Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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DIY Easter Bunny Silhouette Wall Art

I tend to get a lot of inspiration from the internet and of course Pinterest but then I like to put my own spin on things. One such item was this adorable bunny silhouette sign, just in time for Spring and Easter.

It would make a wonderful gift and a great display and addition to your spring and Easter decor. This sign is made from pine board that measures 9 x 12 x .75 , painted white then painted purple after the bunny silhouette stencil was applied.

A burlap bow and pom-pom complete the look.  This bunny silhouette wall art is now ready to display – to hang on the wall I added a sawtooth picture hanger to the back.

You can buy a kit to make your own for $10.00 plus shipping. Contact me @ awandafulthing@gmail.com to place your order.

Included in kit:

1 – 9x 12x .75 pine blank board

1 – Bunny Stencil

1 – Pom Pom (colors vary)

1 – Strip of ½ “ burlap for bow

1 – sawtooth picture hanger

Full written instructions

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Roundup of My Top 5 Most Popular Posts in 2018

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is so quickly coming to a close. I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

I took a look back at the year and am doing a quick recap of my top 5 most popular posts in 2018. It seems that my DIY projects were far more popular than my Vintage Item posts. Next year my focus will definitely be on doing more upcycle and DIY projects.

  1. It seems that Day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas for 2018 was quite popular. It was a seaglass Christmas ornament I made for my daughter.

2. Upcycled Office Wall Art

I did enjoy seeing the transformation on these prints going from kitchen art to nautical wall art. Click the link above to see the “after”.

3. Caramel Cones

These are so delicious and so easy to make – in the microwave 🙂 (originally posted in 2015).  Visit the link  above for a free printable recipe card complete with instructions.

4. Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

I enjoyed doing the three upcycles (click on the link above to see all three). The most popular one of the three was the Ciad Mile Failte wooden sign.

5. Vintage Image Greeting Card Challenge

I was so pleased to see all the wonderful and fabulous ideas for vintage image greeting cards.  Be sure to click on the link above to see more of the cards. Here is a card that my friend and fellow blogger made – she blogs over at Youcanalwaysstartnow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you back here in 2019.

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5 DIY Wood Projects You Will Adore

Today’s post is a collaboration post with Robert the founder of Sawinery.net – They are a US based blog following the different trends in the woodworking & power tools industry. Check them out at https://www.sawinery.net/

There are so many great woodworking projects for beginners – so if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at a woodworking project and don’t know where to begin go check them out, all the projects are from fabulous fellow bloggers that have tried their hand at woodworking.

Despite the fact that everything in woodworking can be called DIY, looking at some masterpieces we can never imagine that they are made by hand. But, with processed wood, you can make miracles and all you have to do is to pick a DIY project for yourself.

Wood DIY will help you make your family and friends happy with a new furniture piece and make you happy with a new craft. There are many options for DIY projects, but here is the ultimate list of the most popular ones and the ones you will certainly need in your daily life.

Wooden Mobile Holder

If we could choose this would be one of the most used product you can make. We all use mobile phones 24h 7 days a week and this thing can make our lives easier. We are all familiar with the situation when you leave your phone somewhere and you can’t find it. This wooden project is demanding, can be in many shapes but it’s worth it.

Floating shelves

Free space in the house or extra crafts you don’t know where to put? This an ideal product for you. But, we have to admit. We all need shelves. Floating shelves will help you organize empty walls without taking too much space around the house. The project is not too demanding and it can be made with a variety of woods and wood colors.

Full Project: Stacy Risenmay’s Not Just a Housewife

DIY Chair Drink Holder

Perfect choice for your patio and cozy coffee corner will be chairs that are lightweight so that can be moved easily during rainy days. Complete with the DIY drink arm holder wide enough so that you can put a cup there, make any patio chair a real enjoyment place.

Full Project: Build Basic

DIY Accessory Holder & Organizer

A lot of jewelry and not enough space? This is a great way to solve that. Using wood and a piece of net will help you have a very nice jewelry holder and to put your accessories, earrings and all that you need so that you can easily find it even when you are in a rush.

Full Project: Houseful of Handmade

Sofa Arm table

How many times were you sitting on your sofa and thinking how nice it would be to have your cup just next to you, without any fear of spilling? Here is the chance for you to make an arm table and never have trouble like this again. This is one of the simpler projects you you could do. Enjoy your coffee and your sofa at the same time!


via a beautiful mess

Hope that this list was a great motivation for you and will lead to some very exciting DIY projects and also help you solve some of the problems you have. So, what is your next DIY project?

DIY woodworking projects they are A WANDAFUL THING!!

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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #12

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #12. I’m not sure where the time goes, it’s obviously been a while since my last post.  I am happy to report that I managed to keep my boot cast on 5 out of 6 weeks and my foot has healed and I’m back to doing all the things I love to do, including vintage hunting and thrifting.

I’m excited to share with you my latest thrifty and vintage finds and to let you know about some of the items that sold from my Vintage Booth.

It seems old hard sided suitcases are still quite popular.  I had a nesting set of three, a small square makeup case and a medium size square one at my booth, all of them sold since my last post.  I sold the nesting set for $40.00, the makeup case for $30.00 and the square one for $20.00 

I sold the green one before I managed to get an individual picture of it, but you can see it here amongst my other booth items.

I love when you go to a garage sale and the person selling says everything is for sale…I literally talked the guy off of this stool.  He said everything was for sale and I asked if it included the stool he was sitting on.  Continue reading Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #12

Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #11

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #11. I am pretty sure the universe is telling me to slow down, three weeks ago while doing a simple task I stepped the wrong way and broke my foot. It slowed me down for a wee bit but not much, not even a broken foot can stop me from sniffing out a vintage bargain.

I’m excited to share with you my latest thrifty, vintage and auction finds.

For any vintage and antique sellers out there, do you see or experience trends in the items that sell from your site or booth?

On a few occasions I have had the opportunity to purchase vintage wooden ironing boards. The first two I purchased I had grave difficulty selling but the last two I purchased (both at auction) sold almost immediately.

The same goes for vintage washboards.  I’ve only purchased and sold three in the last two years but when I found this one at an estate sale last week, I had a feeling it would sell quickly and once I scrubbed the dust off, it looked wonderful.  Sold within an hour of posting. I almost wish I had kept this one 🙂

Vintage rusty horse shoes, need I say more.  I simply couldn’t resist them. I was on my way back from the grocery store and I saw a big handmade wooden sign that said Yard/Estate Sale.  I thought why not, can’t hurt to stop for a minute eh? This sale was one of my favorite kind, tons of stuff strewn all over the yard, barns, sheds and garages all full of a lifetime of collecting. No prices, just “make an offer” or make a pile and they would give you a price. Now which one do you think I chose?

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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #10

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #10. I know its been awhile since my last post but life took a twist and you have to go with it when these things happen. Everything got put on hold, including my addiction for hunting for thrift items…eeek!

Happy to say, I’m back at it and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds.

The first item I want to show you includes a before and after – I had this cute little jewelry box for quite some time, put it up for sale a couple of times but no interest.  Then I get a message from a friend who had an idea for her work space and was wondering if I had a jewelry box – I sent pictures, she loved it and the rest was all her.

Before

After – in her office – it holds paperclips and binder clips – oh so clever and what a difference some paint can make. Continue reading Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #10