Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thrifty Before & Afters

I decided to re-decorate my bathroom. New paint means new knick knack, right dear readers? I thought so.

The thing with me, though....ok, well....once I get it in my head to re-something, I have to get it done RIGHT THEN. I just can't wait! I need it completed pronto.

I don't have the patience (or the time, with my kiddos) to shop around...browse....wait to see if things go on sale. I just CAN'T DO IT. So, I dug around in my frame stash and paper stash and got a few things hanging around my house, and put it all together. I may have painted and I may have ran to the local Good Will, but really, folks, this was all done in one day and with stuff I had around.

First...look at this shelf I found at Good Will for $5! I loved the lines! I thought it would look really cool with chippy paint.

Look at this nice way previous owners used to hang it up...

Yup, that's a soda can top. Hey, I get it. You gotta use what you have! Below is the product with the lovely chippy paint! I just lightly sprayed a little white spray paint over the shelf and ran some heavy grit sand paper over it. I didn't even sand the before because I wanted the paint to come off in chunks. I think it works well.

Next, these two frames came from my run to GW. I didn't love the dirty white ribbon, so that had to go. After painting a bathroom for 2 days straight, I was looking for stuff I wouldn't have to paint. (Like that shadow over the frame? Yeah, it was super late and I was super tired!)

Aren't these keys cool? I picked them up at a store on a trip home to Texas. I hadn't found a good place for them yet and knew I wanted to use them here.

For the larger frame, I found a piece of scrapbook paper I liked, crumpled it all up and then glued it onto the frames backing. I liked the crinkled look, so I didn't smooth it out all the way. A little dab of hot glue kept the key in place.

This frame was plastic. Grrrrrrrrrrrr..........

And, it was a little longer than the scrapbook paper I had. I didn't feel like getting too creative with this and was going to toss it into the "for later" bin, when I realized I had a piece of cross-stitch fabric. It fit perfectly and after hot gluing it to the backing and then gluing the keys in place, I got to work it back into the plastic frame. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. I ended up breaking a tiny piece off, but it's in the back so I don't think you can tell.

Now comes the framed I had in my stash. Like the bunnies?

So cute (Oh, I jest)! Too bad they had to go.

I painted the frames white with acrylic paint and then used some more of my scrapbook paper to decorate the backs.

For now I like it. But, I can always change it if I decide I don't! The beauty of using paper. Ahhhh.

The bathroom is slowly but surely coming together! Final reveal soon. I promise!

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  1. Meg, I am LOVING the keys on the cross-stitch fabric. I wannu do this!

  2. I love all the new additions! I can't wait to see the final reveal! I was at an antique store and I found a big burlap bag for 3.00 and I picked it up. I remember you saying that it was really expensive to buy and you wanted to use it for that picture in your basement. It is all yours if you would like to use some of it! Just let me know! (Email me)

  3. love the color you chose! and i have to say, the previous owners must have been pure genius! that actually was pretty awesome using a coke tab as a hanger! haha {I bet if we googled we'd find a blog post about using coke tabs to hang things!! haha}

  4. My wife and I have spent most of our lives remodeling our home. Just when we think we're finished we find something else that needs to be done :-)

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to. ~Ron

  5. Meg! Everything looks great, especially the shelf. If you plan to put something on it, I certainly hope you replaced those clever hanging impliments, provided by the previous people, lol!
    Thanks for the visit, Karen

  6. VERY creepy--I have those bunny frames, too! I can't believe there are more than one set out there in the world! I've been hanging onto them to decide how to redo and use them.

  7. You totally should have kept the bunnies... :)
    Everything is looking great. I love the color you painted the room. Can't wait for the big reveal!

  8. What you have done looks great! Thanks for the nice comments! I love the keys in the picture frame!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 400 followers! I am a follower!

  10. I found something at GW with soda pop hangers too! How funny :-) I also recently created some wall art with srapbook paper. I really like your transformations and can't wait to see the reveal...

    -Desiree @Just Another Day in Paradise

  11. Love the before and afters! Are old frames just great?! Im always on the lookout for them! I found your link at "Blue Cricket Designs" linky party

  12. I have been looking for vintage skeleton keys fo-eva and they are so expensive. Yours look wonderful!

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  13. Love all of them! I have lots of old keys and have wanted to do something fun with them.


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