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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!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Latest Projects

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest projects.
I'd picked up an unfinished wood shelf last fall and had it in my "to paint" stash.
It was a bit boring in its unfinished state, and I wanted to add something special to it.
Finally inspiration struck!  I painted it a pretty light blue (my favorite color!), then added this pretty Frenchy stencil by DecoArt.
 I must say that it turned out even cuter than I thought it would!
 I love the curvy front, and the neat curved side brackets.
 I'm always hunting for mirrors to transform.  I found this over the winter when we were down south, and it was in a pretty sad state.  It had been painted layers and layers of an awful rusty color and just wasn't very happy!  So, after cleaning her up, I just knew she'd look prettier in pink!
 She looks so much happier now, I think!
 Next up are a pair of wood and metal vintage candle sconces.  I'd had them in my stash forever, and had practically forgotten all about them (do you ever do that?).  I painted them a soft light blueish gray chalk paint from DecoArt.  I am really loving this color!
 Geez, I should have taken "before" shots of all of my makeovers, but I guess I was just too excited to start transforming everything!  Trust me that these sconces look oh so much better than their former boring dark brown finish with black metal accents!
 I also used the same pretty blue gray to paint this crown moulding shelf.
 I then used DecoArt's cream wax to give it a nice hand rubbed finish.
 Now it's back to pink!  I found this cute vintage wall pocket basket, which was originally white.  I love the hobnail pattern, and the pretty ruffly top!
 This is the second one that I've found, so I knew I wanted to go pink with this one, just like the previous one that I did about a year ago.
 It's made by Burwood, as are these sweet little butterflies, that I found down in Georgia this winter.
 I think they would look adorable in a little girl's room!
 Since you know how much I love mirrors, I couldn't resist showing you this little cutie, below!
It is vintage, and actually found by hubby when we were out thrifting last week!
I guess I've trained him well, as he now has a very good eye!:)
 The frame was a really ugly dark brown, and was practically begging me to paint it a bright and cheery aqua!
And last up is a tall wooden candlestick, which also was practically forgotten in my stash!
I painted it the same wonderful blue gray chalk paint that I showed you in some of the projects above.
I really love the carved details of this piece.
 I used a darker cream wax from DecoArt to give it that aged look.
 I've placed all of my creations in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a look!
Hope you all gave a great day!
Now I'm off to find something else to paint!:)


Musings from Kim K. said...

You found so many lovely treasures to transform down south. You certainly know how to work some magic with the paint brush. I actually left my gloves at home when I went off to work this morning. Perhaps spring has finally arrived in Michigan!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, WOW you have been busy and created some wonderful treasures. I just love the shelves and the mirror in pink. Oh and the wall basket with butterflies. Everything has your magic touch and simply gorgeous!!
These goodies are going to fly out the door of your etsy shoppe.
Happy Creating.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love everything! How you make something pop with your paint is amazing to me. What color blue and pink do you use and what kind of paint? I have a wicker mirror that is white but I love the pink!
hugs, Linda

NanaDiana said...

Wow, Donna! You have been busy, busy, busy! Love all your makeovers and redos...but I am a little concerned. I don't think I saw a single speck of glitter. Are you not feeling well?;>) xo Diana

Gail said...

wow Donna you have been so busy !! Lovely transformations and what a great stencil ....Gail x

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You are a busy little bee - everything looks wonderful and I love all the colors you used on each project. Especially love the little shelf.
If you run out of painting things come on to my house - have many many things that are calling my name and I just keep thinking about it LOL.

Keep up the good work you talented lady. Have a great week.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Everything looks amazing, Donna! I have the candelabra that matches your sconces. Now I know how it will look when painted a pretty blue-gray. Great job!

Susie said...

Once you painted all those things, you made new things of them and they all look so pretty. You did get busy with them. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the cheerful colors, Donna. You've been busy.

Nancy said...

Oh Donna I am so glad to hear I am not the only one with a Paint Stash Box! I envy people who buy it and paint it in the same week, or even the same day. I went out last week and bought my ASCP colors I want to use on most of what I have and finally at a point where I can start painting them with the nice weather coming in. Thanks so much for sharing Donna!
Huggs, Nancy

20 North Ora said...

What a super painter you are! You really accomplished a lot! I am your newest follower!


Debbie said...

Love everything you've done, Donna!
That little wicker mirror done in pink is the sweetest thing ever!!!
I noticed your lovely pink quilt you did the photo's on, too! LOVE that!!
Great job, and wonderful projects.