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Swap It Like It’s Hot Reveal

Flea Market Swap Day 3 | Queen of Everything

This was my second time to participate in Swap It Like It’s Hot (if you recall, I built a dang lamp last time!) and I knew I didn’t have the time or inclination to go THAT far again… but I’m still pretty happy with what I ended up with! I received items from Cassie at Primitive & Proper – she threw me for a loop but that’s kind of what this whole thing is about. Links to all of the projects are at the bottom of this post!

Swap Items | Before | Queen of Everything

I opened up the box and saw the 2 candlesticks first. Funny thing – I just purchased 2 eerily similar (just taller) candlesticks from Goodwill a few weeks before! When I get around to working on the taller ones, I’ll have a nice set of 4. 

Candlesticks | Swap It Like It's Hot | Queen of Everything

I decided to keep it simple and just paint them with chalk paint… but then I realized that I don’t really use taper candles. I found some cute glass crown tea light holders at a craft store and knew exactly what to do – after the paint dried and I waxed the candlesticks, I attached the crowns with hot glue. Obviously, I love crowns. I’ll get much more use out of these now that I can put votives or tea lights in them!

She's Crafty | Swap It Like It's Hot | Queen of Everything

I’m pretty sure that most people that were alive in the 70’s had this exact same bedsheet growing up. I know I did! I used to hate them – but seeing it again made me realize that maybe my mom was (obviously) way cooler than I thought she was when she bought the sheets for my twin sized bed.

I recently decided that I like to do hand embroidery, and I had a huge piece of fabric just begging for *something* – and my project was born. I hand stitched “She’s Crafty” onto the sheet (shout out Beastie Boys) and fell in love. It needed a little something else, though. What kind of craft project doesn’t involve glitter, I ask? Certainly not one of mine. So yeah, I glittered some petals and leaves. Then I decided to take it one step further and sew some beads onto one of the flowers. I could’ve gone on for days, but I was officially out of time (I am a procrastinator… obviously). I wrapped it around a canvas, stapled the heck out of it, and called it done! It will be perfect hanging in my craft room. 

I didn’t end up using the book for anything, but I have 2 little nephews that will love to read it! Thank you so much, Cassie! I had a blast with your items!

I was lucky enough to get to send “junk” to Jaime from That’s My Letter… I’m excited to see what she did with her items! 

Be sure to check out all of the other blogs as well – we’re on day 3 of 5! Share, comment, and give some love to my friends! I’ve included all of their blogs below.

Swap It Like It's Hot 3 | Queen of Everything

 

Day 1- Monday
Run to Radiance // Decor Adventures // Year of Serendipity // 58 Water Street // Don’t Disturb This Groove // Like Saturday // Artsy Chicks Rule

Day 2- Tuesday
Two Purple Couches // While They Snooze // The Gathered Home // Black and White Obsession (You’re here) // Ciburbanity // Restoration Redoux // Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Day 3- Wednesday
Primitive & Proper // Queen of Everything // That’s My Letter // Finding Silver Pennies // Migonis Home // Windgate Lane

Day 4- Thursday
I Am a Homemaker // Town and Country Living // Thoughts from Alice // Our Southern Home // Chic Little House // SG Style // Two Thirty~Five Designs

Day 5- Friday
Gourley Girl & Guy // The Thinking Closet // The Charming Farmer // 2 Little Superheroes // Shades of Blue Interiors // Live Pretty on a Penny

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Favorite Projects from #swapitlikeitshot

Now that it’s been a week since we first posted our #swapitlikeitshot projects, and I’m (almost) fully recovered, and divorce proceedings have been halted (my husband and I do NOT do DIY well together) – I thought I’d share some of my favorite projects from the other participants and the link party participants!

(These are in no particular order, yada yada yada…)

Makely Home Glitter Bookends

Well, obviously these HAVE to be in my top picks, because GLITTER. And also, I love Lindsay to pieces. And, GLITTER.

Windgate Lane MCM Table

Since I have such excellent taste (or maybe I’m just cruel), I had to throw this one in as well. I mean, I *did* buy this for Bee at Windgate Lane. I got lucky and was able to meet her for lunch and deliver the goods, since she’s local to me. Bee probably hates me, but I just love the way this turned out!

http://makinglemonadeblog.com/thrift-store-makeovers-swap-it-like-its-hot/

Carrie at Making Lemonade got me with this one. Yeah, pretty sure I’m gonna be copying this little project, if I can find a wire basket like this! My house is so tiny, there just isn’t much room for knick knacks – but guess what? I can sure hang stuff from the ceiling! 

Now for my favorite link party participant projects (say that 5 times fast):

http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chair-reupholster-in-greek-key.html Pam at Simple Details found a classic cane chair at an estate sale (LUCKY!) and took it from boring to awesome just by giving it a little bit of love. I would be so thrilled to find a chair or two like this to play with!

http://safaffect.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/diy-glass-pendant-light-fixture/

Ever since I made my lamp for the swap, I’ve become obsessed with lighting in general. I love how simple this is, and how much better it looks than it originally did! I would love to make some more light fixtures, so I’ll be keeping this pendant light from SafAffect for future reference!

http://www.homemadebycarmona.com/the-golden-touchstorage-bowls/

Gold is finally growing on me. I hated it until maaaaaaaaybe 6 months ago, and I have no idea why. Now? I can’t get enough. Ursula at Homemade by Carmona transformed these $1 Goodwill bowls into something I would probably buy from a store, just by using gold spray paint. I’ll be picking up every bowl in sight from now on. 

So, did you find any projects that you just fell in love with? Do you have one to add? The link party is up for another week, so keep on adding! 

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Swap It Like It’s Hot – LAMP EDITION!

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Swap It Like It's Hot 2 | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

When I was asked to participate in Swap It Like It’s Hot Part 2, I jumped at the chance. First, I was so excited to go pick something out for someone else (I got my buddy Bee from Windgate Lane), then I was excited to see what someone else picked for me, and THEN panic set in. What in the world was I going to make?

Swap It Like Its Hot 2 | Pulleys | Queen of Everything #swapitlikeitshot

Well, Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors got my name for the swap. She sent me … two pulleys! What was I going to make with pulleys?!

Any smart person would logically decide, “I’m going to make a lamp!”. Really? A LAMP was the first thing that came to my mind? Why, I’ve made hundreds of lamps before (I’m lying). How difficult could it really be (pretty difficult)? I had a picture in my mind and I was determined to make it a lamp reality.

Base of Pulley Lamp | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

Pulley Lamp Off | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

Close up of pulley | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

Close up of pulley OFF | Queen of Everything | #swapitlikeitshot

So, here it is! Thanks, Rachel – I love what I made from the pulleys (yes, I only used one), and I would be willing to bet you never dreamed I would see a pulley and automatically jump to “lamp”. Go figure. It was not easy to make, it was pretty tedious, and I am so proud of myself for actually making it happen. Big ups to Tom, Makely Home’s resident husband, for helping me come up with a design for it and not making me feel like an idiot when I was trying to explain to him what I had in mind. That house is full of smart people, they come in handy! Big ups to Brittaney, my BFF, for staining wooden blocks with me into the wee hours of the morning while watching “Bad Words” (by the way, completely inappropriate movie!). Big ups to my husband, Kevin, for helping me when I was freaking out about how to make this happen and telling me that he liked the choices I was making. Big ups to Color Cord for just being awesome. I emailed them to ask a question, and got a response within 15 minutes. WHO DOES THAT? Color Cord. They make me want to make a million lamps. Also, they didn’t pay me a thing to say this. This was BY FAR the most DIY project I have ever taken on. Who knew?!

Now that you’ve seen what I made, go see what everyone else made with their thrift shop swaps! I am pretty excited to see what these crazy girls made with their stuff – and I’m also pretty excited to see what YOU have made with thrift shop goodies. Link it up, y’all! Here are all of my partners in crime… I know what I’ll be doing when I have a break at work! Charlotte at Ciburbanity also set up a Pinterest board that features the past #swapitlikeitshot projects, as well as the ones from this go round, if you are a Pinterest person.

2 Little Superheroes
AKA Design
A Chic Little House
The Chronicles of Home
Ciburbanity
Decor Adventures
Desert Domicile
Finding Silver Pennies
Gourley Girl & Guy
The Happier Homemaker
Hearts and Sharts
A Home Full of Color
Makely Home
Making Lemonade
My Passion For Decor
Primitive and Proper
Queen of Everything
Rooms For Rent
Shades of Blue
Stone Gable
Thoughts From Alice
Town and Country Living
Two Purple Couches
While They Snooze
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Windgate Lane

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Thrift Store Wall Hanging

Thrift Store Wall Hanging Before & After | Queen of Everything

A couple of months ago, my sister started texting pictures to me from a local thrift store (we do a lot of real time shopping via text message, especially since I work during the day and she stays home with my nephew). She definitely found some random items AND some really good ones. 

Metal Wall Hanging Before | Queen of Everything

This particular wall hanging looked like it may have been from Kirkland’s in a past life. I’m sure it was lovely back then, but it did not fit in with her new decor at all. I convinced her to buy it instead of leaving it there for someone else! At $12, it was a good deal, and she had a place for it in her front hallway. Boom.

I’m really proud of my sister for bringing in some color to her new house. Not everyone is a huge fan of bright colors, and that’s fine, but her new house was screaming for something colorful and happy. She is going with neutral gray walls and using colorful accessories, and it looks great so far! Her latest project has been her front hallway – the things she used in her old house literally do not fit there, so she had to start from scratch. Whitney needed one BIG item for the wall, and found it that fateful day at the thrift store.

Paint Colors | Queen of Everything

 

I went on a very last minute trip out of town to see my friend Lindsay this past weekend, and wouldn’t you know it? Whitney decided to start knocking out projects without me. The colors were chosen via text message, with approval from myself and Lindsay – and of course, Whitney. She went with a dark charcoal gray, a pretty green color, turquoise, white, and navy blue. (PS: The green is Rustoleum Fern – we have been in love with this particular green color for years and years. Hands down, best spray paint color ever. No lie.)

Primed | Queen of Everything

The first thing she did was prime the lovely piece of artwork. It may not have been a necessary step, but we are big fans of primer just in case. 

Wet Paint | Queen of Everything

Next, she decided which squares were getting which color (and it had to be symmetrical, because it is my sister after all) – not that there’s anything wrong with that, she just has a touch of OCD sometimes. We all do. Lindsay asked how Whitney managed to not get every paint color on every square. Lindsay and I think a lot alike (eerily so), and we both would have done things the difficult way, with painters tape, paper, etc. Nope, Whitney just covered up the other squares with cardboard and moved them as she went. Easy peasy. Oops. Anyway, she painted all of the squares and let it dry for a little while. I’m sure it took all of 2 minutes to dry because we live in Texas and it was ~100 degrees that day. 

Drying on the table | Queen of Everything

She moved it inside and let it finish drying. I think it looks so much better painted in solid colors – it really brings out the details!

Metal Wall Art, Redone | Queen of Everything Here it is on her wall! She has a green/white striped rug underneath it, so it looks really nice and put together now. On the other wall, she spray painted a couple of frames in our favorite Fern color as well. Total project cost was right around $25 and maybe 30 minutes of work – not too bad! 

Do you have “the eye” for thrift store purchases? What is your favorite thing you’ve rescued from a thrift store? I’d love to see it!

 

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