Sunday, July 12, 2009

UNUSUAL "TRASH" TO USABLE "TREASURES"

Once again, thank you Rhoda and Susan for hosting such fun blog parties. Be sure and visit their blogs to see who else is participating this week:

Rhoda's Southern Hospitality

Susan's Between Naps on the Porch


So I have two "treasures" that I acquired at a couple of sales on Saturday. One is a CD holder that I have visions of using as a dog collar display at craft shows OR maybe to hold necklaces. I will try to get it transformed in the next couple of weeks and let you see the outcome.

The other happens to be a large multi-strength brass vanity mirror. I just fell in love with it when I saw it.

A couple of weeks ago I happened upon a "chalkboard" blog party and was so inspired by what other crafty gals were doing with chalkboard paint.
I knew that this mirror was destined to be a message/chalkboard!

First, I cleaned all the areas and masked off both mirrors:


Next, I spray painted the metal a mat gold color, only because that was the only spray paint I had on hand! That's a recycled plastic tablecloth I'm using as a dropcloth.


Third step: I masked off the metal portion and sprayed only one mirror (the magnified side) with about 7 coats of Chalkboard spray paint. Hint: allow the metal painted portion to cure at least 24 hours before this step--the tape will remove some of the fresh paint, otherwise.


While I was at it, I went ahead and painted the glass from a frame and a portion of a pickle jar.


Here are the results:


The framed chalkboard will be going to a friend whose birthday is in a couple of weeks.
The pickle jar will soon reside with our son and I'm keeping the "mirror" message board for our home.

32 comments:

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Cute transformations. I Would have never thought to use chalkboard paint on a jar.

Kammy said...

Hi Suzanne !
I love your finds and your new chalkboards...they would also be cute at your shows to write messages to customers on.....
Hugs ~ Kammy

Cheap&Sweet said...

Very nice chalk work. :-)

Jennifer said...

Fun! That mirror looks absolutely adorable as a chalkboard! Great idea!!

Cheap&Sweet said...

I just had to come back and say I love all your collars. I wish I had a dog but we are waiting for the right dog and the right time.

~~Carol~~ said...

I think that CD holder will make a great display piece for the collars, and I LOVE that chalkboard! I think it's my most favorite that I've seen so far!

Amy Lynne said...

Love them! I am working on a chalkboard tray right now!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These are wonderful! Great transformations!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Very nice redos, Suzanne! I just finished my very first chalkboard too. Can't wait to show it off. You did great with your finds!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Too cute!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great redos.
Glenda

Bonnie said...

The mirror is fantastic! What a great idea! I must have one! The search is on...

Merrie said...

Very clever makeovers!

Liz said...

I love the idea of the turning the little vanity mirror into a chalkboard. Very clever! :)

~Liz

ceekay said...

Great ideas. I am still looking for chalkboard paint...no, not kidding. Seems to be very popular!

KBeau said...

Love your used for the chalkboard paint. So clever.

Sarah said...

Very clever!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Fun projects!
gotta love chalkboard paint!!

the undomesticated wife said...

I love the mirror transformed! So cute! I got an ugly brass/gold colored mirror this week as well. It's currently out back drying...I painted it this weekend.

soanywaytoday said...

LOVE the pedestal mirror chalkboard.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Love your redos!
Toni

Barbara said...

Suzanne, I am so happy to meet you and find your blogs. I also live in Texas and hope you will come and visit me. I love the collars also, but then I have 6 dogs.

Happy Monday,
Barbara

pk @ room remix said...

What great makeovers. Just when I thought I'd seen chalkboard paint on everything, now the jar! What a great idea!

Ellen said...

Chalkboard mirror? Brilliant!!!!!

Tarva said...

I like your chalkboard mirror. I plan to buy chalkboard paint tomorrow after seeing everyone's creations.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love that mirror as a chalkboard! So cute! Great finds!

Kim said...

They all turned out great. I'm planning on making me a couple of chalkboards. I bought some frames at the thrift store for 25 cents. They don't have glass or wood so I asked hubby to cut me some wood to fit in. Hopefully he will have done that by the time I get home from work so that I can finish making my chalkboard.

MyJourneyBack said...

Great transformations. What a cute idea for chalk boards.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week.
Sherry

Carrie said...

Very clever metamorphoses!

its so very cheri said...

They all look great. Isn't it fun to find something old and make it alive and usable again.
Cheri
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Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Love the chalk board transformations! Who would have thought chalk board paint would be so much fun? I’ve heard around “blog world” that the chalk board paint chips when painted on mirrors. I’ve never done one on a mirror before so I can’t back that up. Hopeful yours holds up because that’s too cute. Thanks for stopping by Domestic Princess in Training!

Dreams and Decor said...

LOVE your chalkboard mirror! So clever!!! Patti