If you've been following this blog for long, it should come as no surprise that I love to find strange things at second hand stores and turn them into something useful and decorative. Being able to look at something that someone has no use for and transforming it into a stylish work of art is fun and challenging. My mind has always been able to envision something better and see potential in cast-off items.
Not too long ago, I came across this glass dome at Goodwill and instantly imagined it being turned into a cloche. I've yet to figure out what this item must have been in it's previous life, but it obviously was no longer serving a purpose for its owner. Problem was that my find was $4 which in my world is more than I'm typically willing to spend at a thrift store for something like this. So I kept on walking.
A lot of what I've been sharing lately has been giving makeovers to unique items like scales and lamps found at antique stores and thrift shops. While it can be inspiring to see what someone does with something they purchased, it is more fun to be able to use that idea for something that you already have or can find.
That is why I always enjoy doing some thrift store transformations....I try use supplies that anyone can find at their local Goodwill, flea market, or yard sale and turn it into something completely different. My favorite project is still the saucepot that I transformed into a stylish basket. Today seemed like the day to take a break from working on things I plan to sell in a few months at the market I'm in and instead work my creative muscles to come up with a project that you could work on yourself.
A few weeks ago, I showed you an old high chair (or booster chair) that I found at an antique shop for just $10. As much as I love painting furniture, I also love beautiful wood. And that is what I saw on this chair. This chair didn't need to be covered with layers of paint.
Welcome back, my friends! I hope that you had a lovely weekend. Thankfully the rain held off on Saturday for most of the day, and I went on another shopping trip with my mom. While most of what I bought was stuff for myself for a change, I got a few more things to fix up for my sale over the summer. You'll be seeing it all soon.
But today, I wanted to share a great technique for transforming anything that is natural, bare wood into something that looks like actual rustic, aged wood with patina.
We are all taught as children to not judge a book by it's cover, which is a memorable way of saying to not make assumptions about people (or things) based on how they look. It's a useful lesson. The same obviously holds true for choosing paint.