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Ole Frames

In after, Finds on January 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

My mom has a tendency to hoard. Not newspapers and empty cans. More like, furniture and farm land. While furnishing my new apartment I found this crazy ornate frame in her storage space with what I thought was an ugly picture inside. The redo took about a minute with some blue spray paint that I had saved from a previous project and I found another use for those huge clothespins I love so much. Now, I was not blogging at the time so I did not take a “before” pic, but it turned out so pretty I am going to share it with you anyway. The supposedly ugly picture was reused and it turned out to be cool too.



Quick Fix!!

In after, before, Finds on November 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

A friend stepped into my living room the other day and said, “Why do you have so many mirrors?” Well, it is weird that mirrors cost so much in a retail store because I find them for super cheap all the time. I usually need to cute-them- up a bit, but the result is always satisfactory so I grab them when I find them. Hence, my quick fix for this week:

Little gold framed mirror I found for a buck!

Little blue framed mirror I put in my kitchen!

A shot of delicate blue paint snazzed-up my frame and looks great with my ‘bird of happiness’ and favorite tea mug!

Quick Fix

In after, before, Finds on October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

I heart spraying paint!


Before raspberry shelf


After Raspberry Shelf

My cousin made the artwork and the color of the shelf is Raspberry.

AFTER: End Tables

In after, Finds on October 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I had you guys take a poll recently on what to do with the end tables I was given. The two winning votes were (1)paint them a bold color and (2)paint them to resemble flowers. I am not an artist and the flower idea turned out to be a daunting task so I compromised.

before end table

I went with a bold red from Sherwin Williams that was labled Bay Red. I got this paint for about 1 dollar a gallon at Habitat for Humanity and I actually like the color. Then I hand painted a repeating graphic of abstract trees onto the surface.

after end table

AFTER: Kitty Frame

In after, Finds on October 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Painting frames gives instant gratification. Also, you can find really ornate frames for cheap. Those are the best to spray paint some funky color! I inserted a crazy paper by Ki Memories. It has the texture and look of styrofoam. Weird. I shall give this to my friend Laura ’cause she loves her kitty so.

BEFORE: Kitty Frame

AFTER: Jewelry Post

In after, Finds on October 17, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Painted the key holder with the last of my Krylon paint. I just love that stuff! Then I decided that it needed to be a jewelry holder and I put it up beside my dressing table. Voila!

After Jewelry Post

AFTER: Molded Chair

In after, Finds on October 12, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Here is the after on the molded chair that I posted a few days ago. I had to postpone this project  for a few days because the wind was too blustery to work outside. I used Krylon Fusion for Plastics in Roasted Red Pepper for the body. I was shocked at how well this product works. It even covered up those black marks on the front. Also, the color looks saturated and there is no sign that the piece was spray painted.  Now I need to raid my mother’s garage for the 3 matching chairs!

BEFORE: Molded Chair

RRP chair

AFTER: Hobbit Stool

In after, Finds on October 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

Did nothing to this pin cushion except rip off the original fabric and replace it with new stuff. I wish I had used a fabric with a smaller pattern so that I could see the design, but this is fine for now.

Before: Hobbit Stool

pixie seat

AFTER: Desk Thingy

In after, Finds on October 7, 2009 at 1:47 am

So, I have been working hard all day to finish my desk project. It was fun. Here is what I did:

1. Removed all hardware, mirror and the beat up back board.

2. Scrubbed with disinfectant cleaner.

3. Waxed with Johnson Paste Wax

4. Washed hardware in dishwashing detergent with bleach.

5. Replaced door glass with a pretty paisley fabric and lined it inside with pink ribbon.

6. Recut and replaced the back board and one drawer bottom.

7. Giggled with satisfaction.

BEFORE: Desk Thingy


In after, Finds on October 5, 2009 at 2:13 am

When I went to deconstruct these pillows I found that the striped one had enough stuffing to fill two smaller pillows. I used some fabric that I probably would not have used on anything else because of its texture. It is a stiff fabric and I wanted them to have structure. I spray painted a stencil of chairs on one and a chandelier on the other in purple.

The other original pillow had a pillow form inside. I covered it with two matching cloth napkins that I found in the discount bin at Pier 1 for about a buck each. I like the pattern a bunch!