Garage Sale Makeovers

I love finding old pieces from garage sales...just being able to see the previous owner makes the hunt even more nostalgic than the thrift store. Plus I get to do a little evil laugh to myself thinking how awesome I am going to make their "junk." If only they knew the potential...they would have to fight me to the ground for it. Yes, Mr. $25 hutch...it has a value of around $300 now! hehehehehe....suckers.... ;)
Anyways, I found these fun little hot pads at a garage sale and though "vintage" so not my style! The one on the right is pretty cute...but I am more of a red and teal girl than green and purple. So anyways, I had big dreams for these babies.
The same garage sale was also selling a handful of blank white tiles...perfect! So it took me months to figure out what I wanted to do with them...I thought about stamping...writing something clever but "food" is all I could come up with...or "hot." Lame...but then I thought...
...monogram! Perfect!!! I love them soooo much! So cute...so personal...so much more modern with a vintage feel...and so thrifty! ;) And yes, I wrote these free-hand...I have heard some think it is a gift...it's second nature...like spray paint...and not paper crafting! One is hung on the oh so favorite Ikea towel racks...along with a few pans.
The other is hung between these two deliciously juicy red hot plates on the wall...yum!
I also found these old birds...and failed at the before picture...sorry. I tried to take this one which was before the final coat of spray paint...think ceramic brownish yellow bird perched on some wood...
With a fresh coat of paint...these babies look much newer, fresher, and hipper...all the birds around the block are going to be jealous! ;)
I got the idea from a magazine that also suggested buying old ceramic vases with embellishments and painting them all one color to make a unified look with them all clustered together...genius! Love it!


27 comments:

  1. ooh, ashley, love the tiles the best!! so fun!

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  2. Great projects. I love redoing garage sale finds too!

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  3. I love the patina on your "feathered friends". Great project. I would like to see the vases.

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  4. What great ideas!! I love finding great buys at garage sales that just need a lil makeover :)

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  5. I love making ugly crap BEAUTIFUL! ;)

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  6. I love the tiles. Now I'm going to start garage sale hunting, but if I don't find anything, or worse yet, if I find things and have no idea what to do with it when I buy it, I'm going to curse you!

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  7. Those are some pretty cool remakes. I love the clean look of the tiles. I think I have probably the same IKEA towel rack that previous owners installed in our house.

    And thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday on my SITS day. I had so much fun and am still wading through wonderful comments. I hope you enjoyed yourself and that you come back to visit soon!

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  8. It all turned out great! I especially like the birds with the pink plate!

    About my black door...just prime it (like we didn't do) then a coat of black enamel paint rolled on. We have to put a second coat since we didn't prime it.

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  9. I would have passed those tea kettle thingys but girl, you did a heck of a number on them! They rock!

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  10. I like the little fat white bird. I need to start checking out garage sales for fitness equiptment! You know everyone is over dieting already!

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  11. Those tiles are amazing--great idea!!

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  12. Those trivets are precious. I love the look of the monogram letters. Who would have thought but you with your amazing talent. I am envious of your gift and the hutch!! It is gorgeous. Great job. You inspire me!!
    Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  13. Well you've done it again! You've turned trash into coveted treasure! I would never in my life buy those birds, but now I want them. And those trivets...how clever! What is the magazine you got the ideas from? On second thought, nevermind. I'll let you pick out the articles worth noting and continue to frequent your blog. However, I would like to see the vases ceramic vases they were talking about. Is that something on your to-do list in the near future?

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  14. You are so creative and clever! I love what you did with these items.

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  15. Super cute! What a great idea! Free hand-eh? Fantastic job! I have seen stuff like this at our local thrift store. I would have never thought to do something so fantastic with them! Thanks for the ideas-keep them coming! I am so glad that there are other people who love the thrifting and redoing as much as I do!!

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  16. I love your blog! ....and I love your little etsy nuggets!! If I were not so lazy I would get up right now and get my credit card to order a few things....I'll be back for the Kissing Ball! I am a new follower!

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  17. Awesome!! Your free hand is great! :) I love those trivets!

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  18. Those are absolutely darling. Too stink'in cute. I'll have to be on the outlook. I have a coffee theme in my kitchen. That red trivet looks like one I am thinking about purchasing in Gini's catalog.

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  19. Really...are you serious...freehand? That is just sickening and not fair. I got some very similar "junk" at a rouge yard sale yesterday. Let me just say...lots of country crap. The ladies were looking at me with pity in their eyes and I was plain giddy thinking of all the possibilities those little wooden hearts and bunnies held!

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  20. Hi Ashley,

    I love your transformations!!!

    You won a prize at my Etsy Blog Party, swing by my blog and see!

    Congratulations!!!

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  21. Oh So Cute!!! I can't believe you free-handed those letters! They look like vinyl cut-outs. Way to go!
    And the little white birdies...ADORABLE!! What a difference a little paint made. : )

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  22. i love the re-do! how fabulous was it that those tiles just fit right in? you're a super talented lady!

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  23. I love the re-dos! I hope you didn't throw those tiles away, especially that green/purple one. I love the owl! And I can't believe you freehanded that. It is truly a gift. I like to blame my handwriting-suckiness on the fact that I'm lefthanded.

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  24. I just love your creativity Ashley! What great makeovers!!

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  25. Beautiful. My grandmother had hot plates like those...I wonder what ever happened to them?

    Great makeovers!

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  26. Oh yes, I did see this one!! And loved it! I love the monograms too, and the birds are fantastic!!

    I also go to yard sales and then fix it all up. Literally, about 80% of the stuff in my home is second hand {yard sales, my mom, my mother-in-law, grandma, aunt, thrift stores, etc} :)

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  27. Hi!!! :)
    I just happened to look over your blog and I have to admit you are AWESOME!!! I mean how do you do it? Wow. All of your "masterpieces" are just too cute! I love them! I'm actually a fan of crafting and designing myself but none of them are this professional! Anyways, I just love the things that you have made so far!

    I'll be subscribing to you blog! :)
    Also, I'll be looking forward to future posts and projects!! :D

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