Sunday, May 31, 2009

Goodwill transformation

Thrifty Decor Chick is having a Goodwill party! When you're done here be sure to check out the other fab projects!

I loooooooooooooove Goodwill. I'm always telling everyone it is my favorite entertainment because you will find things there that make your face turn inside out it is so weird. Or ugly. Or something. But it is by far my favorite bookstore and by far my favorite place to find those "diamonds in the rough."

I recently found these at one of the stores near me. They were .99 cents apiece and they are nice, solid wood with hangers on the back.

I'm kinda hoping there were more plaques and they got bought already. What in the world are these letters supposed to spell? When I look at them together I keep thinking "as is" and "Asia." Huh. Who knows.

I sanded them a bit and coated them with matte black spray paint. I had this gorgeously patterned paper to put on the face of the plaque but...I put off applying the paper for a few days because I have this little paintbrush to apply my decoupage glue and I was not thrilled about the idea since I figured it would wrinkle my paper anyway. Then Thrifty Decor Chick did a similar project in which she mentioned using spray adhesive - head slap! - I have a can of that stuff and I didn't think to use it! So really it was fate I hadn't finished the project yet.

It took me all of three minutes, tops, to glue and affix them.

Then I took a damp paper towel, gently dapped a wee bit of black stamp ink and rubbed it over the paper - making sure all my motions were in one direction - and that pretty embossed pattern really popped.

I think they shall be gracing the wall in my bathroom soon.

Project total: around four dollars

(we have to round up a bit since I used the fancy scrapbook paper)

Check out these other transformations: totally hideous vase and the creepy kid watering can.


Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Great makeover! And yes...spray adhesive is a must...gotta have it.

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

much better! good work!

Kammy said...

Great job - so pretty ! Where are you hanging them ??
Hugs ~ Kammy

the ungourmet said...

I just can't get over how creative you are! I would never have thought of doing this. Beautiful!

I found my shaker! Now,I just need to find flowers with small enough stems to stick in the holes!

Anonymous said...

They turned out just beautiful! Love the idea of using the embossed paper and inking it. So pretty!

ilovemy5kids said...

Awesome! You have a given me a fantastic idea...thanks so much!

Blessings to you!

mustangkayla said...

Wow...those look great!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh! Oh! Soooo pretty! :)

Marie said...

Love what you did with the plaques! Great make-over.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Ahhh...I didn't know they were embossed! I love what you used to make them stand out! Wow, they look like you bought them at the store. Seriously.

Anna See said...

very cool! i do tons of projects and KEEP hearing about spray adhesive. i think i'd better check it out!

Elizabeth said...

Those turned out so cute! I'm kind of scared of spray adhesive...but it seems like it turned out great for ya!

Xazmin said...

These are gorgeous! Great job!

Tiffany said...

They look great! Good thinking with the stamp pad. I have never used spray adhesive. I should probably give it a try sometime. Super job! Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

ISA. As in short for Isabelle?
(Just a thought.)