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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Monday, May 17, 2010

From very Drab to pretty good!

Last year as usual I took a trip to one of my favorite stores...Marshalls! I saw this cute wooden coffee sign for 12.99, and I had a coupon for 10.00 off, because I have a charge account with them, and I get rewards money. SO I basically paid 3.00 for it.  I thought what the heck it is wood and I like it.  Well for a year it has hung in the perfect spot, however, I have always found it to be so dark.  My husband likes the shape and size so I have left well enough alone with trying to replace it.  Today I had a brain storm......

I of course had all my supplies on hand.  I always have craft paint and sponges...just in case my boys have a school projects...or of course if I do!
You can see here how dark it is...pretty nice sign though.  Not sure why I still have the tag on it...I suppose it was a just in case I take it back, and of course never did!
Look you can even see the wood grain now.  First I painted it the canary yellow, let it dry, then I rubbed some glaze on it.  After that dried, I started sanding away.  Wiped it off, then took a knife and started to chip away a bit....
I love it lighter and brighter now.
Now it is in more keeping with this candy sign too

 And I like the way it looks with my kitchen table.  This table was made in Columbia and we purchased it at a Specialty Spanish decor store in SOuth Florida.  We purchased the set with the chairs for $700.00, this set is my pride and joy, I love it, because we beat it up and it's OK!~
Now don't forget about my awesome giveaway going on for another entire week.
 HERE are the details
I am linking up this transformation to these parties.  Thanks for hosting gals!~ Also see my side bar for details on my new linky party starting every Saturday and running til Monday. join in on the fun!

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Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

I keep the tags on my things too, not sure why! Love how much lighter it is and your other sign is fabulous!

Hey, I'm doing a giveaway! I would love you to stop by. Possible 3 entries! Follower, what you would buy and putting my giveaway on your blog or sidebar! What's taking you so long!

May 17, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Momma Fargo said...

You are so awesome! Love love it all! And the handbags are super great!

May 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

The sign came out really nice. I like the new look. Your kitchen table is fab!!


May 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger The Tuscan Home said...

WOW....that turned out FABULOUS! I didn't think I would like the lighter look, but I LOVE it!'ve got talent! You need to send some of those crafty ((((VIBES))))) my way. Ha-ha! Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your posts. ~Liz

May 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Letherton said...

matches much better great idea :)

May 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

Your sign looks great...before and after! I would have been so afraid I would have ruined it!

May 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Deb, you are amazing! that looks great:) keep inspiring us darling~we are counting on you!

May 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

You go girl!!! That looks great! I LOVE your table! It is really a show stopper! I think you should end the giveaway , oh say, today! That way it is less people to try to get my pink bag!!! :-)

May 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Debbie, I really like what you did with the sign! And I love your eating nook. So pretty with the table and all the natural light.

May 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Here On Crow Creek said...

There you go again showing that clock! lol...You know I leave tags on things to..Weird huh? Your table is just lovely, you need to just give that to me and go get you a new one! lol

May 17, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, I love your sign, it came out great! Your candy sign matches perfectly, sooo nice!
You have such a beautiful table, I love the blue, just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

May 17, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Nikki@KreativeKnack said...

thats waaaay better! Looks great!

May 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

YOU DID GOOOOOD:)! I love your coffee sign...I love your Ballard sign...I love your kitchen table...I love your house...I love it all!

Happy Monday sweet girl!


May 17, 2010 at 9:30 AM  
Anonymous gengen said...

Very creative...happy blue Monday.

May 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous gengen said...

It looks like pretty cute. happy MYM!

May 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooohhhh! I love it. Your table looks great. Have a wonderful day:)

May 17, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Chicago Chic said...

Hello there love! I adore what you have done to the coffee sign, you are so creative and talented. You are an inspiration to remember that things can be changed with a little work, I love your sense of style in decor! Hope you had a great weekend. :)


May 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Looks great Debbie! It looked good before, but now it looks perfect with all your colors!

May 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Home's Where My Heart Is said...

Looks fantastic! Great job!

I am so excited to show you what I found Saturday at a trading post. You were actually my inspiration! The metal rack you painted yellow that you have cookbooks on...let's just say if I hadn't seen your post, I never would have considered buying what I bought. And this is in addition to the other stuff I emailed you about on Friday. Can't wait to participate in your weekend post.

Have a super day!!

:) Erin

May 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I like it even better! Clever idea with the knife! I can't get over how well it matches the other sign!! Great job Debbie!

May 17, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger linda said...

that looks great Deb now it goes so well with the rustic dinning set Just pops out now in a good way :)

May 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love what you did to the sign...I think it looks better, too! I'll have to try your technique! Love your beautiful table and candy sign, too!

May 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

Great job on the sign Debbie! I like the lighter tones of it. Love the blues in your tablescape.

~ Tracy

May 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Deb, that looks so much better lighter like that. You are getting good at this creative stuff!!

May 17, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

It turned out great!! Another great way to batter something up is old metal pin floral frogs - they make great hole patterns!!

May 17, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Good job Mrs.Creative! I certainly would have never even thought of that! It looks great with the rest of your kitchen too! You should be proud of that table it is absolutley fabulous! Love, love, love it!

May 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger laterg8r said...

great makeover, love the lighter look :D

May 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I will say it again...will you come to MY house please!!
I love all your projects! You are extremely talented! I don't have a creative bone in my body!

May 17, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hi Debbie,, Congrats on your first Blog party.. I see it's going well!
Wanted to Thank You for you visit and lovely words... your blog is so happy. Decorations and accessories bring out your fun self!
You did a good job on the "Coffee sign".. lighter is better!
I'm following and will be back from time to time.. keep up with all the Junkin going on!
"I want the Coach Bag" (big smile here)!!

May 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

What a fabulous transformation. I love the hint of color. It matches your other sign perfectly. and that - great find!

May 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

It looks soo much better lighter! Oh do I LOVE Michaels. And your table is gorgeous!

May 17, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I'm definitely loving the lighter look of the sign. That was a great idea.

Oh and I love your kitchen table!

May 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hi Deb, What a great sign and it stands out so much better now that you lightened it up a bit. And your table looks sooooo pretty!!!

May 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Velvet Over Steel said...

I love the lighter outcome. & Thanks for sharing how I can use that on some my rustic wooden pieces. I like down to earth, homey decorations. :-) ~ Coreen

May 17, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

You are amazing Debbie! I'm so not crafty, and I love all the ideas you come up with..

May 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the heck do you come up with all these awesome ideas!!! Give me some of your brain!

I love your table! Its similar to a table Ive had my eye on...that whole rustic, doesnt matter what happens to it, because any damage makes it look that much more gorgeous!

May 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

I love the re-do of the sign and the colors are awesome! You do the same thing I do, if you don't like it ~ paint it!

May 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coincidentally, i've been cleaning out my closet today and found a top with the tag still on. When did i think i was going to go return that??!

I love the effort you put into each thing you do. I'm learning to do that too :)

May 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger eileeninmd said...

Love the sign and your table is awesome! Wonderful photos and mosaic!

May 17, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Your sign looks great. I am forever looking at stuff thinkig can that be redone, or repainted, or changed to fit my house. I like what you did to it. and your table is wonderful! Love it. I liked your rocking chair post below too. that was a great transformation.

May 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous D'dubsters said...

Wow, thats a lot of stuff you shared today. The giveaway looks great, designer bags. btw, your header looks awesome.

May 17, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Rosebud and Bluebells said...

Oooh Deb I just love what you have done with the coffee sign, very clever it looks great. i also love the candy sign too I've never seen a sign like that it makes such a statement.
Have a great week

May 17, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

A woman after my heart. You are amazing.

May 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What an improvement! Great idea and glad it worked out so well. Linda

May 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh, I like it so much better since you lightened it! :)

May 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

It looks amazing, and your post title is the best one I've seen all year! :) Great job!

May 17, 2010 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Debbie, I also like the sign lighter and I love your Ballard candy sign. Take care,

May 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love the sign, but what does hubby think?


May 18, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger All That Glitters said...

Looks great!!! I really love that sign above your door! Okay, i'm really in love with it!

May 18, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger xinex said...

Great transformation, Debbie. It can be seen better now....Christine

May 18, 2010 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Vastly improved for your wall! I would never think to tweak something like that!

Please don't enter me in the giveaway. Let others have a better chance of winning.

May 18, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

I love it! Can I borrow you for a weekend? Maybe you can teach me to be craftier (If there is any hope, lol)

May 18, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger scrapwordsmom said...

You talented girl you!! Love what you did with that sign AND your kitchen table and chairs...well they re to die for:)

Have a great day, Debbie!!

May 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Juniper said...

This just goes to show that you don't have to always start from scratch with a project!

May 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

My friend, I love your wooden's awesome! I looks really great with it's new "lighter" coat on! You did a great job, my friend! Of course, you know that I just adore your are definitely a very creative and talented designer!!!

Just wanted to thank you for coming by for a visit and taking a peek at my tulips! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes, my friend! Thank you!!!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Chari @Happy To Design

May 18, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Joy@Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your sign came out really great!

May 19, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It matches the other sign perfectly. Yes -- it's much better. Love it!

May 19, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Great revamp! Thanks for sharing and see you next week! Rory

May 19, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

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