I am participating in Rhoda's Southern Hospitality's Monday Treasures as well as Sue's Metamorphosis Monday.
My husband and I have been slowly embarking on a goal of not buying "new" but only vintage or pre-owned items whenever we can. Especially when it comes to home projects. So the following is a no cost transformation for us.
I must tell you it took a bit of bravery to post these before pictures. We have a hall "utility" closet that had become the place to shove everything that had no place else to go. No matter how many times I cleaned this space it soon returned to the jumble you see here.Each time I passed this spot with something in my hand that needed a place to live...in it went...temporarily of course. However temporarily usually became permanently. I finally decided enough is enough. I needed space to store my ever growing china and glass addiction. My solution was to turn this closet into a space to store all the things that I use for dinner parties. "Good" china, large bowls, vintage napkins and dinner ware, all the things I usually have to dig out of ten different places when I entertain.
I also placed the big counter top appliances I do not use everyday such as my Kitchen Aid mixer, crock pot and party perk. Now I can open the door and delight at the organization. Everything is right where I can see it. No danger of shoving in something that doesn't belong now. This closet has a definite purpose. Isn't that what we all want, a purpose?
We added a few shelves with some left over melamine coated shelving from another project. I did not paint the interior as this was a quick solution, but I may browse the oops paint section for a bright and unexpected color when I have more time. (Hmmm...I may be able to browse my own paint selection in the garage.) There is something so soothing about an organized closet. No stress of digging into every nook and cranny to find that one thing you need at the moment. Ahhhh, all my thrift store finds right where they belong.
Speaking of thrifty finds, this is a variation on something you have seen many times on different blogs. (I know I have seen the top piece used on Cherry's Jubilee as a cloche as well) I gathered a few candle holders, petite plates (maybe butter pat dishes) and the glass pieces that I believe are used in metal candle sconces flipped upside down as cloches. Grab some E-6000 glue and vintage ribbon or seam tape for decoration...
Ta da, sweet diminutive cloches for tiny treasures such as these figural salt and peppers.
I have lots of little treasures that would be lost in a vignette but these cloches raise them (literally) to a new prominence.
Next time you are browsing your favorite thrift or vintage store, grab a few bits and bobs to play with at home. A few bucks and some glue or paint can make an amazing difference. Now visit the rest of the thrifty transformations and treasures to be found at Rhoda and Sue's blogs. You will be amazed.
Have a Thrifty Monday, P.
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