Re-purposed hand-me-down desk

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 I’m dubbing it the ‘blue beast’!  One of the strays Michael dragged home YEARS ago after someone left it on the curb.  He gave it to some friends who had young school aged kids.  Nice homework desk.  I had totally forgotten about it.  Until Michael’s friend called and asked him if he wanted it back, as their kids had out grown it.

 It’s a lot more ‘beat up’ than you can see in the picture, especially the shelf side.  And it’s GLOSSY paint.  The HARDEST paint to paint over.  I really did NOT want it as a project.  Unleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees . . . .


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 He was willing to cut it down into just a three drawer night stand.  I can ALWAYS sell a night stand with drawers.   The more drawers, the better!  Doesn’t look half bad from the front, does it?

P1180389Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . .but the SIDE where the center desk drawer was connected could be an issue!  It took a LOT of sanding to ‘even’ that side out, a bit of wood filler and then several extra layers of paint!  And while I am attempting to move AWAY from a LOT of aqua items for a while, given that this piece was already blue and I didn’t want to spend an entire WEEK working on it…….

P1180928I went with my ‘beachy blue’ color on this piece.  Tossed the old wood knobs into my ‘knob box’ and used these vintage porcelain pulls with back plates for a more vintage look.

A jar with no lid ~

This is the ‘front view’ of the half bottle I altered in the last post.  I wanted to show you how BIG the jar for today’s project is by comparison.P1180177

It’s a nice BIG half-gallon jar.  I LOVE the big gallon size ‘restaurant pickle jars’.  Like to paint the lids and use them as canisters.  Was thinking that I might find ‘just a lid’ some day for this half-gallon jar, OR convince myself to sacrifice one from a gallon jar for it.  THEN, I had this idea!

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Add a wire handle and make it into a candle lantern!

P1180191I’ve seen this idea used on baby food jars with battery operated tea lights, hanging in trees for outdoor party decor.

P1180192And done with pint and quart size canning jars.  You can ever BUY the canning jars with the wire handles already on them!  I wired my own.  YOU just have to be sure your wire is SNUG, and below you lid ridges.

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It needed ‘something more’ than just the wire handle, so I attached an old padlock and key.

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And I always put candles in anything that is supposed to hold a candle before I put it out for sale.

P1180197And a burlap bow for good measure!

Altered art / collage little silver tray

What to do with this cute little silver tray?

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I almost just slapped a price tag on it and sold it ‘as found’.  It’s the perfect size for a catch-all for keys, coins or jewelry.

P1180060But I was feeling crafty, so I gave it a little ‘oomph’!

P1180061The little crystals don’t show up very well in the photos, but I glued six of them onto the ‘small petal’ sections.  A big brass color skeleton key, a small skeleton key and a ‘love’ charm.

P1180064The ribbon for hanging it was the hardest part to figure out.  I glued it to the back, then glued some paper on top of the glued on ribbon for added strength.

P1180062The attached ribbon held just fine, and looked fine . . . from the front.  But it was UGLY on the back!

P1180069So I cut out a picture into an oval shape and glued it over the glued on ribbon.  Now it’s reversible!

P1180065Just a wee silver tray.

P1180067And a little love!

It is available for purchase  in my etsy shop

Upcycled card boxes

Some boxes are just too nice to toss onto the recycle bin once you’ve emptied them.

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Like these boxes that contained blank notecards.  Oftentimes I even frame the pretty cards; but this post is about the empty boxes.

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They both have ‘hidden magnetic clasps’, so they open and re-close very easily.

P1170361On this one I’ll need to cover the inside of the lid also, but the other one is ‘neutral enough’ that I could leave it ‘as is’ if I wanted to.

P1170372Here is how I cut one 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper to cover the floral box.

P1170375First I glued the strips on the sides.  (used tacky glue)

P1170376Overlapping a bit on the front and back.

P1170377Then the big piece of paper I glued, starting at the front flap, covering the lid, the back spine and as far onto the bottom of the box and back up the lower front of the box.

P1170384I opted to leave the inside of this one ‘as is’ since it was so neutral.

P1170386A couple of little embellishments to the lid and it’s done.

P1170382On the shell box I used left over bits and pieces of scrap paper.  Old dictionary page on the bottom.

P1170381A combination of papers and a picture on the lid.  (I left the sides ‘as is’ on this box; since they were neutral)

P1170383Some sheet music paper inside the lid, and more dictionary page on the bottom.

P1170390And I ALWAYS add a little bit of paper shred inside my boxes.  For these I used some hand folded and hand cut vintage sheet music.  It’s just a little ‘extra touch’ that I like to do.

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Found a little ‘love’ sticker in my stash that suited this box.

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Done!  The smaller one in the center came from Dollar Tree, and I embellished it similarly to how I did the two card boxes.   It was all green except for the top, which had some kind of design on it that I can’t even recall right now!  I just covered the top and bottom of it, and added the embellishments.

Next time you get ready to toss an empty box into the recycle bin; pause for a moment to consider if it might be prettied up and re-used first.

IT’S A CONTEST! Win a $20.00 credit to my etsy shop!! What can I do with this???

p1130679Remember this fabulous turquoise GLITTER lamp that I made a while ago??

p1130680I had just coated the base with several coats of glitter and glue.  Once completely dry I apply a couple of coats of clear spray to ‘set’ the glitter and minimize it’s ‘shedding’.  Add a shade and a bulb and it’s ready to sell.

P1170011Alas,  THIS is all that is left of it at this point!  It apparently got knocked over one too many times while on display in my booth at Stars and the switch broke.  Now I KNOW I ‘could’ buy the parts and replace them and re-wire the lamp; but I wanted to come up with ‘something else’ UNIQUE to do with it.

I already have that ‘something’ in mind, but I thought I’d also ask for YOUR ideas and input.  And since it’s ‘Christmas time’, why not make it a contest with a PRIZE?!?!

So, here’s the deal . . . leave your suggestions as comments to me.  Whomever has the BEST and most unique idea (OR actually guesses the same idea as I already have for it) wins a $20.00 credit to spend in my etsy shop.

There is a small hole on the top of it where the wire came through; and a small hole where the cord came out in the back (that can easily be ignored) but the hole on top will have to be ‘dealt with’ in some way in your suggestion.

Cut-off date for entries in December 5th.  The winner will be announced on the 6th, and will be able to SHOP for their prize immediately.  Michael will be judging the entries with me.  (He doesn’t like MY idea for it at ALL!!  But if you come up with the SAME idea as I did, you’ll still be the winner.  Otherwise entries will be judged upon the following aspects of the idea:

EASE of completion.  SPEED of completion.  COST of completion.  (Fast, cheap and easy being the BEST scores!)

Put on your thinking caps and start thinking . . . . . What would AJ do?!?!

Decorated ice skates

Have seen these around for years and always wanted to try it, but could never find the ice skates I needed!  This year I found TWO pairs – children’s sizes no less!  (the smaller ones are just ‘cuter’!)

I just rummaged through what wreath embellishing supplied I had and put these together:

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Now to hunt down sore stuff to do the other two!

UPCYCLED PEDESTALS

Something different to make from thrifted candlesticks instead of finials.  Not that making finials is a BAD thing.  It’s just time for something different!

P1160105I’m not certain that this one IS a candle holder, or maybe the top piece was missing.  Regardless, it works for what I’m going to do with it!

P1160108I used a couple of these little routed wood plaques from the craft store; one slightly bigger than the other.

P1160115Glued the two wood pieces together; then glued them to the TOP of the pedestal.

P1160117This is the ‘upside down’ view; showing the edges better.  Since I was trying to emulate the look of the base of this piece, I put the bigger piece pf wood on TOP.

P1160109Here you can see how the top and bottom ‘balance each other out’.

P1160119Used flat black spray paint on this for the final coat.  Used acrylic craft paint for the wood squares I added on.

P1160121Hand sanded to distress the edges.

P1160120The distressing didn’t show up as much on the plastic parts.

P1160110Decided to do something similar with this carved wood candlestick at the same time.

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It was a difficult decision to paint over all these pretty pastel colors, but I talked myself into it!

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Glue the wood round to the candlestick top using e6000.  Then flip it upside down white the glue sets.

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While this one would have worked to paint with ‘brush on’ paint; I used flat black spray paint . . . but only because I was doing these two items at the same time; and it saved me some time.  (time is money!)

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Close up of the distressing done by hand sanding the raised areas.

P1160137This is how I displayed them; incorporated into my Halloween display.  Both have already sold.

OUTDATED – UPDATED; Little decorative cupboard

P1150860The manufacturer’s tag called this an Easter decoration.  It’s just over 16″ tall; but I thought it looked like spare rolls of toilet paper might fit in the two open cubbies and that it would be a cute bathroom storage piece!

P1150861The decorative painting was NOT ‘raised’ (as it typically tends to be on mass produced pieces like this; necessitating a LOT of sanding to make it smooth before repainting)  so this would be QUICK to make over.  I did end up having to sand the front of the drawer, but only because I scratched it up trying to remove that pink PLASTIC drawer pull!  It would NOT budge, so I git out the pliers.  The pliers just BROKE off part of the knob and I STILL could not get it to un-screw!  Ended up breaking it off, bit by bit, and scratching up the front of the drawer in the process when my hand slipped with the pliers.

P1150862Except for the area ‘just under the moulding’  was able to paint the entire outside with a foam roller.

P1150895I did succumb to using spray paint for inside the cubbies since the space was just too ‘tight’ to get a brush into.  Spray painted them FIRST so I didn’t have to tape off the edges for over-spray.

P1150893I replaced that pink plastic knob with a pretty clear crystal one.  *(I keep a stash of knobs and pulls on hand.  This particular one came from Michael’s craft store; on sale of course!)

P1150896I opted to NOT distress this piece since it was lavender paint that would have shown through.

Keeping this one for now as I have a bathroom make-over coming up in the near future and I just might use it for a TP holder!

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With my bad back and the placement of TP holders in some homes, I can’t always REACH the TP because I can’t turn that far around.  In this house the hall bathroom TP holder is on the same wall as the toilet and you almost have to turn all the way backwards to reach it?!?!?  So I keep the roll on top of the lidded hamper just across for the toilet, within easy reach.

A little riddle for you.

When is a salt shaker NOT a salt shaker?


P1130185Take one little cut crystal salt shaker without the top.

P1130184Turn it upside down and glue a round clear stone to the bottom.  (these are the pretty stones they sell by the bagful at craft stores, used as vase filler)

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Add one thrifted hurricane vase, turned upside down; and glue the upside down salt shaker to the bottom of the hurricane.  (I used e6000 for this and gluing the stone to the shaker)

P1130187Put it all together and you have a pretty UPcycled cloche!

P1130186If you want to you can tie a piece of ribbon around the neck of the salt shaker to better disguise it.  Then NO ONE would ever guess what it was.  I kind of like it when people figure out my ‘secret tricks’ though.

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Here is another one that I made using a more ‘bell shaped’  vase.    The little crystal salt shakers are fairly easy to find at thrift stores.  Oftentimes they will even put several mis-matched ones together in a bag for a very LOW price.   Those are the ones I usually look for.  Always keep a small stash of them on hand.

Speaking of gold . . .

Didn’t I JUST say that I didn’t really like gold and show you some gold frames that I was repainting?!?!?  I still don’t like gold, but occasionally I find gold items that I like, regardless of the color.

P1100958These cherub busts with a gold rim that I used as handles on some make-do cloches were such items.  As well as the vintage perfume bottle.

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I came across this rusty tin lid that used to top a paper mache box (that got wet and ruined) whilst sorting through some boxes of old craft supplies.  Couldn’t think of anything to do with it ‘at the moment’, so it went in my ‘think about it pile’.  The rule is (my own personal rule for getting rid of stuff!) if I can’t come up with a way to use it before my next trip to the thrift store, that it has to go in the donate box.  The gold candle pillar was in the ‘TAIP” as well.  My first thought on the pillar was to paint it white,  I can ALWAYS use white pillars.  And in fact just recently painted several of them white and took them to Stars.

P1130058Here are a few pictures of what I DO with the white pillars in my display.  These items are all priced separately; the shoes, the cloche and the pillar.  If someone wants to buy all three and use them just as I have them displayed, Fine!  But more often than not, someone wants ‘just the cloche’ or ‘just the shoes'; and then they have to call me and I have to remember what items they are talking about and divide up the prices and they have to make new price tags for all three items and THEN half the time the customer doesn’t even BUY the item!!  Just TMW!  (too much WORK!) When it can be easily avoided with individual pricing in the first place!

P1130087With this one the nest is permanently attached.

P1120940Here I just sat the jars of glitter eggs atop a couple of the pillars.

P1120803In this little grouping I had placed a small white bird cage atop the pillar.

P1120820On the far right you can see a rusty tin candle lantern atop another one.

P1130141Back to the topic of GOLD stuff.  This wide gold candle stand ended up in the “TAIP” as well.  At the end of the day I was looking at the pile and kind of LIKED how the gold stuff looked together and LOVED how the gold stand looked with the rusty tin lid!

P1130138It just needed a little something more . . . .beaded trim!

P1130142I’m really liking this little pair of  ‘goldies’.  NOW I just have to figure out HOW to work them into my display at Stars!

P1130232I decided to group ALL of the gold stuff together!  I think I forgot to take a close up picture of the gold hurricane.  It was another ‘orphan’ that I came across in my sorting.  Was going to save it for Christmas and put some little bottle brush trees and snow in it.  But since I’m doing a gold group I may as well put ALL the gold stuff out.

P1130235Put it front the center in my booth.  That’s a HUGE wood lazy Susan with an upcycled table on top and the gold stuff grouped together on the table.

P1130231Put a trio of cloches between the legs of the table.

P1130265Tied a key to the handle of this one.  Little touched like this will make your items stand out from the rest.

P1130229As always . .  lots of LAYERS in my display!  Especially at the very FRONT.  The shoppers first impression is what will make them decide whether or not to go INTO your booth and explore further!

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