Hello awesome friends!! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing another round of smalls!
These are all projects from the past that I have shared before, but they are super simple makeovers anyone can do:
Mini Makeover #1
I’m starting today’s smalls off with this drawer front that came off of a dresser we got from Hubby’s Grandma:
The dresser wasn’t in the best shape when we got it and had quite a bit of mold growth on it that we didn’t realize it had, so I ended up just keeping this drawer front and the hardware.
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I grabbed my favorite tape for adding stripes, FrogTape for delicate surfaces, and striped this one in vertical stripes:
I found these hooks that I had painted in Cotton, but I also found a few more pieces of hardware that I had removed from another project (free!) and gave them a couple of coats of Cotton as well. I used the end of my putty knife to add some distressing…
You could totally use spray paint here, but I like the texture of the chalk paint and it distresses easily.
Then I added them to my drawer front to make a one-of-a-kind necklace organizer:
These hooks that I used came from Hobby Lobby and are super affordable:
They started out dark before I painted them.
The other small hardware pieces are quite pretty, but it’s hard to see any of that detail head-on:
These were a lucky find in my stash and didn’t cost me anything!
This is a great way to keep all those necklaces from getting tangled and can easily be hung in a bedroom, closet, or even on a door using heavy duty command hooks to hang it.
This was a super simple project you could do even just using a piece of 1X6, or you could use an old cabinet door as well.
Mini Makeover #2
The next two pieces aren’t in the graphic above, but they are super simple and quick and so I included them as well.
I picked up this paper towel holder forever ago, and it had been hanging around for way too long. So, I finally decided to throw it in with one of my hauls to get it done!
Pretty sad looking, huh? I paid 45 whole cents for it and figured paint might do something for it.
And it sure did!
I guess the napkins in that photo are a little redundant, huh? I mean if you have a giant roll of paper towels right there…It would be perfect to put on the table at a cook out though, right?
I sanded the base that was flaking first, and then I spray primed it white. I wanted a little white to show through. Then, I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue.
This also got a light sanding and a coat of Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin to seal.
I’d say that’s 45¢ well spent!
This petite tray is another simple one that I found while thrifting with Nancy:
You can see me finding it here in this video if you like:
(See how I redid that chair I found HERE!)
I chose to give this tray a simple paint job:
I love this color combo…it’s like the perfect neutral!
I lightly sanded it and sealed it with Dixie Belle’s White Wax so I could leave some in the crevices of the handles and feet:
A little tray like this could be used for so many things!
Mini Makeover #4
I knew this next piece had potential as soon as I spied it at the thrift store on another one of my trips with Nancy:
It was marked down twice to $1.98…what a deal!
It got a simple makeover…
Who couldn’t use a box to hide their secret stash?
I used a small brush and black craft paint to fill it in.
Well hello to you too!
Then I added a little glass knob from Hobby Lobby, and printed out a tag for the front using the Veteran Typewriter Regular font.
I guess it’s not so secret though if I put that right on the front, eh?
Simple, but definitely better than the original, don’t you think?
Mini Makeover #5
What would a smalls round up be without a basket? I picked up and stored this one so long that I forgot where it came from or how much I paid for it:
I’m sure it wasn’t much because I’m cheap like that. I tried to flog it at our annual yard sale last year for a dollar just to get it out of the house…
But no takers! (See more pics from our yard sale at the bottom of THIS POST.)
So, I decided to keep it and finally redo it.
And here’s how it looks after a little love:
It’s perfect for holding a few spare rolls of TP!
Heh heh…No 2…on a basket holding toilet paper.
I sprayed it upside down first, then right-side-up.
You could just spray prime and be done with it as I often do with baskets, but I decided to go ahead and spray paint over the primer for a little sheen using Rustoleum’s Satin White spray paint. Always prime first so your finish doesn’t flake off over time.
I used FrogTape and a brush to add the stripe:
I gave the surface a quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and called it a day.
Mini Makeover #6
Every so often, I come across these little recipe boxes, but with the word recipes carved into the front, I usually pass on them. However, this one was only a dollar, so I picked it up:
Personally I prefer hand-written recipes or recipes that I have printed out rather than trying to follow them on my phone or iPad, but sadly these little boxes just aren’t the kitchen staple they once were.
I decided to change it up so it could be used anywhere:
I cut out a piece of luan with my miter saw and covered right over the word Recipes. Now it can hold just about anything that can fit inside!
I used my Silhouette machine and dollar store contact paper to add the word Stuff. I figured that could cover a lot of bases.
I glued the sign onto the front using wood glue and that was that!
It’s perfect for clothespins…
Not that I’ll be hanging our laundry out to dry anytime soon or ever, but they were perfect for the photo lol!
You could use this to store medication bottles, hair accessories, whatever you can think of that would fit inside!
Not bad for only a dollar, right?
Mini Makeover #7
In the same post I shared this beauty:
I loved the ornate handle on the top and for $2.98, I knew I could make it feel loved again!
I love the softness the stripes add to this box.
I removed the handles from both boxes prior to painting.
When they were barely dry, I used my nail to scratch the paint off…
I lined the bottom of this one with fabric left over from my desk…
I attached it the same way I add fabric to drawers which you can see a video of in this post.
This one is actually the perfect size for hiding the remotes!
Mini Makeover #8
And finally, how about this plastic gold mirror:
This was a steal at $9.98. If you’re ever in need of a mirror, definitely hit up the thrift stores first. This one was from 1977 according the stamp on the back.
I painted one coat of white as a base first.
Then I used my favorite brush for painting those details to add one coat of the blue:
This is Amy Howard’s 2″ Round Wax Brush Paint Brush. I believe it is intended for wax, but it says “paint brush” on it so I’m not sure. I was lucky to get one in my goodie bag from one of the blogging conferences I attended years ago. HERE is one very similar to it on Amazon, and Dixie Belle is releasing a similar one soon! This type of brush works amazingly well on all those details!
I also painted the back, inside edge all the way around so the mirror would reflect the blue.
I decided to go from old gold to more coastal on this one:
This is very similar to Vintage Duck Egg Blue.
I sanded lightly all over with 220 grit sandpaper which highlighted the details a bit more…
I used spray clear sealer to seal the frame. Easy!
And that is another batch of smalls…from the past!
Were any of them new to you?
I will be back on SUNDAY however, and every day next week as I bring you the Posts of Christmas Past!
I have several cute repurposed holiday projects that I am dusting off and sharing all next week while I deck the halls around here! I thought that might be a fun way to officially welcome the holiday season!
I hope you’ll join me each day! This will be the first one:
UPDATE: See how this cutie looks now dressed up for the holidays HERE!
And if you’re not into holiday makeovers at the moment, skip to my next non-holiday makeover HERE! You WILL NOT be disappointed! 🙂
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