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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One of a Kind Stand

I had so much fun creating my Turquoise Plant stand that I decided to make another one. If you missed that post, click on the link to see it. 

I used these pieces I found at thrift stores over the course of the summer.  I sanded the plate down really well so that the paint was flat/almost gone.  I also lightly sanded the candlesticks.

I then glued them together.  Then I primed and painted it.  I decided on black since black is still popular around my area.  I was considering distressing it, but my husband convinced me to leave it at it is.

I think it turned out great.  It could hold my jade in a gray pot.

Here is a close up of the top.

It is satin black.  I did spray a coat of poly over it as well to protect it.  I am going to try to sell it at my garage for $22.  What do you think?

Have you ever tried to create a new piece out of candlesticks?

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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.

Plant Stand Prettied Up

A few weeks ago I was standing next to a man who won a bid on several things at an auction.  As he brought his treasures back to his spot, I said to him, that he got a nice little table.  He replied, ” Do you want it?  I bought…”  I stuttered and he said, “Take it, I am just going to throw it away.”  So of course I grabbed it.  I needed a small plant stand anyway.

After sanding, priming and painting it, I have a cute stand for my jade plant in the same color as my accent wall.

Since there are no curves, I decided to add some vinyl to the top just to give it a little something.

I love that you can take vinyl off whenever you get tired of it.  The best part is, since the table didn’t cost me anything, I can get rid of the table tomorrow if I decide I want something else.  I guess it pays to be friendly.

Mirror Redone into Chalkboard

Here is the first piece I was working on this weekend.  I really am pleased with how it turned out.  It is now a framed chalkboard with key hooks, label areas, and cubbies.  What was it?  A mirror.

It was a stained wood framed mirror with mars, scratches and chips.  Too me it looked dated.

So I sprayed the mirror with chalkboard paint.  Then I spray painted the hooks an oil-rubbed bronze to bring them back to life. 

 I sanded the varnish off and then primed and painted the  wood.  I chose an off-white tinted with blue.  Partly because I had that paint, but I didn’t want a stark white.  I finished it off with a light poly spray to protect it some but I didn’t want it to be shiny.  I was going to distress it, but this piece is for sale and around my area, distressing hasn’t caught on as well.  I really like how it turned out, and if I had room for it I would keep it.  So here is another look. 

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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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