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'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:



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'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!


  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?!

  2. That is delightful. Very nice!

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

  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! :)

  5. very cute

    do link it up at the DIY tutorial lnk party over at Fine Craft Guild. The link is here:

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

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

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


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


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

  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!

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


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

  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 ( 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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