Saturday, July 4, 2020

Transform Wooden Thrift Store Art to Coordinate with your Home Decor !

Refinishing those wooden thrift store art pieces is a great way to coordinate them 
with your own space and design style! 

I've had this bird carving for a few years until it finally dawned on me 
why I rarely displayed it ... the orange and black just didn't seem to "go" with 
any of my beachy blue and green decor.  

So, why not try and give it a fresh coat of new color?!

The bird had a very shiny varnish on it but the white chalk paint 
brushed right over it with no problem!    

Thought I'd also "kill two birds with one stone" ... have you heard that expression before, Lol ?!  ... and paint that palm tree candle holder in the photo background.  

Saves a bit of project time while the chalk paint is open. 

 But more on that candle holder project later!

As you can see, I left the original bottom perch finish.  

At this point, the project was a blank canvas and there was an endless amount of ways
 the bird could have been painted.  So, I went to my go-to place for all things inspiration ... Pinterest!  

I even created a new Pinterest board to store all the "Tropical Decor" ideas I liked ... 

Finally, I decided to go with a mix of Cerulean Blue, Hunter Green, Bright Yellow 
and Antique Gold acrylic colors with some stippling and blending.

Just a suggestion of feather details for interest across the back and sides.

Also added a bit of tropical leaves and grass around the bottom using 
Hunter Green and Patina Blue acrylic colors.  

Always remember to sign or initial your artwork! 

Such a fun little project!  I enjoy this much better than the old orange and black colors, 
now it's ready to be displayed anywhere with most of my decor!

Thanks for following along today.  

I hope this has inspired you to change up your own decor pieces with 
just a bit of paint and creativity!  

Have fun and I'll see you on the beach!

 💙 Julie  

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Love is Home for the Heart, Upcycled Ballerina Musical Jewelry Box Sold

Sold from the Etsy shop:  
A pearly white and hot pink upcycle, my shabby chic and 
romantic ballerina musical jewelry box sold quickly.  

I used a pretty acrylic pearlescent white paint with acrylic hot pink accents and also applied a designer brocade pattern papercraft on the sides and on the back wall behind the ballerina for extra interest.  

A good size, it measured 12"H x 9"L x 4.5"W

Lucite flower and crystal accents added to sides and top. 

The jewelry box plays the theme from the movie Love Story ... it goes with the wording on the doors, "Love is Home for the Heart." 

Half round pearl accents in creamy white and pink.

I also replaced the ring pads and drawers with new felt coverings in hot pink.

The quartz clock uses a single AA battery that had some minor wear on its plastic cover that was appropriate from usage. 

Quartz clock takes one AA battery

Wind-up musical movement inside the jewelry box.

Thank you for following along today ... hoping this will inspire you to try your own upcycle jewelry box project!  

See you on the beach!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Shabby Chic Beach Autumn Inspired Floral Arrangement

Can you believe it, the first day of Fall is just four weeks away?!  

You know I love Summers by the beach but Autumn is a close second once its lovely rustic colors start to spread throughout the grasses and flowers on the dunes.

Fall on Myrtle Beach 2018

This was the image that came to mind when I found this sweet 
blue and white fabric-lined wicker basket!  

Thrift store wicker basket

Follow along and I'll show you how I used the basket to make this 
Shabby Chic Beach Autumn Floral Arrangement!

Shabby Chic Beach Autumn Arrangement

Here's all of my supplies, most of which I keep on hand.  


I've collected seashells since forever but if you need some, the Dollar Tree usually carries them along with the floral foam, wire and wire cutter. I always keep a ready supply of baskets, vases and containers I find at the thrift store, too!

Sometimes you'll see silk flowers at the thrift store too but they're usually not in the best shape so I just buy them at the end of each season at the craft stores.  If you're patient enough, you'll eventually find them marked down to 75% off!   Put your silk flowers in a vase once you get them home (never store them laying down!) and tuck away in a closet until you're ready to use.

Decide how many floral foam squares you'll want to put in the bottom of your basket although I usually just use one.  It's amazing how many stems one will hold!

If you've already chosen your silk flowers chances are you already have a design in mind and know how you want the finished piece to look.   So, go ahead and cut each flower stem away from that awful clumpy plastic bouquet thingee holding them all together Lol.  

Keep the stems as long as possible, you can trim as needed when you start arranging.

Once they're all apart, you can start arranging by pushing each stem into the floral foam where you want.  This is the fun part!  Really, there's no wrong way to do this, just step back from time to time to make sure you're getting the look you want. Just remember to push some of the stems in sideways around the edges of the floral foam, it helps to give your arrangement a fuller look.   

Once the flowers are in place, time to hot glue the seashells to wire.  

When the glue is dry, slide a few flowers up the wire to snug up against the seashells.

Place your seashells where you want and again, step back and inspect your work!  

Once you're satisfied, there's just one more thing to do ... find a spot to display your beautiful basket for the season and enjoy!  

How easy was that?!

Thank you for visiting Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach on Blogger, I hope you enjoyed following along today!  

That's enough about Fall for now, time to put on the flip flops and I'll ... 
see you on the beach!

Love, Julie

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach Recipes: Spicy Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Pineapple Poppers !

Remember how we moved here to be near the beach but we missed our garden so much that we planted all kinds of jalapeno plants this Spring?  Yeah well, be careful what you wish for ... they are producing like crazy and we're swimming in peppers!  

Our pepper patch and pepper pots!
After canning lots of jars of jalapeno slices, I started looking for recipes to rework to include them.  That's when I came across an appetizer recipe for bacon wrapped pineapple that sounded so good and did I mention they're bacon wrapped?!   

Can't go wrong with that, and what if I stuffed the pineapples into the jalapenos ... even better!  The best part was that I had all the ingredients on hand!

6 jalapeno peppers, cut in half
12 pineapple chunks
6 pieces of bacon, cut in half
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

These are really so simple to make.  Just remember to wear a glove when seeding your jalapenos, you'll thank me later for that little nugget of wisdom!  

Don't worry if you accidentally tear a jalapeno along its side when stuffing them with the pineapple, the bacon will cover it.

Wrap each popper with the yummy bacon! 

Secure each popper with a toothpick.  The bacon may actually stay put around the popper without them but I didn't test it.

Bake them for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.  Get your BBQ sauce ready because you're going to take them out of the oven and immediately dip in your favorite BBQ sauce while they're still hot. Put them back in the oven to bake for another 15 minutes.  

And that's it!  Serve them hot or cold, they're delicious and they'll go fast
They would be perfect for a beach party, a summertime luau or even a good 'ole cookout!
And of course it's all about presentation so don't forget to serve them on your prettiest Pineapple platter!  This one is in the Shabby Chic in Myrtle Beach eBay shop!

Thanks for following along today, I hope you'll give them a try!
Well, it's time to put on the flip flops, see you on the beach!

Love Julie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thrifty Treasure Haul: Starting August Off Right!

August is off to a great start around here, hope it is for you as well!
Spent all morning Saturday out and about treasure hunting around Myrtle Beach, 
so excited to show you what I found!

Treasure Haul!

Can we talk about the elephant in the room first?  Lol, that embroidered pineapple garden flag is huge at 44"L x 28"W!   I love this size though, they make an impressive display on the front of the house.  This one does need a bit of cleaning though, have you ever washed a garden flag?  

Lawn and Garden Flags on Facebook recommends that you hand-wash it with mild detergent and cold water.  Then rinse it thoroughly with cold water and lay it flat to dry.  I think this sounds like good advice and will try.  

Embroidered Pineapple Outdoor Flag

This beautiful sailboat ceramic art tile is just amazing, the colors are so bright and brilliant.  It displays like a picture frame with a black velvet easel back that's in really great shape.  The art tile has elevated outlines that you can feel, almost like a relief.  Sadly, there's no markings or label to identify the artist.

Sailboat Ceramic Art Tile
Wastin' away again in Margaritaville, Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt ... Margarita glasses, how fun!  Will put these together in the shop as a pair.  Also found that sweet little cutting board the glasses are standing on, will use it for repurposed art projects.     

Is it 5 o'clock somewhere?!
Check out the flamingo picture frame, love it!  I'll have to do something to fix the inset or replace it with my own artwork.  Someone made it on a piece of cardboard using flat black acrylic to look like chalk board paint and a silver glitter pen to write "Jus Relax."   It's adorable but when you look on back, the cardboard's exposed and the frame backing looks torn. What would you do with it?

That flamingo looks pretty relaxed to me!

Also picked up a few jewelry pieces ... a pretty chainmaile necklace with silver links and white Mother of Pearl coin charms, two cloissone bracelets (one marked Fornash) and one is new with no markings, and a watch that I'll repurposed into a bracelet.

Silvertone links and Mother of Pearl charms necklace by Claires

My heart melted when I saw these two porcelain flower candles, they're so shabby chic and lovely all at the same time.  Have never seen these before so I'll have to research them.  One was broken at some point ...  the one on the right was repaired as you can see at the bottom.  It will probably detract from its value a bit although it looks like you wouldn't see the repair when the candles are in holders.

Shabby chic porcelain candles!

Pretty vintage basketweave purse, how sweet is that?!  Thank you Goodwill, they put these smaller sizes into the cheaper wallet bin instead of with the purses that are marked $5.00.

Vintage basketweave purse

 And last but certainly not least, this (I'm pretty sure) antique amber glass pillar candlestick.  The glass is all intact and boy is it ever pretty!  Again, I'll have to research it more along with the porcelain candles so I've got my work cut out for me this week!

Antique? amber glass candlestick pillar
But, I'm not complaining!  I love searching for treasure and then being able to share with you.  Thank you for following along today my friends!

Time to put on the flip flops, see you on the beach!

Love Julie