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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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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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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Love Sign Made with Keys and Bling

Hi Everyone!

I often wondered what to do with this sample kitchen cabinet door that I bought in our house flipping days. It was moved from storage to storage and this turned out to be the perfect project. It was already ivory with brown antiquing in the grooves. This signs SPARKLES as you walk by it. I have it displayed on my buffet in our great room.

My inspiration for this craft was one of my favorite Facebook Crafters and I had to give it a try. Please go and follow her because she has great ideas. Kathy at Royale Funky Junque. I made mine with all keys and gears to look more steampunk. I added bling just like she did. She loves sparkle and so do I. This is my small LOVE sign, and I almost have all the supplies to make another larger one out of hardware. Coming soon….

For this project, I had all the keys and gears already. I also had the board which is a sample kitchen cabinet door we never used.

The picture below is where I was trying to arrange all the components and decide where to put them.

I used E6000 glue to attach all the components. I used a q-tip to help me control the glue. I suggest using jewelry glue with a precise point which I didn’t have at the time. I also used some hot glue on some of the keys where I needed immediate adhesion.

This Picuture

I did have to use alcohol and cotton balls and q-tips to get the extra glue off the background.

I have a lot of shades of browns in my home so this fits anywhere. This picture was taken in my craft room.
This is it’s new home in my home. I updated the swirls on either side of it after this picture was taken. I’ll have those on another blog post soon.
I wish pictures picked up the sparkle.

Moral of story: Always keep old kitchen cabinet doors. There could be a home decor project just waiting to be made.

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