Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Repurposed, Upcycled, Made Over!

Today I am linking up with Vintage Inspiration Party where this week the lovely ladies are featuring a Best of 2015 Vintage Inspiration Party where we link up the projects we are most proud of.

I just happen to have a post for that......

I have been gathering vintage milking stools and glassware, teacups and platters from garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets all summer. I have also been gathering paints and stencils and ideas for some things I wanted to upcycle, re-do, makeover and just make for the fun of it and for gifts.

Some are vintage items that got makeovers. Some have before pictures, most don't! Some are repurposed items I saw and loved and so I made them from DIY tutorials.

I found this fabulous wood board painted aqua and I had to have it. It has a rustic, chippy finish on it from hanging around the garage of an estate sale for years!

I did not know what I was going to do with it. I bought it for the color. It sat in my back room most of the summer until the day I found a bunch of these rusty metal thingys all tied to together with a tie-wrap. I had to get them, again with no idea what I would use them for. They were $1.

When the idea came to me to put them together with the aqua board, I was able to create the vision in my head in about a half hour. I just glued the metal thingys onto the board in the shape of a Christmas tree.  I had bought some vintage thread spools and a rusty, sparkly star a year ago for a tree project that I could never get excited about doing so it never happened. This one has a little different spin on that and I couldn't wait to put it together.
I wanted a little more something something on it so I added little pearl seed beads here and there in the open holes. I love how it came out and look forward to hanging it for the holidays. I originally intended to sell it but I am not ready to part with it yet!

This was the summer for finding stools.....old milking stools and barn stools. Most of them were found plain brown. I have been trying out chalk paint and stencils on different things but these stools are my first total makeovers.
The first stool started out brown so I just painted it with Folk Art Chalk Paint in Cascade, which is a pretty aqua. I distressed it a little, finished it with MinWax Paste Finishing Wax and listed it in my shop. It sold pretty quickly!
I like using the Folk Art Home Décor brand of chalk paint and it is inexpensive with my 40% off coupons! I have been adding colors to my collection and finally gave in to trying the dark Antique Wax too.
Wanting to do more with that pretty color Cascade, I pulled this stool out of my shop that I had listed in it's original state.

Looks so much better with a couple coats of Cascade, distressing, and some finishing wax!

It is available


I needed three birthday gifts for upcoming get togethers this summer so I decided to try making a hanging teacup bird feeder and a garden art dish flower following Tuula's directions over at her blog Thrifty Rebel Vintage.

I think they came out pretty cute. I made three teacups and one flower so far. Two teacups have been given as gifts already.

The hanger is a vintage necklace

I went a little outside the box for the flower, using a gold platter with handles and a printed plate.

There are six different elements on this flower....the gold platter, a ceramic dish with a butterfly on it, a large clear cut glass bowl, a smaller bubble design yellow bowl, a small glass ridged cup and the top of a ring in faux turquoise.

From the side you can see the butterfly and the dimension of all the dishes.

When attached to copper tubing with a bent over spoon on the back, then put in the ground, it looks fabulous!

The secret of putting it all together is Marine Goop glue which was fairly easy to work with. I had to get mine online but you may find it at any hardware store.

My last two makeovers are stools again and they are my favorites of all. One was easy to do, the other had me panicking throughout the process.

This stool was listed in my shop but with such a limited amount of buyers who may want it, I decided to make it over.

I bought the Folk Art chalk paint called Imperial and gave it a couple coats. I wanted to use one of my number stencils and chose number 7 because it is the number of completeness and perfection in the bible. It is also one of my favorite numbers because so many family members, including myself, have it in their birth date.

I stenciled it on in Warm White and then sanded over it. I decided to try the Antique Wax on this piece which worked well to tone the red down. I didn't distress this because some of the worn spots still showed through after painting. I love how it turned out!

My favorite makeover of them all is this Barn Sweet Barn stool. The stool was plain brown so I painted it in Sheepskin chalk paint. I knew I wanted to use the antique wax on it but decided I had better distress it and stencil it first. I chose basic black for the words. When I first put the wax on I panicked. It was so dark! I tried rubbing it off and it didn't budge from the white. A soft, damp cloth helped spread the wax around and give the stool an aged look.

I have other projects in the back room waiting for my attention, from vintage items I picked up this summer. An old letter organizer I want to paint and embellish, a wood wall mailbox from the 50's I will paint and distress and an old metal lampshade form that I want to dress up with strips of fabric or maybe doilies.....haven't decided yet!
That's after I paint my front hall floor and stairs and my linen closet area near the bathroom.
That's if my body holds out after putting the garden to rest for the winter!
So much to do, so little time. Anyone else feeling the same?!
AnnMarie xoxo

  I am linking up to these great blog parties:

Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Inspiration
Vintage Bliss Tuesdays
What's It Wednesday
Before & After Wednesday
Home and Garden Thursday
Vintage Charm
Freedom Friday with All My Bloggy Friends
Anything Blue Friday
Best of the Weekend
Pink Saturday
A Bouquet of Talent
Flea Market Fridays Link Up Party
Amaze Me Monday
Show and Share
Make It Pretty Monday
Best of 2015 Vintage Inspiration Party


  1. Your little stools are the sweetest! I am always looking for them, but never seem to find.

  2. I so enjoy your creative talent and vision. I adore the tea cup bird feeder!
    Thanks to for the tip on the chalk paint too:)
    Have a Happy Wednesday!

  3. I love that board with the TREE on it! How clever and cute is that! Your stools are just darling.I have not used that brand of Chalk Paint. I have quite a bit of AS Chalk Paint I need to use up. I love the Barn Sweet Barn one the best, I think-but they are all really cute. The bird feeder(s) make great gifts.

    Have a great CREATIVE day! xo Diana

  4. Wow, I love all your painted stools and the adorable teacup bird feeders. My favorite has to be your fabulous junky parts tree. You are so darn clever! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  5. You are such a clever crafter. I adore those stools. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. I love the little stools but my absolute favorite is your Christmas tree. It is unusual and sweet. Try clear wax on a piece before adding the darker wax - it is easier to move around. I have not tried FolkArt chalk paint - I will have to see if HL sells it.

  7. You are one creative lady! These are absolutely that teacup bird feeder and the flower made from all of those elements is so unique!

  8. Love the aqua board with the tree on it! It is awesome! My favorite is the aqua stool though! I see why it sold quick....too cute!

  9. You've really painted the town, well, Red! Tee hee. I really want to do some projects like these, thanks for the inspiration! Love the tree!

  10. I love how you painted all the stools. Great, great job.

  11. You've been very busy AnnMarie. I absolutely love your metal thingy tree. It turned out fabujous and was such a great idea. Love the addition of the little pearls. Just the right finishing touch. The stools are very sweet. Your bird feeder and plate flowers look lovely. Thanks so much for the shout out.

  12. AnnMarie, all of these treasures turned out so beautiful! I love your tree board and those little stools are absolutely adorable!! You have been hiding your talents!!

  13. You are very talented at upcycling things! The stools are wonderful! Love them all.

  14. wow, you were very busy. how lovely you made everything. i like it very much. i am from austria and your new follower
    hugs kuni

  15. I love the Christmas tree DIY. It's great for someone with pets. I can't have a "normal" Christmas tree because my cats knocks it down and plays with the balls, so this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Your stools are so sweet, AnnMarie. I love the Cascade blue. Beautiful color. The bird feeder is super cute. You're so clever. xo

  17. You have some great repurposing ideas! I love the Christmas tree and the milk stool! Stopping in from Before n After Wednesday. I think I will be showing my hubby the Christmas tree idea for sure!! and it look easy enough .....

  18. Love the blue and the metal Xmas tree is so creative!

  19. Great ideas for repurposing! I'm so fond of that sweet bird feeder teacup and saucer -- clever!!

  20. Oh my! I love your Christmas tree. So unique. All of your stools are cute too. The flower is fantastic! I love the gold tray and butterfly plate in it.

  21. In 1898 Frank Hornby, a clerk from Liverpool England, invented the Meccano construction toy set that kids wished for UNDER the Christmas tree and here 117 yrs later you built a Christmas tree with Meccano straps - too vintage cool! (Meccano is called Erector Set in the USA)

  22. Very nice re-purpose of the Christmas tree! Loving the stools :) Wanted to mention that I love my new purchases (enamel pots and tart pans) and your very prompt shipping! Thank you! - Karen

  23. Oh my gosh, AnnMarie--you've been crafting like crazy. So many fun projects, and I see you've begun stenciling again (after your long hiatus). Are you loving it. I love metal thingys and I love what you did with them--awesome Christmas decoration. I think the teacup bird feeder is my next favorite--so elegant. I picture little chickadees nibbling from the saucer. Thanks so much for linking the post up at our first ever Vintage Charm party :)

  24. Hi AnnMarie ... love what you have done to the stools ... the No. 7 is my favorite.The hanging bird feeder is adorable, but afraid my squirrels would tear that up in no time.
    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  25. Ann Marie, you have been so very busy. Love all of your projects! But oh my, I adore that rustic tree! I often pick up things not knowing what I will do with them, but just love them. Each of your stools are unique and I love the makeovers. I have been using that paint as well. I recently painted a bench I picked up at a yard sale with the red. Hoping to get it sanded and waxed in the next couple of days.

  26. AnnMarie, Congratulations, you will be featured at tomorrow's Vintage Charm party! Thanks for sharing your fabulous projects with us! Hugs, Cecilia

  27. AnnMarie, you are one creative woman! I think everything you did came out great, but I also think the last two benches are my faves, with Barn Sweet Barn slightly in the lead :)

  28. A great post, AnnMarie, so full of creativity.

  29. Such colourful characters added to those new found items; they are truly treasures, now, and hopefully will make someone very comfy and cozy, soon!


  30. I love seeing what you're working on! It inspires me to get busy! Happy weekend!


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