Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Couple of Makeovers & A Yummy Scent

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful day. The sun is shining and it is our LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! My kids are ready, I’m just not sure I am! This Summer will be crazy with baseball games and other activities. Our kids usually eat us out of house and home and who doesn’t hear the words “I’m bored” over and over again during Summer break! My parents always told me to “go clean your room” when I said I was bored. I think I might find myself using that one!
But honestly, I still remember what that LAST DAY felt like. You had no backpack to bring to school that day, you watched a movie, had an extra long recess and you usually got out early! Ahhhh…back in the day! I think there might be an ice cream trip on the agenda to celebrate!
I thought I would share a couple of makeovers that I got done over the long holiday weekend. The first one I have wanted to get done forever. I just hadn’t found the right shelf. Then last week at the Salvation Army, there it was for $2.99! Couldn’t beat the price and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Here it is before, it just had a dark brown stain on it~
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Here it is after. Each one of our children have a sterling silver cup from my parents from when they were born. And each of them have a porcelain baby bootie from the hospital. They fit in here perfectly!
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Close up~
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I painted it black, sanded, distressed and stained it and also added beadboard (which I also sanded, distressed and stained) to the back of it.  It turned out just the way I envisioned it!
My next makeover I don’t have a before picture. It was just a plain pine shelf that I got at Goodwill for $4.99. I went ahead and gave it a black basecoat at the same time I did the first shelf and then realized I hadn’t taken a photo! Ooops!
Here is is all done~
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Close up~
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The little sheep I got at Goodwill for $3.00! Love them! The shelf I base coated black then actually added a coat of a light tan, it wasn’t the color I was going for so I added a coat of a darker tan, sanded and distressed it and when I added the dark walnut stain it took on a wonderful mustard/antique gold color! I added beadboard to this shelf too, I think it adds so much!
It felt so good to get out and get my hands dirty again! I love working with paint, stain, brushes and sandpaper! I have so many more projects waiting in the wings! Next on my list is a wooden letter holder that I am going to makeover and use in our office! I love it when I find things we need! So stay tuned for that!
Really quick I wanted to share with you one of my newest discoveries! I am sure some of you are already fans of Village Candles but I just discovered them thanks to Colleen! Lemon Pound Cake was my first purchase, what a perfect Summertime scent! It is a great scent for anytime really. We have been enjoying it daily, it fills the whole house with the most delicious aroma! Yum!
Click on the picture to visit their website! Here it is burning in my kitchen! Can you smell it??!
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Here it is inside of a tin candle cup I got at the Salvation Army for 99 cents! It fits perfectly!
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Until next time, take care.


  1. I love your makeovers! They look wonderful! I hope you and your kids have a wonderful summer break!


  2. You did great as usual on your makeovers, they look wonderful! Adding the beadboard really makes a difference. Love the silver cups and bootie shelf, how very special. I have tried the Village Candles, I have been to their store in Maine too. I will have to look for the Pound cake one. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Wow Sarah you put new meaning to the word makeover. Love the beadboard backs on both shelves. That is one idea I will have to remember for a couple of projects I have to redo. How precious are the childrens shoes and silver cups. I love how you displayed them.
    Enjoy your day,

  4. Great make over's Sarah! I agree, the beadboard really does add the right touch! The childrens cups and shoes look great in it, and you can't beat the price! Love your little sheep!

  5. Fab-u-lous!

    Enjoy the transition to summertime ... and that little ice cream treat too.

  6. love your shelves! they are just perfect.i'm patiently waiting for august for the premier issue of A Primitive Place. YEAH!!!!

  7. Sarah,
    Love your makeovers and the cups and booties are so very special. Enjoy your summer with the kids. I'm so looking forward to that first issue of A Primitive Place ~ can't wait. I know it will be excellent.

  8. Your shelves turned out wonderful! Love your paint choices and how you have them filled. Looking forward to getting the first issue of the magazine. TFS.

  9. Those shelves are gorgeous and what a bargain they were.

  10. I do remember the last day of school very well. It was a day to be celebrated. Each year my sister and I took our kids first to Toys R Us to find some things to keep them busy and then to our favorite ice cream stand. I love your makeovers. Adding the beadboard was the perfect touch! I love the cups and booties on the black shelf! Enjoy your time with the kids this summer. They do grow so fast! Blessings, Loretta

  11. Hi ! I'm new to your blog and I love it !! And I love the makeovers...great job. ~Jeanne~

  12. I love the baby cup bootie shelf! I have been looking for a small spoon holder for my girls baby spoons. I love when you can display those cherished items.


  13. What great makeovers you did..The baby cups are just adorable..Enjoy your summer with the kids..They grow up too fast..Keep posting those makeovers and I can't wait to see what projects are waiting in the wings..


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