Beginner Makeover, Thrifted Chairs Turn Shabby Chic

I saw four wooden chairs in our local Goodwill store. Two of the four needed extensive repairs. But the other two WERE MINE. I paid around five dollars each for them. They were so sturdy and this was right before Thanksgiving and I knew people looked for extra chairs in their homes for the holidays.

The first thing we did was clean them and then paint them with white chalk paint. I was going to use dark antiquing wax to make them look aged and distressed. But after sanding them, I knew they needed a second coat and then clear wax. I used Rustoleum Chalk Paint and Valspar Sealing Wax. Click here for my affiliate links.

I don’t have any pictures BEFORE I painted them. But, just think BROWN.

I was going to add dark antiquing wax at this point with only one coat of paint on them for a vintage, distressed look. But decided to put another coat of paint on them for a more white shabby chic look.
This just wasn’t the look I wanted. The great thing about paint is, you can ALWAYS paint again. So below is with a second coat.
Much better with two coats.
Now, they just need a light sanding to bring out all the edges.

Below are the pictures of the finished chairs. First we just put them in our booth with brown accents. We were about to decorate for Christmas so we left them like this for a week.

A week later we decorated for Christmas. And within two and a half weeks they were sold. That’s pretty good turnover for our booth.

The owner of the Vintage Market where we have our booth, said a lady came in looking for a small table with two chairs. She found a table at another booth and then our two chairs matched it perfectly. It was meant to be. She even bought the pillows.

So don’t be afraid to paint. I do recommend just lightly sanding before you paint. But if you use chalk paint, you may find it isn’t necessary. Use your own judgement.

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Make Your Own One-of-a-Kind Wreath Hangers

Hi Everyone! Think about taking a regular over-the-door wreath hanger and turn it into Unique Christmas Decor. You can make one for every holiday to match all kinds of wreaths.

I left mine fairly plain. But imagine if you paint the metal to match your wreath or match your home decor. You could paint one with red and white candy stripes or black and white checks. (Spray paint first with Rustoleum 2x paint and primer since they are usually metal or plastic)

A gold snowflake ornament for the winter season.

There are so many ornaments or embellishments you could add for any occasion. The possibilities are endless. Hobby Lobby sold ready made Christmas decorated wreath hangers this year, but if you want a unique one for any holiday you can make your own. I recommend using E6000 glue to attach the ornaments.

A silver glitter deer also for the winter season.

I chose to use the green and silver deer wreath door hanger to hang up a very plain evergreen wreath. I am gearing up for AFTER THE HOLIDAYS decor. Green floral evergreens are in my plans for a winter theme.

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Transform Dollar Tree Christmas Bells

Hi Everyone! These gold bells already had a grid pattern so it was SO SIMPLE to turn these into designer inspired bells. You may wish to paint them all white at first and then add the black checks. So many possibilities with these little bells. They would look perfect as an addition on a wreath.

Even though they are plastic, you CAN paint them. I recommend spray painting them white with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer if you want them black and white. I really liked the gold so I left mine with a gold background and added black ENAMEL craft paint to all the smooth edge checks. Make sure you get the paint that has the wine bottle on the top cap. It will stick to glass and smooth, slick surfaces.


Yay! I didn’t forget to take a BEFORE picture.

These Dollar Tree bells were all gold. But the grid patterns were smooth and textured. Sometimes the color gold can look very cheap and plasticy. But I thought the gold was done very well so I left it as is. I wanted black as the alternating color. (You can do red, silver, green, royal, etc) I wanted a farmhouse designer feel to it.

I took off the ribbons and trim that came with it, because those did not look very farmhouse or high end. I did keep them for other projects down the road.

I had to add bling to where the manufacturer had attached their trim because there was a hole. I used a button from Walmart.

I used wired burlap ribbon in a chevron pattern and a wired buffalo plaid ribbon to make a simple bow. Again the possibilities are endless with the colors and patterns.

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Santa on a Silver Tray

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Do you have a silver tray laying around your home with nothing to do? Or have you just seen one at the thrift store or flea market? Use it as a SUBSTRATE for a SANTA CLAUS mixed media door hanger!

I did make this project on a Facebook LIVE. Click Here if you would like to see it.

First thing I did was clean my silver. But it was tarnished beyond cleaning. Much of the silver you find is that way. But it still serves as a wonderful backdrop for home decor.

My tray before I began.

I first decoupaged red textured scrapbook paper to the center section. I used Mod Podge to glue it on and also to seal it.

You don’t have to worry about the wrinkles on this paper while decoupaging.
It already has wonderful texture.

Next I glued down the round bead garland on the outer edge of the center. I recommend using Gorilla Super Glue. I used hot glue during a Facebook Live and it later came off. Hot glue put directly onto metal doesn’t want to stick. You could also use E6000 glue sparingly. A small tip applicator glue works the best.

Then I arranged the embellishments to see how I wanted everything to fit. I knew I wanted the buffalo plaid Santa to sit in the middle with florals and ribbons at the bottom. I did use hot glue for everything else because it was glued to the paper.

Here it was finished except for its bow and hanger.

I did turn this into a wall hanging, but if you put the bow on top then you could put it on an easel.

The silver on the beads and the tray really shine. I wish the photos could capture shine and sparkle.

If you worry about putting silver as a door hanger, you can put felt on the back so it doesn’t scratch your door.

Use up that silver. Save it from the land fills!

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Sewers Delight, Use Embroidery Hoops for First Layer and add Yo-Yos

Hi everyone!

This is a great door hanger perfect for a sewer or embroiderer. Mom used embroidery hoops as her first layer and then added yo yo’s for embellishments.

I remember her looking for the red and ivory ticking fabric at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with it, but it sure did turn out to be perfect “Old Fashioned Homespun Christmas” decor. She saw something similar on Pinterest that gave her the idea.

Fill the embroidery hoops with the fabrics of your choice. My Mom then attached the two hoops together with a screw to really secure them.

My Mom loves to make yo-yos. I think originally they were made from leftover fabric to make fancy quilts. But you can use them for so much more. She made a Christmas Tree with them that I posted about the other day. CLICK HERE to see that post. I will be making a post soon about HOW TO MAKE YO-YOs.

She put two staggered sized yo-yos and then put a covered button on the top. I like the little gathered middle section so you don’t HAVE to cover it up if you don’t want to.

She added other embellishments that were small Christmas ornaments and then a bow and jingle bells. She added eye hooks to attach the door hanger ribbon made with the ticking fabric.

This door hanger is very cute and reminds me of a Country Old Fashioned Christmas! The best kind of Christmas!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Woodsy Owl on a Repurposed Frame with Faith Ornament

Use a FRAME as the main attraction for several small but coordinating Christmas ornaments. I chose woodsy colors but you could also use traditional colors such as red, green, silver, etc.

I began with a frame my Mom had purchased from Walmart months ago. It was already brown, so I just added antique gold RUB N BUFF to bring out all the ornate details. I had already picked out all my embellishments. I knew for sure that I wanted the owl, picks and beige flower.

What I had to decide on next was what to put inside and on top of the glass. I had several scrapbook papers that worked but I also wanted to add one more dimension. The gold FAITH ornament fit the frame perfectly.

I chose a textured/wrinkled scrapbook page in a bronze color. Then the gold of the FAITH ornament stood out against the bronze and looked great with the owl too.

I really love this winning combination. If I don’t sell it at our craft booth…that’s okay because it matches perfectly with my home decor.

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Yo-Yo Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone! So glad you stopped by my blog today!

I want to show you a yo-yo Christmas tree that my Mom made. She loves to sew!

To watch how to make a yo-yo, you can YouTube search “How to make a yo-yo the traditional way.” I want my Mom to take pictures of her step by step process the next time she makes a yo-yo and I can post about that. But in the meantime, YouTube has everything you need.

She made graduated sizes of yo-yo’s with several different fabric patterns to make the tree. She used about 3-4 of the same size then 3-4 of a smaller size and so forth until she was at the top. She made the base out of a wood round and secured a wooden dowel in the middle. She cut a slit in the bottom of each yo-yo so it would go through the dowel. She added a star on top and I added the bow beneath the star.

This is just a quick post to give you an idea on what you can make with yo-yo’s. They don’t have to be for quilts or table runners. These are also great for putting on top of boxed presents or mason jars full of goodies. They make great Tree Ornaments too.

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Refresh a Christmas Cookie Jar

I bought this Cookie Jar at a Christian Thrift Store here in South Louisiana. I knew right away what I wanted to do with it. It needed a DESIGNER touch. Black and White Checks. Checks look so good with Red Christmas decor.

It wasn’t hard to do. I used a large craft stick to make my marks in pencil and then used black ENAMEL craft paint. The kind that has the little wine glass on top. That’s the sign that you can paint glass with it. Check out STUDIO MD AZ on Facebook for more details on what paint brushes to use and how to lay your grid out. And ROYAL FUNKY JUNQUE on Facebook for how to paint trays and ceramics. Both Kathy and Debi are my inspiration for this project.

The snow on top was too white. lol….It needed some checks, stripes, or polka dots.

What was tricky was to get the lid lined up exactly with the bottom part of the jar.

Now, this cookie jar could not be put in the dishwasher of course. I recommend just wiping it down with a damp cloth. NO SCRUBBING. I did seal it with a blend of TRIPLE THICK and DURACLEAR.

The checks really brought this cookie jar to life.

As you get your Christmas out of storage, think about what you might be able to do to bring new life into your favorite decor items.

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“Check” Out This Picture

It was plain and now it’s BETTER! CHECK IT OUT. That’s what I did. I checked out a canvas to make this picture stand out and be super special. Keep reading for all the details.

Last year, I made this little picture using my Chalk Couture supplies. I painted a simple canvas board black and then I waxed it with clear wax so my transfer would not stick and take off the black paint when I removed it. Then I used red, white and gold chalk paste to make the picture. I am no longer a Chalk Couture Designer, but if you want supplies, I can refer you to my ex-sponsor who can help you. She is great!

Here I am putting down this transfer. I am not sure if it is available still for this year. 2021.
What I made in 2020.

So now, fast forward to this year. I didn’t have my last craft show scheduled for last year, so we didn’t really sell much fall or holiday decor in 2020. It was ALMOST ALL leftover.

I knew I wanted to add some checks to this picture. I could have put it on a board or a frame. But I have several stretched canvases that are not being used (I had wanted to start painting again). It fit perfectly and really makes the black Santa picture come alive.

The process of making my grids and actually painting the black checks did NOT take very long. First I painted the whole canvas white. Then I used a one by one long piece of board to mark my checks off with a pencil. See more details on my FACEBOOK LIVE——-> HERE.

I used heavy body acrylic paint mixed with a craft paint for my checks. I didn’t want to have to go back and do a second coat. Use a blunt straight line brush and let it do the work for you to make your straight lines. When I was finished with my checks, I added gold leaf paint by PLAID in a few places. Use this gold paint to hide any places you get “out of lines”. Please go and follow Debi Rigg at STUDIO MD AZ for more detailed instructions on how to make designer checks. She is a great instructor and has taught me so much! She has free classes and some that only cost $10.00.

When I was finished with the canvas, I decided I wanted to hang it up with a ribbon and a bow. After I did that I tried to hang it up on my garage door…..and VOILA…it works as a door hanger too!

YES! You can use a canvas as a door hanger! (inside door)
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas…..It will be here before you know it!

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Wooden Pumpkin with Chicken Wire

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This project is the perfect FARMHOUSE DECOR. My Mom made a set of these pumpkins and they sold right away.

She cuts her wood with a jigsaw. She then painted the pumpkin white and added the chicken wire.

Then she wrapped twine around the stem and added a rope border to hide all the edges of the wire.

Last BUT not least, she added a checkered bow and greenery to the top. Perfect FARMHOUSE FALL DECOR!

We barely had them long enough for me to take these few pictures.

Here is how it looks from the back. She made a stand so it would be a shelf sitter.

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