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Thrift Store Chair Makeover

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I wanted to swap out my old glass round dining table and metal chairs for wood. I wanted to do it on a budget – it’s more fun that way, so I started looking for chairs and a table I could refinish to my liking.  I went to my local Hospice Thrift store and found 4 ugly green chairs that were $19.99 on sell for 50% off!!!  I knew I didn’t want to spend more than $10 for each chair – SCORE!!!  Here is my makeover.  BTW, still searching for the table, I may just have to make my own.  I don’t want to spend over $100. on the table.

They started out as a faded looking hunter green color with icky seats.

The chairs were a faded shade of hunter green. I had to wash and sand them real well before I could start painting.

The cushions looked pretty rough

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The cushions were in pretty good shape, just badly stained.

took them apart, washed and sanded each chair and then spray painted 4 light coats of this happy yellow color.

I spray painted them with four thin coats of this happy yellow color.

all painted and ready to put together

all painted and ready to put together!

TA-DA!!  Happy chairs!!

TA-DA!! Happy chairs!!

LOVE the outdoor fabric I found to recover the cushions.

LOVE the outdoor fabric I found to cover the cushions. Easy to keep clean. I had enough fabric left over so I made four placemats to match.

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OWLS, OWLS, OWLS!!

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My sister, Carrice, loves owls. She has collected them for as long as I can remember. Through the years I have bought her a fair amount of them but now I have decided that I will make her some very unique ones. Here are some of my first attempts. As you can see they are made from dishes, old hardware, jar lids, etc. No rules here!! I thought I would post a few before I head back out to the shop and make some more. Don’t tell her, they are Christmas gifts!! I happen to know she wants to do a whole wall in her kitchen with Owls, so I plan to help out with that. 😀

picked up 3 new 'bodies' to play with.  Can't wait to get started!!

picked up 3 new ‘bodies’ to play with. Can’t wait to get started!!

this is the VERY busy corner of my kitchen where they are all resting for now.

this is the VERY busy corner of my kitchen where they are all resting for now.

this one is made from a tray and some jar lids, his feet are little girl hair clips.

this one is made from a tray and some jar lids, his feet are little girl hair clips.

this little guy was made from a kitchen spatchlar and some bottle caps

this little guy was made from a kitchen spatula and some bottle caps

This fella was made from a glass platter and was so heavy I had to use a plate holder to hang it.

This fella was made from a glass platter and was so heavy I had to use a plate holder to hang it.

this skinny guy sports and old pair of earrings as well as bottle cap eyes.

this skinny guy sports and old pair of earrings as well as bottle cap eyes.

Summer Time Flip-Flop Wreath

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I first saw a flip-flop wreath on Pinterest and knew I had to try my hand at it. I hit the dollar store and bought all their children’s bright colored flips and then dug through my craft stuff and began to decorate them. I wanted it to look like something my two granddaughters would do – you know, lots of feathers, jewels and flowers. I love how it turned out and it makes my front door look very happy. Can’t wait for my first visitor!

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Palm Tree and Turtle Mosaic

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My husband loves palm trees so I have decorated our den with an assortment of art pieces. I made this one for him over the weekend from scrap glass tiles I have collected over the years. He loves it!! I really enjoyed making it, even if I did end up with little cuts all over my hands. 🙂

hanging on the wall in the den

hanging on the wall in the den

there is even a little glass gator on the corner

there is even a little glass gator on the corner

I wanted to do a second mosaic piece to go with the Palm Trees so I went with Turtles! They are going from the sand into the ocean.

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Christmas Craft Challenge

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This past Christmas my husband and I went home to VA where my dad and two sisters still live. We took our RV and camped in Newport News Park and had everyone over (at one point there were 17 people!) to celebrate and hang out around the camp fire. My two sisters are wicked funny and love to gang up on me. (I am the baby….) They love my crafty stuff and decided to give me a craft challenge. I’ve never seen the food show Chopped, but the premise is that you are given certain ingredients and have to prepare a meal using all of them and any items from the pantry. Well….. my sisters gave me a gift box with several strange items in it and challenged me to create something using each item plus what I have in my own stash. I have had a blast putting this together. I like to think I am getting the last laugh on this one, though. I was able to make TWO pieces from everything so each sister is getting an original tacky art work by yours truly!! I will be terribly hurt if they don’t hang them up in a prominent spot in their homes. *cue wicked laugh*

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