Create your own ANTIQUE TEA TRAY

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Create Your Own Antique Tea Tray with one or two trips to a Thrift Shop, a bit of Imagination and some Spray Painting.

Looking through Pinterest you come across some amazing Home Made Coffee Bars and for some time I had a Mini Coffee Bar with a Pod Machine set up on the the corner of my Kitchen Bench.

It looked really good however it was pointless as we are a family of Tea Drinkers. We never used the Pod Machine  but when it came to Tea, there is always a pot  Brewing in the house. Whether it be your good old English Breakfast, a sweet blend of Lamington, Strawberry & Creams or a calming leaf of chamomile There is always a Teapot full.

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COFFEE BAR  A TEA DRINKER’S TREASURE- There is nothing better for a Tea Drinker than drinking Freshly Brewed Tea from a Delicate China Cup

So I removed the Pod Machine, looked through my hoard of Thrift Shop Purchased fine China. Visited the Thrift Shop to purchase a couple of the 80’s Fashionable Timber Cup Trees and a large serving Tray.

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Garage Sale Purchased Antique China Cups Resting on a Shabby Chic Version of the Popular 1980’s Timber Tree Cup Holder

Using an All purpose Spray Paint which has the Primer included and adheres to any surface. I Firstly Painted The Taller Cup Tree and Timber Tray in white. I the Distressed Both to give them a Shabby Chic Look. I then used Bees Wax to Seal Them.

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Give an old Thrift Store Bought Tray a Spray of Paint add a Doilie and Fine China and your ready to serve HIGH TEA

I was lucky to have found 2 Tree Cup Holders on my Thrift Shop visit. So I then Sprayed the other one a Minty Green colour also distressing for a Shabby Chic Look. On this Holder I placed my Johnson Brothers Coffee Cups from my Dinner set. The colours matched in perfect with my handmade Coffee sign I had previously made from an old frame and my Tin set which I had purchased on sale from a Department Store for $5 a piece.

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An Old wooden Frame- Spray Paint- Sand Paper- Computer-Printer-Paper & 30 minutes of your Time, To make yourself your very own sign


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One of the only items I have purchased new, However I did not pay retail a bargain @ $5 each

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With some imagination and a trip to a thrift shop or some garage sales, you can change your Kitchen decor’ in a day for under $30 with High End Products 

The Biscuit Jar was also a Fantastic Thrift Shop Purchase for $5 and the cute little China cups were 50cents each. I have an entire wardrobe full of pre-loved linen and doilies and as Shabby Chic is my number One Decor’ Style I use them all the Time.

I keep all my Tea strainers in a Parfait Ceramic Jar which I paid $1 for. The Tea strainers I purchase from eBay all little cute ones (very cheap) The  Measurement Conversion sign I have had for years and as you can see I used it regularly.

The Antique Cups were a bargain for a $1.50 each from a Garage Sale and the Tea Pot was from the same Garage Sale for $4.oo.

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Project Challenge-"OLD FRAMES" Rather than choose a project using an Old Frame as the Focal Point, for this project I chose to use the Old Frame to enhance a section of a Larger Project. In this occasion the frame helps to define my HOUSE NUMBER adding that extra touch towards my Curb Side Appeal.

 A Quick, Simple & Inexpensive Project that serves 2 purposes with eye catching Curb Side Appeal. Create your very own “SUITCASE UMBRELLA STAND” that displays your house number clearly.

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Suitcase Umbrella Stand- displaying your house number- with curb appeal. EASY and CHEAP project that can be completed in a couple of hours



SUITCASE UMBRELLA STAND -completed with an Old Frame to display my house number. Choosing paint colours to match the brick work of my house. My Suit Case Umbrella Stand serves 2 Purposes and has great Curb Side Appeal  


Great new project idea- 2 birds with one stone a way to display your house number and a place to keep your umbrellas I have this set on my front porch right next to the door.


FOR LESS THAN $20 you can make this unusual talking piece for your front porch that serves to purposes. Not only does it display your house number it also holds your umbrellas.

When looking at the Generous amount of Old Frames in a Charity Shop/ Thrift Store remember that there are many different Decor & Craft uses for these Old Frames. Beyond the obvious of upcycling the old frames recreating them as the focal point of your project, old frames make wonderful enhancements/embellishments to larger projects.

This Project shows how using an Old Frame can be the perfect enhancement or finishing touch needed when you incorporate the into your Larger Project. Here you have A SUITCASE UMBRELLA STAND WITH CURB APPEAL BY DISPLAYING THE HOUSE NUMBER WHICH IS DEFINED AND HIGHLIGHTED WITH AN OLD FRAME BOARDER.

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I firstly Painted the entire suitcase, I spray painted the section where the NUMBER 7 was in the same colour as the frame and then placed a sticky vinyl number 7 over the top of dry paint and completed spray painting that section the same colour as the suitcase.

I then worked on the frame separately I spray painted the frame allowed it to dry and then used sandpaper to roughen up and distress. Once the suitcase was dry I also used sandpaper to distress all the metal areas.

I removed the vinyl number 7 and the look you see was the look that was achieved I did not have to do anything I was tickled pink with the out come.


Using a sticky vinyl cut out I painted over the top once I removed this is the brilliant effect I was left with. I was so Happy with How well it matched in with my Old Frame

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A can of Spray Paint and some course sandpaper can turn a boring Old Frame into a piece of old world charm in under an hour

Using an Old Frame to enhance a Project rather than be the focal point

Using an Old Frame to enhance a Project rather than be the focal point has really worked for my Suitcase Umbrella Stand. I think the Old Frame really make the House Number Stand out giving extra Curb Appeal to my project

I then used a strong wood glue to adhere the Old Frame to the Suitcase and left it for a couple of Hours to set. I placed a Large rock in the bottom of the suitcase to weigh it down so the wind does not knock it over and to give height to my umbrellas and TaDA all is done. 

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Thank you for Reading From Judith


EASY DIY-Old Lamps into Shabby Chic Candle Holders for $11 each

sand as much or as little as you like for you personal preferance of Shabby Chic

For any of you who have read any of my previous posts, you would know about my addiction to op/thrift shopping. These DIY Candle Holders was one of those times that shopping at charity shops really paid off.

The four lamps I purchased to make these Candle Holders were on sale for Half Price, they are made of beautiful timber with lots of detail and in Total cost me $22 for the 4 of them.

The same day same Charity Shop all their Bric-a-Brac was also Half Price. The Vintage Fine Bone China Plates I used to complete these Candle Holders ( a complete score finding pairs which is generally a rarity) cost in Total for the 4 plates $3

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china plates from thrift shops can be purchased from as little as 50 cents

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china plates from thrift shops can be purchased from as little as 50 cents

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china plates from thrift shops can be purchased from as little as 50 cents

Add to this the cost of : Glue(E6000)=$3 – Spray Paint & Wax Sealant= $10.00 – Lace Trim=$2.00 – Sandpaper=$3 The total for all for of my Candle Holders comes to $43. If you were to buy one of these candle holders in a Specialty Shop you would be lucky to get any change at all from $100 Bill.

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lace trim to cover the electrical insert hole

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sand as much or as little as you like for you personal preference of Shabby Chic

So Simple to Make- Remove all wiring- Clean and spray paint- Once Dry Sand in the crevices and to your preferred look of worn shabby-clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry- seal with bees wax- with a glue gun add Lace trim to cover electrical hole and add Lace to any other areas you like.- Lastly using E6000 adhere China plate level to the top and leave aside to set. 

These Candle Holders can be completed in a day and added to your décor or made for that unique and special gift. Everyone who enters my home always comments on them. Generally I am all for telling people how cheap my projects are to make and how easy to complete however To me my Candle Holders look way to elegant to give away their secret, so when people ask if I made them I just answer yes and thank them for their compliments.

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