Hello beautiful friends! I have the cutest redo for y’all today! It’s a tea kettle floral arrangement made from one super ugly duckling!
My Trash-to-Treasure girls get together the second Tuesday of the month, and I was thinking this was going to be the day and that this project would be absolutely perfect!
Except…oops! This is only the first Tuesday, but this project is too cute to wait until next week!
Here is what I started with:
It was dirty and dated and had burn marks on the kettle, the lid, and the handle. They were in odd places too, so no telling how they happened!
It was only $2.95 though, and I was drawn to it for some reason, so in the cart it went.
It wasn’t until I got it home that I realized that we had a set of dishes in this pattern that my mom would bust out for Thanksgiving, and guess what? I still have them.
No wonder I was attracted to it ha ha!
This actually cleaned up nice and shiny! I just used warm soapy water.
Here’s a closer look at one of those burn marks.
You’re welcome. I know you were dying to see that up close.
It had worn almost all the way through!
EDITED TO ADD: Thank you, Gloria for letting me know that those are likely chips rather than burn marks. That makes so much more sense ha ha!
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this kettle when I spied it at the thrift store, but it needed a little prep first.
Because this is a super slick surface, I prepped it with Slick Stick first.
Slick Stick helps to bond your paint to all the shiny surfaces…metal, glass, laminate etc without the need for sanding.
I applied one coat of Slick Stick…
Then I waited two hours and applied a second coat, letting it dry the rest of the day.
While I waited for that to dry, I headed to Michaels to choose some flowers for my new kettle arrangement!
The flowers I chose would determine where I went with it next.
I found these pretty blush pink blooms with the fall stems right away:
(There are three blooms on each stem and I ended up only using two stems.)
Then I went in search of filler to go with them. With all the fall bunches of flowers, I found these that were just perfect:
(This is three bunches, but I only ended up using two.)
I also found these that are traditional fall colors that I loved too!
I can picture those with sunflowers!
The next day I was ready for paint! I chose Dixie Belle’s Fluff and gave this kettle just one coat:
You can see the pattern showing through, but I planned to cover that right up with transfers!
Once it was good and dry, I sanded lightly all over just to smooth out the surface:
Choosing a transfer
I had several of the smaller Redesign transfers in mind for this project:
See all the transfers I have in stock HERE.
There are 39 of this smaller size alone to choose from…just look for the ones that are $12.99.
Any of those would have worked nicely, but I ended up choosing a different one altogether, the Botanical Paradise transfer:
It had lots of pretty pink blooms to go with the flowers I had chosen.
Here’s what comes in that set:
I cut most of them apart, and then I started with my favorite of the bunch and burnished it to the surface:
It looked better already with just that one transfer!
But I kept going, adding several more until I was happy with how it looked.
I buffed off the excess with a soft, clean cloth and it was time for the flowers!
Tea Kettle Floral Arrangement
To turn it into an arrangement, I dropped a piece of floral foam in the bottom:
You can glue it, but I did not.
Next, I cut off some of the length of the filler bunches I found and stuck them right into the foam…one in back of the handle and one in front:
All the stems have wire so they are easy to arrange and stay put.
Next, I cut the pink blooms apart and trimmed them also:
Then I stuck those in, adding three to each side.
Ready to see how it turned out??
Let’s get in a little closer…
Pretty cute, eh?
I had fun layering the flowers on the kettle, and the little bee in this set was the icing on the cake:
You’d never know how this sad kettle looked before!
It is now a pretty arrangement that can be enjoyed for years to come.
I did use fall blooms although they don’t scream fall at all lol, but I guess that’s me easing into it!
Even the lid got some love…
And what about the other side of the kettle?
I gave that some love too!
This is another one of the mini transfers from the Classic Vintage Labels transfer set!
That set has 27 mini transfers that you can use to embellish so many things!
See 10 more mini makeovers using that set HERE.
I just could not stop taking pictures of this cutie pie arrangement!
That’s another piece done woohoo!
If you missed any so far, you can catch up below:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this cool case:
See y’all then!
UPDATE: It’s done and ready to see now HERE!
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