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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!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Fun Drab to Fab Makeover!

Hello ladies!  It was another mild and sunny day here at the Chateau.  While I should have been out working in the yard, I was having fun instead playing in my craft room today!  I wanted to show you one of my latest creations.  You can see what it started life out as a few photos down, I didn't want to scare you by using that as an opening shot!  Anyway, I found a set of 4 wooden plaques at a rummage sale last weekend, and quickly snatched them up.  I knew that they could look much better if they had a head to toe makeover!  While I didn't immediately know what I would do with them, I figured inspiration would eventually hit!  Well, I had one of those "Ah Ha!" moments, and soon knew just what I would do!  Now, ideas and inspirations don't always come that easily!  Quite often future projects get stored away in the closet, nearly forgotten, just waiting for that bright idea to hit!  Does that ever happen to you?  Well, you know by now how much I love Mod Podge and glitter! So, I just had to combine those with my other love:  vintage sheet music!

Ok, are you ready to see what the plaques looked like when I first found them?????

Not terrible, but just a bit dated, don't you think?
I knew that I wanted to spell "Noel", so off to Hobby Lobby I went in search of some glittered letters.  Well, I didn't have any luck finding them, but I did end up getting these great chipboard letters, that turned out to be just what I needed!

Some of my crafting staples!

After painting the plaques cream and distressing them, I added some Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze (of course).  I also wanted to spruce up the gold toned hooks at the top of the plaques.  I removed them (before painting), and used some Rub-n Buff in Antique gold, what a difference that made!


Then I decoupaged the sheet music onto each plaque.  For the letters, I ended up using spray paint in oil rubbed bronze (see I told you before that I spray paint almost everything!  Like the jingle bell you see here!), then dusting with my clear glitter.  Gotta have lots of glitter for the holidays!!
Then I just hot glued each letter on, and added some wonderfully crinkly seam binding to the "N" plaque, as well as a cute jingle bell.

They are going in my Etsy shop.  I want to make some for our house too, now!
The fun thing is they can be hung either all in a row, or like this!
What have you glittered lately?
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Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday 
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39 comments:

Love of the Sea said...

Very pretty. I am going to try out glitter this weekend...will let you know how it goes. It will be my first attempt. So stay tuned!!! You've inspired me to at least give it a shot!

Cindy Adkins said...

Spectacular, Donna!!! Wow, love it and love the white and silver theme--brilliant and so French--woo hoo!!!
XO

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Donna, this is soo terrific! I love what you did with those plaques, I never in a million years would have thought of that! You are one talented lady! I really really love this :)

Suzann said...

What a great idea!!!!
You are so creative!
Suzann

Christine said...

I absolutely LOVE them!! I just bought some glitter and can't wait to mess around with it... It's a great idea!

NanaDiana said...

Donna- Another great Ah-Ha moment in life! Those plaques look sooooo much better now. I think their before life was already over-and they were waiting there just for you...someone who knew they could be more than they were. Love the combo sheet music and letters. Did you know my daughter's married last name is Noel? I go a little nuts at Christmas. I buy Noel Ornaments and use them for their gift tags....pretty clever, huh?>) Hugs to you-you did a great job! Diana

Kim K. said...

They are just wonderful!!! What a brilliant use of those plaques!! I've been glittering little Christmas houses. Glitter is a permanent fixture in my craft room right now.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Very cute! We were thinking alike this week...I painted some "NOEL" letters too :)

curlyQdesign said...

Very creative! I have some old plaques in my basement that are screaming for mod podge!

Linda said...

What a great transformation, Donna...charming!

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful makeover!!!

Kisses and happy weekend.

Michelle L. said...

I dunno - personally, I would call those original plaques pretty terrible! Love your shabby sweet musical makeover!

Debbie said...

Wow Donna! these look wonderful! love the sheet music idea for the background.
I hate to tell you this, but I had those same plaques back in the '70's...I prefer your version so much more.
Enjoy your weekend.
Debbie@houseatthelake

Feathers and Flight said...

Good Morning Donna!
The Project is Absolutely Stunning! I Love Everything About it! You are very Talented and Thank you for Sharing!!
Have a Wonderful Weekend & Happy Friday!
Hugs
Jill

Lacey said...

Now thats a before and after!.. You definitely have an eye for and items potential!.. Just lovely!..

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Ahhh I love it so much! Great redo!!

Wendy said...

Wow! What a great makeover. Great idea!

Karen said...

These are just wonderful Donna! Love your "creativeness".

I used to have wooden plaques...too bad I don't now.

Linda Q said...

Really great and you have further inspired me!
Linda

Funky Junk Interiors said...

How beautiful are these! I didn't see this coming with the befores of those plaques. You did an amazing job!

Donna

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

I LOVE transformations like this! Way to go...love! Good eye for what those outdated plaques could become:)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Love these Donna, I was looking at glitter myself at the store. I may try to order some of the glass glitter online since I couldn't find it. Have a great weekend.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Those are gorgeous!!! LOVE the plaque transformation!

Kelly said...

This is one of my most favorite transformations I have ever seen in blogland! I absolutely love the results! I see those kinds of plaques in thrift stores all the time...I bet they would be awesome with a monogram letter as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

(P.S., thanks for your comment on my blog!)

Barbara Jean said...

Wonderful!! Love them.

blessings

barbara jean

The Tablescaper said...

So creative! I'd love to have you join my weekly meme, Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for bringing your seasonal post to Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Diann said...

This is such a cute idea! Great project redo!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

This is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time for repurposing something!! Fantastic!! I just may try something like this myself!! thanks so very much for sharing!!

Warmly,
Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What a transformation! These look very high end and beautiful! Great tute!
~Michelle

One Cheap B*tch said...

What an amazing transformation! I can't believe the before picture and the after is just incredible! What a great holiday idea!

Jeanine

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

these are gorgeous!!! i have tons of old sheet music- was actually making magnets with it before i stopped to check out blogs! love your creativity and style!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Wow...what a transformation! Those turned out just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

Kim said...

Those are very fun--you used a lot of us bloggers' favorite craft items :).

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Great makeover!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest! It's a wonderful holiday project.

☞ ⒶⓃⓃⒺ ☜ said...

I love how you transformed those not so pretty plaques into something gorgeous!!!

I too played with glitter the past few days...check out my blog to see my little glitter house!

Jan said...

A beautiful make-over indeed! LOVE it :)

Holly said...

OK, that is pretty...I have all of those goodies on hand...I see a sign in my future.