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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

BEFORE and AFTERS and REDS

KIM at SAVVY SOUTHERN STYLE
has a brand new, FUN meme party every Wednesday
BEFORE and AFTER...
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How fun...
we all just love to see
BEFORE and AFTERS
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Kim is very sweet and works with you on what you can post.
She doesn't mind that it is a PAST POST...
which is what I have today...

BEFORE
All of my readers that have been with me for awhile
have seen my 
$5.00 THRIFTED LUMBER YARD DISPLAY RACK
that really wants, so badly, to be a BACKERS RACK
when it grows up.
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The lumber yard was going out of business, selling all the display racks, counters and etc.
While Mr. Sweet was checking out other things,
I bought the olden, metal rack
and was dragging it to the pickup when he came running behind me, saying,
"What the heck ?"
I looked back and was surprised that he could even SEE ME,
his eyes were rolled SO FAR back in his head.
I get that A LOT...
the rolled eyes....*sigh
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ANYway, I put ceramic tile across the top...to hold lots of THINGS...
and used it in this state for quite some time..
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AFTER....

 HE is the first to admit that he loves this old rack now...
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I gave it a pretty shade of FRENCH BLACK this summer,
added the vintage wire locker room baskets to hold pretty cookbooks..
hung my vintage brass, long-handled ladles to  the front..
hung the wonderful sign that SUSIE HARRIS made for me..
I'm tellin' ya, she does a FABULOUS job on her signs..
Pottery Barn knockoffs are her speciality...
If you are wanting to give a GREAT sign to someone on your CHRISTMAS list,
go over and browse thru her blog and ETSY SHOP

Stacked some pretty  dishes and added a big bucket of  real  IVY to soften things up...
those are vintage shuttered swinging doors, just propped up behind the rack...
and I love it all...

Also back during the summer,
we went to GOODWILL one day and it was
a day the ANGELS were smiling on moi...
I heard a heavenly CHOIR singing the minute I spotted THESE...
Those amazing huge brass candle sticks...3 and 4 dollars...
I nearly wet my pants.
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And that little wooden, ugly table...less than 3 dollars.

Oh, I had plans for ALL of these beauties...
Oh, yes, I had already spotted these
 WONDERFUL 
POTTERY BARN
candlesticks in their catalog.
MEGA bucks..
I gave my brass ones a couple coats of the best BLACK...That's them, on your right...
and, may I just say...
I like them MUCH better than PB's 'cause they didn't cost an arm and a leg and
I have the EXACT  same look...
I LOVE IT, YA'LL...
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The little wooden table got dressed in COLONIAL RED
and just shines, while it holds a stack of my beloved decorating magazines,
between my two blue, olden easy chairs...
HOWEVER..
in just this last week,
one of my favorite bloggers, DONNA, at
FUNKY JUNK INTERIORS

showed us how to make this TO. DIE. FOR. tabletop...
and MR. SWEET, the sweetie, said he would make it for me... but that 
I would have to do the painting on it...*gulp
isn't it just about the cutest thing you've ever seen.
I KNOW, before I even attempt it, that mine will
NEVER....
EVER...
IN A MILLION YEARS...
look like HERS...
*double heavy sigh
but, I gotta try...
or maybe I can get my sweet daughter, STACY LEIGH, to do it for me..
SHE IS GOOD !!
I hope you will go by and see all the
and I am also linking with
If you like looking at RED...she will have bunches of it.
In the meantime...
HAVE A RUBY RED GRAPE and a STRAWBERRY with me.

32 comments:

Jacqueline said...

You are too talented to be able to see those brass candlesticks and that table in their before condition and make them things people would envy!!! Great before and after post. I didn't know Kim was going to do this every Wed. I will have to participate again.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how I love your bakers rack. I think it looks better than most of the ones I see and you have it decorated so beautifully. Love all the wire baskets too. Gorgeous. Your candlesticks do look better than the expensive ones. Cute little red table. I can't wait to see the one you are going to make. I think it is just fabulous. Thanks for the grapes. Hugs, Marty

Marydon said...

BJ, you are the most creative gal! I love your table & candlesticks. I only wish we were able to find the treasures you do ... love the wire stand, too. Fabulous ...
Have a great eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Julie Harward said...

It's always so amazing what a little paint can do! I love the before and afters here! :D

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ. thanks so much for linking up these wonderful transformations. I do love that sign you got from Susie. I may have to check out her other signs. Your candlesticks look better than the PB ones. Great job!

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, I can just see you lugging that baker's rack to the car! :) I love it and you have it set up so prettily! Love your candlestick and little table makeover too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deanna said...

You are the Wizardress of makeovers!! I love what you did with your Goodwill finds. Your candlesticks are waaaay better and have more character than the ones you were coveting...lol! The little red table is too die for...(swoon!)

I took two grapes, I've got to watch my girlish figure. Okay, I really took five grapes...!

Deanna :D

Life on the Edge said...

I remember seeing that rack before and never figured out that it wasn't a baker's rack! Incredible job. It looks wonderful. I also remember seeing those candlesticks and table. You're like me in that you love to find a bargain and make it look like you spent the big bucks at Pottery Barn! I would rather do that even if I did have the money for PB!

Oh, and I moderate my comments now since I was getting SO much spam for a while!

Kady
Life on the Edge

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I'm going to call you Miss Before and After. YOu did a wonderful job transforming those pieces! I love, love, love the rack!
Sorry about not getting the beer bread to you earlier my dear!
The link is, http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2010/07/stonegable-bacon-corn-chowder-and-beer.html
xo Yvonne

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a fantastic job with the bakers rack...no wonder Mr. Sweet loves it! Love the sign Susie made too, I have to check out her shop!

The candlesticks are fabulous. I love when someone does Pottery Barn better than Pottery Barn! And I love your red table. All of your bright colors look fabulous.

Oh...guess what? I found my red striped table runner!! Yipee!

XO,
Janie

Joyce said...

IT looks as if you hit the jackpot forsure. I have never even thought of refurbishing brass candlesticks. I wouldn't have thought the paint would stick but apparently....it does!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Love those!! And thanks as always for the laughs. My 16-year-old thinks you are hilarious, too! Hope you are having a wonderful fall, BJ!
xoxo, Andrea

Annesphamily said...

You are a savvy shopper. I love those candlesticks and the rack! I would love a rack like that because if we get this new house (actually an old house) I want a bakers rack to use liek this. Thank you Anne

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

Love your bakers rack.....and love your candle sticks. You are so good and seeing the potential in something!
Hugs,
Penny

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

You have a eye for treasures. I wouldn't have thought the rack would have looked this good. I really like the candlesticks too. Trish

Zondra Art said...

You ar big talent and very creative women!I lake it!

Kisses BJ.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

BJ I love your bakers rack, you did a great job of softening it up! What's even better, yours is probably much sturdier than the ones we can buy at the stores-enjoy:@)

Theresa said...

I can certainly see why you snagged that rack! It is gorgeous! Love the addition of the baskets for your beautiful cookbooks.

I remember the red table transformation... LOVE IT! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

I am going to check out the amazing maker of gorgeous signs:)

Angela said...

Oh my goodness, I just adore what you have done. That red table..WOW....perfect..Great find with the baker shelf. I am on the hunt for one of those,,the only problem, I still need to figure out where to put it..I have to tell ya..I saw your pic for your 50th..WOW...you two are two find looking lovebirds..50 years? Let me tell ya,,,you guys look ever SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fine!!!!!

sissie said...

Hi BJ....oh talented one! You can make anything look great! Love your bakers rack, your candlesticks and your little table.

hugs
Sissie

Donnie said...

I don't have that gene that lets one see what something will look like and also process how to make it get there...so pretty. I so enjoy looking at others before and afters.

Ann said...

What a great bakers rack. I adore the way you used the old wire baskets. I have an old wire basket (the kind we used in gym class). The candlesticks are terrific too.
Ann

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You are amazing...you and the Mr.! Love the bakers rack...they are just the most fun to decorate! And I am crazy for candlesticks right now! May go looking for some at the thrift stores later! Will you paint them for me? heehee! Hugs! ♥

LV said...

You turned your befores into some very nice afters. You did a great job.

Rita said...
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Rita said...

Sorry I had a mistake on the first one.
I know you always have such an interesting blog; but I have to admit to you that when I leave here, I'm a wee bit jealous.
You sure know how to make anything look good.
I really hope you thank the lord about this talent he gave you; widh you lived closer to advise me on decor.
Hugs,
Rita

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some great deals, and loved seeing the redos. I have a set of brass candle holders that are about 3 feet tall and am thinking about painting them. May I ask what brand and kind of paint you used and did you treat the brass with anything before painting? Thanks.
Glenda

Bill said...

Great job on the baker's rack, the little table, and (WOW!) those candlesticks! You are one very clever lady, Ms. BJ!

All That Glitters said...

Wow!!!! love the transformations!!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love all your ideas for remaking your wonderful finds. That tabletop is going to be gorgeous! Just use stencils for the lettering:>)

SueLovesCherries said...

Oh, wow, those are totally awesome transformations! Amazing what a little paint can do! Your rack looks like it came out of a design magazine - good job!

I LOVE your music choices, too!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love your bakers rack and I know it is much happier now than when it lived at the lumber yard!