Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ugly Duckling...to White Swan

Ok, so I have jumped on the spray paint bandwagon!  lol  I have been collecting a few odds and ends for a while that I wanted to paint.  Now that summer is here, I have been busy doing just that.

Sometimes I am so good about taking before and after shots, and then sometimes...I get so excited and anxious to start, that I simply forget.  Well, that's what happened here.  Imagine a green so ugly...the ugliest green you can think of...not a pretty green that many of us use these days...but the ugliest you can think of...now add some black specks and grey flecks...and that's what this little piece looked like before.  When I found this for just $4.00 I didn't know exactly what I was going to do with it.  I knew I wanted to paint it white, actually ivory, but I wasn't sure where I'd put it...if I'd sell it, etc. 

But now, it has found a home in my kitchen and has the most important job of holding some of my cookbooks.  I think it will probably stay here for a while!

  I think it turned out really cute!  What do you think?

Another find...that wasn't so pretty...was this brass candle chandelier.  I sprayed it white, and I'll be adding some crystal tear drops, candles, and such.  I still need to give it one more round of spray paint, and then I'll decide where this little cutie will go.  I'll be sure to show you how this turns out when I get it finished.

So that brings me to the last part of my post for today.  I have been wanting to find a fireplace mantle {only} for quite some time now.  I never have been able to find one that was just right {style, price, etc.}  until today!  We have a brand new school...the first "green school" in Tennessee so we've been busy moving out.  With that, there has been much packing and discarding!  I have always loved this little white mantle that was in our teacher's lounge.  So, when I walked in there today it had been taken down.  Hmmmmm...was this going in the discard pile???  Now, I was on a mission.  I needed to hunt down the person that owned this little gem.  As I walked around the corner, I almost bumped into her.  I asked what was going to happen to it, and she asked if I wanted it.  Uh, yeah!!!  lol  She said, "It's yours!"  I was thrilled!  I asked how much {as many of our things are going in our school yard sale to raise some money}.  I knew this was the right one...but was it the right price???

Well, she answered me...with her quote of the price.

Was it too good to be true???

What do you think???

How much would you pay for this???


to see

how much I paid

first take a guess

go on...take a guess!

I'm not telling you just yet...

so take a guess!

Well, the price that she quoted me was...

you didn't think I'd give you the answer that quick

did ya???

Well, did ya???




Well, the price she quoted me was...

Keep scrolling...
Just a little more...

A big whopping...

dollar amount...



Yep, that's right!


So this will be my next project...it needs a little work, but it will still end up being white!  I haven't brought it home yet, so I snapped a couple of pics at school so I could share a sneak peek with you...But it will make its way to my house by the end of the week...So check back soon to see what I do to it!

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Back Porch Blessings,


Liz said...

What a result! Great bargain and looks lovely.

fortitans said...

Love it...spray painting a few things over here myself!! Hope to visit your home one day and see your wonderful treasures...

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

It always amazes me how a little paint can totally transform something from ugly duckling status to pretty white swan! GREAT job there, Miss Rebecca! Oh, and btw, I spy a little red phone that looks like it once lived in my kitchen. :) :) :)


DoanLegacy said...

You had many amazing finds, and I like the transformation you did.


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