Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekend Mini Makeovers

I've been working on a few little makeovers this weekend, I've had this picture since the early 90's when
  I was into country style decor. I still liked the frame but I wanted to do something  that goes with my decorating style now. I took the picture out of the closet, where its been for years. And gave it a fresh coat of paint. I painted the frame in  Glass Of Milk from Martha Stewart paints . When the paint dried I antiqued it with a dark stain and glaze mixture. Here is the before:


Now heres a picture of the after:

After

I printed and image of an old dictionary page and then ran it back through the printer and layered the stopwatch image over the text. Images are from the  The Graphics Fairy.

I also had two old urns that I purchased from now the defunct Bombay Company, they must be at least 15 years old. Again I took them out of the closet patched the one that was broken and painted the other one with Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint from Krylon.  I am considering turqouise as an accent color so I decided to experiment with the color on one of my urns. Here is the before;
Before
 Here  is the after:

After
  I've been seeing deconstructed book bundles in design catalogs. I think they are gorgeous, but I didn't like the prices they were asking for busted books. I mean come on now 25.00 dollars and more....uh no...so I went to the thrfit store and bought 3 paperback novels for 1.50. I tore the covers off of them, then stamped around the edges printed a layered post card image tied it all together with twine and voila:


1.50  not 25.00 plus
I've also been working on a big project for a week. Here's a little sneak peek



More on this later in the week. What have you guy's been up to? I'm joining  the newbie party at  Debbie's and Met. Monday AT Between Naps On The Porch and Wow Us Wednesday at Kim's  Savvy Southern Style.


46 comments:

  1. Hello Karen, wonderful work on the frame and I love what you did with the picture in it. The urn is so pretty in aqua too!
    I'm your newest follower, stop by when you have a minute!

    Rondell

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  2. Goodness Karen you've been busy! I didn't get out of my pj's all weekend. I'm such a slacker. You on the other hand Are Not! love your makeovers. I really miss Bombay Co. I have a bunch a stuff in my house from that store. Your book bundles really turned out nice.

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  3. WOW Karen, those are some fantastic projects you have been working on. I love the aqua colored urn, really fun! Thanks for joining my party this week

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  4. Great projects Karen! It's always fun to "recreate". You did a wonderful job!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Now following you ~
    ~Vicki~

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  5. Hi Karen...I found you at Debbie's and am a new follower. These projects are awesome...I especially like the books but I don't know if I can bring myself to tear covers off! Can't wait to see how the last one...a bench maybe? turns out. Nice to meet you. Come visit my blog if you have time. ~Ann

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  6. I love the urn make-over! I'm going to have to look for that color spray paint! I got a "turquoise" from Krylon this weekend and I'm not feeling it. Too dark! Your color is perfect!

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  7. Love it all! Can't wait to see whats up with the last photo! You sound like me dragging old stuff out of the closet and giving it a new look! Hope your week is wonderful. I found you over at Debbiedoo's and just became your newest follower. Come by and visit if you get a chance. Vicky

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  8. So many good things in one post!

    I love the frame. It has the PERFECT amount of glazing.

    The urn looks a hundred times better and the book bundles are gorgeous! I love books, so I might need to try that!

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Best,
    Ashleigh

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  9. Very nice! I especially like what you did with the frame. :-)

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  10. Wow, Karen - everything is gorgeous! You know I especially love that turquoise urn :)

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  11. Karen I love the books! I am originally from Jersey too! I am your newest follower!

    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  12. Hello again!! I LOVE what you've done! and your paper backed book pile is gorgeous!! I made a similar bundle, but, because I'm still looking for stuff I can't seem to find it!
    I will post it when I do!!
    xxxDaniella

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  13. That pocket watch print is such a good idea! how pretty!

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  14. Hi Karen! I'm so glad you stopped by and left your comment on my post over the weekend! I love all of your projects here- beautiful transformations! The framed photo and urn are fabulous. Have a great week!

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  15. Wonderful projects here. I love the book bundle and what you did with that old frame. Great transformations.

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  16. I am loving that blue-It's so beautiful, makes me think of summer!

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  17. Hi Karen - I love all of your makeovers! I felt the same about the books and didn't want to pay for something I could do myself, but I love how you stamped them. I also love the frame and watch, so clever.

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  18. I want to try that book idea! It looks great and it adds so much charm to a vignette.

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  19. You got some amazing things! Thank you for visiting my blog, and I really like your headder!

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  20. You've done a great job on all your projects!! The look of the books is so neat! I just can't bring myself to ripping off the covers! ;)
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. These are fabulous, I especially love that first one!

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  22. Love your makeovers! Great ideas. Found you on DebbieDoos.

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  23. Wow! So many awesome projects! You've done more in one week than I've done in a year! Love the artwork.

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  24. I was just discussing with hubby about an oil painting we've had forever whether we should keep it or not. It's got a gold frame and I think it needs to be painted white.
    I had a friend who bought sets of books like those and spent over $210. She thought she got a deal until I told her what they cost wholesale.
    The crazy thing is that I know she could have made them herself.
    Love all the projects you've been showing.
    xx
    C

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  25. I am loving every single one of these projects. You are my new creative hero. We both must have "urns" on the mind! Great work!

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  26. Lots of beautiful projects over here. I especially love how you stamped the edges of the book pages....very clever. :)

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  27. Hola Karen!

    I love that blue, just LOVE it! Paint can do such amazing things to give old items a new life!

    xo

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  28. I like your style and so I'm a new follower. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  29. Hi Karen! I LUV LUV LUV the idea of stamping the top and sides of book bundles!! I've made those bundles before but never thought of stamping them. Thank you for the inspiration, girlie! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  30. i love all those projects you shared! i love it when i can get some little things like that done in a wkend, they may be small, but they make a big difference! my favorite is the books! great job! i just followed you back, not because you followed me, but because i love ur style and all ur projects!

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  31. GREAT projects! I especially like the picture frame...many of mine have seen the same fate...can't wait to see the next project!
    Rene
    THANKS for the congratulations...I *love* being a grandma!

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  32. The turquoise is super fine! I'd be putting a very colorful floral arrangement in that urn & smiling every time I passed it. I really like how you did the book bundles. I've been wanting to do that, but wanted it to have a bit of pizzazz, ya' know.
    CAS

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  33. I love the turquoise urn, and the paperbacks. and, I think you are right about the Kindle, and such. You are in the middle of a great creative cycle. I so happy for you. I'm waiting for it to happen to me. Hopefully it's coming soon.

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  34. I love that blue vase. What a great pop of color!!!

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  35. love all three make overs! And, am looking forward to see the rest of the fourth one.
    xo,
    Sena

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  36. I love the turquoise urn. It turned out to be gorgeous. I know the paint was Krylon but was it a special formula? I looks so smooth just like ceramic.
    Ginger :)

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  37. Fabulous transformations! That frame is SO different, and clever use of a dictionary page. I continue to be inspired by my fellow bloggers. Some things I just would never think of. That turquoise is a color that I would not have had the nerve to use until now lol. And the 3 books look so vintage. Honestly I have never really seen that before but I really like the look!

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  38. What wonderful transformations. I really love book idea!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  39. Hi Karen, I love the books! Isn't it great to be able to do it yourself?

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  40. HI Karen!
    Just stopping by to let you know that you are the winner of my #2 Giveaway. Please send your mailing info to vicijil@hotmai.com so that I can get that cute little bunny in the mail for you.
    Again, CONGRATULATIONS!

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  41. Hey congratulations! lucky you winning the giveaway.. Love your projects. I have a picture frame that is very similar. I got the idea from a supplier called Indaba.. yes asking prices of some of these items is a crime, knowing we can make it ourselves for a fraction of the cost.

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  42. I love all the projects you've done. So pretty and your books are better than PB.

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  43. these are awesome, Karen! i love the book bundles! thx for visiting so i could discover you and your beautiful blog. let's keep in touch.

    michele
    hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

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  44. I love all of these...absolutely beautiful. The settee is gorgeous but I love the frame with the newsprint and clock image - I'm a sucker for anything with a clock!

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  45. Thanks for becoming a follower, I am now as well. I love this blue urn.

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  46. Bit late with this comment, but I am so impressed with what you did with the books!!

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