Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Make Overs

This weekend I traded my hooks and needles in for some paint, glue and paper.  Didn't I have fun!

I have had few pieces from the thrift stores around for a while that I wanted to 'do-over' for some time now.  I found this sewing box on my birthday and fell in love with its shape.  I just didn't like all that brown!

I tried chalk paint again; this time in the softest pink:

I lined it with some minty scrapbook paper:

I am thinking this might make a good home for my sewing charms or overdyed threads.

Another brown wooden box in the form of a tea box.  More chalk paint in ivory, with some vintage looking scrapbook paper and she's a much better fit for my kitchen.  (Sorry for the blurry photo!)

I didn't paint the inside because I never seem to be able to  get good coverage in the corners .  Unless you spray, which I didn't want to do because I will be storing tea bags in here.  This would be cute for storing so many things really, like cake decorating stuff, or sewing supplies...  I might just have to go look for another box!

A few years ago I was gifted some tea, but once I finished it I couldn't bring myself to put the tins in the recycling bin.  They were such a nice size and the lids fit really well; it seemed a shame to get rid of them.  After I found this scrapbook paper and chalk labels two weeks ago, I knew exactly what they were going to become:

I do wish my Mod Podge wasn't so glossy, but all in all it's probably for the better as these will be stored in the kitchen.  Now I just need to make a loose tea order from my favourite tea company and I will be all set!

I know I said I put down my hooks on the weekend, but since I just finished these potholders I thought I would put them in.  I thought some pastel winter decorations might be nice for my kitchen this year:  they work so well with my new tea cannisters!

I used Bernat cotton yarn in robin's egg; and a pink, nubbly baby cotton that I can't remember the brand.  The white cotton is also from Bernat, and is one of their holiday yarns with a thin strand of silver woven in.  The pattern can be found HERE.  It's very easy and in two evenings you can have it all done.

Thanks for visiting!



Robin in Virginia said...

Your makeovers turned out great! Way to go! Your pot holders are very pretty. Thank you for sharing!

Brigitte said...

I love this kind of old sewing boxes very much. They were so common and could be found in every household at the times when I was a kid. My mom had one an may grandmother as well. Unfortunately both boxes are gone now. I love how you painted yours. It looks very pretty in pink, just as the lovely tea box.
Great what you made with the tins.

Carol said...

What great re-do's, Jenn! The old boxes have been given new life thanks to your TLC! The tea holder box is wonderful--almost makes me with I drank tea :) And I love how the old cans have been transformed with the scrapbook paper and cute labels. Pretty crocheting, too--I am always so inspired by your ability in so many craft mediums!!

Hope your weekend will be filled with more crafting adventures!

mrs. smythe said...

I love the papers you used! So pretty. As always, great makeovers. So inspiring.

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