Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The Ol Gray Mare aint what she used to be, All that glitters is not gold and other fun things !

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This is just a fun thing with no story – boring…keep reading my stuff will get a little funner (I don’t think funner is a word….LOL) I purchased this little wall shelf a few years ago. It was white  (sorry forgot the before picture) and I love bead board.  I didn’t love the white. I had a left over scrolly  thing used from my magazine project.

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Ta Da ! Easy and now I truely love it ! Tip- use wood glue for scrolly things not hot glue – hot glue will not hold after it dries –

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Along comes Tweedledum and Tweedledee: (from Alice and Wonderland)

I purchased Tweedledum and Tweedledee at a garage sale for a buck a piece. The original price tags show $12.99. I know the lady was thinking “Yeah , I am getting rid of these horrid twins” While I was thinking “ I am SO going to re-vamp these litlle dudes and they are going to learn to be on their best behavior !” I had to be careful not to say a word, as she may have not sold them to me…LOL !

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Here the twins are getting a coat of paint…I taped up the centers as I planned on painting a lighter color and didn’t want to fight over the black paint..

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The monograms are temporary – I want a nice scroll  - but, you get the idea.  I also want some topiary to plant inside…maybe.

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  I thought of this ol kiddy song seeing this poor table on its last leg..

Oh, the old gray mare brown table , she ain't what she used to be,
Ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.
The old gray mare brown table, she ain't what she used to be,
Many long years ago.

A trip to Home Depot to purchase a dowel to plug up the legs to get her to stand up again was in order. Thanks to the hubby for sanding them down (they had to be at an angel to fit). Hubbies can be handy at times. I love my hubby.

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Sad but, true…this table has seen better days….I used to have a complete set – coffee table and end tables too. As they got worn out I donated them – I am kicking my self now.  As you can see from the top , it is in poor condition. I started to sand and almost forgot to take a picture of the top.        U.G.L.Y.    U.G.L.Y.       U.G.L.Y.

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See how pretty it is transformed with some paint !   You can still see the grain in the wood…

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Still doing some drying . Got super lucky with a warm rainless day !

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I captured this beauty at the thrift store. I am always looking at them for new but, never like the price or the finish…. I thought of this line….didn’t even know it was from Skakespeare until I GOOGLED it….I LOVE GOOGLE – it makes me seem smart,  LOL !


O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye
There is a written scroll! I'll read the writing.
All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.

048She is a Black beauty now. All that glitters is not gold but, could be something really great ! Don’t cha love it ? It is super heavy and has great detail.

This and other thrifty finds and great changes by other inspiring bloggers can be found at :

http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/ Hostess Rhoda

http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/  Hostess Susan

Hugs ~ Kammy

p.s. I have many more projects up my sleeve – so stay tuned….

90 comments:

Beverly said...

Beautiful re-dos! I'm wondering if you talk to the pieces as you're revamping them. I'll admit to it. I tell them how pretty they're going to be afterward and the tape will only hurt for a minute when I pull it off. If I'm having trouble with something, I give it a talking to--reminding it of the shape it was in and probably scheduled for the scrap heap and how I'm saving its life. Wow-that's sounds nuts when I put it in black and white!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

The way you re-did the table is beautiful. Great finds.

Lori E said...

Kammy is there any black paint left in the stores. You are using it up in the most creative ways.
I always would have thought white paint before but now I have come on over to the dark side. Thank you.
BTW if you are interested I am doing a Mosaic Monday because Mary is away and I already made up my mosaics. Didn't want to waste them.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love it all! That table is so awesome and those tin containers I absolutely love what you did with them! Awesome finds!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

It is amazing what black paint will do to bring out the best lines in pieces. Great finds. Happy Sunday.

Linda said...

Kammy, great thrifty redos. The table is wonderful! You know, we could all kick ourselves for the things we got rid of before we heard of the magic word "paint". Phooey! Well, we are all the wiser now! Great job, girl! Linda

~~Carol~~ said...

You're amazing, do you know that? That table turned out fabulously, and the tweedles are so cool! Oh, and thanks for the tip about the glue! I've got some of those scrolly things hot-glued on a plantstand, and they're due to fall off again any day now!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness,Kammy! Look at all your redoing! I love the twins and they look like brand new! That table turned out beautifully! Where are you going to put it? Oh, you've gotten me so excited! I just love what you've done.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Kammy these redo's are wonderful! Beautiful finds, all!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kammy, those tins are SO adorable now, I'll take those please, I'm an M too! ha-ha. Love the table painted black too, what a difference!

Karen said...

I bought Black spray paint and bought cork board after seeing one of your projects. Thanks for the inspiration!
Karen

Kathi said...

The old gray mare looks great now!
What a transformation! Beautiful!

marty39 said...

I so love them all. The little shelf is just great and the planters are stunning with the initials. Really love them. That table turned out to be a masterpiece. What a great job. Aren't you glad you kept it. The corbel is so much prettier black. I think you've been super busy and the results are stunning. Hugs, Marty

blushing rose said...

Good night, Gertie! What you found & what you recreated!! Awesome, good eye. I'd NEVER have gone this way with any of them. Love it!!! TTFN ~Marydon

Rachel said...

WOW great job on all your projects. I was really impressed with those little topiary finds! All of it was great!

Rachel said...

WOW great job on all your projects. I was really impressed with those little topiary finds! All of it was great!

Gwen said...

you make me giggle and your finds/transformations inspire me!

Gina said...

I love all of your stuff! The black table is beautiful and the tins with the M's in them. Wow! Love it!

Kathy said...

Kammy..You have been busy girl! I have to laugh when I see how you've redone everthing in black, and I paint everthing white and pink! That's what I love about blogging, we all get to enjoy the best of everyones world! I really love how that last table turned out with the grain showing through, that baby is georgeous!!! Keep up the good work turning old gray mares into black stallions!!!xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornngs...

Sarah Robbins said...

Love the transformations! A little black paint goes a LONG way!

Rhonda in OK said...

wow!
does black paint make everything look like a million bucks?

great makeovers

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Everything you did turned out fantastic. You did such a professional job on the table. I love the monograms on the twins.

I have a couple of things to paint and I'm torn as to what color to paint them. One is a shelf to put tea cup & saucers, and the other is a table I have out on my back porch. I thinking black for the shelf, after viewing the lovelies you created.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Boy have you been busy. Where do you get all that energy? I love the way something as simple as black paint and some elbow grease has traansformed your pieces. Bravo!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

What marvelous makeovers! I especially love love LOVE the table! The initials on the jardineres are a great idea. I have a few that need sprucing up!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love all your changes and finds. You are very inspiring in your ways of transforming items. I absolutely adore all the writing you do with your stuff. It is so witty.

~tammy

salmagundi said...

Loved this post with your songs and quotes. Great projects! I saw our beautiful mountains in the background while we were watching black paint dry. They look like northern Colorado - am I right? We lived in Ft. Collins a couple of times while in school. Sally

Traci said...

Unbelievable! Where do I start? I love everything on your post! I especially loved the monogrammed tins! Those turned out fabulous! You have such a great eye for turning trash to true treasures. And the table is stunning. I LOVE black.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. You have been entered in all five of my "Christmas in July" giveaways. Stop back by on Wednesdays in July for more chances to win.
Blessings to you!
Traci

Sandy@CoppernThings said...

Great job on everything, especially liked the table.
Sandy

Blue Creek Home said...

Wow! Every one of your make-overs is fantastic. Isn't it amazing what some black paint and an applique can do to a tired piece of furniture? Good job.
Rhonda

Frugal Fine Living said...

I love all your thrifty finds! Great redos, too. I am slowly redoing my office and have discovered that black paint really makes things looks amazing!

Jane

prof en retraite said...

Oh Kammy, I am voting you the queen of paint! You have made beauties out of all of these old gals! I love the twins! A monogram! Gorgeous! Love all of your re-dos!...Debbie

Vanessa said...

I absolutely adored the plant pots. Love that idea!! Can I borrow it form you?
Looks great monogramed!

Renae said...

Kammy!
I see "black" is your favorite colour too!
You did a fab job on all of your great finds...I need to be better at "finding" things.
Blessings...

Richella said...

Great work with the black paint! I especially love the table. I just hate to think of the things I've thrown out that could have been transformed with spray paint. . . but at least now we know, right?

Have a great day!

Love,
Richella

Nissa said...

Wonderful transformations!

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

Wow Kammy! Don't you just love what an impact paint can have! All of your makeovers look terrific! :O)

Shelia said...

Well, Dear One I'm back! Thank you for signing up to follow my blog! Guess what? I just signed up to follow yours! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Shirley said...

You did such a terrific job on the table. It really is stunning now. I love both black and white painted things. I think you can use black more though as white sometimes looks too summery.
Shirley

Jenny said...

Wow! Great transformations! The table is awesome and I love the planters!

imjacobsmom said...

Wow! You've been a busy girl! I never would have thought about re-doing the "twins" like that - too cute! I think a topiary would be a perfect fit. Isn't it amazing what a bit of glue and a lot of elbow grease and a bit of paint can do? ~ Robyn

Bonnie said...

Wow, You are so talented! I didn't think I would like to repaint in black but you have me reconsidering. All your great finds look fabulous!

Sandra said...

Wow! What great finds! I like the transformation of everything you painted!
Blessings,
Sandra

susan said...

Girl--Your mind must move a mile a minute!! What great transformations! I would love to know what paint you used on the table!

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB items.. FAB redos!

Jennifer said...

I'm loving everything that you've done. The table is fan-flippin'-tastic!!! And I totally think that the monogram should stay...so unique! thank you for sharing.

ksarra said...

I'm sooo happy I found your blog through Met. Monday! You have given me some great ideas for transforming things with paint! Thanks for the inspiration.

Myra said...

Love, love, love the table! What kind of black paint did you use? Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sue said...

These were some really nice transformations with simple black paint! Love the twins.... I gave away so much stuff- old furniture and accessories I had grown tired of. As a furniture retailer, I believed in only new and unblemished. I could kick myself now, because I have seen the light!! LOL Sue :-)

Morning T said...

You are quite a busy lady! I love everything, especially the pots and the table. Great job and thanks for visiting me today.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Everything you changed looks great, but I especially LOVE those little planters with your initial! Great job!!

Lynette said...

OK - I am so jealous (in a good way) of that table!! It came out simply gorg-o girl!! Love it - I can.not. look at something and see beyond the fugly - sorry. All of your re-dos are great -

Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower - I returned the favor - I think I'll come out the winner on that end of things!!

Happy Monday -

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi there! Visiting from Rhoda's party. :) I LOVE the makeover on the little tins. I did something very similar with a larger one I found at Salvation Army. I stenciled a fleur de lis on the front, and I use it to hold some larger craft tools. :)

Anita said...

What a great idea to monogram the 'twins'. They looke very classy...I LOVE the table. The black makes this baby truly come back to life. Gorgeous redos. I'm having a shopping giveaway to celebrate my first 6 months in blogland...come by and visit and sign-up if you'd like.

Joyce said...

I love the table redo and the bench and the twin pots and can't wait to see what you plant inside them. Great job once again. I bought a can of spray paint to redo a chair but it is over 100 with the heat index so I think I will stay in side and just admire what y'all made this week with the A/C turned up:)
Joyce

Brenda said...

Kammy, have you always been so good at redoing this stuff? Should have been a decorator! These are remarkable jobs on each and every one. You sure know how to paint. Want to come teach me?
Brenda

abnsigoslady said...

Love the tin containers. Anything with a monogram is Fantastic....
Laura @ the mansion

Carrie said...

Wonderful transformations of those pieces!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Wow, your projects look gorgeous! I especially love how the black table turned out, with the grain still showing through.

Kim said...

I have the coffee table that matches your little table. But mine needs some fixin' up. Now you've got me thinking that I should paint it black.

pk @ room remix said...

What great transformations! I really like the monograms. I think you should leave them like they are. :-)

Lisa Shatzer said...

I love what you did with those metal containers. They look so cute with the monogram!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow, so many great ideas. You have done a beautiful job on these formerly not so great objects. They look fantastic now. They just needed someone to see what they could be.

Christi

Sofia Striffler said...

Just lovely items purchased inexpensively and repurposed. I love that. Great job. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Kammy, you are brilliant! Truly, I am so impressed with how creative and smart you are. I really love your makeovers. As neat as things are painted white (or gold) in my opinion you can't beat black. I really, really love your first project with the added scroll thingy! And that table! Oh and those containers and even monogrammed! You are a genious!

Great jobs. Thanks so much for coming by so often to see me on 47th Street! :)

Donna

Elyse said...

LOOK AT YOU! this is like watching a mini show on HGTV. may i say that you have a kam-do attitude! :)

xo

Courtney said...

I love how you transformed all these pieces-those monogrammed pots are amazing! You've given me some great ideas-I'll know what to be on the lookout for!
Blessings!

Kelli said...

Now I know where all the black paint is. LOL! Gorgeous things!

Christina said...

Oh wow, love all of your finds and the fabulous transformations. Love the monograms on the tin urns.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Awesome! Just awesome! Every single thing. But I especially love the table. It is such a pretty and unusual shape. Black only enhanced its beauty. :)

The Barnett Family said...

Are you on a roll or what with your black paint..is it spray or in the can? Every week your thrifty treasures look like a million bucks....great job! I was wanting some black paint, but it is on backorder...someone named Kammy bought it all!!!

Really Rainey said...

Fantastic repurposing Kammy! I really love to see posts where people recycle or reuse and it gives me so many ideas! How did you get the drain to show up on your refinished black table???? Oh I love that look!
Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, Kammy, you never cease to amaze me! Now my design ADD is acting up again...Should I paint white, black, white, black..? I'm working on my kitchen cabinets, maybe I'll do both!

Goodwill Haunting said...

Wow! I am amzed and inspired! That table came out just gorgeous. And it's amazing how a coat of black paint can make things look so elegant like Tweedledum and Tweedledee - you have such great vision! Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ The Pottery Shed said...

Nice work on everything. It's amazing what you can do with a little paint and a lot of imagination.

Ali said...

WOW! I love these! I really love the shelf and the table...and the monogrammed containers...can you come to my house?? lol. Oh and I have an award for ya over at my blog (you may already have it, seems to be quite popular!) so come check it out!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What great transformations! These really show the power of paint! Love the planters with the monograms (I love monogramms period)! You must have used at least gallon of black paint with all this painting!

Manuela

Brenda @ DragonflysandStars said...

I enjoyed viewing your blog. I like the black paint instead of white. I'll be back... you have taste similar to mine. :)

its so very cheri said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will become a follower. I am getting ready to announce my next give away, hopefully I will be ready by next Monday.

I love your M monogram by the way. I love the scrolly things but I also love monograms as well and they are so popular right now.

Send me your e-mail and I will give you details and things I would re do again and what I would do different on the next plate project. cheri.peoples@live.com

Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Willow said...

Your blog is great. I am just now starting to paint furniture and your blog has inspired me more. Now just need to get to some yard sales.

Willow

Joy said...

I'm constantly amazed at the transformation that paint can make. Your transformations are fantastic!!!

Jannet said...

I love all of your makeovers!! But my favorite are the beautiful twins....Think you should name them your M&M twins...LOL!! I need you to come over to my house and help me check off a few things on my to do list ; )
Have a great week, Jannet

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

Love the monogrammed planters! Great re-dos!

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful! Wow! My favorite type of blog post - full of treasures. You did an amazing job transforming everything! I LOVE tweedledee & tweedledum the best but everything is gorgeous! :)
Roeshel (evangeline's vine)

xinex said...

Oh wow! You've been busy, Kammy! Ande evrything you did came out fantastic. It is amazing what paint can do....Christine

Tammy518 said...

I love all of your re-dos! LOL about the twins. They look great now.

By the way, I *had* to have the Peony Patch dishes after I saw your post. My Tuesday Morning evening had a huge server bowl and platter, so I got those too. The dishes are so pretty they make me smile.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July, my friend!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I enjoyed your commentary! But your makeovers are absolutely fabulous! Talk about making a silk purse from a sows ear (feel free to use that one some time. LOL!) These transformations are stunning. You have a great eye for potential treasures! laurie

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

I love all your pieces! The monogramed planters are favorite! What a great idea! :)

Have a wonderful 4th! ~hugs, Rhonda

Really Rainey said...

Hey Kammy! I just stopped by to wish you happy 4th of July.. Hope you and your family have a safe and happy one!
Have a wonderful weekend!
~Really Rainey~

Shauna said...

Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend :)

Julia said...

Oh gosh I love this! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog btw. It is so appreciated!