Pinterest Tiered Enamel Tray

I love me a good pin. It kick-starts my ambitions by inspiring me to explore the potential in things I already have. Like these three old enamel dishes. And some dowels saved from chairs that have broken over my years of collecting junk (and no, I do not have it organized; my basement is a terror to be seen) 

Anyways while perusing the like of the ever famous miss Joanna and her groupies I saw one of these tired stands and thought “yup I can do that” and so i did.

I had a few ceiling hooks with the removable double-sided screws so I predrilled holes in either end of each dowel piece and used a hammer and old screwdriver to make holes in the enamelware. I had a china teacup saucer with a hole already drilled into it that i used upside down as a base to somewhat stabilize the dented and wobbly bottom dish. Some paint on the wood dowels and thats it! 

She’s all the things I love; white, worn, functional, and free! I think she’s beautiful.

Regards to the Discarded

I’ve come across some pretty awesome finds in unlikely places. These days there are a lot more people in the business of reloving junk furniture and decor pieces. Even though that may add to the challenge of finding a great deal on a quality piece, part of the magic comes from an ability to see something not for what it is; but for what it could be:

Emphasizing the age of an old cupboard

Bringing fresh life to a tired plain dresser

Using stencils to enhance a drawerfront

Enlisting wrapping paper to give a piece pattern and texture

Waiting to find the right pieces to create a function; an ikea side table and two well-loved childrens chairs become a lego station with a little paint and the addition of hooks and buckets from the dollarstore

Enjoy the process! I love that an afternoon in the sun with a drink and a paintbrush promises a sense of accomplisment!

Saving everything comes with the perk of being prepared when a whim strikes. The tricky part (as all creatives know) is keeping it all organized!

Learning to look at junk with rose-colored glasses creates more opportunity for high-impact low-cost successes. 

Look what a rusty bargain becomes with just two cans of spraypaint!