Lacy wall art from an old headboard

Happy 4th of July everyone!

This summer has been crazy busy, which seems to be the case with everyone. I’ve done a decent amount of junking/thrift, and a ton of online estate sale shopping – but haven’t had as much time as I’d like to actually work on projects. I’ve had decent luck selling my no-rehab-needed antiques/vintage goods (I just found out I actually made a profit my first month at the antique mall!) but I’d really like to get back to my true passion – making old things pretty.

We needed something new to hang above our couch, and since I couldn’t find anything I liked at Goodwill, etc., this meant it was up to me to create it. However….I’m not an artist. I have next-to-no skills in drawing, painting, things like that. So I had to be creative!

I thought of this old wooden headboard frame that I had snatched from the side of the road a while back. I’m actually not even sure if it’s that old, but it was in pretty rough condition, and it only caught my eye because of it’s pretty shape.

After some brainstorming, I decided to paint it this rusty orange color and then use it to frame some pretty decorative fabric. But when reviewing my collection of fabric/linens, I couldn’t find anything that would look quite right. I moved on to my stack of curtains, and when I found this vintage lace valance, I knew it would be perfect! I just used my staple gun to attach it to the back of the frame, and I ended up putting a dark blue fabric behind it to make it stand out better against our wall. I topped the paint with a brush-on poly, and then did just a bit of distressing.

I love how it turned out! If it were up to me, I’d rather that the seam of the curtain not show under the arched part, but that was the only way that the curtain would fit, and I don’t think it really detracts from the overall look at all.

(it’s not hung yet because I’m still deciding where exactly to place it and what else I want around it)

Stay tuned – I’ll be back soon (really!) to share the yet-to-be-seen outcome of my most ambitious project yet – a cat tree made from a pair of old stereo speakers!


Mini Makeover Monday Debut!

This week I’m starting Mini Makeover Mondays, where I’ll share a rehab project that took me 30 minutes or less to complete!

Eventually I’m hoping others will join me! If you grab the MMM button (or just link to my site) and let me know that you participated in MMM, I’ll post a  MMM recap each Tuesday and will list and link to everyone’s projects.


So we’ve had these hooks hanging in our bathroom for a couple of years – I picked them up on clearance somewhere for a $1. They’re not hideous, but I was never in love with the look.

When I recently painted our bathroom purple (from yellow) I decided it was time to update this to match.

I spray painted it white, and then cut a piece of fabric to fit the top section. I applied it with Hard Coat Mod Podge and put a few coats on top, followed by an acrylic sealant.

Since I’m not including drying time, the project took about 15 minutes to complete! I like it so much better now.

I’d love to see what everyone else can “prettify” in less than 30 minutes!


A special thanks to Power of Paint for featuring my chalkboard dresser on their site today!

Brick Bookends

We have a wall of bookshelves in our den, but I keep a few writing and craft related books in my office. After searching the house for things to function as bookends, I decided to grab a couple stray bricks from the backyard and (after thoroughly washing them) have the kids paint them.

They had fun, and I love my new bookends 🙂


Join Me For Mini Makeover Mondays!

Beginning next week, each Monday I’ll share a furniture or decor makeover that took no more than 30 minutes to complete. And I’d love to see your half-hour-or-less projects too!

Grab the MMM button from the sidebar – or just link to Secondhand Fancy on your blog – and then comment to let me know that you participated in Mini Makeover Mondays. On Tuesday I’ll post links to everyone’s projects.

Let’s see what we can make prettier in just a half an hour 🙂

Decoupage Tray

Like the tile coasters, this is another project that you’ll see all over – a simple search will reveal endless ways to decoupage a serving tray. I found lots of ideas I love, but the mismatched patchwork version was my favorite.

I came across an old cookie sheet in a box of stuff I was going through and decided to give it a try. Of course, as I do with most of my projects, I jumped in headfirst without planning or preparing much at all. After washing the cookie sheet, I just started cutting out randomly-sized pieces of fabric and Modge Podging them onto the tray. After three coats of MP, I used an acrylic sealant to further protect it and add a glossy sheen.

I’m happy with how it turned out – I think it’s cute, and it’s hard and sturdy enough to actually be used. Although next time I’ll take steps to avoid fraying fabric and will plan things out so the fabric scraps don’t have to overlap (which gave it a bit of an uneven texture, and some pieces showed through others).

The tray (essentially) before

and after

A Few Randoms

I thought I would throw together a few things that don’t really need their own post.

Butterflies –

I got these at a thrift store. They were an old goldish tin(?) and piled on a shelf with ugly brass stuff, and I almost missed them. When I saw them, I knew they could be made cute in a matter of seconds.

I spray painted them pink and then “lightly” spray painted white over top to add a little texture.

COST – .50 cents (butterflies) + spray  paint that I already had. TOTAL SPENT =.50 cents

Bag Pillows

These were my very first sewing projects, if they even qualify. The big one was a laundry bag that I got when the college supply stuff went on clearance in the late fall, and the smaller one was a reusable grocery bag from Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, a great shop at one of my favorite places, Findlay Market. The stuffing is from old bed pillows – I just threw them in the washer, then tore them open and filled the bags.  Then trimmed the drawstrings off the bags and sewed the one open side closed. Easiest thing ever!

COST – $4.00 (bags) + whatever the bed pillows originally cost, & thread. TOTAL SPENT = $4.00

Embroidery Hoops

I got this idea (like so many) from Pinterest. Of course, the picture I pinned was a whole wall of these, and I only have two (well three, but I don’t have fabric in the third one yet.) I got the embroidery hoops at a thrift store and spray painted them, and the fabric is two Fat Quarters. 

(Ignore the wall holes – I’m in the midst of rearranging our bedroom walls.)

COST – $3.00 (fabric), $1.00 (hoops) + spray paint that I already had. TOTAL SPENT = $4.00

Framed quote art –

These are some of my favorite things I’ve ever made. Believe it or not, they were the front and back of a gift bag* I spotted at a discount home decor store.  The flowers and butterflies caught my eye, and when I walked closer and read the quotes,** I knew they were far too pretty to stay a gift bag!  I got the frames from the dollar store and spray painted them. The pictures really don’t do these justice – not my part in them, but the beauty of the actual prints.

"The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart"

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yoursel to it" -Buddha

COST – $2.00 (gift bag), $2.00 (frames) + spray paint that I already had. TOTAL SPENT =$4.00

*if you look closely, you can see the grommets where the handle was attached

**I have a thing for quotes (even have a tattoo of one,) but only those that really speak to me. Which aren’t usually found on wall art or decals (there’s no  “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” above our bed or anything).