trash to treasure extravaganza!

Thanks to Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality for hosting the blog party again. Please take a few minutes to head over there and check out everyone else's thrifty finds!

Also stop by Between Naps on the Porch, another great blog, for her Metamorphosis Monday link party. Good times; I love getting inspired by you creative bloggers out there!

Let's just start off this post with a picture of a gorgeous child, our niece, who is about to turn 1 year old. I mean, is she gorgeous, or is she gorgeous?

Moving on, when I say extravaganza, it's because I have been a tad obsessed with thrifting lately, so of course i've come across many great finds that just needed a little extra love (spray paint) to enhance their inner bling. Ahem. God, how I love spray paint.

Well, this is going to be long, so get comfortable.

Do you see that white, empty spot on the wall behind these thrifted candlesticks? Doesn't that look like a perfect spot to install a few shelves to hold my arsenal of spray paint and various supplies? Yes, I thought so, too; I'm glad you agree! Anyway, these guys became chocolate brown and now live on our mantel (is mantel spelled -el or -le?).

(That's one of them there with the yellowish gold candle. The other is on the left side. What a beaut! Did I mention they were 50 cents each?)

This little lamp was already a beauty for $5.99 at Goodwill. All I did was add a light bulb and a lamp shade! And a cat!

Love it! Makes a beautiful contrast against our brown accent wall in the master bedroom.

Remember this guy? Now he lives on my piano, also painted a chocolate brown and perched upon by a lovely orange candle.

Loved this scrolly bookend, so out came the spray paint again.

Here are the painted candle holder and bookend in their new home atop the piano.

Remember this little guy for 50 cents?

Just look at him now:

With a fresh coat of sky blue spray paint, now he organizes all our outdoor paraphenalia (including kitty's hairbrush...) on our bar. Guests need not worry about sunscreen or bug spray at the Cockrells house, as we've plenty to spare!

This one's my favorite! Here's my nightstand I was asking for advice about. I went ahead and painted just the drawer fronts for a new look, and I love it.

Yes, I really should have taken the time to cover the rest of the drawer, but I'm lazy. So there. And nobody will see the stray spray paint but me. Ha! Stray spray.

I loves me some Rustoleum!

Here is the new and improved nightstand in our bedroom. I'd like to get some new drawer pulls, but I haven't yet. And let's face it: I'm also too lazy to fill the ginormous hole left by this massive hardware and drill new holes. Yep.

I thought this frame was great; look at the lovely detail!

So...add the newly painted glossy black frame to...

THIS old fashioned glass triple photo wait, this photo mat became...

This new chalkboard!
Oh, you mean it doesn't look finished? OK, THIS new chalkboard:

Here it is hung on our bright yellow kitchen wall:

Can you tell I did a faux finish on the kitchen wall? You should have seen how bright it was BEFORE the faux finish. WOW. Looks great with the Fiestaware, though, I must say.

Hubby would like to point out that I should have written chicken or steak. Sorry for the confusion.

Another interesting frame (this time I used craft paint):

I'm sorry to say that (AGAIN) I forgot a before shot of this little friend, but before (got her for about 5 bucks at ye olde goodwill) she was a rusty dark metal with a mirror inside. Just look at her now!!

This quotation is from a poem by ee cummings, read by a close friend at our wedding. Now that you know it's by ee cummings, you'll forgive the run-on sentence aspect of it, yes?

I love how the new chalkboard complements my necklace holder and new lamp.

As for this little lamp, I loved the detail of it, but not the color, so (you guessed it) Heirloom White spray paint: enter, stage right!

Now, here she is (all decked out with a shade I already had), looking fabulous in our guest room:

Can you tell how tarnished this guy is? He was a mere 99 cents at Goodwill! I polished him all up, and now he lives in our bathroom, holding cotton balls and swabs.

This cute little piece was hideously discolored (I think it may be plastic?), but for 99 cents, with a fresh coat of paint, it makes a great new holder for all things lovely.

OK, I turned the antique bench upside down to examine its business, and look who thought this was clearly her new bed.
"What? And would you go away with that camera? You KNOW I hate the flash."

Precious little bird bath for--don't hate--$1.99.

More spray paint--anyone thinking I should invest in Rustoleum stock yet--and mr. birdie makes a perfect addition to our backyard, perched (for now, at least) on the cute little flower table you may have seen in a previous post:

Well, we've reached the end, thank God. I don't think I could type anymore. Wow. Hope you enjoyed these (super easy) transformations, and hopefully this inspired you to get out to your local thrift shops to peruse the aisles!

Tune in tomorrow, as I have a master plan for a lovely cream frame I found last week. YAY!

xo, Gayla


Struggler said...

These are incredible, I can't believe how many items you've transformed. It's true, the paint makes such a difference.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I can't believe all the awesome finds you had! My fave is the bird bath. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. :)

JobandBrittany said...

love the chalkboard projects. i have done 3 so far-you should check them out on my blog!!

you found great stuff!!

Anny said...

Stray spray *giggle*

There is no way you got all that stuff in only one week! I love the redos too - spray paint is awesome.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Isn't spray paint great! All of those are wonderful makeovers!

Yes, I'm sure those chalkmarkers work on classroom blackboards. You do have to use a wet cloth to erase though.

Manuela said...

wow you worked on a lot of transformations, the chalkboard projects are great

spray paint rocks!

Sarah said...

You have been busy, girl!! All your transformations look great. I love the bedside table and the bird bath. Very nice job!

Anonymous said...

Gosh I love everything you did & found wow!



Kammy said...

Hi Gayla,
I think that you did a great job - isn't it fun ??
Hugs ~ Kammy

~~Carol~~ said...

I think we are all going to suffer severe cases of "spraypaint finger" one of these days! I go through a can of Heirloom White every week! Your transformations are great, and my favorite is that chalkboard. Yummy! What time is dinner?

Pam said...

Wow! I don't know what to comment on first! LOVE the chalkboards! But, I am also impressed with all the spray-painted transformations!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Gayla, love your fabulous finds. The chalkboards came out so great!

Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely week!


Chrissie Grace said...

Wow, you got a lot done!
Great job

Brenda said...

Wow, you have been one busy girl! And look at all your goodies to show for it!

Kitty Scraps said...

You certainly have found a lot of great items. You're the spray painting crafting Goddess!

Deanna said...

You have hit the jackpot.
Glad you've shared on Met Monday.
Enjoy seeing all the great ideas.
Blessings to you from Kansas,

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Wow a lot of great finds and transformations

Tarva said...

Wow. What great finds and awesome transformations.

bj said...

Boy, you really have been hitting those thrift stores!! Love all you finds and like how you re-invented them..

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

She's gorgeous! Your spray paint metamorphasis looks great~ well done.

Have a blessed day!

Meg said...

Love your redos.

I too have an obsession with spray paint. I love the colors and the finishes and the Prices! I mean what can't you do with spray paint? It's like the wonder bra of home decorating.


Embellished Bayou said...

Wow, you got some super deals and you did a fantastic job transforming everything! I can't pick a favorite. I too am a fellow spray paint addict, glad to find your blog!

heather said...

Holy cow! You have GOT to come thrifting with me and help me work on my house!

Sharlotte said...

Wow! You've got quite a treasure box of goodies! And you're right, what a difference paint can make!

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