Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Transformed Compote

Is Creative ADD a disease? Because I think I have it. It's got to be why I have so many unfinished projects lurking in my closets, basement and barn. I get frustrated or tired, or just plain bored, so I leave one project for a while, and start another...usually a much simpler one. I guess I need the gratification of finishing something when the BIG project is taking foreeeever.

Unfortunately, in the past, taking a break from a big project has often been the death knell of said project. I just never can seem to bring myself to return to it. I think I've found the cure to Creative ADD...start a blog. Now I am accountable to my followers to...ahem...follow through. I'm thinking this could be a beautiful relationship.

All that to say I took a little break...from the big cabinet I've come to think of as "The Beast." Actually, I did need some time to clean my house. People are coming to my house Friday. Teen people...from my son's youth group. I know, I know, my kids tell me all the friends don't care how the house looks. Well, they might care when they are cowering in the corner with a chair and a whip fighting off the dust lions bunnies.

But I took a break from dust bunny killing, to work on this little number.  (See, I even need breaks from my breaks!)  I had already painted the base...and it was calling to me.  What's a girl to do?  This is what this girl did:

Here's the before and the in between:

After priming and spray painting with Heirloom white, and a little sanding the edges...

I used my Pizza Hut gift card for a straight edge to mark the centers between the scallops.  (Dear Pizza Hut, if you want to pay me for the advertising I just gave you I will graciously accept...I heart your pan pizza!)

Then I marked from the dip in each scallop to my center marks, thus creating a diamond pattern.

My attempt at taping off to paint the diamonds...

didn't work so well

Entrevue my fine line paint brush

It really wasn't too hard...just load the brush with paint, steady your hand against the bowl, hold your breath (literally), and pull the brush toward you. 

I had these cute letter brads from my scrapbook stash.  I just cut the brad part off the backs...

then hot glued them at the intersection of the diamonds. 

Mine spells, "Trust in the Lord."  I need that reminder...every day.

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  1. So cute! I can't believe you hand painted the diamonds! Have you tried Frog Tape in the paint section? It's amazing, the edges are covered with something they put in diapers to absorb the moisture and create perfect line. I love it!

  2. Frog tape? I wonder how it would get along with my dust bunnies? I'll have to look for it. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I just found your place. Love it! What a cute and creative idea.

  4. wow. I love what you did with that! Great job.

  5. That is beautiful. What are you going to put in it? I see bright beautiful lemons. Purdy!

  6. So stylish and chic! Love the graphic harlequin pattern and the little buttons are perfect! I, too, love diamonds and checks, they are such a clean design element. Pretty project!

  7. Thanks for you kind comments ladies! I haven't decided what to fill it with yet. The lemons would be cute for something temporary. I thought of moss balls. I think I'm going to watch for some croquet balls at garage sales. Wouldn't they be cute painted white or black, antiqued and then put stenciled numbers on them???

  8. I really love this! The harlequin is great and the shape is perfect. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired this week!


  9. What a great makeover! I love the little buttons too!

  10. What a great piece to find and redo!!! Looks amazing! Love the black and white! You did a great job!!

  11. Gorgeous transformation! I love the pattern - simply fabulous! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  12. That has sort of an Alice in Wonderland look to it. Thanks for linking up!


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