Sunday, July 19, 2009

Before & After- Part Two

Well, I didn't have any guesses on what the mystery item was in my previous post... If anyone has any guesses- please share!

I have two more items I made over in the past week: Go over to Southern Hospitality or Between Naps on the Porch to check out some other great finds this week.

1. The first item has been hanging in my bedroom forever (I thought about it- and I remember buying it when my niece was a baby, and she is nine now). It matched the previous decor of shabby roses. It wasn't bad- just dated and out of place.

I then used some pliers and pulled out all of the green ribbon, and popped off the buttons.

Now, I wasn't sure if I should strip the board, or just cover over it. I decided to cover over it- it seemed easier. Used this brown fabric I found. Was going to try burlap, but I was afraid it would be too "manly" for this project. My heavy-duty stapler was NOWHERE to be found (think it is in my classroom somewhere), so I bought out my glue gun instead. Easy Peasy!

The last two steps were the hardest. I then used this chocolate colored silky ribbon on the front. I know it is a bit off in spots, but I tried to get it on evenly. It took forever! Finally gave up and just glued it in frustration. Then, I had pealed the fabric off of the buttons, and decided to glue them back on uncovered. The easiness of the project finally returned. Here are the results:

Total cost: $5.00!

Project two is my favorite one yet....
2. My dh & I had gone on an adventure to "the big city" recently to shop around and such. Well, any trip to the big city now has to involve a trip to the Goodwill Clearance Center. I have to say that for 2:00 on a Thursday, it was surprisingly crowded. Crowded with stingy wolves! People were shoving, snatching, and being all around scary folks. Lucky for me, they were not looking for the same things I was looking for.

S0, I found this owl first thing, along with this heavy wooden frame, a Victoria Secret Pink makeup bag (not pictured, but in my purse holding all of my misc things) and a big round wooden ball (see future post) for only $4.00. I was excited. I had planned to use the owl in a different project, and the frame for something else too, but as I waited in line, I had a vision...

I decided to paint the frame dark brown, and take out the glass. I used the same brown fabric from my picture board and glued it to the cardboard. Then, I sprayed the owl with a cream colored spray paint. Had to bend his ears and bottom a bit to make him fit, but here is the end result.

Not bad in my book! So, what do you think?


  1. Love what you did with the owl.

    I so wish I had the ability to view things like that and then put the pieces together for something amazing.


  2. The owl transformation is amazing! Great job!

  3. Love what you did with the owl, it looks soooooooooo cute now! LOVE it! And I love the picture board redo, awesome job!

  4. What a cute idea with the owl! And there is one of those picture boards in my future!

  5. Your transformations are wonderful. I really like the owl.

  6. maybe, just maybe... the mystery item is a wall shelf? Hard to tell but is it flat on one side? Could of held a glass shelf? But looks like you will find a new life for it no matter! Good Luck!

  7. Love what you did with the owl!! It really stands out the way you painted it and placed it in the frame! Kuddos to you!

  8. I love what you did with the memo board. The owl picture is fantastic!


  9. Hi K,
    Great job ... nice colors, and I really like the owl art piece you created! I've never been to a GW clearance center ... sounds exciting (except for the rude shoppers! ... glad you were able to avoid them for the most part ...)

    Thank you so much for the nice comment! Glad you thought the pie looked nice -- I just followed the recipe and swirled the meringue (like I used to see my mom do when I was a kid).
    Bye for now,

  10. I love your projects - they both turned out so cute!

    That owl is just completely cool - so creative!

    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! I am really enjoying looking through your blog - you have so many great finds and ideas!

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  11. I love the picture board redo. It's so classic now! I love redoing things I already have! It just makes such a difference! I love owls and that one you got is really really cute! I have a couple myself that you've inspired me to paint white.

  12. Love the memo board redo, and that so cute!

  13. Thank you for all of the nice comments! I was really pleased with the owl too. Thanks!

  14. Wow! What creative ideas you have!! The memory board is so cute and I couldn't believe what you ended up doing with that owl and frame!! Did you have the plan before you went to Goodwill or while you were in the store?? After you got home?? How do creative minds work??!!

    I love both projects! Happy Met Monday!!



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