Monday, July 26, 2010

Kitchen display

I have been busy decorating my beach house and have lots of empty spaces - we have just purchased the basic furniture and will slowly get things just as we want them (really I mean afford them!) but this will take time - unless I win our lotto jackpot tonight!!!

In my kitchen I have the usual empty space above the fridge alcove - what do you put in  there?? It is quite high and I am not, so cookery books were out of the question. Canisters would be good but as yet I haven't found the 'right' ones so I had a big empty box. So just the other day I was visiting my son's partner at work and in her shop they had some gorgeous displays. True to form I had my trusty camera in my bag so with her permission I took a few shots to share and thought to myself  'I can do that!' Well, I have and this is my latest decorating effort - I will share with you the ones I copied first and then show how mine turned out.













































































These bottles had all been collected form thrift stores and spray painted then grouped together - I thought they looked fabulous so I started my search for different sized bottles and vases. Most of the ones I purchased were only 50c - $2.00 so they didn't cost me very much.  I also found some interesting vases in our old farm house - the source of many of my treasures!!




























As you can see I had a very odd looking collection of bits and pieces. Everything was given a good wash and left in the winter sun to dry before being painted.





































I poured red paint into this glass decanter and also into the stopper - I thought that might make it look a little different to the others.  I was a bit worried about the blue swirls in this little vase but it has turned out to be one of my favourite pieces!!


























Work in progress!! I had to spread them all out so I could get between them as it takes a few light coats of paints to cover them. I was worried that they were all going to look the same because I could only get one red spray paint but as they all had different colours and surfaces they looked different when finished.




























This is my finished product - after arranging them on the shelf I have decided I need to paint a few more taller pieces to put in the back. It's hard to believe these are all painted with the same colour paint, don't you think?



























 I have started collecting more interesting shaped bottles and jars to paint to use as props in my sister's gift shop.


Happy Monday,

Suzy


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17 comments:

Marydon said...

G'morn ~ Clever inexpensive decor touches! & such fun. I love the old whiskey decanters ...

Have a beautiful day.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Kelly Howard said...

These turned out great! That red is especially awesome, with slightly different tones to it. This was an excellent idea!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Suzy Sweetie...
Oh my gosh what a beautiful share this morning. The bottle look terrific, and I love the addition of the cross. It just fits so perfectly in your vignette.

Isn't it amazing what a can or two of pain can do for a grouping? They all took on their own appeal. I love it. Even a box laid on it's side with all of these items spilling out of it, would be beautiful. (You mentioned a box)

Have a gorgeous Monday. You have certainly awoken my mind this morning.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Kara said...

Such a cute idea!! I didn't know that you could spray paint glass, that's great! Thanks for sharing!

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Virginia said...

Amazing…great idea.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

They look fabulous. Spray painting glass has become one of my favorite props for filling spaces that look a little empty. Your turned out wonderful. Love the different colors they each took on. Hugs, Marty

Becky said...

Great idea! i bet i could find enough stuff in my garage to do this today! Love it

Lavender Cottage said...

This was a very interesting post. I've tried to spray paint glass and it doesn't adhere so I'm wondering if you use a prep product of some sort?
Sure gives all your bottle and vases new life.

A Garden of Threads said...

They look wonderful grouped together. Fabulous makeover and a very clever idea.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love it! Painting glass is something I've just never thought of doing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I just think this is so creative of you and I am so glad you joined TTT. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Cindy said...

A very smart and stylish way to decorate, it leaves us with so many options. I like that!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Wow, wow, and more wow!!!


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Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a clever idea and for little money. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend, sherry

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks for linking up to Treasures and Trinkets Thursday! :) I like your glass collection, and I think my favorite is the swirly one too..it has character!:0) I have spray painted glass before too...it has endless options!
Hope you have a great week, and thanks again for sharing. :)
Missy

Linda said...

This is a really fun idea, Suzy~ lots of possibilities with it! Thanks for sharing!

viridian said...

Great idea. As for me, I store things I don't want the kids to get at above the fridge.