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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Repurposed Wood Candlesticks and Plate

Here is my one of a kind plant stand.  One of my favorite items to find in a thrift store are wood candlesticks, bowls and plates.  I find that the wood ones are really easy to paint.

I found these candlesticks along with a wooden plate (no before picture of the plate) at thrift stores this winter.  So this spring I put them together to create a funky, distressed plant stand.  First I sanded the candlesticks down just a little bit.  Then I glued them together with E6000 glue.  Yes, I had to be patient and leave them overnight to let the glue set well.

Then I primed and spray painted the stand.

Just a little too flat, don’t you think?  So I added some Valspar Antique Glazing


I got mine at Lowe’s.  I have only used this glaze so I can’t speak for other glazes; however when I discovered glazing last fall is when I fell in love with spray painting.  Before, I always felt like anything spray painted looked so flat, so dead.  It looked, well, hand done.  Then I read about glazing on several blogs, and I had to try it.

With glaze, you just rub on a generous amount and rub off as much as you would like.  This project was completed right before I started my blog, so I didn’t take many photos.  But the one above shows just a light glaze that I had left on.  I hadn’t rubbed any into the cracks and crevices yet.  But at least you get the idea. Glazing just messes up the flatness a bit or a lot depending on how much you want to leave. 

Once the glazing was done, I then took sand paper and distressed it all over so it looked more loved and used.  This picture of the top might give you an idea of what I did with the distressing.  As always click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.

I really like this stand.  I would use it for a plant stand or maybe hold a large candle.  I have consigned this item, so I can’t take more photos to show you it a better.  But you get the idea.  A new piece of furniture out of old, outdated, found, candlesticks and plates.  No wonder I am addicted to thrifting when I can make something awesome out of pieces.

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Upcycling Defined

When I joined the world of thrifting and junking last fall, a new word entered my vocabulary: upcycling.  But what is upcycling?  I had my own definition, but as I was reading the Summer 2011 Issue of Fresh Home Magazine I found a wonderful definition.

On page 46 of the Fresh Home Magazine there is an interview with Danny Seo.  Danny is a green living expert.  He has a new book coming out in September called Upcycling. I hope to get my hands on it.

In the interview Mr. Seo was asked to define “upcycling”  Danny said, “The roots of upcycyling come from recycling.  In recycling, you take something you plan to throw away, and it gets made into something of lesser quality.  For example, a plastic water bottle gets made into a lower-grade plastic that gets new life as a shopping bag.  With upcycling, that same water bottle would be trimmed, bent and painted yellow to become a gorgeous flower sculpture.  Upcycling celebrates the idea of elevating everyday cast-off objects to new levels.”  In other words there is new life out of old.  There’s still life in there.

So now you know the definition of a new word.  What do you think of that definition?  What have you upcycled lately?

Turquoise Holder

When I saw this wooden holder in a thrift store, I knew it still had life in it, so I brought it home.

It is about 6 inches high.  I sanded it to smooth out the rough edges and primed it.  Then I took craft turquoise paint and gave it several coats.  I glazed it as well.  Here it is.

It wasn’t quite what I wanted so I lightly sanded it all over and then distressed the edges.  Now I really like it.

I decided to use my Cricut to add some words so when it is standing empty, there is a fun reminder.

It can be a recipe holder or a fun way to display a photo.

I have listed this for sale. I really enjoy painting wood and have several projects just waiting for me to complete.  Will share as I get them done.