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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Seems like I have been super busy this year, but some of my favorite projects are really sort of small.  I love to find great frames and decor items at flea markets or the GW and then transform them with a little bit of stain, paint and buffing.  I showed you several items that I transformed with just the use of some stain and how wonderful it works on ceramics, metal, plastic and wood.

This is a frame I found for $1 that was way too shiny gold.  This is just one example of how a little stain can transform anything.

A little minway walnut stain and then a couple of coats of clear and it looks fabulous.  Throughout the year I showed the same technique on a lot of ceramic pieces as well as some plastic and wood ones.

I took a very plain tray, a little paint and some decopage and totally transformed it into a chic accessory.

Gold paint with a little stain for aging.

Then decopage a great graphic into the center and you have a stunning piece.

The one change that I have enjoyed the most is redoing the family room/breakfast room drapes.  This is the before.

I added a contrasting fabric and trim to the top, hung them from rings and it totally transformed the rooms.  Such a simple change to update a room and give it a designer look.

You have all inspired me with so many fabulous and creative ideas this past year.  I can't wait to see more in the new year. 

I am linking to Southern Hospitality for Top Project of 2011


  1. The makeover on your drapes is one of my favorites!

  2. What wonderful ideas, and I agree, the best is the added fabric to the drapes. That's a great update and it really added a lot to your fabulous room!

  3. Happy New Year Marty. You had an awesome year of creativity. You are one inspiring lady and I do look forward to 2012~

  4. That tray is a favorite of mine, Marty! Because of you, I look at frames in a new way ~ even looking for smaller decorative ones in the stores when they are on sale.

  5. I love the tray, and hope to make a similar one myself. The drapes had a great transformation. They do not even look like the same drapes. They do change the whole look of the room. Really beautiful!

  6. Hi Marty, isn't it amazing how many small things make big changes? Blessings in this new year.

  7. You amaze me all year with the number of projects that you complete. Your curtain project was definitely my favorite for the year. I look forward to seeing what's in store in 2012.

  8. Your drapes are wonderful. You recycled too. Good job miss.I can see you saving money all year.:):) Smiles to all, Susie (She Junks)

  9. Great ideas....Got to love that stain...I am fixing to have my kitchen ceiling wallpapered and then stained...It comes out looking like the old tin square ceilings.
    have a great day..

  10. Love all your posts Marty- the frame idea was fantastic :)

  11. Love your drapes...before and after! You have great ideas always! Here's to more blog fun and creativity this new year!

  12. Your drapes turned out just lovely and I really like the tray! Great projects, Marty!


  13. Great little projects Marty. My favorite is the tray!
    Looking forward to your projects for 2012.

  14. I just love the frame. Welcome to my small show off.


  15. I LOVE my paints and clear coat!! That tray is fabulous! But I think the drapes was the most 'stunning'!!!

    ~*Happy New Year Marty!!


  16. Marty I love all your makeovers especially that tray!! Can't wait to see what you bring us in 2012!! Martina