Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Great Finds and Their Transformations

Last Saturday, I just had this urge to go to a thrift store. I felt like there was something waiting for me. I only had one and a half hours until I had a get together with our friends. I hopped in the van and I was gone like the wind.

Yep, I was right, I found some great items! I will not post everything in this post, but I will show you some of the things I found and transformed. All I needed was a can of spray paint.

I found these wooden frames for a dollar each. I love the moulding on these frames.

Before...


After...


I love them! I found mats at dollar store while ago, and they fits perfectly.

There is another find that I am REALLY EXCITED about... take a look at this before picture...


I spotted this with a bunch of junk I mean stuff and loved the detail. I didn't care for the color but I decided to buy it anyways. It was actually made out of plastic but it looked brand new inside and out. I was wondering what this box was originally used for... it looked a little bit churchy to me, so I wanted to make sure that people didn't store ashes or something. If that was the case, I would be a little bit uncomfortable buying this. On the back of the box it said "Mark Clein INC, Baraboo, Wisconsin".
So, I googled the name and after a few tries, I found out that the box was indeed a sewing box! According to the picture I found, my box was missing a tray on the inside, but I didn't mind. I transformed the sewing box my way, with help from a few coats of spray paint, it looks like this...




I have been looking for a sewing box for a while. I have a sewing room on the second floor, but most of the time I work downstairs in the kitchen area. I thought it would be nice to have something beautiful, and functional to store my basic sewing items. And, the box was only two dollars! I love it so much that I can't stop looking at it.

I had some paint left over, so I painted other things I bought a long time ago, and needed some TLC. (White is my most favorite color... I don't mind if everything is white.)

Little piggy bank


The "A"


I just have to say spray paint is the greatest invention of mankind! I wish I could thank and hug who ever came up with this!

20 comments:

  1. What great transformations!

    I also did a project with thrift store frames this week.

    It's amazing the potential that traditionally outcast items get with a can of spray paint in your back pocket! ;)

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  2. Great transformations...I am a little partial to white myself.

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  3. i love that sewing basket, it's amazing. you have such a great eye. i love spray paint. it's crazy how much of a difference it can make.

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  4. You are just full of great ideas. I'm off to buy some spray paint. Love that little sewing basket.

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  5. I love the sewing box!... Everything turned out beautiful!!
    ~Whitney

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  6. I love that "a"! Where did you get that?

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  7. Sara--
    Thank you for your comment! I found the "A" at DI for fifty cents. You never know what you will find there!

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  8. Great transformations. I love spray paint. My mom still uses that same sewing box!

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  9. My mom still has that exact same sewing box, only it's a really ugly drab green. I spent hours rummaging through it as a kid in the early 70's. And yes, it has a tray that fits into the top. Thanks for the memory!

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  10. OK miss magician!!! That's amazing!!! I'm going to follow you to wherever you go next time and watch your every move...you're amazing!!! Miss you!

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  11. I love thrift stores! My second favorite is KSL and Craigslist. Which thrift stores do you like?

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  12. I LOVE the sewing box & was laughing at the possibility of it holding ashes:) I'm glad you found a functional use for such a beautiful piece!

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  13. Wow~ Those are great finds and fantastic transformations~ You have such a great eye for things! :D

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  14. I have a sewing box almost exactly like it... and I bought it brand new in the late 80's... haha I never thought of painting it though; will have to now! Yours looks great!

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  15. fantastic sewing box! I want one!

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  16. My granny had one of those sewing boxes back in the 70's. I remember it well, and now I wish I had it! Beautiful job!

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  17. You are such inspiration...
    Finded your blog resently and im totaly in love.... keep doing what you are doing!
    I find it too important to use creativity as Bless
    Mvh liene
    From Sweden

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  18. Darling! I always find those cute little boxes and can never figure out what to do with them!

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