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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!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Garage Sale Loot!

Hello everyone, hope you had a great weekend!
On Friday, I lucked out and found some real treasures at a nearby neighborhood garage sale. Well, I should rephrase that and say "treasures in the making", as I'm planing on transforming nearly everything that I'm about to show you!
As soon as I glimpsed this cute little wire bird cage, I just knew that it had shabby potential! I've already painted it creamy white (after giving it a good bath, of course!). and it looks oh, so much better! I'll be sure to share the "after" with you, once I finish adding a few embellishments.

And I couldn't scoop this vintage desk organizer and coordinating pencil holder up soon enough!  I've been lucky to find quite a few of these organizers, that I've transformed with some paint and tlc, but I'd never been fortunate enough to find the pencil holder, too.
This is one of the last organizers that I painted.  Isn't it gorgeous?  So much better than dark and boring brown, don't you think?

I also love finding interesting easels that I can paint, so was super excited to find this neat wire one.  I can't wait to give it my shabbyliscious treatment!!
Ok, I'm so sorry for the not so attractive view of my legs as reflected in the mirror!  Do you know how hard it is to get a good shot of a mirror, without accidentally appearing in it???  At any rate, I was thrilled to find this large mirror, from a Home Interiors party, I think.  It's in excellent condition, and is so much prettier in person.  Ditto with the frame next to it (which I am going to turn into a chalkboard)!  I'm painting them both cream (gee, I think I should by stock in Rustoleum paint, I sure use enough of it!!).
Also I found a pair of tall wooden candlesticks, in dire need of some help! Not only are they covered in wax drippings from head to toe, but the previous owner had nailed in some awful little candle cups at the top.
One of my favorite finds of the day is this beautiful vintage tin, made in Belgium.  I originally was going to put it in my Etsy  shop, but as soon as I got her home, I knew that I couldn't part with her!  The colors are amazing, and I love the gorgeous flower and swirl design.  I have one other neat old vintage tin (from England, I think), so I guess I need to hunt for one more, so that it is an "official" collection!
I'm also always on the prowl for unique picture frames to paint. For some reason, these are appearing round in the photos, but they are actually oval shaped.  The prints of San Francisco (which don't even fit in the frames!) are going "buh-bye"!!!  Even though the glass in one of them was broken (which I'm going to have replaced), I couldn't pass these beauties up!  They are made of a molded resin (like Syroco), and will be so much happier once I get them painted dreamy creamy white!
And last of all, I found this pretty vintage wooden pedestal bowl.  I've transformed quite a few of these babies, so while she might look a bit drab at the moment, she'll soon get a fab makeover, like the pedestal bowl in the last photo!
While this pedestal is a bit different, I just wanted to give you an idea of what a difference paint can make!  I found the one above while living in Washington State, so I think I'll paint my latest pedestal this fun beachy color as well!
Ok, I've got to run, I'm off to do some painting!
Hope you have a great week!


Okio B Designs said...

You did great! Love everything you scooped up - especially those frames. Love, love, love them!


The Bear's Blog said...

Hey, "nothing beats a great pair of legs...." (o:

Looks like you are going to have a very busy, fun week painting.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I just love seeing all of your makeover goodies, Donna! You are the painting queen!

Kim K. said...

I'm glad you are keeping a treasure for yourself. That tin is just beautiful. Looks like a fabulous bunch of treasures.

Karen said...

What great finds, Donna! I'm sure these items will look 100% better after you add your personal touches! Have fun!


Renee said...

Wow! Great finds!!! I found some things (see my blog), but you've outdone me!! Can't wait to see the transformations.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great finds. The frames are great. I bet they transform beautifully.

Tete said...

Boy, did you luck out! Love it all and can't wait to see you do your thing on them. Love, love the bird cage.

Bente said...

What great finds. The birdcase is gorgeous, and I love the organizer.

Have a nice, nice day