Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift it

thrifting, makeovers, blog fun
It is time to reveal the completed projects from Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift It. 

Get your pinning finger ready.

This is a Blog Hop.


Here are the links to the other blogs participating:

Vicky - Life on Willie Mae Lane -
Kim - Snug Harbor Bay -
Kimberley - Seaside Ave. -
Cecilia - The B Farm -
Tania - Little Vintage Cottage -

I received a huge box of vintage goodies from Kim of Snug Harbor Bay.

The first thing I had to do was figure out how to group the items for makeovers.

The soda bottles went with the pie tin.


The sifter with the faucet handles.

I thought the rolling pin would stand alone but ...

I decided to use the dolly pins with it instead of the two tiny loaf pans.

The grater, the two ladles, and the bunch of keys were easy.

I knew exactly what I wanted.

A back door valet! 

Used silver beading wire to attached the bent ladles.

Hung the keys from the hook at the bottom of the grater.

Perfect for holding loose change and keys!


I color-coordinated the rest of the items in craft paint - FolkArt Seamist and Plaid Burgundy.

My absolute favorite - PINNED!

Painted and stamped and distressed!

The rolling pin and the dolly pins.

 A closer look!

The sifter was spray painted Cinnamon.

Painted in Burgundy craft paint.

Painted in Seamist.

Distressed it by sanding.

Used it to hold my fake hydrangeas. 

Plan to plant some herbs in it.

The pie tin was painted Seamist and distressed.

Used as a tray for the soda bottles holding fake daisies.

I have moved the bottles to the kitchen window and the tray to the counter.

Two tiny loaf pans with Americana Chalky Finish in Primitive followed by Seamist followed by distressing followed by varnish followed by two heavy duty magnets.


Equal two cute containers for business cards and appointment cards on the fridge.

As for the faucet handles?

Well, selfishly, I am saving those for two drawer makeovers.

This was FUN!

Thanks, Tania, for inviting me to take part in the challenge.

Be sure to visit the other blogs to see how they transformed their gifted items.

See y'all!


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  1. I like everything you did but the PINNED project was my favorite with the tiny tin magnets running a close second.

  2. Grreat makeovers! It is so much fun to see what all of you are doing with your gift boxes!

  3. The sifter turned vase is my favorite of your creations. Looks like you had a fun time with this project idea. Your rolling pin "pinned" cracked me up. :)

  4. Well, that was all pretty darn clever!! My favorites: the PINNED and the Back Door Valet!! LOVE these Donna!!

  5. Clever indeed!!! I love the pinned rolling pin creation and the back door valet the best! But the tins as magnets is pretty clever too! When I saw your box of goodies I thought Oh, that's gonna be hard but you didn't even bat an eye!!!

    Thank you so much for participating, it was so much fun!!


  6. Cute, cute, cute. I've planted in different containers, but never in sifter. Dolly pins? I've called them clothespins...unless yours re different. I lso love the little bread tin magnets.

  7. What great items you got from Kim, she finds the best things! I Love what you did with all of them and can't wait to see the drawers with the cool knobs..I found you on Kim's Blog Snug Harbor Bay!

  8. Awesome makeovers Donna! You are so very creative! Love it all...really love the rolling pin! CUTE!

  9. That's so clever Donna! Love, Mimi xxx

  10. Wonderful makeovers, Donna! The back door valet is my favorite! And the sifter for a planter will be so cute!

  11. Great makeovers! Love that sea mist colour. It looks perfect with the burgundy. Especially love the rolling pin, and the sifter. Those faucet handles are fabulous.

  12. Hi Donna! :)
    Wow, I love everything! Using the sifter to hold flowers is such a cute idea, I will have to copy that one! ;)
    And the tiny loaf pans as organizers, genius!

  13. You have been busy.........great makeovers!!
    Love 'em all and love that Sea Mist color, too.

  14. Give Donna some junk ... a can of paint ... a brush and she creates magic. Everything is cute, creative and useful. Those old faucet handles will be cute on anything.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  15. It's funny...once I read it as "seam-ist", I couldn't un-see it and make it "sea-mist"! I love those hot and cold handles. I would save them for something special, too!

  16. You're so creative, Donna :) You came up with some terrific ideas. That "Pinned" message center/mood board is just darling. One could even use it to "pin" Pinterest ideas as a sort of "to do" list. Looking back to find a favorite from your other ideas but I can't; I think they're all terrific!

  17. Your creations are all fabulous, Donna!
    Love the rolling pin idea, the back door valet---just all great ideas!

  18. Soooo clever and great Donna. Love all your sweet re loves. My fave is the back door valet so cute. Have a great new week ahead. Heading over to see the other challenges.

  19. so many adorable cute things I"d really like to copy for my kitchen. You are so talented with wonderful ideas. Happy week

  20. Looks like it was an absolute blast!

  21. If you could produce multiples of the "Pinned" hanger, you'd have a sure seller on your hands. I like the practicality of the little loaf pan project.

  22. Ingenius! I love everyone of your "face lift" projects, well done!

  23. I love ALL of them, Donna! Thanks so much for sharing them at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  24. I love ALL of them, Donna! Thanks so much for sharing them at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  25. Lots of fun creativeness going on here Donna. Love what you came up with! Will go check out the others. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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