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DIY Coca Cola Dish Soap Dispenser

 Simple Rockabilly Kitchen Upgrade!


My kitchen theme is cherries and Coke.  I have been wanting to find a more fitting kitchen soap dispenser for a while, when I saw a picture on Pinterest ( of a Coke bottle that had been converted to a soap dispenser.  It was one of those major “duh” moments…. why didn’t I think of that-  I mean I only have a ton of empty Coke bottles!  I’m lucky enough to live in mid century modern home that has not been upgraded, as you will see by the yellow formica counter tops and original early 1960’s yellow oven. I have a 1950’s formica table that is waiting for new legs, and when I get some I will share more images of my kitchen.  I collect new and antique Coca Cola items, so as you will see, some things are old, some are not. So I took one of the newer Coke bottles, put the dish soap in it and slapped a Suave conditioner pump on it and… voila!! The pump is silver, which doesn’t match my kitchen colors, but it’s the only one I had. As soon as I find a pump in black or red I will switch it out.  




antique coca cola crate

coke bottles and pinwheels

antique hutch with cherry and coke decor


1950’s Icon Nightstand

 Vintage Nightstand + Chalk Paint + 50’s Icons = AWESOMENESS!


A friend of mine has done some work on my 57 Savoy and never asks for anything in return. I knew I wanted to do something for him and his wife, and since they are also huge fans of the Fabulous 50’s, and our likes are so similar,  I set out to find a vintage piece I could upcycle Rockabilly style!

I saw a cute end table he got for his wife when he posted the pictures on Facebook, then some antique cabinets that had belonged to his grandma that he commented on saying he was trying to decide on a color to paint them.  I found an adorable vintage nightstand with a lot of potential- it was exactly the type of vintage piece I was hoping to find, now I just had the important task of picking a color that would match their other furniture. So the next time I saw him as we were picking up our kids from school, I asked him if he decided what color to paint those antique cabine. I  he got, and he said he wants to go with a teal chalk paint.  I remembered the end table in his Fb pictures was done in the teal chalk paint so I went to his pictures and saved the image of it to my phone so I could compare it to the Annie Sloan chalk paint colors when I went to order it, to make sure I got the right color.

 While I waited for the paint to arrive I went on my Rockabilly Legends board and my Starlets board on Pinterest and saved a bunch of awesome images of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean to my computer.  I printed them onto card stock paper and cut them out. When the chalk paint arrived I went to town! I did a few coats to get it to look how I wanted, waited for it to be completely dry, then put on the Annie Sloan clear wax. The next day I mod podged the top of the nightstand with the 50’s icon pictures- which took a while to get them to fit, and cut some, and move some…  Then did the same for the bottom shelf the next day.  The day after that I did one more good thick layer of mod podge. The last thing I needed to do was find a handle to put on it. I went to the antique store and to my luck there happened to be one I thought would go perfectly with the vintage nightstand.  I wanted the handle to stand out, and to go with the black and white images of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash,  and James Dean- so I painted it black satin. Of coarse none of the screws I had fit!  So the last thing I did was go to the hardware store and get some…and….done!!  

I brought it by their house while they were at work and left it by the front door.  Then text him to let him know I made something for them and left it by the door.  I was SO happy and relieved when his wife called and told me she loved it!

vintage nightstand

Vintage upcycled nightstand

50's icon nightstand

vintage nightstand

DIY Rockabilly nightstand

vintage nightstand before upcycling

DIY 50's Icon table

Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, & James Dean table nightstand

mod podged 50's icon nightstand

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint upcycled nightstand

DIY Bettie Page Table

How I Added More of The Queen of Pinups To My Bedroom!

DIY Bettie Page Table

This another perfect example of Trash to Treasure!  I got this table from a dumpster (technically sitting next to a dumpster, not inside it, but you get the point).  It originally had silver legs and a light colored wood laminate top, which was almost completely ripped off leaving  the ugly jagged particle board underneath exposed.  When I took it home, about 2 yrs ago, I spray painted the legs black and the top red.  I attempted to sand the top before I painted it but it was beyond saving, no amount of sanding would make it smooth, it just wasn’t the right type of material- which is why it was covered with laminate in the first place.  No amount of red paint covered the rugged rough texture so I knew I would have to completely cover the top with something, but at the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to cover it with so it has been sitting in the garage for the past 2 yrs.  Recently I decided to paint my room and revamp it, bring a more exciting, more “me” feel to it.  I knew I wanted to bring more Bettie Page into my room than the one or two pictures I have and then the idea came to me to get the table out of the garage and cover it with collage of Bettie Page photos!   

The first thing I did was go to my “Pinups” board on Pinterest and save all of my favorite black and white (to keep with the black and white with red color them of my bedroom) images of Bettie Page to my computer.  Then I printed them in 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 sizes onto regular computer paper and cut them out.  NOTE* If I could do it again I would use thicker card stock paper or photo paper to cover the rough texture of the table even better.

Next I painted the top of the table with white primer and paint in one so that the black and white images of Bettie Page would be as clear and bright as possible.

bettie page table

I started in the center of the table, putting mod podge where I wanted my picture to go, then placed the picture on top of it.  I very carefully pushed down then out towards the edges of the picture to flatten it and remove any bubbles.  This part can be very tricky because if you get mod podge on your fingers then touch the dry top of the picture, it can stick and pull off part of the image.  This would also happen less with thicker paper or photo paper.  

mod podge

I mod podged the table where I wanted the next picture to go, one at a time so the mod podge wouldn’t dry before I put the picture down.  Once all of the Bettie Page pictures were in place I went over the top of them with the mod podge.  You can go over the pictures right after you put them down but I chose to wait to save the mess and make sure the thickness would be more even.  In the photo above and below I am trying to show how much mod podge I put on my sponge brush and how thick I spread it over the pictures.

bettie page pod modged

I tried to show where my brush strokes end so you can see how thick the mod podge is.  I don’t want it to be too thick and clumpy because I can always just add more coats of mod podge later.  The images will look white and cloudy but I assure you they dry clear!

mod podged table

I let the mod podge dry. You will know when it is dry because it will be clear and smooth, no longer tacky to the touch.  Then I went over it with another layer of mod podge to make sure the paper would be protected.  (To further protect the surface you can wait a day then put a few layers of polyurethane on top of it- I usually do this but didn’t this time because I only have the high gloss finish and if I cover this I want to use the matte or satin finish).

Bettie Page table

The mod podge was dry and I was totally in love with the result- BUT the sides of the table were a major issue, they were ugly and jagged and had to be covered with something.

Bettie Page table

 I LOVE velvet ribbon and went on Etsy to find black velvet vintage ribbon, which I found and ordered from 32 degrees North.

vintage black velvet ribbon

To attach the ribbon to the sides of the table I used my Xyron 2.5″ create-a-sticker machine, just fed it through until I had enough to go all the way around the table.  I added one tiny nail in the back where the ribbon ends met…. and done!

Xyron create-a-sticker

The final result!  It’s a great tribute to the Queen of Pinups and the perfect piece of furniture for my bedroom, I am very happy about it!!  

Bettie Page table

Bettie Page table

Mannequin Makeover

Gingham and Polka Dots!

Rockabilly mannequin makeover

I bought this mannequin to use when taking pictures for my Etsy shop and the plain look of it got to me.  Since it usually sits by my desk in the living room I wanted to make it more my style!   I ripped off the fabric and foam and mod podged pieces of gingham and polka dot (2 of my favorite Rockabilly prints) fabric in it’s place. It was more time consuming than I had anticipated,  but I’m happy with it!


mannequin makeover


DIY mannequin makeover

mannequin before picture


rockabilly mannequin

DIY Rockabilly Style Shirt!

Upcycled Tank Top

DIY Rockabilly shirt

What I Used:

Plain black tank top (Walmart $3.89 I believe), bias, ribbon, straight pins, thread, 2 buttons, and a sewing machine.

supplies for diy shirt

Steps to make DIY tank top:

1.  I used black and white gingham bias (because it’s one of my favorite Rockabilly patterns/prints!) and pinned it around the neck line, starting in the middle on the back side.

diy tank top

2. Press, removing horizontal pins as you go.

3. Sew closer to the inside of the tank top, not the outside edge, starting from the middle of the back side, removing your pins as you come to each one.  Make sure you back-stitch where you start and finish.

4. Press it again.

diy upcycled tank top

5.  Use a loose straight stitch, 1/4 from the edge, and sew down the entire length of ribbon (I cut my ribbon 2x as long as the piece of bias I used).  Do Not back stitch!  Hold the bottom thread in one hand and pull the ribbon the opposite direction with your other hand to gather, for the ruffled look. 

6.  When you have the ruffled look you want in your ribbon, pin it in place leaving enough space for your buttons.

7.  Sew the ribbon to the tank top starting in the center on the back side, removing the pins as you get to them.

upcycled rockabilly tank top

8.  Hand sew the 2 buttons down the center….. and DONE!!

DIY rockabilly style shirt

Vintage Blah to Vintage Glam

DIY Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Box

Vintage jewelry boxupcycled vintage jewelry box

I bought this gold jewelry box at a garage sale for $2. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I saw potential.  I’ve been wanting to give my recently turned six year old daughter a “big girl” room and have been talking to her about what colors we want to do it in. We decided to do pink and red with black accents and SHE wanted the furniture pieces to be black!  Jenicca is very girly, frilly, diva, glam…  I knew I wanted the black furniture to have the shiny lacquer look with “bling” knobs.   So here is a step by step on this vintage upcycled jewelry box:

1.  Removed drawer knobs

2.  Scraped the gold off with a butter knife (this step isn’t always neccessary, it depends on which type of paint you’re going to cover it with and how smooth you want it).

3.  Sanded it with fine sandpaper

4.  Sprayed one coat of Rustoleum 2x primer and let it completely dry

5.  Sprayed light layers of Rust-oleum Black Lacquer spray paint, allowing each layer to completely dry before spraying the next layer. I used one full can.

6.  It still didn’t quite have the super shiny effect that I wanted so I used Varathane brand polyurethane, crystal clear, gloss and did about 4 coats.  4 coats may not be neccessary but I wanted a lot of protection for the abuse of a six year old!

7.  Put the new knobs on.  How truly vintage I want to keep the item I’m working on determines  if I buy my knobs at an antique shop or elsewhere. These are not antique knobs, I bought them at a local antique/craft/gift shop.

The best advice I have for anyone wanting to upcylce a vintage piece is to be patient (patience is not my best quality)!  Do very thin layers of spray paint and polyurethane to prevent drips and bubbles… which takes A LOT of patience!!

diy upcycled vintage

upcycled jewelry box

upcycled vintage furniture

(The table under the jewelry box in this picture was mod podged with Damask scrapbook paper and covered with polyurethane also!)

I’m almost done with the antique desk I’m upcycling to match the other black furniture pieces for her room, post coming soon!

DIY Vintage Style!

Vintage Style with Real Vintage Accessories!

My step mom has a unique style and is one of those people that are very hard to shop for. This year has been my biggest DIY year.  I’ve been going through magazines like crazy, and now Pinterest!  For her birthday I was inspired to make her a Vintage styled shelf ! I used pieces of scrap wood I had, vintage looking scrap book paper, mod podge, vintage drawer knobs and pull, antique spoons, and then embellished it with a few vintage looking trinkets.  I designed it to be an anything goes shelf! There are enough knobs and spoon hooks that it can be used as a jewelry holder, trinket shelf, or whatever else she decides…

DIY Vintage style

DIY vintage shelf

DIY antique spoon hooks

DIY vintage jewelry box

DIY vintage shelf

DIY shelf vintage style

…and the Before pic…

before pic of vintage shelf

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