Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Swap It Like It's Hot #4 {easy thrift store upcycles}

Do you ever feel like creativity is seriously lacking in your brain? Mine has been dormant for like...awhile. Not sure what happened these past few months. The role of mom is turning it into Swiss cheese or something. But when Charlotte of Ciburbanity invited me to join in for #SwapItLikeItsHot round four I said yes anyway! I love these challenges where bloggers send each other inexpensive thrift store finds to get made over.
Unfortunately, even getting some awesome thrifted goods from Bee of Windgate Lane did not kick my brain into gear. I have mulled over it ever since the items arrives, wondering what to do with the cool finds sent to me and the only thing I REALLY wanted to do with them, was leave them as is. But I know...I know...that would not make for good thrift store upcycling inspiration would it?

When I received the package from Bee, the first thing I pulled out was a hand carved antelope figure. I loved him instantly (yup, me and the little folks decided to designate it a "him"). I actually had a whole set of these, in smaller form, when I was a child. I received them as a Christmas present from my aunt and uncle who lived in Kenya for awhile. As it goes sometimes, you don't always think to take good care of things as a child and eventually they were broken or misplaced. It was fun to open this guy up and bring back the memory!
I actually didn't mind the wood finish and had the idea of possibly cutting it in half to make bookends or something but my husband said it would be tough without the right tools around here. Then I thought about painting a design by hand, but ran out of time (can I get a, "Procrastinator!").

Finally, I decided to just give it a slight modern update with a two tone metallic paint finish. There is nothing a little spray paint can't enhance, am I right? I did the bottom half in copper and the top half in gold. Just sprayed and let it dry. Done! He really looks cool anywhere I put him.
In the package, I also received three really nice botanical prints.
Since I had already seriously "stretched" my brain pretty far with that whole spray painting deal, I just couldn't come up with any cool transformation for these. I did, however, have a couple of clipboards that I thought could work for putting two of them on and adding to a fall vignette. Instant display art.
If this vignette looks familiar, you may have seen a slightly different version during my fall home tour. I changed a few things out and added these prints. I love me some flexible decor.
And there you go. You don't even have to thank me for these insanely creative, out of the box who am I kidding ideas. Sheesh. My brain almost hurt from all the strain it took. Hehe. Just kidding.

But seriously, I am in a creative funk people. Hope I get out of it soon!

Big thank you to Bee for sending me such awesome stuff!

Now, it's time to head to Kimm from Reinvented! I sent her a whole bunch of randomness and can't wait to see what she did with it.

Then be sure to visit the other bloggers below who also joined this challenge and who probably have some crazy serious creativity going on! I think the creative part of my brain is just on vacation...

Here is a preview of today's line up...

Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.

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~Alice W.

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