TST Cutting Board to Farmhouse Dish Towel Holder

In my continuing effort to reinvent a few of my thrift store finds I have a Thrift Store Transformation (TST) to show you today.

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In this transformation a beat up cutting board becomes a charming farmhouse dish towel holder.

Old Cutting Board

 This old cutting board with a handle was the starting point for this project.  I forgot to take a before photo so the cutting board is already painted on one side.

Backside of holder

I painted the cutting board with Waverly White Chalk paint.

Cow on Cutting Board

 Next, I took the image of a cow and outlined it on the board. Then, I used a sharpie to give the cow a little interest.

Dishtowel Holder hanger

To hang the dish cloth holder I needed to add a saw-tooth hanger to the back.

Tools to hang dishtowel holder

The weight of the holder with a dish cloth was a little more on the left side so I measured the holder to find the middle. Then I hammered in the saw tooth hanger a bit to the left of the middle to account for the weight of the dish cloth.

Cow Dishtowel Holder

I scuffed up the edges to age the hanger a little and hung it on the wall.  Oops, looks like something is missing.

Cow Dishtowel Holder Complete

Now, here it is with a fun farmhouse dish cloth.  What do you think?

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Quick and Easy Thrift Store Transformation – Vintage Dresser Tray

Today I’m sharing a Quick and Easy Thrift Store Transformation.

Q&E Vintage Dresser Tray

Funny thing is I did not transform it myself.

Vanity Tray

 My oldest daughter claimed this vintage tray the minute she saw it.  Here is where she started.

Coral rustoleum

She picked out this great coral color Rust-oleum spray paint.

Dresser Tray 2

While I was out of town helping my youngest move to Florida she spray painted the tray.

Back of Dresser Tray

It has a picture frame back for easy access.  So all she had to do was remove the back and mirror then spray paint the frame.

Dresser Tray

 It turned out beautifully.

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How To Give a New Wooden Bowl A Vintage Look

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I wanted to experiment on a wooden bowl to see if I could give it a vintage look. 

Wooden Bowl

   A thrift store bowl seemed the perfect candidate to experiment with.  I’m sure you can see I forgot to take a photo of the bowl before I started. 

Painted Wood Bowl

First, I painted the wooden bowl cranberry on the outside.   It took two coats to give it a rich cranberry color.

Wooden Bowl Half Stained

The wood on the inside of the bowl is pale so I wanted to give it a deeper more aged look.  So out came the Minwax Special Walnut stain.  I wiped stain over one half the inside of the bowl so you could see the difference.

Distressed Wood Bowl

I finished staining the inside of the bowl and distressed it on the outside a bit.

Stained Wood Bowl

Then I stained the outside distressed areas.

Waxed Wood Bowl

Next I applied clear wax and buffed slightly.  I wanted the bowl to keep its chalky look.

Wood Bowl Complete

I’m pleased with how it turned out!  This one is going to the booth and I plan to redo a larger bowl I have to give it a vintage look.

Side view of vintage chalk painted bowl

My inspiration for giving a new wooden bowl a vintage look was my friend Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart.  She painted and aged a vintage wooden bowl.  Her bowl is gorgeous.

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Quick and Easy Transformation: Vintage Planter to Pin Cushion

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Today I’m showing you a quick and easy Thrift Store Transformation (TST).

Shawnee Pig and Corn Planter

You may remember this little Shawnee pig and corn planter I found a while back and shared with you in Vintage Fascination No. 76.  Don’t you think he will make a perfect pin cushion.

Fabric

First, I looked through my stash of fabric.  None of the fabric on hand would work so off I went to find some.   At  Hobby Lobby I found the perfect print.

Cut Fabric

Cut a 10 inch square piece of fabric .

Making the cushion

Place a compact ball of batting in the center of the fabric.

Cushion

Pull the sides together to form a hobo pack and use an elastic band to hold the fabric together.

Cushion in

Put  enough hot glue inside the planter to hold the cushion and place the cushion into the corn husk.

Piggy With Pins

Finish it off with some pretty pins.

Piggy Pin Cushion Complete

This one extremely easy project with just enough kitsch to be fun.

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How To Use A Not So Vintage Globe

It’s Tuesday my regular thrifting day and I had one important thing on my list, a white lab coat.  Why a white lab coat you ask?  My grandson is going to play Albert Einstein this Friday at the school Wax Museum.   Well at my first stop no white lab coat but they did have a newish globe.  I love globes but more vintage the better this one is not even slightly vintage but for $3.00 it couldn’t stay behind even with its plastic base.

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 So on the way home I got to thinking about ways to use the globe.

Globe Bowl on table

 My newish globe could be repurposed into two globe bowls like one I made a couple of years ago using the original globe base.

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This one is really pretty with the decoupaged pages on the inside of the bowl.

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Roeshel at DIY Show Off  created this beautiful lamp cover using half a globe.  She has an excellent tutorial here.

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A pendent light like this one seems easy to make.

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Here is another version of a pendent globe light.

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There are a ton of projects that just alter the globe in fun ways.  This one is adorable and easy.

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It would be easy and cute to paint it with chalkboard paint.

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I would never have thought of making a clock out of a half of the globe.

Newish Globe

Ok, now to choose a project.  Stay tuned I will share when this newish globe gets a TST.

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What Do a Stool, a Tray, and a Basket Have In Common?

What do a stool, a tray, and a basket have in common?  Answer:  me and a paint brush.  My thrift store stash keeps growing so to start getting it under control I grabbed a few things and a paint brush and

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went to work on some thrift store transformations (TST).

Country Stool

Remember this little country beauty I found here.  What I didn’t notice at the time was a defect on one side that prevents it from holding very much weight.  So I decided to paint it and use it as a display piece.

Three lambs

It took a couple of coats of paint to cover the graphics on the stool.  These sweet little lambs are a Hobby Lobby find.

Little Pink Stool

It is going to make a great display piece around the house and booth.

White Wicker Tray

I found this vintage wicker tray here.  It somehow ended up under some stuff and it never made it to the booth but those adorable magnetic dog salt and pepper shakers did and boy did they go fast.   I really hated to part with them.

Wicker Tray 3

Now with a fresh coat of chalk paint it looks like new again

Wicker Tray 2

and ready to serve some cool beverages.

Vintage Basket

Dianne left a comment asking if I would show a basket makeover before I took it to the booth.  So I got busy on the basket I found last week.

Aqua Basket

I wanted a vintage look so I dry brushed on Americana Indian Turquoise acrylic paint .  It only took a few minutes so it was a very quick makeover.  When it was dry I added a few pine cones for interest but

Basket

to take it to the booth I removed the pine cones and  added a matching bow.

Carnations

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How To Renew a Vintage Picnic Basket

You may remember when I found a somewhat sad picnic basket in FTT Week 66 .   Well look at her now.

Picnic Basket with Rag Ribbon Bow

Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do?

Vintage Picnic Basket

Here is how she looked when I bought her at the thrifty store.  Her red check liner was in tatters and she had a broken place on the edge of the top.

Dry Brushed Wicker

First I dry-brushed the body of the basket.

Picnic Basket

Then I cut batting to fit the two sides of the top.  I glued it in place then covered it in blue and white gingham.

Picnic Basket Chalkboard tag

My picnic basket was a little plain so I added a chalkboard tag with the number 2.

Picnic Basket with Rag Ribbon Bow

It still needed something more.  A bow I thought but I couldn’t find any ribbon in my stash that worked.  So I pulled out my remaining blue and white gingham and tore off a strip.   What would be cuter than a rag ribbon bow?

Picnic Time

Now in her second life she is ready to pack full of scrumptious goodies and go on a picnic.  

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A Quick and Easy Valentine Project – Vintage Style

What can you do with two vintage heart shaped cake pans and a small milk glass vase?

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Make one adorable heart shaped tiered stand.

Supplies

First, gather your supplies.

Heart Stand Bottom Tier

Measure the length and width of your pan to find the center.  Then glue the narrow part of the vase to the center of the cake pan that will serve as the bottom tier.  Let it sit about an hour, then glue the larger end of the vase to the cake pan that will serve as the top tier.  Let it dry overnight.

Heart 2 Tiered Stand

See, easy peasy.

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Now fill with candy or whatever your heart desires.

Valentine Bev Bar

Everyone enjoyed the beverage bar so much at Christmas I just converted it from More Than a Hot Cocoa Stand to a Valentine’s Day themed beverage bar.   Oops I have an empty jar.

Valentine Candy

 Yummy!

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Humidor To Christmas Decor

I promised to show you how the vintage finds from FTT Week 63 became Christmas decor and

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 the humidor is the first of those four finds to be converted.  The humidor is perfect for a water-less snow globe.  I couldn’t decide what to put in the snow globe make so I made two.

Snowy Winter Scene 2

This one is a snowy forest scene.  Missy Deer are you ready for your close-up? 

Snowy Winter Birdseye View

Snowy winter scene birds-eye view.

Snowy Forest Scene

Snowy winter scene is look number one.

Welcome Home 1

Scene number two is snowy welcome home.

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 Why does everything look so charming in a vintage mason jar?  

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This little house is a favorite of mine.

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So which scene is the winner?

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The snowy winter scene is moving on to the coffee table vignette.  That adorable little house will probably show up somewhere else during Christmas.

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Got To Love A Junky Owl

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 I found an unusual metal piece in the thrift store kitchen section last week and the first thing I thought of was an owl’s face.  Unfortunately, I forgot to make a photo before I began putting my junky owl together.  It looks like a coffee pot strainer top except for the unusual shape.

Junky Qwl

The owl face went home with me that day and I started searching for other bits to make a junky owl.

Mr.Googly Eyes

My owl needed googly eyes and sink drain stoppers fit the bill.  I didn’t have any extra stoppers so off to the Dollar Store I went.  The stoppers led me to name my junky owl Mr. Googly.

Mr. Googly Eyes 2

A vintage stand grater became his body.

Mr. Googly 3

A bit of bending and shaping the vintage grater handle gave Mr. Googly some funky owl ears.

Cotton plant limb

Short pieces of bendable wire became Mr. Googly’s claws.

Mr. Googly with lights

The last step was adding a string of orange battery operated lights for those spooky nights.

A few metal bits and pieces, some glue, a vintage stand grater, and a string of battery operated lights come together to make one cool owl aptly named Mr. Googly.

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