Shabby Chic Fleur De Lis Repurposed Tray

Take an ordinary tray bought at a thrift store and make it extraordinary. I needed a backdrop for one of my many iron fleur de lis home decor pieces. They are very heavy so I needed something substantial to put them on. This tray was perfect and the perfect size.

I spray painted it with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Heirloom White. Then I antiqued it using Valspar dark wax. I then sanded some of the paint off the edges and also added Antique Gold Rub n Buff to the edge of the tray and also to the fleur.

The piece de resistance was the little crown I added to fleur. I will try to sell this at our craft booth along with the easel. The easel matches so perfectly, that I didn’t want to separate the set.

It needed something special added so I added a CROWN.

HOPE YOU LIKE IT! Leave me a comment. If you have any ideas for my other iron fleur de lis let me know.

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Dollar Store Picture To Designer Inspired

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I bought this picture to practice painting flowers. It was in my garage for over a year. I never used it and it was going to waste. When I saw Debi Rigg repaint and update a painting on her Facebook page, I had to give it a try. Her Facebook page is Studio MD AZ. Go and follow her because she has GREAT ideas!

I don’t mean the artist any harm. Sometimes our tastes change and our home decor changes so we have to update and refresh the items that we have. I am all about changing and upscaling and redesigning. I wanted this little picture to match my back patio. My patio is black and white. With accents of red or sometimes yellow. That is why I choose to make the flowers red. They were pale pink to begin with. I changed the vase from a blue to designer inspired black and white checked. Please keep scrolling for more pictures and details.

Dollar Tree Art Transformation

Below is the closest picture that I have to a BEFORE picture. I had already put one coat of white over the blue vase.

The vase was about the same color as the blue on the right side of the table.
In this picture, I had added some red to the flowers and I had began my vertical stripes. I just eyeballed it. It’s not perfect, but the vase wasn’t perfect to begin with either. All about the PERFECTLY imperfect!
I laid out my pattern and put some gold drag highlights.
All finished.

It took me a few weeks to finish up. I would let it dry and then come back to it in-between other projects. I did seal it with Triple Thick for a high gloss finish. I added more gold leaf paint to the flowers at the very end. Try NOT to seal over Gold Leaf Paint.

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Best Thrifted Item So Far This Year

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Do you love to go to thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales or estate sales? I am not sure why I am drawn to these kinds of places. Maybe it’s because I have always loved a good makeover. Whether it is makeup, hair, outfits, rooms in homes, outside of homes, projects, WHATEVER! I love adding to things and/or changing things up.

I love to take something from Eek to Chic, Drab to Fab, Nothing Special to Something Special.

This particular item did not need ANYTHING done to it. It just needed someone to take it home and give it some love. It needed someone to put it high on their priority list. It needed to be put in a prominent place in someone’s home to highlight how special it is. That person was me and the place was my home right next to my buffet.

I bought this chair at Salvation Army in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We had taken a long weekend vacation to Texarkana and Hot Springs where I did a lot of junking. It was so much fun! The store was just about to close. I had about 15 minutes to look around and purchase whatever I thought I needed. Need versus Want. A whole topic in itself. But I knew right away that I wanted this. It was only $25.00 and in great condition!! It came home with me! It fits right in with all the other vintage, rustic, old world items in our house.

I hope to encourage you to go and look at your local thrift stores for forlorn, lost and unloved items that you could turn into something special. It can be fun….like looking for treasure. The whole process can be very therapeutic.

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Aqua Diamond Dusted Candle with Thrift Store Holder

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Do you want to know how I changed a tired, boring candle in a saucer into a sparkling, sassy candle in a luxurious candle holder? I was so tired of this boring water fountain candle that I keep on my bedroom dresser. I bought it at QVC. I love the color but it was just sitting, looking all forlorn. I never use the fountain because it is too messy. But it does work wonderfully.

My dresser BEFORE. I have since jazzed up several items. My favorite is the candle you can read about below.

Do you also get bored with your decor? Sometimes, just adding Diamond Dust will be the spark it needs to make it liven up.

Diamond Dust is actual chards of glass. So the sparkle is unbelievable sometimes. It is like glitter on steroids. If you like sparkle, you would like Diamond Dust. I buy mine from Amazon.

I use Mod Podge to glue my Diamond Dust on. Please refer to my Facebook Live Videos for video instructions. With this large candle, I would brush on my glue a section at a time. Then add the diamond dust with a sprinkle jar. (I put my diamond dust in a sprinkle container for easy disbursement.) I slowing did this all around the candle. I then added a paper flower as a candle pin.

It takes a little while for the Mod Podge to dry. It will look cloudy at first. But it will dry clear.

Next, my candle was too pretty to put back in the saucer. So I bought this candle holder at Salvation Army. I added sparkle ribbon to it that you can buy at Hobby Lobby back in the fabric department.

I think this decor is much improved. I will be doing some more. Little by little, step by step.

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Make a Table from a Garden Statue

I found this Angel Garden Statue at our local flea market. It was by accident that I decided to turn it into a table. I had it in my craft room because I wanted to paint it bronze and put antique gold rub-n-buff on it. I ran out of paint before I finished so I set it aside out of my way for when I mixed more paint.

Below is the only picture I took BEFORE. I had to snap one while I was showing it in my Flea Market Haul.

Here is what the statue looked like when I bought it. Nothing wrong with it. But now it is much more elegant and I plan to leave it inside instead of outside in my garden.

I also had this round disc plaque I bought from Lowe’s that I had used in a craft show as a Monogram Sign. I was tired of the sign and it had never sold. So I wanted to repaint it and refresh it. I placed this round wooden disc on top of my statue to get them both out of my way while I was doing other crafts. Voila, a perfect little side table I thought.

The round wooden disc before when it was a Monogramed Wooden Sign.

After I decided I wanted a table, I painted the round disc in bronze too. First I used Rub-n-Buff on the statue. I didn’t JUST use my favorite Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff. I mixed the gold with the Silver Rub-n-Buff. I love how it turned out. It is kind of a champagne color. I put a squirt of each color on a plate and mixed it together BEFORE I rubbed it on the statue. I kept mixing the two on the plate the same way throughout the whole project.

For the table top, I used two different stencils and I used a brush instead of my fingers to get the Rub-n-Buff onto the project. See more details and pictures below. I have also linked the Facebook videos explaining more.

Here is the facebook video of when I purchased it (my flea market haul): Click Here

Here is the facebook video of when I finished it: Click Here

Below are the supplies I used:

Bronze paint is a mixture of regular craft flat black paint, copper metallic paint, and gold metallic paint. You can use any brand.

The two Rub n Buffs that I mixed together. Fairly 50/50.
Here is the large stencil that I used.
Here is the small stencil that I used and really put the Rub n Buff on heavily for this one.

I hope I inspire you to CREATE something out of what you might already have stored in your garage! lol… I love that Goodwills, Salvation Army, and flea and antique markets keep hidden treasures out of our landfills. If it’s good wood, especially, REUSE, REMAKE, REFRESH, REFAB it!

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All About Bees Decor

Hi Everyone! Bumble Bees and Queen Bees are so popular this season we just had to make a few. This is a great spring or summer or even year round theme. We made some door hangers, window leaners, and shelf sitters.

Mom did a great job with making all the patterns and painting the basic colors. She used wire for some of the bee’s antennas. Some antennas were part of the wood patterns. If you ever want us to share our patterns with you, just email me and I can try to send it to you.

I think Mom’s inspiration came from Pinterest. Then we put our own twist on things to make them all different. We hope to inspire you the same as we were inspired.

Door Hanger or Window Leaner
This bee is smaller but made of thicker wood so it stands by itself.
Here it is in my sister’s home in her grandchildren’s playroom. I love her HOME sign too!
Here is the bee skep Mom made from an empty “Ensure” bottle.
These were twin bees. Except for the wings they are the same.
Queen Bee with wire antenna and buffalo plaid wings. Mom decoupaged buffalo plaid fabric for the wings.
This is the very first one we made. I still need the bow and it needs it’s forever home.
Here is one we made and I am getting ready to put the finishing touches on it.
Here are two smaller ones we made. They still need their bows. I always add the bow at the end after we spray seal them. Mom’s skeps are also shown. I am going to post about those separately.
Here is the first one we made for my sister. It is now displayed in her window of her grandchildren’s play room. The kids love the bee theme!
I diamond dusted the gold crowns. Pictures don’t really capture the sparkle.
Here’s an up close of the wire antenna bee with crown.
So cute!
Here are two more bees we made. One with swirl wings and the other with buffalo plaid. Mom used fabric and decoupaged onto the wings.
Another angle of the skep in it’s forever home.
Here are two smaller bees with swirl wings. I used my favorite stencil ever to make the swirls.
One of our Queen Bees
Here is another type of bee you could use in your decor too. I have already posted how to make this one out of the toy bees from Dollar General.

All this decor could be used on it’s own or with a whole theme. They could be put on a wreath or on a tiered tray or shelves on your coffee bar.

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Holiday 4×4 Candle Holders Refreshed into Old World Decor Using Prima Moulds

These 4×4’s started out in life as Farmhouse Style Holiday Decorations. Just like I go to thrift stores and refresh different treasures, I wanted to do the same thing with some of the crafts we have in storage. These particular candle holders never sold in our holiday craft shows, and I wanted to put them in my home year round. I am obsessed with candles and candle holders right now.

Below is a picture of what they looked like before I started redoing them.

~~BEFORE~~
~~AFTER~~

Lexi, my “glamdaughter” and sidekick, made these castings with paper clay. I think we did pretty good for our very first time. When we made them, I really didn’t have anything planned to put them on. But it came to me soon after they had dried.

Our Paper Clay Casts were not perfect. But we pieced together and cut off the excess.
The emblem was easier to make because it didn’t have legs and tails, lol. We had to piece together one of the lion’s tail. Perfectly imperfect.
I took this picture with my scissors so you would have an image to compare the size of the mould.
The particular mould is called Royal Emblem. For their picture, they have painted them gold. These are from Redesign by Prima.

Since there were THREE items/pieces to this set, I thought about what else I had with a set of three. Voila, I had the candle holders. So I wanted an Old World look and Kathy on her Facebook page had made this color paint and designed things with moulds and I was inspired by her. Please go follow her on Facebook! —–Royale Funky Junque—–

I attached the castings on with hot glue and tacky glue. I used tacky glue to close in all the sides so I didn’t have any hollows. So then they were ready to paint.

For the paint, I use any kind of black flat craft paint, and mix in any brand of metallic copper and some metallic gold. Together that will make bronze. I knew I was going to use antique gold rub n buff to bring out all the highlights of the design.

Here are the paints I used to make “Oil Rubbed Bronze”.
Here it is as I am mixing the paint.

Below is a picture of the candle holders after I have painted them and added the gold rub n buff. This project still didn’t fit in with my dining room. So later I added something else….keep reading…

I thought I was finished here…..but….

I asked my Facebook followers and friends if I should add the metal ribbon. The response was YES! This ribbon comes in flat silver and I bought it at Hobby Lobby. If your HL does not carry it, look online. So I used the same paints as I did for the wooden sections.

I also decided to use a touch of metallic aqua blue paint on everything and it added the perfect sheen to the bronze and gold. Pictures really do not catch it very well, but the picture below does have the blue added in. The blue just toned everything down and it now blends so well with the colors in my dining room.

The aqua blue tray sent a reflection of it’s texture onto the candle holders at the bottom.
Finished Project. The metallic paint reflects the texture of the aqua tray it is sitting on.
Here is a picture without the tray and it gives you a better idea of the colors.

Take a look around your home and REFRESH items that you are getting tired of.

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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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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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Trash to Treasure, Reviving a Candle

Revive a wax or battery operated candle by decoupaging and adding sparkly ribbon and adornment. In this revival, I used a jeweled cross and a salvaged base and a topper. Read below for all the supplies I used.

I went junking one weekend with my Mom and my Sister and found silver trays, candle holders, and other odds and ends. At Salvation Army, I found this candle bottom and topper. I am not really sure what they originally were used for or even sure if they were meant to go together. But my vision was for an Old World Style Candle.

The bottom and topper was a pale, brassy yellow. I added “Antique Gold Rub N Buff and it became a much richer gold color.

I had decided to use the cross and three rows of rhinestone ribbon to decorate and embellish with. So I added some rub n buff to those too. But I found some iron-on rhinestone ribbon in my stash that looked better and sparkled more. These embellishments were bought at Hobby Lobby.

Below is a picture of the rice paper I decided to use to cover the candle. It is called NEUTRAL Harlequin. I ordered this from Etsy from Decoupage Queen. Her Etsy store is called THDecorAtl.

Rice paper is pretty easy to decoupage onto a candle. I used Mod Podge and just wrapped it around. Wrinkles really were not a problem.

Even though it is gold in color, it looks great on my bronze table with matching bronze lamps. You can see in the pictures below how the bling ribbon at the bottom is very sparkly. It really matches the gold in the frame of our family picture too.

I made the cross into a push pin because this candle was covered in wax even though it is a battery operated candle. I used hot glue and E6000 to attach a flat head tack to the back of the cross. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon at the bottom.

I added bling to my treasure chest and orb too. I wanted more sparkle on this table. I plan to add just a touch to the frame of our family portrait too. But the pièce de ré·sis·tance is the candle.

Below are some pictures before I decided where to put it in my home. This is my favorite project so far this summer.

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