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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A LITTLE, BITTY, TEENY, TINY MAKE-OVER for VINTAGE THINGIES THURSDAY

Let's play VINTAGE THINGY THURSDAY with SUZANNE of COLORADO LADY again...
Go by and see what vintage things she is showing and take a look at all the other treasures around...
and THANK YOU for coming by to see me today..
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This is a little vintage FURNITURE make-over that I have shown before....
THIS is a bookshelf that was a natural wood and I didn't think to take a photo of it before I painted it....BLACK ...
Now, SMILING SALLY, I KNOW you don't like painted furniture and can't imagine
why anyone would PAINT perfectly good furniture...especially BLACK...
but this little bookshelf is an unfinished one that had a stain of
"U.G.L.Y."
on it, so.....what's a girl to do but
PAINT IT !
I'm not even sure if it is VINTAGE...I just know it is about
35 years old...is that vintage enuf ??
*I needed some cuteness on this little wall ....
Three good shelves for books but I have a
WHOLE WALL of bookshelves and didn't need this one to hold books, too....
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I was shopping at our local arts and crafts mall and came across this delightful little sign...
Loving graphics and words so much, I fell in love with it...took it home without a
clue where it might go...I especially loved the khaki and black....
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It fit JUST PERFECTLY on my newly painted bookshelf...
(this was several years ago, tho)
how lucky is that !
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Three baskets (from Michael's) fit perfectly across one shelf....
and I am thinking..."I like this....A LOT"
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So, I went back to the store, bought 6 more baskets and....
WALLA... a POTTERY BARN LOOK-ALIKE...heh heh...
Lots of added storage space for all kinds of things....and....
I even have 2 of the baskets....
STILL EMPTY !! WHOA......

(HEY...maybe I can put more DISHES in them !.......ya think ?
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I, like all of you, just love re -purposing!!

It's FUN !!

XO bj

"some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!!"

46 comments:

Deb said...

it looks great! look forward to all your posts

Coloradolady said...

This is so cute! I love the black and you are right..such a pottery barn look alike...and I am sure a better price! Love it. Have a great weekend.

Picket said...

BJ this is still one of my favorite redos of yours!!!! I love painted furniture! Hope you are having a great week girl!

Jan Ely said...

What a great idea--turned out so nice!

salmagundi said...

Sounds like more dish shopping is in the future. You can't have empty baskets!!! Sally

Brenda Eason said...

That is so pretty. I love how the black make the baskets pop.

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous! And much nicer than PB!

Carol said...

Great shelf redo, BJ! I love those baskets!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Excellent! And, that clock and accessories shown have solved a troublesome spot for me in my home. I just love visiting and learning.

Allidink said...

Aw, that looks so cute! I just love how you used the baskets.

All the best,
Allison

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Well that turned out very nice. I like the look of the baskets and the little added extras.
Molly

Samantha said...

Love your baskets ! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am by yours very often. Found it through my very sweet cousin Diane. Texas, you are not to far from us, we are in TN ! Really enjoy your blog, have a very blessed week.

Diane said...

Love the makeover shelf! The baskets are great and what a wonderful storage idea! Happy Thursday, BJ!

Diane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

that shelf looks great! And the baskets are so good looking, and when I think of all of the hidden storage -- You made me start looking for shelves to put baskets on at my house! laurie

Roslyn Atwood said...

Nice work BJ I like it a lot-& I'm with you, unless it's gorgeous wood why not paint it?!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

BJ, great job! I love painted furniture too! look so cottagey with baskets and lil' signage. Happy VTT

FarmHouse Style said...

Your shelf makeover looks great, BJ. It's amazing what a little paint and some cute baskets can do for a piece. The sign looks like it was made to go there:-)

Rhonda

ClassyChassy said...

You have an eye for decorating, that is for sure! Nice display, and love the ABC's!

Southern Lady said...

I love your shelf, BJ ... the baskets were a great idea. I love the sign and the clock, too. And it has SO much more personality than Pottery Barn stuff!

Stacey said...

Perfect! Pottery Barn would be proud. :)

Denise said...

Love this look. I have been starting to add some black things to my decor. Love it!

Have a great day, Denise

Terri and Bob said...

You are soooo good at this! I always learn something from you!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

LOVE it!! You have some of the neatest things for each post!

Knitty said...

Perfect!

But hurry and fill those baskets! You don't want them feeling unloved. ;)

Susan said...

Perfection for that old bookcase--love the whole look and what a great way to hold "treasures". I am very fond of our alphabet and have stenciled it many times.

Smilingsal said...

It's PERFECT! I can't imagine that anyone wouldn't want it just like it is, all painted pretty. Who IS that foolish woman who said she didn't like painted furniture?

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

WOW! I love the way thay turned out BJ. You have the best decorating ideas!
Hugs,
Penny

Kathleen Grace said...

I love how this looks and I know it must have been a tiny fractiuon ofg what it would have cost at Pottery Barn! You have such a great eye for putting things together:>)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Bj
You are so creative! The shelf looks great.
Have a great day,
Diane

foxxy said...

Very creative BJ. Looks like a million bucks!

Betty said...

I like it! I have a piece that I want to paint one of these days.
Have a great day!

Betty

Sarah said...

This looks great and something that can actually be used!

Bea said...

Great job, BJ. Right decision in painting the shelf black.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet BJ! Oh I am loving this shelf! Great job!

Debbie from NJ

Stephanie said...

the letters were really the perfect touch!!!! :) Actually I think I NEED that piece. One look at the magazines on my living room floor and you would know why ;)

Stephanie

pammiejo said...

Great re-do and I'm likin' your idea to use it for always needed storage! I really do love that ABC sign - be perfect for an old retired school teacher like me, wouldn't it? Thanks for dropping by my blog! PAM

Anne Marie said...

totally perfect for that wall!!

Janet, said...

that looks really good. I love the ABC sign on the top and the baskets are great.

Raggedy Girl said...

You did a great job. I love baskets and yours look really great.

from Roberta Anne
The Raggedy Girl

Shelia said...

Hi most precious BJness! Oh, it's good to get to come and visit with you! I love your little shelf and the baskets look like they were made for this. Hope all is well in your world.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

gin said...

perfect makeover. it looks great.

farmlady said...

Very nicely done. I love the "Pottery Barn" look alike baskets and I love that you painted the shelf black. It makes everything stand out.

marybt said...

That looks great! And I'm a little jealous of the empty baskets - I could never have empty baskets in my house! lol.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

How I LOVE to organize!! I just never do it! :)
(How the heck did I miss this one????)
Smiles~
Mona

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

WOW that looks fabulous with alphabet letters & baskets, it makes a VERRY NICE display :)

Kelly said...

What a wonderful idea! This turned out great! ~Kelly

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