The Jackie.

“A knick-knack is a thing that sits on top of a what-not.” – Oliver Hardy

This ‘knick-knack holder’ was found at a flea market and wasn’t as shiny as it is now. In fact, it was a bit run down with a chippy paint and a faded white finish.

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Materials:

  • Paint
  • Spray paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sand paper
  • Painting tape

My friend, Jackie, and I decided to give our idle hands some purpose one Sunday evening. And what better way to do so than with a paint project!?

First we sanded the piece down just to make the wood a bit smoother and get rid of the littles bumps and bruises. Next comes paint!

My friend took many many art classes in college .. so I tasked her with blending the base color. She came up with this beautiful blue-ish turquoise by mixing blue and green and white acrylic paints. Once she was finished with this mastery, we both were psyched about discovering a new color! I call it ‘The Jackie.”

Once “The Jackie” dried, we wanted to give it some pattern. So I tried my best to lay out some blue paint tape to the background of the wood. To be honest, it’s very very hard to make straight lines free hand. But to be more honest, I like the character and imperfect-ness of all my pieces, so I’ll allow it.

We wanted to make this pattern bold. So we chose gold. The problem was that I didn’t have gold paint BUT I did have spray paint. So we risked two small paint brushes, sprayed the brushes with the paint, and tried our best to paint in the lines. Once that was done.. we threw out the brushes 🙂

And finally our paint project was finished! This gem holds a special place in my heart because not only did I get the chance to give a new life to an old piece, but I got to do it with a close friend.

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Let the piece do the talking

Sometimes when you get a really really cool piece.. you just can’t mess with it. And luckily, I was able to find some pieces just like that!

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All I had to do with these bad boys was drill some holes in the back for easy hanging and give them a good cleaning (boy, were they dirty).

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And then came the photo shoot! I went to Home Depot and bought a big pot of plants that were more expensive than the actual planters.. (whoops) but I couldn’t resist!

I then planted the huge flowers into the planters and immediately fell in love. I used those Command plastic hanging strips on my walls and hung these beauties right up there. They truly lit up my whole room and I am envious of the woman who bought these from me. I was SO close to keeping them to myself! I just love how worn and weathered these planters are – it tells such a story. These guys must have lived outside for years and endured a lot in the outdoors. They are some tough cookies. Their wrinkles and lines and stains speak volumes. I hope you’re listening.

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Rinse. Re-use. Repeat.

On to project number 2! This one was an easy flip, but equally exciting – an antique washbaord!

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This old washboard is made of wood and metal and is in good condition. All I had to do with this guy was give it a good washing (the irony!), sand it down, add on some hanging hooks on the back, and then add some character with the word ‘WASH’ painted on.

I really love the way the writing came out and it was really quite simple. I printed out the letters on your regular piece of computer paper and just used white acrylic paint. I painted a bit outside of the lines and let the paint bleed through the paper a bit. Doing that gave the letters a bit more character, which of course I love.

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Then, voila! my project was complete. I love this old washboard. To think that families long ago would wash each piece of clothing on this thing. And now we can marvel at its story and history on the walls of our bathroom and laundry room!

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Before-and-Afters

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with before-and-afters. I’d go over to my friends houses when I was growing up and organize their closets. I’d love seeing clothes on the floor one hour to color coordinated shirts hanging neatly. Not kidding. Color coordinated. To the rainbow.

As a teenager, I’d actually tune in when Proactiv commercials came on so that I could see those pimply cheeks turn clear ..in just 2 weeks! I subscribed to Proactiv for about 7 years patiently waiting on my ‘after.’

And then reality television got big. What Not to Wear? Hooked. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? #1 Fan. I even loved when the Today Show chose one lucky lady in the crowd for a makeover. Swoon.

Don’t get me started on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Two hours of total transformation. The before-and-afters just kept coming and coming, what a dream! I was inspired enough to make my own fitness account on Social Media and tried my best to document all my befores just so I could work towards my afters. This phase didn’t exactly last long considering my body shape hasn’t changed much since I was like 18. And Oreos.

And then came Fixer Upper and boy, did I fall in love. If you look in the dictionary, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ photo should be next to ‘before-and-after.’ They are my inspiration for all things repurposed (me and millions of others, I know I’m not original on this one).

So where do I go from here? A clean-freak-Oreo-lover dreaming of clear skin, great fashion, and my very own fixer upper one day.

For the past few years, I’ve always loved going to different flea markets and antique stores looking for old treasures that need some love. The story behind the pieces is truly beautiful to me. Stories that deserve to be told and to be cherished. After the years, my walls have now been filled with these ‘stories’ but I haven’t wanted to stop reading and recreating them. That and my idle hands began to be only useful for being the mayor of ‘Chapville’ in SimCity after my boyfriend gifted me a tablet for Christmas. But responsible mayors must have other duties. Thus, Novo Designs Co. was born.

First came inventory and man, was I excited. My friend Jess and I ventured to the Brimfield Antique Show and didn’t leave for 6 hours. She bought a wagon just a few days before for the occasion and thank goodness she did because we had that thing filled within the first hour. We came up for air halfway into our treasure hunt and looked in our wagon to see a pile of wood. So much wood! And I was smiling from ear to ear. By the end of the day, I had a shutter under one arm and a ladder under the other as Jess wheeled our wagon in front of me. It may have been the best day of the year.

I probably haven’t met most of you reading this and I may never meet you. But we’re about to get personal. I came home later that day and hauled my loot into the apartment. I sat down and I looked at my pile of junk. And then I cried like a baby.

I thought about my ‘before’, my dreams and my idle hands. In that moment, I was my ‘after.’