Sunday, January 9, 2011

Two Super Easy Display Projects

Today was a perfect day to stay indoors and try to get organized.  I ventured into my studio late morning and didn't make it out until around dinner time.  I would like to say the room is completely organized but I still have some work to do.

While cleaning out the room I found a couple of things that were turned into display pieces in less than 5 minutes.  Love these type of projects.

The first project was inspired by the drawers I found at a vintage market and are now being used as ironstone platter displays.  I posted about them right before Christmas (you can read that post here).
Although these drawers are pretty unique, there's no saying you can't make something similar.

I found this drawer in my studio.
I cut a length of a dowel rod to fit snugly inside the drawer and then gave the rod a quick staining.
Found a plate to fit inside the drawer.
And the end result.
I think a grouping of these would look great hung together.

The second display project is even easier.
Take a grout trowel (found mine for 50 cents at a garage sale).
Stand the trowel up so it's leaning on the handle.
Add some pictures to the front with magnets.
Instant photo display.
If you want you can take it up a notch and paint the front of the trowel or add scrapbook paper or sheet music to the front.
Here's a second trowel I am using to display some of my vintage valentines.
Couldn't get any easier that that.

I want to show you a little addition to my studio that I found at a thrift store on Friday for $4.98.
It's the perfect size to hold 4 locker baskets that I already had.
I also already had the basket I placed on top.  I was so happy it was the perfect size.
I stored all sorts of various card games (used for projects) in the middle of the basket, and then added even more storage by covering them up with three old sewing machine drawers.
See, I'm getting there.....just don't ask to see the rest of the room yet!

Linking to some fun parties tonight:
Pammy @ Up In The Attic for Project Monday
Cindy @ Cottage Instincts for Make It 4 Monday
Carrie @ Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday

Have a wonderful week.

Jane

59 comments:

  1. What a great find, Jane! Don't you love when a bargain piece just works out so perfectly like that? It sounds like you got a lot done in your studio. I have to get moving on organizing my craft supply closet. I must have spent almost an hour Saturday looking for something in there that it turned out I didn't have at all.

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  2. i love old sewing machine drawers. the plate holder-genius!

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  3. Jane, these are all such GREAT ideas! The plate hanging in the old drawer is unreal awesome! I would have never thought of it in a million years! You never cease to amaze me!

    Lou Cinda

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  4. Good for you in getting organized. January is such a great time to get started. I love that you were inspired to create at the same time. The plate rack/drawers are a fantastic idea and I love the rack you are using with the baskets. You always seem to have the foresight in what you can make with all of your pieces. I love that about you!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. wonderful projects.
    Love those unique drawers
    Margo

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  6. I love it, I wish I could find some sewing machine boxes, it seems they are always so expensive, but I should just get some, because they look sooo cool!

    Carol

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  7. Lookin good!!!
    Such great inspiration. I love coming here to see what you have been up to.
    does your organizing one room ever snowball into well if I move this around I have to move that around into the next room and so on and so forth?
    Mine is doing that today, agh.
    Amy

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  8. You sure are getting that studio spruced up. I love it!

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  9. Not only are you super organized, your storage ideas are wonderful additions to your studio and other rooms in your home. I like the creative ideas you think of. I should fly you in for a consult. LOL
    ~ Sarah

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  10. Oh, I love all of these. I was thinking today I wanted to display an old platter I recently found at an estate sale. And here you are! Great inspiration.
    Have a good week!
    KarenSue

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  11. Hi Jane. It looks like you're off to another great year of ideas. The sewing machine drawers are fabulous! I just love how you can see the potential in things and how they'll go together.

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  12. Jane,
    WOW...so many neat ideas...love that drawer one...very "cool" looking!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. I have that exact cart on my front porch that I painted white and sit various plants (in the summer) and other porch decor on it. It's a fun piece. You are getting so much done. It's so fun to see what you come up with!

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  14. These projects are just wonderful, Jane! And you're inspiring me to get my studio organized!

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  15. These are all such great display projects, but I think I love the grout trowel the most!

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  16. You definitely have a great imagination when it comes to decorating. Your ideas are wonderful... I love the shelf too!

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  17. Hey there! Just wanted to stop by and see what great ideas you were gonna share. Yep, I was right... good stuff. Love the drawer plate holder idea! I may have to steal that one! Jealous of your vintage metal lockers too.

    Hope you have a good second week back at work. I have to drive through ice & snow in the morn. Grrrr!

    Take care!
    ~Michelle

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  18. I have passed several of those tools at garage sales. What a great way to use an inexpensive item!

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  19. I want those drawers! Basically I repeat everything I said yesterday. You have the best stuff!

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  20. I am loving all of these ideas...thanks for the inspiration

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  21. Wow, you are really getting organized. Love all your ideas and the way you put things together.

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  22. Jane, so great projects, love them both.
    And your fantastic buy, is a wonderfull addition to any studio, how lucky you was, dear.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  23. There is such a sense of triumph when a reclaimed piece is just perfect for a new project. I particularly like the sewing machine drawers. xx

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  24. you are a thrifty wizard you!!! LOVE your blog...

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  25. Loving all your storage ideas. It's Looking good Jane!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Gail

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  26. mounting the plate inside the drawer was a genuis takeoff on your original idea! and I love it when I find the ideal item to fit in the perfect space and it costs next to nothing - you are an artist after my own heart!
    enjoy your week
    amy

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  27. Hi Jane,
    You have been on a creative roll lately and those artsy ideas are flowing!
    I love the plate holder and the storage rack is devine!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  28. I love the black stand. And the price was right! As I'm sitting in my half organized office right now, this post came at the right time.

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  29. your home seems to be bursting forth with tidy-ness and creativity.

    I create so much better with the behind the scenes stuff organized, eh?

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  30. does your ingenuity EVER end? My jaw always hits my keyboard when i see what you've created with stuff that most folks would discard! TFS!

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  31. Great ideas!!
    You are on a roll. I love Saturdays post too!
    Like I said, I want to come and play at your house!

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  32. LOVE this! All of it. Thanks for playing!
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  33. Your use of drawers for plate hangers is amazing. I love to hang plates everywhere. Will have to look for drawers now. And an old trowel...who but you would have thought of that. I love the idea of displaying old Valentines. I have a few, but never know what to do with them. You really made good use of the wire stand for storage too...every inch of it. As usual, I am inspired to go thrifting with a few new ideas.

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  34. Darlin' - you make my head swim and my eyes bug out. All in a good way, of course : )

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  35. You are the best Jane! Love this all!

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  36. You've done it once again, you always have the best ideas! I love that cart you found at the thrift store, what a bargain. I found myself checking out every little accessory you have displayed. Love it all.

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  37. I have a basket very similar to the one on top of your new cart - and I never know what to do with it - love what you did. And I especially like the sewing machine drawers - they are gorgeous. Anthropologie had them on display last spring with herbs planted in them!

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  38. Jane: I'm new here to your place and wanted to say thank you for such inspiration. Your projects are just great. They show ingenious creativity. I plan on stopping by quite often to see what's new and exciting. LuAnn

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  39. I love what you have done with your last two posts and the way you have combined so many great things in such useful ways...thanks for the inspiration.

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  40. Oh, how clever you are! Those sewing machine drawers were a stroke of genius. Well, all of it is! You just absolutely amaze me, girl. And I see a spiffy new banner as well.
    Brenda

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  41. Oh, and I don't recall seeing that about where your blog inspiration came from before. I was happy to note that. I'd always wondered.
    Brenda

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  42. AMA-zing!!! My goodness, the fun just didn't stop in this post. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    xo
    lynn

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  43. Great projects, Jane. Love your thrifty find too. Your sewing drawers are such a nice grouping. I hope you are having a good week!

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  44. I loved your original and I love this! And I've been collecting drawers for some project so I know I should have one that will work for this.

    You made that ugly (sorry) metal shelf look cool! The sewing machine drawers were the icing on the cake.

    I need to start using some of the stash I've been collecting as well. But you know I've seen those trowels at garage sales before, with some luck I'll see them again. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susanne.

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  45. I've got a black stand just like that-great for organization!

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  46. Jane you are just TOO CLEVER my Friend....I LOVE your drawer idea & am going to be PINCHING it for sure....I snap drawers up all the time when I'm out & about & use them in all manner of vignettes but it has NEVER occured to me to utilise them in this way.... :o) !!

    I'm ENVIOUS of your thrift store find & your trowel is GORGEOUS....!!!

    As ALWAYS Lovey I take my hat off to you & THANK YOU for stimulatin' my 'junkin' juices'....!!!!!

    Cheers,
    Tamarah :o)

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  47. Love the plate display! Genius and so pretty!

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  48. You are a clever one, Jane! Your plate display is very original.

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  49. I wish I had your eyes....actually, your vision...the ability to see the beauty in the everyday item and repurpose it into something wonderful. I love the trowel idea...never would have "seen" that...I'll be looking for one now...along with about 3 printer's drawers. Thanks Jane...you are amazing!

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  50. Jane, I would never have thought of combining locker baskets with that shelf, but I LOVE IT!! It works perfectly!!

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  51. You have THE best ideas!!

    thanks

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  52. Hi Jane, LOVE everything you did in this post...those drawers with the plates, the trowel with the magnets...so very clever. Thanks for visiting me too...we DO like the same treasures! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!! Laurel

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  53. Hi Jane, Love, love every inch of this blog! It is amazing what you can do with these little found treasures. You inspire me! Can't wait to see what's next! Luv. Loretta

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  54. I bow to you oh most creative queen!!!
    Amazing!
    *hugs*deb

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  55. You always come up with the best Ideas. Love seeing what you creat

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  56. Wow, such wonderful repurposed projects! My favorites are the drawers-turned-dish holders though. Love, love, love 'em.

    It would be great to have you link your projects to my weekly party. Get the details here: http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/10/simplify-simplify-simplify.html

    Have a great weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  57. I love the trowel idea with the magnets. Great and ingenious idea. The drawer with the dowel is awesome too....Also, thanx for visiting my blog. I look forward to visiting your blog often. The Cranky Queen, Tiffany

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