Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bon Appetit!

On a rare occasion I will purchase home accessories at other stores than the thrift store. Last year I bought a little tin sign at a high end furniture store. They gave me a coupon for a percentage off of one accessory. I wandered the store picking up piece after piece looking for something I could afford, even with the discount. Finally I found this: I probably would have bought it without the discount because I really liked it. I've enjoyed displaying it on a wire easel in my kitchen.
Last week I decided that I wanted to make it a bit more substantial, as well as give it a more permanent home. I bought some molding and asked my supportive husband to make me a frame.
I then spray painted the frame black.
After it was dry, I spray painted it white.
I didn't do this because I changed my mind.
I gave it the two coat treatment because
I knew I wanted to sand it and distress it.
Sanding the white paint made the black show through.
Then I glazed it with a dark brown stain.
I used a hot glue to adhere the sign
on top of the frame.
I added heavy duty hook and loop tape
to the back of the frame and stuck it
to the granite back splash above my stove.
Now that's a substantial accessory
that looks like it came from a high end furniture store!

50 comments:

melissa said...

Am I the first?? It looks soooo good! I love the thick frame! You know you would be charged at least $40 for the finished piece in a store. Love it!
Melissa

Mrs. Mordecai said...

It's much cuter now!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I really love that-you did an amazing job!

Busy Bee said...

What a neat trick! You have such vision!
Stephanie

Sandy Toes said...

I love that color of wood..great trick..love it!
-sandy toes

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! Great Idea. I have a small welcome sign and powder room sign that this trick would work great for! Another good one - Jeannette

Erin said...

How creative! I love looking at all your ideas! I could spend hours looking through your blog!

Runner Mom said...

So when can we look for you on tv with your own home improvement/decorating show???
Blessings,
Susan

Sarah said...

My that looks so different and I love it. It's much cuter now and really makes a bold statement for itself!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

The sign is cute on it's own, but after your creative changes, it is truly outstanding. I love this finish! I'm kinda thinking that this may be a great idea for finishing my kitchen cabinets.

Darlene said...

HOW fabulous with that big frame around it!!!! I LOVE it!!

Ashlie said...

You're right, it has much more "presence" now. I love the look of the two coat treatment, too. Great job, to you and your hubby!

judicreations said...

What a great job you did. Thats a great way to make a display for the sign. Love it. Good for you.
Judi

Michelle said...

That's a much better fix...

Screaming Meme said...

I love love love love love love it!!!!!! You did so good!!!!!!!

Blanca said...

I love the chunckiness of it.

tidymom said...

You did a FANTATIC job as always!!

You've been Boo'ed!! pop over to my blog to see!

~Tidymom

Carissa said...

Amazing how something so simple can change the look so much. I love your blog!

Carol said...

Great job Joy! Gives me a few ideas to change some of my simple signs!
Smiles,
Carol

Sanford and Michelle said...

I'm new to your blog. I absolutely LOVE your ideas. You are so creative. I look forward to seeing what projects you have in store!

Valarie said...

That is really really cute!

leaca said...

love it.

Shannon said...

That looks so great!! Much better!

blessed mama said...

Great job! I know I am the 24th person to rave about it, but a little more encouragment never hurts! HA

Mrs. B said...

Hi Joy! I love the sign! Did you use two different kinds of molding for the frame? I also love that green door table you made. So cute!

And... You've been "Boo-ed"! Read all about it on my blog!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
I love your new creation! Thanks for sharing.
Diane

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Looks great! Now it looks like it's worth what you paid for it!! :)

Jen said...

Perfect in every way! I love where you chose to put it too!
♥Jen

AndreaLeigh said...

Very nice! I never would have thought to do the black then white spray paint. See the things I learn coming here? Woohoo!

Jill said...

You just blew my mind. Again!

Nichole said...

Very pretty! You always have the best ideas :o)

AJ said...

If you don't already, you and your husband should be selling these beautiful pieces that you make! You Are Good:)

Jaime said...

Wow-- it really makes a statement now! Great job!

ROXY said...

Oh, I have this same sign!! Maybe I will he to dress it up with a frame! Thanks for sharing;)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love it Joy! What a fantastic upgrade!
Carrie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What a terrific job! Jackie

VintageChicChick said...

Wow! That looks amazing! I cannot believe what you & your husband can do with a little wood and spray paint!

Mimi Sue said...

Love that aged look on the frame. I'm going to try it. Mimi

Mommy Mac said...

Alright, Joy. I have never met you nor have I ever commented on a post you have written although I covet your blog like my 1st cup of morning coffee.

It's not fair. God should not have given that much "trash to treasure" talent to you...and then pair you with a man that has the same "trashy" talent and visionary ideas all while being happy, helpful, and supportive of your "trashiness"...WHOA, Big Guy upstairs, what is up?

Just kidding!!!

You guys rock!!!

Love the blog. Love the projects. Love it all.

I am not a person drawn to black like you so I got all giddy when I saw the "coffee door" painted green...ahhhhh, paradise!

As you can tell, I am obviously on my 2nd cup of coffee and my fingers and thoughts are flying!

Kuddos to you! Stay trashy!


.mac :-)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

THis is sooo cute! great makeover!

Aubrey said...

That looks so great--I wish I were so creative. I stick to creatively copying.

Do you lend out your supportive husband? Or does he teach supportive husband classes to other men not so handy with the power tools?

diXymiss said...

Fantastic project! ThanX so much for sharing the creative process and eXplaining your painting technique.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Oh Joy, you are my idol! That sign looks amazing, and now it will be EASY to justify it's purchase. So cute...I would definitely, maybe, almost, pay close to full price for that. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

p.s. Thanks for the tips about my front door...I'm working on it.

~Amanda

Salsa Mama said...

I can't believe how the look of that changed!! I am going to have to try that...

Southern Fried Gal said...

You are amazing! Love it even more now!

Betsy said...

I love that. Great look.

Blissful Nikki said...

how awesome is this?!?!

The Buchanan Family said...

It looks great, you never seem to amaze me!!! you do great at whatever you do! Ashley-Vincent, AL.

abeachcottage said...

hi Joy

I love seeing these tutorials, broadens the mind on what can be done without paying for it in a high end store..can you imagine how much that would have cost in one of those frency boutiques??!

gorgeous and great inspiration

Sarah

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

darling!! I love it!!! I hope you have a really fabulous day!!! xoxo!! Britt :-)

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