I spent over 2 hours at Goodwill the other day! I kid you not. It was Monday, and they had a whole new shipment of goods come in. I have to say, I enjoyed my visit so much this time. There are days I go in and out so fast. I am scanner and I can tell right away if it’s going to be a good day or not. I knew today it would be. I even bought some designer clothes. I tried the outfit on when I came home and the jeans a bit snug. I am keeping them though and determined to have them fit more comfortable in a few weeks. Then I will model my designer outfit for you:)
Today, I am sharing a wood tray makeover. I bet you have all seen these trays at one time or another. I think one of my old Italian Aunts had this tray. I never was fond of the fruit look in the kitchen. I have always been drawn to roosters. Even in our Florida home. That in fact is where I started my collection back 15 years ago.
I am sure you have become familiar with the thrifty group of gals I do this with every month.We even have a new gal that joined us. Gail from my repurposed life.
I am thinking SPRING ladies. Flowers, birds and the fresh smell of flowers. Oh boy, with that comes pollen too. Not a fan of that part.
Y’all already know how I love my stencils. I use them over and over and over again. I have one stencil that is so coated with layers of craft paint it is actually hard now and not even flexible. It still works though and now I don’t even think the store carries it.
The two stencils I used today are a bit more newish.
I used this porch stencil last year for two projects. A kitchen sign makeover and a pallet sign for our back porch.
The bird and flower stencil I used on a burlap pillow.
Here is the before of this beauty tray. ACK..no way can I leave it like this. It was a whopping $2.99.
Tell me you haven’t seen one of these trays or perhaps even owned one at one time or another?
I knew using chalk paint would be my best option for coverage. I painted the tray with two coats using the waverly chalk paint I bought at Walmart.
Once that was completely dry, I taped my stencil only partially as you can see. Obviously, I was not using this for the porch,but the other words I liked and thought they would be perky and peppy in the kitchen this Spring.
I love using my stencil pouncer. If you do not have one, get one today. Always remember less is more when stenciling. You can always go back and dab more if you see the stencil does not have enough coverage. Once you use too much that error of run over and bleeding is hard to fix. Less is more, just keep telling yourself that and you got it!
I am starting to spread and sprinkle some Spring around here. As you can clearly tell,I am over Winter, and we didn’t even have a bad one. I think some day I may need to live on a tropical island. A girl can dream.
It is dreary and drizzly here today. So my pictures are not as bright and happy. Once I do my kitchen up in Spring and it is a sunny day, I will share better ones.
But you get the gist…Spring is somewhere near.
Don’t forget to pin and share:) XO
I also bought myself a cute outfit at goodwill. The top is Ann Taylor, and the Jeans are Tommy Hilfinger.
Now,I have to lose about 5lbs to fit in the jeans. I am determined though,because they are cute. The entire outfit cost me $10.00!
You can check out my thrifty scores gallery HERE
Thanks for stopping over today. As always, I appreciate your time and friendship. Don’t forget to check out the other gals thrifty finds and makeovers.
Hope to see you back again.
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So cute, Debbie! And you found the perfect spot! I need some good stencils. Mine are horrid.
LOL!~ Mine are becoming vintage.
The tray is looking good, but I’m NOT EVEN touching the ‘drawn to roosters’ comment.
I suggest you don’t Bliss LOL!
Your little senciled tray makeover is so darn cute Debbie! Our goodwill’s never have sales, and most of the stuff has been there for months.
But i do my fair share of thrift shopping. Lately, I’ve been doing a LOT, and I’m overflowing at the seams with projects in waiting!
I’m so happy to be joining the group!
We are excited to have you!
So cute girl!!!
[email protected] Stroll Thru Life says
Love it and so perfect for spring.
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I’m thinking Spring too. Already tired of all the snow. Love your project!
Great new find, you sure made an ugly tray a work of art. Good luck on the weight loss 🙂
Super cute thrifty find. I love that stencil!
I love finding cute outfits at the thrift store. It’s been too long, I need to get back out there! This tray is an awesome transformation!
What an awesome transformation on the tray. I think I will go to Goodwill. Cute outfit.
This is beautiful Debbie, love the quote!
Very cool, love when Im in the thrifting mood! Cute outfit 🙂
carol bittner says
Love Love Love the stencil; very good transform on that old tray!! Nice new outfit; isn’t thrift shopping so much fun? Such a ‘high’ to get a really cute item or two for ‘cheap’!! You’re ideas are ‘the best’.
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
I adore your ‘NEW” tray! I am with you on going simpler! I can’t wait to see you in that new outfit. What a score!!!
Wow, Debbie, you scored with that cute outfit and the tray turned out great! Looking forward to you modeling your new outfit! Sometimes I find great stuff at the thrift store and sometimes I don’t. I had to laugh last visit because I found several items I had donated the week before! That’s never happened to me. Once I donate I usually never see them again.
LOL! That is funny. I often wonder if I ever will too.
Adorable!! Just another note about your down in the dumps post; once again today I unsubscribed from yet another blogger. I see something I like that they post so I subscribe only to find that their ongoing content does not interest me. But I have been subscribing to you for a few years now and haven’t ever even thought of unsubscribing! So now, how the heck did you hang the tray on the tiles?
Shhh..don’t tell my husband but I put a tiny nail in the wall, and ironically, the tray is a picture:) It had the picture hanging hook on it already.
I hate to admit it. But, I’ve spend 2 hrs in Goodwill before too. I sometimes feel sorry for a few of my friends who would never step foot in one .
They just don’t get it. Lol. Your tray turned out fantastic. I’ve got a project with Waverly paint next week. As for your designer outfit….that is just my style. Love it!!
Thanks! I never understand that either. In fact, whenever my boys needed a suit jacket there have been many times I haul them to Goodwill with me. They can never believe how cheap and nice they are.
Stephanie Moyles says
One of my favorite things to do! One project I am most proud of is an old ugly brass lamp which I changed out the electrical component, painted, got a new lampshade and now is sitting beautifully in my daughter’s room. Foolishly I never took a before shot. Your post inspired me to hit my Goodwill up today!!!
Debbie, your projects are amazing! I love what you did to the tray and the stencil is great! Where do you get your stencils?
Hi Monica, I get them from all over. But my latest place is Amazon. They have a lot to choose from. Check out my A-store http://astore.amazon.com/debbiedoo-20. Page 7
Debbie S. says
Hi Debbie, you’ve certainly inspired me to make a trip to Goodwill! That tray turned out great, might be one of the cutest projects you’ve shown us. I have followed you for awhile, I don’t usually comment but wanted to today!
Oh, you did perfect on the tray…. and that blouse you bought at Goodwill is gorgeous! Not sure why I never find things like that at our Goodwill. Guess I need to shop at a different one since there are multiple locations around the area. Can’t wait to see you model it for us! xo
Like I said, I was there a while:)
Thrift stores in general are busier than ever these days. I always consider it an adventure, as you never know what you will find. Great job on the tray. I love the peppy phrases.
Lisa Palmese says
I Loved the Tray and the Outfit I Can’t wait to see you in. Also try the app Poshmark You can find New Designer Clothes and Bags for Incredible Low Prices. Even cheaper you can buy used Designer Clothes just wash when you get them home. I can’t wait to see you in your new outfit!! Start walking for a week that will make them fit or buy spanx lol never used them. The Tray looks Amazing!!
Your tray came out great! 🙂
A-DOR-A-BLE! I love it and it looks so great on your wall. Great selection.
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says
Cute tray and cute outfit!
Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG says
Great project! You can never have too many trays especially with the warmer weather around the corner! Cute outfit – I haven’t been very lucky at the thrift store lately, but I have found a few cute tops myself! Congrats on the great new outfit!
great finds! I was at the thrift store today and I found large plastic lazy susans; I called my daughter and asked if she could use them in her kitchen cupboards (yes) With my senior discount they were just under $2.00 each. I got all 3 of them and on the back they were $18.99 each from a specialty organizer store.
Cute tray, super fun over the stovetop 🙂 Love that little tile area.
Can’t wait to see your new outfit on.
The jeans look perfectly worn in. That is way better than new. LOL!!
Nice tray make-over! Ya know, I think I bought a wooden tray about a year ago. Didn’t really know what to do with it at the time, so tucked it away in my ‘to do’ box in the basement. Now that I see what you’ve done with yours, it’s given me inspiration!! Some chalky paint and a bit of embellishmenet and I’ll have a ‘new’ tray for my front porch (when the weather finally settles down). I’m SO ANXIOUS for porch sittin. Thanks for your great post.
Teri Mosley says
Where do I find the saying in a stencel that you used on the tray??? where did you get it from?