June 15, 2011

I've Got Dibs

While browsing on 1st Dibs yesterday, I saw a pair of Indian clubs that were painted...and ahem, $800!  

Hmmm...I had a pair up in Magoo's office that were just collecting dust.  
Since the boy's game room no longer exists and Magoo has no care for anything in his office but square black boxes, 
I stole rescued those babies from their sad existence.  

I'll have those for a new summer accessory, I said to myself.  
Makeovers are fun and in my diseased mind 
I have just saved us $800!  
Those Louboutin Hola Chica's are mine!

New home accessories for free make Magoo a very happy man. 

 He's gotten wise to the "What? Those old things have been around here for years!" line of bull.
So, what's a girl to do? 
Well, with a little paint/wax/distressing... 
these girls are ready for their close ups!

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in 
Old White, Old Ochre and Duck Egg Blue.
I finished them with AS clear wax.

 You can see what I paid for them years ago.  
On sale for $26.99.  Yep, tag still on.  
That's how much I looked at these things...and it's been at least 12 years. 
 Pottery Barn, I think.  Maybe Restoration.

I needed seriously tough stuff for the boy's game room.
They were generally referred to as the whackers.  
Because obviously, they are great for whacking your brother.

"Bowling" down the stairs with their soccer ball and these "bowling pins" was also their idea of fun.  
Oy... those boys.  Good times.

So they were a little roughed up and had a really dark paint on them, 
but the magical chalk paint went on like "butta".
And then a problem...
 After waxing and sanding, a blackish soot like mess was everywhere.  
It was very smeary and ruining the good looks of my fresh paint job. 

 Then I had an Aha! moment.
I remembered reading that a Clorox wipe would 
take off some types of paint.
 (Sorry, I can't remember where I saw it.  
Apparently, I  have CRS.  
My mother-in-law warned me for years that it was coming.) 
The wipe worked like a charm and got that black mess off.  
Bad gunk came off and the good gunk stayed on.  
 Happy days.

Thank you for the tip, All Knowing Saint of Crafting Dilemmas- 
whoever you are! 
 I never would have thought to do that. 
 Those wipes are for Sophie's urps on the floor..

I love how they turned out and since I just saved us $800, 
I can go shopping tomorrow! 
 That's how it works, right?  
Another scintillating example of how
keeping is good.

P.S. I know you're going to ask so I'll spill it...
CRS stands for Can't Remember Sh*t.   
I think.


  1. Great job! I think they look pretty good on the table you put them on for the photo. It is certainly fun to recycle things and transform them.

  2. Wow, $800..Really!! I love that you recreated the look for so much less. They look wonderful! Thank you for joining my Open House party this week.

  3. Those are neat and I love the color effects of the photographs

  4. Looks JUST like the spendy ones :) Fantastic! CRS... I'm going ot have to remember that, haha!

  5. Okay, those are too amazing! Please come to my house and help me recycle all "my stuff" (and you know I have a lot of stuff). Great job; love the vignette. You are so talented.

  6. Gosh $800.00, heck you could make over a room with that much money. Its so much fun to reuse things in a new place, some times when I do that, I like it better in the new place any way.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I look forward to seeing your upcoming post.

  7. You had me at "Sophie's urps." I'm following.


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