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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, July 21, 2011

Another Fun Repurposing Project

Like so many of you talented bloggers out there, nothing makes me happier than to breath new life into the old, the ugly, or the once loved treasures that I unearth at thrift shops or garage sales!  Today I'd like to show you one of my latest repurposing projects, a fun cafe sign with a vintage vibe!
 I'm a bad blogger once again, as in my excitement to paint this puppy, I neglected to take a "before" shot!  At any rate, this started out as a plain, ordinary dark wooden platter.  Nothing exciting.  Rather ho-hum, actually!  I began by painting it one of my favorite creamy shades, followed by a generous dose of distressing, and my trusty ol' antiquing glaze.
 I am totally in love with this cafe design from the Graphics Fairy!  I thought it would be a perfect match for my new sign!
 So, I decoupaged it on, and added a sawtooth hanger to the back, so the sign can be hung.  I thought it would look neat perched on an easel, too!
 I've added it to my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
Gotta run, it's back to painting and decoupaging for me!
Now go out and find something to repurpose!!!

I'm linking up with the following great parties:
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday

16 comments:

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love that graphic too. I really like how it looks on the repurposed tray. Someone's going to grab it up!

hugs
Sissie

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love that graphic too. I really like how it looks on the repurposed tray. Someone's going to grab it up!

hugs
Sissie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

love your new header! looks so inviting!!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is one of my favorite projects that you've shown us. Love the shape of the platter and the graphics!

BECKY said...

I LOVE it Donna! It is sooo pretty! I love that graphic, too!
You did a beautiful job on this!! I'm hopping over to the shop to see it there!
Have a delightful Friday and weekend!!
Hugs,
Becky

Miss Gracie's House said...

LOVE it!
Rene

Ido said...

I love the plate! Great job!
Have a wonderful weekend!
XXX Ido

Cindy Adkins said...

This is so fabulous--How did I miss it? I LOVE it!!

XO
Cindy

Debbie said...

This is saweeeet, Donna!
How can you part with all the neat things you do????
It's HOT here!
Hugs,
Debbie

NanaDiana said...

Love it, Donna- I missed your blog earlier. And I really love your new header. I worked 12+ hours today and it has been a long week. I am just trying to play catch up now! xo Diana

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is such a wonderful project, you did a great job, couldn't tell that it was decoupaged at all! Thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

Love of the Sea said...

Came out great. You are a decoupage expert. I can't wait for some time off so I can get back to my creating and crafting. It's been way too long!!

Linda said...

This is really gorgeous, Donna! I am inspired!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is such a great graphic. It really is perfect for a tray!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Super cute~ it came out adorable! Thanks for linking up at FNF :)

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Hi there, I love that label too :) great work! looks fantastic and expensive now!
Lina
Fancy Frugal Life