Sunday, November 1, 2009

When good things go wrong – making do…

  Even I have my bad days on re-making things…I was so excited to find this mirror at the thrift this week….only $4.99 and perfect for my dining room.


It was in poor shape. The mirror was loose and the hanger was gone.


I found some larger washers and replaced a few to really tighten things up…..Then I heard a CRACK………..


Do they make MIRROR spray paint ??? Good thing I am NOT SUPERSTIOUS ! I know that mirror is expensive , so what is a girl to do …..I got like a couple of hours….I HAVE TO FINISH SOMETHING – that is just a ME thing….

I then started on another project…that one bombed too….so back to the broken mirror……hmmmmmmm


CHALKBOARD PAINT !!!! I painted the frame with ORB and the hardest part ?  I have to wait 24 hours before I can write a message in chalk !

It turned out o.k. – I really want a mirror over my desk…….LOL !

Kitchen Towel

This is a quickie tutorial that can be done in about 10 minutes. Use a sewing machine with a straight stitch.


Start with a dollar dish towel from Walmart


Cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2 the width of the towel. Sewing the raw edges first , double over the fabric and pin the ends and the middle. Gather the same amount of pleats on either side of the middle and pin. Sew.


Next , get some accent ribbon – again mine is from Walmart. Pin to top of pleats. Sew one row on top of ribbon and another on the bottom of ribbon.


Cute hand towel for the kitchen. I can never find the combination I want , now I am going to make what I want…so easy and thrifty. There are countless ways to embellish this towel. Also , I hate using and buying paper towels – This will be cute hanging out in my kitchen.

Hugs ~ Kammy

I am linking to Susan at  for other great changes super bloggers have made !


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kammy, when life gives you lemons, girlfriend, you make lemonade! I'm so sorry your mirror cracked, but you did a good job with turning it into a blackboard! Very thrifty and smart! :-)

And look at that cute towel. If I could sew with a machine, I would be a big ole copycat and copy that design. It's really neat.


Sheila :-)

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

That towel project is amazing! What a special touch!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry about the mirror.:( But like Magpie said "when life gives you lemons". Love your towel project - thanks for sharing. I still have not made a chalk board. I need to finish up some of the projects on my "to do list".

Sandy said...

I having one of those days myself.
Your projects turned out great, I love the towels and your new blackboard. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Deanna said...

Happy November to you Kammy!
Hope you are feeling so much better since your surgery.

I think your mirror gone bad and becoming a chalk board is darling!

Another mirror will come. The thrift finds are awesome,

Deanna said...

Oops, forgot...your towel is absolutely cute, cute, cute.

blushing rose said...

I know how you feel ... I bought this large gorgeous vanity tray ... the mirrow broke when putting it back in ... ack! Love what you did with the blackboard paint, tho.

Please visit our DOUBLE GIVEAWAY & have a happy November. TTFN ~Marydon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a bummer the mirror broke, but the chalkboard paint is really cute. Your teatowel is wonderful. What a great idea. Hugs, Marty

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh girl, you always find the best deals! I love oval mirrors like that, I found one myself at a T/S but paid $2O.00 for it... and I thought that was a deal!!

I like how yours turned out in the famous ORB finish! It's too bad that the mirror broke, but turning it into a chalkboard was a brilliant idea!! What did you use to spray the chalkboard paint onto?... The backing behind the mirror?

Your custom towels turned out great too!

Thanks for the creative ideas!

Shelia said...

Oh, poor Kammy! I'm sorry your cracked your mirror but it looks great as a chalkboard! You didn't give up and I'm proud of you.
Now that little towel with the trim looks so cute! You did really well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

wow sorry it cracked, I hate that, but the makeover is great!


Jenifir said...

I am sorry that your mirror broke but just like the thrifting fairies telling us where to look sometimes there is a reason: a great result! Other mirrors will appear and it will be just the right project. The tea towel is great customizing. I usually pick up tea towels at the thrift store as I too hate to use paper towel (only greasy food and very few other jobs) and am always suprised at why they are there in the first place. I have a ruffling foot on my sewing machine that makes perfect pleats just calling out for this project. I will have some thirft make-overs soon on my blog -still in progress.

Tootsie said...

LOVIN that chalk board!!!
way to make the best of a bad day!

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB finds and redos!!!

Embellished Bayou said...

Looks like you made the best out of a bad situation! Your projects are great, I love how that dishtowel turned out, too cute!

Cindy said...

Yeah, I've had a week like that too...but the mirror *does* look great as a chalkboard! Thanks for the quite towel tute too....I just bought that same roll of ribbon. Great minds and all that :o)

xinex said...

Very pretty towel, Kammy. You sew too? You sure have so many talents. Sorry about the broken mirror but it turned out pretty good...Christine

Its So Very Cheri said...

That is a great Knock Off from all the super expensive decorative towels.
How are you feeling-I wasn't able to make many visits last month

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Way to think outside the box! Can't go wrong with chalkboard.

susan said...

Girl! I may have to stop visiting--I am filled with envy over your GW finds and I know that is not a good thing :)Yes, I imagine you would spray a mirror on if possible! It is still cute and that towel is darling--endless possibilities!!

Tracy Suzanne said...

What a fun smart girl you are. I love that never give up attitude! Both the mirror/chalkboard and the towels are perfectly elegant. Good job!

I'll be following along to steal-oops I mean borrow some more of your ideas! Hee-hee.

Have a wonderful week...Tracy


P.S. If I haven't already told you I'm having a fall giveaway. I'd love you to stop by and enter.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Kammy!

I am so sorry about your mirror. I have dealt with those kind of not-so-fun-right-in-the-middle-of-a project kind on incidents more than I care to remember! But, you did great with the chalkboard paint. I know what is like to have this perfect image in your head and then having to scrap it.

I love the dishtowel! So, cute.

Have a wonderful day Kammy!!

Sherri S said...

I started 2 projects yesterday and only finished one. I had to giggle about HAVING to finish something! I totally understand. Great 'save' on the mirror and I love the dishtowel.

daylily777 said...

Sorry about the mirror mishap, but it makes an awesome chalk board .8~)
I love the towel , I may try that project with some different colors , yours are great just won't match around here lol .Wonderful post.

Janie's World said...

You made two wonderful projects. I love that chalkboard. It is fabulous!

g.suzie said...

You are so clever, leave it up to you to figure out a way to use a cracked mirror in a very creative way! Thanks for the tutorial, fun way to embelish a hand towel and give them a little pizzaz! You rock. . .

Stacey said...

Sorry to hear about your mirror. But I think you made a fabulous project out of it anyway. The towel is cute too. I only wish I could sew! Hugs!

Sheri said...

Oooh love the dishcloth! And the chalkboard. Awesome!

Linky party here:

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Bummer about the mirror! BUT-I like the chalkboard too! I like the dish towel too! Great projects!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Kammy, you are one talented and clever girl. I love it!!!!

Barb ♥

Patti said...

very clever...good back-up plan with the mirror!! Love what you did with the towel, too

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I was thinking what a great gift those towels could make, but I think I'm going to make some for myself!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Kammy,
The mirror is so beautiful and you are amazing what you did with the towels. So pretty!

Thank you for entering my giveaway and for following along sweet lady. You're the best!

Many Blessings, ~Melissa

Melissa Miller said...

Oops! So sorry about the mirror. Sigh....another will come along.

gina said...

Love the chalkboard!!

Chari said...

Mornin' Kammy...

Just wanted to come by to say thank you for stopping in to take a peek at my fireplace project...I always love when you come for a visit!!! Yes, as much as I love that panel moulding on that wall...I'm afraid it will have to go. Now I'm just hunting for something that will be as pretty to do with that wall!

Girl, you always find the very best things!!! That mirrow is gorgeous and for just $4.99...OMG! I'm so sorry that it broke...don't you just hate when that happens? But you came up with a beautiful fix...I love the chalkboard idea...and it's the fanciest chalkboard that I've ever that ornate frame!!! Where are you going to put it?

Oooh...and I love what you did to the kitchen towel...great idea!!! It turned out soooo pretty! Love the fabric that you chose for the pleated trim and the ribbon is gorgeous!!! Girl, I'm impressed! It looks so "designer" and for just a few pennies!!! Love, love, LOVE IT!!! You did GOOD, Darlin'!!! Thanks for the idea...I'd love to try my hand at it!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! Now...I want to see that fabulous chalkboard with a message written on it! Hehe!

Love ya,
PS...just left you notes on your Autumn tablespape and furniture Friday posts!

Kerrie said...

I just loved the towel idea, thanks for sharing. It looks so pretty!

Rosabela said...

Sorry to hear about the mirror. But it was clever of you to transform it into a chalk board. :-)

I really miss Walmart and second hand stores back home. There is no Walmart in Germany and second hand stores a sometimes hard to come by.

LOVE your blog.

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

How ingenious! I absolutely love the chalkboard mirror - now I have to find one!
Dena at
Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

We've cracked a mirror trying to make it better - I hate that! Love your towel, I've done something similar!

Carrie said...

Both of your projects are excellent!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Kammy,
You did good with that mirror girl, just a creative gal you are! Love the towel idea too, they are darling~ Cindy

Kathleen said...

You are too duen popular! I didn't read all the comments..but they DO have mirror paint. It's pricey though.
Google it!
Love your chalkboard, and the towel is so cute..
Clever gal!!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Bummer about the mirror but you came up with a great alternative! And thanks for the kitchen towel tutorial....very cute and I love that you can pick out your fabrics and colors by doing this.

santamaker said...

Oh girl, know what you mean about a botched project! Good save with the chalkboard paint, though!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I have that ribbon! Love it! And what a great use for that great frame with the broken mirror. Great transformations.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh, drats, you broke your mirror. You can always take it to the glass shop and get a new mirror. But you are always finding mirrors to turn into something, so I'm sure you will find another one. Perhaps you could find a large mirror without a nice frame and have them cut it to size. Great job on the tea towel.

Cindy said...

Hey, great idea, Kammy! Chalkboards are the all the rage now, and yours looks wonderful. Do you a tutorial or something showing the process or paint you used on the frame? It looks like oil rubbed bronze, is that the treatment or paint that you used? Your kitchen towel is such a wonderful idea, I have been thinking about doing that kind of thing, now I know exactly how to do it. Thanks, gf. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! Hugs, Cindy S.

Tricia Anne said...

Good Morning Kammy,
Your chalk board turned out great. I was doing a project one day only it was with glass and I heard that same crack sound. stomach sunk. :o)
Your towel is adorable! I too am making my own things around here lately. I just can't seem to find what I want and nothing near the quality. My husband says it is because people create "disposable" things rather than making it last as long as you can.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Jenny said...

The "chalk mirror" is super clever and cute. Love it. Did you know they have magnetic paint now, too, that turns things into magnet boards? I haven't tried it but it sounds cool. And such an adorable towel. Clever, clever! Thanks for sharing your cute ideas.

Jenglamgirl said...

BUMMER SORRY ABOUT YOUR mirror breaking.. but you did make one fab. chalk board.. that everyone is making, its making me jealous! ha! I need a chalk board too. Love what you did, and how darling on the dish towel tutorial. Thanks for your visit too.

Rhondi said...

Hi Kammy
I love the towel and I might just be copying you !

ImagineCozy said...

Oh! I have so done this before! You made a wonderful recovery! So sorry about the mirror part.

mary'smom said...

Cute towels. Sorry about the mirror. I loved this post.

Lana K. W. Austin said...

I just want to say that I love everything you have done sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. Even if something doesn't turn out like you planned, you still do amazing changes. I adore thrifting, too. You have inspired me to go more often. I'm new to blogland but have been so inspired by folks like you. I grew up in a no-stoplight town, so understand the small town beauty.
MANY blessings to you,