I’m trying to work on my headlines, was that a good one? Was it so compelling you wanted to see what the heck this post is about? It must have worked, after all, you’re here!!
My sister and I went back home last weekend to spend some QT with our parents. Saturday was spent antiquing and junk shopping with my Mom. Just what I needed, quality time with Mom and Kate as well as a boatload of creative inspiration!
Now this is a funny story as to why I took a photo of a $28 smiley face cookie jar. A few years ago my bff Jill was in Kearney with me and I took her to all the cool antique stores. For some reason I’ve always been attracted to yellow smiley faces, if I ever got a tattoo it would probably be of that! So here it was in all it’s glory sitting upon a shelf that was right above a beautiful mirrored serving tray which held a dozen or so crystal wine glasses, and i just HAD to pick that damn thing up, I don’t know why I needed to feel it in my hands, but I did. I reached for it with my left hand with my right hand quickly approaching and next thing I know the top of the cookie jar is crashing onto the mirror serving tray, miraculously falling in between the extremely expensive crystal wine glasses (thank goodness) and the top nob of it cracks off the lid. NO!!!!!!!! I glance to my right and there sits the dreaded sign – YOU BREAK IT YOU BUY IT! So, $65 later, I have a smiley face cookie jar with the top cracked off. Sixty-five bucks? I got jipped!! I saw this one (pictured) at an antique store for $28, oh well. It’s such a great memory, right Jilly?
Now, back to my original post. I found this cute little piece at a new antique store in Kearney, it was only $12 and I had been looking for something to help organize my mail so my kitchen table didn’t constantly look like this!
I thought I was getting something that someone had probably put together from scrap wood in their workshop but when I was paying I noticed this sticker. . . I can’t believe someone would really pay $49 for that!!
Now, you may have noticed the bazillion paint jars in the earlier photo, Gail from My Repurposed Life posted about Home Depot’s Facebook Deals as she had purchased this pack of Martha Stewart paint samples for $4. Yes, $4!!! So of course I had to have it too, the colors are gorgeous. This one is called Cornbread and matches my kitchen pretty well. It took me about 2 minutes to paint the strips of wood on the wall hanging.
I got it painted quick and it looked kind of plain so I thought this was a great opportunity to hop on the “Numbers” band wagon and put some on this piece. I’ve really been liking what people are doing with numbers, like this from Susie Harris (her signs are AMAZING!!) and here on Today’s Creative Blog. So I printed out a couple sizes and tested which would fit best.
I liked the smaller size better so I taped it down, inserted some graphite paper underneath and traced with a sharp pencil.
And here’s what it looks like after the tracing. Can you see a 3?
I painted the numbers with a black acrylic, I think it took 1 minute to paint all 3 numbers! Then used the hair dryer to speed the drying process. Looks pretty good, huh?
The black was too flat, needed to rough it up a little so it works well with the rest of the piece. So I took my sanding sponge thing to it.
Here’s a close up after roughing it up.
I LOVE how it turned out!
And it looks fabulous in my kitchen!
And it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.
PS, isn’t that lampshade fabulous? One of my favorite buys from the sale shelf at Target!