Monday, November 23, 2009

Goodwill Junk to AWESOME!

So... I have been looking for something to put up in the blank wall in our dining room. A lot of people have been making personalized signs with their last names on them. One in particular that I LOVE is here. So, she inspired me to make one myself! I picked up this at Goodwill for $2.00.

I took it apart, and sprayed the frame black. I took the glass off and sprayed one side of the glass with Rustoleum Almond (2 coats). Then, I really really really wished I had a cricut!!! A cricut is definitely on my Christmas list! But, since I do not have one at this time, I had to make my own stencils on the computer. So I just played around until I found a font I liked, printed it out, and then cut it out. (sounds easy, but was extremely time consuming!) Then, I took some black acrylic craft paint, and painted our last name onto the glass. I finished it all off with a coat of Acrylic sealer. I am very pleased with the result:

It turned out exactly as I was picturing! Which, honestly, so rarely happens when I do crafts.
I also got a couple of other things to put on the wall. This shelf I picked up at Goodwill for $6.00.

Now, listen to how cheap I am. I had to seriously think about whether I wanted to pay $6.00 or not for about 15 minutes. Anyway, it has a lot of really nice lines and no chips or anything, so I decided to get it. I am glad I did. I quickly spray painted over the lovely purple with black, sanded down the corners a bit and that was it!
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the awesome ladies at Shanty2Chic by now, since they are crazy creative! A couple months ago they did an adorable milk jug redo. When I saw it I fell in love with it! SO CUTE! So I have been keeping my eye out for a miniture one to redo. I found one last week for $0.99!! Here is the before:

I painted it with Rustoleum almond and then put a rub on decal (so easy!!) that I picked up at Walmart for practically nothing. What do you think?

Another thing I got at Goodwill last week to go with all this stuff was a darling little picture for $2.99. Here is what it looked like before:

And after 2 quick coats of paint on the frame:

I like it so much, I might actually put it somewhere else, but we'll see!
Now, I wish I had them all up on the wall and situated nicely together, but alas I am not that organized. I will post a picture later this week when my husband hangs them for me. (He doesn't like me to do it because I always put too many holes in the wall!! :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Step- Stool Redo

When we moved into this house, the owner had left some "stuff" around the garage. One of the things was this cute little stool:

I thought it was adorable and I wanted to put it inside, it just needed a little work. So I spray painted it, and then took off the old upholstery. This was my first time re-upholstering something and I was very nervous! But honestly it was just about the easiest project ever. I went to Jo Ann Fabrics and looked through the clearance fabric remnant section and found this for only $1.24!

What do you think?