DIY Antique Painted Lantern from the Dollar Store

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

So we just finished up remodeling the living room, and I just have a few more touches before the big reveal. I’ve been distraught because I haven’t been sewing much and didn’t have any blog posts to share. I just realized, I can just show you some of the other stuff I’ve been working on. Duh!

DIY antique painted lantern

Check out my DIY antique painted lantern- it’s from the dollar store! It was red and it’s made of some sort of thin metal with glass doors. This candle burner was in a box of stuff that doesn’t “fit in” here at the new place. It’s not the hardcore authentic railroad lantern I’ve been eyeing, but like I always say…

If you can’t afford it, fake it!

Valspar paint samples are about $2.50 and they're great for crafts and remodeling!

I used Valspar paint samples that cost $2.50 each. These are a life saver when you’re remodeling, btw.

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

I started with the Butternut Tree and used a small paintbrush with an angled tip to brush on the first layer. It was a real nasty brush stroke; uneven and jagged.

DIY: How To "Antique" Paint a Lantern

I slopped the Sea Air on top once it dried, and then patted it with a paper towel. After that I fingernail scraped some of the edges so the original red would show through, and cleaned up the glass with a Q-tip. I could’ve done a little bit better job with cleaning it…but I’ll get around to it:)

Faux antique painted dollar store lantern

This project took about 30 minutes including dry time. Wanna see a sneak peek of my next paint project?

"Antique" painted lantern from the dollar store

Yup. I have lots of stuff to paint; including this junky old chair. What color do y’all think?

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Innumerable WIPS: Chronicles of the Never Ending

There’s so much going on over here! I’m dropping a few lines today to say hello. I don’t have any perfect photos to share; only quick iPhone pics. But I couldn’t wait to show you some of our projects.

Innumerable WIPS

Sunroom Remodel | SewsNBows

We are remodeling the sunroom. I love the ceiling beams hubby added. Today I’m finishing the second coat of blue paint. It’s a dark, dusty blue inspired by the barn behind Bella in the photo below. (Click here to read my post about the free Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern from Swoon.)

Girls Scarf Neck Cardigan : Free Sewing Pattern from Swoon

I’m going to have rusty accents…dust and rust. My ceiling fans are white with gold; so they have to die. I’m looking for rustic fans, and a maybe some railroad lanterns too. You should see my home dec board on Pinterest. I’m going nuts.

macrame rope patio furniture DIY

Edson made these macrame rope chairs out of one of our patio sets. Everyone is asking me if I’m going to make cushions. I’m going to use them like that and just sew some decorative outdoor pillows. They are so comfortable! It looks good in my head, because the table will have mosaic tile. It always looks good in my head

Innumerable WIPS | SewsNBows

Everything on that ironing board needs to be finished. I have 2 sweaters that need Pom Pom trim, another pair of Hudson Pants that I need elastic for, a stuffed bear minus stuffing; on and on. I ran out of everything at once. How does that even happen?!

Classic Panties from PAB Patterns in tribal print fabric

These undies are my only finish for the week. (My go to pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB*) I have a strict rule about finishing a project before starting another, but I can’t run out shopping the minute I need something anymore. It’s a long drive, and my ride is a dually.

Digging a road with my Dodge Ram Duelly

I’ve been cutting a new road through the pasture to make a looped driveway. I also started a compost bin. I might have to change the blog name to SowsNHoes.

As in garden hoe, you perv.

Until next time,


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Ultimate DIY Bundle

If you read my blog, you probably love to create. There’s a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment making.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! There’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and I’ve only scratched the surface with sewing. I’m unpacking at the new farm and plan to do more home decor project and get crafty. You know, lampshades and stuff. All the crap I see on pinterest!

Now,  to decide which project to dive into first.  Since my decorating budget for the new house is practically non-existent; I signed up to tell you about The Ultimate DIY Bundle! *affiliate link

It’s an instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, we get access to a carefully curated library of 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers.



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Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

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Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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Sewing Room Reveal

Before Picture: Sewing Room Remodel | SewsNBows

It’s time for my sewing room reveal!

Sewing Room Reveal | SewsNBows

Wow, right?! My handsome hubby has been working hard!

Sewing Room Reveal | SewsNBows

He even had to build a custom thingy to cut the granite on.

Sewing Room Reveal | SewsNBows

Did you guys see it before? We didn’t do all this at once. It’s been a WIP for a while now.

(My sewing room will probably never be this organized again, so lets take some pictures.)

Pasta Jars for Craft Room Storage | SewsNBows

I’m using pasta sauce jars to keep goodies in. I’ll have some organizing tips coming soon. I have a board on Pinterest called “My Craftroom” that has a lot of great tips too.

Corner shelf plant stand to hold craft room odds & ends | SewsNBows

We painted an old corner plant stand & a few wicker baskets to add color.
Displaying books and magizines in your craft room

I love displaying my favorite sewing book and magazines.

Displaying fabric in your sewing room


Here are some remnants & a few pieces of vintage fabric, and some cute thrifted wall decor.


DIY painted sewing tool caddy

I painted this caddy- it used to be white.

Anyways, I haven’t started sewing yet, because I love the way it looks right now. What should I make first?


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My Custom Sewing Table

If you didn’t catch phase 1 of my remodel, check it out. You have to see the before to appreciate the after! (Not that we’re anywhere near done…)

Here is hubby leveling & measuring…


He finished this in 2 hours!


Only my Edson knew that when I said this:


I really meant this:


I love how he curved the countertop. I won’t let him paint & add hardware until I have the wall cabinets and craft armoire I want…I’d rather do it all at once and be done.

This is a great, useable space! I’m so happy with it! The sewing desks I looked at were over $5000, but this whole unit was less than $300 to build. We got 20% off the cabinets since they were display units, another discount for a scuff, (it will be painted, who cares!) and they were already inexpensive cabinets.

We used plywood on top. I haven’t decided what to use for the countertop yet. I know I don’t want to spend a lot so granite is out. I’ve heard of bamboo & even concrete countertops, but I haven’t done any research yet. We own a tile business. It broke my heart to tell hubs tile won’t work. I need a completely smooth surface for cutting.

So, we will find an old tv cabinet to repurpose-I’ll keep fabric there; add some wall cabinets above the sewing desk, then add some extreme lighting & some sort of backdrop for photos on the other side. An old washer & dryer isn’t cute for photographing my projects. We haven’t quite figured out what to do about the water heater or how to make a photo backdrop. Some sort of curtain? Any ideas?

Oh, I finished that horrid corset for my Halloween costume today. (Almost.) i just need to finish the armholes with bias tape. I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow.

Also, I’m thinking about doing a show next month. I’m trying to talk myself out of it.

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