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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Met Monday/ Goodwill Finds Transformed

Welcome to my first Metamorphosis Monday, sponsored by the talented and lovely Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Met Monday is where you show how you have transformed something or a space or a room.

I have been a busy little bee lately with all this time on my hands. I am finally getting around to craft projects that I have been putting off for months...or years. This first idea was inspired by Sherry at Edie Marie's Attic. She did a project just like this, so I thought that I could do it too!

First of all, I went to Goodwill and snatched up as many of those old cheese boards with domes that I could find. They weren't expensive at all with the cheapest being $1 and the most expensive at $4. I then searched for some interesting bases, anything from a wood candle holder to a wine glass, to a shallow stemmed bowl.

Here they are placed together. I didn't actually glue them together until after they were painted, but I used wood glue on all of these and it held pretty well. I painted three of them Heirloom White from Rustoleum, and one of them a pink shade from Krylon.

How do you like the finished product?

You have probably noticed that one is missing. I'll get to that in a minute.

My next project was to transform an old end table that I have had for almost 20 years. I had bought a bedroom set from a friend, and she had owned the set for a year. I'm not sure why there was just one night stand. Anyhow, it was looking pretty worn out and I was thinking about putting it on Freecycle. This picture is not the night stand itself as I forgot to take a before pic, but it's a matching dresser. It's next on the list for painting.

There was a spot between my chairs though that was just screaming out for an end table. Since I am unemployed, there was no buying something, not even something thrifted. Might as well use what I have! My biggest decision was whether to paint it a creamy white or black.

Since I have some black shelves on the wall behind, I decided to paint it a flat black. I love how it turned out! I painted the handle creamy white, and bought the white knobs at Wally World for $4.50, since the old ones were missing. Hee hee, with the knobs and the handle, it looks like my end table is smiling.

I used a battenburg lace curtain as a table scarf, and topped it with a bowl I own with my green apples. I like apple green and black together.

I had one more thing to add. It wasn't until I first took my cheese boards out of the bag that I realized one of the domes was plastic and a smoky gray color. This wasn't going to work. My new end table was also crying out for something extra too.

After I painted all the cheese boards, I thought of something. I took sticky garage sales tags and stuck them all over, then painted it black. After the paint dried, I pulled off the tags and voila! Polka dots! Here it is on top of my new end table.

I was very happy with the way everything turned out! I swear, I would probably never have thought to do any of this without the inspiration of all my blogging friends. I get so many good ideas from everyone, and it has helped me see things in a new way and look at them as what they could be instead of what they are at the moment.

Happy Met Monday everyone!


Michelle said...

What a super idea and one I just might use too!

My favorite, of course, is the polka dot!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

My goodness, those are amazing transformations!
Great job Kady!

Fifi Flowers said...

ADORABLE transformations of the cheese boards!!!

xinex said...

Wow! Amazing transformations! I especially like what you did to the polka dotted stand. How clever!..Christine

Mrs. B. Silly said...

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Thank you so much for your offer, I am going to take you up on it. I'm a little confused about a few things that you might be able to clarify for me. I'll write you an email later so we don't have to bounce things back and forth in the comment column.
Hugs, Bridget

marty39 said...

What a fabulous idea and great transformations. I love them all. Some really great ideas that I need to try. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

You've been busy! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Smilingsal said...

I really like the way your table turned out, and that polka dotted pedestal is darling.

bj said...

Oh, Kady...these are all soooo cute. I absolutely LOVE the way your chest is smiling at us!! :O)
And, the polka dot is so cute...I am going to do something in those polka dots, now that I know how to do it....thanks so much for the tip and the inspiration.
hugs, bj

raxx a day in the life said...

Kady you got some talent there girlie! I think your painted pedestals to be perfectly pretty! (annoying alliteration)

I wish I could shop like that here, there arent any goodwill or thrift shops that comes to mind, just overpriced everything shops.

you really get some great bargains, I must mention your side-table project, the paint looks so smooth and professional, well done!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Amazing transformations and love the wooden end table.


Kammy said...

So creative and cheap too ! Love it ! Don't ya love GW and thrift finds ! Thanks for sharing great
ideas !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Chandy said...

Wow, that's a great idea to update those cheeseboards! I love it and glad you shared it today!

Lori E said...

That is one of the best things about blogging. We have access to a pool of the most amazingly creative, talented, smart women & men. I get so many new ideas every day that I think my head will explode.
The black is the perfect look for your smiling table. Job well done and more inspiration for me.

nikkicrumpet said...

Black was the perfect looks soooo good. You couldn't have found a better one if you'd gone shopping and bought something brand new! And it feels so good to know you not only saved money but did it yourself! I love the polka dot cheese board too! Great redo!

Helen said...

.. aren't you the very clever one! You have totally transformed your Goodwill treasures!!

We don't have as many treasures at our GW as you do!

Bellamere Cottage said...

You are FABULOUS!!! surely win the prize for the best re-do's ever! Very clever......I so appreciate clever. :-) I see those cheese trays at the GW allll the time and NEVER thought to paint the darn things. Great job....bravo!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What great ideas! Love the polka dot cake stand, and such a smart way to do it! laurie

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Whoa, cool transformations Kady!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The end table came out SO good, and yes, it does look like it's smiling! I would be too if I had that groovy polka dot thing on me!!!!!!!! That was such a great idea!!!!!!!!! And I agree, lime green and black are awesome together!

Justine :o )

Shelia said...

Kady, you're just amazing! Those little cheese domes turned out so cute! And that chest! Oh, it looks awesome! You're good!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Shelia said...

AW, Kady, you're just humoring me since I'm going to send you Stella!
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

imjacobsmom said...

Black was the perfect choice. It turned out awesome! I'd smile too if I looked that good. Cool projects I'll have to look for the cheese domes next time I'm antiquing with Jacob. ~ Robyn

Lori said...

Wow!! Who would have ever thought?? Iwant two of those for my family room!!! You did a wonderful job, I love it! it's so strange I never ever see any tables and so want to paint some white or like yours now that I have the idea!!!!
Bravo to you on your creation today!!Oh and LOVE the domes, betcha know what I'm gonna do Sunday if it doesn't rain??? Love to you, Lori