycrylic.  After it dried completely I screwed the cup hooks back in.  It sold the first day I put it in the shop!

Sorry the photos aren’t better.  These were taken and edited on my iPhone for my Instagram account last year.

Follow my DIY |Painting Pinterest board if you’d like to see more ideas on painting jewelry cabinets or other small items like this.

FYI, Antique Alley starts TODAY!!!  We are set up at Faith Meadows, a few miles out of Grandview on Highway 4 toward Cleburne.  Make sure you follow my Instagram account for the most ‘behind the scenes’ photos.  I’ll be posting photos on the blog as soon as I can when we get back.

Couscous Salad Recipe

Couscous Salad Recipe | DuctTapeAndDenim.comSummer is almost over but here in Texas it’s still HOT!  I’m in Texas this week for Antique Alley, a twice a year show I do with my sister.  We set up in a tent at Faith Meadows, about 4 miles outside of Grandview, on the way to Cleburne, as “Sister Chicks”.  Come see us if you’re in the area!  Send me a message if you’re coming and I can help you find us.

Anyway, back to the couscous salad.  It’s been hot in California, too, but this is a good ‘transition salad’ for late summer/early fall.

You know I don’t like ANYTHING going to waste around my house!  So one night I made “Chicken Enchilada Couscous”, a recipe I came up with a few years ago that my family loves.  I usually cook the whole box of couscous when I make this so I’ll have some leftovers.

SIDE NOTE:  Many people think couscous is a grain, like rice.  But it’s actually more like a pasta. Tiny pieces of the cracked grains are rolled in flour to keep them separate.  Most couscous sold in the USA is pre-steamed and just requires boiling water to be added.  It’s ready in FIVE minutes!!!  It originated in Northern Africa and is usually served as a base for stews.

This recipe is actually a using-up-leftovers recipe for me, although you could cook the couscous specifically for this salad.

I start with the cold leftover couscous and add any/all of the following:

  • chopped chicken or other meat
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped peppers (red, green, peperoncini, or roasted red)
  • sliced olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • feta cheese
  • dressing (for this I just used olive oil and lemon, sometimes I use Caesar or Italian dressing)
  • salt & pepper

I hope this helps you think about ways to use up your leftovers AND gets you to try something new!

Watch my Facebook page and Instagram for photos from Antique Alley.  I’ll post some here when I get back.


Another Turquoise Jewelry Cabinet

Before and after photos of the old jewelry cabinet that I painted my favorite color... turquoise! | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI think it’s been a year and a half now that turquoise has been my favorite color!   (I did have a little fling with Memphis Blue during that time.)  If you look back on my blog you can see all the things I’ve painted turquoise over that time.

I really liked the way the detail came out on this jewelry cabinet when I distressed it.

The color is Turquoise Bay from Ace Hardware.  I added my secret ingredient to make it “homemade chalk paint” (read the recipe here).

I gave it two coats, distressed with some sandpaper, then a coat of Minwax polyurethane.  Easy peasy!  Oh, I did also replace the glass in the doors with wire.  I used my trusty stapler for that.

Turquoise painted jewelry cabinet |

Luckily this one was clean inside but recently I redid a jewelry cabinet that was NOT.  I’ll show you in a later post how I covered up the stains inside.

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Tomorrow I’m leaving for Antique Alley!  I have some blog posts scheduled for while I’m gone and will be blogging them when I get back.  But follow my Instagram and Facebook to see photos during the trip.  If you’re in the DFW area make sure you come see us!


Gettin’ a Little Spooky at Room With a Past

Top shelf at Room With a Past |

Sometimes I think my shelves all start looking alike… this top shelf at Room With a Past looks pretty close to what my top shelf at Paris Flea Market looked like just last week!  But my time this month was cut a little short because of my trip to Antique Alley!!!  I’m really excited about that (in case you couldn’t tell).  I’m flying down to Texas on Tuesday and will miss the RWAP sale this month so I sat up my shelf early.Bottom shelf at Room With a Past |

I was happy with the bottom shelf this month.  I really packed it in there!  The bottom shelf is usually the one giving me the most problems.

Necklaces at Room With a Past | DuctTapeAndDenim.comGetting a little SPOOKY on my shelf at Room With a Past |

We sneak in a little Halloween in September.  But just wait ’til next month!  We’ll be in costume, too!

Using some leftover moss from the wedding on my shelf at Room With a Past |

I know I haven’t shared any wedding photos yet but eventually you’ll see this moss in our reception centerpieces.  I’m reusing some of the wedding “leftovers” in my displays.

My credit card chalkboard sign for Antique Alley |

Here’s another “leftover”.  We bought these cute little chalkboards at Dollar Tree!  Jordy wrote the table numbers on them and now they’ll be signs at Antique Alley!

And, since I haven’t shared a “Friday Favorite” in a while I wanted to let you know about this AMAZING deal I found.

I’ve heard about Ultimate Bundles for a while now but this is the first time I’ve been involved in one.  This amazing couple coordinates authors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to put together a collection of ebooks, courses, and other extras based on one topic at an INCREDIBLE PRICE.  This time it’s “healthy living”.

You’ll get $855 worth of ebooks and $175 worth of courses on home remedies (including essential oils which I just started using last year), green cleaning, healthy children, natural beauty and skin care, meal budgeting and planning, gardening, homesteading, fitness, keeping chickens, LOTS of recipes, and more. I already started browsing through the books and listening to one of the online courses. I’ve already got to share some of the great info I heard!

This will only be available for six days so take a look at all the books that are available now!

Antique Alley starts ONE WEEK from today!  So if you’re going to be there please leave a comment here or a message on Facebook.  I’d love to meet you!

My Vintage 1986 Wedding Dress

My Vintage 1986 Wedding Dress.  I designed and made this myself! | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI’m still working on photos from Jordann’s wedding a couple of weeks ago.  So I thought before I show you HER wedding I’d share some photos from MINE.  

My wedding dress was my favorite part of our wedding.  Especially the back.  I’ve always thought more emphasis should be put on the backs of wedding dresses since that’s what your guests are looking at during the ceremony.  Since I designed and made my own dress I put a lot of time in the back.  

We got married while we were both still in college.  I was a home ec major and had the opportunity to take a design and construction class the semester before we got married.  I thought that would be a great opportunity to make my dress. 

FYI, I don’t recommend making your wedding dress for a class.  That ended up making a stressful time even more stressful.  I reworked things that I normally wouldn’t have worried about because no one could see them.  But the professor, Dr. Lusk, could!

My Wedding Dress.  I made this myself for our wedding in 1986 | DuctTapeAndDenim.comI do have some great memories of rolling out white satin down the second floor of Stribling Hall and talking with friends while I cut out my dress.  Since several of my bridesmaids were in the same dorm and they were making their dresses, too, we spent a lot of late nights talking and sewing together.

Our campus was beautiful and I wanted my bridal portraits taken there by a friend.  I put on my dress and Lauri & I walked around campus looking for just the right backgrounds.  I’m sure we attracted a little more attention than we were expecting.  It’s not every day that you see a bride walking around UMHB.  

And that hat… not sure what I was thinking. 

My Vintage 1986 Wedding Dress.  I designed and made this myself! |