Entries in Bryce Inspired (12)


B. Inspired: Mix & Match Tabletop

Time in Hermosa Beach means time spent with Bryce, my old neighbor and lifetime friend. I'm heading back home to Atlanta today with great memories of my short vacation here. Bryce is a constant inspiration who keeps me laughing and active- as he has more energy than 4 people combined. His latest creation in his backyard workshop came via a mix match of hardwood flooring, stained and unstained that was given to him by a neighbor. What to do with it? It took him a sec, then he got to work...

Bryce found this old parlor table base for $5 at Habitat for Humanity. He spray painted it red and then organized his mix and match pieces of flooring.   

In a traditional table, the grain of wood would run in the same way. Bryce did the opposite, mixing the direction of grain as he arranged and put the pieces together like a puzzle.  

To enhance the patchwork look, Bryce sanded and rounded the edges of each piece so you can feel the difference between the cuts. Lastly, he added a clear coat....

...then attached the tabletop to the base using wood screws. 

With the leftover stained wood, Bryce made this two-top table for his kitchen. It just took him a couple hours total. Impressive as always...and inspiring. Thanks Bryce. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: The Kitchen Island & Bar

When I visited Bryce over the Christmas holiday, (seen here with his manager, Genna) one of my favorite pieces in his shop was this Kitchen Island & Bar he constructed.  

The idea for the bar came when Bryce stumbled upon the entire top piece at Habitat for Humanity. (date on bottom of tile was 1978) Inspired to build something around it, he bought the top tile with brown scalloped edging for just $65. 

Using just $50 in lumber, (a combination of leftover plywood and new pine) it took Bryce just one day to build it. And in typical Bryce fashion, he started painting it the same day and was done with the entire bar by the following morning. 

Bryce was very thoughtful in the design. He wanted this to be a multifunctional piece and made a removable shelf for one side. This offers the option to use the cavity differently, such as hanging pots and pans. He also added wheels and made sure there was ample room for two bar stools on the opposite side. 

It's a great piece and available for sale at his lovely shop, Curious. Or maybe you'll be inspired to make your own island creation...Thanks Bryce. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: What oh What Shall I Repurpose? 

The one thing I really miss about being Bryce's neighbor is the many trips we would take to go find stuff. When I was visiting him over the holidays in Hermosa Beach, we got to take one of those trips. This time, it was to a beach house about to be torn down. The owner told Bryce to go in and take whatever he wanted. So, what oh what shall he repurpose? 

One of his first finds was just this basic drawer. He realized quickly that it could make a great shelf. Funny enough, when we checked out the back bathroom, we found these glass slats in the window and wondered if they'd fit the drawer. In typical Bryce fashion, they fit perfectly...

The drawer was in good shape so while I conditioned it with Feed-N-Wax, Bryce cut a piece of scrap wood he had on hand to hold the shelf up. (These were loosely secured so you can take the shelf out if desired) 

And voila, it was that easy.

Not only is this a low cost option for a shelf, it has a charming tale to tell. I think you need to have at least one item in each room that tells a story. Thanks for the inspiration Bryce. Hope you're inspired too...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: A Room Divider

I was so happy to get an email from Bryce last night, sharing his latest before and after creation. He recently found two pieces of glass at his local Habitat for Humanity shop (one of the pieces shown above). The price for both panes was just $20 total. He brought them home and let them linger at his workshop until inspiration struck... 

Bryce finally found an idea in creating a room divider or just a nice piece of wall art. He created a frame using 1 x 4" clear pine wood. He also bought 1 x 1" molding at Home Depot to hold the glass in place. Bryce, "When I put it together, I decided to stagger the wood to give it a nice aesthetic." As you'll notice, one panel sits forward on the frame, while the other sits back, which gives it a layered look and adds interest. 

Then he painted it a swiss coffee white, distressed it a bit with 80 grade sandpaper and added a clear coat to finish. Beautiful, nice job as always...thanks for the inspiration Bryce! 


Photos: Bryce Toney   Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: Before & After

Bryce always blows me away with his creations- creations which often take him less than a couple hours to concoct. Like this 1960's bathroom medicine cabinet he took down for a friend to make way for a remodel. Instead of throwing it in the dumpster, he brought it to his workshop...

Bryce added legs, sanded the entire piece then painted it all one color... turning the medicine cabinet into a charming coffee table with storage. Fantastic, right? 

Next, he found inspiration in this old window pane found leaning against his alley dumpster. This too, he surmised, would make a great coffee table...

For this piece, Bryce added proportionate legs made of knotty pine which ages quickly and is easy to distress. He then added 1 x 4" trim to help secure the legs and finish the look. Lastly, he stained the entire piece with a dark brown Briwax. I want this...

This last Before & After took place in San Diego. Bryce was visiting a mutual friend of ours who is expecting his first child. In typical Bryce fashion, he found this dresser at a nearby garage sale while visiting that morning and brought it to our friend's home to convert it into a more polished dresser for the baby room. 

Bryce did a rough sanding on the entire dresser, then used a Kilz water based primer to ensure the top coat would stay strong. He actually used a gray colored primer so that when he added a white top coat and sanded it lightly on the edging and corners, the gray showed through a bit. He likes the idea of slightly distressing the dresser as it makes the whole piece forgiving to mistakes and imperfections. It began with potential, now it has charcter. Thanks Bryce...


Photos: Bryce Toney    Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: Horizontal Stripes

I recently sent this picture to my dear friend Bryce out in Hermosa Beach, California. We used to be neighbors there and I must admit, I miss the beach life a lot! Bryce is an incredible business owner with a ton of energy, ambition and supreme repurposing skills. His shop, Curious, has tons of wonderful home items, many of which he makes himself. So...after I sent him this picture as an idea for painting a wall in his newly expanded store, he came up with some inspiration of his own...

It began with this wooden dresser he found on one of his always amazing dumpster dive expeditions. This is the before...

...and this is the After. It's amazing what a little sanding and a coat of paint will do.  

And then Bryce did indeed paint a wall or two in his store. He shares these pics via his cell phone. His newly expanded space is as cheery and positive as the man himself. And this color scheme works well for the always sunny, laid back California days...

Thanks Bryce for creating such wonderful transformations from one photograph. Anyone out there have some fun painting projects they'd like to share? I'd love to see them. Just drop me an email me here. 



B. Inspired: Low Cost Gift Wrap

If you love gift wrap or just love to be smart with money, Bryce has a handy trick. Just head to your local Home Depot or any hardware store and buy masking paper. 

For just $2.97, Bryce bought masking paper that was 12" wide and 180' long. That's 180 feet. It'll last you forever and act as a perfect palette for your creative endeavors...whether it's with paint, crayons, magazine cutouts or stickers, you can personalize your gift any way your heart desires...

One way Bryce added some charm to his presents was with colored raffia or twine. Then he used his set of alphabet stamps to personalize each one. (some great options here, Amy Butler's modern version here.) If you like to be a little crafty, you'll reuse these letters over and over for years to come, trust me...

Bryce added a homemade gift tag from scrap wood in his shop. The possibilities are endless, without any extra cost. Homemade is always better and this project proves a great way to reinvent a new life for some of your old things lying around your house. Thanks Bryce...     


B. Inspired: Low Cost Coasters

In the flooring section of Home Depot or Habitat for Humanity, you can always find stock piles of tiles. They come in all manner of colors and textures and make easy, sturdy coasters. 

You can often buy a dozen for less than $5. Next, buy some felt pads and add to the underside of each corner.

Lastly, wrap them up with raffia for a fun hostess or housewarming gift....

Or, you can always keep them for yourself...Thanks Bryce. 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


B. Inspired: Dumpster Dive

Brcye taught me how to dumpster dive and he's quite the master of it. He knows how to spot a treasure and in just 48 hours, he found some incredible items just outside his shop's back door- two chairs and a table. 

To give the table and chairs a new life, all Bryce needed was some sand paper and clear coat. 

Sanding is great as you can distress the table as much or as little as you want. Since the table was already distressed, all Bryce did was give it a consistent look throughout. Since it would be used as a table top, he added two coats of the protective finish. Less than two hours later, a new table! For the chairs, Bryce added a few screws for support where the legs met the sidebars (then covered them up with a little putty and black magic marker.) These needed just a little sanding and one clear coat and voila...

The final result is really fantastic. Bryce loves the different layers of paint found on the table- wondering all the different lives it must have had. The chairs are good quality furniture from Mexico that exude that wonderful old Mexican style. The cushions were perfect just the way they are. It's always amazing what people throw out. Thanks for the inspiration Bryce. And thank you to Meredith Gradishar of Zoom Theory Photography for the lovely pics. I think I need to do a dumpster dive of my own now... 


Photos: Zoom Theory Photography   Content: Sweet Peach 


B. Inspired: Low Cost Picture Frame  

This one is real easy...All you need are a few items:

1. WOODEN PICTURE FRAME (these are everywhere at garage sales and thrift stores) The ones above Bryce and I found in a North Carolina thrift store for 50 cents each.  2. SPRAY PAINT  3. SANDPAPER  4. TWINE

You start by lightly sanding the frame to smooth out any rough edges, then spray paint the frame any color you wish. Bryce and his always delightful sister Stephanie show off their new frames...

Next, take twine and wrap it around in any configuration you desire- straight across, diagonal, vertical. Tie it in the back, then use it to hang pictures or clippings that inspire. If you change your color scheme, just spray paint it again. This is a fun and easy one, not to mention a great gift idea. Thanks Bryce! 


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach