Monday, July 20, 2009

DIY fun: Silverware holder and jewelry stand

So, I totally forgot to take "before" shots for you (I know, who does that?!) but I'm sure you can imagine that the next two projects were both ugly, brown wood before hand.
I purchased both of these items at my local thrift store for a couple of bucks.
I'm guessing this first piece is a silver wear holder, but I can't be sure (what else could it be?). I primed the piece, painted it a sunny yellow and decoupaged the sides with some fun paper. The key to decoupaging something like this is lots of thin layers and then wet sanding to get a smooth finish.
I think this would be a sweet little centerpiece for a dinner party to make grabbing the silverware easy or it could hold paintbrushes and pencils in a studio.
I don't really understand the need for the phallic thing on top, but that's where I'll be tying my little handmade price tag (they're gonna be cute!)
Speaking of phallic, this long knobby thing was again brown and ugly when I found it.
I primed it (don't skip this step on wood) and painted it nice, glossy white.
I then lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper to achieve a shabby chic look, b/c let's face it, this piece is only going to get so modern.
The different heights on the knobs make it a perfect jewelry stand. See?
Having a gimp foot has been a good motivator to get some things done. I'm excited about getting my price tags made (B even picked out a little Martha Stewart heart shaped hole punch for me!) I know, gag me, right?!

34 comments:

Iva said...

"phallic thing on top" LOL LOL LOL!!

ok now that I have calmed down from laughing...

you did a great job with those pieces..I love that you gave the stand a shabby chic look! awesome job ....hey! another great job by B, heart shaped hole punch! great thinking! I love that idea! :)

Kate said...

Cute ideas!!!

drollgirl said...

you are a house on fire!!! love this! god! you make me want to do arts and crafts and diys instead of shop. s h i t. i might have to try some of these things!

flynn said...

this is totally inspiring!
i have some hella' ugly wood and wicker chairs that have needed revamping for some time, and this would be a fun spin. what do you use for the decoupaging? modgepodge? glue? (btw, we're in town this weekend - come by and have a drink :)

Kellie said...

Both turned out great! Are you going to sell this stuff on Etsy?

Gabbi said...

I love both of your projects! I'm with flynn... very inspired also, and boy do I love the word decoupage. :)

Callie Grayson said...

both turned out great!!
I really like the sunny yellow paint you used. and yes, primer is key!!!
and not the paint/primer mixed... that doesn't work very well (i know from experience)
I bought a bookshelf i hope to paint soon (inspired by YOU!)
need to buy primer first. maybe this weekend.
hope your foot is doing better!!!
xx
callie

Kristin said...

You have the best DIYs. Wish I could be struck with inspiration by random objects!

B said...

love that word, "decoupaged". super cute piece. love that pattern with the yellow...yes please. well done!!!

live a colorful life said...

These both turned out great. Yeah, the whole phallic thing was pretty hilarious! You're inspiring me to pick up a paintbrush for some random things around the house.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

You did great with both of these items. I especially love the silverware caddy, the colors are awesome!

So much fun recycling - and so good for the earth!

xoxo

Sam said...

Fabbo!! They both look so pro! The necklace stand is inspired - there's nothing worse than a box full of tangled jewellery in my opinion - and you can now see what you've got.

Kotori said...

Love how the silverware holder thingy turned out... totally cool with a retro feel. Christina, you are a DIY pro!

Kristen Sara said...

So your idea to hold silverware is awesome, but other ideas could be to organized pens, markers, pencils, etc. I don't know how much makeup you wear but it could be really fun to store eyeliners, mascara tubes, lipglosses... not sure how tall this is, but just a thought.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Very nice job on both! I really like the flatware holder. We have lots of parties & that'd be a great little caddy option rather than a pile of forks on a table, ha!

christina said...

I love both projects. And from the looks of your blog, you've been one busy lady lately. :)
I hope your ankle (and armpite) get feeling better soon. Crutches are no fun.

Laura Trevey said...

You are on my thank you list today!!
Have a super week,

Laura

PS~Erin said...

You are on fire! Love the pattern you used on the caddy.

Hope the healing process is swift... Me and running don't get along well either. I give it a go every few years or so, and I always come to the same conclusion: It sucks.

Her name was Lola said...

Gorgeous! I adore the jewelry stand, especially.

Cheers.

Southern Aspirations said...

Hehe- laughing at the post. GREAT job on the decoupage! Amazing! Did you layer the papers? One thing I've learned so far is that decoupage is harder than it looks...

Simply Mel said...

You are giving me some really good ideas for holiday gifts...yes, I'm already thinking of my DYI Christmas! Ridiculous, I've turned into my mother, ha!

Hope your feeling better!

OceanDreams said...

Wow, I love all of your inventions! They turned out great. ;)

Diana said...

my jewelry and silverware are a mess but this is such a cool idea!

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

I love you DIY projects!!! You have a great eye!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I adore all your DIY projects Christina,
admire your creativity & style!
XO*

Adele said...

they are so pretty (: thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! I'll be back you can be sure of it! xx

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

ooooo cute ideas!

TheDecoDetective said...

Great results, I particularly love your silverware thingy finish. I read about your injury; happy recovery Christina!

Margie said...

What a great job you did, those colours are fabulous together, and I think your lampshade in the previous post is really cool. Hope your injury will be better soon, and you may be right, having to take it easy makes for more creativity. Hugs, Margie.

Federica said...

Great job! Such a pretty ideas!

vicki archer said...

I am going to try - you are so inspiring me to do DIY...xv

Bromeliad said...

Cool. Both turned out really nice.

What is wet sanding?

jess@noelmarie said...

Very clever! They look really great.

Hanako66 said...

look at you....so crafty:)

I love these, great work!

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