Cedar Chest: Before and After Transformation

For today’s Thrifty Thursday project, I want to show you a cedar chest that I was able to transform for a very small cost.

The chest had a very worn surface, and was missing some veneer on the lower leg part.

I liked the texture of the trim and the detail work. But I knew that whether I painted it or removed the finish, I would lose some of the detail.

Because of the missing veneer, I decided painting would be the best finish.

And because of this damage too…

First, I primed everything with a bonding primer. I like Bin 123 latex primer, but Kilz and Bullseye work well too.

Then, I coated it all with latex satin paint in a pecan color.

 Then, using latex glaze, I mixed some of a darker brown paint with the glaze and streaked it on. I kept a rag handy to wipe excess off.

 Be sure to streak with the grain.

 And on the detail areas, wipe some off to show contrast.

When it’s all done, I will coat it with a few layers of poly. That could be water or oil-based. I also like to coat with a layer of Minwax finishing wax when everything has cured. It gives it a smooth, nonsticky finish.

You can do as much or as little on the glaze as you wish. I haven’t had a chance to do the poly yet, so I’ll post a pic when that’s complete.

I had all of the paints in my stash of leftovers, so the project cost me nothing but time.

Michelle

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Repurposed: Decanter Turned Flower Jar

A long time ago on What Would You Do Wednesday, I asked what you would do with the decanter jar I have. See the original post

I really wanted to get a Beta fish, but then wasn’t sure if I could remember to feed it. But, wouldn’t that have been cool on my dining table?

The dear friend who gave me the jar gave me some flower sprigs at Christmas this year, and I knew it was time to do something with the jar.

I assembled my materials. I didn’t have any regular or floral clay, but I had some old paper clay that need using, so I got that out. I decided to put an arrangement inside the jar so it would be easy to clean. The clay would help me get the flowers to stick. The paper clay wasn’t ideal, since it didn’t want to stay put int he bottom as I worked, but I flexed with what I had on hand.

 Next, I pulled the stems apart. Gasp. I know, it seems like ruining it, but each type of material in a bunch is taped together at the base into one cluster. I pulled the cluster apart.

 I used a kitchen spoon handle to push some clay in the bottom. Um, you can see the clutter on my table. Please excuse the mail.

 I carefully inserted one cluster at a time, until they were all in there. I had to use a wooden spoon handle and some skewers to get everything poked where it looked best. 

Then, I added some clear marbles that I also had on hand. These covered the clay. I know, you can’t see much here. The picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

Marbles. Some days, I’m losing mine, but this time, I think I came up with a pretty nice table arrangement.

 Tried getting a good picture, but when you create something late at night, the lighting doesn’t cooperate. You get the idea. Perhaps this angle is a better picture.

 I love that it stays dust-free!

Michelle

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Teapot Turned Flower Pot

My husband rescued this big aluminum tea kettle for me from the trash. I love it! I turned it into a flower pot and now I’m waiting for the Gerbera Daisy to bloom. Now, if I could only remember what color flower I planted in there.

Michelle

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Thrifty Thursday – Making Your Own Stencils

If you’d love wallpaper, or you have a stencil pattern in mind but you can’t afford the stencil, why not make one? That’s what Brooke from All Things Thrifty did. And she covered her walls with a beautiful pattern that’s much more practical than wallpaper.
Check out the full post on All Things Thrifty for a very thorough tutorial and lots more pictures. Brooke, thanks for the inspiration for Thrifty Thursday.
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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I Just Keep Finding Ideas for Old Fans

A few weeks ago, I showed several ideas from fellow bloggers for upcycling broken fans. Here’s another one! Rose is a self-proclaimed curb shopaholic and she made this sassy little planter from an old fan and a coat tree.
Thanks for the great idea Rose!
Now, I’m off shopping for the day. At yard sales of course! My boys and I are stopping by a few sales before we do our school shopping. I hope to find some T2T steals to share with you all.
Michelle

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Thrifty Thursday – Repurposed Calf Pail

I grew up on a dairy farm and when my dad cleaned out the last of the shed after he sold the farm, I let a lot of great T2T stuff go because I hadn’t yet thought of all of the great uses for it. But a while back, I was at a garage sale and saw this calf pail for $1 and snatched it up. 
 There’s a hole down on the bottom where the bottle nipple would attach. This is perfect for giving flowers good drainage. I put a rock loosely over the hole before filling the pail with dirt just to be sure all the soil didn’t drain out too. This still allows the extra water to trickle out.
Michelle

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Thrifty Thursday- Christmas Gift Idea

For thrifty Thursday, I’d like to show you an idea for a cute gift that is perfect for when  you need a little something to give. I’m giving them to my friends in my women’s group and I’ll be making a few more for little Christmas gifts.
 
This isn’t necessarily a decorating idea, but these post-it note holders would look so cute by the telephone that they are almost a decoration. Or imagine if you added a magnet on the back. It’s perfect for carrying in your purse as well. Now, you’re probably wondering where the trash part comes in.
Well….these cute little post-it holders can be made from the 4×4 inch cardboard coasters they give you to set your drinks on at restaurants. Now, I needed to make more than just a few, so I used up some scraps of matboard. You can use pieces of chipboard too. Or you can purchase blank coasters from American Coaster (large quantities) which I also di.
Here are a few more pics of my work in progress and a picture of the inside.
Covering the coasters with paper.
Inside view.
The blank coasters.
Isn’t that cute?
Michelle

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Thrifty Thursday Idea

During my office face lift this week, I decided to hang my small bulletin board on the closet door. But it was lacking something and I went scrounging for something to add interest. I had these words that I had picked up at a dollar store, but one of them was broken. Actually, my husband broke it, and I like to tease him that he broke my dream.

I figured this dream could be fixed with super glue.

 Using that same super glue, I attached this word and the other one to the top of the bulletin board. 

Quick, easy, thrifty decoration!

Michelle

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Low Cost T2T Yard Decoration

I was driving along on my way to a speaking engagement and spotted this trash to treasure idea along the road. I always take my camera with, so I swung over and zoomed in. If you’re the owner and reading this, I hope I didn’t freak you out pointing a zoom lens at your home.

Next time you get your tires changed out, maybe you’ll want to use them for a no-cost yard decoration. Or maybe not. But I give it an A+ for creativity.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
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