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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A vintage wood pedestal bowl gets a much needed make over!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Today I wanted to show you what I did with a vintage wooden pedestal bowl that I picked up at a sale a few weeks ago.  I wish that I had taken before pictures, but as soon as I got home with all my goodies that day, I went crazy with the spray paint!  So unfortunately, I didn't think of taking pictures until after I had primed it!  Just imagine it a dark wood stain, and rather old and tired looking!

After a morning of going to a ton of garage sales, I was driving home when I spotted one more sale sign! Well, I just couldn't pass it up, but the sale turned out to be in a storage unit!  I was a bit apprehensive, but thought hey, what have I got to lose?  Besides, you never know what treasures might await you at the next sale!!  Turns out this sale was over flow from the thrift shop in town. When I walked into the storage unit, it was very dark, and cram packed with a ton of junk treasures.  Well, I was not about to give up easily, so I was excited when I found this wood pedestal thingy.  I just love transforming wood with paint, and I adore anything on a pedestal!  At the same sale, I also spotted a big stack of books of vintage sheet music!  Very exciting!  I love the look of old music, and wish that I'd bought more than just one book!  I turned around to see what was behind me, and spotted a bear!  A real stuffed bear!  Oh my gosh!  A bit of a startle!  Something tells me the bear didn't sell that day!

Ok, back to the bowl!  After I gave her a good cleaning and sanitizing (I am one of those crazed cleaning fanatics!), I primed her and gave her two coats of Herloom White.  A bit of distressing and Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze, and she was looking much better already!  I knew that I wanted to use the sheet music on this project, so I decided to cut sheets to fit the inside of the bowl, and Mod Podged them on.  I prefer matte Mod Podge, and always use several coats, letting dry between each coat.  The sheet music was a bit of a departure for me, as I usually use pages from vintage French books in my crafting.  I really had fun working with the music, though, and can wait to do another project with it.  The pedestal still needed something else, so I added a really pretty rub on of a copy of a vintage French perfume label.  I lucked out that same day garage saling, and found several sales that had tons of brand new scrap booking & paper crafting supplies, so that's where the rub on came from.  I had a bit of trouble applying it to the wood, but finally got it.  I've never had any difficulty applying rub ons to paper, but maybe it was because of the texture of the wood, I don't know.  I sprayed  the entire piece with clear acrylic sealer, then added protective felt to the entire bottom so it wouldn't scratch anything.

I am so happy with the way she turned out!  I added her to my etsy shop, and she just sold.  I think I was secretly hoping she wouldn't sell, so I could keep her!  So now I am on the lookout for a similar bowl, so I can do one for myself this time!

I am linking up with Kathleen over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
and Bobbypins Boardwalk Bragfest 
and Feature yourself Friday 
and Beyond the Picket Fence under $100 party
and Saturday Night Special, over at Funky Junk Interiors


Anonymous said...

This is so cool. I loved the way it looked o the outside, but then I saw the inside and was really in love with it. Beautiful project. Thank you for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Thanks so much for giving instructions ~ the bowl came out great and I have tons of gross old wood stuff that hubby brought with him from bachelor days. Its all in the basement boxes and they have nice lines ~ but eiiiww, dark wood. I never want anything to sell, whenever it does and I open the email and say "oh Maaan!!! I really liked that".

NanaKaren said...

Ohhh! This is very nice! Love the music inside the bowl.

Sandra said...

Oh, yeah, that is so cool! I love anything on a pedestal too.

Jan LaFollette said...

Thanks for visiting me today, I'm so happy I stopped by your blog.....what a clever redo on the footed bowl. Love the sheet music liner.

EnchantedBella said...

Congrats on your sale! This project is great. The bowl turned out beautiful. I love the shabby French look. I have a bowl just like that. Now I know what to do with it. Thanks


sissie said...

I see those little wooden pedestal bowls from time to time and usually pass them up, but I bet I won't anymore! I'll have to steal your idea. Love it. The sheet music is a nice added touch.


gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I think I have this exact same bowl. Mine is black and it needs a little sumpin sumpin! I love yours, thanks for giving me a great idea!

kim@kimmykats said...

I really like the use of music on the inside. Thanks for stopping by and please use the molds...there are many people using them for flowers, candles etc...would love to see your use of them!

Kim said...

Nice, I'm a sucker for anything on a pedestal! :)

Herbgirl said...

Love your redo. Painted wood is the best! I call unpainted wood 'manwood' as men love it and women love to paint it!
Hugs N Herbal Blessings, Mandy

Green Willow Pond said...

Very nice! Love the rub-on. I did a similar wooden bowl with painted harlequin and letter brads. Love this look too!

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Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my... that label is gorgeous! And the sheet music was such a pleasant surprise! I'd love to line some drawers done like that... thanks for the inspiration! And for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Kristy said...

Darn!! I had that pedestal on my etsy favorites list!!

Shaunna said...

So very cute!! I love the label and the sheet music...such romantic touches. Found you through funky junk interiors...so glad I did! -shaunna :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for linking this project to the Boardwalk Bragfest. I wanted to let you know that I really loved it and have featured it.

Feel free to come by and grab a "featured" button, and I hope to see you again this Wednesday.

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