Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trash to Treasure - Before & After

My online painting group is having a "Trash to Treasure" swap. Each person sends a "trash" item to someone who "treasurizes" it and sends it back to you.

My partner sent me this used cutting board. I thought for a couple of weeks about how to fix it up. Paint a picture on it? Alter it? Make it functional? Hmmm. So many options, so little time!

My plan came into focus when I saw a quote on a plaque at a craft show that I really liked. It said, "Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away." I loved the quote and wanted to use it someway and came up with this:

First, I painted the board black. Then I adhered a black and white toile paper for the background. Next, I printed the quote and name on a different scrapbook paper, inked the edges, and attached those. Then I screwed on the "door knocker" (a drawer pull) that I found at Hobby Lobby. Next, I distressed the edges of the board and attached a toile bow at the top. And finally, I attached a hanger to the back so my partner can hang this on the wall if she chooses.

I hope my partner likes her "treasurized" item!

This before & after project is linked up with Thrifty Decor Chick's B&A party. Check out all the great projects here.


  1. I love the after! It's so neat to do things that are personalized. I'm planning a few trash to treasure monogramed things for our home. Just don't tell my Husband, he doesn't understand! :)

  2. LOVE it!! I'll be adapting this idea for Christmas gifts--thanks!