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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Day 11 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Welcome to Day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2018

I am very excited about today’s craft idea as I have had this on my craft bucket list for a very long time.  Mittens made by repurposing an old sweater.  I found this very cute and colorful little girl’s sweater for $1.50 at a local thrift store. I washed it in hot water and dried it in the dryer.  I was able to make two pair of adult mittens from this sweater.

First I cut off the sleeves as I wanted the cuffs on the sleeves to be the cuff on the mittens.

Then I used a pair of mittens I already own as a template and cut around the mittens to make my pattern.

If you are wondering about the colorful mitten in the picture above, my talented, beautiful daughter made those (without a pattern) many years ago, which goes to show, handmade mittens last a very long time and they don’t go out of style.

Once the mittens pattern was cut from both sleeves, I simply sewed up the openings – a sewing machine would make this go much faster but because I used the sleeves, I was able to keep the sewing to a minimum, which was a very good thing as I ended up hand stitching them.  I think they turned out pretty darn cute.  I plan on keeping this pair for myself.

Repurposing an old sweater into cute mittens, it’s A Wandaful Thing!

It’s been a great deal of fun preparing for this event, and I can’t wait to show you all the Wandaful Things I’ve been up to. :)

Here is a recap of the 12 Days of Christmas 2018 so far:

Day 1 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 2 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 3 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 4 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 5 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 6 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 7 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 8 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 9 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

Day 10 – 12 Days of Christmas 2018

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Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

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It’s been awhile since I’ve upcycled a thrift store find.  I’m going to show you three things I recently bought with the intention to upcycle but decided I would only change two of them. You will see what I mean and I’d love to know if you agree or would change it.

First is this picture frame with spots for 8 photos. It has two picture hangers on the back so that you can hang it vertically as shown (the way I plan to use it) or horizontally. 

I bought it with the intention to use it as part of my cubicle makeover at the place I work when I’m not having fun vintage hunting or blogging. I will do a post when that makeover is complete. The picture frame is from Goodwill and was marked $3.50 but lucky me it had a green tag and it was green tag 50% off day – woohoo $1.75 – you just can’t beat the price.

I wasn’t keen on the color so I decided to paint it.  I used a latex Sherwin Williams color called Nantucket. Two coats and it was ready for the freshly cleaned glass and some photos…which I have not had printed off yet (next on the list).

 

For the second upcycled project, I bought a wood sign from Value Village  for Continue reading Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #8 Plus A New Venture

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #8. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds as well as to tell you about my latest venture.

I’ve been busy garage “saleing” and auctioning and found some good items to sell on my Facebook site and in my booth at the local photography studio.

YES that is my latest venture.  I decided to rent a booth at a local photo studio to show off and sell some of my vintage items. It was a big step for me and I know I have lots to learn but I’m excited I took this step. This is my first time renting and selling in a retail environment. Here is a picture of the setup – I welcome any feedback and/or suggestions my readers might have. The space is 5×5 and the only wall I have access to is the one with the mirrors.

Ok so that’s my booth, now onto some treasures I found last week. I couldn’t resist this Tulip cutout magazine rack and the handmade wooden stool. I put them both in my booth for $25.00 each.
This beautiful antique Singer sewing cabinet with drawers sold off my site as soon as I posted it….the lady that bought it said she was going to use the bottom and make a table. I love it as is but I know it will also make a great table.

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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #7

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #7. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

Another of my favorite bloggers is Carlene from Organized Clutter.   Be sure to go check out her blog and I just know if you are a vintage lover you’ll be swooning over the ideas and things she makes with vintage and thrift store purchases.  I am always looking for ideas for odd things, especially some of the items you can find at farm auctions.  I look to Carlene for inspiration.

I hit another auction or two since my last post and want to show you a few of the neat things I bought.  Some I’ll sell, others probably not, lol and I wonder why I feel cramped sometimes.

I swooned over this little elephant teapot when I saw it. I’m not an elephant collector, I think it was that cute little trunk. I saw the exact one on Amazon for $34.95 . I sold this guy for $12.00 Continue reading Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #7

Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #6

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #6. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

With yard and garage sale season in full swing there has been no lack of places to go or things to buy.  The hardest part of being a vintage vendor is NOT buying everything you see just because you like it or it reminds you of your childhood.

Since my last post I’ve been to two more town wide garage sales and a few out of town favorite thrift shops. I will show you some of the finds from those two town wide sales as well as a free item I picked up and have already painted for a very special little someone.

I picked up this Vintage waterfall desk at one of the town wide garage sales. Although it needs an update to the paint and some new hardware, it will be a great piece once it is finished. My favorite part of this dresser are the castors on the bottom, it sure made it easy to move. SOLD for $50.00
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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #5

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #5. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

One of my favorite bloggers is Diana from Adirondack Girl @Heart and this week she said something rather catchy but it wasn’t exactly true for me this week. She said it was a vintage day in the neighborhood.  It wasn’t a total bust but it wasn’t my best week either. It’s a good thing that the garage sale(ing) season is just beginning so there will be plenty of time to scope out and buy vintage treasures.

I will show you some of the finds from those two fabulous auctions I mentioned in my previous posts as well as a few items I scored this week.

Here are two beautiful vintage cobalt blue bottles – the corks are not original.  These sell individually on Etsy for $12.00 a piece. I sold both bottles for $12.00

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