Ah, the sounds of Spring are filling the warm, breezy air! It makes me want to get in the garden and freshen things up and it makes me think of spring cleaning. That cleaning can often lead to transforming! In thinking of my “trash to treasure” challenge posted this month, I’ve rounded up some great DIY trash to treasure projects to help inspire you. These simple projects will transform your accessories, art and containers into treasures that will last beyond Spring.
I love watching Nate Berkus’s TV show. One of my favorite guests is Mr. Goodwill Hunting. He does amazing transformations with items found at local thrift stores. See how he transformed this lamp with new orange fabric and grosgrain ribbon trim for the shade, seagrass paint for the base and a brass, gold paint for the lamp accents. You can transform a tired lamp in your home in just one day! Select colors and ribbon to complement your decor.
Do you have any old canvas prints or even blank canvases that you bought but never did anything with? I thought so! I know I do. Here’s a great way to turn them into a treasure!
I found this canvas project on www.bhg.com. “It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Paint a large artist’s canvas or piece of MDF in your favorite color. We used a calm beige shade of gray. Then wrap white tape around the canvas, crisscrossing the tape as you go. For an ultra-subtle contrast, paint a few of the resulting triangles in a slightly darker hue.” Use colors to enhance your room’s decor. Line up 3 large canvases along an empty hallway wall to create a huge impact.
I also love taking empty picture frames and giving them a new life with paint. You can arrange them, empty, as show below from Decor Demon, or you cna add wallpaper or chalk board paint behind them for instant art. I also hang my girls’ art inside empty, large frames. Instant custom art!
As shown above, I always recommend mapping out your wall display on paper prior to hanging. This makes everything much simpler when you are ready to hang.
How many of us have glass vases sitting around from past floral arrangements? Flat vases work well for this project, also from www.bhg.com, which reminds me of Spring!
These are the project instructions, from www.bhg.com, “A simple glass or acrylic pencil cup blossoms into a whimsical beauty, thanks to a quick transfer treatment. Print your images on Lazertran paper and let dry for at least 30 minutes. Cut your image to the size of one panel of the pencil cup, then soak the printout face down in water for about a minute.”
“Peel off the backing and place the filmy printout on the cup, smoothing out any air bubbles. Brush on one to three coats of polyurethane until the image appears translucent. Repeat the process with additional images for the other sides of the cup.”
My final “trash to treasure” projects shows another accessory transformation. This is one of my projects from the TV pilot shoot last year, so it’s one of my favorites. I hope it encourages you to look at your “trash” in a new way!
What “trash to treasure” projects are you working on? Please share them with me as part of my “trash to treasure” March challenge!