Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Trash to Treasure Mini

Kimm, if it makes you feel any better...I totally copied my trash to treasure idea for today from YOU! I feel ya girl. The lazy days of summer it is NOT. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? I'm trying not to feel totally lame for my shameless copy job. My laundry room needed just a little sprucing up...with little time and no money. I got this cute black cabinet recently for $3, but it looked a little sad and plain all alone in the laundry room. So I rifled through my huge stash of frames and found the ugliest possible one. I sprayed it black, sanded it down real good, added some cute polka dot scrapbook paper, and my initial...and called it good! The topiary is from Dollar Tree. I painted the pot black and added some cute ribbon...and voila...it doesn't look like dollar store crap anymore.




Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the ugly frame before I painted it. It was very similar to this one, but uglier. Yes, that IS possible. These are some butt ugly frames, but hey...they were free. I rarely pass up free, especially if I can give it new life!



I so wish I could take credit for this beauty. It was in my inspiration file, and I just had to share it with y'all. This is a great example of trash to treasure. They just took an old scruffy nasty globe and painted it with chalkboard paint.
GENIUS!
How stinkin cute is that? I LOVE it.
For more trash to treasure projects and inspiration, head on over to Reinvented.



26 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, I love that updated frame! :) How convenient that we have the same name. I can totally copy that. ;)

Cindy said...

It's all stinkin' cute!

Melissa said...

Three dollars for a cabinet! Man I go to all the wrong places.

sherri said...

Turn an old globe into a chalkboard? Genius!!! I love it!

jenjen said...

Sooo cute. I love that initial frame. And that chalkboard globe is FABULOUS!!!

XOXO
Jen

Barb said...

Amanda,
Thanks for coming by.
Love that globe idea!!

Blessings,
Barbara jean

Kristina P. said...

Can't believe the topiary is from the Dollar Store!

The Brannon Family said...

Cute. I would love to decorate my laundry room....if only I could find it.

Terry said...

I've bought two globes from GW and my daughter rolled her eyes when she saw them. One isn't as nice as the other, I'm now thinking chalkboard spray paint! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathi said...

Love your Dollar Store remakes! Great job! That globe is cool too!
I just found a great Dollar Store near me. I'm going to be looking for things to reinvent...

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh Amanda, I LOVE YOU like a sista! That monogram is adorable, I like that cute little "a" almost as much as a "B"! :) Thanks for linking up and making me feel loved!
Oh, and that globe is pure genius.

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

LOVE IT! and That GLOBE, seriously? So simple, why didn't we think of that?

Simply Stacey said...

I am thinking the chalkboard paint is going to fall into the "the greatest thing since sliced bread" category. I have seen so many awesome projects come from it. I need to get me some of that stuff!

Lee Laurie said...

Awesome job! What a bargain on that cabinet! I love it painted black! The frame and topiary are great too!

The Phillips Place said...

I like it! And I wouldn't have guessed that topiary was Dollar Tree special if you hadn't dimed yourself out :). Ribbon makes everything better!

Shannon said...

Love the updated frame! Too cute! That globe is so fun!

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

I always feel so inspired after reading your blog! Keep up the good work!

stephanie said...

I love the display you created. The monogram in the black frame is a great idea! Love reading your blog...

Jill said...

I'm totally obsessing about doing this to a globe now!!!

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

I need to spruce up my laundry room too... It doesn't make me want to do laundry :)

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Cute!!! Love this idea!!! I might have to do one for my kitchen.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Love your blog and all the great ideas! The chalkboard globe is fabulous. I will be back.

K

Ali said...

OOH, I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOVE that globe idea! Boy's room is all "industrial" w/ stainless steel shelving, charcoal grey walls (doesn't it just make you cringe? me too!) and I have been seriously lacking in the accessory department. This is perfect!

fanzy-pants said...

Ahh I love the frame…..very cute. I never thought about doing anything different with old frames besides painting them until I started blogging. Now I see so many cute ideas that inspire me!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

That topiary is from Dollar Tree?? Man, I never find stuff that cute there! And I <3 that chalkboard globe!

~ Sarah

Pam said...

I just came over from The Shabby Chic Cottage and see that you have the same globe idea. I saw the idea at Makezine. Found a $3 globe at the thrift store and painted it last week!! :)

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