Monday, January 28, 2013

A New Addition to the Kitchen

Something new has been added to the kitchen. 
 Can you spot it?

Remember, below is what it looked like before. 
 (This is on top of the fridge by the way.)

I changed it up for fall, and then again for Christmas (though I'm not sure if I ever showed you those), and now I've simplified it a bit and added in something new.

Did you figure it out?

It's this little wooden crate I found at Goodwill a few days ago.

Wanna know a secret?  That's not how I found it.

I found it like this.  Brand new looking and for only .99!  
I actually stood there and debated with myself on whether or not to buy it, because really and truly I did not need another "to do" project added to my pile.  But on the other hand, I reasoned, I really want to get more practice with sign making and image transfers.  So the solution would be to not ever let it get to the "to do" pile, but to just do it that very day!

So I did.  My dishes didn't get done, and my floor felt a little gritty for the day, but I got it done! 
 I designed what I wanted on my PrintMaster program, and printed it off twice, one for each end.  Using {this pencil technique} I transferred the image onto my box.  I was feeling too lazy to go upstairs and dig through my box of paints inspired to try out Sharpie markers and colored my image using those.

I sanded it down really good, and then stained the whole thing with a vinegar/steel wool solution to give it an aged weathered look.  

(The staining solution is SO difficult to make. (Not!)  You fill a jar 1/2 full of white vinegar, add some water until about 3/4 full, throw in a chunk of steel wool, shake it up, and leave it sit for a day or two.  See, difficult stuff right there.  Not sure if you can handle all that.)

Here, quit turning your head sideways before you give yourself a crook in the neck.  I flipped the image for you.  Your chiropractor will thank me.

I thought it turned out kinda cute for a little experimental project.  That was my first time using the pencil technique.  It was super simple and easy to do.

I think designing the image and getting it sized right was the most time consuming part of it, other than that it took me about 20 minutes or so to finish.

It just goes to show that cute decorating, no matter the style, can be done on a small budget if you have the patience to wait and are willing to put in the leg work to go searching for the treasures.  The rusty rooster was a yard sale find for $1, the crate - .99, ball jar - $1, boxwood trimmings - free from my front yard, vintage scale - yard sale score for $10, the grain sack towels - Walmart (I can't remember the exact price, but very affordable), and the gingham towels were sent to me by a sweet and thoughtful blog reader.

So don't let a small budget keep you from making your home a beautiful representation of you.  Allow your creativity to flow, everyone has it to some degree, and look around you for what you can transform into unique, beautiful, and thrifty decor that represents you and makes you feel at home in your own space.


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  1. I love your crate! I have seen these in our local thrift stores and never thought of doing this to them. Clever idea. I love your blog!

  2. Your crate came out really looking nice and old. I have similar items above my fridge. Gotta love that rooster!
    Farmhouse hugs,

  3. I love it! I've yet to try the steel wool and vinegar stain. I will some day, and I will learn from you and will remember to wear gloves. :)

  4. What a great find, and you made it super cute. Love how you made it looks so old:)

  5. I love it Stephanie! And I love the price that went along with that decorating project! Nice job!


  6. What a thrift find... a bit of repurpose and it makes a nice added piece. Thanks for the share!

  7. It's not fair, everybody but me finds crates. LOL This turned out really good. I thought it was old until I scrolled on down. Going to go check out the pencil technique. --Susie

  8. Your crate turned out great!! I have a rooster and scale on the top of my fridge too.

  9. Hey Stephanie. What a great project. I love GoodWill but it seems I cannot find what others do..It all gets snatched up..I just found your blog.. I am following along with you. I hope you will come by and visit and follow along with me...Looking forward to visiting and seeing all your creative ideas. I love your Farmhouse...Blessings!

  10. Love the farm house kitchen style! Nice up cycle. New follow. Follow back at Stopping by your etsy too:)

  11. I LOVE how your little crate turned out, Stephanie!! It's adorable!

    By the way, I'll be sharing the little pitcher and gravy boat that I got from you on Thursday, next week. I LOVE them both - thank you!!!

  12. I forgot to mention, I hope you'll share your cute little crate for Knick of Time Tuesday!

  13. LOVE that rusty rooster! I have a scale on my L.R. shelf - they're so versatile to decorate with. Looks great!

  14. I KNEW I had read that concoction before......somewhere!!! Thank you for repeating I need to "fix" a broken sign!
    I love your box AND your rooster! I am smiling here.........

  15. I have that crate stuffed in a cupboard in the garage! I'm going to pull it out and get to creating something so perfect like yours! Ill have to try the "pencil technique". Thanks for all the great tip! By the way...I'm visiting from Funky Junk's SNS

    Thank you!

  16. Love the new "old" look! I am into chickens too! I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party!

    Have a great weekend!

  17. I love using crates to give a little height to my treasures,and that rooster is a treasure! Amazing transformation, and the price can't be beat. -Patti

  18. The rooster definitely needed this perch, and for 99 cents, you made a good choice. Those gingham towels and the grain sack towels are so cute with everything. It's a sweet look! You always put things together with such adorable style.
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

  19. Great idea!
    Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise

  20. Love Love how this turned out and I am soo doing this for myself! Great post! Came to you from a linky party and am now a new follower!


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