It’s an exciting day around these parts because I get to share two fun projects I worked on for Swap It Like It’s Hot.
If you’re not familiar with Swap It Like It’s Hot, let me tell you a little about it.
Charlotte from Ciburbanity had this brilliant idea a few years ago to get a group of bloggers to trade thrift store finds with each other and then transform the (in many cases not so pretty) treasures into something beautiful. It’s kind of like Cinderella’s transformation when she put on the glass slipper except in our case it involved our DIY skills. Each participating blogger was to spend between around $10 on whatever thrift store item(s) they wanted so our shopping skills were put to the test.
Before we jump into the makeovers, let me share what my swap partner, Christy from Our Southern Home sent me. I received an ice bucket with a wood grain vinyl cover and a top that was showing its wear plus two picture frames with images that were definitely not my style.
After looking at the items for a few days, I came up with a game plan on how I wanted to transform these pieces and give them a new life.
First up is the ice bucket.
Since I’ve been on the hunt for a blue and white ice bucket and haven’t been able to find one, I transformed this baby chinoiserie style. Isn’t she pretty?
Sometimes you just know that a project was meant to happen because all the pieces fall into place.
I had an image of the material I wanted cover this ice bucket with in my head. I knew I could find a cotton or upholstery fabric but wasn’t sure I’d find a vinyl which I wanted because it hold up against cold temps.
One day while I was in Hobby Lobby, I wandered through the fabric department looking for my ideal fabric and didn’t see anything that would work. When I got to the last fabric row, I turned right and spotted a bin of clearance remnants. I almost walked away but something told me to take a look.
Hot dog, there at the bottom of the bin was a beautiful blue and white VINYL staring at me and just enough (plus some) for my makeover. I practically skipped to the register.
Transforming my ice bucket was pretty simple. I used Fabric to Fabric Mod Podge and simply wrapped the blue and white vinyl over the old brown vinyl. I folded the vinyl over and down into the ice bucket and secured it with binder clips so the glue could dry. I did the same for the base. Once the glue had set, I cut away the excess vinyl from the top and bottom so the edges were clean.
I gave the lid and handle a new coat of gold paint and replaced the ugly gold knob with a stylish blue and white one I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
Next up I tackled the picture frames and since I was on an entertaining kick, I decided to transform them into pretty blue and white cake stands.
The frames themselves weren’t awful and I liked the carved swirl design around the edge so all I really had to do was paint the frames, replace the images and find a base.
I was originally going to use some glass candle holders that I had on hand but decided I needed bases that were chunkier and that could be painted white.
A quick trip to the thrift store and I found two wood candlesticks for .99 cents each. A little paint, blue and white craft paper inserts to replace the shell photos and some E600 glue and my cake stands stood proud.
**the blue and white paper is the same paper I used for the DIY Monogram Notecards I shared last week
Pretty cake stands call for some sweet treats!
You can see below that I put a small blue and white check paper in one of the frames and used a damask pattern for the other.
I’m thrilled with how my items turned out and had so much fun taking part in Swap It Like It’s Hot. Thank You Charlotte for inviting me to play along.
Now, you’ve got to head over to Angela’s blog, Blue i Style to see the amazing transformations on these items I sent her.
And here’s a line-up of all the bloggers featuring their Swap It Like It’s Hot projects today and follow the #swapitlikeitshot hashtag on Instagram to see everyones items.
Thanks for stopping by today. I’m off to work on another blog hop project…and this one is truly MakeOver Madness.