Monday, June 2, 2008

Thrift Store Makeover

I'm back from a wonderful and restful vacation at the beach. The week was great despite the four foot long shark that appeared at my feet in the water. I have to tell you that I have never seen a shark in the ocean before this! It's a first and hopefully the last for me.

It didn't stop me from enjoying the ocean though. Not even Mr. Shark would keep me from enjoying that water!

I'm back now and ready to finish up some unfinished projects and of course, clean the house, do some laundry, get some shopping done and deal with the three "finished with school" teenagers.

Today I bring you a Thrift Store Makeover. I found these three "candy" containers or canisters for $2.50 at the local thrift store. They would work great for my daughter's college apartment. She needed a place to store coffee, sugar and tea bags. They were in perfect condition. Three glass containers with plain wood lids and a little rack to keep them in position.
Since these were going to be in a "young" persons apartment, I decided to hand paint them with colorful, fun look. I used a pencil to draw out the designs and painted them with acrylics.
When they were all dried, I sprayed them with a high gloss clear coat. My daughter was delighted with them. Just another great find for a very "thrifty" price.

Today I was looking around the Pier One website and they had a great page on "how to decorate above your cabinets." This topic comes up a lot on the decorating forums. Everyone is always looking for inspiration and this article gives some great ideas to work with. If you are looking for a fresh new look check this out: 02 03
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  1. I love those canisters. You did a great job with the paint. :)

  2. You are SO VERY TALENTED!!! I LOVE THESE!!! I'm not so talented ... but very inspired after seeing this post. Maybe I'll secretly try to do something like this soon! Thanks for the inspiration! :o)

  3. Christy,

    I can see why your daughter is delighted with her new canisters! They really are beautiful. I wish I could paint free-hand designs like you. Those canister lids are very unique and pretty.

    Welcome back! It's good to see you posting again.

  4. Thank you all!! Remember, you can use stencils if you don't feel that you can freehand a design. That's always an alternative.

  5. Those canisters are fab! I really love them... and what a great steal! I'm gonna check out the article about decorating above the cabinets. I think it's time for a change on mine too.