Welcome to my little ol' blog. I'm so glad that you stopped by! I sincerely hope that you will "follow" me as I continue my "redecorating on a budget" efforts! I'll be doing lots of Before and Afters, for just about every room in our home. Plus still lots of repurposing *Trash to Treasure* type projects and tutorials. Hope you will join me!
Edited to add: I'm also including this post at Decor Mama's Frugalicious Friday linky party! And again, no I am not lazy - I am *repurposing* ! :)
This post is being *repurposed* AGAIN to link up with lovely Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors party. We all need a party to go to on Saturday nights right?? Click your little butt right on over here to join the fun.
I thought I would show you how a recent project has turned out. I've been spending most of the last week trying to finish up my daughter's bedroom, so many other projects have to be put on hold for the time being!
Here is a breadbox that I've recently remade. Let's have a look at the before.
Wow, huh? I wish I could tell you that I found this at a thrift store, and had SO much vision and forthought that I snapped it up, already knowing what wonderful things could be done with it.
But no, this was something I actually purchased (about 7 years ago) with my hard earned money. It's been sitting in my barn for the last 5 years, feeling shunned from society I'm sure.
Anyways, my first step was to see if the "lovely" object of art on the front (with all the fruit?) would easily be removed.
It was! Popped right off with a
fancy screwdriver cheese spreader!
I then got to work with some spray paint...
The off white took probably 3 coats, since I did not bother priming first. I probably could have done that and got by with only 2. I grabbed my new best friend for the middle piece...
I'm probably WAY overdoing the whole chalkboard paint thing now. You can read about a couple of other chalkboard projects right here and right here.
I sprayed the entire outside and then sprayed a quick coat of a protective finish over it.
I had originally thought that I should somehow NOT spray over the knob in the hopes that I could simply unscrew it and replace it.
I forgot and sprayed it anyways. The screw WILL NOT come out. I don't actually think it was the paint, because a couple coats of spray paint should really be no match for me and my sophisticated power tools. But try as I might, this thing just did not budge.
So (at this point I had brought the whole piece inside) I just decided to grab some acrylic craft paint and handle the knob with that.
Here's a cool little tip that I use when painting VERY small items...
I simply put a tiny bit of paint into it's own cap and used that as a dispenser.
I then used Gorilla Glue (use this stuff SPARINGLY - it works really well, but it expands as it dries) to reattach the now pretty decorative patch on the front.
I like it much better at this point. My camera is not quite catching the true color. It's more of an off white than it looks in this photo. Anyways, I thought it could be a tiny bit prettier still.
I have a few of these guys lying around.
That fluer de lis is actually a planter stand of some sort that I found at Walmart for 50 cents!
Painted her to match....
And then added a tiny black and white check ribbon (just glued it right on) along the back..
The finial could have used another coat, but I rather liked the way that it did not cover completely, gives it a more aged look or something.
And, here she is!
I did NOT adhere the top piece in anyway. That way I can either remove it completely if I get sick of that look or use it elsewhere.
A few other recent projects resting upon the top...
Note: I should add that I began painting both the inside and the back, but then either got bored or started something new, so this is how they remain...
But, I figure this piece is really only for me and "me" does not care. The only way you can see the inside would be if you actually OPENED the bread box to make a sandwich or something. Do you want to guess if anybody else in my house EVER opens the breadbox to make their own sandwich?
That is correct.
Here she sits on my kitchen counter, looking more at home..
I'll be continuing with my "Come Inside" series this week with maybe a peek into the rest of the kitchen and my daughter's room.
Thanks for stopping by!
Smiles and Hugs,