Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thrifty Makeover: Cheese Dome to Cloche

I dragged my girls to Goodwill last week just to see if there were any goodies to be had. For months I've been looking for a nice cheese dome to transform into a decorative cloche, but I had yet to find one. Well, it was my lucky day. I found an amazing piece for $1.99. It was mixed in with the plastics. Thank goodness I was paying attention. Here's the before and after...
I have been wanting to try this painting technique for a while. Kindra over at At Home With K is a genius with a can of paint. And I am also continually inspired by Kristi over at The Speckled Dog. Her thrift store makeovers are amazing.

I painted the wooden plate with a spray can of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White. I did two coats. When that was dry, I sanded inside the nooks and crannies and around the outside edge to distress it a bit. Then I followed Kindra's advice and rubbed MinWax Early American over the entire plate. I immediately wiped it off using clean paper towels.



 I love this piece! And I'm so happy with how it turned out for my first try at distressing and aging.


In preparation for spring, and after being inspired by this post that Kristi did, I added a little nest with three robin's eggs inside. I bought a sleeve of 20 little foam Easter eggs at the Target dollar spot for $2.50. They had ribbon attached to them for hanging, so I just cut the ribbon off. The nest was actually a decoration from my wedding almost ten years ago. I knew I had saved it, so I dug around until I found it.


So, my $1.99 cheese dome was transformed into a beautiful spring centerpiece for less than $10. I love it!


Kindra has started up a new link party called "Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays".


Make sure you check it out and link up any DIY projects or great finds that you made or bought for $10 or less. Thanks for stopping by today!


I'm also linking up over at Kristi's...

32 comments:

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Looks great Gwen! I have trouble passing up those cheese domes when I'm out thrfting!!!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

That dome turned out beautiful! I have never been so lucky to find one with the glass intact. I love this transformation, as well as the sweet nest.

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I love it! I found several of these at Good Will... I like what you did with yours... Check out mine :)
Susan

Craftberry Bush said...

It's perfectly imperfect!!! I love it! Have a great week!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Fantastic! I see these all the time at GW, you did a great job on your 1st distressing♥

Impera_Magna said...

What a great idea! I foresee a local thrift shop tour soon... *lol*

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

So cute! I love it! The paint job is just perfect and will be so useful through the whole year. I really need to get thrifting more. :)
xoxo,
Amy

kodie said...

love it! i just got an identical one a couple of weeks ago for $1.99 too! YAY for thrift stores!!

Connie Wallace said...

So simple yet so adorable and clever! Great job!
Connie the crafterbug

beth said...

I love it! Thanks for letting us know how you did it!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I am so excited about your first makeover!! You wouldn't even know it was your first time...looks like a pro! Love it!! Thanks for linking up, friend!

Chris said...

Lovely and springy...great job!

PinkGranny said...

Nice work! You are so creative and what a find. The nest is a good reminder that spring is around the corner. Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

It turned out beautifully! So simple and perfect for spring!

Tanya said...

I have that same dome...may have to transform it like you did.

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Looks Great! I got one too at an auction last week for $2.00. Dumb me left the base behind! Figured I will just use a pretty plate.

Jodi said...

I love it; it's amazing what a little paint can do! My daughter hates when I drag her to good will; she wants to run and hide.

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

Very cute! You did a great paint job!

Erica @ http://bisforboycreations.blogspot.com/ said...

You did a great job! What satisfaction to find what you're looking for at Goodwill! I will have to check those other sites because I have this old window frame I want to do something with!

Naturally Carol said...

A great little display case for all kinds of items..especially seasonal..as you've done!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Looks great Gwen! I love the sweet little nest inside it and you did amazing on your first distressing job. Totally looks like you paid a rediculous amount of money;)
I have one of those in my projects to do bin, and hope to get around to it soon.

Michele Pacey said...

Wow that looks amazing Gwen! Good job spying the cloche in the first place too!

Lu said...

Great find! I love the nest. So simple and spring-y!

Kyra @ RACKS and Mooby said...

Love it! I found a cheese dome at GW a couple of months ago but have yet to transform it. I'm inspired now!

Jodi said...

I found one of these at the goodwill! I was so excited it was just like yours, till I turned it over and it was $5.00. More than I wanted to spend esp. when you got your for cheap! I didn't buy it, but now I wish I would have after I have seen yours again! I may have to go back! :)

Anna said...

wow, what a cool find and way to go spiffing it up! :)

Sew Many Ways... said...

I just love the shape of the dome. What a great find...and extra special with the nest from your wedding!
~Karen~

Kristin said...

Love this Gwen! I never find anything good at the Goodwill. So cute that you were able to use the nest you saved. :)

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Your cloche was featured today on my blog!! Congrats!!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

very cute idea. love it

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Love it! You did a fantastic job. I loved it so much I copied your nest idea!
http://www.janeofallcrafts.com/2011/03/spring-center-piece.html

Glo said...

I made something like this TODAY and was looking online for similar images to link to on my blog. Ah, how great minds think alike! I love how simple your cloche looks. And thanks for helping me learn the correct term!
morkenmadness.blogspot.com

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