Painted Wooden Candlesticks

I recently shared an easy mirror update inspired by a wood + turquoise bowl…

inspiration:

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

mirror update:

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Then I spied a set of three {Ty Pennington Style…love his style, don’t you?} candlesticks for $4.99 at the thrift store and couldn’t resist creating a wood + turquoise collection. 

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Materials:

  • Wooden candlesticks
  • FrogTape®
  • Paint (Maison Blanche Furniture Paint, color is “colette”.)

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What I did:

I simply wrapped the FrogTape® around my candlesticks to create an angled design.

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Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape. 

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Then simply applied two coats of paint with a foam brush. 

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While the paint was still wet, I carefully pulled away the FrogTape to reveal a crisp, straight, clean paint line. 

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 The design varies depending on which side faces out.

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Now they’re a one of a kind Ty Pennington/DIYShowOff style! Working with him and he isn’t even aware.  Maybe it’s for the best as he may not be flattered that I altered his design. 😉

Painted Wooden Candlesticks

Then let them dry. Add candles and display! So cute! West Elm log vase is from my secret Santa…love it! 

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Wood & Turquoise Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Thrift store jackpot! Well, a great deal, at least! I snagged this mirror at the thrift store for $2.99. Original TJMaxx sticker is marked 19.99. Great price, sort of zzzzz. 

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Inspiration comes in many forms. For this mirror and the light wood finish, my inspiration came from this wood and turquoise bowl at H&M: 

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Materials:

  • Mirror
  • FrogTape® 
  • Paint (I used Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. Color is colette.) 

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Tutorial:

Tape off the mirror. I also taped diagonal at the top right and bottom left mitered joints.

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Burnish the edges of the tape using thumbnail.

Paint. I used a foam brush to apply two coats.

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While paint is still wet, remove tape by pulling away from the paint.

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 Let dry. Ready to hang and display.

Inspiration:

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Wood & Turquoise Mirror Makeover:

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Depending on the hanger on the back, it may only hang one direction (unless you add a DIY hanging mechanism for an alternate hanging direction). For display, there are 4 rotation possibilities. One mirror, four ways:

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DIY Cart Rescue/Furniture Makeover

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.

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Materials:

  • Old metal cart
  • Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
  • Wood stain and sealer
  • ProBond Advanced

What I did:

First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?

before…

cart before

cart before

Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf. 

measuring

After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one. 

I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.

Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours. 

I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.

Loved once again…

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Beautiful new wood top and shelf:

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Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.

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DIY {half} globe light fixture cover

DIY Globe Light Fixture Cover

After I completed the wall mounted-pallet shelf, I updated some of the light fixtures including the one in the sitting room…

allen-roth-edison-orb

Allen + Roth Edison Oil Rubbed Bronze

However, the glass on this specific light is very thin and it cracked during the final stages of assembly, just by screwing in the light bulb. The crack was located in such a way that it wasn’t safe. I feared the entire glass piece was going to come crashing down.

cracked-glass

So, one rainy day, I gathered some supplies from around the house and created a new cover? fixture? globe? well, northern hemisphere at least.

DIY-globe-light-fixture-cover-tutorial

Here is what I did:

Materials: 

  • LOW WATTAGE light bulb
  • old globe (I have an addiction. I can’t pass up a globe at the thrift store, thus a collection on hand.)
  • craft paint (I had DecoArt’s Patio Paint/rich espresso on hand.) A high heat/temperature paint is a better, safer option.
  • double fold bias tape (Again…I had brown left over from a patio cushion project.)
  • hot glue
  • Sharpie
  • Edited to add: Flameproof coating

Tools:

  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Craft paint brush

I started by disassembling the globe by gently pulling the frame from the north/south pole. My globe popped right out.

globe

I also chose a globe that wasn’t in the best shape, so the north and south hemispheres just pulled apart. (Cut seam along the equator with a utility knife if needed.)

split-globe

Next, using a Sharpie, I traced the fitting (or draw a circle the size of where the globe will be held into place on the light fixture).

globe-light-tutorial

I used a utility knife to remove some of the map/cardboard and discovered a metal circle underneath. I was able to remove it with pliers. Then cut away the rest of the cardboard/paper with a pair of scissors.

globe-light-cover

I painted the inside of my globe and let it dry (well, sort of. I may have been too eager to move on to the next step)…

paint-inside-globe

Then attached the bias tape around the perimeter with hot glue.

gluing-bias-tape

Since I was impatient with waiting for paint to dry and had a little “oopsy”…paint on the bias tape, I used a Sharpie to create a design to distract from the accidental smudge. Imperfection adds character.

globe-light-border

Ready to install.

globe-ceiling-light-cover

Heading to the basement: This is also the path to the basement and I can breathe a sigh of relief that the cracked glass isn’t going to hurt someone when it comes crashing down or that it’s no big deal if my 6’2″ husband carrying a ladder accidentally hits the globe. I kept worrying he’d ‘ding’ that thin glass on his way through…now, it’s okay.

sitting-room-ceiling

It fits with the style of our sitting room too…

sitting-room

Easy enough.  (Would also work as a lamp shade…decorative only.}

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 Mystikit: Purchase the materials and tools needed to make this half globe light fixture cover.

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 *This light shade is mainly decorative. In our home, it is rarely turned on for more than a few minutes at a time. Please do your homework and consider safety in your own home before using a globe as a light fixture. 

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Thrift Store Find: Just add paint.

 

Out of nowhere in January, we were blessed with a day of spring temperatures (60s after single digit temps) here in Pittsburgh but unfortunately, April showers came along with it. It’s the kind of day perfect for sifting through the thrift-store junk stash and finally working on a project.

Thrifty Treasure Makeover

I grabbed the dirty serving tray from the bottom of the pile…{luckily that dark area was only dirt…not mold or a stain}

thrift store serving tray

and gave it a good scrubbing with soap and water…

cleaning tray

then headed to the basement to give it a coat of spray paint (Rustoleum Heirloom White)…

spray painting tray

Then I browsed some favorite blogs and caught up on emails while the paint dried.

Next I used my FrogTape in the .94  in. width to tape off the inside border…

FrogTape on border

and to create a fun bold imperfect {herrinbone} pattern…

FrogTape design

making sure to use my thumbnail along the edges of the tape to ensure the Paintblock barrier had a good seal…

burnishing tape edges

I filled in the design using an acrylic craft (Folk Art Burnt Umber) paint and a sponge brush…

acrylic paint

painted herribone pattern

and immediately removed the FrogTape…

removing Frogtape

Once the acrylic craft paint was dry, I gave the entire tray a light even spray of clear coat and let it dry.

Now time to enjoy watching the rainstorm from inside. The sitting room is all ready for a spot of tea,

Frogtape serving tray

planning,

Painted serving tray

Frogtape serving tray

and daydreaming…

Frogtape serving tray

Do you have a thrift store/yardsale stash full of treasures just waiting for a little DIY attention?

See this herringbone pattern using  FrogTape on an accent wall.

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Adventure at Antique Emporium

This week Bri and I ventured to a {LARGE} antique shop in Beaver Falls, PA called Antique Emporium. I’m pretty sure I’ve been there before, but before a major re-organization. If I have the place right, before it was packed full from floor to ceiling and quite chaotic (I love that kind of place – where you have to get dirty and dig for treasures and decide you want to see the vintage lamp that’s on top of an armoire sitting on top of a dresser) but this day, in this place, everything was organized into awesome groups. It was still packed from floor to ceiling on all three levels

{3 floors!}

every one of over 100,000 antiques neatly in their place.

antique emporium

It’s the kind of place where you wish you were a contestant in a shopping game. Imagine running through the all those aisles upstairs, down stairs and in my lady’s chamber (remember that frightening nursery rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander?) filling a shopping cart! Dreamy! But then, stairs (the nursery rhyme!) are not ideal shopping cart terrain, and I’d trip and get scraped knees and a broken arm and knock down the Hummel display {how sad!} and security would not so kindly escort me out and there was a heavy downpour going on with super scary lightening and exploding thunder, so I controlled myself and maintained a leisurely normal person’s stroll up and down the aisles instead, ’cause it’s a classy antique emporium and not a candy shop and I’m a grown up, not a kid. 

So…Upon entering, we were welcomed by the friendly clerk and given instructions detailing the 3 {THREE!} floors of antiques (I almost wanted to ask for a treasure map so I could mark “X’s” on where I wanted to go). We were invited to help ourselves to the wine bar…don’t mind if I do! Although I didn’t…it was still before noon after all and that fear of wine+stairs+crashing hummels shattering into 100,000 pieces…no wine for me.

wine bar

Here are some pictures I managed to sneak in with my i-phone. Doesn’t it make you all nervous to whip out your big ‘real’ camera, set up your umbrella lights and re-arrange the decor? Oh, another dream. haha! I always feel like I have to be sneaky because more than likely – I’m the one being filmed looking all suspicious with my camera-phone, glancing over my shoulder to make sure no one is watching me snap inconspicuous pictures for the sake of blogging.

antique settee {drool!}…

antique settee

However, I’m sure the friendly, knowledgeble owner – or as we like to refer to him now after our tour around the store, our good friend, Jim, wouldn’t have minded in the least.

Jim was super helpful in answering our questions as well as pointing out favorite antiques and entertaining us with “Jim humor” and interesting stories behind certain treasures. 100,000 antiques and 100,000 facts in that guy’s head. Amazing.

Bri really wanted one of these antique printer shop racks but they served a ‘small world’ display purpose and weren’t for sale (well, everything has a price…just not in her price range). They’re not the print shop drawers that we love to use as shadow boxes, they’re more like pieces of furniture, sort of like a leaning cubby shelves.

antique print shop rack

Something for everyone…

Medieval antiques…I had my eye on a crown. Shining armor without the knight.

Plenty of home-making gadgets from the 1800s including antique apple corers, hand mixers, old washboards and wringer washers, rug beaters, meat grinders…all for women. Makes me oh-so-thankful to be living in modern times!

antique trivets

antique trivets

Cast iron skillets and a few baffles. Baffling!

cast iron skillets

We contemplated taking home an antique toy truck…

antique toy trucks

for Cappy, who wants to do something like this…

antique toy truck

inspiration image courtesy: Farm Chicks

I wanted to dig out my dimes and play carnival games to win this pretty antique depression glass but fought the urge (remember carnival coin toss or am I showing my age?)…

antique depression glass

Lots of lanterns…

antique lanterns

Are you an antique geek {I mean that in a flattering and positive way}? We love antique and vintage for decorating and collecting but not for ‘museum’ style display. I mean, if I found out I owned something really rare and worth a gazillion dollars, I’d ‘freak’ like I won the lottery but there might be the chance that I cleaned it wrong or broke it or gave it a distressed paint technique or repurposed it so for the most part, we collect old cool things no one wants or things that have little value. We’re okay with that. 🙂

road signs and license plates…

antique license plates

antique crocks…

antique crocks

What a crock! I love this one! But the price was a little steep at $125 considering I just purchased an old milk can with spout for $15 at a yard sale a month or so ago, I wanted it but I didn’t “need” it…

{hummels unbroken!} and so many antique clocks.

antique clocks

I’m starting a clock collection. Isn’t this sweet:

clock wall

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What else did I see? Too much to mention!

  • Collector’s items like “Coca Cola” and Santa, even “dogs”
  • Shining armor without the knight
  • Antique doilies and lace
  • Antique radios and old records
  • Vintage ceramic animals – elephants are a sign of fertility so I quickly moved on.
  • Vintage keys
  • Pocket watches
  • Antique tins and baskets. I love these types of storage possibilities, but these were rare tins and baskets…pricey.
  • Antique prints, art and posters. Bri snagged a framed vintage ad. Forgot to get a picture though.
  • Vintage mason jars – love!
  • Old crates – more love!
  • Estate jewelry – I love vintage jewelry, especially watches.
  • Antique cameras and photographs.
  • Antique morgue accessories! Oh yes I did but didn’t nose around too long in that section!
  • Vases and urns
  • Vintage Barbie dolls and dolls
  • Vintage hats and mufflers, even boots and a few dresses
  • Plenty of electric fans – no a/c and it was hot hot hot in there!
  • What didn’t I see?! I don’t know! I think they had it all!
So what did I buy? It was antique overload and believe it or not, I only purchased one thing. The price wasn’t too bad (think of what it’d cost at Pottery Barn or even TJ Maxx). I spent $50 for this GINORMOUS beautiful Victorian terrarium…

antique Victorian terrarium

{Thank you, Jim, for braving the torrential downpour to haul this to my car for me!}

Ideas?

  • Reptile cage (highly unlikely since I’m not really a reptile loving kind of girl).
  • Repurposed bird feeder. I’m sort of upset with the birds around here for their use of the bathroom in my pretty barn patio so no rewards for birds any time too soon.
  • Display case. Since I didn’t find an antique crown for my not-so-royal head…probably not. I could fill it with my clock collection though!
  • Bakery case. Bakery goodies! Yum! But, gasp! Chocolate fingerprints on glass! No thanks! Okay, for real…with my sweet tooth, it’d be displaying sugary crumbs more often than goodies.
  • Kitty time out chamber. Just kidding!
  • Vignette under glass – I probably will do this with it on occasion since I love to re-arrange and decorate. Something pretty for Christmas with faux-snow and pine!
  • aTerrarium! {ding.ding.ding.ding.ding! We have a winner!} A plant house (that’s what my receipt reads) Original, no? I’m thinking the cutest little fairy garden with pretty plants, a little path, a fairy, a butterfly, glitter dust, a bottle of Alice’s “drink me” to ‘shrink me’ so I can wander along the pretty paths and nap under a mushroom.

All of this dreaming today, huh? I promise you that none of the following were consumed while writing this post:  Wine. Mushrooms. Glitter. I claim a little exhaustion combined with paint fumes. 😉

What would you do with it?
See more thrifty treasures at Rhoda’s:
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If you’re local and want to check it out, here’s the scoop:
Antique Emporium
818 Seventh Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
75 Dealer Booths on 3 Floors
Over 100,000 items ~ 28 years in business
No Crafts & Few Reproductions

See what I’m doing with it and where it’s going coming soon!

*This is not an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Antique Emporium or being paid to write this post. I’m just sharing our antique adventure and my thrifty treasure. 

May you’re weekend be filled with thrifty treasures! 

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