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.

If you enjoy creating new out of old such as I do and would like to share your projects I have a Pinterest Board that promotes such things. I also have a Pinterest Board for Diy Bloggers. Beginners are welcome to both. You are also able to sell your creations on both.

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10 OP/THRIFT SHOP ITEMS can transform your Bedroom into a Shabby Chic Sanctuary.

A New Bed, New Sheets & Pillows everything else are Op-Shop Purchases

THE AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU SAVE THROUGH OP- SHOP DECORATING, BOARDERS ON THE UNBELIEVABLE, This post is my way of showing you that not only is it believable, it is fun and rewarding with positive, achievable outcomes to suit even the tightest of budget.

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I am a self confessed Op- Shop-a-holic. (“Thrift Shopping”to those from the United States & UK) I am completely addicted to buying pre-loved and am completely addicted to the styles and trends of yesteryear, choosing an eclectic style of decor from different era’s. Excited knowing that the likelihood of my decor choice being mass produced and on display amoungst my neighbours homes is zero. The inquisitive questions and compliments I receive from visitors really does make me feel good( Happy Like a Child playing -good feeling-) especially when given the opportunity to tell them the story of where and how the item came to be a part of my home and in return the show of  genuine interest shown on their faces about my story.

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Decorating my home with pre-loved  Furnishings and Decor allows me to achieve the look and style I want and sometimes for up to a 10th of the price it would of cost a shopper purchasing retail.

Yes it’s true that sometimes it may take me longer to find the perfect cupboard or cushion covers and yes I may then have to get my hands dirty and repaint the cupboard to the exact colour I want, but the challenge of rummaging through op shops, venturing out to Flea Markets & garage sales and scrolling through Face Book Buy & Swap Groups is half the fun and flipping an old cupboard with a coat of paint (with the help of my sons) or decorating an Old Lamp Shade following a tutorial from Pinterest is the other half.

Shabby Chic is one of my all time favourite styling looks and I knew It was the must have look  for my bedroom.  My kids removed all my furniture, that was my entire 4 piece country mahogany timber suite (left over from my marriage which ended 10 years ago, so it was very much passed it’s used by date in more ways than one) and I made 3 new Retail Purchases – A new Bed -New Pillows – New Sheets. Below are the list of  pre-loved items I purchased for my bedroom transformation, which are also my 10 op-shop/thrift shop purchase suggestions for your very own Shabby Chic Sanctuary. 


1. A pair of antique lamps and lampshades.  Op shops have all their electrical’s tested prior to sale. I repainted and distressed the lamps. The lampshades were perfect as is. The pair cost me $25 as the store was having a half price sale.


2. FURNITURE- antique furniture lasts the distance. My 2 bed side chest of drawers were originally a dressing table purchased for $60 I cut out the middle, added the embellishments to the front which I bought off eBay for under $20, painted and distressed. My dressing table cost $50 and received a new coat of paint and some fine distressing to match in with my Bedside Tables.


3. DOILIES, you can never have to many. The finer details and layers you add to your decorating is what’s so beautifully unique about shabby chic. You can even go as far as using the larger table cloths as bedspreads or embellish a few cushion with smaller ones if you are craft minded. Pinterest has so many decor ideas for doilies from wall art to making fairy lights and all of these could be beautifully incorporated into your Shabby Chic Sanctuary.

4. A MIRROR, I was fortunate to pick this one up for $30 my dad accidentally dropped it when we were painting. We laughed no broken glass so the cracks of the edging stayed. A white cane mirror would work just as lovely. Wooden mirrors work as well you could easily add your own embellishments of lace, burlap and flowers.

5. MANCHESTER– some people cringe at the thought of buying a quilt cover or pillow cases from the op shops but remember even when staying at the Hilton someone else has slept in those sheets and you can buy some beautiful pillow cases for as little as 50c. Not to mention you can purchase some absolutely exquisite cushion covers for between $1 & $5 such as the lace brocade feature cushion displayed in these photos. Purchased with the insert for $3 ( I actually felt guilty only paying $3 for this once very expensive designer cushion). Curtains can also be a very effective room enhancers with this beautiful curtain, it’s pretty cut-out lace feature in perfect condition for $8. Keep an eye out for my upcoming post dedicated to “Thrift Shop Bed Styling”

6. ARTWORK- I love artwork on walls, it adds so much character to a space. For me it is a decor piece that really transform a house into a home. In a small Charity Shop in the middle of no where I came across these 3 “R Hendricks” framed pieces from his Bathtub Collection. At the time I had no idea of the artist or value of his works. The cost for all 3 pieces was $60. To me that’s  a lot of money however I fell in love with them and bought them immediately ( this very moment on eBay the cost to purchase R. Hendricks 3 Piece framed bathtub collection starts at $99 US) I really did outdo myself with this profitable purchase and they are the perfect Backdrop for my Shabby Chic Bedroom. I have been fortunate through my op shop travels to have purchased 2 more R. Hendricks Framed Pieces for even cheaper. These framed artworks with the addition of some cheaper floral pieces that I bought online for $5 each have given a nice balanced to the grey with a hint of magenta walls with the combination of colour and sepia enhancing the eclectic style that forms the basis of shabby chic.

7. VASES & FLOWERS – To be honest the amount of vases I own is more than I will ever need but it is truly impossibly for me to enter a charity shop without purchasing a vase if it is antique and priced under $3. Vases are the perfect decor item for anyone designing a Shabby Chic Finished Room. Remembering that with the quality of spray paints available today even if it is not your preferred coloured you can change it. In regards to choosing the flowers there are literally thousands of inexpensive yet brilliant looking flowers available to purchase through eBay. Check out my ” I BUY SILK FLOWERS FOR LESS THAN $5 with FREE POSTAGE. They also make terrific gifts for Teachers, Secret Santa, Work Collegues and House Warmings.

8. CANDLES & CANDLE STICK HOLDERS-  Candles obviously serve 2 purposes not only can you buy some that smell amazing, you can also buy some that look amazing. Adding a wonderful scent to your Shabby Chic Sanctuary for me is an absolute must and watching the burning flicker of the flame at night whilst relaxing in bed is such a comforting feeling. When it comes to Candle Holders I create my own using material sourced for thrift shops- From old lamps, wine glasses to china plates at a fraction of the cost if I were to buy new in a store. Check out my tutorials on how to make your own thrifty Candle  Holders- “DIY ROSE PETAL CANDLE HOLDERS & TURN YOUR CHEESE & WINE DISPLAY INTO CANDLE HOLDERS. I will soon be adding another tutorial on how to make  these beautiful wooden/china plate candle holders photographed below so keep an eye out for the post here or on my Pinterest Page ( JUDITH SUDULIC )

9. CRYSTAL & CUT GLASS- It amazes me how inexpensive diamond cut glass and overlooked crystal pieces cost at thrift shops in Australia. I am unsure the cost overseas however here perfect pieces are as little as $2 and there is so much to choose from. I keep my jewellery in them, my hair clips in them, so many things and they look very pretty. Remembering that you can also enhance the glass with paint, lace & handmade flowers. I have a tutorial ” DIY SHABBY CHIC DRESSER SET’ you may wished to look at or for more ideas on how to use these inexpensive cut glass pieces there is also my post “Bathroom Decor on a Budget”

10. TRINKETS – Trinkets are a personal touch of collected items that are unique to your style, maybe they are an assortment of gifts you have received or purchases from overseas travels or crafts you have made for yourself. The lattice heart on my wall is craft project I completed myself. The Trinket boxes are purchases from thrift shops that I fell in love with. The Bird Cage Jewellery Stand was a gift from my children and the crystal pieces and fairy were my mothers before she passed away. Not a necessity however when thrifting for your Shabby Chic Sanctuary there will be items that speak to you and you will have the perfect place for them to sit. Maybe some old photo frames, Ornaments, Vintage Hats, Ginger Jars.

Your Shabby Chic Sanctuary is your Special Space & I hope my 10 OP/Thrift Shop Purchase Suggestions allow you to achieve Your Perfect Bedroom on a Budget as I was.

I would love to see your Shabby Chic Sanctuary’s. I would also like to share them with my Pinterest Followers. If you would be interested in sharing please either leave your comments below or contact me


Handcrafted Trivets to match my Dinner set
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Having a blended family of 6 kids, 5 sons ranging from 13 years to 22 years and a 16 year old daughter means that most nights of the week our 8 seater Dining Table between the hours of 6:30pm & 8:00pm has all bums on seats, with only standing room left which is left for Gary and myself.
Now with one of our sons away in the army you would think that would allow for one of us oldies to to take up at the table filled with laughter, jokes, banter and talk of the days events between mouthfuls of food but no. I think that would leave opportunity for the girlfriends to sit on our other 2 son’s laps (probably spoon feed them as well). Then there is always the extra’s in way of friends. I am by no means a great cook and since my injury I don’t particularly enjoy it cooking But the kids friends are always coming back for more.
What I do love though is the family time having everyone together, Gary and I literally have to do a shout out and ring around in the morning to head count how many will be home for dinner and then my absolute favourite part and all the kids know to steer clear whilst I am doing it, is setting the table.
My Collections- I have a collection of Vintage Table Cloths, then I have all my Antique Dinner sets , Serving Dishes & Cutlery. I can spend ages setting the table, I have on one occassion accidentally let the vegies boil dry, I was so engrossed in making the table look perfect.
 For so long now I have been searching for the perfect Trivets to compliment my eclectic style, of cause I have only been looking in Op-Shops as I was after old vintage looking ones. All I ever came across were the metal ones and for my tastes that just did not fit the brief.
So I purchased my Peg Board and because of my injury had my son cut it with a jigsaw (this is a simple job for any physically able person)

I then ensured I had the following items to complete my project.

*2 can of Paint and Prime (Bonds to everything) Spraypaint *Pastel Coloured Metal Split Pins (Stationary Section Of a Cheapy Store) * Sandpaper with varying Grits (course To Fine) * A4 Pieces of Felt *My Glue Gun *Mod Podge (sml Paint Brush to apply) *Sipa Marker Paint Pens (purchased as a set on eBay) *12 Tiny Round wooden Cupboard Door Handles *Spray can Clear polyurethane(Varnish sealer)

From There the project is as straight forward as following the photos, that is if you wish for your Trivets to look like mine however you have a blank canvas on which to work. I firstly started using Raffia as a Boarder, however it didn’t appeal to me. You can just use split pins without using anything else
I enjoyed making the decorative floral patterns with my paint pens and I find sanding and distressing very therapeutic and wanted for these Trivets to have a very aged look. What I did find looked really good was the effect left once you had sanded over the holes. You could omit the entire push pin section choose to sand over the holes and use Twine fro a decorative border. This would look fantastic if your look was more a Hamptons or Shabby Chic Style. I then sprayed 2 coats of Polyurethane & allowed for drying.
I used a combination of Mod Podge and the Hot Glue Gun to adhere the felt to the back. Once Dry I used a generous amount of hot glue applied pressure to stick on my door handle legs and all 3 were ready for the Rowdy Roast Dinner That was booked in for the following night.

 If any of you DIY Crafters do happen to make your own version of Pegboard Trivets I would absolutely love to see them and to share them here and on my Pinterest Group Board or if you perhaps have other crafts you have blogged about (Newbies Most welcome) email me

Happy Diy Thank You For Reading

Judith-Curvy & Content