Sunday, July 5, 2009

My First Met Monday


Whoo Hooooo!!!! (there I go again!) :)

I'm excited to be participating in my very first one. I've been encouraged by so many of you, that I finally am taking the plunge! So thank you to Susan from Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this event and make sure you pop over to her blog and check out what everyone else has been up to!

I have two projects to share this week.

First is this old box. I found it at the Goodwill Store for $3.  
As you can see, it's in really good condition. Just filthy. 
The perfect size for what I needed it for! 
Unfortunately, I don't have "during pictures, 
but I do have "after" pictures.

This is the front . . .

And this is the back.
I gave it a good sanding, primed it and then painted 
it in the same paint I painted my workroom. 
Added the ribbons and embellishments and Voila!
And now it works perectly to hold all my different
remotes, misc. tools and adhesives. 
I love this goofy little box. And it does it's job - it makes me smile!

Next is a beat up old chalkboard I found at, again, 
the Goodwill. $3. I tell ya, you just can't go wrong for that price!

It had been used and abused and was scratched, 
the back had stickers all over it and the 
chalkboard was gouged.
No worries!!

I covered up the chalkboard part, sanded, primed and painted it . . . 
and then gave the chalkboard part a nice fresh coat of chalkboard paint.

And now it sits on our Baker's Rack which is located 
directly in front of the interior garage door. 
I change the message according to whatever I feel like, 
whether it be "Welcome Home" or Happy Birthday!"
I love chalkboards. They make me smile!

So that is my quick first Met Monday. I've already posted all my big projects, so don't want to do them again, so I think I need to get busy on some new ones!

Everyone have a great day!



Marie said...

Hello Karen - great finds! I love the chalkboard. And what a transformation you gave that little crate! So very creative.


Theresa said...

Great finds indeed! You truly made something beautiful out of someones trash! Have a blessed evening!

Sarah said...

Those are some great transformations. I really love the chalkboard stuff that I see happening on blogland. I need to make one for my kid's space. Too cute!

ceekay said...

Both are great ideas...I am still waiting to try a chaulk board project!

Sandra said...

Ooh! Great projects! I need to make a chalkboard sometime.

blushing rose said...

Whoa! I'd NEVER have thought of any of this ... great job! Beautiful RE-creations. TTFN ~Marydon

Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow, I love what you did to both pieces. You are so creative. They look amazing!


Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Wow, I love them both! That little caddy is sooo cute! and I love the chalkboard!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great redos - like them both.

mary'smom said...

Very cute!

BrownBag*Boutique said...

These both turned out great! I adore the little crate and need to find one like that for my little work space. And the chalkboard looks great - I love the white paint!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Karen amazing job on both. That little craft box turned out GORGEOUS! You are so talented my friend.

~Welcome to MM! ~Melissa ;)

fiberdoodles said...

Oh I love that green! And the chalkboard is too cute!! Good job ;)


jen said...

That box is adorable!!!!!! That would be perfect for my daughters goodies!! Doesn't it feel good to get organized.

Good job!


Shelia said...

I'm loving both of your projects! The little holder you painted green is so cute and useful! The chalk board is adorable!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Great first time MM! I love your 'toolbox' and the chalkboard turn out great! Hope to see more transformations!

Liz said...

It's my first Met Monday too! I love your projects! That little box is awesome!!! Good job!


Cindy said...

WooHoo Karen!!
Congrats on your first Met Monday! I love what you did here, that little box is just the cutest and so is the chalkboard! You have so much creativity to share my dear.
I hope you had a wonderful 4th, we had a wonderful time with some cousins of mine that I hadn't seen in such a long time! Hugs to you, Cindy

Kammy said...

Hi Karen !
Great re-dos ! Warning Warning - they are addictive !!!! I love your little box - I so want one !
That chalkboard is so sweet !
Both items are so useful !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Life with the Warrens said...

Fantastic! i love how cute they turned out.

Brenda said...

Thrifty and downright cute!

Jo said...

What a clever redo ~ I need one of those for all my treasures.

I just came across your blog ~ such fun!


Melissa said...


I adore your blog. I say "Go for it", with your business idea.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I am adding you to my list of favorites.

It's truly nice to meet you.


Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Wow... how clever!

I wouldve never thought that your caddy couldve turned out so charming.

Chalk boards are the best spot for lil love notes for dear ones!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Karen your makeovers are great! That box is sooo cute! You really made it pretty! Love the chalkboard too!


diana said...

you are so crafty. i am in awe of people who can look at something old or beat up and change the whole look of the item. both of your projects are amazing.

i especially like the chalkboard. i like the idea of writing new messages on it for different ocassions.

Things That Inspire said...

I love these, especially the first project! I once saved the silverware caddy from an old dishwasher - for my paintbrushes. It was so ugly that i never used it. Your craft holder is cute and functional - and I love that green color!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Great job on your redos. They look very nice and thanks for joining the party!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well...shoot and be darned! That is just the cutest little tool tote ever! You did more than a fantastic job on it! AND, no one has one like it...that's the part I really do love! Your colors and bits of whimsy are just darling!

Now..the chalk board. You did everything so right! The priming..everything..and it is perfect. You would have paid a mint for it at some store and I doubt it would have been half as good quality! NICE!
You did wonderfully!! Congratulations on your first Met Monday!!
I have no place for a chalk board in my itsy kitchen..but how nice it would be to have one..and one JUST like that one!

Cindy said...

Hi Karen,
Your such a hoot! Yes, I think the ladder is going to help me escape from those bears! LOL, Hugs, Cindy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These are great makeovers Karen!!

It's quite alright to take the "bee dish" photo for your friend.:-)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

i love all of these....I enjoyed reading your blog tonight. I had a few hours to blog of my favorite things to do.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Terrific! Love that chalkboard, and the little box? Darling!

Sharing with Sherri said...

That is just the cutest little tool toter, and you know every crafty girl needs one!
Great redo on the chalkboard too!

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit too! Thanks!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great makeovers!! And what great buys they were too...

A Hint of Home said...

Hi karen,
You did a great job on the box. I can see how handy that would be in your work room.
I love how the chalkboard turned out. I need to try something with that paint.

Connie said...

Love the chalkboard! You are amazing my friend! I do remember the those little figurines and I so remember your home at 4th of July and how festive it is!


Shellmo said...

Your projects turned out fabulous - you are so talented!!
P.S. I'm packing my bags and on my way over! LOL!!!!

grammy said...

Love your projects (o: I loved the pictures of the Montana trip. I want to stay there (o: Do they rent out the little guest house?
By the way I was sure there were no snakes in Yellow Stone and i stepped on one while walking in a field. I could have looked at those pictures all day.

Lisa said...

Goodness Gracious! I love them both! You did a fabulous job you crafty girl you! I'm going to have to copycat that craft tote! Too cute!


Karen - Both are justs beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing and for following my blog. I am on your list of followers.