Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Have I Done Now?

Sometimes, we get inspiration from the most unlikely places!

Last week, I was in the process of refinishing a thrift find shelf that I got from the Salvation Army for $3.99...

After a bit of paint, it looked like this...

Well, after I flipped it over to paint the underside, it reminded me of something I had seen online...
I have been searching for an Old World serving tray, that looks like a crown. I thought it would be a great accent for the new wine bar, that I recently created for the dining room.  I saw this one online at Bellacor for $52.95.  Well, that was more than I wanted to pay. So, I continued to search...until now:

The shelf is now the perfect tray for my wine bar. (LOL!!! Did you recognize it in the first photo??) I just flipped it over!!

Because of its shape, it fits perfectly flush with the wall, which is great for the narrow width of the wine crates; and the bronze finish complements my vessel perfectly! It is now the ideal spot  for hors d'oeuvres, before dinner.

Not bad for $3.99, huh? 

Linking to:
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
2805: Potpourri Friday
Remodelaholic-Remodelaholics Anonymous
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating-Flaunt It Friday
Creation Corner-Friday Link Party
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
Passionately Perfect-Coffee and Conversation Thursday
House of Hepworths-Hookin Up
The ArtsyGirl Connection-Pin'Inspirational Thursday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
Stuff And Nonsense-Fridays Unfolded
Passionately Artistic
Women Who Do It All-Idea Sharing Wednesday
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
The Blackberry Vine-To Do Tuesday
{Primp}: Primp Your Stuff
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
DIY by Design-Fall Into Fall
Charm Bracelet Diva-Club G.W.
House Of Grace-Twice Owned Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
Tiaras and Bowties-Awesome Inspirations
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The DIY Showoff-DIY Project Parade
It's So Very Cheri-It's So Very Creative
Embellishing Life-Craft Catwalk
The Girl Creative-Just Something I Whipped Up
DIY Home Sweet Home-More The Merrier Monday
Making The World Cuter-Making the World Cuter Monday
Colours Dekor
Home Savvy A to Z-Home Made Monday
Be Colorful-Motivated Monday
Under The Table and Dreaming-Sunday Showcase
The Southern Institute-Creative Me Monday
You Are Talking Too Much-Meet Me Monday
BNOTP-Metamorphosis Monday
Dittle Dattle-Amaze Me Monday

Homemaker On A Dime-Creative Bloggers' Hop
My 1929 Charmer-Sunday's Best
Type A Decorating-Hunter Gatherer Party
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party


  1. You are so unbelievable! You need to get all these fabulous finds and fixes in an e-book or something! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! xo

  2. What a great idea! You are really thinking "out of the box" on this one. It works great as a tray and looks lovely.

  3. How cool is that? Very cool! Thanks for sharing Shenita!

  4. So pretty, looks wonderful! I'll be over shortly for that glass of wine! ;) xo Liz

  5. Very clever, Shenita! It looks great!

  6. That is awesome! And I love how pretty it looks! Very clever!

  7. Not bad at all, i'd say it was great!! I do love the idea of turning it over. and your artistic painting of the piece certainly is jaw droppingly gaw-juss! Happy Thanksgivings.xo marlis

  8. Aren't you the clever one! I love it when something works out like this.

  9. WAY.TO.GO !! That is fabulous, Shenita. Way to think outside of the box. Love it !!

  10. Way to think outside of the box, Shenita! Looks like it was meant to be there all along.

  11. So amazing! And I think I may have a couple of these. I'll experiment. Thanks!
    Ladybug Creek

  12. Wow, what an awesome job! Who would have thought, a little paint and creativity......
    Thanks for stopping by my blog(I'm having some problems on blogger with my comments)and following along. I'm following you back and will look around your blog for some inspiration!

    Have a great weekend and holiday!
    Andrea xx

  13. Not only bad, but gorgeous sweet are too talented! I love the way the shelf looks like a tray, you're sooo very cleverrrrrr!!!!!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the lovely comments. Happy Thanksgiving! FABBY

  14. It all look's wonderful.You did another great vignette.

  15. Looks great Miss Brilliant ;) Another beautiful makeover.

  16. WOW! I didn't recognize it. Your wine bar looks wonderful and the new tray looks perfect. Gotta love those light bulb moments.

    Have a wonderful week.

  17. Genius. Sheer genius. And for just $3.99! Love how it turned out. Nice job.

  18. Who would have ever thought! Luv it!

  19. Never, ever, know what your going to be doing Shenita, but I always love it!

  20. You are too smart! Love it when you "accidentally" discover a new use for something.

  21. Serendipity! I just love stories like this. :)

  22. How perfect! You really have a great vision of what items can become. It looks like it was made for this spot. Take care.

  23. So clever, just shows it pays to look at something from all angles, or upside down!

  24. Amazing! What a talent! Thanks for sharing this great idea.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  25. Very this whole display!

  26. How fun! Love finding the perfect solution in unlikely ways!



  27. I knew this was you when I saw the thumbnail. It looks great.

  28. That was thinking, it looks great!

  29. Wow! What a fantastic idea! I love it. I didn't notice it in the first pic as being your shelf. Good job.

  30. Great job! I really like how it turned out!!

  31. You clever girl! It looks terrific!
    Such a find.

  32. It turned out very nice! I love your vessel too.

  33. That is really thinking outside the box...or shelf. Looks beautiful!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  34. Very Nice. You should write a tutorial post and enter it into our monthly contest over at The metallic paints you used are one of our sponsors products.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  35. Well, now, this is amazing. It looks super good and you are one smart lady.:)
    xo bj

  36. That looks terrific~! You are soooooooo dang smart~!
    I wanted to set up a bar scape but I cant find the elements I need.. sure wish you lived closer to me..

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks so much for visiting me and always leaving such sweet comments. You are a very encouraging person and I appreciate it..


  37. I did not even recognize it in the first photo. You did an amazing job!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  38. Genius! :) I am loving these wine bars that I am seeing. Very retro and fun. Thanks for linking up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  39. What a great find and such a good idea to use it for a tray. Love the look. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  40. I think I like it better as a tray then a shelf. The detail work of it is outstanding. When will you be serving wine? Really like the vessel too, you could my wine in that! Wishing you a Happy thanksgiving. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best!

  41. It looks terrific, great use of creative thinking!

  42. I am incredibly jealous of your find, and a bit sad that we live so very far apart... I would love to go shopping/thrifting with you!!!

    Your blog is my new addiction!

    Thanks for linking up.

  43. That is a great find and an unusual looks great on your bar and that is an amazing price!

  44. Clever, clever, clever, Searching for a crown and you had it all along. Pretty awesome!
    Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

  45. Brilliant! I've got that exact same shelf..ahem, TRAY!! Gonna do the same thing!
    Thanks for the great idea!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  46. What a great idea!!! So neat to keep your imaginative juices flowing.

    - The Tablescaper

  47. Oh my! What a great idea. Ok...I'll start looking at my finds upside down! :)

  48. Very cute idea! It came out great! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to follow me back =-)

  49. Beautiful once again! Your so creative! Thanks so much for linking up! Your such a sweet person so it makes everything you do that much better!

  50. So lovely, I've been looking for one of those regal trays too! Very glad that you were able to join us at Pin'Inspiration Thursday.

    Happy new follower :-)

  51. Nothing like a multi-purpose item~ good for you to have put on your thinking cap and use this as a tray! ~ Sue

  52. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  53. Not bad, it's fabulous! Isn't it grand where all we can gain inspiration! This idea was genius!

    Thank you for linking you tray to Potpourri Friday!

  54. oh my gosh!! thats fabulous!! Genius.. You are! What a simple idea.. making it looks stunning.. :-)

  55. I love it! So glad you linked up with us!


  56. Hi, I am visiting from Ivy and Elephants... wow!... your "crown" looks just beautiful, how clever you are!... xoxo Julie Marie

  57. Hi Shenita!
    That is such a gorgeous vignette! How clever of you to re-purpose and create such a beautiful wine bar! Then flipping the shelf ... GENIUS!
    Thanks for linking up to our "What's It Wednesdays". Hope to see you each week.

  58. Now are you clever. I like the way you think! Do you remember I told you I have the same one. I might have to flip mine over. :-)


  59. Hi Shenita,
    This was a fabulous idea. I remember seeing those shelves all the time and thinking, naw I don't want that. I mean we had one of those when I was a I am thinking "That is so 70s...right?" Then you come along and repurpose it absolutely perfectly. Now you know I will never find one now. lol. What a gorgeous vignette. Love it! Thanks for sharing it at our "What's it Wednesdays" blog party.


  60. So very clever! It looks amazing and so unique! I am visiting from Its so very Cheri. Nice job!

  61. This is fantastic- what a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing this treasure at Feathered Nest Friday!! Hope to see you again this week! :)