Thursday, March 21, 2013

~thrifty thursday~{trophy turned vase}

Welcome to the second week of thrifty Thursday!
Today I will be showing you how I turned an old bowling trophy into a stylish vase.

Here is what it started out looking like:
 Not bad to start out with, and very inexpensive at $4.99.
I love the engraved silver bowl.
If you'd like to do this project, you can find these bowls easily at thrift stores and then add on the wood base.
I decided I wanted the base to be even chunkier and taller.
So I created another "box" out of old moulding and barn wood I had laying around my studio.
 I measured and cut, and used my nail gun to attach all the pieces to the existing wood box.
 Here it is before I added the final piece of trim~just a simple box.
 And after it was all put together, this is what it looked like.
 Your edges don't have to match up exactly.....

That is what spackle is for!

 I like this kind because it goes on pink, and turns white when it is dry.
Spackle away, and then when it is dry, sand down. 
Paint the entire piece the color of your choice.
 I chose white, then distressed it a bit, and finished it off with wax.
Sorry, I didn't get a photo of that. 
I must have gotten too excited to finish and stopped taking pictures. 
I will try my best to explain the next steps.
 I think the overall look I was going for was "country fair cow prize trophy" 
Don't ask me why. 
Maybe because I love cows, and the country, and going to the fair........
 I added some oasis soaked in water and fresh flowers.
 I removed the name plate and found this frame at Aaron Brothers on sale for $1.00.
I painted it out the same color and aged it a bit too with dark wax. 
I had the vintage cow print and copied it to the appropriate size and popped it in the frame.
 Then I just glued that onto the wood box, adding some lace and paper to create this "ribbon" look.
 So, what do you think?
Overall cost about $6.00, plus the flowers.
 How about a little before and after?
To see last weeks thrifty Thursday project, go here.


Anonymous said...

I love it! Fabulous job. ;)

Sheila said...

Once again trash to treasure...looks great!


Blair said...

This is an amazingly creative conversion! I'm totally impressed.

Myplace4tea said...

This is just lovely. I love it!
You have a great imagination.

Wishing you a creative day.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

That turned out great, and the flowers are spectacular!

Tif said...

Oh my goodness! You are so creative! That's the most adorable thing ever.

Robin said...

I love this! it's oh so pretty.

Yby5 said...

Both your Thrifty Thursday projects I have saved in my "favorites". Great ideas and can't wait to try them. Thank you!!

Erica Elia said...

Wow! I can not believe how creative that was. Great job! Erica

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Anonymous said...

Loving Thrifty Thursdays!!! Feeling compelled to hand over some things to you to use your magic on!

Top hats and wands amazing!

Jenny said...


You Rock! So creative and neat to see the before and after.

thefinestkind said...

"country fair cow prize trophy" LOL. Love it. So creative, girl! You should check out what I found today...wasn't exactly thrifty. ;-) But it was definitely up-cycled!! Just posted about it a few minutes ago. :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

This turned out so cute! You are such a clever girl!

AntiqueChase said...

fantastic. and I mean that!!!

Sarah said...

This is the best looking Country Fair Cow Prize trophy ever! Love the way you added height and weight to the base, the weathered wood look, and those beautiful flowers. Blue Ribbon quality! ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

So crafty!!

Love it


Ashley C. said...

Holy...cow! :) That very well could be the cutest/coolest trash to treasure I've ever seen! I absolutely LOVE it!

Di said...

That turned out great! So Chic, so shabby. Di

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

It's adorable! Country fair cow prize trophy is a perfect description....even if a bit of a mouthful! I love it!

Anonymous said...

This would be a REALLY cute piece for the Kentucky Derby. Just use a horse pic instead of the cow.

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Really darling...makes a lovely statement.

Angela Ryder said...

This is awesome! Great job!!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

That is fantastic! I love that you added to the base. Great job!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Melaine I LOVE that! If you decide you are tired of it send it my way! Super cute. I have a little silver bowl about that size - I should try to create myself one of these!

linda said...

OMG- That is clever and beautiful!!!!! Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

You are a designer after my own heart! I LOVE antique trophies. Where did you ever find your beautiful one?

Merci-Notes said...

Love IT! You win First prize!

With Kindness,

Two Vintage Sisters - Robin and Pam said...

So clever and charming. Love it!

bsurrounded said...

I'm just discovering your blog. Your home is beautiful and inspiring. Could you tell me what your paint color is in living room/family room where the oar and slipcovered sectional is? It seems to work so beautifully with the browns and whites. If you have discussed paint colors in your home, would you please direct me to the post. Thanks.

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