Saturday, June 12, 2010

Garage Sale Finds!

I had a real craptastic week at work but this made up for it!  I went to my mom's today to help her with a few projects...she finally decided to paint this cute corner hutch in her kitchen and we were going to get a french door ready to install in her pantry. 

Anyway, on the way to Mom's house I found a garage sale, so I picked her up & we hit it. Two sisters who were also antique dealers were downsizing.  They had some really nice things there but I was looking more for projects.  Mom picked up something that I would LOVE to show you, but it's a gift and I can't post it yet..it's one of the really nice things and it is going to a certain someone with a birthday coming up.


Here's what I picked up:

A large metal candlestick, enamel lid, 3 corner shelves, beaded evening bag, creamer, wooden kitchen utensils in stainless steel container.  Total cost $18.


Flashback - while driving back from my sisters a few weeks ago, we stopped at an antique shop called The White Elephant in Mentone. That had these out back in their garden:
 
Birdbaths made from enamel lids/bowls and branches. Now I don't care for the little signs under them but I loved the concept.  

Here is my version:

Before

After

I painted the candlestick and popped the lid on top and voila - a birdbath! That's my butterfly bush behind it and it's between 2 dwarf alberta spruce.  I'm going to add a bird feeder.  This is right outside my kitties' room and I'm hoping it will keep them entertained. 


We need to cut that grass (and by we, I mean Brian).


I love the enamel lid..it's all dinged up - just perfect!  



I hope you are having a wonderful weekend..get some rest!

I'm linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  & DIY Link Party at Fine Craft Guild - c'mon over!


13 comments:

  1. I love the birdbath!! Boy, do you get right on it, too! Where are you going to put the corner shelves? All for less than $20-how else can you get such a cheap fix?!

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  2. That is delightful. Very nice!

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  3. Cute! So sweet! I agree they look much better without the little signs :0)

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  4. That is SUPER cute!!! I felt VERY Jennifer today! Our church had a yard sale yesterday (where you could donate stuff for the youth to sell OR rent a parking space and sell your own stuff). We weren't able to go, but Drew had to be at church early for a meeting this morning, which meant I had time to peruse the left-overs. :) Tucker and I were out in the sun in the corner of the parking lot at 9am looking through a pile of stuff. I walked away with a big, wooden (and gorgeous) bookshelf - it has some water damage and a little mold on the bottom but I know how to kill the mold and I'm planning on putting it in the garage, so it was perfect for me -- and the most beautiful wooden rocker -- all for $25!!! When you see the pictures of this rocker, you will DIE that I got it AND A bookshelf for that. I don't plan on projecting either of them, but just finding "steals" made me think of you! :)

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  5. very cute

    do link it up at the DIY tutorial lnk party over at Fine Craft Guild. The link is here:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-linky-party-free-pillow-crochet-pattern/

    a new party opens every wednesday and remains open all week long.

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  6. What an amazing transformation! You are so clever!

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  7. You did good girl! Love the birdbath makeover - it looks perfect now!

    Jeanine

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  8. Hi Jen! Thanks for following my blog and I'm so glad you enjoy it. I've enjoyed looking at your projects.

    Susie

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  9. Fantastic birdbath project from two unlikely pieces! I'm very impressed.

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  10. great job. I made one with a giant candlestick and a pot lid. I love making things for the birds.
    Yours turned out great!
    gail

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  11. What a great idea! I will never pass up one of those old ugly candlesticks again!!

    Carol

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  12. What a fun redo! It turned out great!

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  13. such a cute idea, i have been wanting to make a bird bath but hadn't found the right pieces, so i just bought one at harbor freight (http://cottageromance.blogspot.com/2010/06/spoons-and-bird-bathno-really-its-bird.html) w/ my b-day $$. it's very cute, but- i love to be unique and have hand-made/me-made things! so, great job on the bb!

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