Club G.W. Trash to Treasure

May 25, 2011

A while back I purchased these two -- not really sure WHAT to call them -- (um, maybe we'll call them orbs) ok, then, orbs -- at Club G.W. for $6.00.  It might have been $4.00, who knows, all I can say is that I knew I had to have them.  What the heck would I do with them?  Well, that would be decided later.....

I guess I was initially thinking candle holders.  Pretty traditional, I know.

But the downright bleh brown color, though, had to go! So out came the blue painter's tape.

Some primer. 

And an old can of creamy white paint left behind by our home's prior owners.

Speaking of old paint, does anyone know if there's a figurative DO NOT USE BY date on these things?  I know there's not a literal date, I was just wondering what your experience has been with paint longevity........

So after priming, two coats of paint and a little distressing with sandpaper, voila.

Shells seemed the way to go, what with summer rapidly approaching.  I think we could all use a breezy, beachy look in our homes come summer, no matter where we live.

So let's recap.



Just looking at them makes me smile. 

Who knows what I'll fill them with next?  Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're all having a great week!

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Homeroad said...

Somehow everything looks better when you paint it white!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

These look fantastic now!
Love what you did with these!

Unknown said...

Great makeover! The shells make me long for the beach...until I can travel south to the AL coast...Tiff

Suzanne said...

Those turned out beautiful Kathleen! I swear that Bartlett Goodwill has much better stuff than mine. Sorry I missed you at the Nada Barn Sale. I got there too early I guess.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the transformation, Kathleen! They look so much better white! I think you could be just about anything in them ~ small pine cones for Fall; decorative eggs; jingle bells for the holidays. Have fun with them!

visiting from Open House Party! : )

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like the redo - you did good! :D
Sorry - I am of no help on the paint. I have some spray paint I hesitate to get rid of, but it does not have an exp. date on the can, so don't know.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe my eyes, that is quite the transformation, beautiful, I just got home from Club G. W., spent too much money!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Great result! The distressing adds the perfect finishing touch.

I say, if the can will spray then the paint is good!

Ido said...

What a great transformation, beautiful!
Have a great weekend!

KimMalk said...

What a great use of those orbs, Kathleen. The white really freshens them up and the simplicity of the shells is just perfect for warm weather. (I may start referring to it as "Club GW", too ;)). Hugs, Kim

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what a great transformation. Love the lighter paint color. You did a great job and they look so cute!

Gail said...

I like the transformation.
"Use by" smooze by date- I've successfully used 10 year old paint which had been properly stored. But I always test sample my old paints before applying them to a treasure.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Oh my gosh, Kathleen, these look wonderful. The shells really make the look fabulous. White paint can make most anything look better! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a great transformation- they look completely different and so cute with the shells! Thank you for sharing at FNF :)

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, wow! How fantastic those turned out white. Love how you accessorized them. Thanks for linking this up to HSH!

At The Picket Fence said...

Gorgeous transformation and they looks all ready for summer with those shells in them! :-) Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

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