Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ending With A Buy

What better way to end the year than with a thrift store makeover?
If you don't know by now, there are certain groups of items that I have a hard time resisting when I thrift store shop. I love white plates and vases, bowls, old glassware, clocks, metalware, and baskets. So when I saw this little item it caught my eye.
How could I pass up such an interesting metal basket? Look at those little details on the corners! I'm not sure what they were meant for, but I immediately had an idea for what I would do.As much as I loved the original galvanized metal finish, there were spots of rust that didn't look very pretty. So out came the black spray paint. Yes, I still manage to do a little spraying even with snow outside!
Next, I took a trip to a shop that sells chemistry supplies (another fun place to shop!) and I purchased some test tubes for fifty cents a piece. I was so excited when I found out they fit perfectly into those corner pockets.
Now I have an unusual, yet very pretty way to serve dishes at my holiday buffet!
I wish you all
A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SAFE
NEW YEAR!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for your friendship!

40 comments:

Tiff said...

I came across your page...great idea!!!!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

So clever! I would probably have passed on that but look at it now! Genius! Happy New Year!

AndreaLeigh said...

you are so creative! that is absolutely perfect. what a fantastic makeover!

Janene said...

Joy...What a cleaver and festive idea!
Where did you find the metal basket?
Have a safe and happy 2009!

Amelia said...

Now aren't you one creative lady!

Fantastic idea!

Valarie Lea said...

That is so great! You can always come up with such good ideas! :)

Sandy Toes said...

Wow...you amaze me!! Happy New Year to you, Joys of Home!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2009!
No pressure:)!
-sandy toes

Blanca said...

Perfect! Wishing you a prosperous NEW YEAR!

Rambling Girl said...

How cool! I am so loving all your ideas...now I can't wait for all the goodies you share in 2009. Hurry with some Valentine stuff...I so need some good ones for my little one to pass out at day care.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I too love baskets metal or otherwise and this one is certainly unique..I love what you did with it..very festive indeed...you are one creative lady and I love getting ideas from others..have a wonderful new years!
Gina :)

Sue said...

You have done it again.....took something that I wouldn't have known what to do with and made it into a unique piece!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

MeganSloan said...

Great buy! Love the make over.

Sheryl said...

So clever! It looks great! Thank you for all you've shared with us this year. I can't wait to see your new creations in 2009!

Kacey R. said...

Tha is a very cool basket and a great use for it. Happy New Year! I wish you many new blessings in the 2009!

Kara said...

Dang you are clever! I am always amazed by the things you come up with!

vwestermeyer said...

I am constantly impressed with your blog and creative ideas. Now I can't wait to get out to a couple of trhift stores/ antique malls, etc!!

Wendy said...

How do you DO that?! You are so creative!

Love it. Best wishes for 2009...

Leigh said...

Cool Basket!

bloggin' Chrystal said...

Hey...I like it better black anyway! Gotta love some of that ol spray paint! Happy and Safe New Year to you too!

Darlene said...

Great idea....as always!!!! Happy New Year Joy!!!

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Joy What a great find. It looks great.So creative with the idea as well.Happy New Year
Vikki

Jan and Tom said...

Nifty idea, Joy!!!

Happy New Year!!

Jan & Tom

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Another creative moment by Joy! You do come up with the most unique things at your thriftstores. I am really hankering to get out thrifting myself after a couple months off the wagon.

I'm having a Top Projects for 2008 party next Wed. & I'd love for you to come by & participate. I know you've done a TON of things last year that are worthy of mentioning. Did you see my letter plaques that I did for Christmas that I totally copied you on?!

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

Hi Joy,
Love your new thrifty find! The test tube idea was so smart!

Happy New Year to you!

Kasey said...

Brilliant, as always. Love your blog. Happy New Year!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

happy new year!
Awesome idea!!!

Life on the farm... said...

That's sharp looking I like it!

Mimi Sue said...

WHERE do you get these ideas? Amazing. Mimi

Cottage Rose said...

Wow I would never have thought of using it that way. You have a very cleaver eye. It looks so great.

Happy New Year

Hugs;
Alaura

Our Complete Family said...

Rockin' project, as always!
Merry 2009 to you and your sweet family!
Cheers~ Les

Candy Allen said...

What a great wire basket. It would have caught my eye in a heartbeat too. Love the added test tubes!

Be well in the New Year!

Southern Fried Gal said...

You are so crafty. What a great idea to make vases in the corners with test tubes! Very festive! Happy New Year!

Wendy said...

What a fun idea! Leave it to you, Joy! Happy New Year....so glad we've "met" through Blogland...looking forward to another year full of your great ideas!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Holy cow - I couldn't get the pictures to load fast enough and had read the whole post without knowing what it looked like - AMAZING!

Frippery said...

Love it and your New Years tree.Pam

beth at aunties said...

When I opened my blog this morning, I thought of you! Aren't our daughters great? Delightful and SURPRISING?

Happy new Year!

Cricket said...

What a beautiful blog you have! My first time here and I'm hooked!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Hey, you have my dishes! I have that same white ironstone. I bought the entire set at an auction 13 years ago for $35. Every once in a while I find a random piece at a thrift store.

Love the basket! What a fabulous use for it.

bec4 said...

Cool basket. I used black spray paint today on a little frame and thought of you. You can check it out on my blog--it is part of a give away that I am having for my 100th post. Happy New Year!

An iMperfect wIfe said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing! I'm never able to see the finished product when searching thru thrift shops... I need to keep working on that skill. What a talent you have!!

Jenny

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