Before & After Eye Candy

I’ve been anxiously waiting to share these before and after photos with you. It is amazing what beautiful things can be created with so little money!

A month or so ago, I found this stool at a yard sale for $3.00. I thought I would spray paint the frame, recover the “cushion” and use it for a piano bench.


But as soon as I got it home, I found the perfect home for this stool.

Under my apple green desk, of course!




My plans to spray paint the wood were quickly derailed as soon as I saw the gorgeous warmth that the wood tones brought to the desk’s cool green. I grabbed a scrap of fabric from my stash and covered the cushion.  I just love it!


My friend A bought these delightful bottles at a yard sale recently.  They, however, were not so delightful at first…the bottles were FULL of gross old garlic. Ick.  But A bravely washed them out and filled the bottles with colorful Fall candy.

Love them!


I saw this old anniversary clock at a thrift store for 0.50 and knew I had to have it.  Ever since my friend Sarah made a cloche from an anniversary clock, I’ve been on the look out for one.

I took it apart just like Sarah shows in her post…easy peasy.  Then I spray painted the base chocolate brown because that’s what I had on hand.


I placed the clock base under my white footed bowl. The base adds interest and a little more height to the vignette.

Then I cleaned the glass globe and placed it over a candle on top of my bookcases.


A lovely cloche for only 0.25! :)  Not too shabby!  Obviously, I won’t be burning this candle, but I didn’t intend to anyway.

Have you found any awesome thrift store or yard sale finds lately?

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  1. Wow! The stool turned out wonderfully & looks so good with your desk. Which I love the color of it by the way. My fave. Those jars with candy look so great & gives me an idea. I’ll try to share it on my blog soon!
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  2. Loved everything you did! Way to be creative! :)
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  3. I love that bench!! The colors are amazing! I LOVE seeing pics of your creativity! Keep it coming!! =)
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  4. Hey, Myra, I love, love that stool with your fab green desk. And that desk is just amazing, I totally love that piece. I found a stool this summer too & haven’t done anything with it yet, but mine needs painting, so I’ll get to it eventually.

    All your remakes are beautiful. Thanks so much for linking up! I wish you’d come back to B’ham & let’s go shopping one day. That would be so fun. I really want to get up to that architectural place soon too in Cullman, so maybe we can meet up there. I really think I’m coming up in the next couple of weeks.

  5. What a great idea from that Anniversary clock! I am loving it!! I am a BIG fan of milk glass and white glass, I love what you did with that piece, really added nice subtle depth to it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the stool! Perfect fit! :)
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  7. The stool looks so nice with your desk. It’s really fun to look at.

  8. Wow – great finds!! that stool turned out so great. It is beautiful!!! have a great week!!


  9. The green desk and stool are wonderful! And I love the candy in the bottles. What a great idea.
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  10. I love the stool!! And all your creativity! I have a creative side, but either my thrift store is lame or I lack the skill to look at something and think “I could take that apart and do x, y or z with it!” I really think it’s the former, but maybe a combination of both :P

    • Girl, you can so do this! Just look at everything and think about what you can make out of it. I get a lot of inspiration from magazines and other blogs. :)

  11. Lovely stool!! :) And a great idea with the cloche!
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  12. Oh, that little stool is TOO cute! :)

  13. That bench is perfect for your desk…I can’t believe how well it fits! Just found your blog and I love it :)

  14. Everything is so pretty, you are so creative :D

  15. Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) says:

    Well, there you go again, blowing me away with your creativity and resourcefulness. My Goodwill list is longer than my grocery list–I just haven’t had a chance to go during soccer season. But when I do…..lookout!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. So pretty! I’d never attempt to take apart a clock – it would set a precedent for the kids ;)

  17. LOVE the stool! Smart move not painting the wood, it looks great paired with the green. :)
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  18. like the stool but i LOVE the candy idea and the anny clock cloche makeover! stealing those… :)
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  19. Wow!! What a great job on all of your projects! Love all of them!


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