Eek to Chic, Garage Sale Bottle Transformed into a Glorious Oil Rubbed Bronze Piece of Art

My first “bottle art” project. I found this treasure at a garage sale for only $2.00. It was a color somewhere between orange and gold. I loved that it came with a topper. I knew right away that it would be perfect for an eek to chic project. Read below for the type of paint I used.

Here is what the bottle looked like below. It wasn’t bad at all but it didn’t match what I had envisioned in my mind.
I loved the shape and design of this bottle PLUS it had a topper! How perfect for $2.00.

To make the oil rubbed bronze color, I used regular black craft paint and added some metallic copper and some metallic gold. I did not even prime the bottle first. But I probably should have. If I had primed it, I recommend the spray paint, Rustoleum 2x primer and paint. Then I used antique gold rub n buff to catch all the edges and raised portions of the design. I went ahead and glued the topper on with E6000 so I could put the necklace on without the topper always falling off.

Before I put the necklace on, I sealed the whole project with matte Mod Podge. I bought the necklace from my cousin who sells Paparazzi Jewelry. The gold in the necklace perfectly matched the gold rub n buff.

I really love how it turned out. I can always go back and add more bling. But for now, it is gold and GLORIOUS the way it is.

Go check out some thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find some hidden treasures to make into one-of- a-kind, chic, precious projects.

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Angel Shelf Sitters, Blue or Brown Crackle Paint Finish

These angels are made from the same pattern my Mom created. She used leftover wood from a horse fence we had on our property. My Mom’s favorite pastime is to work with wood. She cut these angels out and gave each one a crackle paint finish. One is brown and beige and the other is shades of blue.

Crackle paint finish was so popular back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Or at least it was for our family. We crackled everything. So we have a wistful affection for these two angels. Shabby chic was definitely my style back in those days. I still LOVE it. Many people still do. So this style may be right up your alley!

Below are some more pictures of these two angels that could fit into many different home decors.

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Toy Bee Turned into Glamorous Queen Bee

This little queen bee would be a great addition to a wreath or a sweet decoration for a tiered tray. I bought several at Dollar General to glam and jazz up in different ways.

I wanted to make this queen bee after seeing this done on Facebook by Debi Rigg on Studio MD AZ. I want to make another one with black and white checks in the future. I am practicing my checks on bigger projects first. This toy is too tiny for me to try right now. Practice, practice, practice.

I used Diamond Dust on her wings. It made a big difference. See below for the before during and after pictures.

Here she is WITHOUT Diamond Dust.
My Mom made the bee skeps in the background. One is made from wood and one is made from a recycled ENSURE can! She uses rope from the Dollar Tree and I put the little jewels and bees on them. LOVE!
Here they are side by side. Before and After.

Let your imagination run wild and paint one of these toys to match your decor or your project. Decorating with bees is so popular this summer.

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Aqua Sea Shell Cross

This aqua and shell cross is a perfect fit into a beach or coastal themed home. The soothing and calming colors correspond well with the spiritual and meaningful cross.

My Mom loves to make crosses. So we were combining pretty ribbons with some of the crosses she made. This combination was so pretty together. We used a wired burlap color ribbon with aqua polka dots as the bottom layer. Then we topped it off with an aqua lace ribbon of the same tones as the polka dot ribbon. I happened to have some leftover sea shells and that made the perfect centerpiece.

You can put a hanger on the back or display in an easel like we have done.

Hope you like a coastal feel to your home. You don’t have to live on the beach or live next to a coastline in order to decorate with blues and aquas. Enjoy the tranquility all through the year.

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Hobby Lobby Frog, now Mackenzie-Childs Inspired

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I jazzed up this little frog that I bought at Hobby Lobby in the spring collection. I checked his chest and added a crown. Now he looks like a prince in waiting.

Please follow Kathy on her Facebook page called Royale Funky Junque. She painted one like this and gave me the idea. She has great ideas! She also teaches a class on her website on HOW TO CHECK.

This is how he looked to begin with. He is so cute! But….

I added adhesive gemstones bought at Dollar Tree that I painted with Liquid Gold Leaf. Even though they are sticky on the back, I added Tacky Glue to make sure they stayed in place. I also painted all the flowers with the same Liquid Gold Leaf.

I got the crown from off of Amazon and used E6000 to put it on his head. He is so stinking cute. I had a drawing for a gift away on my Facebook page. He now belongs to a loyal follower.

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Christmas in July, Thrifted Angels in Frames Decor Idea

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I found these frames at one thrift store (I think Goodwill) and I found the angels at another thrift store (I think Salvation Army). I couldn’t decide if I wanted to leave the items gold in color and make an Old World style project or paint them and make a shabby chic project. For now, I decided to leave the items gold in color. I can ALWAYS go back and paint them later. And I think I will after Christmas this year.

I did not change the pictures in the frames at all. They were already gold and it was destiny how the angels fit perfectly inside the frames. I just had to make the angels match the frames. After I changed the color, I hot glued them in place. They are very light weight so hot glue was enough. I also did not want to permanently bond them with E6000 because I want to later take them off to paint them. I love options!

The angels were very grungy and dirty when I bought them. They even had what looked like a tinge of green mold about them. But they were not damaged in any way so I scooped them up. Remember when thrifting that color can always be changed with PAINT. In this case, I used Antique Gold Rub N Buff. Use this product in a well ventilated area. I used my fingers so I can get into all the areas I want. You can use a brush, but I never have. It does come off your fingers if you wash up right away. Below are some pictures of the before and after of the angels.

Below are some pictures of the project when finished.

Here they are all finished. I will probably paint everything later when I get tired of them this color. I will also change the background of the pictures. I thought about changing the picture to be Harlequin print. Not sure yet, but for now, I love them as is.

I hope I inspire you to go junking, thrifting, garage sale shopping, etc. You never know what treasures you can find and transform into extraordinary home decor.

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Love Sign made from Dazzled Up Hardware

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I made a small LOVE sign with keys and a cabinet door. That sign led me to want to make a bigger one. I got the idea from Kathy with her Facebook page, Royale Funky Junque. Please follow her for great inspiration. Please keep reading for the supply list, etc.

I found all the supplies at Hobby Lobby. I had in my mind’s eye what I wanted. First I put the wooden sign in my basket and then went to the hardware aisle. It took me awhile, but I found what I thought was the best hardware for each letter. Then I took everything to checkout. The cashier reminded me that it was NOT half off but that it would be that coming week. So I took pictures of what I still needed to buy and came back later to purchase it HALF OFF. It still costs about $30 in hardware to make it all but I think it is entirely worth it.

Here is the letter L. I am arranging them here along with the rhinestone I want to put along the edge of the sign. I took pictures of the price tags so you would have any idea of the costs.
Here is the letter O. I used two handles and was going to put a Walmart rhinestone button in the middle. But instead I went with a Totally Dazzled pin and used the button on the letter V instead.
Here is the letter V. It definitely needs some bling added.
Here is the letter E. The three rhinestone hardware handles did not have a price and I cannot remember what the price was. I think they were the least expensive in the whole bunch.

Below are some pictures of the finished letters after I added some crystals and other bling. The rhinestone ribbon can be bought at the Dollar Tree. But I needed long pieces so I used the sheet of ribbon you can buy at Totally Dazzled. You just cut into how many rows you want and the length you want.

I added Swarovski Crystals with Gorilla Super Glue.

I plan to give this away as a wedding present for a special couple. I hope they like it. It is both rustic and glamorous at the same time.

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Diamond Dusted Piglet Princesses on a Rose Gold Throne

I saw these sweet little pigs on a shelf at Hobby Lobby and thought they would look so special if I diamond dusted them. Of course they needed crowns too. Then I wanted a throne for them and it so happened that my Mom had this miniature doll chair that had yellowed over time. So I spray painted it a rose gold and added bling. I wish pictures would do Diamond Dust justice. It has SO SO much sparkle!

I don’t have any BEFORE pictures of the little piglets. But you can imagine that they were plain ceramic before the sparkle was added.

Here my Mom was successful at gluing the little crowns on top. She used E6000.
They really are darlings.
I asked my Facebook followers if I should leave the chair/throne rose gold and everyone said yes. I had thought about changing it to regular gold. The rose gold perfectly matches their little noses, eyes, ears, and hooves.
Here’s a picture before I added the bling to the throne.
Their throne needed something. I think this was the perfect enhancement.
Cuteness. Farmhouse Glamour!
Pretty Princess Piglets

I hope to encourage you to be creative. Use a product you may not have used before such as Diamond Dust. I bought mine from Amazon. I also bought the little crowns from Amazon. The pin on the throne is from Totally Dazzled.

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Patriotic Ideas

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Do you need some ideas for Americana Decor? Remember, many people decorate all summer with Americana. It takes into account Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. I also include other Patriotic Ideas for your lifestyle such as a manicure and jewelry.

Here are a few we did for this summer.

I changed my spring chicken wire tote bag into Americana. I use this as a door hanger for my garage door. This is the door almost EVERYONE uses to come in and out of my home. This tote really brightens my day as I travel in and out.

Find more info about the chicken wire tote bag HERE.

Another cross that my Mom made was this PEACE cross. I think peace is on everyone’s mind as these holidays pass by. This cross looks similar to a Texas flag. Texas is our home state so that is not unusual. Mom used scrabble tiles to write out the word PEACE.

Below is a picture of my faux fireplace mantel all decked out with Americana. The USA frame with bead board background was made by my Mom. I did add antiquing gel to it for a vintage vibe.

Just a few touches of red, white and blue and it takes it into a patriotic state.
Here is a side view of my fireplace mantel that I have in my garage.

Find more info about the rag doll angel HERE.

My Mom also made this decoupaged star frame pictured below. Find more info about the decoupaged star frame HERE.

The chicken wire frame that changes with the seasons is pictured below with a star in the middle. I will probably change this out to a sunflower later in the summer.

Here is a great picture of the chicken wire frame with a star in the middle. I change this out for each season.

Find more info about the star chicken wire frame HERE.

These bottles were bought to stage a house we had flipped when I was a Realtor. I took them out of the box and put red, white and blue daisy like flowers in them. I adore it now!

Below are two crosses my Mom made and she used bandanas and stars to decorate them with.

Americana
Bandana Crosses

I had to celebrate with a manicure too! Red is a little too bright for me, so I went with a royal blue color and had her put stars on the ring fingers.

My old lady hands. I think I like a manicure and bracelets and rings to take attention away from all the wrinkles on my hands. lol

Below are some bracelets I made. I bought the blue beads at Walmart. The rhinestone bracelets came ready-made from Hobby Lobby.

Blue Bling!

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Decoupaged Americana Frame with Star

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Decorate your home for the summer with Americana. It takes in Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Look around your garage/attic/storage/craft stash and you will probably find most of the supplies for this Americana Project. It was made with a frame, star, decoupage paper and ribbon.

It can hang on the wall or be a shelf leaner.

My Mom actually made this project and I just added the bow. She blue washed the frame. She does this by mixing acrylic paint with water and rubs it on with a paper towel. Then she decoupaged the background and the star. She put in a piece of thin board for the background.

I love the distressed, vintage vibe of the decoupage paper. I love all things vintage!

Let me know if you make one similar to this!

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