Recycled cedar fence boards

made into bird houses:

Adorned with assorted pieces of old hardware.

And some made into peg racks and towel racks:

For the paint on the birdhouses and peg racks I used a ‘dry brush’ technique.

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The new storefront

A big part of my objective in doing the store make over was to make sure our store was ‘more noticeable’ when you looked down the row of doors and windows in the strip mall.  All too often I would watch customers go from the gift  store on one side of us to the gift store on the other side of us, but bypass our store.  Now maybe the primitive folk art look just wasn’t ‘their thing’ . . . so, I tested that theory:

When I saw this happen, I’d go and prop our door open so that when they came out of the neighboring store they’d be sure to notice that we were indeed another store there in the middle.  More often than not, that person WOULD come into our store and comment that they had not realized we were here!  They thought we were part of one of the other stores?!?!?

I guess probably because the other two stores each have TWO doors (only one of which allows access) and they just thought my door was another ‘dud’.  Plus the way the daylight hits the storefront windows, you could never really see INTO the stores.   And, all three of us stores would put product our in front. 

The product out in front of the store worked well for me when I was the only store there.  But once everyone else started doing it, I guess the three storefronts just all ‘blended together’.    So, I determined to no longer out product out in front of the store when we re-opened, but still wanted to dress it up a little.

Hence my ‘mission’ to come up with a way to ‘differentiate’ our store from the two on either side.  My first step was to cover the windows.   (the papered up door was just while we were closed)

 

 (how we did this window treatment in a previous post) Everyone thought I was crazy.  People LOVE to look in store windows.  But you could never really SEE what I had in the windows because of the glare!  AND I hardly ever sold anything that I had displayed in the windows!  It just sat there and faded in the light until I changed out the display.  And it was very hard to see the product displayed near the windows inside the store because of the glare.

I LOVE how the new window inserts made the store ‘feel’ once you walked inside.  LOVE the additional display space it gave me inside the store.  I was worried that covering the windows might make it too dark inside, but it hasn’t at all.  Still get lots of light from above the ‘fenceboard shutters’.

Here’s what I came up with for the new sign, and Michael (smiling even!) giving it a quick coat of additional varnish after he hung it.  We left the old sign up and made this one to fit right over it.  No sense in taking one down, filling holes and then making MORE holes!

But I still had that UGLY AREA below the outside of storefront windows to contend with.  Originally I had made some little primitive picket fence sections to pop in there to disguise it a bit.  But when the neighboring store decided they should do fence too, I took mine out.  I just HAVE to be different!

I had Michael measure and cut some pieces of 1/8″ luan plywood to fit inside the sections below the windows so I could paint them and cover up that ugliness.  My first thought was to paint them the same blue color as I was doing the signage in.  But decided on something more sublte and did a ‘faux stone’ look.   Here’s what I came up with:

The 2′ barn stars are hung on the outside of the windows with suction cup hooks.  figure I’ll change those out seasonally.   Three pretty fall wreaths next???

And a closer look:

Can’t wait till my wave Petunias grow more and are spilling over the sides of the pots!

(how I painted the faux stone coming up in a later entry)

So?????? Does the new storefront stand apart better than before????

Recycled old fence boards

Michael did an AMAZING job of interpreting ‘what I wanted’ when I described my idea for this recycled fenceboard stepback cupboard.  I just love how it turned out!  Great space on the top to show off your treasures, and a BIG storage area below for stuff you want to hide! 

Michael even commented that he wouldn’t mind making MORE of these!  (A lot of the time my ideas are a bit too complicated for him to ever want to tackle again!)

He started off with 8′ sections of old fencing.  The fencing place in town tosses the old stuff in a pile while waiting to haul it to the dump.  They are happy to have him haul it off for them!  The sections are big and heavy though and hard for one person to get on their own.

For the back and sides he just ‘cut the widths’ he wanted from the section, leaving the 2×4 supports in place.  Then he cut the rest of the pieces for the shelves and doors, and more supports from 2×2’s.  I ‘dry brush’ painted everything.  (see our tutorials for how to dry brush)  Here’s the back side of the back piece.

To add interest, he cut the side pieces from sections that were ‘worn at the bottom’ and put the worn part at the top.

We thought about adding a shelf to the inside of the base cabinet, but I decided against it so I’d have more flexibility as to what I could store in there.  Never enough storage space for back up product in the shop!

Kitty Spike takes a quick tour, but is unimpressed!  (He loves hiding in our kitchen pantry cupboard!)

And that’s it!  Lots of other variations are possible.  Wider, (although I’d probably make it a ‘two piecer’ if I went wider just because of the weight) open base, doors on top AND bottom…..

Sophie’s Cottage is located in Hillsboro, Oregon.  We sell vintage, handcrafted and new home decor and gifts at half off retail prices.

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More cottage beach decor ideas

 

These simple jars of shells were created with blank jars and shells purchased at the craft supply store.  I just glued a shell to the lid (with tacky glue) and tied on some jute and attached a tea stained tag.

Vintage cabinet just needed a little sanding to give it the ‘beach cottage feel’. 

Assorted signs using old painted fence boards.  I just hand sanded a little to remove the loose paint, then stenciled and stamped the letters on with acrylic paints.

Some of those signs worked into a display.

Another jar of shells and a shell candle which consists of a glass cylinder vase with the candle in it, set in the middle of the bell shaped glass container.  The shells are then placed between the two glass pieces.  This is a great way to create candle displays when you want to burn the candle, but not get wax all over your decorative components.

Framed shell saying on the left was created using a matted frame like the one shown on the right.  Tea stain your paper and mat.  Print saying on tea stained paper then tear out.  Glue onto another piece of tea stained paper.  Glue shells to mat.  And you’re done!

Blank frame arrangement on a shelf.  Frames with back and glass missing are easy to find (and very inexpensive!) at garage sales.  These were oak frames I painted assorted shades of aqua then lightly hand sanded to distress.

Shadow bos frame filled with shells.  Glass cylinder vase filled with sand, then shells and a candle.

The two glass bottles were ‘dressed up’ by adding inexpensive beaded bracelets to them.

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