So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

August 5, 2012

Decoupage Teapots Surprise!

Happy Weekend!
I've been sluggish on getting any of my projects completed. Today was actually a great day for it weather-wise as our temps dropped a good 10 degrees! But I just couldn't get the energy up to take the furniture outside. This is definitely one of the challenges of living in an apt with no outside area. At least with a patio, I could leave it outside until finished during this time of the year. Oh well, maybe whenever I finally find a new place . . . : -(

On the positive side, I did finish this small project that I had started about 5 months ago!  Crazy huh . . . but I'm sure you've also been there before. -_^   This post is heavy with pics so get the coffee going before you start. : )

Here is the before pic.

These had been my mom's.  I had noticed the metal frames had begun to rust.  So I painted them white with a quick drying enamel craft paint.

But the print was dark and just didn't work with my decor anymore.  My intention had been to use it in my bedroom which has bright colors.  But then i realized I wouldn't have room on the walls in the bedroom.  So I decided to take it dark for the bathroom by going over it with black and then a chocolate brown latex enamel to get the look you see in the first picture.  It matched my new bathroom mirror perfectly!  Then came the inserts which is what took so long, more decisions.  Here are my supplies:

 I just couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to put in there.   So I painted over the print with a latex white.  You can see a little of the old print underneath it but it won't show.   I thought of covering the whole thing with fabric but instead went with decorative paper which is actually a page from a 79 cent writing tablet.  Use what you got to get what you want, right! lol  After cutting the paper to size, I used the Plaid Decoupage Finish to glue paper down and trimmed the edges with an Exacto knife.  Then I was stuck again as to what to add on the paper.

My first thought was to just add these:
But when I pulled them out, I found this fabric which was given me by a dear friend; thanks Fern! : )
Isn't it adorable!  Teapots from vegetables and fruit!

Now I knew exactly what I wanted to do, finally. lol   So out comes the scissors and more decisions . . . which ones to use.  Can you see the gorgeous cabbages/lettuce toward the bottom and in the middle?  So I cut them out and glued them down.
Once they were dry I added the black and white rub-ons I picked up at the dollar store.

And here they are in their new home in the bathroom, which still isn't completed!  -_^
See how well the frame color matches the mirror frame?

Whew!  I finally finished something and I must say I'm quite pleased with it!  So thanks for following along through all the pics.  Hope your weekend is going well.
I'm sharing at these parties:
Overflowing With Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Strut Your Stuff Saturday  @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter
InspirationFriday @ At the Picket Fence
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Creative Inspirations Party @ Embracing Change
One More Time Party @ One More Time
Show Me What You Got Tuesday @ Our Delightful Home
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommn Slice of Suburbia
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Tips & Tricks Tuesday @ Stringtown Home
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup of Daily Mrs. Olson
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner
Whats It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours


  1. Barbe they really are beautiful. The teapots look as if they were made got the frames. Nice job!

    1. Thanks Loretta,
      I'm so happy with how they turned out! Thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

  2. Your pictures plus frame turned out ovely Barbie!

  3. Thank you Sherry! Hope you'll be back to join the party this evening! : )

  4. really does match perfectly! great job!

  5. I really love how they turned out. The cabbage teapot fabric is perfect. I think figuring out what to do is the hardest part. Looks like you scored big though! Thanks for sharing these cuties with Share Your Cup.
    p.s. Now following you.

    1. Hi Jann,
      Thank you very much. I always get stuck on the details, but once I know what I want it goes fast! lol
      Thanks you for your comment and also for following!

  6. Love the colors in this project. The frames look great in the darker finish and do match the mirror. I am still up to my neck in projects if you have free time :>)

    1. Funny Donna! lol
      Maybe I can get the other me to come and help you. hehehe
      I've been wanting to pull the dresser out in my bedroom but have been procrastinating. Now we'll be in triple digit weather for the next 7days. I'll have to be up at 6am to get anything done before it gets to hot. Sheeesh**
      May we both have a productive week, -_^

  7. Hey Barbe - I'm glad to see the teapot fabric used in such an awesome project! Nicely done. : ) Looking forward to seeing your next project.

    1. Hey Lady,
      So good to see you! : ) I was so happy when I realized I still had that strip of fabric; always did love it. I'm really pleased with how it came out.
      I also noticed you've posted again and been pretty busy! You should link up your sketches. -_^
      Love you much,
      Twin **


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