9.25.2008

Mini Renovations

I just have a few mini-renovations to share today.  We have an out-of-town guest, so I've been busy playing hostess this week.  I also have a few big projects cooking, but nothing is quite ready to show yet.  But stay tuned for tomorrow's post; I am super-excited to show you something I've been working on!

In the meantime, here are a few little things.  First, this swirly guy (yep, that's what it's officially called).  I like red, but this seemed a little too country for me.  The price was right though: $5.  

Add some black spray paint, and voila!  Perfect for my family room wall.

Second is this urn.  The price?  It was sitting in a box marked "FREE!" at a garage sale a few weeks ago.  It is so cute, just a bit sad and cement-y looking.

I added some black spray paint again, which was a good start.  Next I bought one of those styrofoam balls at Hobby Lobby, and a bag of moss.  I had never used moss before but it was kind of like a jigsaw puzzle.  I just used my glue gun to patch each piece into place.  It makes a cute little addition to my slowly growing topiary collection.

And yes, in case you were wondering, that is dust on top of my grandmother's hutch.  I thought about cleaning before I took the photo, but figured you guys might appreciate seeing the real deal!

OK, see you tomorrow for a fun post that I am very excited to share with you!





35 comments:

My home - My life said...

Love what you did - the urn is awesome!!!

mamajil said...

How pretty !! Love your swirly thing! and urn

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Really cute projects! And thanks for being real with the dust, too! :)

Blessings,
Stacey

Screaming Meme said...

First...I didn't know you had a bun in the oven!!! :) I am so happy for you! You should call "her" Meme...:) Second, great job on the free urn! I love it! And I love that you are keeping it real! :) Love,Meme

Darlene said...

LOVE that!!! I'm glad to see someone else has dust too!!!

Can't wait to see your project for tomorrow!!

Marie said...

What a great urn! And FREE? I love the topiary collection. :o)

Kim @ My Journey said...

a.) Adorable Projects! b.) THANK YOU for the dust! :)

Sandy Toes said...

Love the dust..thanks for being real...we all have dust somewhere!
The urn is so cute! Great projects!
-Sandy toes

Julie said...

those look great! And it is so fun about your babay... he/she will be here so soon, but I am sure not soon enough!

Twice as Nice said...

When I saw the first picture of the swirly guy I thought you were going to spray paint it another color since you didn't like the red and I pictured it with your familys initial in the center. It would be cute that way too. Love your latest find and the dust...priceless!!

Shannon said...

So cute! It all turned out great. Can't wait to see what tomorrow is all about. :)

the undomesticated wife said...

Great finds! I haven't had much luck lately. Can't wait to see what you have going on for tomorrow!

xoxo
Gari-Ann

Chris said...

I love the swirly thing (and its official name!), and I NEVER get things for free! I would PAY for that urn. They all look great!

Blissful Nikki said...

girl....I L-O-V-E THESE!!! So cute! :) Great projects

Carrie said...

Love the urn I can't wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow!

Joanna said...

I LOVE black spray paint! It makes everything look good. I normally dust something off before I take a picture, but next time, I will leave it! Because it's the real deal. *smiles*

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

It is amazing what a little black paint can do to something......both pieces look terrific....so glad you left the dust:)

So honestly.....how many cans of black paint would we find if we showed up at your house? It must be a staple on your weekly shopping list!!

Can't wait to see what "big projects" you have cooking!

Lisa

Our Complete Family said...

Oooh, some big projects? Where oh where do you get your energy to go girly?!? I love the painted re'dos. So GREAT! And the dust? We all have it hun! ;) Can't wait to see tomorrow's post. Have fun with your houseguest! ~ Les

Sweet Simplicity said...

You and your spray paint! I am amazed at what you can do with it! Can't wait to see the new projects. As for the dust, don't we all have that problem?!?

Jboo said...

You are so talented!! Love everything! And bonus for me -- you're making me think about painting some things black at my house. Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

Janet

AJ said...

Love the swirly thing and the urn:) Glad to see I'm not the only one with dust accumulating!

Lisa said...

You are so creative! Wow!

And I love that you didn't dust...it makes me like you even more than I do! : )

THE TATTERED NEST said...

I love topiaries! I will never get sick of them...I need to go to hobby lobby and make my own! thanks,,

Ms. Tee said...

The swirly thing is too cute - I have swirlies all thru the house. And dust bunnies! :) Love your urn, too. Very pretty.

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

great job

looking forward to your project post, oh and love the dust, just makes me feel so much better, sometimes I feel like I'm wading through it! where does it come from?...

Sarah

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I really love all your ideas-so creative and something I would want to do at my house...I need to invest in some black spray paint, stat!

Jodee Leader said...

I can't believe what you can do with a can of black spray paint! Both items turned out great! I am running right out tomorrow to buy some black spray paint!

Megan said...

Spray paint is AWESOME. And I loveee the little swirly guy!

Angie said...

I am always amazed at how spraypaint, especially BLACK, can transform an object. Love both projects! Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

melissa*smith said...

I can't believe you got that urn for FREE! I love finds like that and love what you did with it. My grandma has a little sign on her hutch that says, "test dust--do not touch." I love it!

Vern ~ Inspired said...

You are a talented one!
I like your urn...and appreciate you sharing your dust!

Have a great weekend!

Carol VR said...

I love the swirly guy. Very dramatic in black.

You must own stocks in spray paint by now....HAHA

ROXY said...

I'm jealous! I never find "free" stuff! You are like the fifth blogger who has been given really great things for free. One blog I follow wrote about a fountain that was given to them!! COngrats!

The Golf Widow said...

Great blog! I really loved the dust. Keep it real.

Bella Casa said...

Love your finds and your makeovers of them...I need more topiaries and moss in my life :)