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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, January 19, 2011

From Drab to Fab!

Hello ladies, hope you are having a great week!
As you know, one of my favorite things to do is find overlooked "treasures in the making", and give them much needed makeovers!  You know, things that most people may overlook because they are oh so boring, or just downright ugly?  Well, today I want to share with you one of those projects!
I always like to start by showing you a glimpse of the "after".  I'm afraid that if I showed you a "before" shot first, you might be too afraid to look! 

Ok, she might not look so bad here in the above photos, but trust me, this baby needed some help!  I've always loved lazy Susans, so when I found this vintage one, I quickly scooped her up!  Note the lovely faux wood grain?  Ugh!!!
 Some Heirloom White and a decoupage treatment, and you would never guess that she started out as an ugly duckling!!
 Of course I had to shabby her up a bit around the edges!  She is vintage, after all!  Some pretty sepia toned decorative paper and a fun graphic from the Graphics Fairy and she is good to go!

I just knew that I could find a neat graphic to use for this project over at the Graphics Fairy, and when I spied this cool knife, fork and spoon, I immediately knew that they would be the perfect addition to the lazy Susan!

Much better, don't you think?
Happy creating!
I am linking up with the following great parties:
Funky Junk Interiors SNS
The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday


Kim K. said...

It is indeed fabulous. I think the Graphics Fairy would be proud.

NanaDiana said...

You're right-it is the perfect graphic to use for that project. That project turned out really cute. I'll bet SCheeks could use if for a "sit and spin"...whaddayathink? Hugs- Diana

Tete said...

I totally agree with you, for sure. I'm going to have to go snag this graphic for myself. Now, I do have a major concern and I am really worried about your well being.
You have consistantly, now this is post after post we're talking about, left out the G stuff.
Not that I am complaining, mind you, I am doing just dandy without. No cold sweats, hives or elevated heart rate while visiting you these days.
I am concerned about you going through withdrawl. We all know that can't be good, and although I am enjoying myself, I just wanted you to know that it's ok if you do a post now with the G stuff. You know how hard that was for me to say.
Hugs- Tete

Erin@likegrandmas said...

I kinda cheated and saw it on the side in your etsy, but I definitely had to see how it all played out! I love what you did and the way you made the graphics look, awesome!!! On a side note, I got some paper, now I just need some burlap, keep your fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than later!

Trisha said...

I always love to see the amazing things that you come up with! Another wonderful trash to treasure creation!!


A Cottage Muse said...

I just love it! I love to layer images for a unique effect!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Great idea! Love it! Now that is inspiring!

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

You sure did transform that 'ugly duckling'! What a great project!

Kaybe said...

And the Queen of Resourcing's reign continues...great idea Donna. I see those ugly lazy susans at thrift stores and would like to use them for my table but they are just plain. Thanks for the idea.

Take good care,


Susan said...

Great transformation Donna! Now that 'Susan' won't be so lazy anymore. She's ready to serve.

Christine said...

Awww...I heart that graphic! It's so perfect for that piece.

Christine said...

I love your choice of paper under the silverware too...great work!

Donna said...

Great idea...turned out wonderfully!!!!

stampdiva said...

Congratulations on being a featured artist at Cindy's on-line magazine.What a clever idea to turn something ordinary into special. Lynne M

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I had seen this graphic too and put it in my files...and I LOVE what you did with it--it's BRILLIANT and turned out fantastic...oooh la la!

What a sensational piece AND it will make any table a show piece!!!

Lynn Richards said...

How did you get the circle cut so perfectly??? It looks great!

Feathers and Flight said...

Donna! This is Gorgeous! Just Love it! Don't you just Want to Keep ALL of your Projects?!! It must BE hard to Give some of them up when they Turn out so Well!
Hope you have a Wonderful Weekend and stay Warm!

Linda said...

What a transformation, Donna! That turned out so great~ I love it!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I love this graphic Donna. What a neat little project. You did a great job! Have a good weekend. Debbie

LuLu Kellogg said...

I absolutely love this!

sissie said...

Your lazy susan looks wonderful, I love it!
That graphic is one of my favorites. I used it on a burlap table runner and it came out great.


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Well aren't you clever? I think this is a cute idea!


Glamorous Girl Gone Goofy said...

loves it!

Cindy Adkins said...

I'm so glad you linked this to the Graphics Fairy--Karen will love it!! And so will everyone else...it's adorable!!!!

Katsui Jewelry said...

Great piece of work!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Love, love, love this idea! You are a very clever crafty one!