Thursday, May 28, 2015

Upcycling a Few Items



I’ve actually completed a few projects over the last couple of weeks. I began each project with a vintage item and added some chalk paint, sometimes more. Here’s what I’ve been up to……

These wooden apple trivets appeared more orange than red....

Before
So I shined them up a bit….

After


A heavy mirror with a carved sunflower just wasn’t sunny enough for me...

Before

So I brightened it up a bit……

After



This wood tray with a botanical print looked tired...

During.... I forgot to take a Before! Imagine dark wood.

So I added cork and a pineapple stencil and freshened it up a bit…..

After

Every little bit helps!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Attempt at a “Junk” Sign

I know you have all seen the signs that Betsy of My Salvaged Treasures creates from jewelry, pieces of metal and whatever else she finds. If you haven’t seen them, check here.

I finally managed to gather a few trinkets from here and there and decided to try my hand at making a “junk sign” inspired by Betsy’s unique creations.



I found the piece of wood in a store parking lot. It was the perfect size…. I just had to spray it lightly with flat white paint so my rusty junk letters would show up. I bought the knobs at an estate sale. They are from an old Frigidaire stove. The other pieces were in my garage…. I hope they weren’t important to my hubby!

Since the knobs were round, I knew they had to become “O”s so COOK became the perfect word for my sign.  I decided to make the sign vertical and added a hook (made from one of the pieces of metal) at the bottom for hanging a dishtowel.



What do you think?  How did I do?




I liked it, but Betsy usually adds some bling to her signs. So with a little more digging I found the perfect touch.




Now that’s better!


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Vintage Inspiration Link Party at My Salvaged Treasures