It’s been a Gray Morning around here.  Not because we’ve been holed up in the house hiding from the “Frankenstorm,” Sandy, but because I’ve painted everything I could get my hands on this weekend with the paint color “Gray Morning” by Behr.

It is a very soft turquoise blue – think of a Tiffany jewlry box – but lighter.  It kind of reminds me of a Robin’s egg. Anyway, I mixed up a batch of paint (yes, I make my own DIY form of chalk paint – I’ll explain in a future post) and painted a few items from my stash.

You may remember my trip to the Goodwill Outlet a few weeks ago.  Well, I realized that everything I painted this weekend came out of that Goodwill haul.

See the ugly rooster picture in the back, the wooden magazine rack on the left, and four black pinecone finials down in front?  They were all “restyled” using Gray Morning.

To the magazine rack I added a few decorative wooden flourishes and a coat of paint and clear wax.

I love its curvy lines!

Wouldn’t it look adorable in a kitchen with your most-used cookbooks or in a nursery with your favorite children’s books?  And I’m sure it would be useful in another room that, um, requires  “reading material” close-by.


The picture doesn’t do the color of these cuties justice.

The pinecone finials and the rooster frame got a coat of paint, clear wax, and then dark wax which gives them that great antique look.

Here’s the frame up close. You can see how the dark wax gives it that antique look.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the finials yet, especially since one of them broke when they were drying.  I could have cried!

Finally, the frame!  I just love the way this turned out.  I took out the rooster print and added a piece of burlap.  Once you add the glass back in and an erasable marker, you have a great message board to write notes, grocery lists, and to-do lists.  Plus it just looks super cute!



The magazine rack and message board will be going into the shop for sale this week.

I hope your mornings are not gray, but if they are, maybe Gray Morning will brighten your day.  I know it did mine!

And please let me know if you can think of something creative that can be made with 3 finials!


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This week I went to the goodwill outlet in Richmond.  I’ll pause a minute while you take that in.

The. Goodwill. OUTLET!

Did you know such a place existed right here in Richmond?

Now, if you’re like my husband, you’re probably thinking, “Isn’t Goodwill in and of itself an outlet?”  One would think, right?  But no!  There is an outlet for the outlet.  And I went there. But not alone.

I asked my best friend, Halle to come along to help carry all the crap to my car, er, I mean, to help with the baby.  The place is not located in the best part of town (think: strip clubs and hourly hotels), so I was glad to have her with me.

So, you walk through this windowless door, up a ramp, and into a huge warehouse. Looking up, you see a huge sign hanging from the ceiling with pricing. Most everything is sold by the pound.  You heard me right.  By the pound. Textiles are $1.29/lb and housewares (basically everything else) are 59 cents a pound. Furniture, electronics and a few other things were priced as marked.

So, feeling a little overwhelmed with the whole thing, we grabbed a cart and started shopping, otherwise known as, digging through crates.  On one side of the room are just rows and rows of tables with crates filled with housewares. On the other side were rows of giant bins with clothes.

Halle had heard that people can get a little pushy here looking for bargains, so I told her to keep a close eye on the cart as we shopped.  I kept my hand on the stroller, lest someone want to get a bargain on a baby.  I didn’t personally see any brawls, but I could easily see how it could happen, like if somebody wanted to get the mirror I spotted.

I love the arches at the top of this mirror!

It was the first thing I saw that got my heart pounding.  I am a sucker for beautiful mirrors. I’m not vain, but can you really have too many in your house?  I loved the mirror on sight and for just $9.99, I couldn’t pass it up.  I can’t wait to paint it some great funky color.  Any suggestions?

We trolled around the housewares bins for a while and then headed to the lamps, my latest obsession.  I found a super-great vintage yellow lamp for only $2.99!  It’s in such good shape, I didn’t think it was too old, until I saw the plug. Oy!  Note to self: learn how to rewire lamps.

I’m pretty sure this would be a fire hazard!

We weren’t in the mood to dig through the bins of clothing – that would be a whole other thing – but we did do a quick stroll-by.  And that’s when I found it…the most amazing (read: tacky) Christmas sweater ever!  I say “Christmas” and not “holiday” because it truly was a Christmas sweater – it literally has baby Jesus on it!

Let me describe it to you, because I know the picture is not going to do it justice.  Not only do you have the entire nativity scene, (Mary, Joseph & Jesus), you have an angel, some livestock, and a shepherd.  Of course the scene wouldn’t have been complete without the three wise men and the “yonder star” they were following.

Finding this sweater literally gave me chills. As I pulled it up and out of the bin, a light shone down from above, and I think I heard a heavenly host of angels sing Alleluia! Right then and there we decided to make Halle’s annual Christmas party one of those “tacky Christmas sweater” themed parties.  Now, I don’t want to brag, but I have a pretty good idea who’ll be winning this year.  And we’ll have the Goodwill Outlet to thank for it.

I would have left a happy girl with just the sweater, lamp, and mirror, but for $26, here’s what else I got:

4 pinecone finials
Oak clock
Velvet dress I’m going to salvage for the material
Wooden frame I’m going to make into a tray
Wooden magazine rack (my next project!)
Vintage salt & pepper shakers (so cute!)
Medium lampshade and small black lampshade
2 small frames with scary needlepoint clowns – gonna toss the clowns and use the frames on the pegboard in my new workshop/studio (Pics of this coming soon!).

My haul!

If you’re in the mood to treasure hunt, I highly recommend a trip to the Goodwill Outlet.  If you go, call me.  I’ll meet you there!