Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Use It Or Lose It Wednesday



Still downsizing my crap stuff. My goal is to reduce my "stash" by 50 percent, so we've developed a use it or lose it attitude. While a lot of stuff has gone out the door, some I've kept to fix-up and paint. Here's my latest creation...
A lot of people have been making these tiered trays with old plates or pans and candle holders. This one is made with a terracotta saucer and an old candle holder.
I made sure the terracotta saucer fit the cloche I had. If you don't have an old terracotta saucer, you can buy one at a local hardware store in the garden section for $2 or $3 depending on the size you need.
I bought some Amy Howard paint in the color Linen recently, so I used that to paint the candle holder and terracotta saucer. The candle holder is wood with a small metal piece on top. 

After I was happy with the paint coverage (3 or 4 thin coats), I used Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax to give the paint a little protection. It was what was handiest today. Any of that type of wax would work.
I eyeballed centering the candle holder on the bottom of the saucer, then I put some sturdy glue on the rim of the top of the candle holder and put them together. 
I used this project glue that I already had, but Gorilla Glue or E-6000 or the like would work just as well. 

OK! Now we're at the fancy part!!! I looked around the kitchen in a panic for something that was heavy and would fit in the saucer...
The idea was to weigh down the top so the glue would bond well. Just in case, I threw in two cans of salmon to add as much weight as I could. 
TA-DA!!!
Don't laugh, but I was so proud to finally make something and get it done. I have really seen a lot of my prized "project" stuff go out the door with all the downsizing. Finally a little of my junk gets to stay.


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16 comments:

  1. Oh I like that and it turned out so well. I never would have know that was a terracotta saucer painted in the first picture if you didn't mention it. You did Good

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  2. That turned out so pretty. Sure wish I had an eye for things like that. I am not creative at all!

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  3. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Atta' Girl!
    "Use it" or "Lose it" sounds like an amazing idea! That's how I had such great $uccess at our last three garage $ales! I am not missing one single piece!
    Love your newest project!
    I'd say this one's a "Use it", indeed!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  4. That is so nice. What a great idea.

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  5. Very pretty! Cleaver you. This will be lots of fun to use over the holidays, it has lots of options.

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  6. Enjoy your downsizing and upcycling! Your new stand is lovely and will make a great display piece.

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  7. Well done! I applaud your efforts.
    I've been trying to pare down, but my husband wants me to have a yard sale, and stuff is piling up for that. What's more, it's getting late in the season for a sale!

    Please drop by and say hello!
    ஐღLauraღஐ
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!
    ~~~~~

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  8. Love this
    and now I want to make one too!
    :D :D :D
    xoxo

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