Sunday, June 08, 2008

Show & Tell Sunday/I Saw Red

Today's theme at Show & Tell Sunday is Trash to Treasure. This is a favorite topic of mine and there are so many sources where you can find ideas on this subject. There are a ton of books available with lots of ideas. In fact my favorite JunkMarket gals, Ki and Sue, have written two books about turning trash into treasure. HGTV's Decorating Cents always ends the show with a Trash to Treasure segment. And the Junk Brothers (also on HGTV) have an entire show dedicated to making beautiful things from other people's discards. In this age of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, it's great to see people breathe new life into things that would otherwise end up in the landfills.
The first item in my Trash to Treasure photo album is this secretary desk that sits in the front hall of my house. I wish I had a "before" picture to show you because it really was very ugly. The secretary was given to me by my best friend. She was moving and didn't have room for it in her new home, so she asked if I would like it. Since I always dreamed of having a desk like this, I jumped at the chance. When I got it, it was painted a putrid avocado green, with black antiquing glaze over it. Ugh! The doors were fitted with textured plexi-glass panels in a lovely shade of harvest gold. Well, none of that was going to work in this shabby chic girl's house, so I painted the entire piece blue, added some decorative painting to the front of it, replaced the knobs and had the doors refitted with plain glass. What a difference a little bit of TLC makes!
I found this old scrap piece of decorative wood, pictured below, at my husband's shop one day and brought it home knowing I could do something with it. I added 3 pink glass knobs I purchase from Anthropologie and it now hangs in my studio displaying a couple of my favorite swap pretties.

Some of you may have remembered seeing in previous posts the glass jars I use for storage in my studio. Well, this is what they started out looking like:
They held votive candles at the shop I used to manage. When the store closed, I took these jars home with me knowing I could use them for something. (I think this is the reason my garage is over-lowing with cast-offs that I "just know" I can transform someday!) I painted the lids shabby white and added some more of those pink Anthropologie knobs and voila!....a place to store trims and lace and millinery flowers.

I found this next idea in one of those special publication magazines put out by Better Homes & Gardens. To make the table/plant stand, I used 4 old dark brown stained shutters that we had taken off the windows in the spare bedroom. I painted them with one coat of white paint and then sanded down the edges to make them look shabby. Next I nailed the four shutters together to form the tables base. I topped it off with a 12x12 porcelain floor tile we had left over from an earlier home improvement project.It was the perfect fit for this corner of my diningroom.

Old windows seem to be all the rage these days. We found this old vintage window on the curb on garbage day. In fact there was a whole slew of them there because the homeowners just had their windows replaced. We asked if they minded us taking some and they said, "take them all if you want"...so we did! I found a vendor at a craft show who makes window clings and they had a line that turned a plain window into a stained glass looking window. The company is called Window Cling Designs and they have lots and lots of designs. If you're interested, you can find them here. I just have this one hanging, chippy paint and all, on the wall in my diningroom. And I love it! My final Trash to Treasure photo is this memo board in my kitchen. I wanted a to have a chalk board to write on and a magnetic board for notes and pretty postcards, etc. However, my kitchen is itty-bitty and wall space is at a premium, so I decided that I had to combine the two somehow. I found this old frame that wasn't being used and had the hardware store cut a piece of metal to fit inside. I painted the metal with 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint and added the decorative iron fence to the top of it. Now I can write on it and attach notes using magnets and it all fits on this skinny little wall.If you want to see other Trash to Treasure creations visit Analise's blog, Sugar-Sugar here for a list of participants and/or the Show & Tell Sunday Flickr site here.

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~ I Saw Red Challenge ~

These plants are sitting next to my driveway waiting for someone to plant them. And it is HOT here so then need to get planted soon! Who decided it was a good idea to buy and plant flowers during the hottest weekend so far this summer? These photos aren't the greatest because the geraniums below look orange. They are not. They are really red and so they qualify for this last day of the I Saw Red Challenge.
And then finally ~ I know this one's been done before by many of the I Saw Red participants, but I couldn't resist a plate of bing cherries sitting on a swatch of vintage dotted swiss fabric. Actually this was the first photo I took for the challenge, but it's the last one to be posted. I know what you are thinking and I have only one response ~ doesn't everyone serve their cherries with a little red gingham bow attached to them?
Thanks so much to Sara over at Sadie Olive. She dreamed up the I Saw Red Challenge and it's been so much fun searching for red things to photograph and even more fun to see what everyone else photographed. You can see them all for yourself by clicking here.

18 comments:

Lisa M said...

WOW - those windows were a great find! LOVE the decals - they really transform it. Great job!

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Wow, you posted so many great t-2-t items! I love them all! I need to save your blog, as I don't think I've been here for a long time!
*Heidi*
Everyday Cookies

karin@creativechaos said...

wow...I really thought that was a stained glass window....love it!

Maija said...

Lots of great trash to treasure items! I love the Anthropologie knobs- I have a little collection that I haven't even put to use yet!

Little Pink Studio said...

Super cute project Jeanne! Love that old secretary, and it's hard to believe it was as awful as it sounds!! LOL
Love your banner too by the way!
~Cerri xoxo

Elly said...

You've so many beautiful "trash", I don't know what's my favorite! The window is sóóó beautiful, but your memoboard is lovely too! Well, I don't know, I like everything!

The Rose Cottage said...

Just love what you did with the secretary desk, I have always wanted one too. The window is great, love the wreath on it, love the pink knobs you have been using, I will have to visit the shop :)
Thanks for sharing!

leesiebella said...

Jeanne~ Thank you for all of the links! I SOOO need to get some of those great pink knobs! I love your secretary, so pretty!

hugs girly!
Analise

Di said...

I love the shutter table and your pretty windows! So cute! Thanks for sharing today. Take care. Di

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Gee, your window in your dining room is just awesome ~ I also love how you accessorized it!

That blue secretary is so inviting! Turned out beautiful!

Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Melissa said...

FABULOUS creations! Thank you so much for sharing and for popping by my blog too! I'm going to head to Target ASAP for some of those red and white checked shoes. ADORABLE! Happy Day!

Cami said...

I was reading your post and realized how much I was smiling. It's 1:19am here and I should soooo be sleeping (beauty sleep beckons....) and yet here I sit. Smiling like a dufus. And I think it's the bird banter on your blog! Plus I love your window the mostest! Okay, off to bed. Night!!!

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

Wow!!! I love your trash to treasures....it's hard to decide what my favorite is....wonderful inspiration....

Smiles -

Christa
Chloe Rose

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Great finds! Love the jar filled with pretty trims!

ricracsally said...

Just loooooove the color of that secretary! Fab T2T beauties!
Tiffani

Jeanie said...

What beautiful work you do, the window being my fave!

miss gracies house said...

I love all of your treasures! Very shabby-good job!
Rene'

Jessica said...

I loev that memo board! What a great idea!

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