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.
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