Do you ever look at an item and think… hmmmm… I like this but I don’t like this… if only it had that… or if it was just the right shade… or well it’s cute but looks a little cheap? Yes?! Great! I want to talk to you! All you need is a little creative thinking and a willingness to think outside of the box. I am one that is always shopping for items that won’t break the bank but that I can add to my house decor’ and actually like it. Of course, I don’t want decor’ that looks cheap – who does, right? So, I look for pieces that I can transform into something that looks like I ordered it special made for my home. That’s were the willingness to think outside the box comes into play. You’ve got to see the potential.
I regularly shop our area Dollar stores (Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree) looking for items that I like but that could maybe use a little love. I love the challenge of turning something that’s simply ok as it is into something beautiful! This past week as I was shopping our local DG, I came across a cute shelf sitter. Honestly, it was cute as it was but I could see it being so much more so for $3 I scooped it up!
Items I used:
- Dollar General Shelf Sitter
- Brown Paint
- Paint Brush
- Dollar Tree Shelf Sitter
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Dollar Tree Galvanized Words
- Hot Glue Gun with Glue
I began by painting over the Be Thankful and making the entire bottom piece a solid brown so I could add a galvanized Harvest plate I had found at the Dollar Tree. After a couple coats, you couldn’t even tell anything had ever been there. I also did a little dry brushing on each of the pumpkins with a little of the brown just to give them a little distressing. While I let that dry, I opened up a shelf sitter block that I had also found at the Dollar Tree. I used some mod podge to apply scrapbook paper to cover the entire block. I used a pencil to mark my paper and cut it to fit each side. This step was the game changer for the entire project. I had removed all of the rafia bows so I tied simple bows using some jute on each of the pumpkins. My final step was to hot glue the two shelf sitters together.
This project was super simple and only took a few minutes to complete. I added the piece to a shelf in my dining room and it was perfect!
Something ordinary can be made extraordinary with just the right amount of love! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did and leave encouraged to think outside of the box! Do something today that inspires you to love your home so that you feel confident in opening your doors to a world that needs you!