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Monday, June 14, 2010

Ghastly Goodwill Find Gone Gorgeous

I recently went and cruised the aisles of Goodwill. I was on the hunt for a small shelf.

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I found this 1980’s country cutie for 50 cents. The bottles required serious muscle to pry off. I had already emptied out their ancient straw flowers.

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I wiped away the cobwebs and then spray painted it white. I had envisioned that the shelf would hold these turn of the century pin cushion dolls that no longer have their cushions. 

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My inner design alarm bells went off. It just wasn’t a good match. So I decided to rough it up, add a layer of glaze and took the shelf hook off of the back.

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I added some twine and tried it out as an end table caddy to hold a few favorites.


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The I mod podged on a few images, old sheet music, and favorites quotes. It sat on my dresser with my bejeweled favorites for a few days.

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Of course the possibilities are endless. I have now since found another use for it which I’ll show you in a future post. Come back on Wednesday for a Rose Bowl review.

Be blessed,
Laura

68 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeeeee the different things U have done with that!!! And my voting finger is still working like crazy for u! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Love your transformation!! The sheet music is perfect!
Off to vote!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Conratulations to you too for the CSI top 10! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Londen

Connie said...

You did fantastic on fixing up your thrift store find, honey! I do the same thing but I'm now running out of room in this house...SIGH!.....

xoxo,
Connie

Marti said...

Oh I really like it as an end table caddy. That's nice.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Okay Laura...green button has been clicked! I loved your video and hope that you win....and I will be looking for the finished chair...looks like an amazing project!
♥, Susan

xinex said...

So many possibilities!Charming!...Christine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a great find, yes so many uses for an adorable box.
hugs ~lynne~

Lou Cinda said...

Awesome idea~! I love them all! Can't wait to see what else you have done! I am on my way over to vote, again and again :)

Lou Cinda :)

The Tablescaper said...

I voted!!! good luck.

I love your ideas of how to repurpose that shelf. Very clever.

I'm hosting a new meme called "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU! Hope you'll come and join the fun.

- The Tablescaper

The Shiny Pebble said...

Great ideas for multipurposing. I specially love the one with the remotes - I have that little candle by the way. Too cute.

I just posted about your audition. Please go ck it out:

http://theshinypebble.blogspot.com/2010/06/five-fun-filled-facts.html

Decorchick! said...

Sorry, I will go and vote for you, but just had to say I LOVE what you did to this! :)

Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

Ooooh I like it as the end table caddy! Good find, and even better makeover!

Vicky said...

I really like it! I love things that are so versatile, b/c I get bored easily. (I said if I could, I would build a house w/movable walls!) I found you thru The DIY Show Off...Have a great Monday!

Vicky

Polly @ Make Mine Beautiful said...

So many great ideas with one shelf. I particularly like the tv remote caddy use. I think i might do that myself.

Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

I am still voting away;)!

I love this project...my favorite use is the caaddy for the remotes...it even makes tose silly things look good!

Can't wait to hear what you thought about the Rose Bowl!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Amanda said...

oh that is just beautiful! Thrift stores give me a natural high! LOL

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i love what you did with the sheet music and quotes. that is my favorite incarnation of the ghastly original!

The Pennington Point said...

Gee is that all you could come up with? LOL!

Great ideas, as always. Lisa~

Kari said...

It has slowed down right now but I'll be back to vote! I really like the coffee table one...no wait I like them all. Can't wait to see the next, I picked up three of these. After I move they need to get done and out. Can't stand clutter! Oh and The Rose Bowl, YAY!!! I can't wait to go next month, show us what you got!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a versatile piece, Laura! I'll bet you'll be able to change it up quite often!

vignette design said...

The possibilities are endless. Love what you ended up doing with it. The sheet music really adds a lot. Hard to believe it's the same shelf. I'm voting again for you.....

cushycottage said...

i like the old music sheets and jewelry

Life in Rehab said...

Hey, very cool! Your inner designer was right on the money.

susan said...

I keep a box like this for my husband to deposit all his "stuff" in when he comes home at night! Yours looks great. I added your audition button with your video link to my sidebar!

The Boston Lady said...

I voted, but had to comment on the pin cushion girls. I had no idea such pretty things existed! Also interested to hear about your Rose Bowl experience - I hope to convince SOMEONE in my party to go one Sunday when we are out there in Aug.

glor said...

A comment and a vote (daily that is!). The shelf is adorable, I like the remote/candle/drink, etc. holder as well. The twine tied around it is a perfect addition. I see that you have been posted about your audition, what a wonderful idea ... I have to go check this out.

Kathy said...

Your audition was wonderful - voting accomplished! I am in love with the white painted cabinet and the new table you created. Good luck, Laura. I would love to see you win - I'll be voting for you again and again!
xoxo...Kathy

Diane said...

That really turned out cute. How clever!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laura...you are soooo creative...wish my mind could think of that many neat uses for a shelf. I'm off to vote! :-)

French Basketeer said...

Clever!! btw, still voting as often as I can! The new tag line is perfect; hope you loved the over-the-top shop down the street :)

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

What a great re-do.

Greenearth said...

What great fun you have had with this box. Such a simple item yet so many creative possibilities.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I am commentng on your adorable project - love it! and voting!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I voted...but I also wanted to thank you for visiting me! I really like the last use of your shelf...can't wait to see what you came up with after that one!

Sherry said...

Great ideas for using the box. I think I like the idea of a place like that for the remote and other items near the TV. I don't know if things would get put back in their places though.

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great job!!! I love to use 2nd hand finds too. Thanks for stopping by today, I am your newest follower. I also voted for you (several times)!!! Good luck!
Bonnie

raggygirlvintage said...

The vintage jewellry display box was my favorite use!
Thanks for visting my blog!
Tracey

The Autocrat: Haley said...

I love re-vamping stuff from GW!! Fabulous job on your redo!! You're header is AMAZING!! So serene, calm and yet still very fabulous!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Isn't it fun to constantly come up with new ways to use the same item. I like your last invention best, but then I haven't seen what you are using it for now.

Mimi said...

HI!!!!
First off I can hardly wait to hear about your trip to Calif for the rummage sale , I bet you hit the jackpot!!!!I love that shelf, you did a great job with it and I agree it's uses are endless!!!!
I vote for you everyday!!!!
I hope you win, cause that makes me a friend of a celebrity!!!!
My daughter and 2 of her friends are in NYC this week and today they say Donald Trump and Omarosa!!!!Yeah for her!!!!!
Have a great week
lunch date yet?????
hugs,
jamie

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

Love the transformation! I saw your audition video and voted. What a great opportunity. Good luck to you!

Donna said...

Too Cute!!! I can't wait to see what you do with it next!!

Linda said...

I like that you changed your mind on the usage - I do that A LOT. :) You made something beautiful out of junk again - that's the best!

Hope you have a blessed week, my friend.

Love, Linda

Bonnie said...

Great ideas for one shelf!! I have transformed things a million times to get a look that "agrees" with my inside!!!

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Laura,

Those earrings look familiar!

Your Friend,
Deborah

Debi said...

Awesome box!! Love it, you have inspired me to get back to junk'n!!! I am going to go out tomorrow and get started again.
Thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog.
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day Laura!:D

shannon i olson said...

great ideas, I really like the table top storage one!

Jan LaFollette said...

Nice video....I voted and I'm hoping Oprah recognizes your talents and makes you the "Dr. Oz" of the decorating world! Wouldn't that be fun. Also, as a breast cancer survivor "Thank you" for all you are doing for other women.

Liz said...

Hi Laura,
I did vote for you so I'm going to comment.... hope that is okay...

I love redoing these little 80's country things from goodwill. I just love how yours turned out. Very multi-purpose! :)

Good luck on the video tryout!

~Liz

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Laura my dear it turned out PERFECT!!! i love giving things makeovers!!
love it!
xoxo
keren

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Great makeover..I see shelves like this at the GW all the time...I'll be giving them a second look in the future :)

Blessings!
Gail

Kim said...

Love what you've done Laura and I especially love that you had such a vision to see what it could become.
xoxo,
Kim

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Just wanted to mention that a just saw a similar shelf to this one, without the backboard at a local second hand store...$8.95. I'm glad you found a bargain and were able to make something so attractive and useful with it! Thanks for sharing on Modern Craftswoman Monday!
I'm off to vote...Rory

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laura, every single one of your boxes is wonderful. I can't decide. It's like trying to pick among pecan pie, cheesecake, and a hot fudge sundae....can't do it! Linda

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a great find. I love that you can use it in so many different ways. What a fabulous idea. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Robyn said...

Soooo many GREAT ideas from that one piece! AWESOME!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

You never cease to amaze me with all the creative and clever ideas you come up with. I love everything you've done with that little shelf. Thanks for sharing! BTW, I voted for your audition video...good luck!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, I voted last week when you put the post up. Your video was so cute. Good luck!

All 3 of these ideas for the box are great, and now you have yet another idea! Can't wait to see the next installment of Laura's box ideas. laurie

Robyn said...

I really felt like I left a comment earlier...I'm loosing my mind! I LOVE all of the different things you've done with this crate/box! AND ALSO...your header makes me swoon! It's gorgeous!

Robyn said...

I voted I VOTED!

Tracy F. said...

Very creative! And, now I'll go vote for you!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
You sure had vision when that box had bottles and dried flowers in it! The final result is fabulous. I liked all your uses for it. Oh,and I cast my vote. Best of luck to you!

inday_adin said...

Oh boy! Great ideas! :) Love that! Thanks for visiting my blog. I will definitely be back here. :)

Adin B

stacy@dooLITTLETHINGS said...

Laura~ I voted but wanted to pop on here and say that I love this project and all your creative ideas. Your blog is great and I'm now a follower. And thanks for coming to my little ol' blog and leaving a comment. Have a blessed day!

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party going on right now!!

http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/2010/06/pajama-party-2.html

~Ela

Suzanne said...

Love all the possibilities. The caddy for the remote control speaks to me!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

What a great find! I love the caddy idea.