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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Paint Therapy!

For some, it's retail therapy. For me, it's paint therapy!  On a typical day, you will find me creating in my work room, happily painting away!  And yes, it truly is my therapy!  Of course, half the fun is seeking out the gaudy, the drab, and the dull, that can be transformed with a little tlc.  So today I thought I'd share with you a few of my latest projects, all of which began life looking rather, well, drab!!

 Isn't aqua one of the cheeriest colors ever?  I think so!  I thought it would be perfect for this vintage wooden organizer box that I found last week in a dark & dusty thrift shop.
 Some distressing in all the right places, and ooh, la, la!!
 At the same thrift shop, I found this jewelry organizer.  I didn't realize it, but several of you told me that actually the intended purpose (back in the 70's!) was to hold measuring spoons & cups.  Now painted a pretty shade of turquoise, I think it's perfect repurposed as a jewelry holder!

 And this is what they began life as.  I guess the dirt & dust were free!!
 I'm always searching for pretty picture frames that I can paint, collections of frames are one of my most popular items in my Etsy shop.  I forgot to take a before photo of the frames below, but I am thrilled with their makeover!
Painted a pretty pale pink, I think they now are absolutely shabbyliscious!!
 Wouldn't they be cute in a little girl's room, or a nursery?
 That's it for today, I've got more painting to do!!  Hope that maybe I've inspired you to get busy and paint something!


Susie said...

I like the way you changed the spoon holder :):) your colors are nice . Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

My Mom had so many of those pieces, early american that if I had I could paint!
The frames are gorgeous!

Debbiedoo's said...

WOW I love your therapy Donna. SO pretty, how can't one be happy after that session!

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

You always pick the prettiest colours ... no wonder you find the painting process theraputic.

Kim K. said...

There's nothing better than a little paint and/or glitter therapy. Well done, Donna. Gorgeous makeovers.

Kaybe said...

Those frame groupings really bring a punch of unexpected to a wall. Hope you're getting better & better every day.

Sall's Country Life said...

Looks like some therapy is really paying off! Great Job.

Renee said...

Love all of those colors, but aqua remains my fave!

Tete said...

I love them all. Do you ever get tired of painting things the same color all the time? I used to get tired of barn red, navy blue and forest green when I did crafts many years ago. I went through gallons of those colors, seemed like that's all anyone wanted at the time. I made good money, but still...I just wanted for once to break out with another color!

Susan said...

You are a busy girl Donna! It's nice to hear how cheerful you are, especially about paint.
It must mean you have been feeling well lately. I'm glad. :)

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
You always make everything pretty.
I love the colors you've used and that little spoon holder turned jewlry hanger is so cute.


Blondie's Journal said...

You really know how to work some magic with your paintbrush! Love everything, especially the picture frame collections!


Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great transformations Donna! Those frames are so cute. One day I hope to have a granddaughter to decorate for!

Debbie said...

The spoon holder turned jewelry holder looks pretty with those necklaces hanging on it.
Those frames would look wonderful in a little girls bedroom, Donna!
You sure are a busy gal.

Gail said...

they turned out great...perfect transformation..the frames are lovely..Gail x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visit!!

What amazing transformation!! Isn't it something what a little paint can do???


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love everything!!! Those pink frames WOULD be so special in a little girl's room!!! Great job!!!

Ruby S said...

Those are great! I love the jewelry stand, and of course the pink frames are adorable.
I'll be visiting again :)
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