Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One dollar kitchen decor.

I was going to show you the start of my deck transformation today so I could link up to Kimba's party, but the rain is putting a major cramp in my style. I love rain, but when it interferes with my decorating, me don't likey.

So instead, I did some spray painting in the garage. A couple weeks ago, I saw this project at Angie's place and fell in love with it!

I was thinking of ways to try this out and thought of the perfect way to update the area by our kitchen window. I have small plates on each side of the window, but have had them up there for almost five years:Not much lasts that long in this house...it was time for a change. I got four small plates at GW for .25 each (!!). Hooooolla!! They were half off the .49:
I spray painted them black, and then cut up some small decorative pears I already had:

And just hot glued them on!:
Wait. I have issues:
There we go. I had to spray paint the plate hangers black. DOCD you know. (Decorating OCD.) And just because I love them so, a few more pics:

Ohhhhh....
Ahhhh....

Adorable. Seriously folks. Total cost? One buckaroo! One dolla. One bill. One buck. You get the picture. I almost just spray painted my original plates so it would have been F.R.E.E. But I do like them and will use them for entertaining instead.

Thanks for the inspiration Angie! I heart you. Check out her lovely blog here and check out her version of this project:

76 comments:

  1. aaaghhh! So I've seen the framed pear before but this is like a MILLION times cuter!! Love it!

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  2. The plates are adorable!
    If I won a million dollars, I would fly you to my home to decorate it!

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  3. well wha-da-ya know, what a great project! Thanks for the idea, I love it!

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  4. I so want to try this!

    Your plates look fab!

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  5. Cute, cute, Sarah! :) I wouldn't have thought to spray paint the plate hangers--good tip. I'll add it to my own OCD mental file. ;)

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  6. $1, rock on!!

    They look awesome. $1, how cool is that?!?

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  7. Those look fun.. I see cutting styrofoam fruit in my future!

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  8. I. Love. This. I was wondering what I could do to change things up a bit in my kitchen. Perfect. BTW- I was shopping today in Pendleton and decided you need to come with. There is so much cheap stuff in those antique junk stores- you would have months of projects. F.U.N.

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  9. Wayyyyy cute! Who says a buck doesn't buy anything anymore?? Not us!

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  10. You never cease to amaze me... consider me impressed! Keep up the good decorating-4-a-dolla!!! God's blessings :D

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  11. They look great! I have seen these pear things in another blog and love them too! I also spray paint my plate hangers, it makes them look waaaay better! They look great on your kitchen windows!

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  12. You are so creative! I would have never thought of that in my wildest dreams. I love your blog and project.

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  13. That is just so cute! May I ask how the paint holds up on the plates? What type of spray paint is it?

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  14. Good grief, soo sooo soooo cute! You truly inspire me each and every day -- I've checked your blog 3x today looking for it to update! I'm ocd that way. You know what would be cute - to use chalkboard paint so you could write cute little French phrases above or below the pear. Just a thought. Thanks for my daily inspiration!

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  15. Love this! When you said...wait, I have issues...I thought you were talking about the stems of the pears. In the first one the stem is straight, but in the next pic it is curved just a bit. That would be MY DOCD...I would totally go back and curve the stems ever so slightly...in opposite directions. HA. You thought no one would notice, huh? I get you Sarah.

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  16. O.K., now I have got to do some of these plates too because I love them! I didn't even think of plates! Love how we bloggers feed off each other's ideas!!!

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  17. These are adorable! Great idea!

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  18. Wow! What a great idea! I love the painting of the plate hangers-I am now looking around here! Did you make the curtain-shade? I am in need...
    ~Nancy

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  19. The entire world should be decorated in pears on a black background. Seriously. I can't get enough of pears. My entire kitchen decor revolves around them !

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  20. LOVE this idea!
    I have a ton of pear stuff in my kitchen!

    PERFECT and Cheap idea! :)

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  21. Love the pictures! You did a great job!

    Be Blessed!
    ~Chondra

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  22. After though: Fake cherries would be super cute for this project too!

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  23. Awesome! I agree with you on the plate hangers :) Much better in black!

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  24. So BRILLIANT!!! I've got apples (I know, sooooo been done!) and this would be way fun to do :D Thanks for the idea.

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  25. I may just have to borrow this idea I like it so much! I know all about DOCD!

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  26. These look wonderful. And I'm so glad you spray painted the hangers. Sometimes DOCD is a necessity. Black is such a perfect foil for that beautiful pear green; couldn't have plate hangers marring the look.

    Do you remember where your pears originally came from?

    Thanks for showing us your take on Angie's cool idea.

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  27. What a great idea! Love the fresh summery look of the green pear! I also think that spray painting the hangars was pure genious :)!!

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  28. I really like this project. You are so creative and talented on decorating your home...you inspire me..

    Sandy

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  29. Very nice! These plates look great! You're very, very talented.

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  30. Great idea! And thanks for the link. This gives me some ideas for my family room.
    Mary Lou

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  31. The cutest, thriftiest idea EVER!!! You rock, my friend!!!
    Jules :)

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  32. LOVE this. I have pears....must...buy...plates...
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jamey
    enchantresses3.blogspot.com

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  33. That really was awesome. You seriously need your own tv show. I learn something new everyday. Martha Stewart couldn't keep up with you:)

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  34. This is a really nice idea! By the way, are you still having problems with the HTML stuff?

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  35. ADORABLE!!! Don't you love it when you look at something you've had forever and have one of those "Aha!" moments?

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  36. Yay! I've been looking for something cheap and cute to hang up on my new kitchen walls. Wanted something "food related" but not cheesy and obvious. Love love love!

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  37. Love the plates with the pears. They look fabulous by the window. I also really like the framed one that was your inspiration. Great idea. I may have to try and decorate a few plates, maybe with chalkboard paint. Hugs, Marty

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  38. I had seen that project and thought that I could do it (found a fun frame at GW) and then you go and step it up! ^_^ After your initial pictures with your old plates, I thought "I wonder why she didn't spray paint the holders?" Hah, then you go and do it. So cute!

    Did you use the stemless pears on the other, or just use the side with the pear?

    nonchalantgirl.blogspot.com

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  39. I love it! Although I have to admit, I read too fast at first and thought you used REAL pears. Ew. And I spray painted a plate hanger last week. I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  40. What a clever idea! They look great.

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  41. I saw that the other day and loved it- I need to do something for my sister-she collects pears -her whole kitchen is pears.

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  42. I just wanted to say--- That I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE of your posts. I don't know why, but I like, was a closet admirer at first. But now I have you right on the side of my blog so I can know when you post.

    I was just reading another blog today that you linked to and I was like, man oh man, I just like Sarah's better.

    You have a way of explaining things that makes it appeal to whatever style some one may be into. And you also make it all seem SO POSSIBLE. I just wanted to say thank you, because I didn't believe I could be crafty and actually have it look good when I was done until I began reading your blog.

    THANK YOU for being willing to share.

    I just wanted to say that.

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  43. I have learned so many neat tricks from you. Thank You!

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  44. Now these are really cool! My kitchen has no theme and I really don't even have wall space but these would look great on a stand too! I could use something like this that isn't 'themey' (is that a word) since the kitchen is open to the living room.

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  45. Man-I wish that I had a fan club such as yours. You go girl!! I saw this the other day and loved it!!! I love it even more on plates!! I am a plate freak!! I buy them all the time-and I never know what I am going to do with them. Until now. I am itching to do this. I must do this(after I clean my craft room) I guess I could use the idea as incentive-right!
    Thanks as always for the inspiration!!

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  46. Those are so cute and so thrifty! They look darling!

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  47. This inspired me. The kids and I decided to go on a 'treasure hunt' at the local consignment/flea market type place. I found two black square frames for $1.50 each. We are doing a jungle/animal print sort of theme (think sophisticated with photos of real animals framed) in their play room. Anyway, first I found some animal print felt and was like "bingo! put it in the frames!" Then at the next store I found some animal magnets that are rather large. The room has no place for magnets but I immediately thought of this post today and decided that the magnets would look great inside the frames. :)

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  48. I saw Angie's post too and wondered when it would start popping up everywhere. I love your take on it!

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  49. Going to definitely copy this one!!! What an adorable project!

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  50. Great inspiration with low lost!

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  51. Those plates are so awesome!!!! I would have never thought to do something like this, but it looks incredible! Nice job!!

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  52. Can I just say my dear...I love, love, L O V E your blog. It's one of very few that I get EXCITED when I see something new posted! Keep up the AMAZINGLY great work...I can't get enough!

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  53. The queen of thrift and a hoot to boot!

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  54. I love your and Angie's version! You accomplished quite a bit for a rainy day in the garage! I wouldn't even have noticed the plate hanger if you didn't mention it.

    Did the pears cut easily?

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  55. You inspire me, view my blog 6-18-09

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  56. Super cute! Looks great with the black plate hangers.
    ~Michelle

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  57. Now those are seriously adorable!

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  58. I started checking out your blog last night through the home tour at Kelly's Korner. I have to say you are my inspiration!!! LOL! You have the cutiest ideas and we just seem to have the same taste...I'm just not creative enough to come up with your ideas!!!! Thanks so much for sharing all this! I love it!!!!

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  59. You are obviously a genius! Came over from itssoverycheri.
    Blessings!

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  60. do you have a fave brand of spray paint? and do you have a fave place to get it?

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  61. I have been reading back through your blog and when I saw this, I knew I needed to try my hand at it. So I went out to Michael's today and bought some fake fruit. I plan to use a scrapbooking paper background on some plaques I got for $.60 and spray painted black.

    So I took my favorite bread knife because it's serrated and I figured cutting through styrofoam would be no problem.

    Well, except that there's a big ball of concrete in the middle to give them weight. DOH! Hee hee... they still look really cool. I dug the concrete ball out of the middle of the fruits. Now I just need to decide on the paper.

    Awesome, awesome, awesome idea.

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  62. Hello
    You are obviously a genius! Came over from itssoverycheri.

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