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Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Life, New Use, NEW ARTWORK

Anything can be re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed. It just takes a bit of time, effort, thought and a dash of creativity. A few months ago while watching one of my favorite HGTV programs (Design on a Dime) they were re-doing a kitchen and this is what one of the designers did. I loved the idea because it meant that old silverware didn't have to be kept tucked away in a drawer or closet somewhere. I gathered my supplies and went to work. I was going to save this post for next week/Thursday but I thought "why wait?". Then as I was surfing through blogs, I came upon a blog called "Nesting Place" and what a wonderful place it is. Well guess what? She had done something similar as well ! That was just affirmation that this really is a good idea, lol! Ms Nester has got to be one of the most creative people in blogland. I only wish I would have found her sooner. What a talent!
So, I was saying...
Make the project work for you and just imagine how you can dress it and shake it up with different papers, ribbons, etc. The possibilities are endless! I coordinated the colors to work in my kitchen. I think this would be great in a dining room too!


Before
A tired oak frame and an Angel print...
After:
Painted the frame black, removed the glass,
cut leftover scrapbook paper to "fit",
hot glued silverware to paper,
and added a bit of wire ribbon
for good measure...


So? What do you think? I know it may not be for everyone, but I'm really happy with the way it came out, plus it really helps to "tie in" the "spoon pulls" my dear hubby was so good to make for me and don't you just love that the silverware is a bit tarnished? L-l-l-love it!

P.S. I've been strolling through bloggerville and have seen so many who've followed Ms Nester's idea. It's so, so fun!

20 comments:

Connie said...

Oooooh, I like it....a LOT, honey! Darling. I may do that with old silverware I have. I need something for my kitchen soffit. Great idea.......
xoxo,
Connie

Chari said...

Hi Rechelle...

Ohhh yes...I love your new work of art, my friend!!! What a grand idea!!! Love the freshly painted black frame and that pretty red and white paper...divine! So cute that you added a pretty little bow to the fork! Hmmm...you have my creative wheels a rollin' here! Hehe! Love, love, love this idea! It'll look perfect with your new spoon pulls...I loved them! Thanks for sharing such a grand idea...

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Eleanor said...

Very nice! I have also framed some old mementos - a little smelling salts bottle, embroidery scissors, a lace hanky and old gloves. Such a nice way of enjoying things that get lost in a drawer. I think I am going to leave blogging for a while and go scratching in some drawers!

Martha said...

I think it is darling!

Tracy said...

Love it! I saw that on Nester's blog too, it's a really cute idea. I'll have to go auctioning to find some old silverware!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I like it! I just love what you're doing with your kitchen and laundry room☺

Mildred said...

I love it! What a great idea.

Raggedy Girl said...

I love the idea. It turned out great. I would imagine that we would find a lot of posts that are the same, ideas that are the same, homes that look similar. I think it would be because the kind of women who blog would be like-minded about things.

Have A Spectacular Saturday
From Roberta Anne
"The Raggedy Girl"

Susan@The Cozy Chickadee said...

I just cleaned out my drawers this week, and found yet again a stash of antique silver spoons and forks. What to do, what to do.... Then I found your blog, and I LOVE IT ! I soo am going to do this, and post about it soon, and give you credit via linkage! Thanks!

jen said...

I love the paper you chose!! That looks really adorable!!

Jen

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Rechelle,
I think I'll try that with some old keys that I have ... thanks for sharing the great idea.
I love the paper you used.
Warmly,
Deb

Sue said...

Love your artwork. I too love many of the same things as you. Thankfully my wonderful hubby loves old stuff too! I'm the "historian/junk collector of my family. I love vintage tablecloths too. My most favorites are enamelware, quilts, and anything that has a story! We remodeled our kitchen a couple yrs ago too (it was dark, 70's). It's all white with one light blue wall now. It flows so much better too. We're redoing a bathroom now. Ready to paint. I had the same "crud" you've had (while workers were here working on bathroom!) It is awful! Hope you're back to normal soon!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Great idea. Definately something I would not have thought to do.

Susie Homemaker said...

AHHH, I like this very much!! I can't believe how talented you are...

Blessings,
Susie

BECKY said...

Hi Rechelle!! I haven't done a show and tell in awhile, and haven't stopped by your blog. I've missed a lot. Love love love all of your befores and afters!! So creative, fun and easy to do!! Thanks so much for sharing these neat ideas!! I especially love your framed utensils!!

I'm going to follow so I don't miss any more!!

Have a lovely Sunday!!
Blessings,
Becky

Yira said...

I love it, great idea--as always!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It turned out great!

About your question for lampshades....here is a link to the blog post I did on how I did it....
http://lavenderhillstudio.blogspot.com/2008/08/finshed-shade.html

Hope that helps!

Michele said...

Hi Rechelle ~ oooooo, I love it! Very good idea!

Hugz,
Michele

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rechelle... this is SO cute. You did a great job. What a fun collage!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Traci said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!