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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 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 Vanity Seat Turned Rockabilly!

Antiques Re-done DIY Rockabilly Style!

I found this vanity seat at a local antique store and although it’s colors and fabric were hideous at the time, I could see it’s potential and knew I could make into something more “me”, a vanity seat with a Rockabilly flare! 


before pic of vanity seat

ugly upholstery on vintage vanity seat

Gold and brass are not my style, neither is tan and blue floral fabric!  First I took the screws out of the under side that held the seat to the frame, then I pulled the ugly fabric off and took the staples out that didn’t pull out with the fabric.  While I was taking the fabric off I discovered this ugly fabric was actually covering a much nicer fabric- light blue velvet. The blue fabric was faded, old, worn down- but I’m sure in it’s original condition it was quite nice looking.

blue velvet vanity seat

While continuing to remove staples I discovered this light blue fabric was also a cover up job! The fabric underneath this was the worst of the three- it was a bright orange soft felt typle fabric…

fabric layers covering antique vanity seat

Next I covered the old cushion with an old (but in great condition) velvet or velour red shirt I had, and stapled it into place!

working area for DIY Rockabilly crafts

This is what I had to work with- a crowded work space surrounded by my 5 yr old daughters toys, and a cat that thought it was play time…with my seat I was covering.

Once the seat was covered I used some steel wool to remove the fading goldish uglyness from the frame, while watching Dawn of the Dead to pass the time!

Once the frame was smooth I took it outside and spray painted it black.  When it was dry I took it inside and screwed the seat back on…. and here it is- a new, Rockabilly twist on an antique vanity seat!


DIY rockabilly vanity seat

Polka dots, Gingham, and Cherries!

Just a Little DIY Skirt!

My favorite Rockabilly designs are polka dots, gingham, and cherries. The other day I was playing around with some of these fabrics and ended up making my daughter a little ruffle skirt with them. The top is just thick white elastic with red velvet sewn around it. Very simple, no pattern- just a few ruffles sewn to a black and white polka dot piece of fabric, then sewn to the covered elastic piece- but she loved it and was all too happy to model it for me!

DIY rockabilly skirt

My (barely) 5 yr old model!

DIY polka dot skirt and DIY bench

My baby posing in her polka dot and gingham skirt on the DIY bench I designed and made!

DIY rockabilly skirt

 Jenicca happily pointing to her skirt!

DIY rockabilly style

Happy DIYing!

DIY Rockabilly Lamp

"DIY Rockabilly Lamp"

     I have a hard time finding housewares in my style, so often times I will make or alter something to fit my style or my decor! I like to read at night and didn’t have a lamp for my night stand that went with my decor. My bedroom is red and black with accents of zebra stripes. My large comforter is a red furry shag material and I love it so much that I make everything else in my room to go with it, which is why I created this lamp in these colors and with a little furriness also!

     Things you need to make a DIY Rockabilly lamp:

1.  Lamp shade (usually white, any shape you want- I try Goodwill and Walmart first because they are usually the cheapest, and I like this shape because it’s fun and reminds me of a circus tent!)

2.  Lamp base (Doesn’t have to be the color you want, that can change…)

3.  Ribbon (spool size depends on size of the lamp shade, this is your main color- the red velvet ribbon on my lamp shade)

4.  A second ribbon (this is your accent color or design- the zebra ribbon on my lamp shade)

5.  Extra Large Rick Rack (this is your main color or 2nd main color- I used black Rick Rack)

6.  A small feather boa (in one of your 2 main colors)

7.  Fabric glue (if you use too much it will squeeze out the sides and make a mess and also cause the underneath fabric to wrinkle or wave, and you don’t need to rush to put it on- take your time and let it become a little tacky so the glue is not runny and it will stick easier)

8.  Scissors (to cut your ribbon, rick rack, and boa to the lengths that fit your lamp shade)

9.  Spray paint (for the base of the lamp if it is not the color you want- I bought mine at The Goodwill for $1.00 and it was light pink, so I spray painted it high gloss black!)

10.  Painters tape (for the cord- I learned this the hard way! If you are going to change the color of your base you will want to tape off the cord completely, or you will get speckles of color on the cord)

I will be making another one soon that will be only leopard with red, no white showing. I love DIY projects, my only problem is I am usually doing so many at one time that some don’t get finished!

"DIY Rockabilly Lamp, daylight"

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