Sunday, August 16, 2009

I want patience and I want it NOW!

Every week I spend hours reading your blogs. I read about your lives, your families, the good deals you find at yard sales and flea markets, estate sales and Goodwill. And I see your pictures. Pictures of beautiful transformations and gorgeous re-dos. I read your tutorials, draw inspiration from you, steal your ideas, and envy you your talent and creativity. So many good ideas. So many projects to begin. So many new (old) things to watch for at yard sales. So many great colors of spray paint to try! My head spins, I hyperventilate, I'm racked with indecision on where to begin. So, while I wait to calm down....I read more blogs. Arrrgh!

Occasionly I DO manage to slow down enough to attempt a few redos. I decided to begin with spray painting. I was shooting for immediate gratification. YOU know. I'd just take one of my shelves off the wall, shlep it out to the yard, spray on some color, let it dry for a few minutes and put it back on the wall. Voila! Right? I mean, it seems to work that way for Kammy at Small Home in the Country. She takes not so attractive items and magically transforms them into gorgeous pieces of furniture or accessories for her home. Hmmm. Well. It turns out that I wasn't born knowing how to spray paint. I have to "learn" how to spray paint. And I have to develop "patience". And I'm going to have to "practice" spray painting until I hopefully get as good as Kammy. Not to mention all the prep work and finishing work I try to get out of doing! Until then, I guess that's why God invented sandpaper.

With that in mind, here's a few of my first attempts. Remember, be kind.

Before...


After...


Before...


After...
And Before...


And After...


I know, I know. If you look carefully, you'll see where there is some touch ups to be done. Hence that lack of patience thing I was talking about. Oh well, at least I've begun, right?

Now...on to my finds for the week...

Old Fan...(needs some cleanup)$4


King sz. quilt and pillow. $5


Pretty bowls $1 each


Old Bottle dh picked up. Says Gordon's Dry Gin on the front. London on one side and England on the other.$5




And my favorite..A set of Crown Ming Fine China, service for 8. $15! Whoo Hoo!




That's it for this week! As always, Thanks for visiting!

Today I'm linking to both Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures, and Susan's Metamorphosis Monday.
Don't forget to check out both sites to see what everyone's been up to lately!

40 comments:

  1. Your re-do's look really good. I especially like the shelf that you painted black. It looks like a brand new piece!

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  2. I'm super jealous of your old fan! :)

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  3. Your makeovers look great in black! Love those keys! Lots of fabulous finds. The fan is wonderful!

    Tina

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  4. I know exactly how you feel! There are so many great projects out there, where to begin?!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that fan & bottle!

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  5. The china is beautiful. And yup, I hear ya on the "learning" to spray paint.... as apparently I am still learning myself

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  6. Your subject line made me giggle - maybe you even heard me and didn't realize it! I love that redone bird cage. Did you hear that? Try not to miss it now. I said I LOOOOVE it.

    Oh, BTW, as we discussed earlier "occasionally" has only one S, and I spotted two other spelling errors in addition to that one - how come you didn't ask me to edit this time?? ;-)

    Love,

    Your DD

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  7. Now, I think you're doing really well with your spray painting. It just takes a little knack, you got it quick! Love your black shelf and Wow, your buy on the china!!

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  8. You got some great deals and I really like your redos. See - you can do it!. :)

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  9. Ok DD, I fixed "occasionally", and found one of the other goofs, what am I missing?
    What do ya think everybody? You send your daughter to college so she can catch all your goof ups. Sheesh!

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  10. Oh I love your profile! It is absolutely hilarious...girlfriend, our humor is very similar! I believe this is the first time to your blog....I will be back! Have a great week!

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  11. I know how you feel! In my imagination I am a re-doing, re-painting, sawing and hammering fool! Lots and lots of ideas and not near enough time and resources to do it all! But it is fun to look and dream about it, right!

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  12. Ok...not stalking...just had to tell you I read through your blog and I am adding you to my favs....your metamorphis post was so funny, at least to me cuz my hubs teases me all the time about it! I need a good laugh, TRUST me!!!!

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  13. You are doing great. It just really takes a lot more time than we usually think. All of your projects are lovely and your thrifty finds are wonderful. Love all of the dishes especially. I guess I am a dish addict. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Hi Bonnie, Your painting skills worked out just fine in the transformation of the birdcage and the shelf. What are you gonna do with that fantastic fan? Wish I could find one sometime, cause I really like the vintage look.
    :-) Sue

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  15. Looks like you have mastered that can of black paint!

    A friend recommended your blog, so glad she did, I've enjoyed browsing through it! The Big Boy tomato gave me a good laugh!

    Katherine

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  16. Your doing great....keep it up. I love the frame makeover with the keys...very nice. Your bowls with the roses are pretty too. My hubby says that I'm impatient with spraypainting as well....you're not alone!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by. No have not named her yet, but have thought about some ideas. :)
    Glenda

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  18. You are funny! Reading your profile made me giggle and I am all over your first paragraph to this blog entry! Know that you aren't alone! Keep up the great work!

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  19. great finds and transformations! Love those pretty bowls

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  20. I know how you feel. I was just like you when I first started blogging.
    I didn't know what to do first. Your doing great. Take your time... it will come to you like a little light bulb switching on. Sometimes there is NO vision, other times... BOOM .. there it is.
    Love the quilt and the plates. Good stuff.
    Happy MM
    Love Claudie
    xo

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  21. Great redos and I love your fan :)
    Toni

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  22. Your makeovers look great and I know you feel wonderful getting some of them done. That's always a challenge for me, balancing the time I spend being inspired by everyone's blogs vs the time I actually do something of my own *smiles*

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  23. Nice job - your make overs are very nice - and love your finds - that fan is great!

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  24. I think it is wonderful to find other people with the same issues. I get so inspired, my brain short circuits and then... nada. Lots of projects lined up, but so many new ones I want to do I never get one done. I am going to try to use patience and, dare I say it... stay focused on one project at a time. Your stuff looks great!! It wouldn't be as interesting if it was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing..!! ;0)

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  25. Love your makeovers, and that fan! I'm still looking for one of those. I'm so mad at myself. I threw one out a million years ago. It was a boyfriend's, and he forgot to take it with him after we broke up. You'd do the same thing, right?!

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  26. Great makeovers! I know what ya mean about being bit by the blogging bug, so many great ideas out there! I'm afraid I will run out of room one day, good thing I'm pretty much redoing our entire house, cause I've still got a long way to go. Great blog!

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  27. I love all of your finds--good deals--good job
    Come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

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  28. You are so sweet. First, you don't need to bring ice tea for me.... I will make you ice tea but I am afraid you will have to bring treats for the dogs. Even the Orkin man brings dog treats. Secondly, You are doing fantastic. Hang in there.... I feel the same way but you have to pace yourself. It is a marathon not a sprint.

    Cynthia

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  29. Thank you Bonnie, for the nice compliments !
    You are always such a funny chick ! I love your projects and you did a ton ! I am do not
    have patience either, that is why I do more then one thing at a time - so I forget something is drying and leave it alone, LOL !
    I think you already do a fine job, I think we judge ourselves the hardest.
    I love your signature monogram picture - very sheek !
    I love that bird cage and I see you already have a resident !
    I love that corner shelf and I see you used my favorite color.....
    I love the glass , the fan (wow that fan....),
    the china - what a great deal..and the quilt -looks extra cozy...You rocked on the deals - great job !
    Hugs and come by anytime ~
    Kammy

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  30. Ha ha...you had me giggling. Great post. I love your finds and their makeovers. I especially liked the birdcage. Great job...

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  31. I enjoyed reading you, you're very funny. I think you did a great job on the black corner shelf. Keep trying and keep sharing and feel free to stop by for a visit. I'm a follower now and look forward to many future projects from you ;-)

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  32. Great job! I love the frame with the keys!

    I've been painting a LOT too... check out my blog

    http://avintagememory.blogspot.com/

    I can't wait to paint more next weekend!

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  33. Spray paint does wonders! I really like the china you found. I have a client who just spent sooo... much money on china cups at an Antique mall, but she loves them.

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  34. I think you did really well. I am just like you when it comes to painting. But I can't wait to get started. I already even have my first "guinea pig" piece of furniture to practice on. My DH has no faith in me. LOL!
    I love all the stuff you find. Gosh, you're lucky!!

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  35. Wow! you found some super deals. Great job painting. I like the before and afters photos. Nice blog, I will visit often. Sandi

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  36. I too have suffered from blog reading overload, they make you want to do it all! It is hard to slow down huh? Your doing a great job with your re-dos, they turned out really nice...and your finds? WOW, those rose bowls for a buck? WOW and the fan! Love the fan!

    BTW, your blog is just lovely to look at too, roses! YUM!
    Bless you,
    Donna Lynn

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  37. Oh my, you have some great make-overs there....they don't even look like the befores... :-)

    I loved the little china bowls. I love bowls hung on the wall...for a bit of dimension.

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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  38. I like the Gordon's Dry Gin bottle . Nice find.

    Stephen
    Singapore

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