Trash to Treasure, Metal Vase

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Tomorrow is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is going to be another story of Trash to Treasure.

I bought this metal vase at a thrift store and knew it had possibilities. I decided to make it shabby chic with a touch of elegance.

Here I am holding it up on a Facebook Live Video showcasing my Thrifting Treasure Finds.

The first thing I did was to spray paint it white with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. You could also use chalk paint. Anything that is going to stick to metal.

Next, I used Valspar Antiquing Wax to make it vintage looking and to bring out the details.

Putting on the antiquing wax.

I didn’t take a picture after I finished antiquing it or during my Rub n Buff application. Sorry about that. But I did use the Antique Gold Rub n Buff just to highlight the handles and engraved areas. I had thought about putting black and white stripes on it but thought it looked great and elegant just shabby chic white and gold. More pictures below.

I also did the inside in case the buyer doesn’t want to put flowers inside.
Here’s a closeup. The Rub N Buff is not an exact application when you use your fingers. But preciseness is not what I go for.

Another close up.

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Flea Market Candle Set Turned Champagne Tone in Color

Hi My Fellow Thrifters….

This candle and candleholder started out a very different color and was put in a corner at an antique flea market. I knew I could add razzmatazz to it and make it look glamorous and loved once again.

I am sorry that I didn’t take a BEFORE picture. I bought this because of the texture and shape and lines of the set. I wanted a designer look to it so I chose to use a mix of gold and silver to highlight all the details.

I did not brush paint anything. I used Rub n Buff and covered everything with that. I used the silver and antique gold. I squeezed some of each on a plate and lightly mixed them together. I am okay when it doesn’t mix perfectly and you can see some of each of the silver and gold. I love this technique and the color that comes from doing this. The antique gold by itself is very gold. The silver by itself is very dull and flat. Mix them together and the angels sing. Just kidding.

You can tell here that the candle holder was dark in color to begin with.

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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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Converting a Dresser into a Kitchen Island

From Trash to Treasure. I know my Mom now considers this a TREASURE.

When we were designing the layout of my Mom’s Little House, I knew we needed to add an island of some kind, just so she would have enough countertop space to work on. Plus she needed more storage space. She loves to bake. I knew it would have to be skinny or narrow in depth to fit in her Little House.

She has very little counter space or storage space.

The back story…..My stepdad passed away from heart trouble in August of 2020. One of the many dreadful things that happened that year. Mom didn’t want to stay in their house anymore with so many memories. We were moving our metal office buildings to some property we own anyway, so my husband suggested we use the larger office and convert it into a little house for my Mom. So…….maybe now the reason for a small island will make sense.

Another long story made short, we shared a storage shed with my stepdaughter. Stored inside she had an old dresser she had never used. After seeing how narrow in depth it was, I thought PERHAPS this was the perfect piece. My stepdaughter said she didn’t have any plans for it and that we could have it if we wanted it. I didn’t get my hopes up until we could measure the space after we put in the cabinets. We measured…..IT WORKED! It is a narrow squeeze, but it is so worth the extra space and storage.

Please keep reading for more pictures and details.

I forgot to take pictures of the BEFORE of the dresser while it was still in the shed but I took a few of the shelf top that was made to go on top of the dresser. That way you can see what color it was before we began to paint it black.

This is the shelf top of the dresser in a very messy storage shed. When you thrift, you have to look beyond the mess and see the possibilities. We didn’t use this shelf top for anything. YET!
I felt kinda like that show “Storage Wars.” Looking in to see what treasures could be found.

Mom began painting the dresser black before I could get out there and take a few pics. She was anxious to move in and get settled. I can’t blame her. But the two pictures above tell the story of the color and shape of the dresser. Mom sanded it and wanted to paint it black. She has a trunk that is painted black that her TV sits on. So I bought a gallon of regular black paint from off the shelf in Walmart.

Below Mom has put on one coat of paint. There is a high end on one side which I think adds character. The high end has a drawer and a cabinet door.

Dresser Front Minus the Drawers and Door.
Another view of the front.
Dresser Back Side.
Another View.
Here the Drawers are drying on the warm inside of the house. This was a nasty, dreary winter day.
Here is the back view of the island before we decided what to do with the back.

On the back, the wood was not high grade enough to just paint. Plus it had that seam and we wanted to disguise that. The island hits you front and center as you come in her side door. So it needed to be a focal point, not an eye sore. We had some of the faux brick leftover from where we used it on some of her walls.

The brick was her choice because she LOVES all shades of red. I have seen this wallboard whitewashed and it looks GREAT. But she wanted to leave it as is.

Here it is as you walk in.
There is even enough room for a little bar stool.

The dresser door hinge was broke and was discontinued in the hardware stores. I had to order a refurbished one off eBay. It took a little while to come in but it was worth it.

This picture allows you to see some of the brick wall where she has her shelves and small wardrobe. She rehabbed that wardrobe too. I’ll post about it later if I can find the before pictures. lol.
This island has added MUCH NEEDED storage for my Mom’s Little Kitchen.
Three larger drawers on one side and a small one above the cabinet door.

I am so, so happy to have her near me. Her little house looks out over our ponds. She will be able to step out and go fishing if she wants to. Her little house might not be a grand mansion, but she is ever so happy there. It was a new beginning for her. She was too sad to live in her and Poppa Joe’s home by herself. When warmer weather gets here we will work on the yard outside. That is something to look forward to!

I hope this serves as an inspiration for someone out there to take an item that no one wants and put it to it’s highest and best use. Trash to Treasure!

I will post more on how we remodeled her Little House. How we turned it from office to home.

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