Saturday, May 22, 2010

Out in the rain to find bargains…


Despite the rain and the dreariness of the weather, it was a fairly lucrative week for thrift finds. This $20 bench needs a good sanding and some paint, but I think it will turn out just fine when it’s done. Of course, in order for me to get started on the transformation,  the weather has to cooperate and the sun has start shining so it can help dry out the sogginess of everything here in Dayton!

I’m thinking that I’d like to put a  bright color on it. Or then again, maybe a subtle yellow or a sage green, aged with  a bit of glazing. Gotta think on this…


Look how long the grass is! I need to cut it, but it’s probably too wet. I thought the old saying was,  “APRIL showers bring May flowers.”  Lately, it’s been May rainstorms bring soggy ground and long grass!!





Always on the look-out for pretty plates, I happened upon these few pretties….









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With the addition of these glass candlesticks…..




They were transformed into little catch-alls and dessert/serving plates……

And who doesn’t like desserts and treats served on pretty little serving pieces?

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All I did was use a dab of E6000 glue on the top of each candlestick to adhere it to underside of the plate. Simple, easy, peasy display pieces on the cheap, since the candlesticks and the plates were 25 cents each at a church rummage sale.


I’ll have more to show you in a later post. The sun just came out, so I’m going outside to pot some herbs and make an attempt at the grass. 


I’m linking up to the following parties. Click on the buttons to visit these girls and their participants.

It’s always fun to see what everyone else is sharing! 



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Susan said...

I absolutely love all your plates!! I have a bench like that, I need to paint ours too!!

Polly said...

What a great find on the bench Sue! Can't wait to see the transformation!!

Hasn't this weather been the pits!?!?! Of course it was nice today and I was stuck inside at work all day! Ugggg!!

Might see you on Wednesday....if not, I'll make sure the feedsack is at the front desk with your name on it!!

Take care,


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Love that bench. It'll be fun transforming it. Good ideas of putting the plates and candlesticks together. Linda

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hey Sue...OMG...great finds and I love the bench for $20! I like your thoughts on the color choices for it...I think either color would be really striking! I would do the antique glaze too! I like how you converted the pretty plates into something special for desserts. Do you think it will dry out soon?? I have been painting in the garage the last 2 days and I don't think anything will dry from all the humidity! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!~Hugs, Patti

Kathleen said...

Pretty pretties! I bet the bench comes out great..
I got a little kiddie version at CVS at the end of summer for 5 dollars!
And Patriotic wreaths for 1.00. Now to find that stuff!
Hope things are going well my dear!

farmlady said...

That bench was a wonderful find. Have fun brightening it up.
I love all the dishes. So many lovely patterns and your idea using the candlesticks is a interesting one. Good old E6000 glue.

Jo said...

Looks like you were lucky this w/e We went out today and found a few things nothing big. this weather has put a hamper on my projects..I have a dresser we made into a sink cabinet but haven't been able to poly it...the bench was a find - sage green would be very pretty

Deserae said...

Ohhhh what fabulous treasures you found!! Love the little serving pieces you made...very clever! Sending lots of sunshine your way :o)

bj said...

I LOVE that is going to be so pretty, all painted up!!

I just got my new issue of Country Living and it has some of the best looking ice cream recipes..everything from ice cream sandwiches ( I LOVE those) to raspberry cheesecake ice cream to butter pecan. I can't wait to try some of them..:)

Joyful said...

Great idea for the china and the candlesticks. I would never think of are clever :-) It sounds like you also have great ideas for the new look of the bench. Hope your skies dry out so you can get started.

Debbie said...

Good Morning Sue!~ Thanks for linking up to my party, and I do hope you enjoy visiting just a few others....this is a good way to meet new friends. I love the finds...the bench would look very pretty blue...I love the color...then you could add a few pretty outdoor pillows to it. Great idea on the candlesticks and simple, yet so useful and different. Enjoy your day, and I look forward to seeing you again.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The bench is great. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

We've had a couple of days of sun..very nice. Hope you get some soon!

Bonnie said...

You have a beautiful home with some great treasures!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and we are having the rain problem here, too!!! If we get to cut the grass in between rain days, it grows even faster I think!!

Linda said...

Hi Sue~ thanks so much stopping by and visiting my blog and for your nice comments! I've enjoyed visiting your blog, too~ I love your finds and creations! I see you're friends with Kathy Stantz~ I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of weeks ago at the Junk Market Art & Achitecture show in Minneapolis! I'm looking forward to reading more...I am your newest follower!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

$20.00 for that pretty bench....get outta' way! It's very classy. I love all the cheerful bright colors I am seeing bloggers paint stuff. I keep thinking I may paint the chicken house purple or something....nah! I was at a yard/plant sale the other day and the lady had an adorable small backyard. She had planted her shed lilac and was charming...her whole yard and gardens were charming. BUT I also love the subtle colors's a quandry. I hit the yard sales and flea market early yesterday AM and it was a complete bust. First time in a long time that has happened. :) xoxo P.s. You can go ahead and have a give-away for one of those adorable plates you have made. Go ahead....I dare you! :)

Susan said...

Hi! Sue. Thank you for visiting my blog!! You ask what a blessing sale was. The gentleman who had the sale just wanted rid of the stuff so he said anything you want to bless me with is fine!! So you named your own price. He was such a sweet man, you couldn't not bless him fairly!!

Vintage Remixed said...

Love the bench and I vote for sage with the glaze. The china plates are darling too.

Jennifer said...

I am lovin the bench!!! I wish I can come across a deal soon!

Lori E said...

Those candle holders are about the only thing I can ever find at my thrift stores. Now I have an idea of what to do with them.

Jennifer said...

Hey Sue! I think I'm going to leave them that color! They are heavy too! They will probably sit forever before my husband ever hangs them, truth be told! lol!

Olivia~ said...

Oh my sweetness it is so nice to meet you and read your darling blog, I too make these little stands for my home and my booth. Gotta love it.
squishy hugs,
ps your plates and bench are oh so lovely

The Tablescaper said...

Love those plates! You did so great!!!

- The Tablescaper

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Lovely finds, Sue! I really love that bench.

Susie Q said...

Egads!! I need a bench like that and for $20????
Love the plates and candlesticks and LOVE them together!!

I need to get back to you...I took Mom on to the xray after I hung up that day. The doc was pretty sure she had developed pneumonia from the way her lungs sounded.
She has been a sick girl! : (

Maybe the garage/yard sales are picking up found some wonderful things!!

That Sue Across Town

Lou Cinda said...

Sue, the bench is perfect!! And the plates, I love and even love what you did with them MORE!!

I know we neeeed rain, but, seriously, enough already!! We had torrential rainstorms here Thursday night (my son was out in the woods on a 4-wheeler and I was a train wreck til he got home) and Friday. Then when I got off work Friday afternoon, the blue skies were appearing and the sun!! YAY!! It was finally a gorgeous weekend, but HOT!! 90 degrees Saturday! We went to the river!

Have a great week! And I am wishing you sunshine!

Lou Cinda ;)

Jemsmom said...

Those plates are adorable and on the candlesticks...they are to die for! I love your family home in Ireland. We have been several times with another trip planned at Christmas. I would move there in a heartbeat! So glad to have found your blog!

Charlotte said...

Love the plates! I use these candlesticks to stage my cup and saucer collections.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

oh Sue, your dessert plates turned out so pretty. The last 2 posts I've read have me thinking I need to be on the lookout for something. Now it's the glass candlesticks. Love your new bench too, and what a bargain! laurie