Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alter a Vintage Dustpan into a Magazine Holder

transforming furniture with paint
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Unless you just landed on this planet, you know that flea markets are all the rage.  There seems to be one within a 25-mile drive every weekend.  One of my favorite flea markets is a local one I frequent called the Topanga Vintage Market.  It is there that I spotted this gem:  a vintage
wood -- dustpan?  I think I bought it for $3. 

furniture transformations

After a light sanding, it was ready for paint.  I chose a calming color called "Clear Pond," a light aqua, almost seafoam hue. 
altering wood

Whilst the paint dried, I waded my way through my paper stash, looking for a retro, hip design that would complement the subtle "Clear Pond."  I found this fun print:

I decoupaged the paper to the inside back of the dustpan, and embellished the front with vintage-style Washi tape.   The tape was from a clearance sale; when it kept breaking on me, I realized why it was a bargain.  So I had to piece it.
washi tape crafts

At that same vintage market, but a few months earlier, I spotted bags of vintage buttons.  Not knowing what I would do with them (no surprise), I quickly bought a lovely set of turquoise pearl gems--perfect for this project. 

Topped off with a metal label holder and a light distressing, this dustpan was transformed into a lovely...
scrapbook paper and paint
Magazine Holder 

skate keys
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And since I always add "just one more embellishment," I couldn't resist hanging an old skate key and a mini watering can to the hooks.  Yes, I know that's technically two embellishments, but who's counting? [Not me.]

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  1. Really cute! I love when people can see past what and object is into what it could be.

    If you're interested, I'd love if you linked up to the Show & Tell party going on at Gingerly Made this week.

    1. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party last week. You've been featured!

  2. Oh my goodness...that's brilliant! Turned out fabulous!

  3. Love it I always go into thrift stores, flea markets looking at things in a different perspective. Must admit never would have thought of this.

    Thanks for linking up at Tuesdays With a Twist.

  4. This turned out great! I love the color. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  5. How clever! Thank you for sharing this fun project at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. What a cute and handy idea! When you look at things with a fresh eye, you can always spot a treasure. Thanks for sharing with us at Ivy and Elephants!

  7. How cool and oh so ORIGINAL is this upcycled project LOVE it and TFS!!!! hugs...

  8. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  9. What a clever reuse Doreen! I love the color too! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  10. Hi Doreen thanks for visiting, what a cute find!

    The girls @ The Shabby Cottage

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  12. What a clever re-purposing project!! The gang over at My Personal Accent think your post about turning the Vintage Dustpan into a Magazine Holder is Amazing. We would like to invite you to party with us starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!!

  13. Such a good idea! I Love how it turned out.

  14. Hi Doreen, I think we need to have coffee sometime!! Between the coffee, the flea markets and the decoupage, we have an awful lot in common! Your re-purposed dust pan is adorable. Gorgeous color and fancy paper combo!! Pinned ! So nice meeting you through Throwback Thursday ~ Amy @ StowandTellU


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