Interview: Oh So Shabby

My goodness. I feel a little bit like today’s interviewee needs no introduction…

Lynda Oh So Shabby

With five wins this season, Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has won half of the weekly challenges hosted on the site. Incredible!

I thought we’d recap Lynda’s Season 17 wins really quickly.

Oh So Shabby ProjectsOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Rapunzel Pumpkin | Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Seriously. This girl is amazing.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a very proud mother of three girls, 10, 9 and 7 and a wife of an amazing man named Ryan.

I have run my own business for the last 18 years, but my true passion is designing, crafting, sewing, and anything creative I can get my hands on.  y favorite is repurposing. My passion reared its head late in life, actually only about 2 years ago and I am completely obsessed. I am looking forward to many more years of creating ahead of me.

How and why did you start crafting?

A friend of mine introduced me to her handmade jewelry. I had never done ANYTHING creative in my life, but for some reason a little voice inside my head said, “I can do that.” I am not sure why, but it did…

I went on YouTube and learned how to make jewelry. That was the beginning of my obsession of all things creative.

How often do you craft?

At least 3-4 times per week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I do get some inspiration on Pinterest but I really try to sit quietly and come up with my own ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love painting and repurposing old furniture with Chalk Paint, Glazes and waxes.  Paint can make anything look pretty.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d love to be a better sewer. I can basically sew a straight line but that is about it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love roller coasters and anything thrilling.  I have also gone sky diving several times.

What makes you smile?

Spending time with my hubby and three little angels.  And a fully finished redecorated room done with my own hands.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

I have started a women’s social group in my neighborhood.  I love connecting with people and there is nothing more enjoyable that a bond with a true friend.

How do you stay organized?

I called the way I organize, organized chaos. I am not either very organized or a total disaster.  If you walk through my house it looks pretty neat, but do NOT look in the closets!!

What blogger do you look up to?

Mandi, from Vintage Revivals, rocks my world and I love the optimistic positive nature of Lauren, from The Thinking Closet.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Lynda! Now, a chance for me to share a few of my favorite Oh So Shabby posts…

First, you cannot miss the princess bedroom Lynda created for her daughter. It’s not just a pretty room, it’s chock full of amazing furniture upcycle projects. Go, go, go!

Princess Room

One of the stunning items in the room is this amazing chaise lounge

Upcycled Chaise LoungeShe’s also created a fun how-to for this cute ruffle valance

Ruffle ValanceOh my gosh. Tell me these little guys aren’t the cutest? Squash birds.

Squash birdsAnd maybe just go and check out her before and after page. It’s AMAZING!

Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Were you as excited about this season’s amazing projects as I was? Seriously. The competition was stiff!

Lynda Oh So ShabbyToday Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, is here to share her final project. This upcycled girl’s vanity is the project that won the competition for her!

Upcycled Girl’s Vanity Tutorial

Super excited and a bit shocked that I made it all the way to the end!  There were so many great crafters I was honored to have competed with all of them and glad to have made some new friends along the way!

If you have been following along this season, you’ve probably noticed that most of my projects were some sort of furniture repurpose. It’s my true passion!! I have dabbled in many creative projects, but working with furniture is what makes my heart go pitter patter. The feeling of accomplishment when I see the before and after is like no other.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this little gem on Craig’s List for $25. This cute little old couple was moving and I almost felt bad only paying $25.

Here she is before….

Upcycled Girls VanityAnd, here she is after….

Upcycled Girls VanityThis last project wasn’t one of those, “Ok, I think I am going to do this and that” type projects. I stared at her (I always call my furniture pieces HER) forever. I knew I wanted her to be really pretty.

I stared and stared, but it just wasn’t coming to me. I knew I wanted the piece to have some sort of metallic – either gold or silver – finish,  but I wasn’t sold on one over the other.

So, off to Hobby Lobby to walk the isles in search of some inspiration! While in the fabric isles, I came across a fabric I have ALWAYS wanted to use but never had that “right” project for it. There is was staring at me. My inspiration!

I didn’t take a before pic of the fabric, but here it is…

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Once I had my inspiration set, I cleaned the vanity and chair completely then I primed the entire piece with Kilz primer.

After that I painted it with a combo of American Accents Heirloom White and Blossom White.

I painted all the accents with gold metallic paint. This was the first time I had used this type of metallic paint – it was so awesome to use. It went on like butter

GOLD1The top of the vanity looked so lonely and needed some jazzing up! I taped a stencil on the top of the vanity and with a Sharpie marker colored on pink polka dots. Voila! Personality!

Upcycled Girl's DeskAnd, with that she was done and the finale project was finally finished. Bitter Sweet for sure!!!

Upcycled Girl's Desk

Thanks again to everyone that voted for me this entire 10 weeks, I had so much fun!

Hopefully you’ll come visit me sometime at Oh So Shabby!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags

Our two final contestants – Crystal and Lynda – are crazy busy getting their final round projects put together this week. We will be back on Monday ready to roll with their “project of choice.” I hope you will come back to vote!

In the meantime, I am excited to share Lynda’s latest win.

Oh So Shabby Quote

This is Lynda’s fourth win of the season.

Lynda Highlights

She picked up her very first win in the back-to-school audition round with her kids organizational station, followed-up by this awesome first birthday highchair and then this Rapunzel pumpkin tutorial.

This week, we’re showcasing her fun themed trick-or-treat bag tutorial just in time for Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags

Totally shocked that I won this round…. so excited to be in the finale!!!

The bags were actually pretty simple to make.  Time consuming? Well, only because I made three…

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

The instructions are the same for all three bags, but today I am going to show you how to make the bag on the far right.


  • Canvas Bag (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • 2 Rolls of coordinating tulle
  • Coordinating fabric or ribbon
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing machine

First draw a line on your bag all the way around 7 inches from the bottom.  I used a silver Sharpie.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Cut approximately 28 pieces of tulle – 14 of each color. They pieces should be 14″ long, or twice as long as the point from where you drew your line to the bottom of the bag.

Take your tulle, loop it over and pin them onto the line facing down toward the bottom of the bag (use one of each color or two of the same color).

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Sew a straight line right over where you pinned the tulle. Do NOT sew all the way through both sides of the bag. Only sew through the layer you pinned on!!!!

Halloween Trick or Treat BagRemove all the pins. If you want you can trim the very top of the tulle where you removed the pins just so it isn’t so bulky.

After your tulle is secured, sew or hot glue on a coordinating fabric or ribbon all the way around the bag. (I only put the tulle on the front.) It may be challenging to sew the tulle if you went all the way around. It was a bit challenging to sew even with only one side done.

Once your trim is set, hot glue on bows or embellishments.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Waaallaaah- you are done!  Thank you again to everyone that voted, can’t wait for the finale!!

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Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

Each and every week I look forward to opening my email and checking out our contestants amazing projects – they are all so creative!

Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has really outdone herself every single week. I’ve no doubt its why she’s done so well in the competition. Lynda’s Pumpkin Challenge win is her third win of the season and I am excited to share her Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower tutorial with you today!

Oh So Shabby QuoteLynda’s first win came in the Back-to-School Challenge with her kids back-to-school station in the first week of the competition.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So ShabbyHer second win came during our Birthday Challenge. If you missed her awesome first birthday highchair tutorial, be sure to check it out.

First Birthday Highchair


Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial

I am still in shock that I took the first place in this round!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even make it through.  Sometimes I feel like my projects are too wacky for people to relate to.  Thank you so much to everyone that voted!!

I had soooo much fun with this Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower!!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower Tutorial #Halloween #PumpkinI initially wanted to do a Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin. I was hoping when I went on Pinterest I wouldn’t find much however, the Cinderella Pumpkin was sooooooooooooo overdone… So I decided to go with Rapunzel and lo and behold – ZERO Pinterest projects. Yeah I had a winner!

Rapunzel PumpkinSo, where to start… The roof. I thought I had a great idea to hot glue pumpkin seeds on to this old tin man hat I bought for my hubby a few years ago that he refused to wear. Great idea right like a shingle roof??? Yeah, well 3 hours later, 348 hot glued pumpkin seeds using 15 glue sticks she was finally done!

After the roof was done I cut out the windows on the pumpkin and sprayed the whole thing with silver metallic spray paint.

Rapunzel PumpkinThe shutters are actually really thin Balsa Wood that I got from Hobby Lobby.

rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI cut it into “shutter shapes” then stained them.  It was actually very easy.

Rapunzel Pumpkin To make the log I found look like a “tower” I drew bricks on it with a pencil.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tutorial Then I added some vines and flowers…..

Rapunzel Pumpkin TutorialLast I added a part of a Christmas Ornament to the top of the roof.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower TutorialUnfortunately, two days after the project was done the pumpkin was full of mold!!  If you decide to make a Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower, make sure you use a styrofoam pumpkin you can pick up at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

First Birthday High Chair Tutorial

I owe each and every one of you a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU for pinning the simple cupcake to go container I shared last week. I had no idea this little solution would be SO very popular!

SYTYC Birthday Challenge

It’s time to share the tutorial for the project that won last week’s birthday challenge, Lynda’s awesome first birthday high chair.

First Birthday Highchair

This is Lynda’s second win. She also won our audition round with her kid’s back-to-school station.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

First Birthday Highchair

So honored to have earned the first place spot for the birthday round. Thank you so much for all of you that voted. It was a really fun week for me.

For those of you that don’t know me well, I was a creative misfit for 99% of my life. About three years ago I was fortunate enough to tap into the creative side of my brain and I have been creating ever since. It is truly my passion.

One thing that makes me sad is that my grandmother who lived till she was 94 years old was an avid crafter and I never REALLY knew this until she passed away. I inherited a lot of her crafting supplies and it made me wish that I hadn’t found my own creative side earlier. I imagine crafting with her while she was alive and the even stronger bond we could have made. I have a few of her crafts that sit by my crafting table, so I feel she is still with me. This project was created in the spirit of grandma.

The one big thing I inherited from her was this 70-year-old high chair. My dad actually sat in this high chair as a baby.

Upcycled High Chair

So I decided to make it pretty.

One of my friends just had a baby girl and I thought, how cute would this high chair be as a prop for first birthday pictures?! I knew I wanted it to be for a little girl since I have three girls, so all I needed was to decide which color to use. My current color obsession is aqua and I love the way hot pink looks with aqua, so…

I love Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint so I went to Home Depot and had them color match the cap of the spray paint in a can of sample-sized Behr. (When I am doing a small project like this I like to use a small color sample so I don’t waste a lot of paint and of course it is much cheaper!)

I added Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder to the Behr sample to make it chalk paint. Since I turned the paint into chalk paint I didn’t have to prime the chair first which is nice.

Chalk Paint

After the chair was painted, I added hot pink polka dots. I intended to paint them on but ran out of time so I cut one inch circles out with my Silhouette Cameo and used double sided tape to stick them on.  Eventually I will paint them on.

To finish off the paint job I measured 4 and ½ inches from the bottom of the feet and painted them a hot pink color using glossy acrylic paint.  I blended a few of the pink colors together to get the pink I was looking for.

The next step was the tutu. I bought some fabrics in coordinating colors. Hot pink and aqua were a given but when I design things, I always pick one more color to “splash” in so this time I chose yellow. (Ignore the buttons in the picture, I never used them.)

First Birthday High Chair Prop

I tore strips of fabric about one inch wide by the length of the fabric (I bought one yard of fabric for each fabric choice).  If you cut the beginning of the fabric you can then tear the entire strip. In my opinion it looks better more frayed than a straight cut.  I then tied the fabric strip to the ribbon I used for the tutu “belt.”

First birthday high chair prop tutorial

I did the same thing with the tulle but cut the pieces about 18 inches wide and about 42 inches long. Once the entire tutu was done I cut it to the length I wanted, then I nailed the tutu to the wood tray.

First birthday high chair prop tutorial

I also made the 1st B-Day Princess Flag Bunting in the pictures – I cut out the triangles from some cute scrapbook paper, then made some letters with my silhouette cameo and glued them on to the paper, then punched some holes in each side of the triangle paper and ran a ribbon through it.

First Birthday Bunting

That is it!!  It was a really fun project and I sure hope that my grandma is smiling down and not totally pissed that I painted her highchair!

First birthday high chair prop tutorial

Oh So Shabby QuoteWhat a great piece for a first birthday party!

Got a minute? Pop over to Lynda’s site and check out her little girl’s bedroom makeover. It’s to die for!!!

Kids’ Back-to-School Station {Tutorial}

Oh my goodness. What a busy week. Not only are we in the midst of our Season 16 finals, but we’re sharing two fabulous tutorials this week from our Season 17 competitors. I am so excited!!!

Today I am excited to introduce you to Lynda, from Oh So Shabby. She landed a spot in our Season 17 competition by winning first place in last week’s audition round.

Oh So Shabby Blog

Lynda is sharing her first place Kids’ Back-to-School station with us this week!

Kids’ Back-to-School Station Tutorial

So excited to have made it through the Audition Round.   There were so many awesome projects!!

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

The inspiration behind my project was my mudroom…………. I call it my mudroom mayhem—  the room that is always cluttered with backpacks, papers , Ipods, jackets, shoes, and the dreaded cat box!

My inspiration was this awesome chippy paint door.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

It weighed about 100 lbs and the glass was missing so it was a perfect find. And a garage sale bargain at $20! Because I have a huge passion for up-cycling I wanted something unique so this door was the perfect choice. Even more perfect was  the original old aqua chippy paint (which is my current color obsession).

First I bought a 24 x 48 chalkboard board from Menards for $8.50. Then I cut it to size and screwed it to the back of the door.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

Then I added some scrap book paper with mod podge to some paper mail boxes from Hobby Lobby and painted the flags aqua.  The mail boxes will be used as iPod docking stations.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

There is a mail slot in the door so it was a perfect place to fish the IPOD cords through.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

Then I took a scrap piece of wood, stained it, then dry brushed on a 50/50 combo of Annie Sloan Old White and Duck Egg Chalk Paint.  Then screwed it on the door with some shelf brackets from Meijer.

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

After that I screwed on the backpack hooks from Hobby Lobby, the single flower vases that I bought while on vacation on Orcas Island, the clip boards for the chore charts, and added a chalk shelf.

Kids Back to School Station 7

Total cost of the project was $20 for the door, $7 for the mailboxes, $9 for the hardware, $6 for the sunflowers,  $8.50 for the chalk board and $3 for the clipboards.   Total cost = $53.50.  Not bad for the whole job.  The kids LOVE their new kid station and I am so excited to not hear “WHERE’S MY IPOD”!!!   I do believe this project was simple enough that most people could tackle it!

Kids Back to School Station via Oh So Shabby

So excited to have made it into the contest now on to so kitchen brainstorming!!

Thanks so very much for sharing your amazing project Lynda!

I know you’ll all see MUCH more of Lynda in the coming weeks, but I hope you will take the time RIGHT NOW to hop over to her site and check out of her already accomplished pin worthy ideas. Here are a few that I love…

Oh So Shabby

Easy Ruffle Valance | Ombre Girl’s Reading Nook | Princess Bedroom