Hi Sweet Friends!! Did you miss me? I sure missed ya’ll the past few days! I’m super excited about today’s post. It is another thrifty makeover, but this one is part of the Swap it Like it’s Hot series where blogger friends send each other a box of thrift store
junk treasures to work their magic on. Mine came from my lovely friend, Shanna of Restoration Redoux:
Get a load of what she picked out for me to work some magic on:
A very patriotic box with drawer, a brass lantern, and a three-piece swag.
I have yet to do anything with the lantern, but after racking the creative corner of my brain, the other pieces were finally repurposed into this whimsical garden planter:
Cute, right?? That’s the patriotic box with the drawer and the three-piece swag thingy.
I also used this spindle that was originally part of a clothes valet that I spied busted apart on the curb on my way to pick my 13 year old son up from school a couple of weeks ago. He was thrilled that I stopped to pick up garbage off the side of the road on the way back. “Seriously, Mom!!”
I would never pass up a perfectly good spindle. 🙂
To make this, I first spray painted all the pieces black…
Then I added a little Vaseline on the edges here and there, anywhere I didn’t want the paint to stick, and followed it up with a couple of coats of white spray paint.
When it dried, I used a soft cloth to gently rub the areas I had added Vaseline to and the paint came right off.
I do love this technique but have only tried it with spray paint.
To construct this (in case anyone sends you similar treasures in the mail to make over), here’s what I did:
1. I cut the rounded piece off of the spindle.
2. Then I screwed one of the flat rectangular pieces from the little swag that I had cut into a square, into the top of the spindle.
3. That gave me something to attach the drawer (which I used on the bottom) from the patriotic box, to the spindle.
4. Then I screwed the other patriotic piece to the top of the drawer part, as the part that would hold the plant. I also drilled a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage.
I added another one of the rectangles from the three-piece swag to the front for more interest. I already had the glass knob and the metal piece from Hobby Lobby in my stash:
They were the perfect icing on the cake, but unfortunately the metal part started to rust after a good rain boo hoo! So I have since removed it. It’s still pretty with just the knob though.
To be able to easily get it into the ground, I cut the bottom of the spindle to a point.
Here it is from the back showing the opening that was once the drawer!
Shhhh. When I turn it around, no one will ever know.
I took these photos two weeks ago and that dormant bush in the foreground is covered in green foliage now!
Amazing what two weeks and a bunch of rain will do.
I sure hope you enjoyed this makeover!
If you missed it or are new around here, you might also like to see what I did with my swap items I received for round #4 back in the Fall:
And here’s what I sent this round to my sweet friend, Christy from Our Southern Home:
I can’t wait to see what she dreams up for these thrift store finds! Check them out HERE now, and check out what the rest of my swapping friends are sharing all this week!:
If you missed my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days Series, where have you been??
See the final makeover and all links to the fist 30 HERE:
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I love to share at these great parties: