Saving a Turn Table (Lazy Susan)

I’ve had this Rubbermaid Turn Table sitting in my cabinet for years.  It’s seen better days, to be sure.  It was a beige color that was stained with food coloring.  I wanted to use it in my Sewing/Craft Room, so it needed a face lift.  And a face lift is what it got!

Saving a Turn Table (Lazy Susan) Before & After

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Shabby Chic Fruit Bowl

When you’re a crafter & people know it, they sometimes give you things thinking that you can do something with it.  This project started with a friend giving me a pair of gold & glass cherub lamps that someone had given her.  She thought of me because I’m always creating something.  I’m going to get 2 or 3 projects from this pair of lamps.  Here’s my first one:

Before & After

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Corner Booth Makeover

When we first moved into our home, we bought this corner booth.  I wanted it not only for the seating, but for the extra storage that was built into the seats.  But I don’t like browns, not the color or in wood tones.   And for years, I would look at this booth & cringe.

By now, you know the way I think.  If you like the piece, but the color doesn’t go with your home…. paint it!  So I did.

Corner Booth Makeover

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Wood Tray Re-Do

I was looking for a small wooden tray to uses for vignettes.  I was a little shocked at the prices of wood trays at the local craft stores.  $10.00 was the cheapest price I could find.  I didn’t have a coupon, so I waited.  Then I stopped in at the local thrift store on a whim.  I found this for under $2.00.


It wasn’t in the best shape, but it wasn’t the worst shape either.  I know what a little sanding & painting can do.

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Uncle Sam Figurine-make it your own

I found this little guy at Michaels, on a clearance for only $2.99!  He was so cute, but as you know by now, I can’t leave well enough alone.  I always have to make it ‘my own’.

Uncle Sam finished

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Sewing Room Upper Cabinet Re-Do

The sewing room is coming along.  There’s a new addition to the room that gives me even more storage. (which in a 6′ x 7′ room, you need storage)

We got this upper cabinet from my mother-in-law.  (Her neighbor had given it to her when the redid their kitchen)  It was in good shape.  Although it only had one door, but that is fine.  It just needed a little ‘Creatively Sams’ added to it.

Here it is, before & after:

Before - After

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Wooden Desk Organizer

I found this little wooden desk organizer at the local thrift shop about 6 months ago.  I put it on our bookcase, on our desk, in the craft room, & back on the bookcase.  It just didn’t fit our decor.  But what to do with it?  I liked it, but brown wood just doesn’t fit in our home.  It was sitting on my desk, and I was just staring at it.  I knew it would come to me, eventually.  Then it hit me.  It needed painted…. and mirrors.  This is the before & the after.

Desk organizer, before & after

And this is how I did it:

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Shabby Chic Candelabra

My mother-in-law gave me this candelabra when we were first married.  It’s now 22 years old.  It was gold plated & absolutely beautiful.  But with time, the gold plating was coming off & it was starting to look a little worse for wear.  I wanted to use it, but it needed help.  So, I did the unthinkable.  I painted it.  It has gone from a gold candelabra to a Shabby Chic Candelabra!  And all it took was a little paint, some crystals & a little patients.

candelabra before & after

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My Little Night Light

I’ve had this little night light/lamp for more years than I care to admit to.  I love this little lamp.  It’s perfect for the corner of the dining area & sheds enough light at night to guide our steps for that late night glass of water or fridge raid.  But it’s seen better days.  The base & shade have aged to the point where it doesn’t look so good anymore.  I really love this little light, and I guess I could have replaced it, but I know I’ll never find another one, so I had to save it.  It needed an overhaul.

Night Light before & after

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