Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Canvas Re-painted and some Thrifty Finds

Hey everyone!

Remember my No. 3 Canvas Print? Well, I decided it needed...more. You know?  I know you know what I mean.

So, I added some stripes. While I was making dinner.

Yeah, I'm talented that way. (Never mind that dinner burned to the pan...I finished my canvas. That's all that matters in the end.)


I really like my stripes. The canvas was so big. I wish I could  make the "3" bigger. But, this will work for now.


(By the canvas, see that lovely black, wood tool-caddy? I scored that at an antique store for a steal! Love it).

I'm also wondering what to do with this lovely metal basket....


Pillows? Hmmm....still thinking on this one...

And, I went to our local antique market the other day. They had this lovely....




Love the different colors coming through. In my home, everything I have out needs to be functional. Or else my kids simply destroy it. Hey, they're kids--I don't mind.

Too much.

Anyway, this box contains all of our "bedtime books." My son loves them. I love reading them to him. He's so cute.

I decided it needed a little something...


So I hand-painted this (can you tell?) French address from The Graphics Fairy and added these twine handles.


I love it! I kept the original patina by using wax before painting the box. After the paint dries, use a credit card to scrape off the wax, and your words have a nice worn-out look to them.


I love the inside of the box, too....



Isn't it awesome? How can a worn out crate/box thing make me smile so much? I don't know.

44 comments:

  1. This is looks great :) You found some great stuff.

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  2. So cool! i love all your finds. So fun!

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  3. I love the box. It's amazing! What a great detail with the french writing.

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  4. I absolutely love the canvas and the box! I am soooo glad I found your blog!

    Cherie
    http://lotsofjewels.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thats great! Just so thrifty to paint over those canvases....Love it!

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  6. that box is cool! it made me smile too!

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  7. Hi Meg,
    That was a good idea to add the stripes to the canvas...I love it! And your thrifty finds are really cool. The box is really neat.

    Nancy

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  8. Hey there, Meg!

    Oh, I just love what you did with the stripes. It has a grain sack...Pottery Barn feel. I have a #3 PB pillow and this reminds me of it. Great addition. Neat French shabby box, too. It has a lot of character. I bought an antique wire basket, this week. It came off of an old bicycle. I finally, found a place for it. Hopefully, get a post up this week.

    Awesome finds! :) Michelle

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  9. I love your crate! I just did a toolbox and freehanded the same graphic on there! You did a much better job! I love the patina on your box! Amazing!
    Lacy

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  10. Ooh cute! And I love the addition of the twine handles!

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  11. Very cute, Meg! Isn't it amazing what we can multitask and get done while cooking?

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  12. oh you did such a great job on that crate!! Love it!!!

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  13. I love what you did with this crate. Love the French touch!

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  14. Very cute project! I also love the number canvas...I don't think the '3' is too small at all.

    New follower over from Domestically Speaking.

    Blessings,

    Alison
    http://stuff-and-nonsense.net

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  15. Hi Meg! Love the box, very clever! I love your stripes on your #3 too! You sound like me doing about 8 things at once and dinner always suffers here. :)

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  16. I ADORE your box. I might have to copy!!! You are so creative. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. I love your little "Paris" box! So cute! I have an old old wooden crate box that need a little redo. That would be tres chic :-)

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  18. Hi Meg. Love your blog. I am following now and have featured you this week at Thrifty Thursday.
    Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

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  19. Love the stripes!! I've never done anything like that, burning dinner while I was working on a blog project... ;-) ha!

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  20. Suuuper cute! Where is your local flea market? I'm in MN and am absolutely dying to go thrifting/garage saleing/estate saleing!! Share your secrets! ;)

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  21. LOVE! Anything old-looking is neat in my book, and if you can do it yourself for a song, so much the better! You didn't use a stencil or anything?

    For "Transformation Thursday" I posted up an art deco side table that I rescued from a historic hotel here in Palm Beach ( The Breakers). It was totally heinous and needed some love, and it is now my FAVORITE thing since I painted it all a soft gray. Plus, I used my new paint sprayer and you can read about my experience on my blog at: www.sugarandspackle.com

    xo,
    Margaret

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  22. I love the basket. I also love the pillows IN the basket!

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  23. Wow, how fantastic!!! and I love the pillows in the basket...they look awesome!!!
    XO

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  24. New follower from Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop; love your blog btw. Hope you pop by for a follow. :)

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  25. Love your canvas. Strips finish it off. And that box is awesome! Love that you hand painted it but it doesn't look hand painted. Awesome job. Thanks for linking up.

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  26. I love wood boxes and am really loving what you did to embellish this one. Looks like it came to you that way ;))

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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  27. Wax, huh? That's a new one for me - can't wait to try it! The lettering is perfect. Looks so authentic!

    Would love for you to drop by this weekend and share this @ Passion for Paint!

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  28. Oh what a great box and that free hand graphic looks perfect and too think I almost bought some was this past weekend? I am new from the Frugal Friday post and a new follower.

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  29. Wow, Meg. You really scored on those finds. I like the extra oomph you added to the number canvas - perfect touch. And the box is terrific!

    Thanks for linking to the party each week. I look forward to your projects. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  30. fabulous job painting that!!
    Thanks for the wax tip
    just any kind of wax?

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  31. Well, that cute box made ME smile and I don't even own it...:))) You are so crafty, girl. and I just became your newest follower..:))
    sxo bj

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  32. great blog. I plan to follow you and your great ideas from now on.

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  33. Hi Meg! LUV that distressed box! You did an amazing job on it! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  34. FYI... the little box is making me smile as much as it made you! LOVE. I'm totally making one just like this! :) Sooo precious. And very me. :)

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  35. I'm smiling too - the box is AWESOME!!! I just love it.

    Have a great week :O)

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

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  36. Great finds! I am especially in love with your box, you did an awesome job! Thanks for the great inspiration:)

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  37. Love your old crate and it looks sooooo good with the graphic on it! You did a wonderful job painting it! I love it when something looks good and is also functional!

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  38. I love your little box!! I would have never dreamed you hand painted that!

    BTW, I still read bedtime stories to my 10 year old daughter!! The books are longer now, and we read a couple chapters a night...but it still means the world to her...and me. :)

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  39. Love the box ~ looks so professional!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  40. Really LOVE the box!
    Please stop by my blog for a visit...

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  41. My husband reall loves this box. Thanks for sharing the tip on the wax. I also really like the canvas it came out so good.

    :) Michelle

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