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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Accessorizing the Kitchen - 2 Cheap, Easy & Fast Projects

I'm a fan of details.  I think accessories are a big part of the overall design of any room.  That being said I don't typically like to spend too much of the budget in that area because I'm always changing/switching the accessories around.

Two of my favorite kitchen accessories/ decor items were simple and easy diy projects.  One is the EAT letters over the window above the sink.


I picked up these paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby.  They were very inexpensive and although I can't remember the exact price I paid, I know for certain that they were 50% off when I bought them.  To give them a nice shiny finish making them look more like resin than paper mache, I used a fabric paint writer in red.  To get very specific I used Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint.


I already had the paint on hand.  I applied 2 coats with a brush.  Spray paint probably would have given a similar end result but in the middle of winter the temps weren't high enough to use spray paint.  The fabric paint writer worked great and gave them a nice shiny finish.   I hung them with command strips.


The second project that took all of maybe 15 minutes (not counting the drying time) only cost $3.  I found this gold tray at the Goodwill and decided to turn it into a message board.


All it took was a little primer and a little chalkboard paint.  Both of which I already had on hand.  I used a sponge brush for a nice, smooth application.




I love cheap, easy, and fast ......projects that is.  ;)  They're not only fun to work on, but they add so much interest to a space.  And the best part is with such little time and money invested you don't feel bad when you're ready for a change.

Have you done any cheap, easy, and fast projects lately?

P.S. Many of you have asked where I bought this little, white elephant.  She was 25 cents at Goodwill, and she's worth more than 25 tons of gold in my book!  I adore her but I've yet to give her a name.  Hmmmm......what should we call her?

21 comments:

  1. Love the letters! I just did some sheet music candles on the cheap this week-- love a quick and simple project!

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  2. Great little projects! Love Ellie the elephant.

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  3. I agree 100% with Laurie! Ellie the elephant! It is what our boys always wanted to name an elephant when they were little! :) Love the eat!

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  4. i love them both and i love that they are easy to do! the chalkboad tray is adorable!

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  5. Off to the Goodwill!lol.Love your kitchen and decor ideas.

    Silvia

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  6. Two great ideas! Little money lots of punch!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Maureen

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  7. Both are great projects! However, the project I really want to copy is your white valance with the black ribbon...I need something exactly like that for my laundry room. Now I just have to get my act together and do it!

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  8. The chalkboard tray is so cute and stylish. Elma the elephant also looks pretty cute there :)

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  9. I can totally relate to always changing out accessories. I hate spending tons of money on them b/c I know next month I will have moved onto something else. Thank goodness for spray paint! I have several things that have been through 3 or 4 different colors.

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  10. Amen! Love me some bargain accessories! Your's look perfect in your fab kitchen!
    xo
    -Lisa

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  11. I see those trays at thrift stores all the time and walk right by. I might have to take a second look! Such a great project, I'm pinning it now!

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  12. Thanks for all the name suggestions! ;) I'm leaning towards Elma.

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  13. I just found your blog through Thrifty Decor Chick, and seriously...you have so many cool ideas!! I feel like I want to pin everything, so this is your warning. ;)

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  14. Carmel - awesome projects (and your kitchen is gorgeous)! Elma is so sweet! ;)

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  15. I love your "chalkboard tray" - what a clever idea. I have a brass tray like that somewhere in this house. Love your kitchen!

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  16. Great chalkboard tray! I'm filing that one away, in the brain "locker", which seems to have a slow leak!

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  17. Great ideas. And I do like the tray - it is like mixing different styles and the end result is something pretty and utilitarian. Still loving the elephant :)

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  18. i love them both and i love that they are easy to do! the chalkboad tray is adorable!

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