The GypsyChicks

Repurposing With A Purpose

Pallet Potential

More & more people are recycling pallets.  Pinterest is loaded with pictures of pallet furniture, home decor, & art.  I have never worked with pallets until recently after being inspired by the projects my friend Audrey has been creating lately over at Iron Dragonfly Signs.  So, I threw caution to the wind, rolled up my sleeves, & got to work breaking down 3IMG_5818 pallets I scored from another friend’s place of employment (with permission).

This baby looks innocent enough……..right?

I found out breaking pallets down was not as easy as I anticipated…..then the husbster said “let me show you a trick” & whipped out the sawzall.  He had it cut apart in about 2.5 seconds.I thought that trick was pretty nifty since it will save me oodles & boodles of time.

Once the pallets were cut apart then I    had several nails I had to pull out   which again seemed like an innocent enough job…..once I had the hang of it then it went pretty quick.

I found several ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to try which included painting & stenciling signs & various designs.  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby in search of stencils & employed the help of my handy dandy Cricut.

I cut enough wood to make 3 signs each measured approximately 14″x20″.image


To secure the planks together I nailed wooden strips to the back of each piece. This also served as a place to attach the hangers.


Next, I stained each piece with whatever left over stain I had stashed.  Usually, you apply stain & then wipe it off – the darker you want the wood the longer you leave on the stain before wiping it off; however, pallet wood soaks up stain so wiping it off was not part of my process.



I used white chalk paint on 2 of them to serve as my background.  You could paint them whatever color you wanted, though.


I really liked how the dark stain peeked thru the white paint which, to me, added some additional character to the piece.



I really liked how the stain was absorbed by the pallet wood.  Usually, I would need to wipe the extra stain off after a few minutes  but not with this project which helped save time!

Pallet Wood Flag

After months of browsing Pinterest & creating a bazillion boards with hoards of ideas, I knew I wanted to create several flags made from pallet wood.

1st:  I grabbed a roll of painter’s tape & taped off the stripes

2nd:  I taped off the section for the stars

3rd:  I used my Cricut to cut 20 paper stars, rolled up small pieces of masking tape & put them on the back of each star & eyeballed where I wanted them

I used a small paint roller to speed up the painting process.

Tip:  I stored my paint rollers in snack size plastic bags in the fridge to keep the rollers moist & save time

Finally……after all the painter’s tape & star stencils were peeled off & a couple of coats of spray sealer was added for extra protection…..

…..I have this finished beauty!

Pallet Wood Flag

Pallet wood flag

 How cool is that???!!!

DIY Spring Baskets



Look at this adorable Spring Basket I made for one of my daughter’s friends.  So cute.  I have a fascination with strawberry and fruit baskets.  I collected quite a few of these on one of our many RV adventures on the road.  I found most of them at local farmers markets.  They were all so friendly to share.

Lately I have used these baskets to display gift towels, crocheted items, and now treats for my daughter’s friends.




I gathered up my supplies; cute Strawberry basket, trusty hot glue gun and glue sticks, hole punch, frilly pink ribbon, pink cardstock, stickles glitter glue, “treat” themed stickers,  and shiney pipe cleaners.  All of these items I had stashed away in my scrap room.


I punched a hole centered on two sides of the basket,  fit the pipe cleaner on each end to make the handle, and cut off the excess.  I hot glued the ribbon around the top of the basket (cutting off the excess) for the decorative trim.  I then took some colorful stickers, backed them with pink card stock, and decorated all four sides of the basket with my trusty hot glue gun. Its not shown in the final picture, but I also made a tag out of the card stock with her friend’s name printed, outlined the tag and other stickers with the glitter glue.  You gotta have some glitter. Right!

Once your basket is decorated with the glitter, frills, and sparkles, just fill with whatever goodies or treats for the occassion.  I filled the basket with sparkley tissue, candy, and lip glosses. Her friend loved it all.


Pretty in Pink

imageI found this lovely shabby pink file cabinet at a local estate sale. It screamed “take me home”, so I did. Feeling like some pink needed to be added to my booth for spring, this piece fit the bill. I wanted to add some shiney gold to give it a little something special.

So I got out some basic gold metallic paint and some butterfly stencils and got to work. I did prep the metal cabinet with a bit of light sanding, then laid my stencil in a fun pattern all over. Got out the sponge brush and got busy with it.


I applied the stencil on top, the sides and the front.  Once the paint was dry. I sealed the cabinet with clear acrylic spray sealer.

TADA!! I think the cabinet turned out pretty good. A fun piece that would look great in any room of the home.


Food for the Soul

A week’s worth of creativity is food for the soul…….

in this previous post I provided detailed instructions about how I create wooden signs.

My focus last week was completing a dozen signs……….

Here are some of the results ……..

Wooden Signs




All you need is love

 All of these signs started off as scrap pieces of wood and masonite.


  • Paint – I used what I had  (2 coats)
  • Stencil – 2″, 3″ & 4″ letters (I outlined the letters w/a white watercolor pencil then filled in with paint)
  • Stained – left the stain on for a few minutes & wiped off
  • Sealed – I used crystal clear enamel spray

Most can be found here at my Etsy Shop.

Please feel free to post or email me with questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by our site!

Let class begin….

01037639a1f5ede7d7cff262c912683bd81aece546This piece brought back memories!

I found this old desk at a garage sale a while  back & wanted to give it a face lift.  After debating about my color scheme, I finally decided to go with the ever so popular CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in teal color & a chalkboard painted desk top.

The hardest part about this project was painting the inside of the bottom of the desk.  It was a bit of a tight space.

What have you found lately that brought back good memories?

Rusty Love



imageimageimageThere is something about rustic, industrial home decor, I just can’t seem to get enough of. This blue storage cabinet, which was recently added to our Gypsy Chicks booth, is the perfect example of organization in any room of the home. I can see kitchen plates and saucers, flatware, coffee mugs, and cookbooks  for the kitchen.

I actually wanted to keep this piece for my hobby room. Also known as the “everything crafty goes in this room”.  Can you imagine all the goodies, paper, fabric, and who knows what else I can get my hands on to fit in this cubby.

In the photo above, I stocked the cabinet with burlap, architectural wood pieces, coffee mugs, and acrylic letters. Loving the whole look.

Needless to say, everything rustic and industrial has caught my eye lately.  As you can see from the above party pics how the rustic industrial look is showing up through out our booth.  From the rusty coiled bed springs, to repurposed lamps, and metal tins, this look is starting to catch on.   Until next time…



Chalkboards are everywhere we look these days.

Even IF I were to make chalkboards & signs for the next 20 yrs, I don’t think I would be able to use all the scrap wood that seems to multiply like rabbits in our shop while we’re sleeping……

Soooooooo……. I decided to use the wood clutter we had lounging around our shop…… waiting for me to trip over it.

Cabinet doors turned chalkboards are hot items these days….. actually just about anything painted with chalkboard paint sells like


hotcakes.  I took this spare cabinet door & slapped some  barn red paint on it…… although red doesn’t seem to sell as well, at times, as other colors I really like deeper shades of red.

And yes, I will usually paint the back of my projects because it gives it a finished look even though I know some of you think it’s a waste of time & material.  I always think of a customer possibly having a cool & creative new idea to use my product; however, they might not be able to do so if the entire piece isn’t finished which in my mind might make or break the sale.

Anyhoo……after painting front & back……I painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint onto the front but left some of the original white paint showing  to frame it.

Cabinet door


Chalkboard cabinet door

I think the white frame gave it some nice extra detail.

I put a couple of coats of clear wax on the red painted area to seal it & added a burlap bow.

There you have it!  A cute fun & easy project


Too Cool for Spools……..

I enjoy creating……….this includes re-purposing & upcycling different items, distressing & painting furniture, scrapbooking, as well as mixed media.

I purchased a 10.5 x 13.5 pack of canvases & was rather intimidated by the blank white canvas staring back at me when I first started…………..

but……..I pressed on……….searching Pinterest for inspiration & researching various mixed media projects so I wouldn’t put my eye out or glue my fingers together forever by some mishap……..

Inspiration struck when I saw hearts on canvas on Pinterest but knew I wanted a 3-D look.

Keeping that in mind, I proceeded to paint, stain, distress, & stamp my canvas in a variety of espresso, copper, & coffee metallic paints, distress inks, & then layered with various scraps of paper – some distressed, some stamped, some embossed

I had a plethora of old wooden spools hanging out in some vase on a shelf waiting patiently to be used – I tied some ribbon scraps I had onto the spools to add texture

……….. a few dabs of E6000 later & a heart was born………topped some of the spools with vintage buttons just because

then I decided I needed a little metal action so I glued a metal plate & key in a couple of corners along with hanging a metal key on some jute in the middle of the heart

My guy made me a really cool frame (this pic does not do it justice)




This was a really fun project

Thanks so much for taking time to check us out!

Challenge:  Try a new technique, use a new product, or find a project to replicate adding your own spin

Why Have Hobbies?

Good insight

Aunt Beulah

In a recent Peanuts cartoon, when Lucy told Charlie Brown she was thinking of starting some new hobbies, Charlie said, “That’s a good idea, Lucy. The people who get most out of life are those who really try to accomplish something.”

Looking appalled, Lucy replied: “ACCOMPLISH something? I thought we were just supposed to keep busy.”

In the past, I thought like Lucy. Viewing hobbies as busy work to fill my idle moments, I pursued decoupage, macramé, origami, tatting, and yodeling. Each endeavor enjoyed the same success as my wish to be 5’6”.Wreath

My search for a busy-work hobby peaked when I scoured fields and ponds for nuts, pinecones, grasses, and twigs, which I used to make Christmas wreaths. I gave these creations to loved ones, who exclaimed happily and hung them in their snug homes.

I had used liberal amounts of a smelly liquid adhesive to attach my found…

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Thrift stores have a wealth of resources for re-purposing……….which is where this little lamp came from……….

I wish I’d taken a picture of the “before” because it was a maroon-purple-ish color on the base……….screamed 1980’s………..big hair & Bon Jovi……….

She needed a face lift & little TLC………….

I lightly sanded the base so the paint would grip better……….

painted with a chrome metallic silver paint……….

found a shade that fit – in fact I think I had that lamp shade in my stash………

added a burlap sash & flower


She looks much better & sophisticatedly vintagy (yes I sometimes make up my own words)

Do you have a small item that needs a face lift with a fresh coat of paint?


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