Posts Tagged With: trash to treasure

Time to Refresh

It’s been a very busy spring and with the warmer weather I’ve been outside playing with dirt – literally.  Planting, creating new garden beds, hauling rocks, hauling mulch, deliberating on which potted plants I want to put out on the deck and porch.  The potted plants reminded me of this old plant stand I’ve had for a number of years.

the original planter

(It sits level.  I just took a crooked picture!)  Green may be the color of the year, I’m no longer feeling it and since I’m no longer using it I’ve decided to sell it.  However, I felt a new color scheme was needed to freshen it up.  It’s metal and can be used indoors or out so first I gave it a coat of spray primer.

Rustoleum for a base…

Looking better already!

 

Then I decided an ocean blue and white color scheme would really set off the style of the planter and complement any potted plant.  The trick was covering those metal flowers to keep them white while spraying on the blue.

very crisp and clean in blue and white…

So much better.  Now I think someone would buy it and give it a good home.

 

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Tisket, Tasket, Updated Basket

So, I was making my way across Wal Mart from the paint department (can’t beat the price on spray paint!) to the crafts department (hey, sometimes they have supplies cheaper than the craft stores), when I spied these chicken wire baskets.

the front side of the original basket

the front side of the original basket

side view of the original basket

side view of the original basket

Now, farmhouse is not my style — mostly because I don’t live in a farmhouse — and black and white are not my color scheme in any room, but the size was perfect and they had been marked down to the fabulouso price of $6.  I could make them fit into my house with a little paint — especially since I knew I already had paint on hand.  Since the liners were ivory and not pure white, I started with a base of ivory paint.

Then I covered roughly the upper half of the baskets and used my TintIt spray for a slight ombre effect on the bottom half of the baskets.

done...

done…

and done - for now

and done – for now

I considered adding some painted or driftwood stained wood shims for a lobster trap look, but for now I’m liking the coastal color vibe look just fine.  A little paint creates designer chic.

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Keeping the Moet Champagne on the Counter

People who actually cook – not just open a can and pour into a pot, put a plate in the microwave, or plate deli-ready or takeout – have tools of the trade that don’t fit in kitchen drawers.  They still need to be stored in some way yet be easily accessible for use.  Using a cupboard wastes space for pots and pans.  Hanging on the backsplash isn’t always possible — especially if there’s brick or tile.  Besides, that still uses a lot of space and not so tidy.

I used to use this stoneware jar.  It was kept on my baker’s rack in the last kitchen, then on the counter next to the stove in the present kitchen.

my original 'tool' bucket from the nursery department

my original ‘tool’ bucket from the nursery department

However, I outgrew the space when I added some tools, so I went rummaging in my house and found an old champagne bucket.  I’ve never used it for champagne.  Only people in the movies actually use them.  Got so excited that I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture.  It looked like plain aluminum.  Grabbed my copper spray paint.  I covered the ‘label’ and kept the inside unpainted.

a little bigger, but it holds everything

a little bigger, but it holds everything

This bucket helps corral all the wooden utensils, the long-handled and odd-shaped ones, the whisks and hand blender…Because these utensils don’t fit easily in any kitchen drawer.

 

 

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From Meh to Whoa!

Somewhere along the way I picked up these plain wood candlesticks (for free).  I never planned on using them ‘as is’, but I waited until I had an aha! moment.

the original candlesticks

the original candlesticks

They looked like they’re stained, but in fact the finish was paint.  While I adore tinted mercury glass, I knew the look couldn’t quite be achieved with these candle holders, my goal was for a colored glass look.  So first I sprayed them with shiny silver paint.

this is first silver coat - with the reflection of the glass lamp on them

this is first silver coat – with the reflection of the glass lamp on them

Then I took my Jade Tint It spray paint and lightly coated the silver, leaving the silver untouched around the top edge and cup portion of the holders.

Design Master Tint It spray paint

this paint is great for sheer color…

 

the candlestick on the left is tinted lightly

the candlestick on the left is tinted lightly

I deliberately tinted lightly so that the silver base coat would be seen.  The final coat was Krylon’s Triple Thick Glaze which gave it the glass look.  (so much easier than using resins)  Here they are sitting next to one of my colored glass lamps.

 

What a difference! The shine! And they look like heavy metal/glass candlesticks!

What a difference! The shine! And they look like heavy metal/glass candlesticks!

 

A perfect match!  And here they are gracing the dining room winter tablescape.

tablescape-copy

 

 

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