Updating a Wooden Bowl

This is not the way this bowl started.

Recently I found an old wooden bowl.  Loved the shape but its dated color…brown… and its white marks made it, well, ugly, See…

So I pulled out my spray paint.  It felt so good to paint again.  I have been so busy with life and my business that I kept putting projects like this on the bottom of my list.

I sanded it down, covered the bottom with a piece of paper because I wanted to leave the bottom brown.

I just traced the bottom on paper, cut it out, and adhered it with removable tape.

I primed it, then I used an Heirloom White.  After it was dry I distressed it,  and I sealed it with a clear spray.

It looks more white than it really is.  Originally I redid it with the intent to resell it. Now I think I might have to use it for a centerpiece bowl for a while.

I think it would look lovely with a set of old Christmas bulbs in it.  Oh, no, I am not ready for Christmas  How about a bowl of acorns?  Yep, that would look nice too, but not ready for fall either.

Awe, that is much better.  Feels more like a back to school bowl.

Have you updated a vintage find lately?

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Bridal Shower Gift

I so enjoy linking up to a Would You Buy It Wednesday at Junker Newbie, but I have nothing today.  I spent 4 days in Minnesota over the long holiday weekend with my two sisters and Mom.  We shopped, scrapped and chatted till we dropped.  No thrifting at all. Great weekend.  So instead, a quick upcycling item.

My niece is getting married this month.  Actually it was her birthday yesterday…Happy Birthday, Lynae.  I am so happy for her and her future husband.  She had a bridal shower last month.  One of the things I gave her was this….

I forgot to take a before photo, but it was a photo frame from the dollar section at Target last October.  It was purple, black and orange striped.  I painted it Turquoise.  Their wedding colors are Turquoise, Bright Pink and Black.  I found some Bright Pink paper and added Scrabble tiles for their names.

A couple of other scrapbook supplies, and I was done.  I thought it sure turned out cute. I was lucky they both had a “y” in their names.

Iron Shelf Redo

There is something about this beautiful iron that just drew me in when I saw it at a garage sale.  However, it had an oval mirror in the middle.  It just didn’t quite work for me.

To me the mirror just doesn’t go well with the beautiful iron.  So I decided I need to alter it. Not sure if the chalkboard craze is over yet or not, but I still like it. So I taped all the iron and got out my can of spray on chalkboard.  Here is the results.

Much, much better, don’t you think.   The fun part is that it can be turned upside down and just set on a shelf, and it would work too.

It really does work either way.  But whichever way it sits, the black chalkboard is just so much better.

Have you ever used chalkboard paint or spray?

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Thrifty Spring Decor

I realized today that the 4th of July is around the corner.  It is hard to believe with the weather we are having here that summer is already flying by.

Before I decorate for the 4th, I wanted to show you my spring corner.

The only thing that was new is the little bird on the bottom left hand corner and the eggs.  I purchased the bird and the eggs at Real Deals for less than $5.  I really enjoy that store.  They are only open 2 days per week, and their selection moves fast.

I got the checkered vase and flowers for $1 at a garage sale intending to repaint it, but it worked so well with this display, I left it.

The sign is a printable from this blog, Just Another Hang Up.  She does a monthly Plaque Attack where I download her subway art for free to print for my private use.   I printed it on a soft yellow scrapbook paper and glued it to a wood plaque that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I painted it an apple green. 

The pot I purchased at a thrift store for $1.50.  It was marked on the bottom $49.99 from Kohls.  It was a nice pot, but I wanted something bright and cheerful.  So I painted it apple green as well.  Check out the before and after.

The scallop wooden bowl with the eggs was purchased at a thrift store as well. I probably will paint it someday, but I wanted a wood look to the display.

The little yellow bowl is wood that I purchased at a thrift store.  I think they were 6 for $1.

 The green candle was a gold candle.  It was on sale for half off at a thrift store after Christmas.  I bought them for $1.  Looking forward to using the others in my future home decor.

Now that you know what I did to create my spring display, Here it is again.  A fun cheerful corner.

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New Life to Bowls

The other day I showed my area above my kitchen cabinets.

I am loving yellow and grey together so I wanted to add those colors.  So I took this gold bowl. 

It is way too bright for my taste, but I found it at a thrift store for a great price.  I loved the shape.  I painted it a strawflower yellow from Rustoleum and then glazed it.  It is a beautiful yellow.

I took one of these wooden bowls and painted it grey.  Here are the bowls.

Here is the bowl grey.

Together they are so pretty. 

Spray paint makes it so easy to change the look of a piece.  Now if the weather would just cooperate so I can paint some more items…spring in North Dakota.

Grey Distressed Corner Shelf

I finished another piece.  A corner shelf.  I wanted to paint it grey because I have been seeing grey as the “new” black on several blogs.  So here it is. 

I love how it turned out.  I want to keep it, but I have listed it to sell.  Here are a couple of detailed shots so you can see the distressing and the light, black glaze. 

In case you are wondering what it looked like before here is a picture of it.  There were several deep knicks and many scratches. I filled them all in before priming and painting it. 

I really love how it turned out.  Here is the picture again.  What do you think? 

So what do you think?  Would love to hear feedback.

Swans Made Beautiful

Remember the gold swans.  I am just not into gold, reminds me of growing up in the 80’s; everything was gold.

Golden swans

I just grabbed a can of white spray primer and then a can of white spray paint and turned these ugly ducklings, uhm, swans, into beautiful white swans for my springscape above my kitchen cabinets.

So I added them to my “It’s all Good” sign that my sister gave me and I love because I always say, “It’s good, it’s all good.”  and a few spring flowers. 


I couldn’t get a good shot without the shadows from the flash.  Here is a close up so you can see the swans in there.

I will show you a close up of the bowls tomorrow.

Grab a can of spray paint and upcycle something old.  It sure makes me happy.