Sunday, June 29, 2014

After and Before - Small Projects to Keep - June 2014

Bell jars are on my list of things to buy when I find them at thrift stores. I've had a couple of near misses - seeing them in other people's baskets, but finally, this one came to me.


Not bad. Walnut wood base. The price was right, and I considered keeping the walnut finish...

It had a 2006 Michael's sticker on the bottom - $9.99.
Now...what to put inside? Where to use it?  Pinterest is in order...


This shelf was found at a neighbor's garage sale for $3. 
I did a little plaster paint, distress sanding and waxing.


I had just been measuring a spot in my kitchen to hold 1 cup size mason jars on a spice rack. The one I was planning to build would probably have been a bit bigger, but not as cute.

Now, I just need to attach hangers. 

Then, I will design some nice labels for my jars of spices...

I usually buy spices from a natural grocer, and the bags are larger than traditional spice bottles. (Cheaper, too.)


Frames picked up for less than a dollar each - one at a thrift store, the other at a garage sale. These photos are of my first born, Ethan. 


The smaller one had some sort of gilded finish - not the best. I like to leave bits of it peeking through, though.

Sorry, I guess I forgot to take a before of the taller frame. It was chipped off gold, silver and brown. 


Mini-Mirrors...some of my favorite components for gallery walls. I buy them cheap, paint them and use them everywhere, but I should probably begin selling some on Etsy...

Sorry, I forgot to take before photos of these, too. Two square ones were tired wood finishes, and the taller one was gold resin. 

They are going into my stash of mini framed things, because I have plans for another mirrored gallery wall with a seriously industrial vibe for fall...I'm getting pretty excited about it! For summer, I'm taking the lazy way out and doing minimal changes since spring.

I still have radiant violet pops in my neutral living room.

I have been seriously considering taking the orchid out and adding some aqua in there...which wouldn't be too much work. 

Summer heat takes some of my energy. This time of year, I begin looking forward to September and cooler weather. 

But I am stockpiling industrial things with fancy gold and silver things for my fall living room...I want to change it up and move furniture around...

Until then, I'm keeping things simple...and painting stuff.

Word for the Day:
Genesis 8:22
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

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My thrift store addiction said...

Revi, Your "afters" are fabulous! I always paint my thrifted frames too and I especially love the bell jar and your new spice rack. Blessings, Cecilia

Rhonda said...

Great finds! I do the same with frames, buy them at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. some I paint but I do find great ones with beautiful gold frames which I keep as is. I love finding these treasures for not a lot of money:) I love your little shelf and your frames turned out beautiful!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice finds, and, transformations. Loving the finishes.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You are going to have so much fun with your new spice rack! I bought a small cloche a few years ago, and for the life of me, I can't think of what to put inside. Your frames look great updated with paint!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I like your finds and your re-doing all looks wonderful. Summer heat zaps my energy too. Though, we haven't had it too HOT yet. The humidity is something all together different. It drains me! I just pour buckets of sweat!!!
I know more than you probably wanted to hear.
I'm taking the opportunity to work inside ...not much painting, but some decluttering for sure.
take care, friend.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Wow! Are we the same person? I could've bought and painted those same frames and that bell jar would have definitely come home with me! Love the little spice rack. Oh and I'm a mirror hoarder. I don't look in them ...just at them ha! Happy 4th!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

love the painted projects! I also really like the round boxes covered in paper in the first picture

farmhouse-story said...

i really like the book print wrapped boxes,revi! you have the touch when it comes to paint finishes for things that were not so attractive when you found them:) i like the aqua idea, too!

Woodside Park said...

Hi, again, Revi -
Not sure if my previous comments posted - might have timed out. You've had a productive June! That's a great bell jar vignette. And I always love a wall of small mirrors - such a collected look.

Cathy said...

Your bell jar was a great find.Your room looks lovely and the plan you have for this fall sounds exciting.

Tea in the Library said...

Love seeing all your little projects. Enjoy your summer.