Posts tagged ‘thrifty idea’

May 29, 2013

summer stripes

striped freath 1

Step 1:  rescue boring, sad, lonely, $1 oak frame from thrift store

Step 2:  paint it with Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface High Gloss “POND” 32087

striped freath 2

striped freath 3

Step 3:  choose a stripe plan & tape off (my plan = random).  It might look like a hot mess…

striped freath 4

Step 4:  paint selected stripes “SURF” 32088

striped freath 5

Step 5:  remove tape & touch-up

striped freath 6

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”  ~ James Dent

October 30, 2012

plate pedestal

Search & rescue forlorn small plates & candle holders at your favorite thrift store or home.  The following eight items cost $4.50.

To make a couple specimens dark & creepy, paint the candle holder (these were not glass or ceramic) a metallic gray.   Then, with an adhesive product, (make sure it works with the materials!) secure plate to pedestal.

Be patient during drying & curing!  Trust me.

The next two are anytime of the year cuties.  Use them to hold small items – keys, paper clips –  or display seasonal goodies.  Raised objects save linear space & lend visual interest.

Fun is… fake rodents & spiders on Halloween….one never knows where they may lurk around here…

February 24, 2012

chair makeover

Think this $7 Goodwill chair has potential?…

Ta-daaaaa!

  • unscrew seat from chair
  • remove layers (3!) of old seat fabric, plus flattened cushion
  • sand & prime chair
  • decide where chair will be in home, dream about color & fabric

The legs & front skirt have a groove…  Decision:  glossy khaki/grey with charcoal in the grooves, steely grey suede cushion fabric

Hard to tell in the picture, but I distressed the top half of the chair on some edges.  The feminine lines work well since it’s on the Mrs. side of the master bedroom.

Part 2 of the master bedroom re-do complete!  Total cost: $35

February 8, 2012

tweet tray

Say “tweet tray” 5x fast.

Being a huge fan of trays, it is hard to pass one up at the thrift shop ($1).  The perfect specimen for decoupage.

UGH!  That is one of the few ugly flowers on earth.  Rescue supplies:  glue + water, scrapbook paper, exacto knife, styrofoam bowl & foam brush

Cut & piece the paper to fit, spread glue evenly on tray & paper, top coat 3x with glue + water or store bought decoupage.

Tray in ACTION…before:

after…

ahhhh…

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”   ~Albert Einstein

January 4, 2012

ribbon runner

A $15 table runner using thrift store fabric finds & 50% off Hobby Lobby ribbon:

A charcoal grey background makes the ribbon colors pop, & the variety of sparkle, ric-rac, ribbon combos create interest.  Supplies:

  • fabric for 13 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2 foot long finished runner
  • eleven different, coordinating ribbons
  • 1/2″ wide iron-on adhesive
  • pins

The fabric was pieced together to make the length.  Seams were hidden by ribbon on the top surface.

 

  1. cut ribbon into 15 1/2″ strips & figure out placement
  2. use iron-on adhesive to secure placement, top-stitch
  3. once the top & back are finished, sew right sides together on both long sides & one end
  4. turn right side out, tuck ends inside & top-stitch all around

The best part, besides the completed project, is picking out the ribbon!  Have fun!

 

“Don’t think.  Thinking is the enemy of creativity.  It’s self-conscious, & anything self-conscious is lousy.  You can’t try to do things.  You simply must do things.”  ~ Ray Bradbury

December 13, 2011

sparkly mantel

Most of the time our mantel is bare due to two reasons:  bookshelves on either side make enough visual noise, & I have a hard time putting one together!  Typically at Christmas time, a lighted garland spans the width with our stocking hanging & shiny ball ornaments hang here & there.  This year, since the garland did not light-up, I went with a simple, shiny theme:

Purchased supplies cost less than $10.  Iridescent white/clear garland, white corded lights, mini ornament balls:

Thrift store sundae glasses purchased over the years for .25 – .50 cents each.  Any sort of pedestal or tallish glass will do.

Put together it looks festive & sparse in a good way:

Maybe you have a mantel display idea or picture you’d like to share?  If so, send an email with attachment!

“It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.”  ~ Denise Norden

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