Friday, September 28, 2012

~SHABBY FRENCH WHITE STUFF on the CHEAP~

This week I finished turning the vintage picture frames I told you about sometime back into chalkboards!  I found four of these great embossed beauties at a local tag sale for a really good price.  But...the prints inside the frames were crummy so I took them out.  My Mr. AGPMan cut new inserts for me and I painted them with black chalkboard paint.  I love how they came out.  Two are going to my booth space and two I'm keeping for MOI! :)
See these sweet tags?  Know what they are made of?  Hmmm...well I didn't either!  I found ten of them with a spooky theme hooked onto a cheap black cord at TJ Maxx~  Since I thought they were wood I decided they might be worth the asking price of $4.99.  At the very least I figured they were made of MDF Board or something.  Anyway...I put them aside (they were in a plastic bag) and forgot about them!
(I do that a lot...buy something and then forget about it!)

Well...a couple of days ago I got them out and discovered they were made of Mat Board!  Since they were black they ended up looking great with a bit of white paint and some gentle distressing.  I plan on making a sweet banner out of them for Fall...I'll share more soon!

(I would NEVER have thought of using Mat Board for something like this!)
Another GREAT FIND at TJ's were these fabulous blocks.  Wasn't crazy about the cheapo paper covering on them and apparently no one else was either!  Found three sets (all with different words) marked down to $5.00, $3.00 and $2.00 (Cherish, Dream, Love)....
It's the blocks I wanted so I hauled them home!  Scrubbed off the paper lettering with a green scrungy and a little water and now they are ready for something grand!  My plan is the decoupage some vintage music to one side and then attached wood letters to the front...not sure yet.  
Here's what they look like repainted and lightly distressed.

Sweet, huh?

Tomorrow my guy and I are going on the tag sale hunt.  He now only has six weeks left of school and we are both over the moon excited that this 18 month long journey is almost OVER...  Whoot!  Whoot!

Hope your Friday is fab...

Linking up with French Country Cottage
for Feather Your Nest Friday!
 
(((Create something WONDERFUL and then SHOW US!)))

Love to you~

16 comments:

Denise said...

Rebecca, you inspire Me to keep trying to improve My art.Lovely ideas My Dear. May God continue to bless you. Denise

Terra said...

I like your use of chalkboard paint in the transformed frames, and the blocks will be used in some clever way, I am sure. Congrats to your guy on school being completed soon.

JENNIFER said...

Hi Rebecca! :o) you always find the neatest things to make into wonderful creations. I love the dixie cup holder...Thank you for visiting me! I know my blog hasn't been that great lately, I hope to change that soon. I'm feeling a bit better but still not 100% just yet. Have fun on the tag sale hunt and have a nice weekend! hugs Jennifer

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Those cubes look already a lot better after your treatment and they will no doubt be fabulous soon.
Enjoy your hunt and the count-down for your husband.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

sweetvintageofmine said...

Enjoy seeing your CREATIVITY! You are a beautiful artist and a beautiful person in CHRIST! BLESSINGS to you and your family~~~~Roxie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those blocks are sweet--love the chalkboards too. :)

Donna W said...

Your chalkboard turned out great! Can't wait to see what you do with the blocks, love the idea of sheet music:)

Anne said...

Great finds! Those chalkboards are so cute! Have fun shopping!
xx
Anne

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

You chalkboard frames are great!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very, very sweet. And speaking of sweet, Happy Fall, you sweet girl! Have missed YOU.

XO,

Sheila

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Who would have ever thought of this but you! Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Can I come stay with you for a week? I think I'd that ...peaceful, easy feeling...breaking out in song here:)

Mari said...

Love your frame chalk board my friend, the blocks look great so far, can't wait to see them all done up :)

Smiles~
Mari

Jeannie B. said...

Always amazed at your "I can do anything" attitude!!

Michele said...

Hi Rebecca

Those are some really neat finds from TJ Maxx. Such a fun feeling when one can create something creative out of something else. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Blessings to you.

Michele
Pearl 13.1

Kathy Mormino said...

Hi Rebecca! New follower, stopping in to invite you to my first, weekly Blog Hop! I’d love to have you link up with us!
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/clever-chicks-blog-hop-1.html
Cheers,
Kathy
The Chicken Chick

~CC Catherine said...

You always inspire me Rebecca. I love the ideas on buying the blocks and just removing what is on them to repurpose them for your own embellishments. LOVE that idea. You always think out of the BOX! ;)

Also...love the fact that you gave me the idea of using vintage frames to make chalkboards with the chaulkboard paint. I have quite a few frames I could make into these and give as Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for the lovely idea! :)

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