Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Someone’s Trash {is My Treasure}

When I shared my Spring Mantel with you, I received a few comments about this cute little pot thingy.  I found it at thrift store for $2!  Even through the built up grime, dirt and unattractiveness {my daughter was seriously gagging}, I saw it’s potential for sweetness.
Here is her before shot.  Mind you this is after I scrubbed, disinfected and sanitized it. Twice.   Ok, thrice. ;)
I decided to paint it out in Heirloom White.  My first thought was black, but it’s Spring so I’m feeling like I want to  lighten things up.
Once I got a couple coats on, I decided the lid needed to be Oil Rubbed Bronze.  So I sprayed the lid to give it more of a metal look.  And I liked!
Once the base was dry, I sanded & then got out my antiquing glaze to bring out the detail in the wood plastic. A simple step but a huge impact.
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I glazed it once and felt like I still didn’t love the look.  So I mixed my glaze with a little green and slapped in on again.  Much betta!  I glazed my little birdies too.
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 I changed out the original metal knob for a little glass knob I had, and she was complete.  I’m quite pleased with her new look.  As the saying goes… One person’s trash is another’s treasure. :)
Oh, and Kammy @ Small Home in the Country picked up my pot’s big sister! (along with some other great finds!)  I can’t wait to see what she does with hers. :)
Sharing today…


  1. Krista this is a precious find! Your mantel is really beautiful for Spring. :)

  2. This is so great! I see these all the time at GW and never can think of what to do with them!

  3. Wow, you have a good eye to have seen the potential in that! It went from ugly duckling to beautiful swan!!

  4. And it suits that alcove/mantel perfectly! Something glossy and new just wouldn't have had the same appeal!

  5. This is a great find - and I must say, you really saw the potential in this one! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!


  6. I love your trash...turned to treasure!

  7. I scrub everything when I get home, too. Well, actually, I let it soak in the hottest water I feel comfortable using for whatever it is and then wash it. This turned out great! I love your choice of the white. It's really got some nice detail to it. Visiting from the Be Inspired linky party.

  8. adorable as can be! You had a good creative-eye when spotting this little gem!

  9. I love the before and after! It looks beautiful!

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  11. What a great transformation you did!! Love Heirloom white and ORB.

  12. I am so glad you shared the before and after pictures! I can't believe how it looked did a wonderful job on the transformation to beautiful! I love the glass knob on top!

  13. Just wanted you to know that I blogged about my new front door Happy Spring wreath...I'm so in love :) It's beautiful! And I may have to grab your button...

  14. Love it and I would love if you would link this project up over at my blog‘s Upcycled Awesome linky party –

  15. Wow, that little pot had a lot of potential.


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