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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Can you say FreeCycle?

Kelly,I'm not sure how you do it, but you did it again. The thing that fascinates me about your projects is your imagination. You see something special in a piece of trash and magically, you make is appear. Beautiful job and thank you for sharing.

So happy to be visiting My Dear Trash again. This week I completed a project that was completely free. I was at a yard sale on Saturday and noticed a free sign next to a dresser that was missing a drawer and two frame artwork thingies that looked like they’re from the 90’s craft shows. I verified that the items were free and the owner said, “You have to take them all.” Well, who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth? So my dear husband I loaded them up and went about my merry way. I have been needing something to fill the space next to my dining room hutch- so this is what I came up with.

Here is a before pic of one of the frame/art work thingies (I have a great idea for the other one, which I’ll share later) Notice that someone had taped it off and painted the outside frame. But the tape got left on too long, which glued it to the wood. Thank goodness for my handy sander.

This is after I sanded off the splattered paint, scrapped off the tape and took off the hardware.

Next I gave it a couple coats of creamy off- white paint.

Next I found a quote online about family trees. I then printed the quote the size I wanted and using tracing paper I copied the image onto my board.

Next I used a paint pen to fill in all of the lines.

After I sanded the edges and aged the whole pieces, using a technique I found here ( I then hot glued on a few of my grandmother’s antique buttons.

Here’s the finished product. I just love it! Can’t wait to show you what I’m going to do with the dresser with missing drawer and the other art work thingy. Hope you enjoyed.


  1. Very cool and I love the buttons.

  2. Laura-fun blog! You have a great writing style, so funny and warm and loveable-just like you.

    Kelly-Amazing! I can't even begin to think up the kinds of projects you do, what talent! I'd never even think of turning that into what you did, and it looks fabulous---great job!

  3. We really need to get together! I know I could learn a lot from spending an afternoon together! Thank you for telling me to let the guilt go... All I have to do is return your dish and the guilt will be gone! You are an amazing writer, crafter, blogger, mother and friend! My life is blessed because of you!